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.
Draai Lagg Brewery in Millvale has released TWO new brews! Cru is an old ale fermented with Wild Angels and Yodeler is a Belgian-style barleywine. Both are available in the taproom and Cru is also available in 22 oz. bombers.
Wow! Roundabout’s been around (see what I did there?!) for a whole year already! Celebrate with them at their brewery in Lawrenceville this Sunday, July 13. They open at noon. They’ll be food, live music, and of course, great beer! Click here for more info.
Come out this Saturday, July 12, 2014, for Art Brew at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts! The event runs from 6:30 – 10pm and features local craft brewers, beer + food pairings with local Pittsburgh food trucks, plus live music and art activities. Save $5 by buying tickets today or tomorrow. This event will take place on Bank Street in Sewickley.
Click here for more info and tickets.
Pittsburgh welcomes yet another new brewery to our rising brewery scene! Milkman Brewing has opened up in the Strip District at 2517 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. Their debut was back in April at the Beers of the Burgh Festival, but they’re now ready to open their brewery doors to the public for growler sales. They began sales this weekend with three tasty brew offerings. Regular growler fill hours will be posted at their website soon!
Through CBS Local Offers, Full Pint Brewing in North Versailles is offering 30% off a Tour for Two. This deal must be purchased through CBS Local Offers and you must select one of the offered tour dates. Click here for more info and to buy the discounted tickets.
Come out to the Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest on Friday & Saturday, July 18 & 19, 2014, at Stage AE on the North Shore. They’ll have over 250 craft beers in an open sampling setting. There’ll be many of our our local Pittsburgh breweries present, and a lot of national breweries as well. In addition to the beer sampling, attendees will receive a souvenir glass, free music, and access to some great food trucks.
There are VIP tickets (early entry), regular admission tickets, and designated driver tickets (DD only available online). And check out this special – if you buy your tickets before July 1, you can get VIP tickets for the regular ticket price!
Click here for more info and to buy tickets