Here in Pittsburgh, we know a thing or two about kicking back and enjoying a cold beer! With so many great craft breweries in the ‘Burgh that are creating unique flavors and blends, it’s nearly impossible to not love the local brewing scene.
In fact, you can take a journey through more than 40 of the city’s breweries with the Pittsburgh Brewery Guide passport and have a chance to win amazing prizes, like an insulated howler for your ‘Burgh brews!
It’s challenging to hit them all, but we’ve made a list of some of our favorite spots to enjoy a cold one to help you get started. Check out our guide to some of the best breweries in Pittsburgh:
Southern Tier Brewing Co
Southern Tier Brewing Co may have its roots in upstate New York, but its popular Pittsburgh outpost is a popular spot amongst local craft beer fans for several reasons: delicious beer that is brewed locally, a tasty food menu to complement your beverages, a stunning North Side 10,000 sq. ft. beer garden with room to spread out, and a very dog-friendly space!
Penn Brewery has been on the scene in Pittsburgh since 1986, buts its brewing tradition is older than that: their classic lagers and German-style beers adhere to the strict quality standards of the 16th-century Bavarian Reinheitsgebot purity laws. Of course, with more than three decades of experience, Penn Brewery also experiments with more contemporary styles as well, like chocolate, pumpkin, and even nut roll!
Allegheny City Brewing
Located in the Deutschtown neighborhood, award-winning brewery Allegheny City Brewing was born when its three owners, originally Pittsburgh natives, moved to the famously beer-friendly Colorado. When they returned, they founded their brewery and named it after the former City of Allegheny, and it’s been serving up great beer and great service since 2016!
Other North Shore Breweries
Arsenal Cider House
Off the main drag in Lawrenceville is Arsenal Cider House, an award-winning maker of hard ciders, sparkling fruit wines and meads. Their original urban cider house has a fun, old-school Western theme and a relaxing outdoor courtyard where you can enjoy a glass of cider (or two) and feel like you’re worlds away from the busy crowds on Butler Street.
Hop Farm Brewing Company
Lawrenceville-based brewery Hop Farm Brewing Company is Pittsburgh’s original urban farmhouse brewery, which means that they have a major focus on all things local: from what goes into their beers to what goes onto your plate. Their hip space also hosts events like comedy nights, game nights, and even small concerts.
Other Lawrenceville Breweries
Grist House is an absolute most for beer lovers with dogs! It’s actually well-known for being one of the most dog-friendly breweries in the ‘Burg, where you’re welcome to bring your pup to enjoy some awesome brews. Grist House also produces limited-time, eye-catching collabs with local companies like Eat’n Park and Turner Dairy!
In 2016, the founders of Butler-based brewery Recon Brewing had a mission to “start a brewery that would focus on high quality, yet simple beers known for their drinkability and value.” More than five years later, they have three local taprooms and strive to keep everything as local as possible, from their equipment and designs to the beer inside the cans, of course!
Monday–Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday–Thursday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Friday | 11:30am–11:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm–11:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–7:00pm
Other Butler Breweries
If you’re a fellow traveler of the world (or even just the Pittsburgh beer scene), you’ll feel right at home at Hitchhiker Brewing in Mt. Lebanon! The master brewers at Hitchhiker are interested in both the classic, proven methods of brewing quality beer as well as discovering new ways to take flavor to the next level. Check them out at their original spot or in their new Sharpsburgh location!
Cellar Works Brewing Company
“Drink Local. Eat Local. Think Local.” That’s the motto of Sarver-based brewery Cellar Works Brewing Company, which specializes in offering a diverse range of beers including hoppy American ales, European-style lagers, and even Belgian beers and sour ales that are handcrafted from locally-sourced ingredients. Talk about international flair with homegrown flavor!
At the Insurrection Aleworks Strip District Tap Room, you can enjoy a full selection of the Heidelberg brewing company’s drafts and cans and you’re welcome to bring in food to enjoy while you sip (perhaps even from one of the Strip District’s many amazing restaurants). You can also try some of their ONIP Ukrainian Anti-Imperial Stout cans – Insurrection will be donating $2.00 from every four-pack sold to Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief.
