Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week – Days 2 and 3

 

pittsburgh craft beer week days 2 and 3

Ok, just 2 days ago I promised I would post every day of PCBW 2014 and what I did for each, but a Penguins playoff game got in the way on Saturday, so other than having some great beer while watching the game, it was mostly event-free, which is why I combined days 2 and 3 into a single post.

Day 2

Saturday was the second day of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014. Beermuda had a massive Southern Tier tap takeover, Bocktown once again hosted their amazing Kegs n’ Eggs event, and the 10th annual East End Brewing Co. Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride was ridden.

Sadly I had to miss all these events for two reasons: First, I am training for the Pittsburgh Marathon and had to do my last long run before the big day on May 4th, and second the Penguins had their playoff game and the series hasn’t been going too well.

pcbw 2014 growler

I did however get to Giant Eagle Market District to check out their awesome growler specials for PCBW 2014. They’re selling their glass growlers for $0.99 all week, and their prices for fills are pretty nice. Myself, I got a growler of Southern Tier’s Pittsburgh Left for $9. Luckily I had my amazing East End Brewing double-walled growler to fill. 

That, along with some other pretty great beer was had at a friend’s house and thankfully the Pen’s won.

All in all, this was a great kickoff to Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014. Looking forward to the rest of the week and as long as I can keep hydrated enough to stay on track for the marathon, it’s going to be a pretty wild week.

 

Day 3

Day 3 of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week was an all-around good one, and even though it fell on a Sunday, there was still quite a few really great events.

pcbw-2014-sunshine-daydream

I started my day by heading to Luciano’s Italian Brick Oven in Mars, PA for a firkin of Fat Head’s Sunshine Daydream. A few of those and some samples of the other 4 Fat Head’s beers on tap and it was time to head over to the Double Wide Grill.

Here, I got my first pint of East End Brewing Co’s and Lavery Brewing’s Rojo Ahumado. This beer is a smoked red ale with chilies added. While I’m not the biggest fan of smoked beers, this one was smooth and had enough maltiness from its start as a red ale to cope with the smoke. The result was a nicely balanced beer that, at 5.5%, can be enjoyed in session form if you’re up for it.

pcbw-2014-rojo-ahumado

I finished day 3 up at home, resting from a hell of a good first weekend for PCBW, which meant I sadly missed the Big Lebowski bowling fest with Arsenal Lanes and Lagunitas Brewing. From the pictures alone it looks like it was a real blast.

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