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PBG releases new brewery guide, plans fall beer festival
The Pittsburgh Brewers Guild (PBG) released a new version of its popular Pittsburgh Brewery Guide, a passport-style book filled with information about 38 breweries in Allegheny County as well as seven designated trails that are featured online. About 2,500 copies of the $10 guide are available at most PBG-member breweries. Participants can earn prizes — including koozies, a stemless teku glass and an insulated aluminum bottle — by getting the guide stamped at 10, 20 or 30 member breweries. PBG will also host Three Rivers Beer Week Oct. 6-10, which will include in-person and virtual beer events.
Adda Coffee & Tea goes carbon neutral
Adda Coffee & Tea, which operates three cafes in Pittsburgh, is going carbon neutral with the help of a Paris-based startup that aims to remove 1 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year. CarbonCroc built a Shopify app to track the emissions of items in Adda’s e-commerce store and calculate the amount of carbon offsets the business would need to buy to neutralize their footprint. Every month, Adda can evaluate its emissions and buy offsets through CarbonCroc, which will then invest in certified carbon offset projects. Adda passes none of the cost on to consumers and shares the information on its public impact page.
Piatt Sotheby’s makes donation, plans music festival to support Community Takeout Program
Since December, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty has donated $37,350 to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to support the Community Takeout Program. Piloted by 412 Food Rescue in May 2020, the initiative has served thousands of meals to Pittsburghers in need while supporting local restaurants by providing work to industry employees.
On Aug. 28, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty parent company, Millcraft, will host its annual Rock, Reggae & Relief music festival in Market Square featuring Jason Mraz, The Wailers, UpRooted and Roots of Creation. Funds raised will benefit food insecurity and hospitality workers initiatives.
Mini-grants offered to address systemic inequities in the Covid-era
Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation — which is a part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council — have joined forces to implement Mini Grants Initiative: Systemic Inequities in the COVID-19 Era program. There is a $50,000 pool to fund projects that address the impacts of the pandemic on marginalized groups and/or systemic inequities in the Pittsburgh region. Grants range from $500 to $7,500. Funding is available via a competitive proposal process. Lead organizations must maintain a physical presence in the Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton Combined Statistical Area and have nonprofit status. Grant applications must be submitted online by June 11 and grantees will be announced in August.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust reopening galleries in June
On June 4, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will mark the reopening of its physical Downtown galleries by debuting a special art installation from the #notwhite collective, a group of 13 women artists. The exhibition will be on view through Aug. 1 at SPACE at 812 Liberty Ave. On May 21 at 6 p.m., the collective will host a livestream dinner party as part of the Trust’s Virtual Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District: At Home series. Pre-registration is required online.