Hanging out with Headley’s Brewing


The Pittsburgh craft beer scene is like a big family. When I see new breweries that pop up, I make it a priority to visit and sample their suds, as I’m sure many of you do as well. 

The owners of Headley’s Brewing, located at 1743 East Railroad Street in Heidelberg (right down the road from Insurrection Aleworks!) were kind enough to sit down with me this past weekend and give me an introduction to their story and their beer.

Matt Sembrat and Jamie Headley founded the brewery in 2018. Jamie had been homebrewing for 22 years, and the two joined forces to form Headley’s. While speaking with Matt, I caught on to the theme of accessibility for this up and coming brewery. Regardless of what you like or drink, they want to have something on tap that caters to you! Matt and Jamie have big plans for the future of their brewery, including an upstairs taproom, so be sure to follow along as they grow.

That idea really rings through in their beers. I sampled their flagship IPA which was easy and sessionable. A summer wheat was recently canned as well. Other beers on tap include a red and a brown ale, as well as a collaboration IPA I’ll be featuring in a few weeks – stay tuned!

My two favorites were  the Heidelberg Racetrack Red and Amy’s Breakin Nut Brown Ale. The red is full-bodied with just enough sweetness to balance it out. Brown ales are an unsung hero right now when it comes to beer – I loved the nutty taste and soft mouthfeel. 

Headley’s is canning their beers and has mixed four-packs available. I recommend picking up one of each of the beers offered and having your own flight at home! The brewery is open for pickups on Fridays and Saturdays, check their Facebook for details.