Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Strip District Breweries, New and Old

 Between 1996 and 2019, seven breweries opened in the strip District. In the early days in the 1990s these breweries were called microbreweries. Today these so-called microbreweries are not referred to is craft breweries. I never had an issue with a brewery being called a microbrewery because it reflected on the breweries size and capacity. I do not like to call a brewery big craft brewery but honestly I don’t know what else to call it. Book for me a brewery is a brewery. Bruce may be of different size or capacity but they’ll all make one product; beer. Not every company makes a quality product. Breweries are no exception. Some do a better job than others and sometimes the road beers very in quality. By using the word craft, it seems to me, and this is my personal opinion, that the word craft implies quality. Everyone has a personal taste and one person may enjoy a particular brand whereas another person made bought enjoy that beer. That doesn’t make the beer bad. It just reflects a person’s personal preference. But there are measures that determine if a beer is bad. Those measures are for another discussion. 


There is a brewery seemed open in the strip that is advertising that they will be the strip District’s first craft brewery. Let me say first that I’ve welcomed this brewery as I enjoy all the breweries in western Pennsylvania and elsewhere. My commentary is the use of their reference to being the first. They are not. The southern breweries listed below predate this new brewery. The date next to each brewery is the year that they opened. The strip brewery, as this new brewery, was on Penn Avenue practically across the street. I am bored sure if the owners of this new brewery are aware of these breweries or if they are just using their advertisement for marketing. I could say that they will be the first brewery in the Strip after a long absence, but there were three breweries in the last eight years. Cinderlands just opened last year and are still in operation. 


As I have said I welcome this new brewery with open arms and I wish them luck. I just want to make a point of preference that they will be the eighth brewery in the Strip. And this doesn’t even count the several breweries that existed here in the 1800’s. My commentary may seem picky, and I seem well noted for that, but the owners and patrons of these other breweries have to be thinking “did everyone forget about us?” 


Three Rivers Brewery 1996

Valhalla Brewery 1997

Strip Brewery 1997, the third brewery to open in Pittsburgh

Sweet Water Brewery (Foundry) 1997

Aurochs Brewery 12012

Milkman Brewery 2014

Cinderlands Warehouse Brewery 2019


The new brewery coming to the Strip is Bonafide Beer Brewery t 21st & Penn Ave. The Owners are Christian G. Simmons (President of Pennsylvania Libations and formerly a co-owner of Four Seasons Brewery), and Travis Tuttle (Brewer/Co-owner of Butler Brew Works).


Welcome to the Pittsburgh family of brewers.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Pennsylvania Brewery Count 2019

This is the u=number of breweries in Pa. as of Sept. 27, 2019 based on the Pa. LCB database. The list on the left are the counties with the highest to lowest brewery count. As such the right column are the counties in alphabetical order. The fact that I drink a lot of beer and live in Allegheny County is only a co-inkie-dink. As of this posting date there are 414 active breweries in Pa. according to the LCB.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Breweries in Allegheny County Pa since 1795

This is a preliminary list of evey brewery in Allegheny County, Pa. since 1794. The final list will be published. on my site: pittsburghbrewers.com. The (Post 1980) indicates that the brewery was established after 1980.

