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.
Lots of great stuff going on in Pittsburgh this weekend…
Tonight the TDY guys will be enjoying dinner at a local Mexican BYOB restaurant (The Fajita Grill http://www.thefajitagrill.com/) so look for our food/beer pairings in a future post. Afterwards we might take in some live music : There’s two great options tonight…
The Pittsburgh Blues Festival kicks off at Hartwood acres http://www.pghblues.com/ and the 13th Annual WYEP Summer Music Festival at Schenley Park
Saturday : Soccer and Beer
We’re looking forward to taking in the U.S./Ghana game (2:30 PM) at a fine local establishment. On to any good places? Let us know. Wherever you decide to go make sure to get there early!
Saturday is the Sharp Edge Brewfest which is one of the largest all European beer festivals in the country! The beer festival is located in the parking lot of the East Liberty location (302 S. St. Clair St.) There are two sessions (3 and 7 PM) and tickets are $50 if they aren’t already sold out. http://www.sharpedgebeer.com/beerfest.htm
If you haven’t had your fill of soccer yet, Germany plays England at 10 AM. This game should be awesome! Maybe you can get up early enough to score a spot at Piper’s or Harp and Fiddle.
First and most importantly, The World Cup begins today. As soccer players and fans, The Drunk Yinzer is incredibly excited for the next month. Be sure to catch the USA vs. England game Saturday at 2:30pm.
Secondly, The Drunk Yinzer will be short-handed this weekend as Tim “The Palette” will be in Michigan for a wedding but will still be fulfilling his duties by visiting Arcadia, Bell’s (Kalamazoo), and Founder’s (Grand Rapids) breweries in Michigan. Quite the trip, look for his brewery reviews in the coming weeks.
Don’t call yourself a Pittsburgher until you’ve seen Joe Grushecky live. Grab an Iron while you’re at it. Altar Bar. 9pm.
England vs. USA 2:30pm
Good luck getting a seat at Piper’s Pub or Harp and Fiddle for the game. There will be big screens at Schenley Park showing the game. We also recommend befriending someone with a nice TV and bringing over a six-pack of Stoudt’s American Pale prominently featuring the American Flag on the front.
New Holland Brewery’s Mad Hatter Bar Crawl – South Side – 4pm-6pm
After the game, celebrate with your countrymen on Carson Street and enjoy some excellent offerings from New Holland. For specific bars and beers go here.
Rock the Streets: Summer Jam 2010
Great cause, great music and a great looking, informative website.
Three Rivers Arts Festival: final weekend
We’re particularly excited for local bands The Harlan Twins and Lohio, both performing Saturday night at 7pm on the main stage.
Did we miss any notable beer-related events? Let us know in the comments. Check our Flickr and Twitter throughout the weekend for updates on what we’re drinking.
Church Brew Works is opening their patio for the summer season. Show up for an island menu including crocodile pierogies and drink some Cherry Quadzilla or Pious Monk Dunkel. You just might see a few Drunk Yinzers there…. http://www.churchbrew.com/
The Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville is hosting local blues group, The Pawnbrokers at 10:00 PM with a $5 cover. The Thunderbird is a cozy place to see live music and enjoy an impressive tap list usually including a few selections from East End and Victory. TDY will also be in attendance! http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net
The Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2010 hosted by the Penn Brewery is the main event on Saturday. I know Jake and I here at TDY have been excited about this one for a long time. There are going to be some great craft brewers there. I’m especially looking forward to Ommegang which is slated to bring Three Philosophers, definitely in my top 10 favorite brews. Local favorites such as Troegs, Victory, and Southern Tier will be in attendance as well as some bigger names like Magic Hat. $40 will get you in with beer, food, and a free tasting glass.
Point State Park (cour. Jim Orsini)
Saturday is just packed full of events this week. You can grab a paddle or just head down to The Point to watch the more than a thousand boaters break the Guinness World’s Record for the largest kayak and canoe flotilla. The record attempt is at 12:30 PM and should be interesting to see more than 1000 canoes and kayaks on the river. http://www.paddleatthepoint.com/
The Three Rivers Arts Festival starts on Friday and runs through June 13. In addition to all of the arts and exhibition tents, there are several musical acts throughout the weekend. Local band Good Brother Earl opens for Guster (6:45 PM and 7:30 PM) at the main stage. Guster is a pretty good live show and it’s a free concert. As long as the rain holds off, it should be a good time complete with the Drunk Yinzers.
***Weekend Previews are posted every Friday to showcase what’s going on around the ‘Burgh. Where’ s the beer? Where are you going to find TDY?