Thursday night, Aug. 28, starting at 5 p.m., you can meet a beer called Uncle Ray Searage's Bucco Blonde as well as the Bucs' pitching coach, Ray Searage.
He's called "Uncle Ray" by his players as well as by some folks at Slippery Rock's North Country Brewing Co., which brewed up this American blonde ale this year and released a limited amount of it on draft.
Try it and meet Coach Searage at Local Bar + Kitchen at 1515 E. Carson St. on the South Side.
You'll be able to help a charity he likes, Make-A-Wish.
Anyway, Coach Searage was all for lending some help to make some money for Make-A-Wish, and so was born this baseball-y beer to his tastes, said Mr. Knight. "We wanted to brew a beer that'd he'd want to put his name on and drink himself," which he has.
A portion of all sales the brewery will donate to the charity. The beer, on draft only now, is available in PNC Park at both the Hall of Fame Club and Club 3000, as well as most of the bars in the vicinity and many around town, as well.
Local also is making a donation to Make-A-Wish, and at the event, there will be a brewery gift basket that patrons can try to win by purchasing tickets in North Country glasses, and all that money, along with a bit from each Bucco Blonde sold, goes to the good cause, too.
Coach Searage and the other Pirates have a rare night off, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are playing at home, so it should be a good night for a beer out.
By next spring, Mr. Knight says, North Country plans to have a label approved (see below) and the beer in cans for sale in Bradenton, Fla., where the Pirates do their spring training, and of course the cans should be for sale in Western Pennsylvania, too.