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Raise a glass to toast Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week


About the same time each year for one week, Pittsburghers will commemorate craft beer. The ancient beverage that has brought people together for thousands of years will be celebrated as Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week — April 20-29.

The beer collaborations produced by local breweries for this year’s Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week won’t disappoint. They’re sure to be special and as expected, they won’t last long! More than 50 events spread out over a week at local establishments in the Pittsburgh area will collectively make this craft beer week memorable. You’ll find special one-off beers and firkins brewed by your favorite local breweries, collaboration brews, beers that raise money for local charities and events at various establishments all designed specifically for the Pittsburgh craft beer consumer.

Pittsburgh’s Craft Beer Patron Saint, Tony Knipling will be remembered all throughout this week including a special toast at 10:10 p.m. April 20 for one minute. This is the first PCBW without Knipling who passed away in 2017. Tony “The Beer Man” was a founding member of PCBW and will be missed dearly.

From more than 50 events scheduled for Pittsburgh Craft Beer week, I have compiled a short list of 10 unique events, one from each night. You can find the entire listing of PCBW events at


Mark Brewer is a Tribune-Review contributing writer and the author and illustrator of Brewology, An Illustrated Dictionary for Beer Lovers.

1. Unofficial Kickoff to Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week with ALL the PCBW Collaboration Beers on Tap + Glass Giveaway

Where: Caliente Pizza & Draft House (all locations)

When: 4:30-11:30 p.m. April 20

First 48 customers get an official PCBW pint glass

2. Penn Brew U – Master’s Level

Where: Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial St., Pittsburgh

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 21

Penn Brew U Master’s curriculum class on how to brew dives deep into the beer production process, beer tasting, and quality control. $53 per person.

3. Butler Brew Works & New Dimension Comics presents “KRYPTONITE,” A Collaboration Beer Release

Where: Butler Brew Works, 101 S. Main St., Butler

When: 1-5 p.m. April 22

“KRYPTONITE,” an Imperial Margarita Gose. It’s 7.5% ABV, bright green and delicious. The beer will be released in special bottles featuring individual hand drawn artwork from local artists. Draft beers will also be available.

4. Exclusive Jolly Pumpkin Brewery Draft Event

Where: Caliente Pizza & Draft House (all locations)

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 23

When only two kegs of some ultra rare Jolly Pumpkin Brewery beers come to town, we do what’s best and save them just for you during PCBW. Enjoy.

5. Doing Art with East End and Tröegs

Where: Carson Street Deli, 1507 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh

When: 6-9 p.m. April 24

Who says coloring is just for kids? We don’t. We’ll be pouring East End & Tröegs collaboration beer named, Born & Raised. Will also be pouring East End Big Hop, Tröegs Sunshine Pils and Tröegs Scratch #318 (Lemondrop Double IPA). Tröegs will be providing coloring materials from their Art of Tröegs collection as well.

6. Dogfish Head Sampling

Where: Crafthouse Stage and Grill, 5024 Curry Road, Pittsburgh

When: 6-9 p.m. April 25

Crafthouse Stage and Grill hosts Dogfish Head as their brewery of the month culminating in a great night of sampling and giveaways. Enter to win a custom Crosely record player featuring artwork by Marq Spusta and enjoy their newest creation, Dragons and Yum Yums. This collaboration between Dogfish Head and The Flaming lips bring together great music and great beer. Stick around as the Dueling Pianos take the stage.

7. Dueling Firkins at Carson Street Deli

Where: Carson Street Deli, 1507 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh

When: 6-9 p.m. April 26

Last year they did two firkins that each kicked within 45 minutes. This year they’ll tap three. Our participating breweries are Hitchhiker, Grist House, and Butler Brew Works. Get there early before they’re all gone!

8. Barnaked 80’s

Where: Spoonwood Brewing Co, 5981 Baptist Road, Pittsburgh

When: 8:30-10:30 p.m. April 27 Live music with great beers while the Barenaked 80’s play the tunes!

9. Sour Saturday vs. Barrel Aged Beers

Where: Caliente Pizza & Draft House, 4624 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh

When: Noon-4 p.m. April 28

They love putting on their Sour Saturday events. They also love putting on their Barrel Aged events. So this year for its annual Sour Saturday event, they are combining the two. Come out for over 20 offerings of sour, funky and barrel aged goodness. The list promises to be crazy full of rare and one-off brews that they have been saving just for this event. Pay as you go 5-ounce offerings.

10. Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby

Where: Spoonwood Brewing Co., 5981 Baptist Road, Pittsburgh

When: 3-5 p.m. April 29

It’s $15 per player with a 25 player limit. First place splits 50/50 with charity of choice, plus “Beer for a Year” growler refills; second place wins $15 gift card. Sign-up in person or online at

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