Many PCBW Events are Selling Out Fast!

Wow. We all knew PCBW was a big deal, but did we know it was THIS big of a deal? Turns out that some of the PCBW events are already sold out, with one major event selling out in 4 minutes flat!  Check out my post about it here, on my all-Pittsburgh beer blog, beerPittsburgh.com.

The post offers some great alternatives and suggestions if your favorite event is already sold out. The moral of the story, though, is that if you have your eye on a certain event and tickets can be bought in advance, consider doing so now. The not-sold-out events are selling out fast. After all, it’s Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. It’s kind of a big deal.

To keep up with all things craft beer in Pittsburgh all year long, such as events, rare beer sightings, etc., check out the beerPittsburgh page anytime, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Craft Beer Academy Podcast #22: Cicerone Certification Program

Check out Craft Beer Academy’s episode about the Cicerone Certification Program. In this episode Brian sits down with Drew Larson and gets to know a little more about what a Cicerone is, how to become one, and most importantly, how to not sound like a jerk when talking about craft beer.

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This is a perfect primer for all the craft beer events going on throughout Pittsburgh as PCBW 2014 is nearly here. Learn what it means to become a true beer expert and how to handle things nicely if you ever get a beer that has something wrong with it.

Craft Beer Academy Session 22: Drew Larson from the Cicerone Certification Program

Craft Beer Radio: PCBW Preview Show

As a preview to PCBW Craft Beer Radio Episode 286 features all local beers from East End Brewing Company, The Church Brew Works, Roundabout Brewing and Hop Farm Brewing.  Also discussed is some of the signature events that take place during PCBW.  Special Guest Greig McGill provides commentary as to his first visit to Pittsburgh and it’s craft beer scene.

Download Craft Beer Radio Episode 286 or find it on iTunes

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 Collaboration Beers

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One of the best parts of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week definitely has to be the Collaboration Beers. Beers that are unique to PCBW and are fairly wild and unique in their own ways.

This year our local brewers have really outdone themselves by teaming up to have more Collaboration Beers than ever before.

Check out the list of Collaboration Beers here and find your favorites spread throughout the city for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014.

Craft beer destinations in Pittsburgh

As we get ready to kick off the 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, there’s no question enthusiasts across the region will be vamping up their excitement and looking for great locations to partake in the crafts. Our 10-day celebration is certain to feature memorable moments from locales all over the Steel City, with tap takeovers, sampling events, craft beer education and fun ready to rule the realm.

Are you in search of  great destinations to enjoy Craft Beer Week at? Search no more! Take a look at this compilation from Breaking Brews that includes some of our proud sponsors for PCBW 2014.

Craft Beer Destinations in Pittsburgh

Getting Excited for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014

With Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 almost here, I felt it only appropriate to start talking about it over on my own beer blog, CraftBeerAcademy.com.

Big events like the Beer Barge and the Real Ale Festival are just the start to more than a week of festivities, so if you have a minute, head over to my site and check out my post on hyping Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014.

We’re planning a lot of coverage for this year’s PCBW and for the first time, that will include some coordinated efforts from your favorite Pittsburgh beer Podcasts and beer blogs. Check back for more on the events of PCBW before, during, and after this year’s craft beer week, and get out and get some good beer.

10.8 Gallon Full Metal Firkin – The Pittsburgh Real Ale Festival

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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.

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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 www.pghrealale.com

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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 www.pghrealale.com

 

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.

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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 www.pghrealale.com

 

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 Media Day

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (PCBW) 2014 Media Day will take place on April 16, 2014 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM at Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week begins on Friday, April 25, 2014 with many events in store for the Pittsburgh region. After two successful years, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week is back for a third year of events and activities.  PCBW will begin on Friday, April 25, 2014 and conclude on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Thanks to the help and involvement from the community, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week in both 2012 and 2013 brought nearly $4 million dollars to the Pittsburgh region with over 400 events each year.  We encourage all local media to attend our media day event to learn more about the events, taste our collaboration beers, and interview the local craft beer community.

The Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance (PCBA) is the organization behind Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. The Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization overseen by a board that consists of brewery managers, restaurant managers, craft beer industry employees, and others to help promote and raise awareness for Pittsburgh craft beer. Overseen by this board, the PCBA was created to promote and enhance the thriving Pittsburgh craft beer scene with the creation of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. The inaugural event for PCBW was held in April of 2012 and since then the week and the alliance have continued to grow in their ability to share craft beer knowledge and awareness throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Download a copy of the official press release here.