14th Ward Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
180 and Tapped Brewery, Allegheny Co., Coraopolis +
412 Brews Brewery, Allegheny Co., McKees Rocks (Post 1980)
5th Ward Larger Beer Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
8th Ward Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Abjuration Brewery, Allegheny Co., McKees Rocks (Post 1980)
Acrospire Brewery, Allegheny Co., Glennshaw (Post 1980)
Alleghany Valley Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Allegheny Brewery (Lutz), Pgh., North Side
Allegheny Brewery & Pub, Pgh., North Side
Allegheny Brewery & Pub, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Allegheny Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Allegheny City Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Allegheny County Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Amber Brewery, Pgh., North Side
American Beverage, Allegheny Co., Varona (Post 1980)
American Pure Beer Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Anchor Brewery, Allegheny Co., Brackenridge
Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar, Allegheny Co., Penn Hills (Post 1980)
Aurochs Brewery, Allegheny Co., Emsworth (Post 1980)
Aurochs Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Baeuerlein (Star) Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Baird Brewery, Pgh, Downtown, (Kensington)
Bavarian Brewery (Winter Bros), Pgh., South Side
Bavarian Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Beck Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Benitz Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Benitz Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Bennett Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Bennett Star Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Bohemian Brewery, Pgh., North Side
British Army Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Brownstone Brewery (Hauch), Pgh., South Side
Carson & Darlington Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Chartiers Valley Brewery, Allegheny Co., Carnegie
Cinderlands Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Cinderlands Warehouse Brewery, Pgh., Strip District (Post 1980)
Cobblehause Brewery, Allegheny Co., Coraopolis (Post 1980)
Collins Avenue Brewery, Pgh., East Liberty
Coltart & Sikvery Brewery, Pgh, Downtown, (Keningston)
Concord Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Copper Kettle Brewery, Pgh., Garfield (Post 1980)
Copper Kettle Brewery, Pgh., Greenfield (Post 1980)
Costar Brewery, Allegheny Co., Etna (Post 1980)
Costar Brewery, Pgh., Highland Park (Post 1980)
Couch Brewery Pittsburgh, Larimer (Post 1980)
Dancing Gnome Brewery,  Allegheny Co. Sharpsburg (Post 1980)
Darlington Brewery & Malster , Pgh, Downtown
Deppel Brewey (Downtown), Pgh, Downtown
Depple Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Derby Brewery, Pgh., Hazelwood
DeWald, Wuesthoff & Company, Pittsburgh, Downtown
DeWald, Wuesthoff & Company, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Diamond Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Diders Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Draai Laag Brewery, Allegheny Co., Allison Park (Post 1980)
Draai Laag Brewery, Allegheny Co., Gibsonia (Post 1980)
Draai Laag Brewery, Allegheny Co., Millvale (Post 1980)
Duquesne Brewery, Allegheny Co. Duquesne City
Duquesne Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Duquesne Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Dutch Brewery, Pittsburgh, Uptown
Eagle Brewery (Bauerlein),Pgh, Strip District
Eagle Brewery (Ebrhardt & Ober), Pgh., North Side
Eagle Brewing, Allegheny Co. Duquesne City
East End Brewery Pittsburgh, Larimer (Post 1980)
East End Brewing. Pgh., Homewood (Post 1980)
Eaton, Conrad, Pgh., North Side
Eberhardt & Ober Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Eberhardt Brewery, Conrad, Pgh., North Side
Eleventh Hour Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Enix Brewery, Allegheny Co., Homestead (Post 1980)
Enterprise Brewery (P Gerst), Pgh., North Side
Enz Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Ernst Brewing, Allegheny Co., McKeesport
F. L. Ober Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Faller Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Felson Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Fink Brewery (Downrown), Pgh, Downtown
First National Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKees Rocks
Fisher Brewery (Harrison M Fisher), Pgh., North Side
Fisher Brewery (J Fisher), Pgh., North Side
Fleming Brothers, Maltsers & Brewers , Pgh, Downtown
Fort Pitt Brewing, Allegheny Co. Sharpsburg
Franklin Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
French Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Fretz & Co. Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Fridel Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Gangwisch & Company Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Gangwisch Brewery, Pgh., Bloomfield
Gangwisch Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Gangwisch Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Gangwisch-Straub Brewery, Pittsburgh, Bloomfield
General Braddock Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Gorman & Company Brewery , Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Grist House Brewery, Allegheny Co., Collier Twp. (Post 1980)
Grist House Brewery, Allegheny Co., Millvale (Post 1980)
Gustav Shult Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Hauch Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hauffmans Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Hawley & Company Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Hazelwood Brewery, Pgh., Hazelwood
Headley’s Brewery, Allegheny Co., Heidleberg (Post 1980)
Hechelmann Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Helicon Brewery, Allegheny Co., Oakdale (Post 1980)
