Everything you need to know about the Barrel & Flow Fest

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LeeAnn Huntoon

For the 5th year, the city of bridges will host Barrel and Flow, the country’s premier craft beer festival.

What is the Barrel & Flow Fest?

Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to the largest festival celebrating Black breweries? Over the past five years, the Barrel & Flow festival has grown beyond a beer festival. In addition to highlighting Black brewers and breweries, the Barrel & Flow festival celebrates Black artists and businesses.

More than just beer, the annual beer festival in Pittsburgh wants to continue to utilize the brewing industry to connect opportunity, accessibility, and artistry in ways that empower the Black community.

Explore more Pittsburgh breweries with the organizers of the Barrel & Flow Fest

You may notice some familiar faces on the Barrel & Flow Fest team! Ed Bailey and Day Bracey are also the hosts of our  show “Ed and Day in the ‘Burgh.” On each episode of “Ed and Day in the ‘Burgh” Ed and Day visit a different neighborhood to meet local business owners, try out some new activities and visit some local breweries. 

You can stream all eight episodes of Season 1 of “Ed and Day in the ‘Burgh” for free on the Very Local channel! Download the Very Local app for your phone, streaming device or TV to start watching. 

Black brewers & collaboration beers

Pittsburgh does not currently have any Black-owned breweries, so how do you plan a festival celebrating Black brewers? Barrel & Flow Fest has a unique solution to this problem. Each year the festival pairs Black artists, business owners and nonprofits with local brewers to create collaboration beers. Check out the list of all of the Black breweries plus more than 50 collaboration beers that will be featured at the festival. 

Interested in learning more about some of the collaborations? Check out our profiles on some of the collaborations from the 2019 festival here

Barrel & Flow Fest 2021

A brief history of the Barrel & Flow Fest

Bigger than a beer festival – Music, Black artists, food and more

The Barrel & Flow festival offers more than beer and beverages. 

Live music & DJs

Musicians performing at Barrel & Flow Festival include: 

DJs performing at Barrel & Flow Fest:

Eat and shop local at the Barrel & Flow Crafters Market

  • EAT: From BBQ to rice bowls and vegan eats to sweet treats, there will be more than 20 local businesses selling food at this year’s Barrel & Flow Fest.
  • SHOP: This year’s Barrel & Flow Fest also features a craft market with goods and services from Black owned businesses and artists.
  • LEARN: Stop by the tables to learn more about some local nonprofits that are working to support Pittsburghers.

You can see the entire list of Barrel & Flow Fest vendors here

When & Where: Barrel & Flow Fest Details

Date:Saturday, August 13, 2022
Time: VIP: 12:00 pm (noon) – 9:00 pm
EARLY ACCESS: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
GENERAL ADMISSION: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:The Stacks at 3 Crossings, 2875 Railroad St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Barrel & Flow Week: Even more Barrel & Flow Fest events

In addition to the main festival on Saturday, the Barrel & Flow Fest organizers have put together a week of events to celebrate Black arts, music and food. 


Watch all of the episodes of “Ed and Day in the ‘Burgh” for free on the Very Local channel. Available on Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV, & Android.

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LeeAnn Huntoon

Published by
LeeAnn Huntoon

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