Ah, a beer lover’s favorite time of year is upon us. Penn Brewery kicks off their two-weekends-long Oktoberfest celebration tonight. The celebration will run October 19 – 21 and October 26 – 28, 5pm – 12pm on Fridays & Saturdays and 4 – 10pm Sundays. Seven Penn brews will be on tap, along with plenty of German food and music. Click here for more details.
Brew Fest has become a Mt. Lebanon tradition and it’s back this year. Come on out on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in the Academy Avenue parking lot, behind the Saloon, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $40/person and include your own glass to fill with unlimited craft beer from Frank Fuhrer Wholesale, East End Brewing and Hitchhiker Brewing. A savory BBQ meal from Nicky’s BBQ also is included. Rock out to the late ‘90s music of Good Brother Earl live on the Academy Avenue stage.
Come rain or shine—tents will cover the lot to keep guests comfortable.
All proceeds benefit the Mt. Lebanon Veterans Memorial and its ongoing programming.
You must be at least 21 to attend; make sure you bring ID. Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY by clicking HERE. Please note: Tickets will not be available at the gate.
|Boulder||MO JO IPA|
|Boulder||SHAKE CHOCOLATE PORTER|
|Brooklyn||POST ROAD PUMPKIN|
|Deschutes||BLACK BUTTE PORTER|
|Deschutes||CHAINBREAKER WHITE IPA|
|Duclaw||Sweet Baby Jesus|
|East End Brewing||Various Available|
|Flying Dog||SNAKE DOG IPA|
|Flying Dog||IN HEAT WHEAT|
|Great Lakes||Burning River|
|Great Lakes||Eliot Ness|
|Hitchhiker Brewing||Various Available|
|Left Hand||SAWTOOTH ESB REGULAR|
|Left Hand||MILK STOUT REGULAR|
|Long Trail||TRADITIONAL IPA|
|Magic Hat||Dream Machine|
|North Coast||Old Rasputin|
|Rogue||JUNIPER PALE ALE|
|Sam Adams||Rebel IPA|
|Sea Dog||Blue Paw|
|Sierra Nevada||Pale Ale|
|Southern Tier||LIVE PALE|
In what seems to have become a night-before-Big-Pour-Weekend tradition, Harris Grill in Shadyside is hosting a Bell’s Brewery tap takeover on Friday Sept. 5, 2014 beginning at 7pm. If you are a Bell’s fan, this is the event to attend. I went last year and it was an awesome time. Harris Grill will have some great Bell’s rarities such as Kal-Haven Rye, Baroness von Nordwestlich, and Hopsolution.
Reminder that the Steel City Big Pour is this Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014! This is a great event for a great cause. It’s definitely a Pittsburgh Craft Beer event to check out at least once. It’s a bit pricey but includes some great breweries as food, live music, raffles, and more.
However, hopefully you heeded our Save the Date/Presale posting back in May as this is a SOLD OUT event! If you have tickets, you are in for a good time.
Spotted: Bells Brewery rarities The Oracle Double IPA & Mars, the Bringer of War Double IPA (first release of Planet Series) at Caliente Pizza in Bloomfield!
Head out to Millvale this Saturday, Aug. 9, for the Millvale Brew Fest at the Millvale Riverfront Park. There are two sessions: 1 – 4 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m. In addition to great beer, there will be food, live music, and a souvenir logo glass. There is also a Very Important Beer Drinker ticket option. Tickets are $5 cheaper (or $45) if you buy them here in advance. Otherwise, they’re $50 at the door, unless they sell out.
If you have never had mead, you are in for quite a treat.
Mead is technically a type of wine where the sugars that ferment into alcohol come from honey instead of fruit (typically grapes). So why is there a write-up about it on a craft beer website? Although an ancient beverage, modern meads started to blur the boundary line. Some are carbonated and even sold in 12oz. bottles or cans, right alongside craft beer. Some are made with some grain or hops (then called a braggot).
So, for the purposes of this website, I’ll consider mead a kind-of craft beer. Plus, I think mead is delicious so I’m glad to write about it.
Pittsburgh is in for a taste explosion today as Apis Meadery opens its doors in Carengie. They’re set to have 10 meads available to try tonight (Friday August 1) at their grand opening. They’ll also have live music. In addition, their regular tasting room hours start this weekend. I’ll do a write-up of the meadery, but in the meantime, here’s a great one from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The infamous Black Note Stout from Bells Brewery is set to be available on Saturday August 2 at The Beermuda in New Kensington during their Luau event!
I’ve been so fortunate as to have made the journey over to Marshall, Michigan to check out Dark Horse Brewing. I’ll have a full write-up in my later beerTrips post, but for now, let’s just say that this brewery is a rarity. These guys are old-school heavy metal fans (think Slayer), and to top it off, they actually work with heavy metal. Amazing huge metal welding projects are everywhere. Oh, and have I even mentioned the amazing beer yet?! The selection they offer and the laid-back environment makes Dark Horse a must-visit.
My friends over at Dark Horse landed their own show on the History Channel. The premier is tonight at 10pm (Eastern). Check it out if you can.
If you’ve been wanting to try any or all of the Beer Camp beers, Fat Heads is the only place in the Burgh that has ALL 12 on tap! Fat Heads tapped them all today.