The Pittsburgh region is booming with renowned breweries and distilleries, and summer’s warm weather makes this the perfect time of year to kick back, relax and cool off with a glass of some of the city’s best local liquor and brews. From fruity summer concoctions to rich, authentic German-inspired beers, you’re sure to find a brew you love from one of these local breweries. For a true taste of Pittsburgh, make a stop at these five bars during your next pub crawl.
800 Vinial St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
You can’t find the best local liquor and brews without a stop at Troy Hill’s Penn Brewery. This local brewer of authentic German-style beers has some of the city’s most beloved beers, including year-round, seasonal and brewer’s choice selections. Summer is the perfect time to cool off with a bottle of its Penn Summer Berry Weisse featuring sweet berry notes or a glass of Cool River Kolsch that has fruity, delicate flavors. Happy hour specials, every Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., include $3 beers and half-price appetizers.
Church Brew Works
3525 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Experience the unbeatable taste and quality of the city’s best hand-crafted beers at downtown Pittsburgh’s Church Brew Works, formerly St. John the Baptist Church. Indulge in the fine flavors of the pub’s British Special Bitter, North German Style Pilsner, Blast Furnace Stout and Bavarian Dunkel that have quickly become local favorites. For those who want something a little different, Church Brew Works also carries a selection of specialty brews that are perfect for washing down pub eats like the Pittsburgh pierogi pizza, Yinzer cheesesteak and beer-braised chicken wings. Join the pub’s Mig Club for exclusive benefits, including Tuesday food specials and a personal Church Brew Works logo mug.
Rivertowne Pour House Monroeville
312 Center Road
Monroeville, PA 15146
If a classic Pittsburgh bite is what you crave along with your booze, the Rivertowne Pour House Monroeville has got you covered. Check out its delicious menu of Rivertown specialties, featuring the Rivertown IPA-infused beer cheese dip, Zambelli nachos and beer stout float. Must-try brews include Babbling Blonde, Grateful White, Hala Kahiki and RT Lager, a Pittsburgh favorite. If the incredible selection of locally brewed beers leaves you thirsty for more, be sure to return regularly; the Rivertowne Pour House rotates its beers weekly in response to customer requests.
Bocktown Beer And Grill
690 Chauvet Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Robinson Township’s Bocktown Beer And Grill gets high marks for its abundance of micro craft beers and more than 400 bottled beers but especially for its knowledgeable staff who will happily clue you in on Bocktown’s local breweries and beers. If you’re looking for a brew with a distinct hop flavor and strong malt presence, Rivertowne Old Wylie’s IPA may suit your palate. If you prefer a beer that’s richer yet refreshingly light, order a glass of Penn Dark that contains an interesting combination of chocolate and caramel flavors. Pair your favorite local brew with the grill’s Pittsburgh-inspired “Snacks N’At,” its popular pierogi hoagie ($9.99) or The Dahntahn’er ($21.99).
601 Amity St.
Homestead, PA 15120
When a bar’s number-one rule is “no crap on tap,” you know you’re going to be guzzling some good brews, and this Homestead bar certainly delivers with its selection of locally brewed beer. Blue Dust, aptly named for its connection to the Pittsburgh steel mill era, carries some of the most popular local drafts, cocktails and bottles, including East End Fat Gary, Duquesne Pilsener Beer, the Homestead cocktail and the city’s iconic Yuengling. Stop in on Tuesdays for $2.50 mystery beer specials and 25-cent pierogis or Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for half-off apps and taps. Blue Dust is located near Homestead’s Waterfront area next to the Borough Homestead police station.
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.