Newsletter: Pittsburgh’s Beer Historian & The history of the Dirty O

And take a look around Pittsburgh’s oldest farmers market

by Lindsay Patross | April 24, 2020

This week is all about history. We catch up with Pittsburgh’s beer historian and take a look at the history of an Oakland institution. And, take a look at our video about Pittsburgh’s oldest farmers market, which is open this Saturday and every Saturday morning.

EDDIE V: A chat with Pittsburgh’s beer historian
A South Side fixture, we sat down with Ed Vidunas – the Pittsburgh native who is behind Ed’s on a mission to catalog every brewery that’s ever set up shop here in Allegheny County with an informative website.

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD FILMMAKER: Willy James’ Instagram bio says it all
On this week’s episode of The Slaw, we’re getting to know North Side resident Willy James. He’s a filmmaker, storyteller, enthusiastic YouTuber and – as of recently – a podcaster who wants to help you fall asleep.

‘THE O’ IS NO MO’: Hot dogs, fries and good memories
Did you know the first name for “The O” was “House of Beef?” With the closure of Oakland’s mainstay late-night food spot, we worked with Pitt alumna and journalist Amanda Reed to fondly remember the greasy goodness that encompassed The O.

EVERY SATURDAY: An East Liberty Tradition
Speaking of institutions, The Farmers Market Co-Op of East Liberty is still open every Saturday from 5 a.m. to noon. Take a tour of this market that has been open since 1941.


Small business shoutout – the clean team:


  • ➡️Vintage Hauling & Junk Removal: Vintage Hauling PA is YOUR local hauling and debris removal source! We specialize in single item junk removal, cleanouts, and construction site debris cleanups. Same day or next day service. We offer curbside pickup with no contact payment availability! Call or message 724.331.0998 or visit to schedule a free consultation! [Sponsored listing]
  • ➡️EZ Breathing Air Duct Cleaning: From HVAC to dryer vents, this locally owned business can help you clear the air in your house. Now offering free sanitizing treatment to all of their customers and a flat rate for services.
  • ➡️PSquare Scents: Located in Bellevue, PSquare sells soaps and hand sanitizers. Psquare has donated over 70 bars of soap to the local farmers market for they are helping local families and we donated sanitizer to the Bellevue police so every officer would have their own.

Know of a small business that needs a shoutout? Let us know here.


📸Photo credit: University Archives, University of Pittsburgh Library System. Follow @PittArchives on Instagram for more historic Pitt photos.

Lindsay Patross

Lindsay Patross

Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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