Things may look a little different this year, but you can still enjoy seasonal brews from many Pittsburgh local breweries with to-go options and gift cards.
In Pittsburgh, beer season runs 365 days a year, but there’s something about the holidays that makes enjoying our region’s breweries even more special. And that won’t change just because it’s 2020.
With unique and crisp traditional options available, you can support local breweries by ordering easy-to-go options, home delivery, or by grabbing swag or a gift card. Support one of your longtime favorites or try something new from the spot you’ve been meaning to check out.
Here’s a taste of what’s on tap at some of the local area breweries this season.
Many of the nearly 40 breweries that call Allegheny County home offer winter or holiday seasonal beers. That includes two of Pittsburgh’s original craft breweries, Penn Brewery and East End Brewing Company.
Penn Brewery, which primarily features German-style beers at its historical North Side location, and has for more than 30 years now, releases its Nut Roll Ale each fall. This semi-sweet nut brown ale spiced with cinnamon and vanilla is sure to comfort you on a chilly night. Find it at the brewery or in many retail locations.
East End Brewing Company’s Snow Melt, a rich, roasty winter ale, is one of many styles the 16-year-old brewery located in the city’s East End offers. Order it or many of their other beers for pick-up or delivery online.
Pick up a delicious limited edition Stout at Couch Brewery while supplies last. Or, turn it up to 11 with Amplifier, a malty, sweet, high volume Belgian Tripel ale that’s approachable to many palettes.
Looking for delicious eats to go with a wide array of beer options? In the heart of the city – in Pittsburgh’s Strip District – enjoy the spent grain chicharrones and a crisp lager from Cinderlands Warehouse, a less than two-year-old brewery and restaurant that occupies an old Spaghetti Warehouse location.
You’ll also find two great options in Pittsburgh’s South Hills.
Order locally sourced food from the diverse menu at Mindful Brewing and quaff on ales or lagers from its expansive beer list. A short drive away sits Spoonwood Brewing. Grab a stacked burger or a wood-fired pizza to go with specialty canned options like Carol of the Shells, an imperial stout with cinnamon and vanilla.
With three rivers, dozens of bridges and miles of rolling hills, our region is known for its welcoming neighborhoods and boroughs. Many local breweries have made these special places home.
Inner Groove in Verona – a town along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs – has quickly parlayed its cozy location, wide range of beers and warm service to become a community staple. Try the Gingerbell Rock, a gingerbread cookie brown ale they brew each holiday season.
Not far away in McKees Rocks, Abjuration Brewing is putting its unique twist on traditional and newer style ales (the Strawberry Milkshake Ale is just one of many examples).
Of course, creativity and innovation are nothing new when it comes to beer in Pittsburgh.
If sours are more your thing, head north to Gibsonia and visit Strange Roots, which blends traditional farmhouse brewing methods with locally-driven experimentation.
Aurochs Brewing in Emsworth has been brewing only gluten-free beers since its inception. The diligent approach it takes has paid off as Aurochs earned a gold medal in the gluten-free category of the 2020 Great American Beer Festival, one of the largest beer competitions in the country.
For more ways to enjoy Pittsburgh breweries from home, check out the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, a collection of 35 breweries that call Allegheny County home. Visit pittsburghbreweries.com or follow the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
Of course, our region is also fortunate to attract breweries from other parts of state and country. Voodoo, a Meadville, Pa.-based brewery known for its barrel-aged stouts, operates a taproom at a former fire department in Homestead. And Sly Fox, an Eastern Pennsylvania-based brewery, opened a taproom downtown looking out into the entrance of Point State Park.
When it comes to breweries and the holiday season the options are nearly endless. So do yourself a favor and grab a beer in the ‘burgh.
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