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sleepyguy14
Traveling to Pittsburgh in 3 weeks. Need to know where to drink, where to buy bottles to bring home, and what breweries(if any) are worth a visit. Thanks for the help!
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jmikolich 1449:110
Canít help much, but Fat Heads does really solid stuff and they have a location in PGH, as well as church brew works I enjoyed too, not super crazy rare taps but really solid house stuff, good food though a touch high for pricing
2/17/2013 9:16:12 AM

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lithy 2996:156
Will you have a car? Where will you be staying? When are you coming? Details are important because there are plenty of places to direct you to, but depending on how much you want to travel around the city, whether or not you are relying on cabs or public transit, and how much time you have, there are areas that you can stick to and have a good time.

Along with the Pittsburgh Fat Heads on Carson Street, from there you can walk to Piperís Pub, Smokin Joeís Saloon as well as Buddyís Brews on Carson (for cases to take home if you want). If you arenít familiar with Pennsylvania laws for beer to go, prepare for sticker shock if youíre buying to go from bars or prepare to take a lot of beer home (i.e. a case at a time).

I work at the Church Brew Works, we arenít near too much else (closest thing is Draai Laag Brewing only open Thurs and Fri nights), so depending on your itinerary you may or may not want to stop by.

Best bottle shop in the area, is probably House of 1000 Beers but it is about a 20 minute drive from downtown.

Other breweries in the area include East End, Hofbrauhaus, Rock Bottom, Rivertowne, and Full Pint (this one is probably too far to consider if this is your first trip, you can find their beer on tap or bottles in the city).

Good luck.

2/17/2013 10:27:34 AM

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Bacterial 1585:58
Be sure to go to Church Brew Works - it was the highlight of my trip last fall! Perogies, pizza and they had some fantastic beers on tap. I felt a bit douchy walking around and taking pictures of the place, but it was very unique. The first church Iíve ever enjoyed being in!!
2/17/2013 10:51:01 AM

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sleepyguy14
Yes, we will have a car. We are staying out 28 near New Kensington. Have a couple of open days to explore.
2/17/2013 11:12:20 AM

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lithy 2996:156
Originally posted by sleepyguy14
Yes, we will have a car. We are staying out 28 near New Kensington. Have a couple of open days to explore.


Well then House of 1000 Beers will be easy to get to, Iíd make that your beer shopping stop for take home.
2/17/2013 11:22:19 AM

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artmcd8 1617:87
+1 on HOTB. If you make your way south to the city depending on the weekend you are here East End does a tour every other Saturday. I was at their first one two weeks ago and itís a good time. Church Brew probably has the best wood fired pizza around so itís worth a stop as well. If you have a car and a few days itís not inconceivable to get these all in plus eat at Fat Heads and hit up a few of the places mentioned before on Carson St.

Enjoy your trip!
2/17/2013 3:01:11 PM

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sleepyguy14
Thanks everyone for all the inside info!
2/18/2013 9:51:26 AM

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HornyDevil
Originally posted by lithy
Originally posted by sleepyguy14
Yes, we will have a car. We are staying out 28 near New Kensington. Have a couple of open days to explore.


Well then House of 1000 Beers will be easy to get to, Iíd make that your beer shopping stop for take home.


Beermuda is also close if youíre in New Ken.

East Carson is a must if you have time to explore. Along with Fatheadís, Piperís, and Smokiní Joeís, thereís also Double Wide, The Library, and OTB. You could also hit Hoffbrauhaus if you like German food and beer.
2/18/2013 10:01:20 AM

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adeano396
Agree with all of the above places. Another great place is Houghís Taproom & Brewpub in Greenfield (not far from the Carson St bars). Great draft and bottle selection, including a beer cellar with aged beers. It was named one of the best sports in the US on CNN travel. The owners are great! It is a family owned bar; Matt and Greg are the sons and they do a great job getting good beers. They have a website with their current beer list and their cellar beers. They also have a brewery next door (Copper Kettle) where you can brew your own beer.
3/1/2013 5:57:55 PM

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artmcd8 1617:87
Just brewed last week at Copper Kettle. It was an awesome experience. Houghís is great but just be prepared to spend a ton there.
3/1/2013 6:08:35 PM

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