Pittsburgh Beerfest Brews Up Downtown

As a Pittsburgher, can you even consider yourself a yinzer if you don’t enjoy a nice Iron City Beer every once in a while? Because beer and yinzers tend to go together like pierogies and butter, it’s no surprise that the Pittsburgh Beerfest is back this year, bigger and better than ever. 

Two Days of Drinking

That’s right, on January 26 and 27 you can head out to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to sample over 200 beers from breweries around the country. Just pay for admission and then like the chocolate factory from Willy Wonka, have a taste of every drink in the room. 

The event is presented by Southern Tier Brewing Co. and hopes to bring support to crafters local and national. Some of the local businesses featured at the event are Sly Fox Brewing Co., East End Brewing Company, and Dancing Gnome. However, the list of brewers spans 150 different businesses so these places are just a small sampling.  

Beyond the Beer

Make sure to come hungry because Pittsburgh Beerfest offers more just drinks. Small bites are available from throughout the festival grounds from select food vendors. These stands will also have non-alcoholic beverages for purchase in case you need a break. 

If you’re not a fan of craft beer, don’t worry, this event is still for you. The festival will also have taste tests of craft ciders, seltzers, and liquors. And for those opting to not drink at all, purchase a Designated Driver’s ticket. You can join your friends in the fun, and take them home safely after! You’ll get free water and soda at the designated driver booth as well as a voucher to use at any of the food trucks. 

Quick Tips

Don’t forget, all samples are “first come, first served” and many selections will run out quickly. It’s best to check out the list of vendors and beverages available before attending so that you get your top picks lined up. 

Story by Kylie Thomas

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