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To paraphrase an old adage: people often gravitate to what’s new and exciting or what’s familiar and comfortable. Fortunately for beer fans, Pittsburgh breweries offer it all – with a focus on creating a safe and healthy setting.
With the New Year come some new faces to the Pittsburgh brewery scene. Trace Brewing offers a range of modern and traditional style beers from its Bloomfield location, which opened late in 2020. Though “to go” is the only way to go as of this writing, be sure to check out Trace’s cozy courtyard when it opens.
Acclamation Brewing in Verona opened in mid-2020 and focuses on lower-alcohol offerings, while Old Thunder Brewing in Blawnox made it just under the wire, packaging its first to go beers in December (try the generously hopped False Kingdom IPA).
Mastic Trail, a Shaler-area brewery and restaurant also new to the area, carries a range of ales and features Caribbean-themed food and décor. If you’re simply looking for a four-pack or growler to go, hit up Acrospire Brewing up the road in Shaler or Headley’s Brewing, another new entrant to the scene located in Heidelberg.
Visitors and residents alike can count on any number of Pittsburgh’s established breweries to quench their thirst. Grab an award-winning Heini’s Good Cheer (when available) at Lawrenceville’s Roundabout Brewery, which set up shop seven years ago. Afterwards, amble just down Butler Street to Hop Farm (which opened around the same time as Roundabout) for a bite and a brew. And be on the lookout for the reopening of Church Brew Works, a Lawrenceville destination since the former church opened as a brewpub in 1996.
Though they have out-of-town origins, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Homestead and Hofbrauhaus in the South Side have long been Pittsburgh mainstays. Both offer full food menus and brew their ales and lagers on site.
Then there’s the class of 2014. Brew Gentlemen (Braddock), Grist House Craft Brewery (Millvale and Collier) and Hitchhiker Brewing (Mount Lebanon and Sharpsburg) all opened within a month of each other that year. Their fan favorite unique and familiar styles are available to go at each brewery.
Visit pittsburghbreweries.com, run by the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, to craft your Pittsburgh brewery trail, choose a premade trail or review a complete list of member breweries.
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Mike Tysarczyk is executive director of the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, a group of 35 breweries that call Allegheny County home. In addition to his role with the PBG, Mike works the packaging line at Dancing Gnome Brewery in Sharpsburg. A Pittsburgh native, Mike graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and worked at PNC and Citizens for 23 years before trading banking for beer.