Photo courtesy of Shubrew
Outdoor events are a way for communities to safely come together right now during the strangest summer ever. We might not be able to pile into our favorite restaurants or sports venues, but we can take our small, socially distanced quarantine crew out in a way that keeps everyone safe! Communities are creating some great events right now, especially if you love craft beer as much as we all do here at Fueled by Hops!
Zelienople is a treasure trove of craft beer right now. Located just north of Cranberry township, it’s not too far if you’re in the north hills. From another part of the city? Make it a day trip and spend some time hiking and enjoying nature at McConnells Mill state park prior. I’ve spent many a summer day hiking and drinking prior and this is worth your while!
With several breweries in close proximity in Zelie, there’s plenty of options to choose from. On Thursdays, there’s even a beer garden to enjoy! Every Thursday from 4-8pm through October, the Spring Street Beer Garden is up and running! During this special time each week, grab some to-go food from Shubrew or Burgh’ers – I recommend the fried rice or the Spiderpig pizza from Shubrew. Feeling a burger instead? Grab either the Fox Chapel (James Beard contest winning!) or the Shadyside from Burgh’ers. I highly recommend both!
As for beer? You can’t go wrong either. Take a seat at the beer garden with a beverage or two from two EXCELLENT breweries in Zelienople. I loved the Fresh Fest collab from Shubrew, Brewers Gonna Work it Out. A 7.7% pasty wheat, this beer features oreos, cacao, vanilla and coffee for an easy drinking dark beer. From Burgh’ers, check out their collab from Fresh Fest as well. Called Palette, this is a seriously hazy easy drinker that will make all of you hopheads satisfied for sure.
Got your beer and your food? Visit the Spring Street Public Parking lot and enjoy some time outside. This event was created to encourage responsible social distancing and benefit the community – so follow all required guidelines and be kind! Local vendors will also be offering sidewalk sales, so shop local and make it a Thursday tradition!