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: 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

 

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

Five Things You’ll Find During Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week

For centuries, beer has served as the lifeblood behind some of the world’s most remarkable creations (not even including the evolution of the drink itself), thus making it a beverage worth celebrating. In a big way. Throughout our great country, festivals are held year-round to celebrate the world’s most popular and important drink.

As the craft beer scene has grown, so have the events that bring its creators and advocates together. More and more people are expanding their horizons, ignoring the watered-down advertisements, and trying new beers that challenge the palate with every sip.

While the craft beer revolution is prevalent all over the land, Pittsburgh has become a hotbed for craft beer over the past decade and change. Each day, a new consumer picks up a unique beer for the first time and increases their intrigue. Each day, bars and restaurants across the Steel City tap a new IPA or special offering from one of the hundreds of craft beer breweries or, equally as significant, one of the several local craft beer breweries like Helltown, East End, Full Pint, and others. It’s led to a scene that’s spread like wildfire 365 days a year in our fair city. But for 10 of those days, craft beer is given center stage to further its stake.

In 2012, the first ever Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week was held to collectively pull together the efforts of everyone behind the craft beer movement. Craft beer continues to grow, both in revenue and popularity, and the movement is sweeping its way through Pittsburgh and pulling people into its wave of unique beer choices in an epic way.

As we approach the 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week starting April 25th, us on the good side of craft beer advocacy are anxiously awaiting the events, collaborations, camaraderie, and all-out fun the week entails.

And for those just hopping on the bandwagon, here are 5 Things You’ll Find During Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week:

  1. Increased Awareness - If you’ve joined us for any events over the past two years, you know full well craft beer awareness is up when the clock strikes Beer Week. This week provides a unique snapshot of enthusiasts who enjoy craft beer from many different walks of life, for many different reasons. But, despite who they are and what they do, craft beer is the common thread that ties them all together.
  2. Enhanced Beer Education - If you’re just tapping into the craft beer scene or looking to give your palate the push it needs, Craft Beer Week is the perfect opportunity to make it happen. Education is a cornerstone of these events and highlights many of the scheduled events. Regardless of what event you choose, you’re guaranteed to find other like-minded beer fans to learn from.
  3. Social Connectivity - As Craft Beer Week has evolved, so too has the way its many events are shared. It’s impossible to be at every event at once, but through the power of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, you can be enjoying a hopstrong IPA at Bocktown in Robinson while tweeting with someone toasting a collaboration beer at Piper’s Pub in the South Side. The power of Social Media allows you to enhance your Craft Beer Week experience and you’ll see even more of this in 2014.
  4. Collaborations - Craft Beer Week brings together our local craft beer constituents and the results always leads to collaborative beers that will make you wish they brewed together every day! Even breweries outside of Pittsburgh have contributed, like Southern Tier Brewing’s Craft Beer Week rollout last year, Pittsburgh Left. The 10-day event is normally the only time these beers are available, so don’t miss out!
  5. If You’re On the Fence About Craft Beer… - Whether craft beer stole your heart some time ago or you’ve just begun flirting with entering a relationship with it, Craft Beer Week is a great time to interact with other beer fans and discover what style of beer is right for you. We all reach a point where we demand more from our beer. If that statement weren’t true, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week wouldn’t exist.