Well.. it’s pretty clear that Pittsburgh has an unquenchable thirst for craft beer.
Since we published our Pittsburgh’s Most Anticipated Brewery Openings in March of last year, an additional 20+ breweries have popped up in the Pittsburgh drink scene… and we’re not angry about it.
And it’s not just Pittsburgh. Throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania, empty bowling alleys, movie theaters, lodges, and fire halls are being transformed into craft breweries. So, if you need an excuse to hit the road and explore our beautiful region, keep reading.
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The Best New Craft Breweries in Pittsburgh and Around:
Spring Hill Brewing
Head to the top of Spring Hill to try this new brewery, which specializes in farmhouse ales. Located in the middle of an urban farm, this brewery is open on the weekends. The space features both a taproom, and an event space inside the former Workingmen’s Beneficial Union social hall. There are food trucks on site regularly.
Spring Hill Brewing (1958 Varley Street)
Stick City Brewing
Stick City is a new brewery located inside of a former firehall in Mars, PA. Stick City offers various IPAs and wheat ales, like the “Orographic Fog” Hazy IPA, and the “Cerulean Satellite,” an American wheat Ale. Although the brewery has only just opened, Stick City has homebrewing roots that date back to the early 1990s. The space offers different food trucks Thursday – Saturday.
Stick City Brewing (109 Irvine St, Mars, PA)
Crane Room Grille’s “CR Brewing Company”
Popular New Castle restaurant The Crane Room Grille expanded last year to include a brand-new brewery with loft and terrace. Dubbed the “CR Brewing Company,” this new addition to the restaurant was designed to pay homage to area’s historic steel mill past. Beers on tap include IPAs, Porters, Stouts, and Red Ales.
Crane Room Grille (3009 Wilmington Rd, New Castle, PA)
Missing Links Brewery
There is a new brewery in Butler, PA. Missing Links opened at the end of 2016 and is located on Evans City Road near the Butler Farm Market. The brewery takes “locally sourced” to a new, and impressive level. Their website states that Missing Link’s kegs are made by American Keg Company in Pottstown, PA, with the steel for the kegs rolled by AK Steel Butler Works, a few minutes away from the brewery in Butler. The brewery also offers a menu of light bites.
Missing Links Brewery (9209, 891 Evans City Rd, Renfrew, PA)
Four Points Brewing
Four Points Brewing is the new sister-brewery to Fourth Street Barbecue, a popular barbecue restaurant in Charleroi, PA. Located next door to the restaurant, the brewery has a draft list was designed to complement the food on the menu at Fourth Street.
Four Points Brewing (400 4th St, Charleroi, PA)
War Streets Brewing (at Bier’s pub)
At the end of last year, Benjamin’s Western Avenue Burger Bar changed ownership and rebranded to Bier’s Pub – the new outpost for War Streets Brewing. After struggling to open on the North Side of Pittsburgh for a number of years, War Streets Brewery finally found a home on Western Ave. Guests can now get War Streets beer on tap at Bier’s Pub, along with the burgers that Benjamin’s was famous for.
War Streets Brewing (902 Western Ave)
Roundabout Brewery Pop-up Beer Garden
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Roundabout Brewery Pop-up Beer Garden (1836 Oxline St.)
Coal Country Brewing
Head to Ebensburg, PA, to taste some brews from this family-owned and family-operated brewery. The website states that “founder and Brew Master, Mike Kutchman, took a weekend hobby and turned it into a dedicated profession.” The site goes on to say that, “As a microbrewery, we are centered around the quality of our beer and support local businesses.” In theme with the name, the bar contains real Central Pennsylvania coal for an authentic atmosphere.
Coal Country Brewing (625 W. High Street, Ebensburg, PA)
The Parkway Theater is back, but this time with a bar, a lounge, and a brewery. Abjuration Brewing, Pittsburgh’s opened-source nano brewery with a scientific theme, opened in McKees Rocks at the end of 2017. Fitting with their scientific theme, Abjuration Brewing serves their beers in beakers. Though they are in the same building, Abjuration is separate from the Parkway Theater. The two spaces will work fluidly together.
Abjuration Brewing (644 Broadway Ave, McKees Rocks, PA)
Voodoo Brewery (at the airport)
Voodoo Brewery has landed at the Pittsburgh Airport! The popular brewery has constructed a kiosk in the center of Concourse C. Travelers are invited to hang out and a grab cold Voodoo beer (or two) before boarding their flight.
