BEER Me

Published On June 28, 2013 | By Kymbo Slice | Food & Drink

BEERIt’s pretty much common knowledge at this point that people in Pittsburgh like their beer. Tailgating is a Yinzer’s favorite past time and great beer specials are a given on any game night. Pittsburgh also has its fair share of breweries, such as Full Pint and East End. Beer-focused events are becoming increasingly popular as of late, with the East End Brewing company’s keg and reverse-keg rides, as well as Construction Junction’s Big Pour, which sells out in minutes every year. We’re going to tell you about a few upcoming beer-tastic events that you might not be familiar with yet.

First, there’s this weekend’s Great European Beer Fest at The Sharp Edge Beer Emporium in East Liberty. This fest has been taking place for 17 years and is the only European Beerfest of its kind, as it features only beers that are brewed in Europe. The fest takes place rain or shine during two sessions today, Saturday the 29th and one session tomorrow the 30th. Tickets are available at Sharp Edge locations and at the door.

Next up, there’s a new fest in town, and it’s coming to Stage AE. It’s called the Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest and features a selection of over 250 beers, though you only get to try 25. We’re uncertain if it’s possible to try 250 beers in a few hours and remain conscious, but if anyone achieves that feat, let us know. This fest is brought to you by the same team who produces similar fests in Cincinnati and Columbus, where we’re sure they like their beer as well. This one focuses on American craft beer, of which there are many delicious varieties for your taste buds to enjoy! Tickets vary from $35 to $45 and grant you access to this 4 1/2 hour festival of great American craft beer.

Other events of importance include the occasional “Tapped. Pop Up Beer Gardens“, which just threw down last weekend in East Liberty. This event is typically $10 for all-you-can-drink and occurs in a different part of town each time it happens. Food trucks also show up to serve hungry attendees.

We’re also excited about the North Shore’s Beer Market, a recently-opened spot on Federal street that caters to beer drinkers. They have a huge selection of over 500 beers, with 50 to 60 on draft. Unique to the Beer Market is their “BYOF” concept, or “Bring your own food” – which helps stimulate nearby businesses, as patrons can bring in their own food or order directly to the establishment. We’re loving this new pre-concert option!

There’s also the Great North Pour Beer Festival in Wexford if you feel like making the trek! There will be an assortment of summer beers available, a beer pong tournament, and a raffle to win a trip for two to Florida.

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