If you’re a craft beer aficionado looking for a new spot to grab a cold brew, we have some good news for you. Pittsburgh is packed with tap rooms and local breweries and new ones are cropping up all the time.
With a heavy focus on flavorful local beer, you’re bound to find a new favorite IPA or hefeweizen in this bunch. Best of all, we’ve done the work for you and put together a list of the tap rooms you need to visit.
So what are you waiting for? Let the sampling begin!
The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co
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With an extensive beer list and a rotating selection of food trucks, The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. certainly has something for everyone. If you’re in to having a cold one alongside your sun salutations, you should definitely stop in for the Beer + Yoga series. With an affordable $5 entrance fee, you participate in an hour-long yoga class that is rewarded with a 5oz. beer. Standouts for beverages include the General Braddock’s IPA and the Mexican Coffee Oatmeal Stout.
Grist House Brewing
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This spot in Millvale is the perfect combination of rustic and industrial, with excellent local brews on tap. Not only does Grist House offer a rotating selection of food trucks to satisfy your hunger, you can also bring your furry friend along for the fun. With live music twice a month and outdoor seating for warm weather drinking, you will definitely want to grab an adult beverage here with your friends and family. Be sure to try the Camp Slap Red, or one of the local ciders or wines if beer isn’t your thing.
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With two locations in and around the Burgh, you need to add Voodoo to your tap room tour. Stop in for barrel aged beers, trivia nights, and the ever popular Voodoo Homestead Foodoo Truck. Amazing chalk-art created by Pittsburgh artists gives the space a connection to the local scene. Favorite beers include the H2P Double IPA and the Breakfast of Champions.
Hitchhiker Brewing Company
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Make your way over to the Hitchhiker Brewing Company where flavor is the focus. With a variety of local brews and light appetizers, this place is worth the trek. Homemade ginger ale, delicious cider, and beer straight from the cask make for a fantastic sensory experience. Live music on Thursdays adds to the ambiance while outdoor seating is perfect for summer nights. Good news for residents of the South Side, Hitchhiker is planning to open a second location with a public tap room this summer.Try the Rucksack Porter, Black IPA, and American Pale Ale.
East End Brewing Company
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With tons of fun activities to compliment your beer tasting, the East End Brewing Company is the place to be. Whether you want to get artsy at Crafts and Drafts or have cold one after a bike ride at the annual keg ride, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable time. Stop in for a $25 guided tour that includes four beer samples and a complimentary growler, and the opportunity to learn more about the brewing process. Be sure to try one of the house made Barmy soda pops if you’re laying off the drinking, or down the Monkey Boy hefeweizen if you’re in the mood for a brew.
Hop Farm Brewing Company
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The Hop Farm Brewing Company features a farm to table concept with a twist. By growing its own sustainable and organic hops in a nursery and in the establishment’s rooftop garden, you’re sure to have the best of seasonal beer offerings. Delicious food and beer pairings take your experience to the next level while the location in trendy Lawrenceville can’t be beat. Definitely try the Hop Farm IPA for bold, crisp flavor.
Full Pint Brewing Company
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With locations in both Lawrenceville and North Versailles, there’s no reason to miss out on experiencing Full Pint Brewing. This brewpub offers seasonal and year-round craft beer for every palate as well as their one-off series of Nerd’s Reserve limited release drafts. What goes better with beer than pizza? Luckily Full Pint has that pairing covered with their gourmet pizzas created with beer bread dough. You’ve got to try the award winning White Lightning Belgian white ale.
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This small pub in Lawrenceville leaves a big impression. Drawing from the owners’ time living in New Zealand and across the U.S., Roundabout offers a fresh selection of IPAs crafted with American and New Zealand hops. Stop in to the tasting room to sample the drafts and fill a growler for the road or grab a delicious pint and savory meat pie for only $9 on Wednesday nights. Be sure to try the Ginga Wheat American wheat beer crafted with fresh ginger, McCormack honey, and lemon.
Spoonwood Brewing Company
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Hand-crafted small batch beer drafts and authentic wood-fired pizza are two great reasons to check out the Spoonwood Brewing Company. New to the scene, Spoonwood is celebrating its first year of operation and is already making a great name for itself with refreshing beer, delicious food, and live music. Trivia nights on Wednesdays, and brunch on Sundays are just a few more reasons to give this spot a chance. The Killer Diller IPA, Working Class Hero cream ale, and Good-Eye Sniper Double IPA are all safe bets.
Draai Laag Brewing Company
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This place is sure to blow you away with their style of craft beer, which they describe as wild by design. Featuring a rotating selection of small-batch ales, this place mixes old world French and Belgian style beer with unexpected local ingredients for a delicious taste. With a 30-barrel brewing system, Draai Laag is working on out-of-state distribution so you can share your favorite beer with out-of-towners. With a newly built Biergarten for outdoor drinking and a taproom that is being remodeled, you’re sure to enjoy the ambiance here. Sip on the Goednacht or St. Angus.
North Country Brewing Company
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Rustic charm, delicious craft beer, and a full menu of outstanding food all make the North Country Brewing Company worth the drive. Located in Slippery Rock, this place is perfect for having dinner and a cold one after a day of shopping at the Grove City Outlets. You’ll love the selection of locally brewed craft beer and homemade sodas as well as yummy burgers, soft pretzels, salads, and more. Support the Slippery Rock Fire Department by sipping the Station 33 Firehouse Red or try the Buck Snort Stout.
ShuBrew Handcrafted Ales & Food
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With a relaxed, fun atmosphere, and an emphasis on handcrafted, locally sourced food and beers, you’ll love checking out ShuBrew. Using a three-barrel system, the microbrewery is able to experiment with different styles and ingredients on a weekly basis for a unique experience each time you stop in. If you’re craving something besides beer, ShuBrew has you covered with a selection of local wines, meads, and ciders. The Jungleboot IPA is a must-try next time you stop in.
All Saints Brewing Company
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Award winning brews, food truck Fridays, and a comfortable atmosphere all make the All Saints Brewing Company a great microbrewery. With a wide variety of locally crafted beers and meads, there is certainly something for every taste bud. Food Truck Fridays as well as wood-fired pizza from Earth, Wheel and Fire ensure you don’t walk away hungry. You’ll definitely love the Crimson Halo or try the award-winning Voodoo’s Child Lager.
Coming soon…more beer!
As if this list of tap rooms wasn’t already awesome enough, there are even more breweries planning to set up shop in Pittsburgh. Eleventh Hour Brewing is hard at work transforming what was the Lawrence Public School into a brewery at 3701 Charlotte Street in Lower Lawrenceville.
You can also add two new spots on the Northside to the list of coming soon breweries. Allegheny City Brewing, a microbrewery in Deustchtown is set for 507 Foreland Street. And War Streets Brewing, a nanobrewery producing less than 100 gallons at a time, will open their brewery and tasting room at 1416 Arch Street on the first floor of a historic Firehouse.[join]What do you think about these taprooms in PGH? Are you willing to give them a try? Let us know with a comment here on facebook.[button text=”Click Here to Leave a Comment” link=”https://www.facebook.com/madepgh/posts/1023171681089774″ target=”blank” width=”full” color=”black” size=”small”][/join] This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.