SHOW NOTES: Episode 13 – Pete Kurzweg of The Independent & Hidden Harbor Fame

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  • Background of The Independent and Hidden Harbor
  • Curating a locally-focused tap lineup and incorporating local spirits
  • The Pittsburgh libations scene
  • Big beer buyouts; Six Viewpoints From The High End; The new Bud Light campaign

Show Highlights

  • 3:01 – Beers you’ll find at The Independent
  • 4:22 – History and inspiration of The Independent
  • 7:46 – How far Pittsburgh’s beer scene has come and what it was like to build a locally-focused tap rotation when less breweries were around
  • 15:00 – Incorporating local spirits at The Independent and Hidden Harbor
  • 16:46 – The birth and growth of Hidden Harbor
  • 20:31 – The history of tiki drinks
  • 21:59 – Pete’s favorite elements of the growth and evolution of Pittsburgh’s libations scene
  • 26:40 – The proper ingredients for a good Old Fashioned
  • 30:36 – Big beer talk
  • 47:10 – Wrap-up; a plea to the owner of @breakingbrews on Twitter who hasn’t posted in four years…

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