Thu, June 11 // A very Pittsburgh virtual happy hour for beer fans

Alongside seven local breweries, the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild has organized a Zoom call for folks eager to hear from their favorite breweries. Here’s how you can register and join.

by Aadam Soorma | June 9, 2020

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Editor’s Note: Our digital curator Aadam Soorma will guest host the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild’s virtual happy hour. He is an enthusiastic fan of local beer and contributes weekly beer content as part of his role at Very Local. He is not an official representative of the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild.

As bars and restaurants in Allegheny County navigate the green phase of safely re-opening, the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild plans to lead a conversation about what the future looks like for folks eager to visit a brewery.


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Join the (Virtual) Beer Conversation

On Thursday evening, you can be part of the beer conversation. Alongside reps from seven local breweries, the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild invites beer fans to join them for an interactive, roundtable chat. This is the Brewers Guild’s inaugural virtual happy hour event.

‘What’s Next for Pittsburgh-area Breweries’ is a free, online Zoom call that’s open to the first 100 people who register through the webinar link. Attendees are encouraged to join this “virtual cheers” with a beer of their choice and prepare questions they might have for the breweries.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/254245952568725/

Which Breweries are Speaking at the Virtual Roundtable?

Attendees on the Thursday evening Zoom call can expect to hear from these seven local breweries. The host-led discussion and audience-led Q&A will feature responses from:

  • Allegheny City Brewing // Northside
  • Eleventh Hour Brewing // Lawrenceville
  • Dancing Gnome // Sharpsburg
  • Grist House // Millvale
  • Brew Gentlemen // Braddock
  • Hitchhiker Brewing // Sharpsburg and Mount Lebanon
  • Inner Groove Brewing // Verona


Is there an Agenda / Itinerary for the Event?

The Pittsburgh Brewers Guild plans to cycle through the seven breweries represented on the call for topic-relevant discussions, including but not limited to:

  • COVID-19: Managing restrictions and changes to taproom atmosphere
  • Beer Industry: A general overview of how the beer industry is doing
  • Beer Projects: What’s in the works? New beers on the horizon?
  • Beer Collaborations: Can folks look forward to special collaboration beers?
  • Beer Events: What does the future look like for brewery anniversary celebrations and parties?
  • Expansions: Breweries expanding production and operations
A handful of randomly selected virtual happy hour attendees will win glassware from the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild. Photo: Pittsburgh Brewers Guild

What is the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild?

The Pittsburgh Brewers Guild (PBG) promotes collaboration among breweries and enhances the visibility of Pittsburgh’s thriving craft beer scene through a membership-based consortium. The PBG has been behind projects including the Pittsburgh Brewery Guide (beer passport) and has pre-made brewery trails available on their website for folks looking to visit multiple breweries via driving, biking or walking.


Know Before You Go: Pittsburgh Brewers Guild Virtual Happy Hour

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__N5zNcfvQty2jVI7mejNVA

Date // Time: Thursday, June 11 // 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Pro Tip: A handful of randomly-selected audience members will win prizes (glassware) from the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild.

Header Image: A look at the tap handles at Leaning Cask Brewing. Photo by Cory Morton.

Aadam Soorma

Aadam Soorma

In 2012, Aadam moved to Pittsburgh. He's currently parked (sans chair) in Lawrenceville and plans to stay a while. On the weekends, you'll find him driving a small green bus (Porter Tours) as he leads tours at local breweries.

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