Pittsburgh is a big city, with a BIG craft beer scene. I’m here to help you cut through the noise and find the best beer events each weekend. From festivals to releases to food trucks, I have you covered on the craft beer events you can’t miss around Pittsburgh this weekend.
Note: You can find all of these events and more over at FueledPittsburgh.com!
Last Friday was a “low key” Friday, so this Friday, we’re going to have some fun. Expect to be out a little late this week, but it’ll totally be worth it.
First, swing by Grist House in Millvale and pick up cans of their new Berry Berry Shaman Fruited Sour, which releases this Friday, October 22, 2021. The brewery describes this next Shaman beer as, “lemonade-inspired sour ale that tastes like the sun feels on a beautiful day.”
I’m a big fan of the entire Shaman series, and this release sounds like it certainly will not disappoint. Fully of fruits such as raspberry, blueberry and lemon, Berry Berry Shaman is also brewed with berry tea from Allegheny Coffee and Tea Exchange.
After you grab cans of this delightful beer, make your way to the North Side to check out the live music at Allegheny City Brewing. Starting at 6pm, local favorite Byron Nash will be performing in the Allegheny City Beer Garten located adjacent to the taproom.
And if you’re hungry while enjoying the show, you can pick up some food from Pittsburgh Tortas, who will also be on site at the brewery (I recommend the Verde Chicken).
Allegheny City Brewing is located at 507 Foreland St in the North Side.
Since you’re going to be out a little bit late on Friday, let’s take it easy Saturday afternoon and start our beer day at 4pm (you might need a little extra sleep, to be honest).
At 4pm on Saturday, October 23, 2021, head to Bay 41 in Lawrenceville (115 41st St) for the Beers Of The Burgh ‘Truck-or-Treat Food Truck Festival”. This is a family-friendly event and also a free event, so bring the kids with you.
The Truck-or-Treat Food Truck Festival will feature food from seven food trucks including Bridge City Brinery, Hoshi PGH and Tango Food Truck. Adults can also enjoy some local beers being poured by ShuBrew, Grist House and Strange Roots Experimental Ales.
Not a fan of beer? That’s ok because The Tipsy Gypsy mobile bartending service will be on-hand serving cocktails.
The Truck-or-Treat Food Truck Festival will run from 4pm to 9pm and feature a DJ and local craft vendor market. A portion of the proceeds of this event will be donated to Children’s Hospital Foundation of Pittsburgh.
Sunday is the end of an era for Sharpsburg-based Dancing Gnome Beer. As most of you may know, the brewery is gearing up to open their new taproom location at 1025 Main Street, just one block from their current location (925 Main Street), on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
This Sunday will be the final day to drink a beer in the “old” taproom before operations are moved to 1025 Main Street. So, grab some friends and head to 925 Main Street to close out the location that made us all fall in love with Dancing Gnome.
I personally have to say that’s it’s a bittersweet moment for me. From all the epic Saturday morning line shares, all the times we crammed in the taproom with a box full of 4-packs, the conversations with the staff, meeting new friends at the bar, to all the slices of Alberta’s Pizza I consumed after one too many hazy pints – we are certainly going to miss 925 Main. (But we look forward to new memories at 1025).
925 Main Street will be open as normal on Sunday.
P.S. Grab those Drink The Cookie Table tickets before they are gone! We are currently on a low-ticket warning for Session 2 and Session 1 is completely sold out! For this event, we’re bringing out 20+ great breweries to Spirit in Lawrenceville for a one-day celebration of dessert beers featuring some of your favorite Pittsburgh dessert makers! You can grab tickets here!