Don’t catch the summer blues, taste some summer brews! Seven Springs first annual PA Beer Fest features over 50 breweries from all over PA. It’s not your regular beerfest–there will be exclusive brews that you won’t find at your local distributor! You can try all the beers (souvenir Beerfest glass included!) and wine while listening to live music. There’s even Beerducation seminars presented by industry pro’s, where you can learn about beer pairings and cool history stuff you probably never knew. Some of the seminars include: How to Make Beer 101, Brewery Stories, Sustainability & Brewing and Women in Beer. Best classes ever!

Live music rocks throughout both days of the fest–Saturday’s acts feature country rock cover band Buck Wild, worlds #1 AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Bells, and singer/songwriter Mark Ferrari. Sunday’s lineup showcases Voice Finalist and Pittsburgh native Chris Jamison, pop rock dance band Light Up The Moon, and singer/songwriter Meredith Holiday.

About the drinks…Here are some of Pittsburgh’s breweries you can try!

Hitchhiker Brewery

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There’s plenty of awesome brews to choose from: Subsurface Peach Blueberry, The Barbarian Pale Ale IPA, Outer Planet Pilsner, the Bottle Service mimosa smoothie sour, and more. Take a ride and enjoy!   

War Streets Brewery

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Check out the Northside’s popular Monterey St. IPA, with notes of Citrus, pine, and grapefruit from Citra hops. The Railroad Riot includes a hint of spice, and pays tribute to the Great Pittsburgh Railroad Strike of 1877, raising awareness to the railroad issues in the Northside neighborhoods.  

11th Hour Brewery

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Lawrenceville’s newest craft brewery features the Shattered Illusion IPA. And for the spicy fans- the Burning Phoenix Jalapeno Pale Ale. That’s fire! If you want a seasonal brew, go for the Strawberry Falls (summer wheat ale that smells of strawberries). And the Dream Cannon: NO 5 Summer Punch (fresh blackberries and supporting cast of key lime). What a dream.   

Apis Mead & Winery

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Carnegie’s own will have awesome local honey wine, including Hopped Pineapple, Tangerine Ginger, and Strawberry Kiwi. Time for the wine!

Enix

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The Homestead craft brewery offers the Hoppy Pale Lager, a refreshing hoppy lager to cool you off. Also, Yusi Frut features pineapple and passion fruit accent, low bitterness and fruit flavors.

412 Brewery

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Based out of McKees Rocks, they have some interesting names aka the Joey Porter, the 2 hour delay (brown ale brewed with honey 8.6%), the Emsworth Hop & Dam spice (tropical fruit, citrus and stone fruit), and the R-U-Ready-4-One-Too. We ready!

Leaning Cask Brewery

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It’s English mixed with a fresh take, as their website says,“Brewed with traditional English methods and a modern American influence on style.”  Try the Mango Mastiff, the west coast style aggressively hopped Hoppin Mad Vizsla (lemon citrus, tropical fruit), and the Submissive Grin milkshake, with key lime, madagascar vanilla bean, and graham cracker.

And check out some of our eastern neighbor breweries!

Pottstown United Brewing Company

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The Slap-Happy is 9%, hence why it has ‘happy’ in the title. If you want something fruity, check out The Splash, complete with grapefruit flavors. And since it’s summer, try the Git Wit It–orange citrus and spice is a great summer drink!

Brothers Kershner Brewing Company

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Drink some Run in the Sun–hoppy, citrus and smooth. Some other good options are the Johann (clean, crisp, light hops), Bing Bang Boom (classic, balanced, IPA), and Bird Country (citrus, lemon grass, zesty!). All kinds of options–tough decisions!

Troegs Independent Brewing

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It’s the summer of Troegs! You can try the Sunshine Pils–a summer favorite which has won multiple awards. And be sure to sample some Freaky Peach, featuring bright peaches, spun sugar, and whiskey sour. Get freaky!  

Tuned Up Brewery

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The Peanut Butter Ale is a popular choice–it’s only around for a short period of time! Also check out the The Velvet Rope. According to their site, it’s “chocolate covered raspberry goodness.” This already sounds delicious!

If you want to keep the party going, a special overnight lodging package is available for Pennsylvania Beer Festival attendees. This includes two nights of lodging within steps of the festival grounds, one day festival admission pass per person, and breakfast each morning. Starts at just $237 per room!

When: June 22 & 23

Where: 7 Springs

Time: 11am-5pm

Tickets: $45 Advance tickets online, $45 Gate, $10 Designated Driver

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Josh McCann

Josh McCann is a contributing writer for Made in PGH, where he writes about events and music. He's a Point Park University alumnus, musician, and founder of the music blog Where The Bands Are. His writing on rock and roll has appeared in the Globe and the Northside Chronicle.

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