Cellar Sales as Part of GABF

As part of GABF, some local beer stores around Denver are opening their cellars. If there’s anything better than rarities, it’s cellar-aged rarities! It’s a great opportunity to get your hands on some nice aged bottles, especially from the Western breweries. There are some nice offerings from Russian River, Avery, Deschutes, Goose Island, Lost Abbey, Port, and more.

Some of my recent cellar buys

Some of my recent cellar buys

Interested in seeing a list? Here’s an example from a local beer store. Many props to them for posting their full list and prices prior to the sale! As you can see, the prices are all pretty fair too. I’ve been happily surprised to see minimal price gauging.

beerPittsburgh Arrives in Denver/Hops & Pie GABF Opener Event

beerPittsburgh has arrived in Denver for GABF week! We decided to drive over so as to facilitate bringing back more of that delicious Colorado brew. The two-and-a-half day drive was punctuated by stops at two breweries: Schlafly in St. Louis and Boulevard in Kansas City.

Upon arrival, we quickly learned that the Mile High city is all-in for GABF. There are events everywhere, starting as early as yesterday (Friday). We stopped over at a big beer store called Davidson’s for their 4pm release of their rare bottles. They had a nice selection, though their system is a bit awkward: holding all the rare beers in the back away from customers’ eyes, they don’t have a list of what’s available. I had to pull up their Facebook page and scroll through the photos of what they had just gotten in, and then tell an employee each beer I wanted by name. This was odd because part of what craft drinkers use to make their purchasing decisions is to check out the bottle! Undeterred, I picked up some nice rarities from Avery, Cigar City, Almanac, and Mikkeller.

On Saturday we hit up a local craft beer hot spot called Hops & Pie. At this event, they were releasing some Avery rarities, including a few that are no longer in production. There

were exactly five that I hadn’t had before, and – what a coincidence – they were serving flights of five. I circled them on the list in the picture, but they were: Pump[KY]n, Obscura Nimbus, Uncle Jacob’s Stout, Rufus Corvus, and 5 Monks.

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Continuing onto their non-Avery tap list, I tried the Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout by New Belgium (Lips of Faith Series), Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge, and Maker’s Mark Barrel Aged G’Knight by Oskar Blues. Be sure to friend beerPittsburgh on Untappd to see what I’m drinking and my thoughts on them in real time!

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Finally, I got my hands on my first GABF advertisement/postcard thingy and wow, she is a beaute!

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GABF Flyer

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GABF Flyer – Front

 

Fall Beer Barge Tickets on Sale Tomorrow – Sept. 27, 2014

Here comes the Beer Barge! The Barge returns on Friday, October 17, 7 – 10pm for it’s Fall journey. If you’re a follower of the Barge, you’ll know that this event almost always sells out. Something about beer and boats that people can’t resist! That’s why it’s important to know that the tickets go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 27, live and in person at Commonwealth Press on the South Side. Ticket sales begin at 11am at the store and you can buy up to four tickets. $50 each, CASH ONLY.

Hoptoberfest Tickets on Sale Now! Event Sept. 27, 2014

Hoptoberfest, a harvest-oriented beer/food pairing event, is this Saturday, Sept. 27, 2 – 5:30pm at Hop Farm Brewing in Lawrenceville. At least 19 small plates will be available from local restaurants. Participants are given a tulip glass for sampling. A lot of our local Pittsburgh breweries will be represented. All proceeds will benefits the Children’s Foundation of Pittsburgh. There will be live music as well.

There are a limited number of tickets available for this event.

beerPittsburgh is going to GABF!!!

WE’RE GOING TO DENVER!! beerPittsburgh is headed to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver next weekend (Oct. 2 – 4, 2014) as a media representative for this site! GABF is THE quintessential beer festival of the U.S.

Stay tuned for full coverage of the event (with a Pittsburgh perspective, of course), including the lead-up, first impressions, and a day-by-day account.

Many thanks to the folks of GABF for having us!

Hough’s Opens their Beer Cellar – Sept. 25 – 28, 2014

This weekend, Hough’s Bar & Brewpub in Greenfield is opening their beer cellar. Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 25, and again on Friday Sept. 26 and Saturday Sept. 27, small pours will be available from rare and aged bottles they’ve been saving up in their cellar. They have their lineup posted here and there are some beauties, including KBS, a few Utopias, classics from Russian River, Avery, and many more. I also love that they posted what they plan to have available.

The event will last from 6 – 9pm for each of the three nights. Keep in mind, your favorite may go quickly.

Brew Fest of Mt. Lebanon – September 20, 2014

Brew Fest has become a Mt. Lebanon tradition and it’s back this year. Come on out on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in the Academy Avenue parking lot, behind the Saloon, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $40/person and include your own glass to fill with unlimited craft beer from Frank Fuhrer Wholesale, East End Brewing and Hitchhiker Brewing. A savory BBQ meal from Nicky’s BBQ also is included. Rock out to the late ‘90s music of Good Brother Earl live on the Academy Avenue stage.

Come rain or shine—tents will cover the lot to keep guests comfortable.

All proceeds benefit the Mt. Lebanon Veterans Memorial and its ongoing programming.

You must be at least 21 to attend; make sure you bring ID. Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY by clicking HERE. Please note: Tickets will not be available at the gate.
Beers offered:

Abita AMBER LAGER
Abita ANDYGATOR
Atwater VJP
Atwater Hop Apeel
Avery White Rascal
Avery Ellie’s Brown
Blue Moon Harvest
Blue Moon Chimp
Boulder MO JO IPA
Boulder SHAKE CHOCOLATE PORTER
Breckenridge VANILLA PORTER
Breckenridge 471 IPA
Brooklyn BROWN ALE
Brooklyn POST ROAD PUMPKIN
Church THUNDERHOP IPA
Church OKTOBERFEST
Deschutes BLACK BUTTE PORTER
Deschutes CHAINBREAKER WHITE IPA
Duclaw Sweet Baby Jesus
Duclaw Serium
East End Brewing Various Available
Flying Dog SNAKE DOG IPA
Flying Dog IN HEAT WHEAT
Great Lakes Burning River
Great Lakes Eliot Ness
Harpoon IPA
Harpoon UFO White
HellTown Barley Wine
Hitchhiker Brewing Various Available
Lagunitas IPA
Lagunitas Little Sumpin’
Left Hand SAWTOOTH ESB REGULAR
Left Hand MILK STOUT REGULAR
Long Trail ALE
Long  Trail TRADITIONAL IPA
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat Dream Machine
North Coast Old Rasputin
Penn Ginger
Penn Dark
Rogue SHAKESPEARE STOUT
Rogue JUNIPER PALE ALE
Sam Adams Oktoberfest
Sam Adams Rebel IPA
Sea Dog Blue Paw
Sea Dog Apricot
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Southern Tier GEMINI
Southern Tier LIVE PALE
Wood Chuck Amber
Wood Chuck Pear
Yards IPA
Yards BRAWLER

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.