Altered Genius Brewing Crafty with Names and Beers (Thurs., 12/23/21)

Altered Genius Brewing Co. brews beer and names it as well as arguably any other brewery in the craft game. A Vienna lager named Freudian Sip? On draft, as are Gandalf the Grisette and Lando, a New England IPA which nods to the dashing intergalactic smuggler in Star Wars. The food menu lists some delectable handhelds, including not only burgers but also original options, such as the lobster melt and crab cake sliders. The appetizers are big, nearly meals in and of themselves, like the pretzels and beer cheese and the pulled pork nachos. Tacos and “loaded” mac-and-cheese dishes complement the menu. That’s not even getting to the brunch portion, which has its own handhelds plus waffles and eggs benedict dishes. Past events have included live music. The brewery culminates three families’ efforts to revamp an old barber school and hot dog shoppe in pretty downtown Ambridge. 411 Merchant St., Ambridge. (CM)