The days of sitting down at a Pittsburgh bar and staring at a draft list of almost exclusively-imported beers are long gone. Pittsburgh is officially a craft beer destination, and our list of breweries just keeps growing.
2016 was an exciting year for Pittsburgh’s craft beer scene, with the opening of multiple breweries in the area. And 2017 promises to be no different. Four new breweries have already opened in the city this year, and it’s still only March.
Many more hoppy establishments hope to open their doors and start serving Pittsburgh in the coming months. Below is a list of new breweries in the Pittsburgh area, and some of the exciting breweries in the works for the rest of 2017.
Recently opened breweries:
Fury Brewing Company
Location: Irwin, PA
Fury Brewing had its grand opening on March 24. The Fury brewing team focuses on locally sourced beers produced for taste, smoothness, and quality. Some of their featured brews include “Craic,” a red ale, “Nuts of Fury,” a brown ale, the “Notorious ESB,” a strong bitter beer, and “Sid’s 1k IPA,” an India pale ale.
Normal hours of operation are yet to be announced.
Fury Brewing Company (13380 US-30, Irwin, PA)
Cellar Works Brewing
Location: Butler County
This brand-new brewery opened earlier this month. Cellar Works Brewing focuses on supplying a diverse collection of small-batch beers, with styles like European lagers, hoppy American ales, and Belgian style beers. Some of their beers currently on tap include “Ifty Foot Robot” a pale ale, “Flat Fender,” an IPA, “Hefeweiss,” a hefeweizen, and “Cocoa Bean,” a chocolate stout. Cellar Works source their ingredients, and brews their beer, with a farmhouse philosophy.
Hours: Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday : 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cellar Works Brewing (110 S. Pike Rd. #205, Sarver, PA)
Location: Oakdale, PA
Helicon Brewing opened in November 2016 and has been supplying Oakdale with craft beers ever since. Helicon’s dynamic crew is always brewing and serving interesting beers like a raspberry wheat, an oatmeal stout, and double IPAs. Their 15-barrel production room always has something new and exciting brewing.
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Helicon Brewing (102 Union Avenue, Oakdale, PA)
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Location: North Shore
Since their opening at the end of January, the new giant on the North Shore, Southern Tier Brewing, has quickly become a Pittsburgh favorite for catching up with friends, or cheering on our Pittsburgh sport teams. As the first satellite location for the New York-based brewing company, Southern Tier Brewing serves Pittsburgh their classic styles, from hoppy ales to creamy stouts, as well as some brewed-in-Pittsburgh exclusives. The space also has a kitchen serving lunch and dinner, with appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and more.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Southern Tier Brewing Company (316 N. Shore Drive, Pittsburgh PA)
Noble Stein Brewing Company
Location: Indiana, PA
Noble Stein Brewing Company’s Indiana taproom opened earlier this month. Launched by four friends who had an interest in home brewing, the brewing company started by wholesaling brews to bars and restaurants in Indiana, Pittsburgh and Greensburg. They offer a variety of year-round beers, like Batch #483, a double IPA, Stony Run, an English Mild, and Sweet Oak Stout, an oatmeal stout.
Hours: Thursday (Growler Hours): 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Nobel Stein Brewing Company (1170 Wayne Avenue, Indiana, PA)
Mindful Brewing Company
Location: Castle Shannon
Mindful Brewing opened in mid-January after months of anticipation. Variety is key at this craft brewery, which has 70 (yes, 70!) beers on draft, as well as wine on draft, and over 1,000 different bottled beers. Mindful Brewing also works to support the community with their locally-sourced, farm-to-table restaurant. Their menu, which serves dishes like gourmet grilled cheese, salmon BLTs, pizza, wings, Chicken and Waffles, and burgers, has beer and wine pairing suggestions for their dishes.
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Mindful Brewing Company (3759 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA)
Yellow Bridge Brewing
Location: Delmont, PA
Since November, Yellow Bridge Brewing has been serving Delmont a variety of modern hop-forward styles, as well as a few traditional offerings. Examples of the beers currently on tap include “London Porter,” a porter, “Lemondrop,” a cream ale, and “Dude Wanted Juice,” and IPA. The family-run brewery also regularly release limited batches of experimental beers, hosts events with live music, and has regularly food trucks on site.
Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Yellow Bridge Brewing (2266 PA-66, Delmont, PA)
Expected opening: Early April 2017
Location: Larimer, on Washington Blvd.
Comfort is key at Couch Brewery, the new brewhouse located in the former Crossfit facility on Washington Blvd in Larimer. The owners have been renovating and brewing for over a year, and are very excited to start serving to the public soon. The interior has a laid-back vibe with a lot of comfortable seating, as the name would suggest. Additionally, every beer has a funny, living-room themed name, such as “Loveseat IPA,” an India pale ale, “Blonde Shag,” an American blonde ale, “Recliner Stout,” an oatmeal stout, and the “Ottoman Empire,” a double IPA. The team did most of the renovation themselves, including installing a 75-year old vintage bar, and sourcing retro furniture. The space also plans to be dog friendly.
