Plus, celebrate Christmas in July with DiAnoia’s Eatery.
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🍞 It’s not Pittsburgh without pierogi … bread?

Plus, celebrate Christmas in July with DiAnoia’s Eatery.

By Francesca Dabecco

It’s Thursday, Pittsburgh.

Have you been enjoying The Incline’s Ultimate Pittsburgh Brewery Bracket? Here’s your reminder to vote for the Elite Eight if you haven’t already. (Voting for this round closes on Monday at 9 a.m.) 

We sure have a hopping beer culture here in the ‘Burgh — even the writers from American Craft Beer agree, saying that the “Steel City is maybe the most overlooked beer destination in the nation.”

After sipping on some local suds, the beer enthusiasts had this to say: “Pittsburgh turned out to be more interesting, more vibrant and more fun than we ever expected, and its beer scene, which is pretty amazing, was only part of the ride. Any great beer destination starts with a combination of things, the city, its people, character and vibe… and, of course, its beer. And as it turns out, Pittsburgh has all of those things in spades.”

You don’t have to tell us twice that Pittsburgh is rocking the local craft beer culture. 🍻 Now scroll on for today’s headlines, plus an I Spy reveal for our Incline Insiders.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Find your Pittsburgh perspective. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @citylifeadventures)

4 things to know today

🚨 A database of police misconduct launched in Pennsylvania this week. To keep problem officers from transferring, police departments statewide are required to use the database to track complaints and misconduct allegations. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the legislation creating the program into law last year following the police murder of George Floyd, but according to TribLIVE, the program’s roots date back to 2018 after former Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld shot and killed Antwon Rose II. (TribLIVE)

  • Quotable: “Police and community agree that officers with a pattern of misconduct do not make our community safer. They should not be allowed to go from department to department, and misconduct records need to follow those officers.” — Attorney General Josh Shapiro
  • Related: As police departments have come under pressure to address excessive force, the Pittsburgh Office of Community Health and Safety and the Bureau of Police have been given a Crisis Response and Intervention Team, a technical assistance and training grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration. These funds will go towards creating a crisis response model alongside health-expert co-responders. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🏠 An affordable housing bill has been introduced for Bloomfield and Polish Hill. After permanently establishing inclusionary zoning rules in Lawrenceville last month, the city council is looking to extend the program down the street. The rules would require developers who build new housing to set aside properties designated to be sold at an affordable price to buyers whose household income is below the average area income. This pilot program has been accredited with creating 40 affordable units in Lawrenceville. (90.5 WESA)

🌳 Get some fresh air during your workday at Allegheny Overlook’s new outdoor office spaces on Fort Duquesne Boulevard. The space sits right along the Allegheny River, and you can reserve a spot at no cost for groups of up to 12 people. There’s also a full slate of daily programming, ranging from food trucks and beer on tap to live local music. (NEXTPittsburgh)

👟 Fashion, feminism, and the history of female athletes: Get a glimpse of how women defied or compromised with societal fashion conventions at the Frick Art Museum’s “Sporting Fashion: Outdoor girls 1800 to 1960.” The exhibit, which runs now through Sept. 26., contrasts women’s clothing trends throughout history with the luxuries freely enjoyed by their male counterparts. During Pittsburgh City Paper reporter Amanda Waltz’s visit, she noticed that the fashions, however stylish, varied from practical to for-show only: This includes riding coats with lead weights meant to keep womens’ petticoats and legs concealed, as well as a velvet, rhinestone-covered swimsuit impractical for swimming. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

4 things to make you smile

📚 Livy’s Library is getting books into the hands of local kids through a subscription service out of her cafe, Black Cat Market in Garfield. She currently has 20 people signed up and hopes to work with local schools to distribute more books. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

  • Quotable: “Literacy for children, especially at a young age, is so crucial to the rest of their lives. So kind of just trying to bridge that gap a little bit. You know, obviously the public libraries are an option, but not everybody can get to them. It's also nice to have your own book to keep forever.” - Livy Ciotoli

🇮🇹 Celebrate Christmas in July with DiAnoia’s Feast of Seven Fishes on July 25. From branzino to octopus, Chef Tyler England has developed seven courses featuring 10 types of seafood. Guests will be seated with their party and served family-style with optional wine and cocktail pairings. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased on their website. (DiAnoia’s Eatery)

