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Old Thunder Brewing is still under construction in Blawnox, but they’re already getting national recognition.

Hop Culture, an online beer magazine based in Pittsburgh, named the soon-to-open spot one of the 20 Most Underrated Breweries of 2020.

The folks behind Old Thunder are busy building a new brewhouse and renovating an old post office at 340 Freeport Road. The building was constructed in 1939 and decommissioned by the United States Postal Service in the 1980s.

The public can track the progress on the brewery’s website.

Speaking of special deliveries, there are a lot of beer events and new breweries to look forward to in the coming months:

Lagerlands Socially Distant Beer Garden, a collaboration between Hop Culture, Cinderlands Beer Co. and De Fer Coffee & Tea, opened last weekend in the South Side.

In the Strip District, there are three places on tap for the fall. Heidelberg’s Insurrection AleWorks is opening a taproom at 1812 Penn Ave.

Just a few blocks away, there’s 1700 Penn, a joint effort between Pennsylvania Libations and Helltown Brewing that will feature a taproom serving Helltown and Rivertowne brews, a full-service bar and a Pennsylvania Libations retail store.

PA Libation’s owner Christian Simmons is teaming up with Travis Tuttle, head brewer at Butler Brew Works, to bring Bonafide Beer Co., to 21st Street and Penn Avenue.

Two Frays Brewery is coming to 5113 Penn Ave. in Garfield, and in neighboring Bloomfield, Trace Brewing is putting the finishing touches on its own historic building at 4312 Main St.

Over in Lawrenceville, Hop Farm Brewing and the company’s food partner Provision PGH are busy overhauling their taproom at 5601 Butler St., expanding operations to the building next door, renovating the upstairs music venue and adding a garden and seating area on the roof.

Thirsty yet?

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.