*This post was updated on August 1, 2022
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 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Trace is the perfect spot to start with your morning coffee and end with a beer or cocktail. It’s a spot to take your laptop to WFH, or just relax in Trace’s beer garden, where you can peek inside the brewery’s koelschip room, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The coffee bar is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. You can also find food trucks lined up outside of Trace, as well as lists of events. Their social media pages will always keep you updated.
Located in the heart of Garfield, Two Frays is a fun-filled neighborhood brewery. With trivia nights, DJ sets, and being pet-friendly, you and your dogs will love the pairing of a Two Frays beer and the outdoor area. The brewery also welcomes outside food, and has QR codes of menus from walkable restaurants. The hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
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 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Enjoy a beer on East End’s spacious patio from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 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 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 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 Pittsburgh Taphouse, 300 Liberty Ave., Suite 100, Downtown, 46 S 4th St., South Side
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 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.. Sly Fox also debuted a second location at The Highline at 44 S. 4th Street on the South Side. Enjoy a taste of the Highline from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The granddaddy of Pittsburgh craft breweries, Penn Brewery is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 10 p.m. Thursday 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 and closes one hour before closing hours.
This Ambridge brewery has a drink or food menu option for just about anyone, including brunch. Try the buffalo mac ‘n’ cheese, you’ll thank us later. With trivia nights and live music, this is a must-stop for Ambridge. Enjoy the outdoor patio and seating from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The brewery’s second location has a patio overlooking the Strip and a full menu of gourmet grub. Hours are 11:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday (tacos only), 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. You can catch a mixup of food on Sundays: brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., snacks 2 to 3 p.m., and dinner 3 to 10 p.m.
The Springdale brewery, which names its beers after dogs, created The Courtyard at Leaning Cask last year, a four-tiered, 2,000-square-foot space. The calendar shows events and food trucks such as Just Roll’d Up, Alberta’s Pizza happening each week. You can also rent the outdoor space for your own event. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
This Upper Lawrenceville brewery is urban farm brewing at its finest. Local ingredients are sourced to make the tasteful brews. There are 14 rotating taps in-house, and you can enjoy a meal outside on a picnic table, or in the additional seating in the warehouse connected to the taproom. The warehouse opens a large garage-like door, having the fresh air flow with perfect indoor/outdoor combo. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
ACB’s got beer flowing and covered tables set up outside from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 1 to 9 p.m. Different food trucks post up each day. You can also enjoy live music, yoga classes, and other events in their beer garten!
Enjoy a spacious outdoor seating at the Castle Shannon location, which is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight 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 and Monday.
Grist caters to any kind of beer drinker with hops, sours and lights. Food trucks are always on rotation here, and you’ll find people with their beer and pups surrounding the outdoor area. Kind of sounds like a dream come true. Enjoy this Millvale treasure 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 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. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon 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. They’ve also opened their second location in Allentown at 827 E Warrington Ave.
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.
Coven Brewery recently opened up in the location where Roundabout Brewery previously was. Coven welcomes food trucks with seating located on the side. During events, the side doors open and the street is closed for more seating and a stage. You’ll easily become a fan with their microbrews. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
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 Friday fun from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday sippin’ from 1 to 9 p.m.
Kick back with your BFF on Voodoo’s dog-friendly patio from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Soon Voodoo will unveil extended hours, a new kitchen and menu and tableside mobile ordering.
The taproom underwent a major expansion last year, and there is outdoor seating all around the building at the new location located just 300 feet from the old 925 Main Street space. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Gibsonia brewery operates from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Stop at the Millvale taproom from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Both sites offer limited menus right now, but the kitchens should be fully operational soon.
Enjoy the German ambiance in the Biergarten from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Different food menus cater to everyone, from carnivores and vegetarians to folks on a gluten-free diet and people with a sweet tooth.
Before the next Pirates game, have a beer on the AstroTurf patio, which is open from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Every item on Southern Tier’s menu is made with beer and the site offers a game day menu when the Pirates or Steelers play, which allows them to dish out food faster.
Hop Farm has a few picnic tables out front, but owner Matt Gouwens says they’re close to opening the front of the warehouse and starting a long-awaited expansion project that’ll add a garden and outdoor seating on the roof. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. There’s a full food menu via Provision PGH and plenty of four-packs to go.
Get a brew with a view from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The building sits high on a hill and is itself is a sight to behold. The towering structure was constructed in 1900 and once held the Workingmen’s Beneficial Union, a community space for German immigrants. Chances are they’d like how the space has been repurposed.
A couple of tables are set up in front of the renovated Parkway Theater, where the nanobrewery makes its inventive concoctions and then sells them from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Abjuration crew is working to secure dates for another pop-up beer garden at 10.7 Marina in Verona, so stay tuned!
Lap up suds in East Liberty on BrewDog’s patio daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. BrewDog, which is a Scottish-based brand, opened its Pittsburgh location in 2020, just before the pandemic started. Tails are wagging to serve locals good beer and chow from an extensive menu of snacks, sides, sandwiches, wings, tacos, salads and bowls. Woof.
The to-go beer and bites establishment, which opened in December 2020, has a seating area out back where you can unwind with a wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and a beverage. There’s live music every Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
Eleventh Hour provides beer and picnic tables, a rotating schedule of food trucks provides the grub. Be sure to check out the brewery’s Full Moon IPA series, with a new release every month.
Relax on the heated patio with a pint as you watch cars roll by on Freeport Road. While you’re there, check out the spacious taproom, which once served as a post office. It recently opened for in-person imbibing.