It’s been nearly a year since we’ve taken a look at what some of the incredible bars and breweries in Pittsburgh are doing in the ‘9 Extraordinary Craft Beer Destinations’ Series. But without a doubt, a lot has changed…almost all for the better. Many new destinations have opened their doors, new breweries are now operational or in the construction phases, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to wander into any watering hole and not find something of the artisanal beer variety…whether it be local, regional, or national.
With Pittsburgh getting more and more recognition as a hotbed for beer, spirits, culture, and culinary greatness, it’s only fitting that we add another chapter to this series. As always, narrowing a list down to just 9 destinations for publication is not exactly the easiest task. There are many things to consider, including but not limited to beer options, food menu, and overall ambiance. That’s why there are five installments in this series (so far), plus two more dedicated to our local breweries.
After checking out our featured 9 today, click the links below and discover all the other destinations that have made this list in the past in the links below.
Here we go:
1) Pig Iron Public House | Cranberry – The North Hills had just a few options for craft beer selection in years past. Now, the snowball is rolling downhill and several establishments have hit the map and made a quick impact. Leading off that list is Pig Iron Public House, located in the old Lone Star Steakhouse along Route 19 in Cranberry. They’ve been on fire since cutting the ribbon in October and have brought 66 tap selections to the area. In addition, their menu is packed with several delicious gastropub options. They have a strong focus on local and regional beers and often feature monthly tap takeovers with Pittsburgh breweries.
2) The Fire Side Public House | East Liberty – In an area exploding with activity, The Fire Side Public House has hit the scene and become an instant hotspot in the East Liberty neighborhood. 40 craft beer taps + some serious eats from a rotating menu with daily lunch specials have made The Fire Side a destination in Pittsburgh you need to hit immediately. A large amount of the beer on tap are from Pittsburgh breweries. Plus, a cool feature is the woodfire oven next to the bar that sparks feelings of sitting next to a bonfire with your friends, enjoying beers and memories.
3) Fuel and Fuddle | Oakland – Whether the University of Pittsburgh is in session or not, one of the most hoppin’ joints in Oakland is Fuel and Fuddle. The vibe they create is incredibly fun and inviting and what you might think is simply a college hangout is much, much more. These guys always keep a nice stock of craft beers on tap with local beers also making appearances in the lineup. The kitchen is in plain sight and you can watch the staff expertly prepare your meal while kicking back and forgetting about the troubles outside for a bit. Fuel and Fuddle also features a wide variety of whiskey (if you’re into that sort of thing…and something tells me you are).
4) Breakneck Tavern | Mars – Sticking with the theme of bringing great craft beer selection to the North Hills, Breakneck Tavern in Mars on Route 228 is next on our list. But in addition to the beer, they’ve put a lot of emphasis on the culinary side of their operation as well. One look at their menu will give you all the proof you need of that. They also feature a kid’s menu, dessert menu, and a special Brunch menu available every Sunday from 10am – 2pm. Breakneck features 40 beers on tap with local beers appearing on that lineup frequently.
5) 99 Bottles | Carnegie – Six-packs and mixed six-packs to-go are one of the biggest driving forces to the rise of craft beer’s popularity. A novice, new-to-craft-beer drinker no longer has to commit to a case of something they may not be sure about thanks to the dedication bottle shops have put into giving these folks a chance to try smaller amounts of beer before committing to that full case. 99 Bottles in Carnegie is one of these spots. They started off as a bottle shop and, while keeping that element of their business in place with over 500 bottles in their cooler, have evolved into a full-blown craft beer destination with 30 beers on draft and a great food menu. They feature daily food specials in tandem with drink specials and plenty of focus on beers born in the Pittsburgh region.
6) The BeerHive | Strip District – In one of Pittsburgh’s most bustling areas rests The BeerHive, a craft beer bar that gives you the perfect place to stop for happy hour or to rest those feet after a long day of hitting up the numerous shops in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District. Their 12 taps work overtime, always delivering quality beer options and keeping things fresh with fun events to accompany their offerings. Their food menu features fries, wings, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and more, pretty much eliminating any fear of escaping the ‘Hive hungry.
7) The Wexford Pub | Wexford – Whole Foods in Wexford has always been dedicated to delivering solid beer options, both to-go and in their tiny little pub setting on the side of their grocery store. But today, things have changed. The Wexford Pub is officially open, located next door to Whole Foods in the space previously occupied by Starbucks. This full-blown public house features lounge seating, a pool table, and a beautiful bar. Most importantly, they have 24 beers on tap and a full food menu that highlights the culinary skills of the chefs in the Whole Foods kitchen. And, of course, a HUGE selection of beers to-go. Don’t miss Wexford’s newest craft beer hotspot!
8) Industry Public House West | Robinson – Industry in Lawrenceville has made the ‘9 Destinations’ list in the past, because duh. Their success in one of Pittsburgh’s hottest neighborhoods has led to the opening of a second Industry in Robinson, a booming area of town in its own right. Industry is located in the building that formerly housed Don Pablo’s, behind Quaker Steak & Lube and Sam’s Club. And now that I’ve all but Google Mapped it for you, why do you need to check them out? Well, for starters, 60 taps, you guys! Killer food on the menu. Artisanal cocktails. Tremendous environment. In other words, everything you’ve come to love about Industry…only closer to the airport.
9) Crave Melt & Tap | Murrysville – A few miles outside of the city, Crave Melt & Tap is giving you great reasons to drive the extra mile. Crave has made a name for themselves by offering a fine lineup of local and national craft beers paired with a menu featuring a comfort food staple: grilled cheese! My last visit, I dove into a West Coast BLT, the perfect combination of bacon and avocado, along side an Alpine Hoppy Birthday. Tremendous combo. This stretch of Route 22 in Murrysville has truly come to life over the past several years and Crave is one of the standout destinations in that development. With a little over a year under their belts, it’s going to be great to see what’s coming next.
Check out all the installments in the ‘9 Extraordinary Craft Beer Destinations in Pittsburgh’ Series:
The Post that Kicked It Off! Read the first post in the ’9 Extraordinary Craft Beer Destinations in Pittsburgh’ Series
You Wanted More? I Delivered! Part II in the ’9 Extraordinary Craft Beer Destinations in Pittsburgh’ Series
And it continues! Part III in the ’9 Extraordinary Craft Beer Destinations in Pittsburgh’ Series
The Rocky vs. Drago Edition…Part IV in the ’9 Extraordinary Craft Beer Destinations in Pittsburgh’ Series
A look at the local breweries: 9 Extraordinary Craft Beer Destinations in Pittsburgh: BREWERY EDITION!
…and more breweries: 9 Extraordinary Craft Beer Destinations in Pittsburgh: BREWERY EDITION ROUND 2!