Brewniversity is back in session

February 16, 2012 12:00 am
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Pittsburgh Brewniversity is back in session at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Beer Hive in the Strip District. The class is Sociology 214: "Men are from Malts . . . Women are from Vinos," subtitled "A Practical Guide for Improving Communication Between the Beverages in Your Relationship." Attempting to bridge the gap between the sexes and their beverages of choice will be presenters Dan Woodske, owner and head brewer of Beaver Brewing Co., and Kristina Tritsch, district manager of Laird Wine & Spirits. It will feature four samples each of beer and wine with appetizers for $25. All proceeds benefit Operation Walk Pittsburgh; register at PittsburghBrewniversity.com.

1 for the Road Beer Emporium and Tap Room in Pine is holding its first beer dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Catered by Post Office Catering Group, the menu is:

Aperitif: Brie in Puff Pastery with Fresh Seasonal Fruit, paired with Lindemans Kriek Lambic.

Salad: Arugula, Dark Cherries, Roasted Walnuts, Shaved Asiago Cheese with a Cherry Walnut Vinaigrette, paired with Konig Pilsner.

Dinner: London Broil with Crumbled Blue Cheese and Topped with Natural Demi Glaze, Herb Roasted Red Skin Potatoes and Green Beans Almondine, paired with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

Dessert: Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with a Vanilla and Chocolate Sauce, paired with Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

Tickets, available at the beer store in advance, are $35 (724-940-7667 and 1fortheroadtaproom.com).

Feb. 29 is the deadline to enter TRASH XXII, the 22nd Annual Homebrew, Cider, and Mead Competition of the Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers (http://bit.ly/trashcomp). The competition will be judged starting at 9 a.m. March 10 at Sing Sing Pub at the Waterfront.

The big prizes are best in show, or the Rock Bottom Award, because the top beer will be brewed commercially by Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. The best session (under 4.6 percent alcohol by volume) beer wins the East End Award, because it will be brewed commercially by East End Brewing Co. And the best stout (Beer Judge Certification Program Style 13) wins the TRASH Award and will be entered into the American Homebrewers Association's National Club Only Competition.

The local club welcomes volunteers to help with the event (visit http://bit.ly/trashvol), and invites the public to attend its banquet dinner at 5 p.m. the next evening, March 11, also at Sing Sing. A $25 ticket ($30 at the door, which opens at 3 p.m.) gets you the dinner, music and a souvenir glass for tasting all the leftover homebrew (http://trash22.eventbrite.com).


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