Over the past few years, Pittsburgh has changed completely. Food and tech have become increasingly popular, and the rise of breweries has been widespread. There is nothing more precious to the city than beer, but of course, can we blame them?
In Pittsburgh, there is never a shortage of beer. Whether it is Voodoo Brewery, Roundabout Brewery, or Brew Gentleman, you will find some of the best breweries in Pittsburgh that visitors and locals enjoy all year round.
Give these breweries a try and decide for yourself if they are worth the hype.
This brewery is located a little further from the Waterfront shopping destination and can be found in the majestic Homestead neighborhood. We have to warn you, though – the exterior of Voodoo Brewery does not seem too special. You may mistake it for an ancient warehouse until you notice the VB logo. However, don’t let your first impressions fool you. The inside of the brewery is magical- with its long tables and graffiti-slapped walls.
Of course, the beers here are also fantastic. You may have some trouble trying them out since there is always a line present at the brewery. However, you have to try Good Vibes- a dreamy beer with notes of fruit and filled with flavor that is known to be the best West Coast-style IPA. Another special is Voodoo love child- a beer made with a mix of cherry, raspberry, and passion fruit. It has an alcohol strength of approximately 10.5 percent, making it perfect for any night.
Eleventh Hour Brewing
A labor of love by a wonderful couple, Eleventh Hour Brewing gets a lot of attention that it rightfully deserves. Huddled away in Lower Lawrenceville, the brewery is chic and uses sustainable objects and furniture- a real selling point since everyone today is concerned about the environment. Apart from their sense of design, Eleventh Hour Brewing makes the best beers in Pittsburgh.
The one drink that everyone who goes to this brewery raves about is Cult Logic. You cannot visit this brewery without trying this infamous drink. It uses notes of fruit and is a well-balanced drink that is easy to enjoy because of its light body. You finish off with a bitter citrus aftertaste that is almost soothing.
Did you know that Strange Roots is known as “the sour beer place”? It’s true. Initially known as Draai Laag Brewing Co., the founder of the brewery wanted to expand and change the name of the place so that he could introduce a variety of beers. All these new beers were inspired by Pittsburgh and its surroundings. The famous Grand Blu peach ale uses the same organism to mature that is used to make aged blue cheese. Moreover, the best part about Strange Roots is that you can take advantage of the deals they have going on sometimes.
The best beer to try here is The Plague. It contains a mix of blueberry and blackberry, along with notes of oak and red wine grape. You will be left with the aftertaste of soy sauce which will have you inching back for another drink.
One of the best breweries in Pittsburgh, Hitchhiker Brewing is hard to miss- it can be found in a big corner warehouse that always attracts lots of attention. There are many things that stand out about this brewery- the mechanical door, board games, pinball machines, and elegant design- everything about Hitchhiker brewery seems perfect.
If you are visiting it for the first time, you must find out when the corner garage door opens – this will ensure that you get the best seats in the brewery and people-watch (our favorite activity). Bane of Existence is an absolute must-try drink here. It is made with fresh pine, stone fruit, gooseberry, and passion fruit- all in all, making it an extremely refreshing drink.
Best Breweries in Pittsburgh with Food
Now let’s check out a few spots where you can get a killer bite with your killer beer:
If you are looking for a brewery that feels like one of the breweries you grew up around with an improved quality of beer, Bier’s Pub will leave you feeling satisfied. Known for its humble vibes, you cannot miss this brewery, especially if you visit the North Side.
Bier’s Pub is known for its fantastic burger, short ribs, and brisket that are made fresh every single day. We are a fan of the top-shelf cheeseburger- you can choose between a variety of cheeses, such as bleu, jalapeno cream, manchego, balsamic goat, cheddar, and brie cheese. If you like bacon, the My Morning Burger is an absolute treat. Pair it with the Mary Barry Bier Xmas Ale, and you are good to go.
Threadbare Cider House and Meadery
You may find Threadbare Cider House and Meadery out of your way but believe us when we say that you will find the best cider and mead here. If you are a foodie, this is definitely the best place for you to visit.
This brewery is known for its thin-crust pizzas – the Margherita and pepperoni being the talk of the town. What’s different about the pizzas here is that they have unusual toppings, like mozzarella paired with roasted apple or sweet onion paired with bok choy. Once here, you cannot miss the Cider- one bote of the Apple Cider Donut Cake with in-house vanilla ice cream will have you want to keep coming to this brewery every day of your existence.
Mindful Brewing Company
Unlike other breweries in the area, you can find healthy food options at Mindful Brewing Company. If you are trying to be healthy or simply watching your diet, we assure you that little can go wrong at this brewery.
Known for its basics, Mindful Brewing Company makes the best kale salad marinated with olive oil and lemon, along with some prosciutto chips and Romano cheese. The salmon salad is another must-try item that comes with honeyed pecans, strawberries, and feta cheese. Of course, everything at this brewery is not healthy- you can always choose to have the Sunny Side burger or the Lee Van Cleef burger. If you are a vegetarian, you will find your preferred options here.
Did you know that some of the oldest breweries in Pittsburgh serve German food, along with German drinks? The concept may be old, but we have to tell you, the combination is killer.
If you are trying Penn Brewery for the first time, you must start with the Butcher Plate. It comes with grain bread, different varieties of local cheese, and German sausages. The cheese platters also go well with some of the beers, like Penn Dark or Penn Gold. If you are trying either of these drinks, you must pair them with Braddock’s Best Baby Swiss or Washington Reserve Cheddar cheese.