Barrel & Flow Fest returns with food, music, culture and, of course, beer

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One of America’s favorite festivalsreturns to Pittsburgh on August 13, with a wide array of collaborations, vendors, artists and, of course, beer. A lot.

Barrel & Flow will take place on August 13 at 2865 Railroad St. in the Strip District, with representation from more than 30 black-owned breweries, 55 unique collaborative breweries and 150 vendors, among others. This marks the festival’s fifth year, coming to the Strip District for the first time. Previously, it stood at the South Side Works.

The festival says its offerings “reflect our commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming festival environment and showcasing Black breweries, artists and small businesses.” While many Pennsylvania breweries are taking part in the festivities, companies from across the United States and even a few international breweries will also be highlighted on Saturday.

The range of creative concoctions includes beers from Illinois-based Black Horizon Brewing Company; Weathered Souls Brewing Company of Texas; Brickterranean Beer Hut from Georgia; and TLC Libations of Pennsylvania. Collaborations include Smittox Brewing in Texas and Eleventh Hour Brewing Company in Pennsylvania; Daleview Brewery and Angry Orchard, both of New York; and Rock Leopard Brewing Company in the UK and Other Half Brewing in New York — and more.

Barrel & Flow is also going high-tech this year, with the help of an app called Crackem. Through a partnership with the festival, Crackem will give exposure to black-owned breweries and industry influencers during the festival; an app subscription offers various money-saving incentives and rewards for customers; it also displays the closest breweries to the user’s location.

“Our mobile app and marketing consulting services are designed to add value by empowering business owners and the Black community,” Crackem CEO Aubrey Perry said in a statement. hurry. “Through our outreach, we are committed to supporting beer drinkers and making sure they know about breweries owned and operated by people of color.”

Less than 1% of the more than 9,000 small independent craft breweries in the United States are black-owned. One of Barrel & Flow’s goals is to bring attention to these businesses, while celebrating music, food and culture.

While the actual festival takes place on Saturday, Friday August 12 will feature an assortment of talks, symposiums and panels at the Greentree DoubleTree Hotel. There will also be a Brewers Brunch on Sunday, also at the hotel.

Tickets are on sale now and cost between $27 and $215. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate in all Barrel & Flow events.

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