Hey Pittsburgh, it’s time to think about our local craft beer week. This year’s festivities take place April 17 through the 26th, and as a beer enthusiast, I look forward to the events and more specifically the collaboration beers. What exactly is a collaboration beer? Well, a tradition of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week since its inception has been the idea of getting our local brewers together to brew unique beers with each other. These one-off beers help us celebrate not only craft beer in Pittsburgh, but most importantly our local breweries and brewers too.
I’m fortunate enough to have several of these local brewers as friends so I sat down with two of them to discuss one of the 2015 collaboration beers. This year brewmasters Andrew Maxwell of Rivertowne Brewing Company and Jeff Guidos of All Saints Brewing Company put their heads together to design a German Pale Amber. This yet to be named brew will be based on 2-row Pale, CaraRed, CaraMunich I & II malts with featured hops Nugget and El Dorado. Check out the interview below and look for this collaboration beer as Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2015 kicks off on April 17th.
What does Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week mean to you?
Andrew: It’s a celebration of brewery contributions to the neighborhoods and region. Good people coming together sharing good times over a beer or two for good causes.
Jeff: It’s an opportunity for brewers of the region to hang out and catch up. We’re all friends but we’re all busy with day-to-day activities.
How did the collaboration partnership come be?
Andrew: We’re long time friends and share a mutual respect for each other in this business.
Jeff: We’ve shared a friendship and customers since the late 90s. It seemed natural, but yet it’s the first time we’ve done it.
What was the inspiration for the beer?
Andrew: We wanted to design a beer that was highly drinkable but complex.
Jeff: A beer that leaves you wanting another. We look for it to be hoppy, crisp, moderate alcohol but most of all very drinkable.
When and where will the beer be brewed?
A 7-barrel batch will be brewed at the All Saints location in Greensburg and a 15-barrel batch will be brewed at the Rivertowne Pour House in Monroeville. Target brew date is Wednesday, March 11th to allow ample time to lager.
Where will we find it?
All of the Rivertowne locations (restaurants and brewery) and the All Saints Brewery. Additionally, various bars and events will feature collaboration beers during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week.
Thanks to Andrew and Jeff for the interview and brewing great craft beer. It’s always great to sit down with a few brewers and see what they thought as the idea for a new beer comes to light.
Craft Beer Enthusiast