Like much of the country, Pittsburgh is experiencing a booming craft beer scene. New breweries are popping up all the time, providing delicious brews for the community to enjoy. If you’re planning a visit to the Steel City sometime soon, add these breweries to your must-visit list.
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Located in Millvale, Grist House is one of the pioneers of the Pittsburgh craft beer scene. The brewery opened its doors in 2014 and instantly became one of the most popular spots in the city. Today, the casual atmosphere, dog-friendly patio, and frequent food truck events keep everyone coming back for more.
As for the beers on draft, the wide selection ensures that everyone leaves happy. Some recurring brews include the Camp Slap Red, an American red ale that offers a rich amber color and grapefruit notes, as well as Rejuvenation, a double dry-hopped double IPA with notes of mango, pineapple, and passion fruit.
Tucked away in the southern suburb of Mt. Lebanon is Spoonwood Brewing, a trendy brewpub that serves highly drinkable beer paired with delectable dishes. With its wide-open space, the brewhouse doubles as an event venue and often gets packed on weekends when locals stop by for a few pints.
Grab a bite to eat with shareables like the barbecue pork or pulled chicken nachos, the sausage board, or a wood-fired pizza. If you’re only looking for drinks, be sure to try the Hydra Slayer, a special imperial red, or the All Downhill, a vanilla cream ale made with lactose and vanilla extract.
Head over to one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city for a drink at Roundabout Brewing in Lawrenceville. Right on Butler Street, this brewery began selling growlers in 2013 and expanded to a full tasting room in 2014.
Munch on little round pies from the Pub Chip Shop filled with lamb or potato, or nibble on boards filled with cheeses and meats from Wheel and Wedge. The taps at Roundabout change every three to four weeks, and the brewers boast having no flagship beers. Previous beers include Cuppa Pale Ale, featuring Motueka and Centennial hops, as well as Gui, a Belgian dark strong ale with notes of nutmeg.
Lawrenceville is a great place to check out Pittsburgh hotels, as the area is filled with numerous restaurants and bars to keep you busy all night. You’ll have no trouble catching an Uber back to your hotel after a night of sampling brews from around town.
One of the newer breweries on this list, Insurrection has quickly surged as one of the best in the city. Located in quiet Heidelberg, it serves handcrafted small-batch artisan ales. The brewery also features a kitchen that serves a full selection of charcuterie and cheese boards. The beers change regularly, but when you stop by, expect to see brews like Sugar Shack, an imperial stout with English malts, and Kilo C, an American IPA hopped with Citra.
This is but a small glimpse at the Pittsburgh craft beer scene. Your best bet is to plan out an itinerary so you can stop at all of the greatest breweries throughout the city on your next trip to Steel City.