Beers of the Burgh Winter Warmer Beer Festival – November 8, 2014

Beers of the Burgh brings us their Winter Warmer beer fest on Nov. 8, 2014, 3 – 7pm, in Lawrenceville. Tickets are available at general admission ($45), VIP ($75), and designated driver ($19) levels. This fest will bring about 25 local Western PA breweries to show their winter/seasonal beers, such as pumpkin beers, spiced beers, etc. The full list of breweries is available at their website.  Admission includes a tasting glass and the tastings. Also available will be food trucks and live music. The festival will benefit the Variety Children’s Charity. Tickets available here.

“Blood, Sweat, and Beer” Documentary Includes Brew Gentlemen Beer Co.

There is a new beer documentary in the making, and it includes our very own Brew Gentlemen Beer Company of Braddock as one of its feature topics! “Blood, Sweat, and Beer” followed Brew Gentlemen as they started building their brewery. The film is currently in the finishing stages and the filmmakers are trying to raise the funds to complete it using this Kickstarter site.  A trailer for the film is available at this site. The film also interviews brewers and experts from around the country such as Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman, Brewers’ Association founder Charlie Papazian, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

2014 GABF Local Winners!

The medal winners at GABF were announced this morning during the awards ceremony.

Pittsburgh breweries:
  • Category: German-Style Wheat Ale

Gold: AlpenGlow, Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted, OH (and they also have a location on our South Side!)

  • Category: Oatmeal Stout
Silver: Darkside of the Pint, Four Seasons Brewing Co., Latrobe, PA

Nearby breweries of mention who won gold:
  • Category: Belgian-Style Tripel
Gold: Golden Monkey, Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, PA
  • Category: Bock
Gold: Troegenator, Tröegs Brewing Co., Hershey, PA

A few others I wanted to mention:
  • Fegley’s Brew Works in Allentown – We’ve all seen their brews on our Pittsburgh shelves. Fegley’s walked away with two medals this year – a bronze for their Berliner Weiss and a gold for Arctic Alchemy
  • Columbus Brewing Co. – This small brewery won an impressive two medals – impressive because one was in the most highly competitive category at GABF. The American-Style India Pale Ale category was far and away the most entered with 279 beers, in which they won bronze for their Bodhi. Their second medal was also in one of the most highly competitive categories, Imperial India Pale Ale with 135 entries, in which they won gold for their Creeper.