Family, good beer and good food are key parts to a good day. At least for me they are. Throw my dog in the picture and we’re talking paradise. Unfortunately, man’s best friend will have to wait until next week when we’re at the beach.

This past Saturday, my family and I jumped on the opportunity to spend the afternoon at East End Brewing Company for a family-friendly event. This event was free to attend, and in honor of Mother’s Day (May 10th) and Father’s Day (June 21st). Mother’s Day and Father’s Day: you know…the most important days of the year!

Back in February, East End held their first Crafts and Drafts event, surrounding the release of their seasonal favorite : Chocolate-Covered Cherry Stout. Yes it tastes as good as it sounds.

The inaugural Crafts and Drafts was a huge success, as over 600 people came out to eat, drink, and checkout local art. It was only right for them to host a second installment. This time with a food truck roundup, more local artists, and more of the same great beer!

Local Beer

Located in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty area sits the craft brewery that coined the phrase “Buy a Good Friend a Good Beer!” EEBC has been in operation since 2004 and has a strong fan base. 

On this beautiful Saturday afternoon they were offering free samples of their seasonal release Pedal Pale Ale. Pints and growler fills for the rest of their well rounded lineup were also available.

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They always have my favorites: Black Strap Stout, Big Hop IPA, and Fat Gary Nut Brown Ale. And luckily for me, they still had the Chocolate-Covered Cherry Stout on tap!

So you’re not a fan of beer? No worries, because the Commonplace Coffee Company was on hand with plenty of offerings. These dudes had a coffee lab teaching people how to make espressos and other specialty coffee drinks.

For the kiddos it was either BYOJ (bring your own juice-box) or treat the munchkins to some of East End’s hand crafted Root beer or Ginger Ale. You thought Barqs had bite!

Local Food

What makes good beer better? Food would be the answer!

Anyone wanting to throw down had to decide between Franktuary and PGH Taco Truck. It seems unrealistic and unfair having to pick between hot dogs and tacos, which is why I got a burger from the Vandal – a new café opening in Lawrenceville sometime next month.

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They passed my extensive burger test with flying colors. Homemade bread and butter pickles and a tangy homemade sauce is what really set it off.

In case you were wondering, yes I made it a double. My wife and daughter went team vegetarian with tacos from PGH Taco Truck. Satisfaction confirmed.

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Locally made ice pops were available for anyone looking for a cool treat…great for the kids!

Local Art     

Local art is easy on the eyes and something we as a family appreciate.

The brewery was filled with local artists selling anything from clocks made from vintage household items to pottery inspired by the steel city. It was a perfect opportunity to grab Mom a last minute Mother’s Day gift.

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I’m confident with my daughter’s future toughness when she says, “here daddy” and hands me a button that says “Girls Rock!”

Girls Rock Pittsburgh, who inspire and empower young women were there making pin buttons with the kiddos. 

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It all came to together for a perfect afternoon spent with family. I even got some hang time with my in-laws and my nephew.

You can find beers from East End Brewing in bars and restaurants in and around the city of Pittsburgh, but if you want to see how diverse and delicious their beer is, then I suggest you stop by the brewery (147 Julius St) or their growler shop located in the Strip District (2401 Penn Ave). You can thank me with a growler of Big Hop!

CHEERS!

A lifelong resident of Beaver County – with a taste for good food and delicious craft beer. He has a special place in his heart for all of the neglected and mistreated dogs in the world. Corey spends all of his free time enjoying the outdoors with his wife, daughter, and locally famous Boston Terrier – who can be found here on Instagram.