🕶️ Get dressed up for a good cause at Riverlife’s Party at the Pier: Haute on The Highline on Aug. 28. For 12 years, Party at the Pier has raised funds to complete the loop of Pittsburgh’s 15-mile, 1,050-acre downtown riverfront landscape. It’s one of the most anticipated nonprofit celebrations, so get your tickets now. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

🍞 It’s not Pittsburgh without pierogi, and Gluten Free Goat bakery is serving a savory chive-and-cheddar filled potato loaf. It’s delicious on its own but could also be used with a classic chipped ham sandwich. 😋 (@glutenfreegoat on Instagram)

🔍 I Spy

How’s your yinzer knowledge?

Today our members — a.k.a. Incline Insiders — got the answer to an exclusive round of I Spy in their newsletters. That's it above, the “Dripped on the Road” mural on the side of Warrington Beer on East Warrington Avenue in Allentown.

Here's how it works: Yesterday we showed Insiders a closeup photo and asked them to tell us where the photo was taken. Today, we shared the answer, the winner, and some info about the spot.

Put your yinzer knowledge to the test, and join us as an Incline Insider today.


🎨 Join the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and their collaborators for Hotline Ring to raise funds for queer- and Black-led local arts, media, and entertainment groups (Virtual)

🎵 Celebrate Bossa Nova with Kenia & Her Trio at this City of Asylum event (North Side)

🔊 Listen to Dr. Edwin Everhart overview America’s political music and how it is used in social action organizing today at Union & Protest Songs- Their History & How to Use Them Today (Virtual)


🌱 Join Phipps for an online screening and discussion of "Gather," a film about Native Americans reclaiming their spiritual, political, and cultural identities through food sovereignty (Online)

📕 Learn the history of the Squirrel Hill Cafe at the launch and reading of The Red Door: An Historical Memoir of The Squirrel Hill Cafe written by past and present bartenders (Squirrel Hill)

🍔 Taste the best food on four wheels at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival through Sunday. Enjoy dozen of the region’s best food trucks with live music, entertainment, drinks, vendors, and more (Meadows Racetrack & Casino)


🎭 Audition with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival as they celebrate their rescheduled 30th year with new one-act plays. Actors of all types, ages, races, ethnicities, genders, abilities, sexual orientations, and experiences are welcome (Virtual)

🛍️ Shop around Market Square at the Saturday Night Market every Saturday until October for crafts, art, fashion, jewelry with live music, good food, and more (Downtown)

🎨 Stroll down Gist St. with local artist James Simon for a tour of one of Pittsburgh's most creative blocks, presented by Doors Open (Uptown)

🎵 Enjoy live music, artists, and vendors at Hands Over Deutschtown at Allegheny Commons Park (North Side)

🌳 Help Tree Pittsburgh litter, weed, and mulch around trees on East Carson St from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (South Side)

🍓 Support local farmers and artisans at the Terminal Farmers Market between the 17th and 20th Street Passageways(Strip District)

🌸 Excavate the hidden treasures of your mind by playing with the ancient Japanese art of Haiku (Online)


📸 Ages 14 to 17 are welcome to take a shot at Rivers of Steel's Teen Photo Adventure at Carrie Blast Furnaces with professional photographer Cara Gaetano (Swissvale)

🍻 Drink some good brews for a good cause at Pints for Paws with The Urban Tap (Shadyside)


🎺 Join The Hot Club jazz listening sessions, featuring the life and work of Louis Armstrong (North Side)

✂️ Join the Parks Conservancy and their partners to celebrate the new first phase of the North Promenade Rehabilitation Project at their Ribbon Cutting Celebration (North Side)

One more thing …

💉Know any kids 12-and-older who need a COVID-19 vaccine? UPMC is partnering with the Children’s Museum this Friday, July 16 at 12 p.m. to offer Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule, call 833-653-0518 and ask for the Children’s Museum Buhl Park Clinic or schedule an appointment online.

Thanks for making it to the end, dear readers. I’ll see yinz back here tomorrow.

— Francesca at The Incline

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