The organizers of Greensburg’s annual Craft Beer Week are shaking things up this year, moving the event from fall to early summer and adding a day-long festival in St. Clair Park.
The nine-day program offers more than 30 opportunities to sample the region’s specialty beers, edibles and entertainment.
Kicking off on Friday, the 90 Miles to Cuba Key Lime Pie Sour will be back in draft at Invisible Man Brewing in Greensburg, along with a food truck from Mi Empanada, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also starting at 4 p.m., Marino’s American Eatery in Hempfield will be offering New Zealand Pilsner by partnering with Helltown Brewing.
The week will end on June 25 with a variety of activities including a pub crawl, corn hole tournament and block party.
“After five years, we missed having it in September,” said Jessica Hickey, event organizer and director of the Greensburg Downtown Project. “We moved it to June to change the week a bit.
“It allows our local breweries to have different beers. At this time of year, there are a lot of sour and fruity beers. It’s different from what they’ve done in the past.
Other beers featured include: You Can’t Put Pineapple On Pizza, a whipped pineapple beer from Sobel’s Obscure Brewery of Jeannette; Braggot, a blend of Hired Hand Saison and Apricot Mead, Noble Stein Brewing of Indiana and Laurel Highlands Meadery of South Greensburg; Yapped, an IPA (India Pale Ale) peach milkshake offered through a collaboration between Delmont’s Yellow Bridge Brewing and Tapped Brick Oven and Pour House of Hempfield.
The June 18 craft beer festival is “something we wanted to do,” Hickey said, noting that the ticketed event for ages 21 and older will allow attendees to sample selections from 20 breweries in one location.
“It’s a beautiful park that has everything we need for the event,” she said.
The festival will also feature food trucks, games and live music from Josh Jams and The String Theory.
General admission to the 5 p.m. festival is $40 and includes a souvenir drink. A $55 VIP ticket includes early entry at 4 p.m., the drink, a coozie, light bites, and a deal.
The Olde Spitfire Grill in South Greensburg will host a Father’s Day beer brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are recommended at 724-205-6402.
El Diablo Brewing Company and Wood-Fired Kitchen of Greensburg will serve a four-course brewers dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday in conjunction with Invisible Man Brewing. June 17 is the deadline for reservations at 724-221-6430.
Petagogy of Greensburg will host a Yappy Hour from 5-7 p.m. on June 23, featuring local beers for guests 21 or older and treats for their canine companions. All bar tips and 10% of sales will benefit Animal with capricious whiskers Rescue.
Activities on June 25 include the annual Pub Run of the week, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Hugo’s Taproom, 106 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. There is no cost to participate in the event, which is organized by the Run Greensburg band.
“This is a short 30-minute race open to runners of all ages and abilities,” said Cara Lincoln, a member of the group’s board of directors. “Usually we have around 25 people participating, but the more the better.
“We will then enjoy adult drinks at the bar. It’s a fun way for runners to enjoy Craft Beer Week and support a local business.
The Olde Spitfire Grille will host a cornhole tournament on June 25 while Helltown Brewing will take over the taps. Registration for teams of two begins at noon and competition begins at 2 p.m.
A block of South Pennsylvania Avenue in Greensburg will be closed to traffic from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 25 for a block party featuring music, food from Oliver’s Pourhouse and Just Roll’d Up and drinks from four craft breweries.
Visit downtowngreensburgpa.us for the week’s full schedule of activities, more details and festival tickets.