Three Rivers Beer Week, which the PBG is bringing back after the last local beer week went dormant after 2017, will be held Oct. 6 through Oct. 10, 2021. The collaboration beer will be a featured element.
The PBG and ABA have formed a small brew team made up of members from both groups’ boards of directors. The brew team plans to take the next few weeks to develop the style and recipe. The goal is to include some ingredients sourced from Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The beer will be brewed at Eleventh Hour Brewing in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood in September and released at the beginning of Three Rivers Beer Week.
“As we began planning for Three Rivers Beer Week we wanted to do something unique and fun…and also something that would reward the beer fans that have supported our local breweries over this very challenging period,” said Brian Eaton, chairman of the PBG and co-founder of Grist House Craft Brewery. “We have a collective respect for the high quality of beer coming out of Asheville, so we reached out to the ABA with this idea of a region-to-region, Guild-to-Alliance collaboration and they were immediately on board.”
Though details have to be ironed out, PBG member breweries will have access to some quantity of the collaboration beer for on-premise pint pours. Some portion of the beer will also be available in cans around Pittsburgh. The PBG will also work with the ABA to distribute a small volume to Asheville.
“We share the Appalachian region and a deep love of beer, so this collaboration seemed like a natural,” said Brandi Hillman, president of the ABA and co-owner of Hillman Beer. “We’re looking forward to the beer that will come from this unique partnership.”
The PBG plans to share more information about the collaboration and Three Rivers Beer Week events in the coming weeks.
About the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild
The Pittsburgh Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization that counts 41 Allegheny County breweries as members. It is dedicated to providing a strong, united voice for independent craft breweries in Allegheny County. It aims at bettering the position of local craft breweries as it relates to promotion, legislation, and representation.
About the Asheville Brewers Alliance
The Asheville Brewers Alliance was formed in 2009 to promote Western North Carolina craft beverages, and exchange knowledge and support among its members. The ABA has just over 100 members, comprised of WNC breweries, beverage producers, and allied trades.