Pittsburgh will have a new outdoor spot to hang out on weekends, Lagerlands Socially Distant Beer Garden, starting this Friday.
Pittsburgh-based Hop Culture Magazine teamed up with Cinderlands Beer Co. and De Fer Coffee & Tea to launch the socially distant pop-up beer garden at The Highline at 339 McKean St. in the South Side. Service will run rain or shine from September 11 through November 1.
Hours of operation are 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The outdoor space, which is kid- and dog-friendly, can accommodate 100 people at a time. To ensure safety and avoid overcrowding, organizers have implemented an online reservation system.
While there is a charge to reserve a table, from $10 for two people for two hours, to $30 for a table of six, you’ll get it deducted from your bill ($5 per person) once you’re there. Cash will not be accepted so bring your credit card, along with your mask.
“Everybody is looking for fun, safe, family-friendly social normalcy right now, and The Highline provides the perfect place to do that,” says Kenny Gould, founder of Hop Culture Magazine.
Guests can enjoy Cinderlands beer and a rotating lineup of wines and brews from producers across the country. In addition to coffee, De Fer will whip up gluten-free cocktails, including a bottle-aged Negroni, a Manhattan and a coffee Old Fashioned.
State law requires patrons to order food when purchasing alcohol so Burgh’ers Brewing will offer a limited menu of burgers, Impossible Burgers, BLTs, grilled cheese sandwiches and other snacks.
Lagerlands Socially Distant Beer Garden has two indoor bathrooms available, both of which will be sanitized daily, as well as porta potties. There’s also an indoor parking garage on site that’s free for the first two hours. Since the space is located adjacent to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, guests are encouraged to ride their bikes.
Gould says he’s working on booking live musical acts. Anyone interested can contact him via email.
The Aspinwall resident founded Hop Culture Magazine in 2017. Since then, the publication has hosted 30 beer festivals across the U.S. This is the company’s first foray into a recurring pop-up event and Gould is happy to be doing it in his hometown.
“We started the magazine in Pittsburgh. We did our first festival in Pittsburgh,” he says. “This new project is for the people of Pittsburgh. We’re stoked to have the support of our neighbors and friends.”
Looking for other places to drink beer in the Great Outdoors? Check out our list of breweries with outdoor seating.