Couch Brewery (1351 Washington Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA)
Cobblehaus Brewing Company
Expected opening: End of March 2017, early April 2017
Location: Coraopolis, PA
The highly-anticipated German and Belgian style brewery located on Fifth Avenue in Coraopolis could open any day now. The owners are putting the finishing touches on the space, as well as finishing their final inspections. They plan to open as soon as everything is complete. Cobblehaus brews “old world style beers with a new world twist.” Some of the beers that Cobblehaus will serve include an American blond, a session IPA, a Belgian triple, and a Dusseldorf alt.
Cobblehaus Brewing Company (1021 Fifth Avenue, Coraopolis, PA)
Expected opening: Late April or early May 2017
Location: McKees Rocks
Abjuration Brewing is currently in the process of renovating their brewery and taproom, and hope open in the upcoming months. Abjuration has a small, one-barrel system that will allow them to be flexible and experimental with their beers, and rarely brew the same beer twice. The recipes for Abjuration’s unique experiments are all open-sourced, and available on their website. Additionally, they share our building with the Parkway Theater, which will allow guests to enjoy a beer, and catch a movie or a band in the other half of the space.
The construction for Abjuration Brewing is still underway.
Abjuration Brewing (644 Broadway Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA)
Leaning Cask Brewing Company
Expected opening: Mid-Spring
Location: Springdale, PA
Leaning Cask plans on offering Pittsburgh a British-style tasting room that is influenced by English pubs. That theme will carry over to the beers, which will all be created with a fusion of British technique and American flavors. The brewery will offer 11 standard taps, one nitro, as well as a casked beer served from a traditional hand pump that was imported from England. Some examples of the beer Leaning Cask will be serving include “Scottish Terrier Ale,” a Scotch ale, “Alsatian Abbey Ale,” a Belgian blond style, “Double Dog Dare,” an IPA, and “English Setter Stout,” an English style stout ale.
Leaning Cask Brewing Company (850 Pittsburgh Street, Springdale, PA)
Eleventh Hour Brewing Co.
Expected opening: June/July 2017
Lawrenceville is getting another brewery in the neighborhood. This one will be located further west near Piccolo Forno and Franktuary. Eleventh Hour Brewing will focus on hoppy-style beers and seasonal specialties. The brewery’s building has a significant history in the neighborhood, and was built as a German school house in the 1870s. The owners plan to honor the spirit of the building with a wall of history for patrons to read while enjoying their beers. While the brewery won’t serve food, they plan on partnering with restaurants in Lawrenceville, as well as bringing in food trucks on busy nights.
Eleventh Hour Brewing (3711 Charlotte Street, Lawrenceville, PA)
Expected Opening: Later in 2017
Location: Homestead, PA
Trios Brewing is a new project located in Homestead. The Post-Gazette reports that owners are currently renovating a former hardware store into a brewery with a Spanish tapas menu. Additionally, the building has a bowling alley on the second floor that the owners plan to include as part of their brewery.
Trios Brewing (337 E. 8th Street, Homestead, PA)
War Streets Brewery
Expected Opening: Later in 2017
Location: North Side
Though War Streets Brewery is yet to officially open to the public, they have already become an active part of the Pittsburgh community, hosting events in their North Side space, and serving their beer at different locations and fundraisers around the city. War Streets Brewery names its beers after different streets on the North Side, including the “Arch Street” amber ale, the “Sherman Ave” stout, and “Palo Alto” pale ale.
War Streets Brewery (1416 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA)
Conny Creek Brewing Company
Expected Opening: Late summer 2017
Location: New Kensington
The husband and wife team Erin and Lee Layton are hard at work getting Conny Creek ready to open this summer. Finding the space was a dream come true for the duo, who have been homebrewing for the past couple of years. Once open, Erin plans on serving a menu of simple and gourmet food in addition to their brews.
Conny Creek Brewing Company (4323 Shearsburgh Rd., New Kensington, PA)
Spring Hill Brewing
Expected Opening: Later in 2017
Location: North Side
Spring Hill Brewing is in the process of transform the former Workingmen’s Beneficial Union on the North Side of Pittsburgh into a craft brewhouse featuring farmhouse ales, ciders, and meads. The site plans to collaborate regularly with Rescue Street Farms to cultivate the land around the brewery for fresh ingredients.
Spring Hill Brewing (1958 Varley Street, Pittsburgh, PA)
Four Points Barbecue and Brewing
Expected Opening: Mid-2017
Later this year, Fourth Street Barbecue in Charleroi is set to become Four Points Barbecue and Brewing, a barbecue-focused brewpub with house-brewed beers. As the Observer-Reporter reported, the brewery will be located next to the existing restaurant, and will feature small-batch brews, like Donora Smog Russian Imperial Stout and Nubilous Double India Pale Ale. And while construction is completed on the brewery, you can find regular beer tastings happening at the restaurant.
Four Points Barbecue and Brewing (308 Fourth Street, Charleroi, PA)
Other breweries opening soon: Rusty Gold Brewing is aiming for a mid-April opening at 40 W. Pike Street in Canonsburg, and Recon Brewing, in Butler, is currently fundraising on Indiegogo. Perks include pint glasses, t-shirts, free drafts and Growlers.