Nothing goes with Pittsburgh sports quite like the perfect brew. No matter what the season—football, baseball; winter or summer—there’s a great seasonal beer to match the flavor and mood of the season. With a large number of bars and pubs located throughout the city, Pittsburgh has no shortage of bars with a rotating beer menu. The trick, however, is narrowing down the best of the best. If you’ve explored some of the best brewpubs serving seasonal beer in Pittsburgh, but you’re still thirsty for more, pull up a bar stool at these five bars that feature a fantastic rotating beer menu.
House of 1000 Beers
357 Freeport St.
New Kensington, PA 15068
You can’t mention a top-notch rotating beer menu without talking about New Kensington’s House of 1000 Beers with its unmatched selection of Belgian beer, 40 tap draft beers and more than 1,000 beers in stock every day. Since first opening its store doors in 1994, House of 1000 Beers has grown from a mere 300 beer brands to a bar whose offerings surpass 1,000,—200 of which include Belgian beer. Happy hour specials make sampling these beers affordable and accessible with Pittsburghers’ favorite draft beers at an unbeatable price. If you’re a regular patron, consider joining House of 1000 Beers’ draft beer club or bottled beer club to start earning cool rewards every time you drink.
Hough’s Taproom & Brewpub
563 Greenfield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
If you’re looking for a new brew to try during your next night out, Hough’s Tap & Brewpub is sure to have something unexpected for you to sip on thanks to its diverse and rotating beer and cocktail menus. In addition to great eats, awesome happy hour specials and fun events like trivia nights, Hough’s offers 61 rotating taps, over 250 bottles and evolving seasonal cocktails. Tuesdays are a prime night to gather your friends together for a night of team trivia, tacos and $1 off all bottled seasonal offerings. Hough’s Tap & Brewpub is located in the city’s Greenfield area.
2705 S. Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
When it comes to earning its reputation as one of the South Side’s top restaurants and bars, it’s a toss-up as to whether this notoriety is attributed to the incredible German fare or Hofbrauhaus’ iconic German beers. Those who love a good lager will point out the bar’s terrific seasonal beers that range from crisp to sweet to dark. Stop in this month for March’s malty spring beer Marzen and return for April’s Steel Town Schwarzbier, a chocolaty sweet dark lager with a hint of caramel. In the summer, clean crisp brews with plenty of hops are available until fall when Hofbraushaus’ iconic imported Oktoberfest selection is served. Hofbrauhaus is situated in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Southside Works.
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4207 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Combine 25 years of business with exceptional service, a delicious and diverse menu and ever-changing taps and it’s clear to see why this family-owned and operated pub is a favorite among Pittsburgh’s beer connoisseurs. The pub currently offers 12 taps that rotate regularly and feature a variety of craft beers and standard domestics, including East End Fat Gary, Penn Weizen, Anderson Valley Summer Solstace and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Hambone’s Pub also carries a wide liquor selection, whiskey and gin. Come for the beer and stay for the pub’s open mic night on Tuesdays, comedy night on Thursdays or karaoke sing-a-long held every Monday night. Hambone’s Pub is located in the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.
3001 W. Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
If your usual watering hole leaves you saying ho-hum, a stop at Mexi-Casa, Pitsburgh’s self-proclaimed least authentic Mexican restaurant, is sure to spice up your next bar crawl. Beer lovers will appreciate the constantly changing menu of seasonal and craft bottles, as well as import and domestic bottles. No matter what the season, you’re guaranteed to find a great beer from local breweries that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s chips and dips, soups, salads, southwest platters, burritos and quesadillas. A variety of daily specials are offered Tuesday through Saturday.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.