Greensburg Craft Beer Week for 2020 is still happening, just a little differently.With a focus on local breweries, events will be held digitally or in a takeout fashion.
GBGCBW in it’s 4th year will be held September 18-26 and will host a variety of events supporting and promoting local breweries, bars, restaurants and businesses in the greater Greensburg area. GBGCBW Signature Event, Home Brew and Chill, a home brew competition and ticketed event, will be taking a break this year and will be back in 2021.
“We’re in the planning stages now of events,” said Jessica Hickey, Event Director and Founder of Greensburg Craft Beer Week. “This year may be different but we’re still dedicated to promoting and supporting craft beer in our area. We will be focusing on hosting digital and takeout events, but if we are able to come September have events in locations, we will be doing that in some capacity as well while following all CDC and social distancing guidelines. We’re excited to see what some of our breweries, bars, restaurants and businesses put together this year for events.”
Usually, GBBCBW will have over 35 events throughout the 9 day, with the 2020 format being different the number of events could change. Multiple events ideas have been thrown around that will encourage social distancing but still getting great local beer out to those who love it.
“We are encouraging takeout events where people can register a receive maybe a beer tasting or pairing of some sort,” said Hickey. “They can take that home and share their experience digitally through social media and tagging GBGCBW to be shared through our outlets. We’re really looking to have interactive experiences not only when there’s a digital event but also when it’s a hands on event that someone may be enjoying from home.”
A lot of the breweries, bars, restaurants and businesses who have participated in the past will be back with great innovative events. There will also be a few new breweries participating this year including Unity Brewing in Latrobe and Invisible Man Brewing in downtown Greensburg.
“We had our beer at a couple of events las year, but this is the first year we’re fully open and able to participate with a taproom,” said Sean McLaughlin, owner of Invisible Man Brewing. “It will be interesting but we’re excited to be a part of Greensburg Craft Beer Week and come up with some creative events for the community, even if we can’t have them in our taproom.”