My #PCBW: Wrap-Up

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Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014: Closing Time

Wow, what a week. From firkins to t-shirts to breakfast cereal, it was a pretty good time.

But, as with all good things, it has to come to an end at some point. Just like the last pint out of a keg, PCBW will be missed, but that shouldn’t stop you from reliving it by going to the venues and sponsors of PCBW 2014 and making your own fun the entire year.

Check out my review of PCBW 2014 and, as an organizer for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, I thank you all for coming out and supporting the craft beer scene in Pittsburgh. While it’s a good time, it’s a lot of work for us, but it’s all worth it when I see people out at an event or talking about how much fun they had.

So thank you for doing your part and making Pittsburgh one of the best beer cities in the country. Cheers!

Closing Time: Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 Wrap-Up

 

My PCBW – Days 8 & 9: Firkin Bash, Furnace Bash, Home Brew Bash…

The final days of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 are upon us and the weekend absolutely lived up to the billing. All across Pittsburgh, events were held that truly captured the essence of what PCBW is all about. From firkins getting tapped to home brewers squaring off to see who gets to brew a batch of their beer with Helltown to oysters to parties behind an old steel furnace, there is no question that endless fun NEVER goes untapped during Craft Beer Week!

My adventures through Pittsburgh Craft Beer roll on in the latest installment of My PCBW. Enjoy!

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My PCBW – Days 8 & 9 – Read here!

My PCBW – Day 10: That’s a Wrap, Folks!

After 10 days of celebrating craft beer with those who make it special, it’s time to close the chapter on the 2014 edition of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. There was so much jam-packed into the last 10 days, it was impossible to walk away without something new and exciting to tuck away in your memory bank.

Since the party started on April 25th, I’ve chronicled my adventures through Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as I have writing them. The entire event was a remarkable experience for me and I hope it was for you as well.

To all those who made Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 possible, I’d like to personally thank each and every one of you for the amount of work you poured into making it all run smoothly. Without your efforts, we wouldn’t have anything to celebrate.

This is my final adventure through Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014. As you relive the memories and reflect on all that took place, look forward to a full year of celebration and camaraderie with the beers you tasted and the people you met over this epic 10 days.

Can’t wait for #PCBW2015!

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My final installment in the My PCBW 2014 series
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Craft Beer Showdown Podcast Session 23 – ShuBrew

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Craft beer is all about small, local breweries producing some amazing beer. With a sense of inclusion surrounding just about every craft brewer, it’s this sense of belonging that brings everyone together for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week.

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With this idea in mind, I went out to ShuBrew in Zelienople, PA to talk to co-owner Zach Shumaker about craft beer, how he got ShuBrew off the ground, and what keeps it going.

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Small batches, great beer, and an awesome brewpub, ShuBrew is what craft beer is all about. Check out Session 23 of the Craft Beer Showdown Podcast to hear my interview with Zach and learn all about ShuBrew.

 

The Craft Beer Showdown Podcast Session 23: ShuBrew

My #PCBW: Days 5 and 6 – Cereal, Beer for Breakfast, and ShuBrew

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We’re passing the halfway mark for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 and so far it’s easily been the best one yet. My Tuesday wasn’t too much to talk about, but Wednesday more than made up for it.

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I got to do the Quintessential Breakfast Cereal and Beer Pairing with Piper’s Pub in the morning (see: 8 AM) and later that night I got to sit down and record a Podcast episode with Zach from ShuBrew. What better way to celebrate PCBW than to drink beers for breakfast in the morning and interview a small, local brewer in the evening.

Check out my full post on what I did for days 5 and 6 in Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, and check out my current Podcast episodes over at Craft Beer Academy to see when Zach’s episode comes up.

Cheers!

 

 

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.

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My #PCBW: Day 4

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Day 4 of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week is in the books, and a better Monday couldn’t have been had. From the release of Hitchhiker Brewing’s first beer to the Pens winning their series, it was a great day in Pittsburgh.

Check out my post on my experiences in day 4 of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 and see what a Hitchhiker, The Penguins, Four Seasons, and a local tap takeover all have in common. (Hint, it’s craft beer)

We’re just about halfway through the week and things are starting to get really interesting, so check out my post and let me know in the comments how your Day 4 went.

My #PCBW Day 4: Hitchhikers, Pens, and Sours, oh my!

My #PCBW: Days 2 and 3

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We’re finally through the first weekend of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. It’s hard to believe that with all the amazing events that have already happened that we’ve only just started on the fun.

Saturday was not a big day for me sadly, as I had my last long run before the marathon on Sunday the 4th and of course the I had to watch the Penguins win!

Check out my review of Days 2 and 3 of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014. How was your Saturday and Sunday? Tell me your favorite events you hit over the weekend in the comments below.

Cheers!

Craft Beer Academy’s PCBW: Days 2 and 3

 

My #PCBW: Day 1

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There’s a lot to do during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week this year, as you can pretty easily see by checking out the calendar, but the thing you can’t see in a list of events is how the events really go down.

For that, you need feet on the ground, checking the venues out and trying the beers so you know what you’re expecting when you get your hands on them. This is why I’m making sure to visit at least one PCBW event every day and recording it here so you can see how things go and what at least one person’s experience was. Look for this recap every day for all of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014.

All these posts are going up over on Craft Beer Academy, so check out day 1 and check back for more each day. While you’re at it, check out my other posts about Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week¬†too.

 

My #PCBW: Day 1 – Collaboration Beers, Good Pizza, and some Church.

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