Beer: Beer-food pairing series is going to be a bit wild

Wild Purveyors is pairing up with local brewers for a wild series of ongoing monthly food-and-beer pairings at the Lawrenceville market.

The first one is this Sunday, Jan. 26, with Full Pint Brewing. For each of two sessions -- 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. -- they'll be serving a crazy port-barrel-aged sour beer that was finished with 100 pounds of wild pawpaws, an indigenous fruit, that Wild Purveyors foraged for the brewery this past fall. That brew, and two or three others from Full Pint, will be served with cheeses and "a wild concoction or two."

Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door, if there are any left. Wild Purveyors CEO Cavan Patterson expects this to sell out.

He explains that while his company has been involved in a lot of beer events, this series is about getting more, well, serious. As he puts it, "we are looking to make it a part of our mission to expand people's palates."

Future events will follow the same format for the same price:

■ From 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9: Roundabout Brewery in Lawrenceville.

■ From 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Hop Farm Brewing in Lawrenceville.

Mr. Patterson says that they plan to do tastings with Helltown, Fat Heads, Cellar Door and others. For more: For tickets, call 412-206-9453.

Pittsburgh already had a lot of women who are really into craft beer, including a brewery CEO, restaurant and distributor owners and more. Now we have a local chapter of a national craft beer organization for women called Girls' Pint Out.

Having started in Indianapolis in 2010, the group says it now has 35 chapters "giving women the opportunity to socialize and learn more about craft beer." And boys can come, too.

Check it out at; you also can follow the local chapter on Twitter @GirlsPintOutPgh.

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