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NABA is excited to announce that the Brewmaster's Dinner at our 2020 Pittsburgh Convention will be hosted by Master Cicerone, Brian Reed! For those not familiar with the the Cicerone program, Master Cicerone is the highest level one can achieve. It is essentially a PHD in Beer! It's a very rigorous program. There are only 18 Master Cicerones in the world and only 2 in the Eastern US. Luckily for us, Brian is a Pittsburgher and is excited to be a part of our event. We're very fortunate to have him. The Brewmaster's Dinner will be held Wednesday, July 29th at 6PM and is an optional event. Cost for the dinner and beer pairing is a bargain at $45. An event like this with a Master Cicerone is generally going to run $75 and up.
The NABA Speakeasy
We'd like to announce a completely new convention event, The NABA Speakeasy. The Speakeasy will serve as a wrap party for the convention. We took inspiration from John Bain's Back Bar Room at the Blue/Gray Show and expanded it to an entertainment venue. The Speakeasy will open immediately after Friday's Banquet and will feature Prohibition era cocktails, collaboration beers brewed exclusively for NABA and a pianist playing music from the 20's and 30's, all under dim lights. We didn't hire just any piano player but none other than the great Tom Roberts. Tom is a Pittsburgh native and is internationally known. He is considered one of the finest players of older Jazz styles. He has played notable venues including The Tonight Show, Carnegie Hall as well as The Prairie Home Companion. Tom arranged and performed the music for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s film The Aviator, starring Leonardo di Caprio, as well as several titles for the film DeLovely, the Cole Porter biopic. NABA members get all of this and you are getting it for free. All of the expenses for the NABA Speakeasy have been covered by NABA member and Pittsburgh collector, Chip Echnoz and Pittsburgh Brewing owner, Cliff Forrest. Join us on July 31st for a very memorable night of song & drink!
Check out the video below of Tom Roberts playing at a music conference in Switzerland.
SATURDAY NIGHT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Join us on the last day of the convention for a night of camaraderie, food, drink and sports entertainment as NABA exclusively takes over the Miller Lite Skull Bar at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates will be taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:05 PM but you'll want to be there when the gates open at 5:35. We'll enjoy a buffet dinner that includes beer and we'll publish the full menu as soon as the Pirates release their 2020 menu options. The Skull Bar is located in the outfield along the 1st base line and features great views of the field as well as the Pittsburgh city skyline. We will also be treated to post-game fireworks courtesy of Pittsburgh's own Zambelli Fireworks! Cost is $83 per person, which includes ticket to the private area, food & beer and transportation to and from the game. In the event of of rain out, there are provisions in place to refund unused portions of the event.
Photos Below from the Miller Lite Skull Bar at PNC Park
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