[PCBW Short Pour] Playing Catch Up

For the next four 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.

We are rolling into the final few days of another enjoyable Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week and I truly hope you’ve been able to get out and experience what the great destinations of our city have been featuring. A lot of hard work goes into making sure these events unfold without a hitch and a major tip of the cap goes to everyone who plays a hand in ensuring craft beer enthusiasts get the most bang for their buck throughout PCBW and beyond.

I’ve been slacking a bit in my recaps…ultimately because I’ve been out there living the Beer Week dream. The camera has been working extra hours, so I used my handy Pic Stitch app to get some of the imagery compiled for your visual consumption.

Let’s get caught up…


My friends at 99 Bottles and I tapped a special firkin of the Spoonwood/Helltown/Helicon/Dancing Gnome PCBW Collaboration Beer, Greenfield Bridge is Falling Down, in addition to some other Spoonwood favorites. This hazy, juicy, Vermont-style IPA is a thing of beauty and our firkin was dry-hopped with Amarillo and Citra hops. So…bonus! Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed this special one-off of a one-off and soaked in some sun on 99’s patio. No Pic Stitch needed for this one…just one photo of the talented tapping efforts of Apis Mead’s Dave Cerminera and 99’s Nick Jones are all you need to see here.

Firkin Tapping


Tuesday nights are for trivia at Hough’s Taproom & Brewpub and this week brought together local breweries to compete for the trivia crown. Representatives from Spoonwood, Voodoo, Copper Kettle, Helltown, and Rock Bottom tested their wits in the face of some fun, challenging questions brought to us by Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia. The Spoonwood team consisted of yours truly, James Evans, our Hops and the City blogger Angelica Ross, and Travis Floyd from Carson Street Deli. We kinda sucked a little, but definitely had ourselves a very good time. Here’s hoping Hough’s brings this event back in 2017…or maybe even beforehand.

A part of me wants to tell you to get to Hough’s and enjoy some tropical-infused Great Lakes Chillwaves before they’re gone. But the bigger part wants to keep it a secret so I can drink it all. Wait…abort!

trivia collage


It all started again before it seemed like it ended as Wednesday morning brought us breakfast at Piper’s Pub. But just like there’s no crying in baseball, there’s no sleeping in PCBW…so I pressed on. The breakfast menu at Piper’s was just what the doctor ordered. A delectable Biscuits Benedict, which was fried chicken on a biscuit and topped with sausage gravy, paired with a Founders KBS and Grist House barrel-aged Black in the USSR got me back to form. Until 3:00pm. That’s when a much-needed PCBW midweek nap commenced…and it was as absolutely glorious as you’re imagining it was.

Pipers Breakfast

Wednesday night continued as I hosted Spoonwood Brewing’s first-ever Really Big Jenga Tournament. The weather was gorgeous enough that we could hold the dramatic action on Spoonwood’s patio while all eight participants brought their Jenga game to brand new heights. Literally. It was on the stage. See what I did there?

After a few intense battles, the finals came down to Zack Morrow, one of the founding fathers behind the soon-to-open Noble Stein Brewing in Indiana and Shaina Vasbinder. When the dust settled, it was Shaina walking away with all the spoils and the distinction of Spoonwood’s first Really Big Jenga champion.

Thanks to all eight of you for coming out and participating. I have a feeling Jenga tournaments will be back in the near future.

Jenga Tournament



Where have your PCBW travels taken you this week?! Let us know about your favorite events and venues in the Comments below!








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