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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most asked questions that we get along with the answers.  If you have a question that you don't see here, reach out to us!  

When will the Brew Museum open/

We will open in stages. Our online store will open in early 2017. We will be holding a number of events going forward and we will soon launch our own beer. We expect the restaurant/brewpub to open in early 2018 and at least part of the exhibit space to open before the end of 2018. Keep checking back for more details and get your name on our email list for important notifications.

I like beer, but why does it need a museum?

Beer is pretty amazing stuff and there are fascinating stories about beer spanning the whole history of civilization: Why There Needs To Be A Brew Museum.

Where will the Brew Museum be located?

We will open in stages. Our online store will open in early 2017. We will be holding a number of events going forward and we will soon launch our own beer. We expect the restaurant/brewpub to open in early 2018 and at least part of the exhibit space to open before the end of 2018. Keep checking back for more details and get your name on our email list for important notifications.

Will you be able to drink beer at the Brew Museum?

Are you kidding? Of course! We plan on having dozens of taps, in addition to the brewing our own beer. Beers on offer will include historical and hard-to-find options, as well as a significant number of local brews for out-of-towners to sample.

Where did the idea to create a museum for beer in America start?

It came from our co-founder, Dr. Joe McAllister's, travels to Ireland and visiting the Guinness Storehouse museum. He was impressed by that operation and how they told their story. So back in the States, Joe looked to see what was on offer here. We have company tour and beer memorabilia collections, but he was surprised to find there was no large-scale comprehensive museum dedicated to the 10,000-year-old-history of beer.

How did the idea of a beer museum start to get traction?

Things got rolling soon after meeting with the CEO of VisitPittsburgh, who suggested Brew: The Museum of Beer could serve as a “first day destination attraction” that could substantially increase tourism in the City.

Who will be the brewing?

We want to retain our independence, so we wouldn’t want to be aligned to closely with any one brewery. As a national destination, we expect to recruit a medal-winning brewer who can also serve as a resource and educator, as well as being an excellent brewer.. We might look to have an internship program, along with frequent programming for other brewers or the public involving our Master Brewer. We also would like to have guest brewers and collaborative brews on a periodic basis.

Will the Brew Museum have a bar with stuff in it?

Brew: The Museum of Beer will be much more than that. With 20,000 square feet of exhibit space designed by experts in the field of major entertainment destinations, Brew will be a very special place. See What Make Brew unique?

Wil the Brew Museum have a place for events and educational programs?

Absolutely. The preliminary designs include a space for 300 to 400 people. Brew: The Museum of Beer will host a variety of events, some relating to beer, such as “meet the brewer” nights, beer tastings, festivals, and guests speakers. We would also hope to host industry meetings, conferences and fund raisers. More generally, the event space in Brew will also host banquets, balls, meetings, reunions, weddings and maybe even wakes. Personally, I hope to have my wake at Brew, though I don’t want to be one of the first.

How much will Brew: The Museum of Beer cost and where will the money come from?

Total implementation costs are estimated to be about $25 million. Funds will be raised in stages. The first stage was funds contributed by the founders; the second stage was the crowd funding. Going forward, funds will be raised through a combination of private equity, financing and public support.

Why should people outside Pittsburgh care about this beer museum?

First, we think that everyone who appreciates beer should support this. Brew will be a comprehensive museum, telling the entire, 10,000-year-old story of beer. Its purview will not be limited to any one region or brewery. In addition, there will be opportunities to combine a visit to Brew: The Museum of Beer with tours of the many great local breweries in the region (see our map of W. PA Breweries). We also think that people who don’t know much about Pittsburgh will find it a great place to visit (see http://www.visitpittsburgh.com).

Why put Brew: The Museum of Beer in Pittsburgh?

There are so many reasons that make Pittsburgh a good choice at this point in time that we need more space to answer this question. See our detailed response at http://brewmuseum.com/why-pittsburgh/.

How did Dr McAllister get into beer?

You could describe me (Joe) as a failed home brewer. When I was a poor graduate student in the late 1970’s, I couldn’t afford the kind of beers that I like to drink at that time, which were mostly imports. So I tried home brewing soon after it became legal. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very good at it, but I learned enough to admire those that were. I watched as some of them who had shared what they made in their basements and garages with grateful friends and neighbors were encouraged by those initial consumers to “sell the stuff.” Some of those early brewers then opened the initial microbreweries, which eventually lead to the 5000+ breweries we have today.

What is the Brew team's favorite beer?

Matt:       Creamy British pub ales and  stouts

Debbie:  IPAs

Denis:    Porters and stouts

Joe:       The one that is in front of me

What are some of Brew: The Museum of Beer's favorite local beers?

Are you kidding? Are you trying to get us in big trouble? The truth is we have many great breweries in the area. It is fantastic being able to check them all out and sample their offering. Check out our interactive beer map of all breweries, existing and under development, in Western PA

What can I do to help Brew: The Museum of Beer?

We would like everyone to be involved in Brew: The Museum of Beer in some capacity. This might range from patronizing our events, to picking up Brew merchandise from our website, to volunteering. We can use your assistance in many different roles, whether that be in data entering, writing pieces for the website, working at our functions or helping on the technology side of things. Contact Debbie, our volunteer coordinator at Debbie@BrewMuseum.com.