Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week just ended, and by all accounts was a bigger-than-ever success.
Next up: Erie Craft Beer Week.
The little city on Lake Erie has enough craft-beer action in and around it that eight breweries are participating in this inaugural celebration, May 11 through 17.
The eight Northwestern Pennsylvania brewers also came together to brew an 814 Collaboration Beer, a pear India pale ale that will be available at the breweries and many bars and restaurants.
Participating are Erie Brewing Co., the Brewerie at Union Station, Lavery Brewing Co., Erie Ale Works, Voodoo Brewery (Meadville), TimberCreek Tap & Table (also Meadville), Sprague Farm & Brew Works (Venango) and Blue Canoe Brewing (Titusville).
Erie's week coincides with American Craft Beer Week.
Local events so far:
Weds., May 13: 814 Collaboration Brewery Release Night
• Erie Brewing Co. Parking Lot Party: $10 sampling includes pizza and cupcakes from Steve-O's Pizza and Icing on the Lake. 5 to 7 p.m.
• The Brewerie at Union Station Release Night: 4-11 p.m.
• Lavery Brewing Co. Release Night: 5-10 p.m.
• Erie Ale Works Release Night: 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 14: 814 Collaboration Bar & Restaurant Release Night
• Look for the 814 Collaboration pear IPA on tap at area watering holes.
[UPDATED VENUE:] • Lavery Brewing Co. will be on hand at the Erie Ale House from 6 to 8 p.m, for an 814 Collaboration Tasting and Cheese Pairing.
Friday, May 15: Special Events Night
• Erie Brewing Co. Spring into Spring Beers Sampling at 1000 Beers, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• The Brewerie at Union Station Cellar-Release Party, 4 p.m. to midnight with favorite cellar-aged beers to drink in or to-go.
• Lavery Brewing Co. Cellar Release Party, 4 p.m. to midnight.
• Erie Ale Works Small Batch Night, 5 to 8 p.m. featuring limited, experimental brews and the 814 Collaboration.
Saturday May 16: Meet & Tweet
• Join all eight collaborative brewers for eats, drinks and mean tweets! Hosted at the Brewerie at Union Station, 5 to 7 p.m. Meet the brewers, learn about their beers and watch them read mean tweets about them. each brewery will have two beers to serve in an open tasting with light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 per person at The Brewerie.