Voodoo Brewery (1000 Airport Blvd)
Penn Brewery (at the airport)
Two local breweries at the airport? Sounds like a great reason to arrive early for your flight! Located in Concourse A, Penn Brewery Airport offers an abbreviated version of the menu from their Northside brewhouse. Dishes with a quick turnaround were selected so diners with flights can still grab a bite to eat.
Penn Brewery (1000 Airport Blvd)
Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Beer fans in Pittsburgh may see the name “Strange Roots Experimental Ales” and think another new brewery has opened in the city. However, Strange Roots is the recent rebrand for the Millvale brewery Draai Laag.“The plan is to diversify,” says founder Dennis Hock of the name change. “We contemplated opening a second, ‘defunked’ brand, but instead we brought it all together as one.” The rebrading came at the same time as the announcement that the brewery has opened a second taproom in Gibsonia near Narcisi Winery.
Strange Roots Experimental Ales (Multiple locations)
Conny Creek Brewing
Conny Creek Brewing Company opened in Lower Burrell in the fall of 2017. Located just off Route 56, the brewery often offers live music and various hot food menu items. Stop by for a cheese plate and a wide variety of beers.
Conny Creek Brewing Company (4323 Shearsburg Road)
Stone Bridge Brewing
Johnstown has a new craft brewery! Stone Bridge Brewing is located on Franklin Street near downtown Johnstown. Keep an eye on the brewery’s facebook page, as they often host events with live music and brew. Be sure to look out for Stone Bridge’s flagship brew – the Fox Face IPA.
Stone Bridge Brewing (104 Franklin St)
Lincoln Avenue Brewery
Coming soon to Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue is the Lincoln Avenue Brewery. This new craft brewery is an impressive feat, considering the neighborhood was “dry” until just 2 years ago. For this space, over 500 volunteer hours have been clocked as the community has come together to transform a dentist office into a new community space featuring both a brewery and restaurant. Guests can expect a wide variety of ales and lagers, and a food menu featuring locally-sourced products.
Lincoln Avenue Brewery (538 Lincoln Avenue)
Spigot Brewing (931 4th Avenue)
Enix Brewing Company
Coming soon. From Pittsburgh from Spain! The owners of the new Enix Brewing in Homestead opened two breweries in the Madrid area, and helped pioneer the craft beer revolution in Spain. Now in Pittsburgh, they are working on a space that will provide great beer, distinctive and savory food, a convivial atmosphere, and groovy music. In addition to the delicious beer and thoughtful food, Enix is located in the same building as a bowling alley, and will also feature a beer garden. This brewery will open soon.
Enix Brewing Company (337 E 8th Ave, Homestead, PA)
- Also coming to Homestead is Rogan Brewing Company, a hockey-themed taproom offering a wide-variety of beers.
- East End Brewing is teaming up Justin Severino (chef Cure, Morcilla) to create an elevated brewpub in East End’s Larimer location.
- Cinderlands Beer, which opened a restaurant and taproom in Lawrenceville at the end of 2017, is currently constructing a larger space in the former Spaghetti Warehouse building in The Strip District.
- Penn Brewery is still working on a Downtown Taproom on First Avenue, close to the Smithfield Street Bridge. The space will be indoor and outdoor, and will serve plenty of brews, as well as a limited version of the menu offered at their Troy Hill location.
- You’ve seen local brewery CoStar on taps since 2013, and later this year brewhouse will open their first public taproom and brewery in Etna. The project is currently under construction.
- The upcoming “KNURD Brewing Co” told the Post-Gazette that they looking at a location in Verona for their lower-alcohol session beers. More information on the brewery and its interesting name be found online. Hint: Spell “knurd” backwards
- Inner Groove Brewing has been hosting beers tasting and pouring beers at events around the city for the past new months. The micro-brewery hopes to find a permanent home north of Pittsburgh in the future.
- You can find the Oakmont-based Hulton Liquid Works at pop-ups around the city.
In more Pittsburgh beer news…
- The Butler County tourism board has published a “Butler County Beer Circuit.” This “Passport to Hoppiness” will guide drinkers through 8 breweries in the area.
- Brew: The Museum of Beer, aka the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of beer, is still under construction in Pittsburgh.
- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved $704,985 of grants to fund a Pennsylvania Beer Marketing Board.
- The Pittsburgh Brewers Guild is releasing a “Pittsburgh Brewery Guide” later this month. The first edition of the guide will showcase 30 breweries in an around Pittsburgh, providing location and detailed information on each. There will also be a space for a stamp from each brewery so people can track and remember where they have visited and the beers they have tried.