After a hot mess of a year, we could all use a cold pint. Throughout the pandemic, local beer makers have found ways to create safe and enjoyable outdoor spaces. Whether you want to imbibe on a spacious patio or snag a sidewalk table, here’s a list of breweries where you can sip in the sunshine. Hours are subject to change based on weather and Covid restrictions.
Picnic tables are set up outside with a rotating lineup of food trucks to satisfy your hunger. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Reserve your spot online and chill out in Trace’s beer garden, where you can peek inside the brewery’s koelschip room, from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Food from Rolling Pepperoni and Everyday’s A Sunday is available to complement your brews.
This North Hills spot has Caribbean décor and patio seating overlooking Little Pine Creek. The food menu features tropical bites, including jerk chicken wings, tostones and shrimp tacos. Get away from it all from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Enjoy a beer on East End’s spacious patio from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. In addition to suds, the brewery serves up pizza, breadsticks, soft pretzels and pickled veggies.
Sidewalk seating is available from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The brewery, the first beer maker on the scene since Bellevue lifted its long-time ban on alcohol, has appetizers, salads, sandwiches and eats for the kiddos.
Sly Fox Brewing Company, which is based on the other side of Pennsylvania, has a Downtown taphouse that serves casual fare such as pizza, pierogies and sandwiches. Play cornhole on the patio which is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Sly Fox will soon debut a new space at The Highline at 44 S. 4th Street on the South Side. Be on the lookout for pop-up events at the beer garden before the grand opening this summer.
The granddaddy of Pittsburgh craft breweries, Penn Brewery is open from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. In the outdoor biergarten, you’ll feel like you’re raising a stein at Oktoberfest in Deutschland. The kitchen dishes out traditional German fare, including Wienerschnitzel, Käsespätzle and Bratwurst.
Drink in splendor inside and outside of the former St. John the Baptist Church from 4 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The Church changes up its food menu often, but there are always hearty entrees, apps, sandwiches and salads.
The brewery’s second location has a patio overlooking the Strip and a full menu of gourmet grub. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The original location, the Foederhouse at 3705 Butler Street in Lawrenceville, just reopened after a long closure due to Covid and the new Wexford Taproom also serves as a retail shop for the brand.
The Springdale brewery, which names its beers after dogs, is creating The Courtyard at Leaning Cask, a four-tiered, 2,000-square-foot space. It’s expected to open in late May or early June with a steady stream of food trucks doling out provisions. Plan to bring the pups!
ACB’s got beer flowing and covered tables set up outside from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Different food trucks post up each day.
The brewers are mindful of social distancing guidelines in their outdoor seating area, which is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Order from the full food menu, which features salads, fried chicken, pizza and lots more. The Carnegie location, Asadero by Mindful, specializes in tacos and also boasts a patio. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Tables are set up in the front and back of the building so you can get your outdoor drinkin’ groove on from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Bring your own eats or see what rolling restaurant has pulled up outside. The folks behind the bar will be spinning vinyl records to keep your toes tapping. Burns calories!
On clear days, the brewery sets up some tables outside of its Lawrenceville HQ. Its off-site pop-up beer garden situated alongside the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in Chateau is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Both spots have food trucks at the ready during operating hours.
A large back patio and cool brews await you from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Spoonwood has an extensive menu featuring wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian options and house-smoked meats. There are specials on weekdays — Tuesday, for instance, is Boneless Wing Night — and Sunday focuses on brunch.
Helltown spots, including taprooms in Mt. Pleasant, the Strip (inside 1700 Penn, the large, white building across from Wholey’s), Export and Houston all have outdoor seating. Check online for up-to-date hours and events.
The nanobrewery, which is named after the shoot of a grain, barley or other cereal used in malting, has tables and chairs set up outside for Saturday sippin’ from 1 to 9 p.m.
The taproom is still closed — and undergoing a major expansion — but the beer garden behind the building has seats available on a first-come, first-served basis from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You’ll need a reservation if you want a fire pit.