Last night TDY was present at the Penn Oktoberfest. What a perfectly run event. The party was very very packed, yet all lines moved quickly. There were several beer lines and they all moved tons of people through very quickly. The food line worked like clockwork. The men’s line was non-existant, all thanks to the porta-john trough. This was the best porta-john system of all the beer/festivals of the year!!! I think Mayor Luke should hire the Penn staff to organize the bus lines for the city.
So much to talk about in such little time. Let’s start with the beer. Penn was serving all the hits. We personally drank the Oktoberfest all night. Pitchers were 1/2 gallon plastic jugs. Beer and food were cash only. After a few pitchers it was time to find an ATM. En route to the ATM we spoke with a salesman from Penn about the bottling line. It was an interesting tour while waiting for the ATM. Did you know they still handle bottles coming off the line by hand?!?! Yep so every bottle of Penn is truly hand crafted and cared for.
The food was great. We each had the sausage platter. Wunderbar! A brat and kilbasa with hot potato salad and kraut. As beer and food pairings go, the Oktoberfest brew with dinner was a perfect match. Those Germans really perfected the art of beer with food over the past centuries.
And of course there was entertainment. The band wasn’t holding anything back. We heard the Steelers’ Polka with orginial German lyrics and several more times with the lyrics we all know by heart. “We’re from the town with that great football team, We cheer the Pittsburgh Steelers. Winning’s a habit, not only a dream, Go out and get them Steelers!” The Pirates even added to the fun. From Penn we had an excellent view of the Skyblast fireworks with the city skyline as the backdrop.
No worries, if you missed the fun this weekend, you can still head over to Penn for a liter, brat w/ kraut and lederhosen next weekend. The fun starts on Friday 9/24 at 5pm. Check Penn’s website for all the details. http://www.pennbrew.com/data/english/oktoberfest.htm
Have you ever listened to the lyrics of “Last Call” by The Clarks? If you drink in Pittsburgh check it out. Tonight TDY took it easy. After a wonderful dinner at The 17th Street Cafe we stopped at Piper’s. The first round was Voodoo More Cowbell Imperial Stout, Founder’s Breakfast Stout and Smuttynose Porter. I am so fired up to see Voodoo on tap in Pittsburgh. Round two was Anchor Hummer Ale, Full Pint Brown and Troegs Hopback. This was about the time the Pirates did something to win…..or so I think the Pirates won. The scene on TV looked like they just won the World Series, haha. Gotta love the bar staff at Piper’s. Great excitement about beer, wicked friendly and very, very knowledgeable about the beer they serve.
After Piper’s it was time for half priced food/drinks. Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Michigan Pumpkin and Treoges Porter were spread around the table. What great beer to go with the magic pretzel and chicken tenders.
PS….Voodoo Oatmeal Stout and Michigan Pumpkin were the best of the night.
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.
TDY has an extra ticket to the evening session that we can’t use. Email Mark if you’d like to buy it. He’ll even autograph it for you.
Mark.Wanczak at Gmail dot com
Over the next couple months we will be turning a full size fridge into a 4 tap kegerator. Don’t worry we will keep you on top of the situation. Thanks to CL for making the purchase a possibility and now reality. Last night during the storm Mark and I moved the fridge into the house. And of course it couldn’t be simple.
8:43pm We show up to view the fridge.
8:48pm Realize the fridge is perfect and start taking doors off hinges to get it out of the basement.
9pm Fridge is loaded into the back of the truck. First flash of lighting is spotted. Also, low fuel light comes on in truck.
9:10pm Stop to get gas. Mark checks iphone for weather…….big red spot approaching downtown.
9:19pm First sprinkles of rain appear when we are about 3mins from house.
9:23pm Park truck and start to get fridge out of the bed. It starts to pour! Did I mention the lighting yet?
9:30pm With the use of headlamps, plywood (that will evenly be used for a cornhole set) and a little muscle we get the 24″ wide fridge past the 24.1″ gap between the house and the neighboor’s cinder block retaining wall.
9:40pm Using the plywood we push the fridge up over the basement threshold and into place in the basement.
9:41pm Rain stops…………
So if you have experience with kegerator construction and maybe fridge painting drop us an email.