You want fresh? Oh, you’ve got fresh! The nations first black brew festival returns for a huge party at Nova Place in the North Shore. There’s going to be thousands of craft beer industry veterans, along with breweries collaborating with black artists and entrepreneurs from PA and all over the country. 

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#FRESHER. You have options–VIP, early admission, and general admission tickets are on sale now. The VIP ticket includes the “Meet the Brewers” podcast event hosted by the hilarious “Drinking Partners” comedians Day Bracey and Ed Bailey! The show begins at noon!

Kick out the jams! The day is packed with great music on two different stages. The courtyard showcases live bands beginning at 3pm. And Stage 2 has DJ’s all day long. While jamming to music you can enjoy awesome local food trucks, live art, and a variety of unique brews. Here’s a rundown of some breweries participating!

Thunderhawk Alements

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San Diego’s own features west coast favorites–citrus grapefruit punt gun IPA, Sun Kissed Black (smoked and fire roasted Coconut Porter featuring European Malts),and Death to Selfies, which is complex, funky, dry, and extremely hoppy.

Khonso Brewing

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The Atlanta based brewery is all about the Khonso experience–blending bold flavors and aromas to create new ones. There’s the Sweet Auburn bold IPA, Standing Peachtree (features Georgia peaches!), and ThePullman Yard–spices and herbs! 

Rhythm Brewing Co.

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The beer that flows! The New Haven, CT brewery was founded by professional Latin rhythm dancer Alisa Bowens-Mercado. The brewery showcases a modern American-style lager brewed with South African hops!   

Island to Island

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The heart of Brooklyn with the soul of Trinidad. They specialize in fruit craft beers, New York State hard ciders and non-alcoholic probiotic brews. Check out the “Sweat and Tears of the Gods,” filled with amla berries and guinep fruit pulque.

Cultured Kombucha 

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Brewed in Washington D.C.,the woman and minority owned business features all kinds of cool and refreshing drinks. Try the Lotus Flower Bomb, with jasmine green tea base and edible flowers. Also check out the Tropic Like it’s Hot—it’s an island in a bottle with coconut vanilla breakfast blend and fresh pineapple!

When: August 10, 12-9pm

Where: Nova Place, North Shore


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Josh McCann

Josh has been writing for Made in PGH since 2018, where he writes about upcoming events. He’s a Point Park University graduate and teaches high school English. In his free time you’ll find him playing guitar and writing new songs.

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