‘Tis the season for fairs, festivals, concerts and everything, well, “people-y.”
Sure, many of you enjoy mingling with the crowds under the sunshine and stars. Maybe it’s lawn seats for the Royal Affair Tour at Stage AE or waiting in line at PNC Park for a sample of beer in a mini mug (er, shot glass?).
Summer is fun, but for introverts who prefer a more laid back, intimate experience, it can be way too much in too small of a space. If that’s you, you’ll want to read on for our recommended beer experiences for the true introverts …
– Hollie Geitner, WordWrite
City Brew Tours (on a weekday)
This after-hours VIP beer experience takes you on a guided tour of four different breweries and includes light dinner and beer pairing samples (13-16 generous-sized ones).
You can book this tour for $99 per person Wednesdays through Sundays, but if you’d like a less hectic trip, consider a Wednesday evening. The van has space for 14 people, so there’s no big crowded bus to contend with, and the breweries likely won’t be as busy as the typical weekend evening. And you’ll be back home and in bed around 11 p.m., give or take.
Pittsburgh Brewery Guide
If you’re looking for a fun but solitary beer journey you can manage on your own, consider the Pittsburgh Brewery Guide.
For $10, you can use the guide as your road map to the top Pittsburgh breweries and collect stamps along the way. Once you visit all 30 stops, you’re eligible for an exclusive Pittsburgh Brewers Guild glass that can be redeemed at a VisitPittsburgh Welcome Center.
The bottle shop, part 1
Having a night on the couch? Playing some board games? With more than 1,000 bottles, Castle Shannon’s Mindful Brewing is the six-pack place to go to find the best selection of beer to stock your fridge, whether you want a selection of unique hazy IPAs or a collection of different styles.
The bottle shop, part 2
If you’re in the North Hills, Hal’s Bottle Shop on Babcock Boulevard is worth a visit. With an eclectic selection of rare beers, as well as seasonal and local beers, this is the perfect place to check out a variety of craft brews and ask questions of their knowledgeable staff, especially during free tastings and unveilings. Take home a six-pack, or join their Rare Beer Club. This is one cool bottle shop you’ll want to add to your list.
Enjoy your quiet time with a cool beverage, and as always, friends, drink safely.