There’s nothing micro about Pittsburgh’s newest craft brewery.

Today, Lakewood, New York’s Southern Tier Brewing Company opened a brewpub at 316 North Shore Drive, the first satellite location in the brewery’s 15-year history.

“Pittsburgh is the second largest city for fans of Southern Tier in our distribution area, so it was a natural fit to open our doors to our Pittsburgh fans and provide a full Southern Tier experience without necessarily going to Lakewood,” says Cassandra Buncie, retail and marketing manager.

The 150-person capacity brewpub will include a 250-person capacity beer garden come spring, just in time for Pirates games at nearby PNC Park.

Southern Tier brewpub. Brian Conway photo.
Southern Tier brewpub. Brian Conway photo.

“On game days, especially once the beer garden is open, I hope that what we see is a real sense of community take hold. We also want to integrate our neighbors into what we do and become part of the living, breathing North Side community.”

Head Brewer David Harries is a Lakewood veteran who most recently worked as Distilling Production Manager at Wigle Whiskey. He will brew on a state-of-the-art 8.5 BBL Krones brewing system with a 20 BBL fermenting capacity. Four of the eight fermenters will be connected directly to the draft system at the bar, meaning customers will be able to enjoy the freshest beer possible.

Southern Tier’s flagship and seasonal beers, such as Pumking, Tangier, and 2XIPA will continue to be brewed in New York. The Pittsburgh location will brew experimental one-off batches that could eventually become year-round offerings depending upon customer demand.

Harries is currently working on a blonde ale, oatmeal brown and a dry-hopped, unfiltered IPA for the first batch of Pittsburgh-exclusive brews. They will join about two dozen Southern Tier beers on draft as well as five from Downingtown, PA’s Victory Brewing, which is under the same ownership group, Artisanal Brewing Ventures, as Southern Tier.

Brian Conway photo.
Brian Conway photo.

The location includes a full-service kitchen offering scratch-made fare including meatloaf sandwiches, steaks, salads, and house-smoked wings.

Landau Building Company did the build-out; the structure was designed by Fukui Architects PC. Local artist Derek Griesbach designed both the standing bars and chandeliers made from whiskey barrels.

Harries says that the local brewing community has been exceptionally gracious and welcoming. Members of 17 local breweries came to Lakewood in late 2016 to collaborate on a spiced brown ale called Pittsburgh Speed Date, which is currently available on draft.

Southern Tier will be open through Thursday, January 26 for dinner, 4 to 10 p.m. Regular hours begin Friday, January 27. Hours are Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight.

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.