Pittsburgh preps for first craft beer week

on 20/02/12 at 4:23 pm

Beer, EVENTS

New York City has one. Philadelphia has one. Even Cleveland has one, for crying out loud.

And in April, Pittsburgh’s local beer industry will have one, too.

Planning is under way for the first Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, to take place around the region April 20-28. The week will give members of the local craft beer industry — breweries, distributors, restaurants and bars — an opportunity to showcase Pittsburgh’s beer community.

Andy Rich, the brewmaster at Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood, started a discussion last year about Pittsburgh hosting its own craft beer week, mostly in informal discussions among friends. Last fall, the discussions became a bit more serious and, by the beginning of 2012, a nonprofit organization called the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance had been created to run the show.

“I’m still amazed at how far this has come from those talks last year,” said Rich, who is serving as the alliance’s first chairman. “There are a ton of people who are interested and committed to making this a great event, and they’ve done all the legwork — getting all the legal stuff done, getting events organized.”

The group has a couple goals for PCBW, Rich said: promoting the local players in the craft beer industry and giving those who may not be aware of what Pittsburgh has to offer a chance to learn.

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