Photo courtesy of Allegheny City Brewing
I’m really hoping that spring is finally here in Pittsburgh! With the temperatures getting warmer and the days getting longer, many of us are heading outside to enjoy all of the good things Pittsburgh can offer. One of my favorite things to do is to get a long bike ride in and grab a brew (or two…or three) at the end of the ride. Here’s a few of my favorite places and routes!
First off, I cannot recommend the Three Rivers Heritage Trail enough. Whether you’re taking a walk or ride, start the trail at Western Penitentiary, which is an abandoned jail on the North side of Pittsburgh. Then, hit the trail! A few miles in, you will come across one of my favorite spots in Pittsburgh, the Roundabout Brewing Pop-Up location. Right on the water at 1836 Oxline Street, check out their social media posts to ensure that they’re open. It’s looking like they will be heading to a regular schedule soon in April as well! I loved the Irish Coffee Stout (5.3%) when I went last week – it’s a smooth brew with a lovely sweet taste that is perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day!
Continuing on the trail, you can ride along the river and past PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. There, you can make a choice. Go to Southern Tier up by the stadium and enjoy their excellent outdoor space (I’d sample the Coffee Blonde (5.7%) , a locally brewed beer, or the Mexican Lager (5%), another Pittsburgh brew) , or you can pedal a little further and head up to Allegheny City Brewing, which just announced they are now open on Mondays! Grab any of their Singletrack series (they currently have Mosaic and Riwaka), and you’re golden!
Stay on the trail, and it’s an easy jaunt to Millvale. You can easily bike to Grist House for a 4 pack to go (including new mixed four packs!) , or head over to Strange Roots, which is open and has plenty of outside seating. Their pastry stout series, Monster Milk, should excite fans of the style, and they’re teasing a new edition of the brew this week!
All in all, this bike route covers around ten miles if you go from the Penitentiary to Millvale. This route is a favorite in my house and a great way to combine two of my favorite loves, craft beer and biking! Try out this route and let us know what you think.