Sip Your Way Through the ’Burgh With Your Active City

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Sip Your Way Through the ’Burgh With Your Active City
Know all the basics of your local history and want to get down to the sudsy details? (Or simply prefer a beer in your hand when learning a thing or two?) Fine purveyors of Pittsburgh sightseeing Your Active City (2011 Best of the ‘Burgh Readers Poll winners for Best Tour) are here to help. This Friday, YAC will team up with Molly’s Trolleys for the unique ’Burgh Brewery Tour, a journey through four different microbreweries in the area (and you don’t have to do any of the driving!).

The approximately four-hour tour will begin and end at Penn Brewery and travel to East End Brewing Co. and Full Pint Brewing and will be full of other surprises. A tasty and (largely) locally sourced dinner is included, along with what they’re calling a “surprising beer-related dessert.” Along the way, you’ll hear the history of brewing in Pittsburgh, learn how beer is made and discuss the difference between varieties and brewing methods. For the full story and tickets, click here.

(Tours depart from, and return to, Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial St., Troy Hill. Fri., 5-9 p.m. $75, 21 and older; must show ID. Info: 412/237-9400,

Great Food and Quick Escapes in the ‘Burbs
If you’re keeping track, you’ll note that this is the second week After Dark has been dedicated to nightlife in the suburbs, serving as a tie-in to the suburbs feature in our annual City Guide. And this time, it’s about suburban restaurants. In the city, you see, we have quantity when it comes to restaurants. Some are great, some are best avoided and many are fine. But in many of Pittsburgh’s ‘burbs, quality is favored. There may not always be a dozen eateries in a block, but the one that’s there—or, more likely, hidden in a pleasant little spot just outside the neighborhood—will be an instant go-to spot. There are a number of these joints that I love, but I was eager to explore further—as I always am. Read on in this week’s edition of After Dark.

Sponsored Content
Join us Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at the Rivers Club of downtown’s One Oxford Centre for the One Breath at a Time “A Night of Masquerade” Gala to raise awareness and funds for lung disease education and research. Enjoy dinner and drinks, live and silent auction, entertainment, and more. Help the American Lung Association make a difference. For details visit

Happy Birthday, Brew House
Despite that little speed bump in 2009 (when everyone was evicted), the Brew House Association has been hosting artists and fostering creativity for 20 years. To celebrate that legacy, an Alumni Exhibition and Silent Auction will be held this weekend, featuring work from a laundry list of notable Brew House veterans. Some of the artists have even donated work to the auction, so this might be a great opportunity to get something unique (and local) for your bare walls. The opening reception, held in the Brew House’s own Space 101 Gallery in South Side, is Saturday night—and it’s free.

(2100 Mary St., South Side. Sat., 7-9 p.m. Free. Info: 412/381-7767,

In Theaters This Weekend
New films coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include a frenetic remake of the infamous Straw Dogs; Sarah Jessica Parker trying to keep her fame alive in I Don’t Know How She Does It; Disney’s 3-D reissue of The Lion King; and the acclaimed action film Drive, with Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Sneaking in under the radar after a drastic change in marketing, Drive has a powerhouse cast (also featuring Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman), a killer soundtrack and a remarkably fresh perspective on the heist flick. Somehow simultaneously recalling Scarface and Lost in Translation, it’s the best film of 2011 thus far.

The Hiawatha Project, a new theater company dedicated to performing original works, presents its first production, Camino, this weekend. This can't-miss performance tells the story of "two real-life young Latino immigrants in Pittsburgh whose lives were torn asunder by the labyrinth world of America's for-profit immigrant deportation system." READ MORE.

Come down to beautiful Riverview Park this Sunday for the first Sue's Run4Kids! The event will include a 5k race, 5k fitness walk, and a 1-mile family walk, as well as a raffle for all registered participants. All proceeds will benefit the Lipman Youth Fund at KidsVoice, so make sure you come show some support! READ MORE.

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