Beer: Brooklyn Brewery brings the party

At the end of the month, Pittsburgh will be the ninth of 11 cities to host a Brooklyn brewery's traveling party.

The Brooklyn Brewery, in fact, is coming on Oct. 22 to 27 with its "Brooklyn Brewery Mash," with mash being a play on the mash in the brewing process as well as on mash-up, as the touring promotion serves up "adventures in food, film, music, books & beer."

A couple events are to feature the brewmaster Garrett Oliver's "ghost bottles," described as "the rarest of [his] personal stash of bottle-conditioned beers."

The promotion benefits Brooklyn, of course, but it's been designed so that a portion of proceeds benefit Slow Food chapters in each city.

So Slow Food Pittsburgh has helped to organize the local events, which offer quite a mix of beer, food, local food personalities and more.

The "Mash HQ" is Industry Public House in Lawrenceville. From 5 to 7 p.m. that Tuesday through Friday, the place will be offering Brooklyn brew specials, food specials, pairings, giveaways and information about the Mash.

You can participate in several different ways:

• Chaos Cooking -- at 7 p.m., Oct. 22, there is a free four-hour session of "social cooking, eating, conversations and new friends. Everyone brings the ingredients to make a dish of their choice...." (

• Local 2 Ways -- at 7 p.m., Oct. 23, Meat & Potatoes, Downtown, will serve a multi-course beer dinner celebrating local cuisine, interpreted two ways by chef Richard DeShantz and Brooklyn Brewery house chef Andrew Gerson ($50).

• NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off -- hosted by DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubinat at 10 p.m. Oct. 24 at New Amsterdam in Lawrenceville ($7). Those 21 and older can compete for a trip to New York for the dance-off championship at Brooklyn Bowl and a $100 prize.

Books & Beer: Foodies of Pittsburgh -- at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District, Brooklyn Brewery and Togather present a conversation and Q&A that will go "behind the scenes of Pittsburgh's growing food scene featuring the ladies of, local chef and self-proclaimed King of Pittsburgh Bill Fuller of Big Burrito Restaurant Group, and Kevin Costa, executive chef at the Crested Duck Charcuterie" ($10).

• Farmers Market Workshop -- from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 26, Brooklyn Brewery house Chef Gerson leads a free beer-pairing and pasta-making demo at Farmers@Firehouse market in the Strip District.

• Found Footage Festival -- at 8 p.m. Oct 26, footage from videos that were found at "garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country" will play at Regent Square Theatre ($12).

• Slow Supper Fall Harvest at White Oak Farm -- at 3 p.m. Oct. 27, Brooklyn house Chef Gerson and chef Justin Severino of Cure, with special guests, present a harvest feast/beer dinner at White Oak Farm at 3314 Wagner Road ($85; 412-252-2595). See the projection-art and light installations of NBNY.

This year's Mash tour already has hit Austin, Texas; New Orleans; Nashville, Tenn.; Baltimore; Minnesota's Twin Cities; Boston; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago. From here, it heads to Philadelphia (Nov. 5 to 10) and Miami (Dec. 10 to 15).

Learn more about it at

There's another beer festival in the North Hills this Saturday, Oct. 5.

This Beers and Blues Fest runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at Jergel's Rhythm Grill in Marshall. They'll have three bands -- The Lava Game, Jill West & Blues Attack, and Angel Blue & the Prophets -- and be pouring the brews from 20-plus breweries. Tickets are $50, or $65 for VIP access starting an hour earlier, and you get not only a taster glass but also a fest T-shirt ( or 724-799-8333).

Also this Saturday, Oct. 5: It's Libations at the Library at the Carnegie Library of Homestead. From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., sample beers, wines and foods that go with them, while enjoying entertainment and prize raffles. Tickets at the door are $60 per person and include a keeper glass. More at

Bob Batz Jr.: and 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.


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