Brewing up a Cure marks its 10th year

Saturday’s Brewing up a Cure will keep doing what it’s been doing for 10 years now — pouring a lot of home-brewed beer to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

So far, the Three Rivers Underground Brewers (TRUB) club has raised nearly $250,000 for the foundation. You can help out by buying a $50 general admission ticket to this year’s festival, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the PPG Wintergarden, Downtown.

You’ll have a chance to taste more than 75 brews, most of which you’d never otherwise have a chance to try.

Gregor Bender says his Soul Bender Brewing’s most interesting offerings include a Dr. Pepper porter named Dr. Bender, one called Cupcake Reincarnate that was brewed with 5 pounds of cupcakes that were made with barrel-aged East End Brewing Co. Homewood Reserve, and Orange Is the New Black — a chocolate orange IPA.

There’ll be two collaboration brews — with Roundabout Brewery and Hop Farm Brewing Co. — several commercial brews (including mead, cider and rum), and food, plus prize auctions, too. And PA Brew Tours shuttles are available as well. 

For tickets and more, visit

Brewpups open

Yet another brewpub opens in the region Friday. Brew 32 Craft Brewery is upstairs above the new home of Nova Cellars on state Route 208 near Pulaski, Lawrence County. It has an early 1900s sports theme and will start out serving 10 different draft brews —  including a maple chocolate stout and a pumpkin ale — in addition to a food menu of light fare. Wine Club members can get an advance peek at the place after 5 p.m. today. Otherwise, the brewpub and winery will share the same daily hours: noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

And another opens at 1 p.m. Saturday. Noble Stein Brewing Co. will begin selling beers from its industrial/rustic-themed taproom on Wayne Avenue in Indiana, Pa. Partner Zach Morrow says, “We will feature five beers on tap initially, with an expanding selection moving forward.” You can drink them there by the glass or take them home by the growler, with a selection of snacks from in-house as well as food trucks. Soon, they plan to get their beers into local watering holes. Saturday just happens to be Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Homecoming, as good a time to open as any. 

Beer museum update

There still are some $40 tickets left for the kickoff party for the national beer museum that a group wants to build in Pittsburgh. The team behind Brew: The Museum of Beer will be in attendance from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy on Foreland Street on the North Side. So will other proponents of what's being billed as a first-day tourist attraction on par with Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also that day, the team will start raising money for the museum on Organizers say the self-sustaining museum, with its own hall of fame and brewpub, could open in winter 2017. For tickets and more, visit

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


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