On July 26th, we lost a great friend to #Britsburgh and to the craft beer world of Western PA. Tony Knipling helped Britsburgh establish our Beer Society and it was Tony who encouraged Scott Smith, founder of East End Brewing Company to make a British style ale for Britsburgh. This event then seems a fitting tribute to "The Beerman". Join us as we celebrate the life of Tony 'The Beerman' Knipling as we tap the "Tony Knipling Cask" of our Britsburgh Ale. The keg will be tapped by Ken Vecenie of Vecenie Distributing Company, very great friend of Tony and his boss for over 20 years. We will raise a toast or two to our friends memory.
This year's Britsburgh Ale is an #ESB. You know that as an 'Extra Special Bitter' but we are calling an 'Extra Special Britsburgh'.... ESBs are essentially more aggressive and more balanced Bitters, both in alcohol and hop character, but nothing overpowering. Color range will be similar, though leaning towards the darker end of the scale; dark golds to copper. Low carbonation. Malts tend to be more pronounced, often toasty and fruity, with maybe some notes diacetyl. And despite "bitter" being in its name, ESBs are not really all that bitter. They key to an ESB is balance.
For every pint of Britsburgh Ale you drink at our opening event, Britsburgh gets $1 towards the costs of putting on the festival. Thanks to Scott and his team at East End Brewery. So drink on my friends.
The cask tapping will kick off our event at around 6.30pm. Join us as we enjoy an evening of good British food provided by [TBA] and great entertainment provided by the official band of Britsburgh - The Honeyriders.