Plus, a chocolate pop-up, a Lawrenceville bar opening and a new Dormont coffee shop
March 25 is the annual Brewhaha fundraiser of the nonprofit Hollow Oak Land Trust, which administers park lands in the Pittsburgh International Airport area. For $65 admission, you get to taste beers from five local breweries (in a souvenir glass) paired with local eats from Fellowship Foods, and you get to take home a bottle of Biff's Saison d’Etre, homebrewed by member Matt Backman just for this. (He brewed a bourbon barrel-aged stout for last year and has been aging several of the wax-sealed bottles of that to be auctioned off this year.)
• Butternut Squash Bisque (seasoned with smoked ancho chiles) with Matthew English Mild Ale from Brixton Brewing in Rochester, Beaver County.
• Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms (with grass-fed sharp white cheddar and sauteed baby kale) with Dead Canary IPA from Coal Tipple Brewery near Burgettstown, Washington County.
• Pastured Berkshire Pork Sliders (with a wild ramp aioli and micro greens on a brioche bun) with Forever Single Citra Hop IPA from Spoonwood Brewing in Bethel Park.
• Roasted Beet Salad (with grass-fed chevre on a bed of bibb lettuce) with Rustic American Ale from Insurrection AleWorks in Heidelberg.
• Vanilla Ice Cream with Raspberry Reduction with 1795 Imperial Stout from Allegheny City Brewing in Deutschtown on the the North Side.
Comedians Day Bracey and Ed Bailey of the “Drinking Partners” podcast will do a live performance including interviews and beer reviews. Other fun includes raffles and auctions.
The second annual event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Robin Hill Park Mansion, 949 Thorn Run Road in Moon, and not many of the only 110 tickets are left. More at hollowoak.org.
Southern Tier serves up first brew
The North Shore’s Southern Tier Brewing Co. Pittsburgh is releasing its first beer brewed on site this week: Golden Ale, made with oats, wheat and Centennial hops for “a slightly citrusy, fruity finish.” Brewmaster David Harries says Southern Tier hopes to release more “Pittsburgh brew’d” beers weekly.
Foundry serves up first beer dinner
The Foundry Table & Tap on the North Shore is doing its first beer dinner with Lawrenceville’s Hop Farm Brewing Co. from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 23. The pairings:
First course: Hibiscus-cured Ora King salmon, beet vinaigrette, sour cucumber, grapefruit, fennel. Paired with Hibiscus Hoppy Hefe hefeweizen.
Second course: Roasted duck breast, Cara Cara orange gastrique, red cabbage puree, Granny Smith apple, black walnut granola. Paired with Cranberry Sauce Imperial Berliner weisse.
Third course: Hop-smoked beef short rib, One Nut Brown braising jus, sweet potato porridge, pineapple-bourbon relish, sage-sunflower seed gremolata. Paired with One Nut Brown American brown ale.
Fourth course: "Coffee & Doughnuts" — chocolate-hazelnut eclair, lemon caramel. Paired with Fresh Pot of Porter, local La Prima dark roast coffee brewed with beer.
Tickets are $60 at thefoundrypgh.com.
Yet another opening this month: Fury Brewing Co., at 13380 Route 30 in North Huntingdon, is holding its grand opening March 24. Watch this space for more on the place just before it opens. Cellar Works Brewing Co. in Sarver, which we wrote about on March 2, holds its grand opening this weekend, Friday and Saturday.
Arsenal Cider makes Trax
Arsenal Cider is opening an outlet at Trax Farms near Finleyville. The grand opening is from noon to 4 p.m. on March 25. The Lawrenceville cider producer, which has a new production facility in Penn Hills, also has a tap room at Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park.
Farm to Table gets spirited
For the first time, more than a dozen local and regional booze producers will be part of the 11th annual March 24-25 Farm to Table Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Participants include Blackbird Distillery, Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries, Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery, Christian Klay Winery and KingView Mead. They’ll be pouring at both the Friday Night Food Tasting and Saturday’s closing event, Farm to Flask, described as “the ultimate local mixology event.” Admission to both days of the conference and both tastings is $60. More information and tickets at farmtotablepa.com/conference.
Spirits Convention in Philly
Several distilleries from this end of the state are attending the Pennsylvania Spirits Convention on March 23 at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. Tickets for this grand tasting of spirits and cocktails are $75 or $100 for VIP (early admission) or $45 for designated drivers. Like some of the distilleries will, you can go to the March 24 American Whiskey Convention there, too. Tickets to both events are $169 or $199 VIP or $90 designated drivers. One cool libation you can try: Black Birch Vodka from CJ Spirits in Kane, which uses trees from the surrounding forests. There are talks to attend as well. Read all about the event at paspiritsconvention.com.
Bob Batz Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.
Correction: This story originally misspelled the last name of Hollow Oak Land Trust member Matt Backman.