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

 

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 3: A Sunday of Taste Buds Tested, Dudes Abiding, and More

It was an eventful weekend across the Steel City as a variety of events went down to kick off Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014. Without a doubt, this 10-day celebration offers something for everyone. From bike rides to video games to tap takeovers to blind samplings, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week is off and running and making history as it goes.

My third day of Craft Beer Week travels had me wishing every day was like Sunday, as my entire day was jam-packed with craft beer fun.

Click the link below to get the full scoop on Breaking Brews about my blind taste testing at Bocktown Beer and Grill, the Great Lakes Beer Brunch at Hough’s, and The Big Lebowski/Lagunitas Festival at Arsenal Lanes!

My Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week – Day 3

 

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

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