Couch

1351 Washington Blvd., Larimer.

Opening: “November”

With a name like “Couch” you know it has to be chill. Part owner Cary Shaffer says Couch Brewery will not tolerate any “beer pretentiousness.” “We want somewhere people can chill out and relax in,” he says. “We don’t want anyone to be shy about a good beer.” Couch plans to double brew on a three-barrel system to fill their seven-barrel fermenters. They will have five year-round offerings including a hefeweizen, oatmeal stout and “Love Seat” IPA. The building’s occupancy is 99 people, and while they won’t serve food they will regularly host food trucks in the parking lot. Despite the chilled-out vibe, Shaffer stresses they are very serious about their brewing. “If the people want the numbers we’ll give it to them,” he says of their beers. Expect plenty of comfortable, overstuffed seating options in the tasting room.

War Streets Brewery. Photo by Brian Conway.

War Streets Brewery. Photo by Brian Conway.

War Streets

1416 Arch St., Mexican War Streets.

Opening: “Hopefully by the end of the year.”

When we last spoke with Jake Bier, he had just signed the lease for his nano-brewery inside an 1877 firehouse across the street from Randyland on the Northside. Since then War Streets Brewery has expanded to a 1.5-barrel system. “We’re not as nano as we were before,” he jokingly laments. The increased production will help Bier churn out six flagship beers once the space is finished, all of them named after nearby streets, like the Resaca Red, Sherman Stout, and Monterey IPA. A handful of seasonal offerings will be available as well, and Bier still hopes to collaborate on a Randyland beer with his nearest neighbor, possibly a hard root beer.

Coming 2017:

Courtesy Eleventh Hour

Courtesy Eleventh Hour.

Eleventh Hour

3711 Charlotte Street, Lawrenceville.

Opening: “early 2017”

The rich get richer. Lawrenceville will soon have another craft brewery when Matt McMahon opens Eleventh Hour Brewing in an 1872 former schoolhouse turned gas lamp manufacturer. McMahon was a home brewer who worked full-time in business intelligence before asking himself, “Is this really what I want to be doing in 20 years?” He says the location will have an industrial feel and that a number of old garage bays will be transformed into entryways and large glass windows.

McMahon says that even though Eleventh Hour has become known from beer festivals as the brewery with the Jalapeno Pale Ale, what he really wants is to focus on perfecting four to five main styles of flagship beers, like IPAs and stouts, while leaving more experimental beers for seasonal offerings.

Fury

13380 Route 30, Irwin.

Opening: “January 1”

Co-owner Tom Jenkins envisions Fury Brewing as a laid-back, intimate taproom where 30 or so people can come and watch sports while enjoying a broad spectrum of beer styles. Jenkins plans to take advantage of a new law that allows brewpubs to sell liquor as well as beer by selling PA-made wines and spirits in addition to eight to ten Fury beers. Local cheeses and finger foods will be for sale on-site; otherwise, Inferno Pizza, Pasta & Wings is located right next door.

Parkway Theater, home to Abjuration Brew Co.

Parkway Theater, home to Abjuration Brewing Company.

Abjuration

644 Broadway Ave., McKees Rocks

Opening: “April 2017”

At Abjuration, beers will be poured into flasks, not pint glasses. “We’re professional nerds,” says co-owner Tom Glover. “We really bring that depth and science to beer, too.” He and longtime friend and partner Dave Hallam had been homebrewing for years before launching an IndieGoGo that enabled them to begin setting up their taproom inside the Parkview Theater in McKees Rocks. The plan is to cycle through styles in the first year before settling on any flagships: “The intention is not to make the same beer twice,” says Glover.

Fortunately, all of Abjuration’s recipes are open-source and posted on their website, so you can replicate that Mango Triple IPA from the comfort of home once it is kicked at the brewery. Their one-barrel system will allow them to brew experimental batches in smaller quantities before they eventually scale up production.  They hope to open a satellite location somewhere in Pittsburgh after two years.

Photo courtesy Spring Hill Brewing.

Photo courtesy Spring Hill Brewing.

Spring Hill

1958 Varley St., Spring Hill

Opening: Summer 2017

What has Mike Seamens been up to since he sold Mind Cure Records? Helping to open a brewery, for one. Seamens partnered with brewer Greg Kamerdze and the two are in the process of remodeling a former Workingman’s Beneficial Union social hall and turning it into Spring Hill Brewing. The building overlooks part of the city and sits on a sizeable plot of land that is currently tended by Rescue Street Farms and will eventually provide the brewers with fresh fruits and honey. Kamerdze favors Farmhouse ales and plans to start with three flagship beers: a wit, brown and golden ale, all brewed with the same strain of Belgian saison yeast.