Voodoo Brewery is opening a spot on the North Shore this summer. Photo courtesy of Voodoo Brewery.

Voodoo Brewery is bringing its brand of magic to the North Shore.

This summer, the employee-owned company is opening a brewpub at 337 N. Shore Drive. The 6,000-square-foot space will have indoor seating for approximately 160 patrons and an expanded patio area with fire pits.

The brewery’s restaurant will feature eclectic pub fare with digital tableside ordering (a first for the company), 20 taps pouring beer, wine, mead and seltzer, and a full bar. The space will also boast a takeout counter for folks who want to grab a quick bite or brew before a game.

Oh Mama, Voodoo’s golden American lager, was inspired by the band Styx. Photo courtesy of Voodoo Brewery.
Oh Mama, Voodoo’s golden American lager, was inspired by the band Styx. Photo courtesy of Voodoo Brewery.

Oh Mama, the brewery’s traditional golden American lager, will be featured prominently on the North Shore. The beer is a tribute to the band Styx, whose song “Renegade” is used by the Steelers during home games.

Local artists will create a colorful, quirky and eye-catching atmosphere, so plan on spending a lot of time there soaking up the sights.

Co-owner Jake Voelker says plans for the North Shore site have been in the works for about a year.

“The market’s right for it. Our brand is right for it,” he says. “This location is a big part of rebuilding our brand after the pandemic.”

Before the grand opening, Voodoo will host tap takeovers at neighboring bars such as Shorty’s Pins x Pints to introduce its beers to the North Shore. Applications are being accepted for all positions through the brewery’s Facebook page.

The Voodoo brand was launched 17 years ago in Meadville, where the Good Vibes Beer Fest will be held on July 9.

There also are Voodoo locations in New Kensington, Homestead, Erie, State College, Indiana and Cleveland. The brewery soon will open in Washington County, Houston and Las Vegas.

Voelker says Voodoo wants to support local musicians, artists, chefs and beer-makers and will support area nonprofit organizations.

“We want to create as much of an impact on the community as we can,” he says.

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.