We love supporting new breweries, so when Big Rail Brewing (http://bigrailbrewing.com/) out of the Grove City area contacted us about setting up a tasting event, we immediately said yes!
From Bill at BRB: "We have a small but mighty 2 bbl brewery that is currently being set up in the basement of the Harmony Inn (http://www.northcountrybrewing.com/harmony/) in Harmony PA. Recently, our friends at North Country Brewing Co. in Slippery Rock reopened the Harmony Inn. They have asked Big Rail Brew to produce some of our own (and some house favorites) beer to go on tap at the Inn."
For this event, BRB will join a live acoustic musician on the Harmony Inn's outside patio to offer up free samples of their brews and to chat with us about their operation. The full bar and full food menu will be available inside. Also inside starting at 4pm will be another live band, so you may want to plan on sticking around for a while.
Since this event is so far in the future, I'm holding off on opening RSVPs until two weeks prior to the date, which puts us at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 31. But mark your calendars now...you won't want to miss out on this awesome summertime event!
In case you weren't aware our friends at Full Pint Brewing have opened a nice little pub in Lawrenceville so they can bring their beer into the city. In addition they have partnered with Wild Purveyors for some great cheese and small plates for when you enjoy the beer. The only issue with a quaint little pub is fitting a lot of people inside. Because of space we have to limit this one to only 25 people. We ask that if you RSVP yes, please be sure to attend and if you can't attend please change your RSVP so someone from the waiting list can come.
See you there!
Voodoo Brewery has been a major player in the "local" (they're from Meadville...close enough) craft beer scene for several years. Now Pittsburghers are rejoicing that they've opened a second location (http://www.post-gazette.com/life/libations/2015/01/29/Voodoo-opening-pub-in-Homestead/stories/201501290017) that doesn't require a drive up 79 North!
Some things to note about our event:
• After 4pm, it's free to park in the lot behind the brewery.
• There WILL be food!! One of our members, Snackman Tim, is the Marketing Manager of the Pittsburgh Smokehouse (http://www.pghsmokehouse.com/) food truck so it's a no-brainer that we asked him to be on hand to provide yummy BBQ grub for your dining enjoyment. (All food and beer purchases are on your own.)
• Jake from Voodoo will be around to chat with us about the history of Voodoo brewery, the history of Homestead and the building they recently renovated, the beers, Voodoo's vision for the future, etc.
• We'll enjoy a discount of $1.00 off all beers (as long as you're with the meetup).
• RSVPs will open on Monday, March 23 at noon.
Hope to see you there!
Hel-ooooo everybody! It pleases me to say I am the guinea pig for a "guest organizer" spot with our little group! Please help me to make this project (and this meetup) a grand success! We will be meeting at one of my favorite venues in Bloomfield- Lot 17. I can honestly say there was never a time I entered this fine establishment and didn't have a wide selection of nice beers on tap to choose from. Aside from the beer and the great food, the wonderful ambiance of this joint is that of a classic city tavern with it's dark wood bar, red brick walls friendly bartenders.
So there you have it. Lot 17...be there or be square!
We're trying something new! A Beer "Mead"up! Mead is technically wine (made from honey rather than grapes), but we wanted to pay a visit to this fantastic new contributor to the local beer/wine/spirits scene. Plus, owner and meadmaker Dave Cerminara used to be a brewer at Penn Brewery until he left last year to start Apis.
If the only mead you've ever tried before has been thick and syrupy, which made you decide you don't like mead, you owe it to yourself to come out and give Apis mead a shot. It's far different from most other meads out there. Plus, with an average of 10 different varieties of mead available most of the time, there's something for everyone. You can buy most varieties by the glass or bottle and you're welcome to consume bottles on site. If this is your first mead experience, you may want to order a sampler flight.
Apis does not serve food, but Dave keeps a stack of local menus near the bar and encourages folks to order takeout from one of the great restaurants within walking distance. There are also no TVs. Just chill music and a bookshelf full of board games.
Since Apis is not normally open on Sundays and Dave will be opening just for our private event (and giving us tours and answering questions), please consider buying a bottle or two of your favorite mead to take home with you at the end of the afternoon.
RSVPs will open on Monday, March 16 at noon and will be limited to 60 attendees. Cheers!
