Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2016 Is Finally Here!!

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Yinz know what today is, right?! First day of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2016!! Who’s ready to rock this?!

The PCBW website has done a great job on updating their calendar this year. Take a look and make your plan. They also have a nice list of all seven collaboration beers for those PCBW lovers who just are all like “Just show me to collabs!” It’s a great chance to taste the handiwork of some of our newer breweries around town. Enjoy it – it’s your week!

Short’s Brewing Co. has Arrived in Pittsburgh!

Short's Booth at GABF 2015

Short’s Booth at GABF 2015

Good news Pittsburgh beer hounds: Short’s Brewing Co. is coming to Pittsburgh!

Short’s Brewing is an awesome operation out of Michigan. For many years (well, as long as I’ve known of them, really), they ONLY distributed within the state of Michigan. Now, they’re expanding their boundaries a bit, and guess who’s in line? WE ARE.

Short’s officially begins distributing in Pittsburgh as of today!

If you haven’t had their beer, they’re known for doing crazy beer flavors and actually doing them well (no fake flavors). Some beers they were serving at GABF were Strawberry Short’s Cake (which actually tasted like the dessert – not just a beer with strawberries in it!), Pistachio Cream Ale, Bloody Beer (which tasted like a Bloody Mary cocktail – like exactly like one), and Key Lime Pie beer (which was tart just like you’d think).

They also always do a great job with their presentation. Their staff were wearing lederhosen at all times.

You’ll start to see their beers today at local distributors. There are also some great kickoff events this week:

  • Monday March 21 – Caliente’s Bloomfield – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday March 22 – Shadyside Beer – 5 – 7pm
  • Thursday March 24 – The Wexford Pub (Whole Foods Wexford) – 5 – 7pm

 

BIG NEWS: Oskar Blues Brewery Acquires Cigar City Brewing

In big news today for the craft beer world, Oskar Blues Brewery has acquired Cigar City Brewing.

Oskar Blues will continue to operate its facilities in Longmont, CO and Brevard, NC. Cigar City will reportedly continue to operate its facility in Tampa, FL, but will benefit from Oskar Blues’ ability to next-level their distribution, perhaps eventually to a national market.

More info here

Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest – Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2016

Ready to get out of the house after a long winter? It’s time for the Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest!

Tickets are still available for the Friday session!

 

Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2016

7:30pm – 10:30pm 

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown

 

Admission price is $45 in advance and $55 at the door. There is also an early admission ticket available, which includes a larger glass! All tickets include unlimited beer pours and a 5 oz. souvenir mug. View the beer list here. Over 300 beers are expected from over 100 breweries!

Annual BIG HOPPY IPA Roundup! Where to Find February IPAs in Pittsburgh

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Every year, hopheads in Pittsburgh hold grit their teeth through winter’s chill in anticipation of one thing: February’s crop of big, amazingly hoppy IPAs. Read on for this year’s annual roundup of where to find these winter gems. This page will be continuously updated as we find more beer. Did you see one of these beers at your local shop or bar? Or are you carrying it at your bar or shop? Drop me a line and I’ll add yours!

I’d also recommended CALLING before you drive somewhere far to make sure they still have it! Some of this stuff is selling super fast.

We’ve also added a following of Full Pint’s HOPism this year, as requested by popular demand.

Bell’s Hopslam

Brentwood Distributing, W. Mifflin – in cans

The Saloon of Mt. Lebanon – on tap

Bellevue Beer, Bellevue – cans

Save On Beer, McKnight Rd. – cans

Mad Mex, McKnight Rd. – on tap

Save-Mor Beer, Browns Hill Rd. – cans releasing on Sat. Feb. 6 at 12 noon

Carson St. Deli, South Side – on tap (tapped 2/12)

Packs and Dogs, Mt. Washington – on tap (tapped 2/12)

Doublewide Grill, Seven Fields – on tap (tapped 2/19)

3 Rivers 6 Pack, Delmont – bottles

 

Troeg’s Nugget Nectar

Allegheny 6 Pack, Cheswick – on tap

Brentwood Distributing, W. Mifflin – in bottles

The Saloon of Mt. Lebanon – on tap

Carson St. Deli, Southside – on tap

House of Brews, Robinson – bottles

Atlas Bottle Works, Lawrenceville – bottles

Giant Eagle, multiple locations (New Kensington, Shadyside) – bottles

Mellinger Beer, Oakland – bottles

Caliente Pizza, Hampton – on tap

Fat Head’s, Southside (ON FEB. 19) – firkin

Save On Beer, McKnight Rd. – bottles

The Modern Cafe, North Shore – on tap

Giant Eagle Shadyside – bottles

 

Fat Head’s Hop Juju

Giant Eagle Shadyside – 4 packs

Mellinger’s, Oakland – Cases

Lohmans’s Beer, Wexford – Cases

Babcock Beer, North Hills – Cases

Fat Head’s, Southside – bottles

3 Rivers 6 Pack, Delmont – bottles

 

Full Pint’s HOPism

House of Brews, Robinson – bottles

Beer Express, Crafton – bottles

Save-Mor Beer, East Side – bottles

The Saloon of Mt. Lebanon – bottles

Lohman’s Beer, Wexford – 12- or 24-pack bottles

Giant Eagle Shadyside – bottles

Industry Public House, N. Fayette – on tap

Pour for a Cure Pittsburgh – Friday, January 22, 2016

This year’s Pour for a Cure event in Pittsburgh is coming up this weekend! Pour for a Cure was created to help support finding a cure for blood cancers.

Friday, January 22, 2016

5:30pm – 8:30pm

US Steel Building, Downtown Pittsburgh (600 Grant Street)

Tickets are $60.

It’s a great chance to sample craft beers and awesome food… plus hang out in the quintessentially-Pittsburgh US Steel Building for an evening! All while supporting a great cause.

 

Hitchhiker Brewing to Add a Production Facility and Taproom on the South Side

Hitchhiker Brewing, currently located in Mt. Lebanon, is planning to add a location on the South Side of Pittsburgh. They plan to move all of their craft beer production to the new South Side facility, which will be a block or two off Carson St. on Muriel St.

It sounds like they plan to keep their taproom in Mt. Lebanon as well. It’s more that they’ll move their beer production (which takes up a ton of space) to the South Side, which will free up a bunch of room in the Mt. Lebanon location.

In addition, the South Side location is set to have its own taproom, too. I’m loving that Hitchhiker Brewing will now have two Pittsburgh locations! I’m daydreaming of smelling that special sweet beer-brewing smell when walking in the South Side.