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Flight: A quick sampling of Pittsburgh beer news

As part of our weekly beer content series ABV, we’re introducing ‘Flight’ – a semi-regular recap of local brewery news you can use.

ABV is our weekly series that highlights a different beer from a local Pittsburgh brewery every week. Check out our past picks here.

As part of our ‘ABV’ series, every Tuesday – for the last 70 Tuesdays – we’ve tried to find thoughtful ways to celebrate the Pittsburgh craft beer scene.

We’ve written about:

  • New beers you can try at local breweries
  • New breweries opening their doors
  • Collaborations between local breweries
  • And, last month, we even got to know Pittsburgh’s local beer historian

But there is more beer news to share! Below is our first edition of Flight; think of this as a quick sampling of beer news you can use.

Flight aims to recap recent beer news into a simple, easy to digest format. Some of the snippets in Flight tie back to our own stories and content. Some of what you’ll find in Flight is sourced from our friends at other publications.

ABV, volume LXX

Insurrection Ale Works Expands to the Strip District

Insurrection Ale Works has confirmed their plans for expansion. After exploring an option in Shadyside, the brewery – based in Carnegie, PA – will open a taproom at 1812 Penn Ave in the Strip District.

Learn More: Breweries in PA story

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🔹New Location Update🔹 Now that we have begun work on the project, we are happy to announce that we will be opening a Taproom at 1812 Penn Ave. in the heart of the Strip District. Obviously with the serious health threatening situation due to Covid-19, this is not the most opportune time to proceed. However, we had undertaken this project and invested a great deal into it before this crisis. As a result we are moving forward with construction, but will be a take out only operation, until it it deemed safe to open to customers for onsite consumption. This location will be a taproom only, serving our beer and a selection of local wines and spirits. We will not be adding a kitchen. As one customer put it, the Strip is a giant food court and you will be welcome to bring food in with you. We will keep posting updates as the project progresses and we have a better idea when we might open. Again we would like to thank everyone for their continued support and hope everyone stays safe. @stripdistrictneighbors

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Altered Genius Brewing opens in Ambridge

In May, we wrote about the launch of Altered Genius Brewing in Ambridge. Although the grand opening was a subdued, quiet affair, the Beaver County-based brewery is offering beer for takeout and plans to throw a launch party (to showcase their shiny, new taproom) in the future.

Learn More: Our story on the launch of Altered Genius Brewing

Follow: Altered Genius Facebook page

New Trail Brewing (Williamsport) is now distributing to Pittsburgh

As first reported by the team at Breweries in PA, New Trail Brewing is now distributing to Pittsburgh for the first time. The Williamsport-based brewery has cultivated an avid fan base in central PA and consistently earns glowing reviews for their highly sought after beer.

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We are very excited to announce that beginning at the end of this week New Trail Brewing Co will be available in VERY LIMITED amounts in Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties. Check out the list of places below to see where you might be able to find some of our beer in the upcoming days. This is a growing list and we want to give a huge shout out to these guys for agreeing to carry us at the launch! ___ Feel free to give our pals at @steelcitybeer a shout to help you find out where you might find some! ____ Brentwood Beer, Liberty Beer, Beer and Pop For Less, Save More Beer and Pop, Save on Beer II, Duffy's, Banksville Distributors, Northern Beer Traders, Bellevue Beer, Pistella Beer, Colonial Beer, Corner Beer Distributor, The Independent, Lorelei, West Liberty Beer, & McNeally. ____ Again, we cannot thank you guys enough for the overwhelming support for us and our liquid. This marks a huge step forward for New Trail as we are now distributing our beer throughout the entire state! Thank you to everyone who has made these dreams possible by supporting us, we could not have done it without you.

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Learn More: Breweries in PA story

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A pair of Pink Boots Collaboration beers are now available

You can support the advancement of women in the beer industry by picking up a growler of Virago’s Fury at Penn Brewery. Proceeds from sales of this collaboration beer benefit the mission of Pink Boots Society – a nonprofit that funds educational opportunities and scholarships for women beer professionals.

Learn More: Our story on the 2020 Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day

Follow: Pink Boots Society on Twitter

Follow: Pittsburgh’s Pink Boots chapter on Instagram

Full Pint hasn’t quite fully closed their doors yet

Although Full Pint closed the Wild Side Taproom (Lawrenceville) and had announced a complete end to brewing operations in North Versailles, it appears that isn’t quite the case. You can keep an eye on Full Pint’s Facebook page for updates to continue getting growler fills; at least for the time being.

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Header photo taken at Mindful Brewing. Photo by Pat Hogan.