5 Great Craft Breweries to Visit in Pittsburgh
If you love craft beer, a visit to Pittsburgh should be on your list. The city and the surrounding suburbs are home to dozens of great breweries making every type of beer imaginable. Here are five of the best breweries in Pittsburgh and its suburbs that are worth checking out on your next trip to this amazing city.
Draai Laag Brewing Company
Draai Laag Brewing Company isn’t quite like any other brewery I’ve ever visited in Pennsylvania. Specializing in beers that combine Belgium and French brewing traditions with unique fruits and yeast strains, Draai Laag crafts ales that are hard to define. However, probably the closest style would be the increasingly popular sour beers. Really, though, the best way to define their beers is with their slogan, “Wild by Design.”
Draai Laag Brewing Company operates a small tasting room just off of Route 28 in Millvale. If you’re up for an adventure for your palate and to try something you definitely won’t find anywhere else, don’t miss Draai Laag.
The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company
Opened in 2014, The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company is one of the highlights of Braddock, an industrial community just outside of the Pittsburgh city limits. Brew Gentlemen features a variety of brews with enough styles to keep any beer drinker happy.
While Brew Gentlemen does focus on hop-forward beer, none of the beers that I sampled seemed to be overly hoppy. Instead, they had a nice balance that showcased the other flavors of the beer. Their White Sky, a chai infused wheat beer was a favorite, and their CPA, a seasonal beer, was one of the best beers I’ve ever had.
Voodoo Brewing Company
Voodoo Brewing Company might be one of the most well-known and popular breweries in western Pennsylvania. While they don’t technically produce their beer in the Pittsburgh area (it’s done about 90 minutes north of the city in Meadville), the fact that they run one of their three pubs in the Pittsburgh suburb of Homestead and offer some of the best craft breweries in the area gets them an inclusion here.
In all honesty, you can’t go wrong with anything from Voodoo. Try your favorite style of beer and you’re sure to go home happy.
Church Brew Works
Located inside a former Catholic church, Church Brew Works lives up to its name. One of the oldest craft breweries in Pittsburgh, Church Brew Works does a great job of keeping the church theme going throughout the building and creatively reusing the structure to make for an inviting tasting room. They have even given their beers religiously-inspired names such as Celestial Gold, Pious Pale Ale, and Pious Monk Dunkel.
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Church Brew Works doesn’t just rely on gimmicks. They produce some great beer. In fact, they were named the Brew Pub of the Year at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. They also serve delicious food from their extensive menu. I especially enjoyed the pirogues and the beer cheese soup. For those that don’t drink, Church Brew Works also makes and sells a line of craft sodas.
Grist House Brewing
Located in Millvale, just a few blocks from Draai Laag, is Grist House Brewing. Grist House features a wide range of beers covering all the styles you would normally expect from a brewery. Of course, they are on this list because they do a very good job crafting delicious beers. For my taste, their IPAs are deliciously bitter, and I’ve been told by others that their non-hoppy beers are on-point as well.
During the summer months, Grist House has a great outdoor beer garden where guests can enjoy their delicious brews. Grist House is also dog-friendly, and several dogs were hanging out inside the tasting room during my visit on a busy Friday night.
This is just a small selection of the many great craft breweries in Pittsburgh and its suburbs. To read about even more great breweries, check out this fantastic post from my friends at Discover the Burgh, which features nearly two dozen great places to get beer.