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Mark your calendars for the inaugural Three Rivers Beer Week, Oct. 6 - 10, 2021.
The Pittsburgh beer scene thrives year-round, no doubt. But wouldn’t it be fun to have one week that’s all about the 40-plus breweries that dot Allegheny County’s unique landscape? Yep, that’s what the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild thought, too. And they’re making it happen.
The inaugural Three Rivers Beer Week will take place Oct. 6 - 10, 2021 - and you won’t want to miss the exclusive First Pour kick-off event on Tues., Oct. 5, either.
TRBW is a long time in the making. When a previous incarnation of a Pittsburgh beer week ended a number of years ago, local brewers were determined to start fresh. Three Rivers Beer Week will focus on the breweries. All events will either be at or led by a Pittsburgh brewery.
Well, there is one exception. Three Rivers Beer Week: First Pour will feature beer from dozens of local breweries, including some rare finds. It will also be the first opportunity to taste 476 Appalachian Pale Ale, the official collaboration beer of Three Rivers Beer Week (more on that in a moment). First Pour will take place Tues., Oct. 5 (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) at The Pennsylvanian in downtown Pittsburgh. Tickets for this spacious outdoor yet covered event will go on sale Sept. 15 at www.threeriversbeerweek.com
Wednesday through Sunday of TRBW will be chock full of other events. A food pairing, a beer trivia night, a multi-community food truck round-up, a beer can derby, a few Oktoberfests and so much more. Keep tabs on your favorite events through the cool interactive calendar on the website.
During the week many of Pittsburgh’s breweries will pour 476 Appalachian Pale Ale, a special collaboration beer brewed with a group representing the Asheville Brewers Alliance. Organizers believe this is the first region-to-region beer collaboration of its kind. The sessionable pale ale will feature malt from Western Pennsylvania and Asheville. If you’re wondering about the name, it refers to the distance in miles between Pittsburgh’s three rivers and Asheville’s vibrant downtown area.
More events and activities are in the works, so it makes sense to visit threeriversbeerweek.com and sign up for email updates.
Mike Tysarczyk is executive director of the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, a group of 35 breweries that call Allegheny County home. In addition to his role with the PBG, Mike works the packaging line at Dancing Gnome Brewery in Sharpsburg. A Pittsburgh native, Mike graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and worked at PNC and Citizens for 23 years before trading banking for beer.