Hey ya’ll! Did you miss us?!
Well we are back to make sure you are getting your dose of HEAVY from your favorite beer fest! Let’s kick it off with some tunes from your BEER FEST COLLABORATION CHAMPS, Greywalker!
As we are gearing up for year 2, we want to reflect on what a rad time our first year was. For those newcomers, Brewtal Beer Fest! is a day long music and beer festival held in Pittsburgh, PA. We facilitate collaborations between bands and breweries that release those exclusive beers at our festival. Our goal is the break the mold on traditional beer fests and harness the collaborative spirit both industries exude. At the heart of it, we sought to create a beer fest that we – as brewers and metal heads – would want to attend.
Guess what?! That’s exactly what we did! Check out some photos from Buzzy Torek of Epicast Network.
Let’s be real for a moment. Brewtal Beer Fest! at it’s core is a grassroots, DIY festival. We didn’t have any large corporation or fame to make this festival happen. The people who made it a success are the brewers, musicians, metal heads, and punks who believed in our idea. Our desire to make this festival happen pushed us harder than any of us have worked before. And that passion made this mean that much more. This festival lives and breathes by that ethos – passion / creativity / hard-fucking-work.
As you can see we partied the day away, heard some rad bands and enjoyed some tasty libations. But, don’t just take it from us. Check out what our guests, brewers and musicians thought of this festival!
“This probably sounds corny, but honestly the Brewtal Beer fest was one of the best days of my entire life. Seeing all the Brewers, musicians, metal heads, vendors, and service industry folks come together really made me realize that Pittsburgh has a strong, fun, friendly, artistic, talented community that we should all be proud of. Everyone involved seemed to have an amazing time and I can’t wait for next year’s event because I know it’ll will be even bigger and exciting. Even if you aren’t a metal head (which many people who attended the inaugural event weren’t) you are going to have a great time.”
-Evan Thorsen, Greywalker-
“I honestly never had as much fun at a beerfest as I had at Brewtal. And I’m not just saying that because Greywalker threatened me. Oh, and did I mention how much I like Greywalker? Those guys are the best.”
“You can find sex and drugs at pretty much any local beerfest. But Brewtal has rock ‘n’ roll!”
-Steve Ilnicki, Spoonwood Brewing Company-
“This was one of the most well organized festivals that I’ve participated in–easy load-in, welcoming people, delicious food, tons of local beer, great conversations, and METAL! I had a blast! Can’t wait for next year!”
-Kelly Del Greco, Spooky Kelly-
“It’s really hard to sum up in one or two sentences. Everything about Brewtal was so awesome – the in your face metal, the beer, that amazing lightshow, the community of people, the food! It was seriously a kickass time. I won’t miss one!”
-Becky Floyd, Attendee-
“As a beer lover and metalhead, I absolutely loved Brewtal Beer Fest. A good concert is awesome in itself, but when the bands have been working with brewers to create beer to go with the music? That, my friends, is epic. ”
-Ron Gastgeb, Metal head, Beer lover, and Brew the Museum of Beer Volunteer-
Huge thank you goes out to all who helped make this a success.
-Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Collaborating Brewery
-Spoonwod Brewing Company – Collaborating Brewery
-East End Brewing Company – Collaborating Brewery
-Penn Brewery – Collaborating Brewery
-Helltown Brewing Company
-CoStar Brewing Company
-Gristhouse Brewery Company
-Full Pint Brewing Company
-Apis Mead & Winery
Sponsors & Vendors:
-Pig Iron Public House
-Pittsburgh Craft Beer Network
-Black Forge Coffee House
-Kelley’s Bar & Lounge
-(Tom) Klingensmith Metals
-Most Wanted Fine Art
BREWTAL BEER FEST 2!
Now, onto what you’re all waiting for! Walking into year 2, we reflected on every thing we did. We asked ourselves what worked, what didn’t, how can we improve overall. We are rolling all of that work into year 2, and what you can expect is BIGGER – MORE BADASS – MORE HEAVY – MORE BEER.
What does it take to make this a reality? Well, a well oiled machine of heavy metal of course! We worked with so many amazing folks last year, so we wrangled a few of them to help execute year 2! We welcome to the team Brian Howe (Greywalker), Chad Koza (Guitar Center/Sound Master), Nick Miller (Black Forge) and Stacey Stockdill (Hot Topic/Art Mistress). Each brings unique skills and ambitious talent to our team and I couldn’t be more excited to work on this project with them.
We’ve had several meetings now, and are ramping up to announce details in due time. In the mean time be sure to subscribe to our mailing list and stay updated on the social medias to get all the details FIRST!
Meg & James Evans
PS: Here is a SECOND DOSE of Testimonials because we received so many people who wanted to share their experience!
“Craft brew enthusiasts and metal heads alike share an immense passion for what they do. To be part of something that marries beer and metal so perfectly feels better than the culmination of holding your new born child, being cured of blindness by divine intervention and burying your arch nemesis alive. I’m not one to wax poetic but Brewtal Beer Fest is the best thing to happen to Pittsburgh since Mario Lemieux was drafted by the Pens. Brewtal looks down on humankind and from its zenith, it smiles, sharing its all consuming warmth with the masses. If you don’t want to be a part of that, then fuck you.”
-Ryan Cunningham, Natural Causes-
“We had a blast creating a new brew with a local brewery, hanging with the other bands, playing the event to a thirsty metal crowd, selling out of beer and making tons of new friends! The Pittsburgh Brewtal Beer Fest truly brings the scene together. We look forward to doing it again, someday!”
-Chris Roy, Vermithrax-
“Brewtal Fest was great! Local beer and local metal bands in one place. Loved the idea of the band-brewery collabs. Fun environment even for volunteers who were working. I look forward to this year’s.”
-Travis Floyd, Attendee/Carson Street Deli-
“The best of local metal and local brew. Brewtal fest is brutally awesome. Mashing brews and moshing metal what more could you ask for?”
-Steven Crist, Penn Brewery-
“If the first year was any indication, Brewtal Beer Fest is quickly turning into a paramount event in Pittsburgh. Bands and Brewers will be lining up to be a part of it, and beer and music lovers will be wondering when they’ll be able to get tickets. Everyone who knew Greywalker was involved keeps asking when the next one will be!”
-Joey Solak, Greywalker-
“At other events, breweries bring a boatload of been-there flagship beers that can be found at any bar with room in the cooler and Top 40 on the juke. At Brewtal, you can expect exclusive beers that will make your tastebuds mosh–the brews last year ran circle pits around normality!”
-Lee Floyd, Attendee-