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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My PCBW – Days 6 & 7 – Great Friends, Great Experiences, and More

As I sat down to put together this installment of My PCBW, reality hit me, both bad and good.

The bad is that only three more days remain in Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014. And yes, it will bring a much-needed rest for all those involved, including myself. But you still hate to see it go.

But the good is that I’ve packed so much into the last seven days, learned so much, carved out so many experiences, and forged so many new friendships, I’ve created a journal of memories that will last a very, very long time.

To me, this is the true essence of what Craft Beer Week is all about. Sure, we all love our beer. But the social element that comes with the events that beer inspires, as well as the relationships that form, truly makes it all worthwhile.

So strap in and read up as I recap my experiences through days 6 & 7 of PCBW 2014!

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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.

Calling All Pittsburgh Beer Bloggers!

With Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 quickly approaching, events are being planned, media day has been scheduled, and sponsors are falling into place.

The one missing piece, as far as I can see, is you, the Pittsburgh Beer Blogger. In the past two years that PCBW has been active the one missing piece to our media coverage has definitely been the inclusion of beer bloggers, especially those in the Pittsburgh area. As a fellow blogger and owner of CraftBeerAcademy.com, I feel that we as bloggers have a lot to offer and can provide some of the best coverage possible for the week of events that are being planned.

I would like to get as much help as possible so as many beer bloggers can help cover as many of our events both big and small as possible and act as a unified front to not only help build up Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, but to also help one another gain readership, traffic, and maybe even have some fun along the way.

I propose that we have a meeting on Sunday, April 13th at a meeting place to be determined for some lunch beers and talk over some plans on what to cover, how to cover it, and how we can get your posts more visibility via Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week’s social media and site.

Please fill out the form below with your information if you’re interested in joining in and want to do some blogging for PCBW2014. The only requirements are:

  • You already have an existing blog that is beer-centric.
  • You are serious about posting multiple (more than 2) posts in and around PCBW 2014.
  • You can enjoy yourself and write without purposefully bad-mouthing any establishments, beers, companies, etc. We’re about building a community of craft beer, not knocking it down so while you don’t have to be chipper and cheery about everything, we won’t support outright negative or derogatory posts or comments. Have fun and be nice.

Podcasters and bloggers are welcome, and since this is a new thing, we look forward to any input you have on how to cover the week and events.

For submissions must be in no later than Wednesday, April 9th. Spread the word and I hope to see you there.

Cheers,

Brian Meyer

Craft Beer Academy

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.