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The Birth of a Pittsburgh Tradition

Last winter, I had the opportunity to grab a few beers with a gentleman who was in Pittsburgh by way of Vancouver to research our region’s beer market. His job, which is pretty kick-ass I must say, is to travel from market to market and discover how each operates by visiting breweries, bottle shops, bars, restaurants, etc. He is able to gain a good perspective of what stands out and what needs improvement, from beverage characteristics to taproom ambiance to friendliness of the staff and more.

I was fortunate to connect with him towards the end of his adventures through the Pittsburgh drinking scene and am happy to report very positive feedback. He’s been all over the country and parts of Canada and his conclusion was Pittsburgh’s libations scene is towards the top of his list for most progressive and diverse around, complete with several breweries making exceptional beers that rival those found at breweries distributing across the country and offering taproom experiences guaranteed to bring customers back time and time again.

Considering you could count the number of breweries in Pittsburgh on one and a half hands just five years ago, this speaks volumes to how far we’ve progressed. But our growth and evolution isn’t limited to beer. Our region is overflowing with distilleries producing award-winning whiskies and rums, as well as meaderies, wineries, and cider houses doing the exact same thing. Regardless of whether you label yourself a beer drinker, wine aficionado, spirits lover, mead maven, or cider sipper, Pittsburgh has a tasty beverage right up your alley thanks to the dedication of thousands of people who work tirelessly every day to bring you the very best.

It’s time we celebrate everyone and everything that makes the Pittsburgh libations scene shine.

It is in that spirit that myself and a dedicated team of professionals present Pittsburgh Libations Week, a celebration of our region’s entire adult beverage culture. PLW is designed to be a year-round brand that promotes businesses, events, ideals, education, camaraderie, and community through social media and connects libations enthusiasts to the information they seek. In addition, we plan to partner with charitable organizations and donate portions of proceeds raised from sponsorships, events, and fundraisers back into the Pittsburgh community.

PLW MissionThe inaugural Pittsburgh Libations Week is slated to unfold October 12th thru October 20th, 2018. Between now and then, we plan to host several events and fundraisers designed to connect businesses to the libations community, provide education to enthusiasts of all forms of adult beverages, and, of course, create an enjoyable and memorable experience for all those in attendance.

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From craft beer to cider to spirits to wine to mead and everything in between, a celebration of our entire city’s libations culture is long overdue. Pittsburgh Libations Week will be the new standard that abides by a strong purpose and appropriately represents the businesses within our region that make adult beverages all the rage. In addition, PLW will work with wholesalers and distributors who helped pave the road for a vibrant scene by bringing quality beers, wines, and spirits to town and continue to do so today. Finally, PLW will deliver libations enthusiasts the type of coverage, education, and events they deserve. We aim to put Pittsburgh in the upper echelon of adult beverage destinations in the United States.

This is a celebration of us all, for us all, and by us all. Put on your party hat and get ready for Pittsburgh Libations Week in October 2018!


Mike Pound, Wigle Whiskey’s Pete Finney, and I rap about Pittsburgh Libations Week on a recent episode of Beer Me