What’s Brewed: Three Rivers Beer Week includes a collaboration between Pittsburgh and Asheville, NC

A glass of craft beer is more than a drink.

The best beer needs several ingredients – grain, hops, yeast, water – and a brewing community. It can bring people together to toast an achievement, drown a grief, see a favorite sports team – or celebrate a beer week.

The Three Rivers Beer Week is brewed Tuesday through October 10th. It is hosted by the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild.

“For me, every week is beer week,” says Mike Tysarczyk, who works for Dancing Gnome Brewery in Sharpsburg and is executive director of the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild. “We created a Pittsburgh Brewery Guide. We believe that people thirst for breweries all year round and especially during the Three Rivers Beer Week. “

The event kicks off Tuesday with The First Pour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Pennsylvanian, Downtown Pittsburgh.

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Various beers will be on display during a preview event for Three Rivers Beer Week outside the Pennsylvanian in downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Three Rivers Beer Week takes place October 6-10.

There will also be a beer share with local brewers. The participants receive a glass designed by the artist Permanent Hangover. There will be music by Pittsburgh disc jockey Arie Cole and food to be purchased from the Blue Sparrow and Pittsburgh Sandwich Society food trucks.

Tickets are $ 50 and can be purchased here.

“I’m a fan of beer,” said Tysarczyk. “I brewed with friends at home and that’s my passion. It’s a calling. “

A number of happenings are planned in several breweries, such as a pumpkin autumn festival, tap takeovers, release parties and a rise and shine event.

You can find the full schedule here.


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Matt McMahon, vice chairman of the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, holds cans of 476 Appalachian Pale Ale during a preview event for Three Rivers Beer Week outside the Pennsylvanian in downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The 476 Appalachian Pale Ale is the official collaboration beer of the Three Rivers Beer Week, which takes place October 6-10.

On the opening night, the 476 Appalachian Pale will be presented, a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild and the Asheville Brewers Alliance in North Carolina. The number comes from the distance between the two cities – 476 miles. The beer contains malt from the Riverblend Malt House in Asheville and CNC Malt in Butler County.

“We all work together,” said Leah Rainis, executive director of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. “A rising tide lifts all ships. The Pittsburgh Brewers Guild went to great lengths to bring this beer week back. “

Rainis said they reached out to her and were all for it. Pittsburgh and Asheville brewers have worked together before, she said. She will coordinate a release event for the beer.

You and other brewers traveled to Pittsburgh to discuss the collaboration.

“We often sit at a table and share a drink and knowledge,” said Rainis. “It’s a wonderful way to network. New breweries bring more people into the community.

Matt McMahon, founder and chief brewer of Eleventh Hour Brewing Co. in Lawrenceville – where the collaboration beer was made – said the brew was “pretty special.” They made 40 kegs for kegs and cans.

“We’re excited to be part of Three Rivers Beer Week,” said McMahon. “I think this beer will be well received. The beer community in Pittsburgh is amazing. We all support and learn from one another. “

Brian Eaton, co-founder of Grist House Craft Brewery and chairman of the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, said what started with five breweries has grown to 42 breweries in Allegheny County in the last 10 years.

Eaton said this city supports the local beer industry. He said they created a great foundation and are inviting more brewers to the table.

Jennifer Walzer, co-owner of Inner Groove Brewing in Verona, who is in charge of communications and outreach for the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, said there will be a mix of events at different breweries throughout the week. That way, people can create their own beer adventure, she said.

“It meant so much to be in the Pittsburgh Beer Community among others,” said Rainis of her visit. “We share the same passion and we’ve shared some beers. Beyond those pints of beer, there is a community of people who share ideas, resources and raw materials. It’s not just liquid in a glass. “

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, jharrop@triblive.com, or on Twitter.

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