Come check out the review of Commonwealth Press’s third annual PGHTEE event. It was a free tee-shirt art show housed in Commonwealth Press’s warehouse. Over 20 local artists showcased their best printed tee’s for our viewing pleasure. The tee’s were displayed on clotheslines and tables throughout the warehouse. Plus, this event had free beer! Local homebrewer’s associations like T.R.A.S.H and T.R.U.B provided the flavorful brews for the night. We had a blast checking out all of the super creative tee’s while drinking some awesome PGH brews! Look at what we did at PGHTEE 2014!


The 2014 Pittsburgh Real Ale Festival UPDATE

The Pittsburgh Real Ale Festival that was originally planned for Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 has been cancelled and postponed to the fall. Fear not, as there’s a very good reason, which the owner of Piper’s Pub, Drew outlines below. Check out what he has to say and let’s get ready for some firkin fun this fall.


 Real Ale Festival Announcement


Well…I guess there is really no simpler way to say it – we suck.

After days of debate and conversation between myself and my staff we have decided that it is best if we postpone the Pittsburgh Real Ale Festival, scheduled for this Saturday May 3rd at Highmark Stadium, until this fall. We are not happy to have to make this announcement, and the decision was not taken lightly, but given the choices we had we felt this was the most fair thing to do.

The driving force behind this decision is poor ticket sales. The high cost of the ticket coupled with the fees from the ticketing agency we were required to use due to a contract for the venue made the ticket price far too high; this was made painfully evident to us shortly after ticket sales started on April 1st and we started to get feedback. At that point it was too late to make many changes, the contracts were signed; our hope was that we would be able to sell at least 60% of our goal in order to give you all the festival we had promised. After this weekend, a bunch of amazing press from multiple media outlets and social media pushes we still remained at less than half of what we needed to throw the festival. We were left with 2 choices – pare down the festival to be a more appropriate size given the ticket sales, not delivering on our promise and what the ticket holders paid for, or postpone the festival until fall and make the necessary adjustments to the venue and ticketing that will allow us to lower the price of the festival tickets and throw the festival we want to throw. We decided on option 2 as the lesser of 2 evils; our desire is to throw an amazing Real Ale Festival and deliver on our promise, that just isn’t possible with the low volume of ticket sales and we weren’t willing to sacrifice the quality of the experience, we felt it best to refund & reassess.

We have personally contacted all ticket holders and sponsors to apologize and explain our decision. We will be reissuing all PCBW Sponsor tickets and giving people who bought the original tickets ‘dibs’ with a pre-sale exclusively for them to make sure they get tickets to the Redux version of the festival. Once details like date & venue have been worked out we will be in touch with an update and more information via email.

There was one facet of the festival that we cannot postpone – some of our local homebrewers worked super hard to brew us beers to be judged at the festival in order to get their beer brewed by Helltown. We still want that to be a thing and these folks want you to sample their beers and vote on your favorite so we talked to Dan at Commonwealth Press and he has kindly given us permission to throw a free BBQ at his warehouse (2315 Wharton St South Side 15203)  on Saturday 5/3 from 1pm-5pm, same time as the fest was scheduled. We are going to have the 5 homebrew firkins, plenty of other beer, Piper’s Pub & The Pub Chip Shop are going to hook up some treats, we have a grill… We know that it isn’t on the same scale as the Festival, but we would really love it if you came down to the Warehouse, tried and voted on the beers, grabbed some food and some high fives. No cover, no tickets, no strings attached – just a fun time, great beers and good food.

Thank you for your support and for buying your tickets, we really do appreciate it. We can’t wait to let you know about the festival redux and sincerely hope to see you Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Press warehouse so we can apologize in person. Thank you, again, for the patience and understanding, we really can’t apologize enough.


Owner, Piper’s Pub


Beaver County Homebrew Club Showcase

A brief review of the Beaver County Homebrew Club Showcase event at Bocktown Beer and Grille. The event occurred on Sunday, April 27th and featured about fifteen members of the club offering samples, discussing their beers and providing an enjoyable afternoon. You can read more about the event here.

