First of all, this weekend is the 4th annual Big Pour, the most highly touted beer festival in the Pittsburgh area. Chances are good that you probably didn’t get a ticket. Have no fear, TDY will be in attendance for the 12-3 PM session tomorrow and will give yinz the scoop on the Big Pour. We are definitely a little bit worried about the number of people that might be in attendance (see long lines as in Brew at the Zoo). However, we are absolutely excited about the brewers and some of their offerings.
Joel Armato from New Holland gave TDY the scoop on a couple of rare brews that they are bringing: Oak Aged Mad Hatter and Brother Jacob Belgian Dubbel. East End is also making a special brew, a tart Berliner Weisse, just for the Big Pour. Mountain State Brewing Co. was a nice surprise at the Ohiopyle Beer and Gear festival earlier this summer. Try their Seneca IPA. Voodoo was also at Beer and Gear and really stole the show. We are excited to see if they bring either the Pilzilla (Imperial Pilsner) or the wild and fruity Love Child. Unibroue, Stone, and Bell’s are three other breweries that don’t make many Pittsburgh area appearances but will be at the Big Pour. I’m specifically looking for Bell’s to bring one of their great IPAs, and I will be pretty thrilled with anything that Stone and Unibroue bring to the event. Want to plan out your strategy? See the layout for Big Pour!
If you can’t wait for Big Pour or can’t get tickets, there are several pre big pour events going on tonight! Sarah and I will be at the Harris Grill enjoying samplings of Furthermore, Erie, Troegs, and Oskar Blues from 5-7 PM. Blue Dust in Homestead will have a huge collection including Stone, East End, and Dogfishhead tonight starting at 7 PM. The Sharp Edge Emporium will have the same basic lineup as the Harris Grill from 8-10 PM tonight.
After Big Pour, TDY will be heading out to Homestead for the 20th Annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival. In addition to great food and beer, there will be traditional Irish music, dancing, and some contemporary Irish bands including Gaelic Storm at 10 PM. We challenge you to listen to their version of Nancy Whiskey and Johnny Jump-Up and not quaff a pint of Guinness. Big Pour + Irish Festival = Amazing Beer-Fueled Saturday
Check back early next week for lots of videos, pictures, and our thoughts on all the beer.