So tonight was Pittsburgh magazine’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” party, an event at Heinz Field that celebrates some of the best stuff going here, in conjunction with the magazine’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” issue.
I didn’t get invited — I’m not apparently the best of anything in these parts — but my buddies Sickpuppy and Father Spoon attended. While doing a little post-work Plurking, Spoon mentioned the beer lineup at the shindig: Harp, Guinness and Smithwick’s.
Not bad choices. But perhaps better choices for a “Best of Pittsburgh” event would have included some beer from Pittsburgh:
It’s just a bit ironic: we’re just a couple of days away from the second iteration of the Steel City Big Pour — the excellent festival hosted by Construction Junction — which does an incredible job of highlighting the local and regional craft beer industry, but the Best of Pittsburgh’s beer selection came from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. I’d suggest you come out to the festival on Saturday, but it’s sold out. Yes, it’s that good — mark your calendars for September 2009.
I would usually count the folks at WQED — which runs the magazine — among the region’s best boosters. But in this case, they failed to highlight the best beer in Pittsburgh — and that’s too bad, because our best is among the country’s best as well.
Maybe next year, right?