We are less than a month away from the Pittsburgh Libations Week Official Kickoff Bash at Industry Public House in Lawrenceville and the anticipation is quickly ramping up. This party will serve as the jumping-off point for what will be a series of memorable events over the next 15+ months as we build towards the inaugural Pittsburgh Libations Week celebration in the Fall of 2018.
As an attendee, you’ll be the first to support PLW and learn about what we have in store going forward while, at the same time, supporting a great charity AND getting a small taste of great libations found throughout the Pittsburgh region. In other words, your attendance at this event will make you part of adult beverage history as we begin a new tradition that will become the standard for celebrating Pittsburgh’s libations culture and showcase these incredible businesses and incredible people 24/7/365.
What can you expect that the event? Here’s a brief summary:
- One complimentary pint of beer + local beer specials throughout the evening
- Mead samples courtesy of KingView Mead
- Whiskey samples courtesy of Wigle Whiskey
- Whiskey samples courtesy of Liberty Pole Spirits
- Wine samples courtesy of Pittsburgh Winery
- All-You-Can-Eat from the appetizer buffet courtesy of Industry Public House
- One automatic entry into the grand prize of the Chinese Auction
- Access to a pop-up art station courtesy of PopCraft Maker Workshops
- An opportunity to purchase the all-new beer-themed candle lineup from Brewed 2 Burn Candles
- An evening of great libations and a sneak preview of what Pittsburgh Libations Week is all about
As I mentioned above, there will be a Chinese Auction with several amazing gift baskets to vie for from great businesses in Pittsburgh including our hosts Industry Public House, KingView Mead, Full Pint Brewing, Wigle Whiskey, Spoonwood Brewing, Brewed 2 Burn Candles, Pittsburgh Winery, and many more. In addition, we will also have a 50/50 raffle.
Long story short, The Kickoff Bash will give you an opportunity to mingle, learn, imbibe, support, and potentially walk away with some great prizes. A portion of proceeds raised throughout the evening will be donated to Lending Hearts. We are honored to partner with such a great cause and Lending Hearts is the first of several Pittsburgh-based charities and non-profits Pittsburgh Libations Week plans to support throughout the year.
We are getting stoked for this event and can’t wait to share the experience with you. The tickets are limited, so grab yours before they sell out!
Get to know our hosts and partners for this tremendous event:
Industry Public House – Industry combines American comfort cuisine, artisanal cocktails and craft beer in a vintage-industrial inspired space. Upon entering you’re visually drawn to the prohibition era style of architecture with modern-day accents. It takes the meaning of gastropub to another level. With Eye-catching timeless decorative pieces, this electrifying venue presents an alluring ambiance that allows patrons to sit, relax, and sip on cocktails. In addition to their Lawrenceville destination where our party will unfold, they have opened a second location in the heart of Robinson.
Lending Hearts – Lending Hearts is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emotional and social support to children and young adults with cancer and their families. The idea was born from Founder Vasso Paliouras’ personal account of her sister, Constance’s, battle with cancer and how it affected her and her family as she struggled to overcome Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 17. Thankfully, Constance won her battle and you find her smiling face behind the bar at The Modern Cafe in the North Side, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest bars and a tremendous supporter of Pittsburgh Libations Week. Vasso started Lending Hearts in 2011 to help others suffering from similar circumstances. Click here to read the whole story.
Pittsburgh Winery – Pittsburgh Winery is a boutique urban winery located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District with roots going back 17 years. Winemaker and owner Tim Gaber began his winemaking career with a small group of friends making small batches of wine the old fashioned way. This hobby slowly began to develop into something more as he became more and more impassioned about everything wine and wine making. This passion and skill evolved over the years, first as a partner and founder of a small private winery, then as the owner operator of the Pittsburgh Winery nestled in the cellar of an old bank building located at 2815 Penn Avenue.
KingView Mead – In just a little over a year of selling mead, KingView Founder Scott Neeley has racked up 37 awards at multiple competitions across the East Coast. Most recently, he was served the honor of being the only winery to capture awards in the mead, wine, AND cider categories at the 2017 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. In other words, Scott knows what he’s doing and big things are on the horizon for KingView Mead, including expansion into a beautiful, spacious new property in Grove City. Scott will be slangin’ samples of his award-winning liquid for you to enjoy throughout the evening at the Kickoff Bash.
Wigle Whiskey – Wigle Whiskey was a wine-induced brainstorm brought on during a family vacation to the Shaw Festival at Niagara on the Lake in May of 2010. Lovers of whiskey, Founders Meredith and Alex suggested a family distillery back home in Pittsburgh. By the time we crossed the border back to the States, we had committed to bringing Whiskey back to its rightful home–Pittsburgh, which is known as the birthplace of American Whiskey dating back to the 1700s. Since beginning operations, Wigle’s brand has reached tremendous heights and distribution has expanded to multiple states down the eastern seaboard. They have tasting rooms at the distillery in the Strip District and the Omni William Penn Hotel, as well as an event space and Whiskey Garden at their Barrel House in Troy Hill. Come learn more about whiskey at the party!
Liberty Pole Spirits – Liberty Pole handcrafts Pennsylvania Whiskey in the heart of the historic Whiskey Rebellion – Washington, PA. Their products include Rye and Corn Whiskey, two varieties of bourbon, and Bassett Town Rye. The inspiration behind the name “Liberty Pole” is derived from the group of men who defied the government’s new excise tax on whiskey. They were known as the Mingo Creek Society and would meet secretly near Mingo Creek and vowed to stick together as the first to oppose an act of the new government. As a symbol of their unity, they planted Liberty Poles throughout the county. Learn more about this and sample the wares on July 11th.
PopCraft Maker Workshops – Pop Craft’s maker workshops make it easy to craft cool projects while making your night out fun. They bring the goods. You bring your friends and take home a project that’s handmade by you. Founder Monica Yope has been hosting pop-up arts and crafts events at various destinations throughout Pittsburgh and she’ll be bringing the fun to the Libations Week Kickoff Bash for you to enjoy! Create your very own portrait capturing your favorite beverage, visual of Pittsburgh, or a combination of both. This is going to be a lot of fun!
Brewed 2 Burn Candles – Brewed2Burn is an independent, Pittsburgh-based candle business dedicated to crafting bespoke, hand-poured, beer-inspired candles. Owner Michelle Arnoni prides herself on taking an imaginative approach to beer bottles and craft brews by creating candles that evoke the scents found in aromatic craft beers. Michelle is bringing her line of candles to the party for you to check out. You can purchase them individually or as a six-pack (the way beer AND beer candles are meant to be enjoyed).