Here are a dozen places to visit in Downtown/Strip District, East End, South Side and South Hills for the best tacos in Pittsburgh.
Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver is in town, headlining the Saturday, Jan. 10, Brew 'N Chew Festival that we've written about in this space. Tickets are $35 for each of two sessions -- 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. -- of beer and food tasting and more fun at the Monroeville Convention Center (http://goodtastepittsburgh.com/pittsburgh-brew-n-chew-2/). On the website you can see the list of 45 breweries and more than two dozen food purveyors. One relatively obscure local brewer whose wares you can try: Cellar Door Brewing from New Kensington.
For $10 more, you can get a ride from Station Square to and from the event by PA Brew Tours.
Mr. Oliver also is doing a beer-and-food pairing from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Industry Public House in Lawrenceville (industrypgh.com). He's to pour some rare Ghost Bottle series beers and "a 2007 late-bottle vintage of a beer that doesn't exist" plus five other Brooklyn beers with five courses, including the latest release in their Brewmaster's Reserve line, Fire & Ice. Details and tickets ($28) at http://brooklynbrewery.com/blog/event/tasting-menu-w-garrett-oliver-industry-public-house-pa-2.
East End Brewing Co. has announced this year's Festival of Darkness, a chance to buy a bunch of dark brews at the Larimer brewery on Feb. 1. You can taste a dozen of them for a cash donation of $5, which East End's Scott Smith says he'll give to Light of Life Ministries. More at eastendbrewing.com.
Eleventh Hour Brewing, an operation coming together in the North Hills that in the meantime has been giving people tastes of its brews, is doing its first full-fledged beer dinner on Jan. 30. The host restaurant is the new Over The Bar (OTB) Bicycle Cafe at the North Park Boathouse. Tickets are $45 for the five-course dinner, which starts at 7:30 p.m. that night. For tickets and more details, visit http://otbbicyclecafe.bigcartel.com.
Other breweries-on-the-way we're looking forward to catching up with in the new year include Grist House Brewing Co. in Millvale and Spoonwood Brewing in Bethel Park.
This year's Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week is to happen April 25 through May 4. There's a Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance general membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, in the upstairs room at James Street Speakeasy & Gastropub on the North Side (enter through the side entrance).
Bob Batz Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org and 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.