Just wanted to let you know why I haven't been blogging recently. Over the weekend I was helping my mother-in-law move out of the home my wife's family lived in for over 40 years (and helping finish off a sixtel of Victory Sunrise Weiss), and there was no Internet connectivity. Monday morning I left at 6 AM for Pittsburgh, visiting Roy-Pitz Brewing, Red Star, and City Brewing on the way to an event at the Teutonia Mannerchor in the evening.
I got in late, and slept till this morning, when I had an excellent breakfast at Pamela's diner (Tex-Mex omelette) and headed up I-79 to Voodoo Brewery, Blue Canoe brewpub, and Sprague Farm & Brew Works. Then I came back down I-79 to an event at the Cultural Trust (taking a quick detour to BrilloBox first, very nice), a session beer session at Beer School. Following that I had a beer at Six Penn Kitchen with Tony Knipling, beer-guy supreme from Vecenie Distributing, and Scott Smith, everything-guy at East End Brewing. We toasted a good situation, and wrapped 'em.
Then I cabbed over to Hofbrauhaus to drink with Sly Fox brewer Brian O'Reilly, his boss John Giannopoulos, and some local beer people they were with. The Dunkel I had was good, but we couldn't stay; the staff told us that the power was being cut off for maintenance (!). We drifted down to the Double-Wide Grille, and to Fat Head's, where I argued that a woman with plenty of beer to choose from will try the varieties. I'm not sure why, by that point. We called it a night, and I came back here. Tomorrow I'll be visiting breweries here in Pittsburgh: Church, East End, Rivertowne Pourhouse, and back to Hofbrau.
Enjoyed your Session Beer lecture at Beer School. Didn't get to speak to you, but wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed it (except for that Festina Peche... not my style).
Thanks for making the trek out to the Burgh, hope you have a good time today at East End/Rivertowne/ect. Let us know how it goes.
Wow, I'm always amazed at how one man can fit in that many interesting beer trips.
How was Blue Canoe & Sprague?
Does the Sly Fox visit to Pittsburgh mean they are planning to re-enter the market here?
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