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  • Writer's pictureSean Tinney

7 Things You Should Know Before Going to Pittsburgh Beerfest

Pittsburgh Beerfest is right around the corner. The biannual festival is set for mid-July, and the beer (and wine & spirit) lineup is extensive. What should you expect from this summer’s Pittsburgh Beerfest?

Here are the seven most important things to know before buying your ticket.

1. What is Pittsburgh Beerfest?

Pittsburgh Beerfest is a biannual, large-scale sampling of Pittsburgh and national beers. Local and out-of-town breweries, wineries, and distilleries showcase some of their best work twice a year (summer and winter) via sample pours for thousands of ticket holders.

2. What day is Pittsburgh Beerfest?

This year’s Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest is Saturday, July 15. It’s a one-day event each season, with the next festival in winter later this year.

3. What time does it start?

Beerfest has two start times: noon and 6:30 p.m. You can choose your time slot upon purchasing your ticket online.

4. How much are the tickets?

Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest tickets are non-refundable but can be given to another person if you can’t make it. Excluding designated driver tickets, all tickets permit open sampling of the 200+ craft beers, seltzers, and cocktails.

Prices are as follows:

  • Early admission ticket for noon entry: $55 (increases to $60 July 8)

  • Regular admission ticket for 1 p.m. entry: $45 (increases to $50 July 8)

  • Designated driver ticket: $30 with noon or 6:30 p.m. entry time


Early admission

Regular admission

Designated driver admission





Price starting July 8




Entry time

Noon or 6:30 p.m.

1 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Noon or 6:30 p.m.

5. Where is it?

The festival will be held at Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The event will take place rain or shine. Parking is available nearby in public lots, parking garages, and on-street parking.

6. What beers are at the Beerfest?

There will be 200+ samples at Beerfest this summer, including craft beers, ciders, seltzers, and liquor. Note that each beer has a limited supply; some samples will run out before the event ends.

If you want to try a particular beer, get to the festival early.

7. Who can go to Beerfest?

Beerfest is a 21+ event. No person under the legal drinking age is allowed in the venue, including designated drivers, minors, and small children.

Take a look at the Pittsburgh Beerfest FAQ, where you can find answers regarding bag and pet policy, the food situation, and other ticket-related specifics.

Tickets are available now. Click here to purchase yours.

Please use public transportation or a paid or designated driver, and be safe!


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