Spoonwood Brewing Company
Bethel Park brewery Spoonwood Brewing Company serves up a full menu of delicious food alongside their beers, including crispy wood-fired pizzas and rotating specials throughout the week. As for beers, their 15-barrel brewhouse serves 12 taps with beer as well as local spirits, ciders, wines and meads too!
In case you missed it, Sharpsburg brewery Dancing Gnome has expanded from its original location into a second spot on Main Street! Its new space is stunning and spacious, with plenty of room to enjoy their original hop-forward brews as well as their styles from around their globe (and if you’re a German beer fan, you’ve got to try their Kolsch!).
Truss Brewing describes itself as a nano-brewery, but while they may be small, they certainly don’t lack in flavor! In addition to their food menu (which features authentic, Neopolitan-style pizza straight from the wood-fired ovens), their rotation of beers features major styles alongside all-natural seltzers and even gluten-free options.
One of the things that makes McKees Rocks brewers Abjuration Brewing unique is that they describe themselves as an “open source” brewery, which means that all of their recipes and variations are free for public use thanks to their roots in the homebrewing community. They also use new and experimental ingredients to test the limits of brewing with a “mad scientist ideology,” so if you’re into creative beers made by brewers who really love their craft, check out Abjuration!
Union Brothers Brewing
The team behind Union Brothers Brewing is all about bringing people together: through their brews, their food, and even the friendly, relaxed atmosphere at their Harmony restaurant and brewery. With a dozen beers on tap and a full menu of delicious plates, you’ll feel welcome any time!
Full Pint Beer
Full Pint Beer in Warrendale is one of Pittsburgh’s original craft breweries, but even with its legacy of great brews, there’s always room for something new! In fact, their tap room and brewery outpost just had its grand opening in the spring of 2022, and it’s quickly becoming a popular spot for a refreshing, locally-brewed beer or two!
Cobblehaus Brewing Company
You may be able to guess by the name that Cobblehaus Brewing Company is fluenced by traditional German and Belgian styles of brewing, which they believe produce the “world’s finest beers.” They’re a great fit in the historic town of Coraopolis, and they even partner with local businesses and food trucks to help bring a taste of historic brewing to the ‘Burgh!
Fermata Brewing Company
Are you a music fan? If so, you may know that a fermata is a musical term that comes from the Italian word fermare meaning “to stay,” and at Fermata Brewing Company in Ambridge, you’re welcome to stay a while and enjoy some great beers with some great company! We especially love their Community Tap program, which donates a portion of proceeds from a particular beer each month to a charitable organization in their community.
Leaning Cask Brewing Co.
Craving something from across the pond? Leaning Cask Brewing Co. is Pittsburgh’s #1 stop for English-style ales – and they even use a one-of-a-kind blend of British and American cultures for a unique flavor that’s specific to the ‘Burgh. Check out their spacious pub space or their four-tiered (and pet-friendly!) outdoor courtyard.
Newcomer Trace Brewing is a Bloomfield-based brewery with a laid-back, vibey space complete with an outdoor beer garden and several rooms indoors to enjoy some brews straight from the source. In addition to their menu of tasty snacks, Trace Brewing often hosts some of Pittsburgh’s favorite food trucks, including Taqueria el Pastorcito and Pittsburgh Street Pizza! Plus, you can stop by any morning for your coffee fix as well.
East End Brewing
Since 2004, East End Brewing Company has been providing brews in a wide range of styles all across western PA, as well as craft ciders and sodas! Open year-round both inside and outside at their spacious (and dog-friendly!) patio, stop in to grab a brew or two to enjoy alongside their delicious, thick-crust square pizzas.
More Breweries to Visit in Pittsburgh
There are more than 40 working breweries in Pittsburgh, making it a beer lover’s dream! Here are a few other awesome breweries in Pittsburgh:
Plan Ahead for Three Rivers Beer Week!
Three Rivers Beer Week, presented by the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, will take place in the ‘Burgh throughout the week of October 2–9, 2022, and you won’t want to miss a minute of the most exciting beer festival Pittsburgh sees all year! Visit the Three Rivers Beer Week website and sign up to be among the first to get info about the festival.
More Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh
We love the craft brew scene here in Pittsburgh, and we hope this guide helps you find a few new spots to sample, or even your new regular favorite. Round up your crew or bring your four-legged friends to enjoy a fresh beer and some local snacks in the sunshine this spring at the best breweries in Pittsburgh!