Date : June 5, 2010
Since today Jake and I are going to the Sharp Edge European Beer Festival, I thought it would be a good idea to finally post about the Penn Microbrewers Fest that took place earlier this month. As you might be able to tell, there was a lot of rain during the first session and a good portion of the area flooded but we still managed to have a great time. The attendance was still very good with beer lovers near and far flocking to the North Side’s Penn Brewery to sample some delicious beer. Most brewers featured a special release beer in the last 45 minutes of the session such as East End’s Black Strap Stout on cask, Smuttynose Wheat Wine, Green Flash Palete Wrecker and Victory’s Wild Devil. Jake and I were surprised to be handed tasting glasses made out of actual glass (a lot of brewfests tend to get rowdy and lead to breakage….). Overall I was very pleased with the variety available. It was just so hard to get to them all in 3 hours!
Scott’s getting the Black Strap Stout ready on cask. I just happened to be first in line! I was very excited to see some of my favorite breweries (in addition to East End), in attendance. Ommegang 3 Philosophers was available which is still one of my top 10 favorite beers of all time. Green Flash brought some great brews including a special IPA, the Palate Wrecker, which was a wonderfully complex imperial IPA. Brooklyn Brewery also brought their Local 1 and Local 2 beers which are liquid testaments to what good American brewers can accomplish. We had lots of good conversations with Pittsburgh brewers and beer lovers which only confirmed our belief that Yinzers are ready for better beer! For $40, the TDY guys got a glass, lunch, live music, and 3 hours of great beer: a pretty good value in my book.
Since 2/3 of TDY was at the early session, we grabbed an Allegheny Pale at the Penn Brewery then made the trip downtown to the Three Rivers Arts Festival. We arrived just in time to catch Guster live on stage. What a weekend!