It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written a weekend guide to craft beer in Pittsburgh (I APOLOGIZE!), but I’m back this week to give you my round-up for all the big things happening around Pittsburgh’s incredible craft beer scene.
This weekend is chocked full of big things, including a pretty big football game (P-I-T-T!), my favorite BBQ in the city, live music and more!
Let’s dive in!
Last weekend was probably pretty rough on you, given the amount of eating and shopping you did, so let’s spend this Friday just hanging out and listening to some great music.
On Friday evening, local musical legend Byron Nash will be in the house at Hop Farm Brewing in Lawrenceville performing live from 7:30pm-10:00pm. This is a FREE show, fyi, and Byron will be performing in intimate, candlelit space in Hop Farm’s warehouse (it’s even decked out in holiday decorations!)
If you get there a bit early, be sure to grab food at Hop Farm. I highly recommend the Pulled Pork Sandwich.
Saturday is going to be a BIG day so you’re going to need lots of food and tons of great beer to get through it. Fortunately, there’s a lot going on around the city to satisfy both!
Let’s start the day off by heading to Dancing Gnome in Sharpsburg and grabbing lunch at one of my (and my wife’s) favorite BBQ trucks in the city, Blowfish BBQ. We don’t know what they are serving just yet, but we know you’ll be well-fed. (Hopefully they have their mac and cheese *insert drooling emoji*)
While you’re at Dancing Gnome, make sure you try their latest release, Mudpuppy, a 5.8% roggenbier releasing on Saturday. The brewery describes this beer as similar to a hefeweizen, however, they use a large amount of rye instead of wheat.
After checking out Dancing Gnome, head to Mike’s Beer Bar in the North Shore to watch the Pitt Panthers take on Wake Forest in the Subway 2021 ACC Championship Game at 8:00PM.
Mike’s Beer Bar has the largest selection of local craft beer in the area (always 50 local beers on tap!), so you certainly will not be disappointed. They also have some great food, so your dinner plans are already set. We highly recommend the Jumbo Cajun Shrimp on a Stone!
We also received word that Mike’s Beer Bar just got a fresh shipment of beers from Two Frays Brewery, one of the newest breweries in the city. Be one of the first to try their beer outside of the brewery by heading to Mike’s.
Let’s just hang out Sunday and listen to the sounds Nashville, TN recording artist, Craig Veltri at Inner Groove Brewing in Verona, PA. Sit back and enjoy some sweet country music while tasting all of the beers Inner Groove has to offer.
While you’re there, you can grab food from Waffles Pizza, the food truck on-site that day starting at 1pm.