Bell’s Tap Takeover at Harris Grill – Friday Sept. 5, 2014

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.

Steel City Big Pour This Saturday, September 6, 2014

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.

Millvale Brew Fest – August 9, 2014

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.



Apis Meadery Grand Opening

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.

Dark Horse Nation Premiers Tonight

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.