So, you’re staring down the week and there’s a lot on your plate. As someone who lives pretty close to Pittsburgh proper, I’ve been uncovering more and more breweries that are open for business on Mondays. Here’s my list of where I’m totally going to go the next time I need a cure for what the first day of the week brings.
First, let’s travel to the South Hills and of course hit the place that is literally themed on grabbing a Monday brew, Mondays Brewing. Located over in McMurray, if you’re South of the city, make this a must go! I’m sad this place isn’t closer to me. Keep things crispy and easy and try Lawnmower Beer, a 5.5% Czech Pils that is seriously crispy. Check out their New England IPA, Tortured Soul, if you’re a hazeboi. At 6.7% it’s got hints of vanilla alongside that classic citrus IPA taste. It’s always a good Monday at Mondays!
Next, time to go to Bloomfield. I’m not shy about my deep, deep love for Trace Brewing. With coffee service during the day and beer at night, it’s literally the perfect spot. This week they debuted their first West Coast IPA as well, Western Sap (7%). Hopped with Centennial, Simcoe and Chinook, this brew brings the west coast dankness. Piney, juicy and hazy, this is calling the name of any IPA nerd out there. Trace also is making some really fun saisons, and Valleys (5.2%) is their latest addition to the arsenal. Dry hopped with Strisselspalt and Motueka, this is perfect for a hot day! You can’t go wrong with a stop a Trace!
I’ll conclude my tour de Monday with a North Side favorite, Allegheny City. Stick with a brewery classic and get an Oceanic. A 6.6% New England IPA, it’s hopped with Citra, Galaxy and Motueka. Juicy and crisp, try this one out after a nice bike ride. I love a single hop because I like to see what flavors each hop brings, and Allegheny City makes some of the best! Singletrack Mind: El Dorado (6.3%), is the latest series in this series. Bright citrus flavors and tropical notes make this hop sing. Allegheny also often has food trucks on Mondays now too – so make an evening of your Monday beer adventure!
Cheers to breweries being open more days and providing more options for us Yinzers who just need a beer during the week! What’s your favorite place to go on a Monday? Let me know in the comments below.