Attendees and members of the Beaver County Homebrew Club interact at the BCHC Showcase event at Bocktown Beer and Grille.
Attendees and members of the Beaver County Homebrew Club interact at the BCHC Showcase event at Bocktown Beer and Grille.

My PCBW – Days 4 & 5: Pick Up a Hitchhiker, Wrestle With a Gobblerito

It’s hard to believe Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 is halfway in the history books at this point. But the last five days have been jam-packed with so much fun, it’s not a surprise. No one can deny there’s enough to keep you busy ’til the cows come home during this outstanding 10-day festival of beer goodness.

My adventures through PCBW have been non-stop and each event has given me something new to walk away with. Whether it was tasting a new beer, meeting new people, or enjoying the scene at a particular event, the last five days have truly captured what Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week is all about to me.

Despite the activities being a bit more toned down over the past couple days, my adventures through Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 continue to create memories, friendships, and further love of craft beer. Take a look at where I was on Monday and Tuesday in this installment of My PCBW – Days 4 & 5.

Breaking Brews

10.8 Gallon Full Metal Firkin – The Pittsburgh Real Ale Festival


Hosted by Piper’s Pub and taking place at Highmark Stadium on Saturday May 3rd from 1pm-5pm, 10.8 Gallon Full Metal Firkin is Pittsburgh’s only festival dedicated strictly to serving real ale.  This is the second year for The Pittsburgh Real Ale Festival; after the success of our first festival, Release the Firkins, during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2013 we decided to expand the event with more space, more beers and more fun for 2014. This year’s event will benefit the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance and Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week with a portion of proceeds benefitting both organizations.


What is real ale? More than just your regular beer, real ale is a living thing. A style of beer that Piper’s pub specializes in, it’s truly a special type for a beer festival. The beer is made following all of the same steps any brewer would follow, but instead of being filtered and/or pasteurized then kegged or bottled it is left to condition in its serving vessel, a firkin in most cases, where the yeast is left alive to ferment a second time. This allows the flavors and aromas of the beer to naturally develop in the ale, but it also means much greater care must be taken in its storage and service – real ales have a short shelf life and are best when drank shortly after tapping. All ales served at 10.8 Gallon Full Metal Firkin will be real ale, gravity poured from custom-built cradles. It is for this reason that we are happy to share our list of participating breweries, but won’t know until we vent the firkins the night before the festival what is going to be served…things alive aren’t always the most predictable. A more in-depth primer on firkins and cask ales is coming soon to

real ale festival

This year’s Real Ale Festival will be host to at least 65 firkins of real ale. These beers will be available nowhere else, as vall were kegged just for this event. Included in our firkin madness will be the 5 winners of the Piper’s Pub homebrew contest. Our local homebrewers were asked to submit an ale for judging last October, winners were selected by a panel of professional beer geeks and the 5 best are being brewed, firkin-ed and will be poured at 10.8 Gallon Full Metal Firkin by their creators. Along side our homebrewers will be at least 60 other firkins from local, regional and national breweries. A full list of the breweries participating and the winning homebrewers is available at


READY FOR TICKETS? Get them here while you still can.


Beer is most definitely the focal point of our festival, but man cannot live on ale alone! Included in admission are specialties from both Piper’s Pub and The Pub Chip Shop along with a buffet of foods meant to pair perfectly with the ales you will be sampling. We needed more space, so we are taking over all of Highmark Stadium for the event and will have food and beers available inside and out on both floors of the event space, all with amazing views of our gorgeous city! We are working out some details and may be adding a couple local food specialty vendors in the coming weeks, details will be posted to our website as we are able to confirm.

highmark stadium real ale festival

Beer? Check. Food? Check. Entertainment? CHECK! We will have a local DJ spinning some music for the afternoon, Commonwealth Press will be on site screening t-shirts and the Tartan Devils, Piper’s Pub football team, will be taking the pitch for a league match at 3pm – should be a great match to watch while sampling real ales. We are working on some other fun stuff, a rumor of a photo booth is floating around, more details will be posted as we confirm them.

Admission is $65 and includes all the beer and a logo taster glass to drink it in, the food, and all of the woos and high-fives we can pack into 4 hours.  Tickets are on sale now and full details about the venue and event are available at