Ho Ho Ho! We're returning to Rock Bottom (http://www.rockbottom.com/pittsburgh) in the Waterfront shopping area of Homestead for our annual unofficial Chrismahanukwanzakah (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0unZw4PWsdk) party where there is sure to be plenty of good times and good beer in the midst of some twinkly lights and decorated trees!
Although Rock Bottom is a chain, the brewers at the Pittsburgh location certainly don't treat it that way when it comes to the beer (http://www.rockbottom.com/locations/pittsburgh/beers). (Check back closer to the meetup date for an updated beer list.) Our good friend Meg, who many of you know as the kick-ass brewer behind the delicious pairings at our beer/cheese event at Rivertowne last December, has joined the Rock Bottom brewing team and their beer is better than ever!
Some more info: Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/rock-bottom-brewery-homestead) | Urban Spoon (http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/23/271515/restaurant/Pittsburgh/Waterfront/Rock-Bottom-Homestead) | Trip Advisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g52841-d865244-Reviews-Rock_Bottom_Restaurant_Brwry-Homestead_Pennsylvania.html)
Come on out to eat, drink, and be MERRY with us!! (Maybe if you're all good little boys and girls, Santa will drop off some glassware giveaways again this year, too!)
*This is not an official meetup!*
We won't have nametags, or make introductions, and there may not even be any official organizers present (although I do plan to attend). We just wanted to spread the word that a local Pittsburgh author and graphic designer has co-written a book called, "Cool Beer Labels" and he's hosting a book release party at The BeerHive in the Strip District. Hope to see some of you there!
More info about the book: Buy the Book (http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Beer-Labels-Design-Breweries/dp/1440335206/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411046676&sr=1-1&keywords=cool+beer+labels) | Website (http://coolbeerlabelsbook.com/) | Facebook
Join us for a fun evening helping Bill & Michelle, owners of Arsenal Cider (http://www.arsenalciderhouse.com/), test out their new cider garden. That right, CIDER. I know this is the Pittsburgh BEER meetup but we thought it might be fun to check out a non-beer place, this may happen again sometime. It's good to try new things! And you can bring those gluten free folks out to try all of these as well. For those of you that think you don't like cider, you might want to wait till you've tried theirs. They have a wide variety of styles that might surprise you.
For those of you that have been here and do like it already, there is something new. A Cidergarden! It's a awesome outdoor space that they just finished and we get to help them try it out before the "Grand Opening" on the 30th.
In addition to all the fun of hanging out in the garden, we may be able to get a few interested folks into the backroom for a tour (this is dependent on the construction progress).
***You can bring your own food to enjoy with the amazing cider that they make.
***Just a point of information about this meetup, in case your are not aware. Due to the laws in Pennsylvania, Arsenal is not permitted to sell their products by the glass at the Cider House. Therefore you will have to purchase a bottle (~32 oz flip top growler), which runs between $15 -$25 depending on which one you get. A bottle can easily be shared with other people if you want to chip in with a few others. They will also give a few small samples before purchase so you can select one you like. Of course you can also take home any leftovers that you may have.
***Due to space constraints, we have to limit this one to 40 people so please be considerate to the other members and only sign up if you know you can be there. If something does come up please change your RSVP with as much notice as possible so someone on the wait-list can take your spot.
***Due to agreements with the City of Pittsburgh, all patrons must be off of the property by 8:00pm. That's why we are starting this one so early.
What? How can we have a beer meetup at Stoke's Grill (http://www.eatatstokes.com/)? Aren't they just a BYOB soup and sandwich place? Nope! Not anymore! A few months ago, Stoke's Grill expanded into the storefront next door and added a bar with a pretty impressive lineup of craft drafts and bottles. From their website: "Your neighborhood gourmet sandwich grill is now also the newest and greatest place for homemade deck oven pizza and an amazing selection of American craft beers and specialty craft cocktails." We'll probably fit just fine in their spacious dining area, but if necessary, we can sneak off into the private dining room and have our own space.
The owner Jason is very excited about hosting us and look forward to our feedback and suggestions for future beer offerings. He told me that they just got their hands on some fresh local hops, so they're planning to do some cool infusions over the next week or so.
Sorry for the short notice! Hope you can join us!