Photo courtesy of East End Brewing Co.

Pittsburgh is famous for its three rivers, but there’s another liquid that’s creating a buzz in this town: beer. With 15 breweries and taprooms opening this year — and beer festivals making a triumphant return — it’s time to raise your glass to Pintsburgh!

Aslin Beer Co., The Terminal, Strip District

Virginia-based Aslin Beer Co. will occupy a 10,000-square-foot space in the Strip District Terminal this August with a 10-barrel brewing system and food by Scratch & Co. in Troy Hill.

Arboretum Trail Brewing Co., Larimer

Arboretum Trail is growing like a weed. The 306-square-foot production brewery is moving out of a residential garage in Pleasant Hills to occupy a 5,700-square-foot building recently vacated by Couch Brewery in Larimer. Arboretum will be overhauling the site’s interior to reflect its nature-loving brand and will bump up the beer-making capacity by spring or early summer.

Back Alley Brewing, Dormont

From the back allies to a former municipal building — it’s been quite a journey for five Dormont residents and their quest to bring beer to the borough later this year.

Bonafide Beer Co., Strip District

Christian Simmons of Pennsylvania Libations and Travis Tuttle of Butler Brew Works are joining boozy forces to bring Bonafide Beer Co. to the Strip.

Burgh’ers Brewing, The Highline, South Side

Burgh’ers, which operates eateries in Lawrenceville and Zelienople, is bringing its brand of smash burgers and beers to the South Side soon.

Coven Brewing, Lawrenceville

The owners of Coven are busily bewitching the inside of the former Roundabout Brewery. You’ll be able to have a pint of potion by the end of March.

East End Brewing Co., Mt. Lebanon

East End is opening a taproom in the South Hills. Owner Scott Smith, a Mt. Lebanon resident, will have a spot closer to home that serves beer, cocktails showcasing Pennsylvania spirits, and local wines and pizzas from the company’s culinary arm, East End Chewing. While production will continue to take place at the Larimer location, pop-up events will be held at the new site over the next few months to whet your appetite.

Fermata Brewing Co., Ambridge

Musicians will recognize that fermata is a symbol that represents a hold (on either a note or a rest) of unspecified length. This March, you’ll be able to kick back with a pint while the owners conduct a symphony of water, barley, hops and yeast behind the scenes.

Headley’s Brewing Co., Heidelberg

The tiny, takeout brewery – founded in 2017 by friends Jamie Headley and Matt Sembrat – will finally open a taproom for on-site consumption later this year.

Kelly Melle, co-owner of Inner Groove Brewing. Photo courtesy of Inner Groove Brewing.

Inner Groove Brewing, Allentown

Inner Groove’s Allentown taproom, which includes a winterized outdoor beer garden, will be spinning tunes and pouring pints by the end of April. That’s music to our ears!

Lolev Brewing, 5247 Butler St., Lawrenceville

The Slesinski brothers started their beer-making journey in the lower level of their Philadelphia home. As a tribute to their humble beginnings, they’re opening Lolev Brewing in July 2022.

State-of-the-art German equipment is being installed at Pittsburgh Brewing’s new facility. Photo by Kristy Locklin.
State-of-the-art German equipment is being installed at Pittsburgh Brewing’s new facility. Photo by Kristy Locklin.

Pittsburgh Brewing Co., 150 Ferry St., Creighton

Iron City drinkers just hit the jackpot! Pittsburgh Brewing is opening a 170,000-square-foot production facility, making the company one of the biggest beer producers on the East Coast. Eventually, the 40-acre property will also boast a restaurant, outdoor event space, museum and marina. It’ll start pumpin’ Iron this month.

Sly Fox Brewing Co. at The Highline, South Side

Although it is headquartered in Philly, Sly Fox is making its presence felt here in Pittsburgh with a Downtown taproom at 300 Liberty Ave. and a new spot opening at The Highline by the end of March or early April.

Tortured Souls Brewing Co.

Don’t worry, they’re not lost souls. The husband-and-wife team behind this brewery are looking for a brick-and-mortar location for their goth-inspired suds factory. We’ll keep you posted once they summon the perfect space.

Velum Fermentation, South Side

This spring, the old Duquesne Brewery will teem with life once again when Velum Fermentation opens for business. The science-minded folks behind the beer factory will make traditional lagers, seltzers and kombucha teas.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild.

Hit the road with Traveling Beer Markets

Beers of the Burgh and the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild have joined forces again to present a monthly series of Traveling Beer Markets.

A rotating group of breweries will post up at different locations around the region. Folks 21 and over will be able to buy beer on draft and to-go bottles and cans while enjoying DJs and food trucks. There is no admission fee. Full details on participating breweries, times and locations will be announced soon. In the meantime, you can mark these dates on your calendar:

April 22, Lawrenceville
May 27, Cranberry Township
July 8, South Side
Aug. 5, Hampton Township
Sept. 2, Collier Township
Oct. 14, Homestead
Nov. 4, Cranberry Township

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.