Stylin’ & Profilin’ is a brief look at different beer styles that will help you learn whether they’re right for you. Ultimately, words can’t truly turn you on to a solid craft beer. You have to smell, taste, and savor each sip to truly discover if it’s one you’ll come back to in the future. But the background info obtained in this post won’t hurt anything either. In addition, Stylin’ & Profilin’ takes a glance at various elements of craft beer culture to further enhance your knowledge and know-how!
What Is A Beer Week?
The Stylin’ & Profilin’ series has been dedicated to breaking down different beer styles and introduce you to a world of greatness within those specific styles. And, admittedly, a couple of these features have poked fun at craft beer oddities, as well as the infamous Anheuser-Busch ad from Super Bowl XLIX. But the overall idea is to provide some useful, easy-to-absorb beer knowledge that encourages you to venture out on your own journey to discover all the tremendous beers breweries from around the world are introducing.
And there is no better time to go on a beer journey than during our topic today.
With craft beer experiencing insane bursts in popularity, the landscapes of hundreds of cities have changed thanks to our favorite adult beverage. Beer has become something more than just something you drink after a long day. It’s become a hobby. It’s become a passion. It’s become something that countless skilled brewers have taken from a simple Saturday afternoon brewing beer in their garages to full production in craft breweries of their own. There’s no question craft beer has changed the beer game for the better.
As cities across the country have seen new craft breweries open and new beers from breweries from various parts of the globe become available, many of them have adopted the concept of a festival that puts these beers center stage. And the majority of these festivals aren’t just one or two day gatherings. They often last seven days…or longer, thus bringing the term “Beer Week” into craft beer nomenclature.
Beer Weeks represent the most exciting time of the year for a craft beer enthusiast. In addition, they serve as the perfect venue for a novice craft beer drinker in the early stages of transitioning his or her palate to enhance their knowledge and gain a better understanding of the multitude of beers at their disposal. Most craft beer bars and breweries up their game during Beer Weeks and hold events that let new and experienced beer drinkers alike experience something special and memorable.
The first Beer Week was established and held in 2008 when Philadelphia held what’s been labeled the largest beer celebration of its kind in the United States. Philly Beer Week features hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings, and meet the brewer nights throughout locales in the Greater Philadelphia area. Since blazing the trail in 2008, close to 100 other cities worldwide have copied Philly’s success and launched their own Beer Weeks.
Beer Weeks have the potential to attract beer enthusiasts from across the region and beyond. It can provide a tremendous shot in the arm to the local economy, attract a large amount of tourists, and demonstrate the popularity craft beer has reached in that specific region.
Every April here in Pittsburgh, our city’s craft beer scene goes center stage during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. As this post goes live in 2015, we enter our 4th year of craft beer celebration and, once again, look to improve upon Beer Weeks of years past. At the time of this post, we are less than three weeks away from another Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week and the schedule is currently showing close to 300 events across our region! That’s about 10 per day, kids. If you can get to them all, I’ll buy you a pint of your favorite brew.
Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week takes place April 17th thru April 26th.
Beer Weeks show how passionate craft beer enthusiasts have become when it comes to their favorite beverage. Not only that, they show a true sign of camaraderie from city to city as craft beer purveyors come together to celebrate the product that puts them on the map. Finally, these festivals are a true symbol of craft beer excellence and if you’re fortunate enough to have one unfold in your city, bask in the glory of the fact that the place you call home has become, or is on its way to becoming, a craft beer hotbed!