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Pittsburgh’s Fresh Fest Beer Festival Celebrates Black Brewers

By Danielle Dorsey

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Now in its second year, Fresh Fest Beer Fest is returning to Pittsburgh bigger and blacker than before with 20 Black brewers, 75 vendors, 40 collaborations, 20 food stations and more. Presented by The Drinking Partners and Black Brew Culture, the 2019 rendition of the nation’s first Black brew festival takes place from Saturday, August 10 from 12-9pm at Nova Place on Pittsburgh’s scenic North Shore.

Join over 3,000 craft beer industry connoisseurs and novices from across America as they convene in support of Black-owned breweries, food vendors, and entrepreneurs. Not only does the festival provide an in-depth look inside the largely uncovered Black craft beer scene, but it also represents an opportunity for collaboration amongst Black business owners. 

Head to the Ace Hotel on the Friday before the festival for two panelist discussions hosted by national beer writer Ale Sharpton on the state of diversity and inclusion in the craft brewery scene, as well as insights into the highs and lows of being Black in the industry. 

The official festival kicks off with a “Meet the Brewers” podcast event hosted by the Drinking Partners at noon on Saturday, August 10 at Alloy 26 inside the Nova Place Courtyard. VIP ticket holders will be treated to a candid conversation between two of Pittsburgh’s best comedians as they interview craft beer legend, Garrett Oliver. Afterward, hops enthusiasts can sample pours from brewers across the nation and pair their tastings with fresh grub from a lineup of food trucks. A stacked musical lineup is guaranteed to keep guests two-stepping throughout the evening.

VIP, Early Admission, and General Admission festival tickets are on sale now

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