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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Beers of the Burgh Festival

The inaugural Beers of the Burgh Festival arrives at the warehouse at 97 44th Street in Lawrenceville this Saturday, April 12 starting at 5PM. The fest will showcase the best beer from over 30 breweries that call Pittsburgh and the surrounding region home. While the city has its fair share of beer festivals, including the firmly established Big Pour, the newly minted (and massive) Pittsburgh Beer Fest, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week and Zoo Brew, Beers of the Burgh will be the only event singularly dedicated to the region’s craft brewing scene.

“We wanted to create an event that really showcases the amazing craft beer scene developing in Pittsburgh and brings people together through their common interest in good beer and local businesses,” said festival organizer Grace Miller, who, along with her partner Mark Turic, started developing the idea of Beers of the Burgh three years ago.

Pittsburgh’s heritage as a brewing city was established by the national recognition of the Pittsburgh, Duquesne and Latrobe Brewing Companies. The fortunes of these big, old breweries have fluctuated greatly throughout the years. All of these brands are now brewed under one roof in Latrobe and run by an out of state brewing conglomerate. However, Pittsburgh’s relatively recent history as a hotbed of craft breweries has steadily grown.

The region is suddenly becoming a beer nerds dream. Within Pittsburgh proper Penn Brewery and the Independent Brewing Company have seen revitalizations, Church Brew Works, East End Brewing Co. and Full Pint Brewing have all been successful, and upstart craft brewers like Roundabout and Hop Farm continue to emerge. There are also a dozen or so small breweries sprinkled throughout the region such as Meadville’s Voodoo Brewery, Greensburg’s All Saint’s Brewing Company, and Slippery Rock’s North Country Brewing.

“The expansion of the scene in even just the few years we've been planning the festival has been really incredible,” continued Miller. “Mark and I started out hoping to find 20 area breweries for the event and couldn't believe it when our lineup hit 35. The breadth and variety of styles offered by these different breweries is remarkable.”

In addition to the beer tasting options, the Beers of the Burgh Festival will include food provided by Franktuary, Nakama and BRGR, along with a VIP tent catered by the Harris Grill. General admission tickets are currently sold out, but VIP tickets are still available. Partial proceeds from ticket sales will go to festival partner NeighborWorks, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that promotes homeownership and stable communities through financial empowerment. (97 40th Street, Lawrenceville, beersoftheburgh.com)

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