Pittsburgh often ranks among one of the best cities in the United States for those looking to visit quality craft beer breweries. There’s even one that’s been working to revolutionise the local brewing scene for as far back as the 1980s.
Today, however, you’ll find that you’ve got lots of choices when it comes to the best craft beer bars in Pittsburgh. Every local seems to have their favourite spot, but travellers are often at a loss for where to visit first.
So, we thought we’d help you out. Whether you’re craving something super hoppy or are after a sour beer that’ll make your lips pucker, you’re sure to find something to quench your thirst at these seven beer bars.
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What pairs better together than high-quality, flavourful meat and some of the country’s best craft beer? Absolutely nothing! That’s what makes Carson Street Deli one of the best craft beer bars in Pittsburgh. They carry over 300 craft beers and have nearly 20 flowing from the taps at any given time. Order a Cheese & Meat Nibbler to graze through as you sample beer after beer or indulge in one of their iconic meat sandwiches.
Sure, Fat Head’s originated in Cleveland, but with quality like this, it’s still one of the best craft beer bars in Pittsburgh. Expect to indulge in some classic Pittsburgh bar food as you sample some tasty craft beers from their 30 different taps. Sample everything from Imperial IPAs to American Stouts and even a super delicious Smoked Bock. If you’re a true beer lover, you’ll enjoy the sheer variety of offerings here.
Fried cheese and chicken strips satiate food cravings at The Library, but they’re even better when paired with the spot’s impressive list of craft beer. Fairly-priced and always unique, their taps are filled with a nice variety of different styles of craft beers. And, they serve $4 drafts all day every day. That’s pretty hard to beat. Craving something a little stronger? Their cocktails are just as delicious as their beer.
It’s easy to get this spot confused with an actual brewery, but The Independent Brewing Company actually isn’t a brewery at all. It’s just one of the best craft beer bars in Pittsburgh, home to some 14 rotating taps all serving up delicious brews. While their tap list is always delightful, what’s so great about this place is their bottle offerings. You’ll find them selling bottles that are pretty hard to find elsewhere.
Serving local beers from Pennsylvania and Ohio, The BeerHive is easily one of the best spots in the city for local beers and some world-class BBQ. The friendly staff will walk you through their tap list and help you select a brew if you’re not sure what to order. With 15 taps, you’re sure to find something you absolutely love, whether it’s a vanilla-infused Oatmeal Stout or a fruited Sour Gose.
Just a stone’s throw away from where the Steelers and the Pirates play is where you’ll find this beer bar. Mike’s is a local institution in terms of craft beer, offering one of the widest selections in the city. With 80 rotating taps (50 of which feature local beer) and hundreds of more brews in bottles and cans, we suggest heading here seriously thirsty just to be able to sample as many as possible.
One sampling of the craft beer here and you’ll be praying to the beer gods that there exists an earthly concoction as delicious as these brews. Located inside of an actual repurposed church, this brewery serves eight of its own brews on tap in a seriously unique setting. And, to round it all out, their pub menu even features perogies, soft pretzels and pulled pork BBQ nachos. It’s a great spot for both food and drink.