Events celebrate local libations, past and present

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival runs through Sunday in Washington, Pa., one of the hotbeds of the protest by frontier farmer distillers against a federal tax enacted in 1791. 

The annual event features historic reenactments and tours, a parade and fireworks, live music and lots of other fun. The festival food area includes the Blue Eagle Tavern, which will sample and serve adult beverages including locally made whiskey from Liberty Pole Spirits and Red Pump Spirits, as well as wine from Washington Winery. As part of the festivities, Liberty Pole is releasing 180 375-milliliter bottles of a new cask-strength rye. 

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Imbibe on the North Side

From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Mattress Factory, Imbibe North Side will celebrate local libations. Tickets — $43.19 or $53.74 for an hour earlier admission  — entitle attendees (who must be at least 21) to taste beers from at least a half dozen breweries (and keep the souvenir pint glass) as well as Arsenal cider, Wigle Whiskey spirits and Pittsburgh Winery and Engine House 25 wines.

There’ll be food available from Pittsburgh Po’Boy, Las Chicas and Jim’s Smokin Que BBQ and music by The Joel Pace Trio and guests. 

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Beer tasting hike, picnic

The Britsburgh Beer Society is holding a hike, beer tasting and picnic on Sunday, based at the Mars Shelter in North Park. Participants can hike in the morning, then meet at noon for burgers and hot dogs. From 1 to 2 p.m., Tony Knipling will lead a tasting for adults of three seasonal brews, and then individuals and families are welcome to hang out for the rest of the afternoon and enjoy their own supplemental food and drink. Tickets for nonmembers are $15 online or $20 on site: On July 20, the Beer Society will “Meet North Country Brewing Co.” at Patrick’s Pub and Grille in Moon. 

Libations in Lawrenceville

More local libations will be celebrated from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, when Lawrenceville’s Industry Public House hosts the kickoff event for Pittsburgh Libations Week. That new promotional push is to happen in the fall of 2018, but you can get a taste of it with a pint of local beer and samples of local mead, wine and spirits, plus a buffet, art activities and prizes. Tickets are $37.74: More on the concept at

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


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