Pittsburgh came early to the craft beer scene, and with more than 60 breweries in and around the city, it can be difficult to decide where to raise your glass. Of course, you can always sample a few breweries by booking a public or private tour with companies like City Brew Tours Pittsburgh. Or, time your visit to coincide with one of several beer festivals—including Pittsburgh Beerfest, Steel City Big Pour, and Good Wood Barrel Aged Beer Fest—for a taste of the city's best brews.
Here are 10 outstanding breweries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
If you enjoy beer, dogs, and sitting by the fire pit, head on over to Grist House in Millvale. With a dog-friendly deck and “hoppy hour,” this brewery is “a place where drinking buddies become lifelong friends." Its lineup includes a stout coffee brew, American amber, and New England-style IPA. The brewery has a second location in a former Nike missile facility in Collier.
Housed in a former Roman Catholic church, this iconic brewery is one of the city's oldest. When you enter, you'll see fermentation equipment set up on the altar and a slogan that reads, "On the eighth day, man created beer." Sit at one of the long dining tables and order up a Celestial Gold, Pipe Organ Pale Ale, or Pious Monk Dunkel. The church’s restoration preserved many fixtures and materials, and in the confessional behind the bar you can buy Church Brew Works merchandise. The menu includes a kids’ menu and gluten-free foods.
This brewpub in Larimer offers year-round staples, seasonal brews, and one-off batches—including the You Are Here beers, named for each of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods. Join a brewery tour for free samples and a behind-the-scenes look at the facility, or come for events like trivia night. If you're feeling hungry, you can grab upscale versions of bar food (think brioche French toast and smoked chicken wings with za'atar and apricot honey) at Larder of East End. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor space.
With two taprooms north and south of the city and a pop-up beer truck, Hitchhiker offers up a wide-ranging list of craft brews with quirky names like Bane of Existence and Unpopular Opinion. They have your standard IPAs and stouts on tap—but don't shy away from their unusual flavors (like the piña colada IPA) or uncommon beer styles (India black ales). This place has a laid-back vibe, friendly staff, and bar food.
Pennsylvania Brewing Co. brought craft beer to the city in 1986 with classic lagers and German beers. Pair year-round favorites (like Penn Pilsner, Penn Dark, or the Bavarian-style Penn Weizen)—with hearty German fare such as wurst, schnitzel, pierogies, or goulash. Although they're best known for lager, you can get IPAs and seasonal ales here as well. For a spot of live music and energetic crowds, head to the biergarten or restaurant.
VooDoo Brewing Co. in Homestead is as colorful as its painted interior. Among its many brews are several year-round favorites, including Hoodoo (a piney-citrus IPA with seven hop varieties) and VooDoo Love Child (a fruity ale). Come for Taco Tuesday or Sunday brunch, and be sure to head to the Meadville location during their annual Good Vibes Beer Fest.
Located in the hip Lawrenceville neighborhood, Hop Farm is dedicated to the responsible use of natural resources and grows its own hops organically. Its flagship IPA, some Belgian styles, sour beers, and One Nut Brown Ale are available year-round, but they have a seasonal tap list as well. With Provision Pittsburgh as its kitchen partner, they serve up locally-sourced produce and meat for hungry customers.
Started by two Carnegie Mellon University graduates, this former electrical supply store brews simple beers that emphasize the hops. The year-round and seasonal options are draft only, although the taproom does sell some to-go. Food trucks serve up gyros, fish and chips, vegetarian tortas, and more, providing good eats that will please just about anyone.
This McKees Rocks brewery keeps seven hand-crafted microbrews on tap, along with local cider or mead. If you like dark beer, try the Cinnamon Swirl, a classic brown ale with molasses and cinnamon. Its IPA, Mo Hops Mo Problems, adds most of the hops in the last 15 minutes of boil to minimize bitterness. The taproom is pet-friendly and has outdoor seating in the backyard.
With two locations, Cinderlands Beer Co. doesn't just brew your standard IPA or pilsner. They offer up truly unusual flavors (strawberry waffle tartshake IPA, anyone?) as well as wine, cider, and cocktails. Their food menu is just as diverse, with menu items ranging from pub classics like chicken nacho sausage sandwiches to elegant plates such as cauliflower Alfredo. The Strip District warehouse gets high traffic, so make sure to reserve your spot ahead of time.