On Friday, April 4th, 2014, brewers, wholesalers, restaurants, craft beer enthusiasts, and people with enormous hearts gathered as the 7th Annual Pittsburgh Brewers Ball to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation commenced. The event was sponsored by Fat Head’s Saloon and unfolded at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, showcasing beers and cuisine from all corners of the Steel City.
The Brewers Ball is a place for everyone from beer novice to experienced consumer to relax, mingle, network, expand their horizons and sample something new…perhaps even find their new favorite libation or add a new restaurant to their dining repertoire. All this while supporting a great cause at the same time.
Brewers Ball attendees were treated to a well-organized event, hosted by Frank Murgia, Creative Director at TNI Media in Pittsburgh, that is designed to raise money to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. To build the overall donation, proceeds from the evening’s event, as well as money raised through a silent auction that featured tremendous prizes and donations taken throughout the night, were put towards finding a cure for CF. It’s the generosity of so many people that help bring a definitive conclusion to these debilitating diseases, and you could truly feel the love in the room Friday evening.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to volunteer and received a great opportunity to network with craft beer representatives, wholesalers, brewers, and enthusiasts alike. My table poured a great amount of what’s quickly becoming a box office smash in Pittsburgh’s craft beer scene…”Sweet Baby Jesus!,” which is a chocolate peanut butter porter brought to us by DuClaw Brewing in Maryland. Also being poured was DuClaw’s chocolate-caramel-coconut brown ale called “Dirty Little Freak.” Attendees were raving about both offerings from DuClaw, who just started selling their unique brews in the Pittsburgh region a couple months ago.
It’s hard to encapsulate in one list the amazing amount of great craft beers being poured as this event, but I will say the crafts received amazing representation and attendees at the Ball truly got their money’s worth with the number of brews for sample. In addition to raising money for a great cause, events like the Brewers Ball are an important element to the craft beer scene, both in our city and across the country, because they give beer drinkers an opportunity to try new beers, enhance their palate, and receive education on what’s available in the world of beer. In addition, these gatherings give restaurant owners, brewpubs, beer wholesalers, and local craft breweries an opportunity to generate important word-of-mouth advertising.
The Brewers Ball has become a fantastic tradition in Pittsburgh and 2015 should showcase another tremendous event. If it’s been on your radar, but you haven’t partaken in years past, stay on the lookout so you can attend next April! It’s an evening full of great food, great beer, and great people…all committed to helping a great cause.
Click Here to learn more about the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and how you can donate.