There’s always something brewing in Pittsburgh. This city is making a name for itself when it comes to craft beers.
Some of your favorite beer makers are expanding, longtime dry towns such as Bellevue are now raising a pint and there’s even a boozy partnership taking place in the Strip District.
Here are a few new and soon-to-open spots to keep on your radar.
Acrospire Brewing Company, Glenshaw
Acrospire officially opened Feb. 15. The owners, three guys who met at church, named their business after the plumule, or shoot of a grain used in malting. They’re starting off small, producing traditional styles on a 1.5-barrel system, but Pittsburghers can expect big things from this nanobrewery. The tasting room at 1650 Butler Plank Rd. is open on Saturdays from 2 to 10 p.m. for pours and growler fills (buy a jug there or bring one from home).
Acclamation Brewing, Verona
The folks at Acclamation Brewing are busy dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s and jotting down a whole bunch of exclamation points to get their facility up and running at 555 Wildwood Ave. in Verona (home to Inner Grove Brewing and Stonewall Ciderhouse & Meadery). Acclamation will have six taps to start, two IPA’s, a pale ale, a wheat and two darker beers (one on nitro!). The tasty beverages might just make you stand up and give your loud and enthusiastic approval.
BrewDog, East Liberty
The Scottish-born company BrewDog has a litter of its DogTap pubs throughout the U.S. The international business is putting the final touches on its East Liberty location across from Target at 6144 Centre Ave. Patrons can sip Punk IPA or the Aloha Coconut Dream Milk Stout while perusing the menu of specialty burgers, tacos and wings. Can’t wait for the grand opening? Take a weekend trip to BrewDog’s DogHouse Hotel and Brewery in Ohio.
Recon Brewing, Cranberry
Butler-based Recon Brewing is opening a satellite location this summer at 1747 N. Main St. in The Great American Neighborhood. It’s the first business confirmed for Meeder, a new Charter Homes community in Cranberry. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant and taproom, which overlooks a three-acre green space, will have indoor and outdoor seating for 100 and 12 draft beers, including Karma Tap, a beverage benefiting a different local charity each quarter. To show their community spirit, co-owners Toby Wehr, Dave Bestwick and Nate Bacher brewed Meeder Irish Red, which they’ll can and sell at the end of February.