Beer: This weekend is the Pennsyvania Microbrewers Fest

In these days when not only beer festivals but also new breweries seem relatively common, Pittsburgh’s original festival is being reprised at its original craft brewery. 

Saturday, June 7, is the 18th Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest at Penn Brewery. The North Side brewery will host 25 breweries from around the region and beyond (plus a local cider-maker and a distillery) for two sessions of tastings with food and live music. 

For each to two sessions -- 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. -- tickets are $45 and include a souvenir glass, buffet meal, commemorative glass, and either the Flow Band (afternoon) or Joel Lindsey and Blvd. of the Allies Trio (night).

Penn will be sampling several of its brews, including its new Ginger Beer. 

Pretzely highlights of the all-new food menu include Sausage Pretzel Baquettes (landjaeger sausage, pretzel baquette, brown-ale-mustard cheddar) and Penn’s take on that classic Pittsburgh dessert of strawberry Jell-O, pretzel chips and whiipped cream.

The local Olde Frothingslosh chapter of the Breweriana Collectibles Club of America will have a display of beer memorabilia, perhaps even including souvenirs from the first Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest, which was held in 1995. The festival has been held every year but one (2009) since then. 

Get tickets at Penn spokeswoman Linda Nyman says a limited number will be for sale at the door as well. 

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


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