Beer: Rooney's launches a lager ... again

Rooney's Beer Co., which in December 2011 revived the old (1930s/1940s) local brand that is Rooney's Old Irish Ale, is coming out with its second brought-back beer:

Rooney's Lager.

The golden lager also is brewed (with Tettnang and Saaz hops) at Penn Brewery on the North Side, while principals in the company, including several actual Rooneys, are based in Florida.

Some of them will be at a launch party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Jerome Bettis Grille 36 on the North Shore.

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Speaking of Penn Brewery: As we've written about in this space, Saturday, June 1, is the day for the Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest at Penn Brewery on the North Side. Tickets are $45 for each of two sessions; details at

This is the 17th fest.

Also this Saturday is the first On Tap & Unplugged, a beer and music fest to open the James A. Ayers, Sr. Amphitheatre in Zelienople Community Park.

Three of the Clarks -- Scott Blasey, Rob James and Greg Joseph -- will be playing a free acoustic show on the hillside there at 7 p.m. during the party, which runs from 3 to 9 p.m.

Local restaurants will be selling great food, and you can buy tickets ($40) to sample beers, from 4 to 7 p.m., from several local breweries, including really local Shubrew, which will be opening in Zelienople soon, plus Reclamation Brewing, Voodoo, East End, Full Pint, Blue Canoe and other Pennsylvania craft brewers. For tickets ($5 extra at the door) and more details, visit

A Denver photographer has come out with a one-hand beer opener called the GrOpener that uses the force of the grabbing motion to pop the cap off your beer. You can see and read about it on The Forks blog at

Bob Batz Jr.: or 412-263-1930.


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