Here are a dozen places to visit in Downtown/Strip District, East End, South Side and South Hills for the best tacos in Pittsburgh.
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...." (ChaosCooking.com).
• 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 eatPGH.com, 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 http://brooklynbrewerymash.com.
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 (jergels.com 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 homesteadlibrary.org.
Bob Batz Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org and 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.