Steel City Big Pour.

Construction Junction

September 12
Noon to 3 p.m. & 5 to 8 p.m.

Steel City Big Pour
Steel City Big Pour

Welcome to the granddaddy of all Pittsburgh beer festivals—a wildly popular event that has surely helped to inspire and spawn countless area brew happenings since its inception back in 2006.

Uniquely situated within the region’s only recycled building supply retailer, the 9th annual Steel City Big Pour brings together a thirst for craft beer and a passion for building conservation. Those lucky enough to snag tickets—the event sold-out in just one hour—will be treated to three hours of beer, food, live art and music, and more beer.

Tapping into Construction Junction‘s vast warehouse and parking lot located in Point Breeze, the region’s preeminent craft beer festival (at last count!) features 46 brewers from around the region and U.S. paired with fare from 26 top area restaurants, seltzer and soda vendors, cafes and pubs and markets (humans cannot exist on beer alone).

Steel City Big Pour
Steel City Big Pour

As you make the rounds, don’t forget to try out the Big Pour app for live beer and food ratings and be sure to sample the Big Pour’s signature brew created by Scott Smith of East End Brewing fame.

In between tastings, pour-goers will enjoy live music by Hoodoo Drugstore and meet author Mark Brewer—who will on-site signing and selling his brand new book, Brewology: An Illustrated Dictionary for Beer Lovers.

Always a highlight at the Big Pour is the chance to bid on locally-designed “kegerators” (read: a hybrid refrigerator-meets-keg appliance) in the event’s lively bar raffle. And it will feel good to imbibe on this day, because proceeds from the Big Pour support Construction Junction’s important local work promoting sustainability, reuse and recycling and conservation.

Sessions run from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. View a complete list of 2015 Big Pour breweries and food vendors.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.