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St. Brigid, Patron Saint of Beer

February 1 is the feast day of St. Brigid, the Irish Patron saint of beer. Ordained a priest by St. Patrick, she became a de facto bishop of Ireland, and she was a big fan of beer. St Brigid is credited with writing: I would like a great lake of beer for the King of...

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Video – The Story of Beer in Pennsylvania

You already know that Brew: The Museum of Beer will tell the 10,000-year-old story of beer, from the origins of civilization through the rise of craft beer. Plans for Brew have always included covering the story of beer in our region and through the Commonwealth. Now,...

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The Story of Beer in Pennsylvania

The Story of Beer dates back 10,000 years, to the origins of civilization and Pennsylvania has played a central role in illuminating that story. Dr. Solomon Katz, anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania, has suggested that the reason people gave up the...

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The Close Connection Between Beer and War

Stories from the front…and WWII’s influence on beer trends Joe Willis needed something to drink. The paratrooper had taken shrapnel in both legs while fighting as a member of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division to hold off a relentless German attack. Now, laying...

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Have an Idea you’d like to share?

Have knowledge or ideas about beer you would like to share with others? It might be something about beer history, local, national or beyond. It could be something about the state of beer today. Contact us with your idea and we will look to post the finished product...

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Good things are happening at Scratch Food & Beverage

Got to help Don at Scratch on Troy Hill find some great beers to pair with the Chef’s Brandon’s great dishes. Scratch will soon have a new beer list, curated by Brew: The Museum of Beer. Watch for an upcoming beer and food pairing event with a more social...

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Visit to Eleventh Hour

Had fun checking out Eleventh Hour recently. Ask Matt about the fascinating history of the building, then visit the Bayernhof...

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Is there a bubble brewing in local craft beer?

Locally, we are up to 30 breweries now open in Allegheny County. That’s a 50% increase so far this year, and there are at least 4 more on the way. Our interactive map of breweries in Western Pennsylvania  shows them all, along with the rest of the breweries in...

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Is there a bubble brewing in the national craft beer scene?

In our next installments, we will take a look at the “bubble issue“ from a national perspective and consider whether Prohibition was responsible for the demise of local breweries. Make sure you are on our mailing list so that you will be notified when the next...

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Myth: Prohibition Killed Local Breweries

Many people assume that Prohibition was responsible for the demise of the local breweries. Of course, during Prohibition the number of legal breweries in the country fell to zero, but the decline actually started 45 years before national Prohibition took effect. The...

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“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”

  –Abraham Lincoln

“There is more to life than beer alone, but beer makes those other things even better.”  

–Stephen Morris

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”  

–Dave Barry

“If God had intended us to drink beer, He would have given us stomachs.”

–Dave Daye

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