Photo courtesy of Lost in the Wilds Brewing.

Pittsburgh has many outdoor spots for day drinking, but if you’re hightailing it out of the city for a little R&R, why not kick back in a place that serves great beer? We’ve let you know about Butler County suds-makers, but if you’re looking to go a little further north, here are four breweries within a two-hour drive of Pittsburgh that are well worth the gas money.

Photo courtesy of Big Rail Brewing.

Big Rail Brewing, 2158 Mercer Butler Pike, Grove City 

Enjoy drinking in the Great Outdoors? Big Rail, a reference to a railroad component, is nestled in a 12-acre wooded area dubbed The Property. Sip a pint at a picnic table surrounded by old-growth forest, campfires, food vendors and live music.

There are typically six to 10 draft beers available from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If it rains, they still pour.

The brews — all produced in nearby Volant — include NEIPAs, witbiers, porters, blondes, reds, stouts and farmhouse ales. The owners plan on opening an enclosed facility in the near future, but for now, the taproom is more like a campsite for beer-lovers.

Photo courtesy of Lost in the Wilds Brewing.

Lost in the Wilds Brewing, 21964 PA Route 66, Shippenville

Not all who wander are lost. Most of them are just looking for beer. And this brewery in Shippenville (northeast of Clarion) — a 90-minute drive — has tasty offerings on tap, plus wine and craft cocktails.

There is plenty of outdoor space where you can unwind with a beverage. Find a picnic table or bring folding chairs, blankets and lawn games from home. If you don’t want to rough it, hang out in the taproom. Food trucks provide the grub, but you’re welcome to order in or pack a lunch. Be warned — after spending the day here, you might not want to return to “civilization.”

Photo courtesy of Sprague Farm & Brew Works.

Sprague Farm & Brew Works, 22043 US Highway 6 and 19, Venango

This family farm in Venango (north of Grove City) — also a 90-minute drive — just happens to produce great unfiltered, keg-conditioned beers made from barley and hops grown on-site.

Belly up to the bar, which is located inside an old dairy barn, or retreat to the beer garden overlooking French Creek.

The pandemic pummeled folks in the hospitality industry, including the Spragues. Their brew business is open limited hours — check online for updated details — but 2021 might be their final year in operation. Show them some love by drinking their grain-to-glass libations.

Photo courtesy of Voodoo Brewery.

Voodoo Shipping Container Pop-Up, 240 Water Street, Conneaut Lake

OK, so a former Pizza Hut parking lot isn’t exactly a natural wonder, but there’s plenty of beer on-site each weekend along with outdoor activities to discover throughout the area. Conneaut Lake Park, one of the oldest amusement parks in the country, is just a few miles from the sudsy shipping container. Grab a draft (we recommend the Good Vibes West Coast IPA) or a hard seltzer and a bite to eat — or buy some to-go cans or growlers. Note: Voodoo presents a guided Beer Education & Tasting every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.

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.