Nation’s first and only black beer festival to take place in Pittsburgh on August 10
(PITTSBURGH) – Something’s brewing in the city for this year’s Fresh Fest Beer Fest, the nation’s first and only black beer festival. The festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, from 5-9 p.m. at Nova Place and Alloy 26 on the city’s North Shore. VIP, early admission and general admission tickets go on sale Feb. 1 via the Fresh Fest site at www.freshfestbeerfest.com.
Event presenters Mike Potter, founder and CEO of Black Brew Culture, and Day Bracey, co-host of the Drinking Partners Podcast, expect attendance to more than double over last year’s inaugural festival, with 3,000 craft beer industry veterans, connoisseurs and novices from across the country taking part.
“The 2019 festival will be bigger and fresher,” Bracey says, “with 20 of the country’s best Black brewers and about 30 collaborations. We’re excited to come together with brewers and brew lovers for a really great event.”
Discounted hotel packages will be available; more information will be provided via the Fresh Fest site at www.freshfestbeerfest.com, in the coming months.
Last year’s event attracted brewers and festivalgoers from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Georgia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
Brewers, beer-related vendors, musicians and food truck owners may apply to participate via the Fresh Fest site at www.freshfestbeerfest.com. Fresh Fest welcomes Black brewers as well as other brewers working in collaboration with Black brewers, businesses and artists. At last year’s festival, collaborations included new brews, label designs and food pairings. The deadline for brewers to apply is March 31, and May 31 for all other applicants.
In the U.S., minority-owned craft breweries and brewers make up less than 2% of the industry. “Our aim is to grow the Black presence in the industry,” Potter says. “We’re consumers, we’re producers. We’re out here. Fresh Fest brings diversity to the industry and provides access and exposure for talented Black brewers.”
In addition to unique craft beers, ciders and spirits, Fresh Fest attendees will enjoy offerings from some of Pittsburgh’s best food trucks, and live music in the evening.
About Fresh Fest
Fresh Fest in the nation’s first Black beer festival. The annual event showcases the country’s most talented Black brewers, along with Pittsburgh-based brewers in collaboration with Black artists, brewers and businesses. These imaginative partnerships include brew collaborations, label designs,and/or food pairings for a new beer released exclusively at Fresh Fest. Established in 2018 by Mike Potter, founder and CEO of Black Brew Culture, and Day Bracey, co-host of the Drinking Partners podcast, Fresh Fest attracts thousands of craft beer industry veterans, connoisseurs and novices from across the country to enjoy unique beers, ciders and spirits. Fresh Fest 2019 will bring together more than 30 Black brewers nationally and more than 50 Pittsburgh breweries in collaboration with Black artists, brewers and businesses. The event will take place on August 10 from 1-9 pm at Nova Place/Alloy 26 on the city’s North Side. In addition beer and spirits, Fresh Fest will feature Pittsburgh’s best food trucks, brew-related vendors, and live music throughout the evening. Media coverage of Fresh Fest has included Thrillist, Imbibe, NPR, Atlanta Black Journal, and the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette.
About Black Brew Culture
Black Brew Culture is ushering in a new narrative in the $70 billion craft beer industry — one that features greater representation of African-American-owned breweries across the United States. Mike Potter, founder and CEO, established Black Brew Culture in 2017 to expand Black presence in the craft brew industry, on the drinking side of the bar and in production. Of the 6,000+ craft breweries in the U.S., minority-owned breweries and brewers make up only 2% of the industry. In partnership with Day Bracey, co-host of the Drinking Partners Podcast, Black Brew Culture presents Fresh Fest, the nation’s first Black beer festival. Launched in 2018, the event showcases the country’s most talented Black brewers and attracts thousands of craft beer industry veterans, connoisseurs and novices from across the U.S. to enjoy unique beers, ciders and spirits. Also in 2018, Black Brew Culture released its first beer, For the Culture. Through its online platform, magazine, and Fresh Fest, Black Brew Culture educates and advocates for access, exposure, diversity, and equity in the industry, connecting craft brew culture with Black culture.
About Drinking Partners Podcast
The Drinking Partners Podcast features comics Day Bracey and Ed Bailey swilling microbrews and spirits and engaging in dynamic, entertaining, and informative conversations with entertainers, politicians, and entrepreneurs. Three-time winner for Pittsburgh’s Best Podcast, the show’s guest list is both esteemed and diverse, including comedians Todd Glass and W. Kamau Bell, and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman. Musicians, like international stars the Cool Kids, as well as local acts just starting out, have joined the Drinking Partners in the studio for conversations and confessions. Artists, authors, brewers and brewery owners, and other leaders in business and development have also been guests on the show. The Drinking Partners have been profiled in many national publications and on air, including Viceland, NPR, The Atlantic and Imbibe, and featured in a Smithsonian exhibit examining the history of American brewing. Sometimes outrageous and sometimes educational, the Drinking Partners are nothing short of highly addictive.
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