[PCBW Short Pour] Cornhole and Camaraderie

For the next seven days, the Breaking Brews Short Pours, your near-daily quick shot of libations news and fun in 250 words or less, will be a quick review of where my Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week travels landed me the day before. Pittsburgh is in full-blown Beer Mode and it’s hard to get everywhere…as hard as we may try. That said, I encourage you to share your experiences in the comments section below. Let everyone know how your event(s) unfolded and what beers you enjoyed. Looking forward to hearing how you enjoyed your version of PCBW.

Cornhole and Camaraderie

As the sun came up and the smell of Spring was in the Sunday air, Day 3 of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2016 was set to unfold with a number of brunches, beer tastings, gatherings, and celebrations taking place throughout Pittsburgh. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as craft beer enthusiasts wound down their weekend with a flurry of fun and a bevy of beers.

These 10 days aren’t just about beer. They’re about camaraderie. And togetherness. And memories. And experiences. If you read Breaking Brews often, you’ve more than likely heard me say at one time or another that the world of beer in which we live isn’t just about what’s in the glass…it’s the relationships we form and the memories we etch outside the glass that truly tell the story. The incredible liquid inside the glass is what brings us all together to enjoy those experiences. And for that, beer, we thank you.

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to experience two events that I’ll never forget. First, I MC’ed Spoonwood Brewing’s first-ever PCBW Cornhole Tournament in the incredible outdoor lawn space Spoonwood has behind/on the side of its brewery. When I think of all the contingency plans we made in case it rained (including having the cornhole court set up next to the mash tun in the brewhouse), I smile as 85-degree heat washed over the field of 32 teams all vying for the crown. When it came down to the end, the final two teams were all long-time friends and one of the participants had just lost his father to cancer less than a year ago. Half of the prize money was set to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choosing, and they chose the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

You could clearly see the power of all their relationships as the event drew to a conclusion. And, on a side note…both these teams deserved to be in the finals. I’ve never witnessed a better lights-out cornhole display in all my life! Congrats to Justin and Bernie…I know you’ll be back to defend your crown at the next Spoonwood tournament.

Spoonwood Cornhole Highlights

Next, I made my way to Rivertowne North Shore for the annual Meet the Brewers of PCBW event. I had the privilege of tipping a pint with several craft beer personalities that make our scene so tremendous while, at the same time, catching up with other craft beer enthusiasts who were in attendance. And, it’s always fun to have a beer with Rick Sebak, who also was in the house Sunday night.

This event is unique in that it brings brewers of all levels together under one roof. I had the opportunity to speak to a young man who is a passionate home brewer looking to break into the professional world and was attending this event to pick the brains of other brewers as much as possible. And they were more than happy to oblige. That’s what this event is all about. That’s what this week is all about.

With so much activity happening in the Pittsburgh beer scene all year long, it’s refreshing to see so many people co-exist in an effort to push this culture forward. The competition is friendly and makes everyone involved strive to be the best. The camaraderie I saw last evening is a true testament that Pittsburgh beer isn’t a fad, isn’t a hobby, and isn’t a flash in the pan. It’s a way of life.

And life is good.

 

Where did your Sunday travels take you for PCBW? Don’t be shy! Share them in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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