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Celebrate Black artists, arts and craft beer at the award-winning Barrel & Flow Fest, Sept. 10-12!
Formerly Fresh Fest Beer Fest and two-time USA Today’s 10 Best honoree, Pittsburgh’s Barrel & Flow Fest returns with a new name and an enhanced weekend to celebrate, embrace and uplift Black artists, musicians, chefs and brewers around the country. Taking place Sept. 10-12 with an eclectic, creative and empowering schedule of events – the event is a must-see Only in Pittsburgh experience.
As the first beer fest dedicated to Black brewers, drinkers and artists, Barrel & Flow Fest has put Pittsburgh on the Black beer map, and as noted in a recent article on Forbes, has helped position the city as one of the leaders in brewery diversity and inclusion.
The new brand and perspective, Barrel & Flow Fest, debuts this year. Barrel refers to the beers and collaboration and Flow references the performing artists and speakers. Together, Barrel & Flow represents what attendees can expect at the event: one-of-a-kind beers fresh from the barrel accompanied by an electric assortment of live art and entertainment flowing all day.
This year, festivities will take place at Pittsburgh’s SouthSide Works, open-air riverfront property along the Monongahela River. Festivalgoers can enjoy and experience exclusive craft beer collaborations, the Freshest Market, a uniquely curated collection of vendors, live music and entertainment, networking opportunities and plenty of fun. The festival is open from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday for general admission and will feature more than 150 vendors.
Looking to enjoy Barrel & Flow Fest before the general public? Explore the VIP and Early Admission tickets for early access and exclusive swag. Only 250 VIP tickets are available. These tickets provide admittance into the Sunday Brewers Bruch, scheduled for Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Greentree DoubleTree Hotel. The brunch will include specialized food and beer pairings.
The weekend-long festival officially kicks off on Friday, Sept. 10, with a full day of “edutaining” events that are both educational and entertaining. Conferences, symposiums and panels with some of the biggest names in craft brewing will take place at the Greentree DoubleTree Hotel from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The festival’s first day will wrap up with an Evening Bottle Share event from 7-10 p.m., where attendees are invited to swap and sample craft beers from around the country.
Limited tickets are available for the Conference and Evening Bottle Share.
More than 40 craft beer collaborations will launch at Barrel & Flow Fest. Sip on a brew from the creation of Grammy-winner Ghost-Note and Dancing Gnome or try the beer mashup from music sensation Byron Nash and Helltown Brewing. Taste a dessert-like brew as local ice cream joint Happy Days Ice Cream joins forces with Four Points for a unique twist.
Visit barrelandflow.com/barrel for a full list of collaborations.
Barrel & Flow Fest will feature four separate stages with full lineups of local, national and international Black artists. The four stages include Work Hard Digital Stage, Stage B, Outdoor DJ Stage and VIP DJ Stage. Experience performances from Grammy-winning, funk-infused Ghost-Note and Pittsburgh-native Benji, a multi-instrumentalist rapper and singer/songwriter. Additional performers include Feralcat and the Wild, Cam Chambers, SoloDolo, DJ Inception and more.
For the full lineup including times and stage locations, visit barrelandflow.com/flow.
Can’t make it in person? Check out the Digi Flow Pass! This pass grants attendees access to the two-day virtual coverage of events on Friday and Saturday. And, virtual guests can enjoy a special Barrel & Flow Fest collab pack featuring 16 collaborations from across the country - four styles of beer with labels designed by Black artist – shipped to their door via Tavour!
Flow pass tickets and beer bundles are available for purchase online.
Barrel & Flow Fest believes the health and safety of attendees, staff and vendors are top priorities. As such, the entrance policy now includes proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test takin within 72 hours of admission.