The best Pittsburgh breweries… that aren’t in Pittsburgh.

The best Pittsburgh breweries… that aren’t in Pittsburgh.

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Looking to try a brewery on the outskirts of Pittsburgh? Well, I’ve been to a bunch of them around the area and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

I put this list together in an order that makes a complete loop around Pittsburgh. You’ll find yourself starting in the town of McKees Rocks, PA (the birthplace of Billy Mays!), then making your way through the South Hills, in to the east side of the city, up north in the town of Mars, PA, back to the city of Verona, and lastly finishing up west of the city in Ambridge, PA.

You probably couldn’t finish this loop in one day, however, it’s certainly worth hitting every brewery on this list.

Ok, enough talking. Here’s the list for you…

Abjuration Brewing
Abjuration Brewing. Photo courtesy of the brewery.

Abjuration Brewing
644 Broadway Ave
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
(724) 565-5456
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Why you’ll love it:

Aside from the fact the brewery is located in an awesome old theatre, you’ll love the diverse lineup of beer available. Kettle sours, west coast IPAs, coffee porters, and even mead can be found on tap. The small, dimly-lit taproom provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy great beer from a staff that not only loves their product, but goes out of their way to make you feel welcome.

Unity by Four Points Brewing. Photo courtesy of Four Points Brewing.

Four Points Brewing
400 Washington Ave
Charleroi, PA 15022
(724) 565-5456
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Why you’ll love it:

Four Points is special, for a number of reasons. First, you’re going to find some of the best all-around beer in the Pittsburgh area. I don’t know how they do it, but they seem to nail every style they try. At Four Points, you’ll walk in to some amazing hazy IPAs, west coast IPAs, and some of the best sours you’ll find. If you happen to find the Little City Coffee Porter, you’re in for one of the best porters of you’re life.

Aside from the great beer, you can also eat some of the best BBQ food of your life next door at Fourth Street BBQ (same ownership as Four Points).

Space Dude IPA by Yellow Bridge Brewing. Photo courtesy of Yellow Bridge Brewing.

Yellow Bridge Brewing
2266 PA-66
Delmont, PA 15626
(724) 300-3922
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Why you’ll love it:

Yellow Bridge knows good beer.. period. However, they especially know the juicy IPAs better than a lot of other breweries in the area. Their “Dude” series (Dude Wanted Juice, Little Dude, Big Dude) is honestly some of the Pittsburgh area’s best IPAs. If you like them juicy, this is certainly the spot for you. I don’t want to hype up the IPAs without mentioning London Porter, one of my favorite porters.

As a bonus, they always have some of the best food trucks in the area out front AND there’s a hotel located just about 30 seconds from the brewery.

Logo Credit: Stick City Brewing. Used with permission from the brewery.

Stick City Brewing
109 Irvine Street
Mars, PA 16046
(724) 687-7849
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Why you’ll love it:

My buddy Nick and his family run Stick City as a family operation (which I think is pretty neat). Nestled far out of the city, Stick City is a hidden gem in Western PA. I’ve honestly never had a bad beer, or even close to a bad beer, at Stick City. My personal favorite is Fontinalis, a Pale Ale that is “supersaturated with Vic Secret and Citra hops.”, as the brewery likes to describe it.

As a bonus, Stick City is super involved in the environment and donates 1% of it’s sales to to 1% For The Planet, an organization that works to protect the planet.

Inner Groove Brewing. Photo Courtesy of Inner Groove Brewing.

Inner Groove Brewing
751 E. Railroad Ave.
Verona, PA 15147
(412) 828-1351
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Why you’ll love it:

There’s a warm, welcome feeling when you walk in to Inner Groove. Once inside, you’ll find the friendliest staff, some awesome music (they’re BIG in to music at IG), a lineup of beers that’ll make you want to stay and taste all night, and an amazing food truck outside. I’m a BIG fan of their hazy IPAs (which I think are quickly becoming some of the best around the city) and they usually have a special treat on draft such as the Tuff Cookie (an oatmeal raisin cookie brown ale). Tuff Cookie might be sold out right now, but I’m sure there’s something a lot like it on tap when you visit.

As a bonus, Inner Groove has a working vinyl record player that provides music for the whole venue on certain nights. You can even make requests!

Altered Genius Brewing. Photo Courtesy of the Brewery.

Altered Genius Brewing
411 Merchant St
Ambridge, PA 15003

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Why you’ll love it:

Altered Genius is new to the Pittsburgh beer scene. While it is a little out of the city, it’s certainly worth the drive. I was certianly impressed with the diverse lineup of beer. Hazy IPAs, porters, saisons, and even a seltzer can be found on tap. The is certainly one of those spots you want to go to and start with a nice flight to make sure you get to taste all they have to offer.

We found that the staff is not only super friendly, but also incredibly knowledgeable about the beers. As a bonus, their merch is some of the best in the city. That logo is just incredible (and I’m a BIG merch guy!)

Cheers, yinz!

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