Ah, summertime. To some, the perfect season to drink beer. (Really any season is, but I digress.) Now that the weather is breaking, we are seeing more garage doors going up within the breweries and more people coming out of hiding. Barbecues and picnics abound. Luckily, Pittsburgh and Southwest PA have a lot of great breweries to choose from that don’t keep you cooped up inside now that it is nicer. Some, even, are almost solely outside. If you haven’t already started to make your rounds, and are looking for more of an experience, view, or just some fresh air with your pint, we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few:
Bloom Brew, West Newton, PA
Nestled along the banks of the Youghiogheny River, you can grab a pint or growler, sit outside, and watch the river as it goes by. This is a great place to grab a pint (and food from a food truck) after fishing all morning, or even after paddling the river in your kayak for a while. Not into water sports? Right across the river is the GAP bike trail that you can walk or cycle on from Pittsburgh all the way to Washington, DC. Bloom welcomes those that are not outdoorsy, also, so if you aren’t into any of that just stop by and grab a beer for fun! 24 rotating taps, including Arsenal Cider, are always flowing.
100 Riverside Drive, Suite A, West Newton, PA 15089
For those of you that are in the city and don’t like to venture out too far, Grist House is in the suburb of Millvale, so not as far of a drive as West Newton would be. Grist House does have some indoor tables, but is definitely more of an outdoor location. Picnic tables, fire pits, and food trucks are always waiting for you at Grist House, and if you don’t want to go inside at all, they set up a mobile tap setup in a truck to save on congestion inside at the bar. They have can releases regularly, and are so dog friendly they even have their own Instagram account for the dogs that visit! They are working on a new, second location in the South Hills (in an old missile command center!) so keep your eyes peeled for that.
10 E Sherman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15209
Other breweries have outdoor patios but are not as outdoor-centric as the above. Both of the Hitchhiker Brewing locations (Sharpsburg, PA and Castle Shannon, PA) have patios that you can utilize instead of staying inside, Allegheny City Brewing (North side, Pittsburgh, PA) has a garage door they open as well as a few sidewalk tables, and Spoonwood Brewing (Bethel Park, PA) has a large outdoor patio, also. All have food, either food trucks or in the case of Spoonwood, a full restaurant.
The weather is thawing, come out of hibernation and enjoy some local breweries and beer!
What are your favorite breweries in Southwest Pintsylvania?
Bloom Brew: http://www.bloombrew.weebly.com
Grist House: http://www.gristhouse.com
Hitchhiker Brewing: http://www.hitchhiker.beer
Allegheny City: http://www.alleghenycitybrewing.com