There’s nothing that completes your Fourth of July barbecue bash like hotdogs and hamburgers, fireworks and a fantastic craft beer. Pittsburgh has plenty of local breweries that deliver big on flavor and fun with their seasonal and Independence Day-inspired brews. Whether you love a fruity beer bursting with the flavors of summer or prefer more traditional tastes, you’ll find it at any of these five craft breweries. Raise a toast to America’s independence and celebrate all night long with these recommended craft beers from area breweries.
Grist House Craft Brewery
10 Sherman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
Grist House Craft Brewery caters to interesting individuals who love to share a good story or joke over a great beer. If that sounds like something that happens at your annual Fourth of July barbecues, you’ve got to try some of the seasonal and summery beers available for your holiday get-together. There are several summer-inspired craft beers to choose from, including Wheat Juice IPA with hints of orange juice, pineapple and grapefruit, as well as its Slamming Summer Saison and Fire on the Hill IPA that’s packed full of tangerine and peach flavors with a hint of lavender. Stop by Grist House Craft Brewery at its location in Millvale.
210 S. Main St.
Zelienople, PA 16063
At ShuBrew, the beers are ever-changing with new seasonal flavors arriving just in time for Independence Day. Your brew crew will appreciate you showing up to the party with any of its fruit-infused beers, such as ShuBrew’s Mosaic Marathon that features grapefruit and pineapple tastes or Jungleboot IPA with delicious citrus zest, candied orange and grapefruit. You can find any of these, as well as additional beers, at various locations throughout the city, including Proper Taproom or Butcher and the Rye — both located in the city’s Cultural District — or Pig Iron in Cranberry. ShuBrew is located on South Main Street in the heart of Zelienople.
Hitchhiker Brewing Company
190 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
The only time it may be safe to pick up a hitchhiker is if they come from Pittsburgh’s Hitchhiker Brewing Company. Get the party started by purchasing an empty growler and have the brewery fill it with your favorite beer to take with you. Its Sunveld Wit Beir is a great choice thanks to its light wheat base blended with orange peel, lemon peel, lime peel and coriander. The Soles is also a great option, a Farmhouse Saison that’s overflowing with hints of juniper berries and orange peel. Hitchhiker Brewing Company is located in the South Hills area on Castle Shannon Boulevard.
Voodoo Brewery Homestead
205 E. 9th Ave.
Homestead, PA 15120
Voodoo Brewery offers a quirky and flavorful selection of beers that will take your Fourth of July barbecue to a new level. Have fun with the sun with its White Magick of the Sun brew and its coriander, peppercorn varieties, juniper berries and orange peel. If you like fruit-infused flavors, you’ll also love the Voodoo Love Child that combines passion fruit, Michigan sour cherries and Oregon raspberries. Find Voodoo Brewery in Homestead.
Full Pint Brewing
1932 Lincoln Highway
North Versailles, PA 15137
If a great brew lights up your Independence Day more than a fireworks display, you’ll love the seasonal and year-round beer from Full Pint Brewing. Perhaps a limited edition summer brew suits you; if so, you’ll want the Perc E Bust that features Commonplace Coffee Company Guatemalan coffee. Another party-worthy choice is the Hobnobber session IPA that pays homage to the definition of hobnob, which includes drinking socially and on friendly terms, making it ideal for your backyard barbecue. Check out these recommendations and more at Full Pint Brewing, situated on Lincoln Highway in North Versailles.
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Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.