Rhythm and Brews Festival – Saturday August 29, 2015


Well, this is shaping up to be a fun time! Rivertowne Brewing is putting on a Rhythm and Brews Festival. The live music is featuring Rusted Root! Plus several other bands. The idea of the founder was to have a great day of music and beer sampling in the great outdoors.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

2pm – 9pm

Tall Trees Amphitheatre, Monroeville Community Park, Tillbrook Rd., Monroeville

The $50 general admission ticket includes a souvenir tumbler, unlimited Rivertowne samples, and two full-sized Rivertowne pours in the Beer Garden. Plus, two of the VIP breweries will be showcased each hour.  Food vendors will be available as well.

Here’s a list of the VIP breweries:

All Saints Brewing Company, Fat Head’s Brewery, Four Seasons Brewing Company, Helltown Brewing, Spoonwood Brewing Company, and of course Rivertowne.

VIP admission is $80 and includes the above, as well as VIP tent access between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, unlimited samples from VIP craft brewers, and light refreshments.

ADDED BONUS: If you purchase your ticket before this Sunday (Aug. 23) at midnight, you get a free festival t-shirt! While supplies last.

More info and tickets here



Corks & Kegs Festival – August 22 & 23, 2015


The Corks & Kegs Festival will be held this year on Saturday & Sunday, August 22 & 23, 2015, 11am – 7pm both days.

The fesitval is held at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in North Strabane Township, PA.

The awesome news about Corks & Kegs is that there is NO ADMISSION FEE! Yep, just walk right on in. There will be 10 breweries (list here), 7 wineries, food, plus vendors and live entertainment. There’s even a classic car cruise on Sunday! They have the whole schedule listed out here, which is a nice touch.

Pittsburgh Pirates + Beer Sampling! Pirates 2015 Beer Passport Tickets

If you love the Pirates and love beer, this news is for you! The Pirates are offering a Beer Passport. The passport includes:

  • A Game Ticket  in the Pittsburgh Baseball Club section. You can choose rows A-C or D-K.
  • Beer Sampling – for 90 minutes prior to first pitch, located in Club 3000
  • $5 Credit loaded on your ticket that you can use toward food or drink concessions.

Available for the following games:

  • Thur. Aug. 20 vs. the Giants, 7:05pm ($70, $65)
  • Thur. Sept. 10 vs. the Brewers, 7:05pm ($70, $65)
  • Wed. Sept. 30 vs. the Cardinals, 7:05pm ($60, $55)

Click here for tickets


“Hopping Westward” Once Again!

I’m so freakin’ stinkin’ elated to announce that myself and the beerPittsburgh staff will again be representing the ‘Burgh at GABF this year! Get ready, Denver. We’re comin’.


Who else will be there?! Let me know if you’re going! Pittsburgh brewers, media, bar owners, etc., I take representing our fine city there very seriously. Is there anything I can do on the ground there to help you? Any swag you need grabbed? Any beers you need me to (sigh) taste on your behalf? Any medals you need me to pick up and fly back home when you win??

A few of my articles from last year:

“Hopping Westward,” Pittsburgh City Paper

GABF: Pittsburgh Style,” CraftPittsburgh Magazine

Millvale Brewfest – Saturday, August 8, 2015

This year’s Millvale Brewfest is coming up this weekend!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Two sessions: 1:00 – 4:00pm and 5:00 – 8:00pm

Millvale Riverfront Park (on the shore of the Allegheny River)


Ticket price includes beer, live music, food, and a bottomless souvenir logo tasting glass. Tickets costs $45. There is also a Very Important Beer Drinker Pass available for $60, which ups the ante to include an exclusive tent, special brews, unique food pairings, souvenir glass, an ultra-cool t-shirt, a special swag bag and more.

Bike or kayak to the festival and receive a free poster.

Over 180 beers will be ready for your taste buds!

Monies raised will help the Nonprofit Millvale Borough Development Corporation stabilize, revitalize and rejuvenate Millvale neighborhoods, through the development of housing, and businesses.

GABF 2015 Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow and Wednesday

Craft Beer Community: It’s go time.

If you are a member of the Brewer’s Association or the American Homebrewer’s Association,  you get a leg up. For members, Great American Beer Festival (GABF) tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday July 28, 2015) at 12:00 noon Eastern (EDT) time (officially listed as 10:00am MDT but I already did the conversion for you!). This is a major advantage, as tickets sold out last year in 5 minutes flat during the regular sale. Members have an entire day of lead time.

If you’re not a member of the BA or AHA, regular ticket sales start Wednesday (July 29) at 12:00noon Eastern (EDT) time.

Click here for the link to the ticket sales via Ticketmaster

There are 4 sessions of GABF, with one being for BA or AHA members only.

Thursday, September 24 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, September 25 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 26 – Members Only Session 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 26 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

More info on GABF and ticket sales here.



Steel City Big Pour Tickets Go on Sale Tomorrow at Noon!

I’ll tell you what, the next few days are really gonna determine what kind of Fall you have! We have two big ticket sales starting (and probably ending) this week.

First up is the Steel City Big Pour. If you’re in Pittsburgh and you know beer, then you already know about the Big Pour. And you probably already know that it has sold out in minutes in the past. Minutes! If you want in this year, be ready to rock tomorrow at noon. Or, if you want to shell out a few extra bucks (which includes a donation), you can still purchase Reuse Enthusiast tickets tonight. We’ll post the ticket sales URL as soon as it’s out there, so stay tuned to us tomorrow via this blog or our social media outlets.

This year’s Big Pour will be on Saturday, September 12, 2015. There are two sessions to choose from: Session 1, 12:00 – 3:00 PM and Session 2, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

  • Regular Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Monday July 27) at 12:00 noon!
    $80/each Regular Admission
    Ticket includes a complimentary Taster Glass, Brew Caddy, and all fees & taxes (except mobile delivery, if selected).
  • Reuse Enthusiast Tickets are on sale NOW at $125/each. Ticket includes a t-shirt, complimentary Taster Glass, Brew Caddy, all fees & taxes (except mobile delivery, if selected), and $30 donation to Construction Junction.

Beer on the Bay in Erie this Weekend! – July 25, 2015

Head up to Erie this weekend for their Beer on the Bay Festival! They’ll have over 3 dozen breweries there, along with live music and other vendors.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Burger King Amphitheater – Bayfront
Lawrence Pier
Erie, PA

1st Session: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
2nd Session: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are still available online. The advance cost is $35 (or $50 for a VIP ticket).


North Country Brewing Co. Rumor…

Speaking of North Country Brewing Co., there’s a rumor (that they started!) that they’ll be canning their pumpkin beer this Fall! If you’ve never had it, their pumpkin beer is a huge local favorite. For a while, it was only available for one night (their Halloween party). More recently, it’s been available for most of the Fall, but only at the brewpub. Here’s hoping!