Herdt Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Highland Brewery, Pgh., East Liberty
Hilltop Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hitchhiker Brewery,  Allegheny Co. Sharpsburg (Post 1980)
Hitchhiker Brewery, Allegheny Co., Mt. Lebanon (Post 1980)
Hochschwinder & Heine Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Hoeffling Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Hoehl Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Hofbrauhaus Brewery, Pgh., South Side (Post 1980)
Hofbrauhause Brewery, Pgh., South Side (Post 1980)
Hoffman Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Hoffman Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hogl (Hogel) Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hogl & Rohry Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Holstein Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Home Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Homestead Brewery, Allegheny Co. Homeseatd
Hop Farm Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Hop Yard Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Huffman Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hugi Distillery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Inner Groove Brewery, Allegheny Co., Varona (Post 1980)
Inner-Groove Brewery, Allegheny Co., Gibsonia (Post 1980)
Insurrection Brewery, Allegheny Co., Heidleberg (Post 1980)
Iron City Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Iron City Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Iron City Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
John Harvard's Brew House, Allegheny Co., Wilkins Twp. (Post 1980)
Kaiser Brewery & Distillery, Pgh, Downtown
Kallenborn Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Kaltenhaeusser, V, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Kennedy sarsaparilla and beer factory, Pgh, Downtown
Kensington Brewery, Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Keystone Brewery, Pittsburgh, Hill District
Keystone Brewing, Pgh., South Side
Klein Distillery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Klinzing Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Krauss Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Lafayette Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Lauer Brewery, S 18th St, Pgh., South Side
Lauer Brewery, S 8th St, Pgh., South Side
Lawrecnceville Brewery (Church), Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Lemp Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Lewis Brewery, Pgh., Downtown
Liberty Brewery, Pittsburgh, Larimer
Lincoln Avenue Brewery, Allegheny Co., Bellevue (Post 1980)
Lion Brewery (D Lutz & Son), Pgh., North Side
Lutz & Walz Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Lutz & Walz Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Madison Street (group of) Breweries, Pgh., North Side
Manchester Ale Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Manor Street Brewery, Pgh., South Side
McKeesport Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Metzer Brewery (see Etna), Pittsburgh, West End
Metzger Brewery, Allegheny Co., Etna
Meussner Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Meyers Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Milkman Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Miller & Lang Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Miller & Lang Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Miller Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Mindful Brewery, Allegheny Co., Castle Shannon (Post 1980)
Mindful Brewery, Pgh., Mt. Washington (Post 1980)
Monongahela Brewery (Baird) , Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Monongahela Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Monongahela Valley Brewery, Allegheny Co., Carnegie
Mueller Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Muth & Company Brewery, Pittsburgh, Soho
National Brewery (Gibberich), Pgh., North Side
National Brewery (Heid), Pgh., North Side
National Brewing (Nusser), Pgh., South Side
Ninth Ward Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
North Side Brewery (Hippely & Hopf), Pgh., North Side
North Side Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Nusser Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Oakland Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Oregon Brewery, Pittsburgh, Uptown
Ormsby (Reichenbach) Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Penn Brewery 1 Tom, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Penn Brewery 2 Berchnmire, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Penn Brewery 3 Vinial Street, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Peoples Brewery, Allegheny Co. Duquesne City
Peoples Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Peter Walter & Company, Pgh., South Side
Phoenix Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Pig Hill Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Pig Hill Brewery, Pgh., Point Breeze (Post 1980)
Pitt Township Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Pittsburgh Bottle Shop & Brewhouse, Allegheny Co., Collier Twp. (Post 1980)
Pittsburgh Brewery (Brown & Verner), Pgh, Downtown
Pittsburgh Brewery (Carson), Pgh, Downtown
Pittsburgh Brewery (Rhodes & Verner), Pgh, Downtown
Pittsburgh Brewery No. 4, Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Platform Brewery, Pgh., Garfield (Post 1980)
Point Brewery (Shiras-Point), Pgh, Downtown
Point Brewery Shiras-Pitt St, Pgh, Downtown
Point Brewery Smith-Pitt St, Pgh, Downtown
Prospect Ale Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Rauch & Rudman Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Reed Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Reichenbach (Ormsby) Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Rivertowne Pour House Brewery, Allegheny Co., Monroeville (Post 1980)
Riverview Brewery (G Schuitz), Allegheny Co., Braddock 
Roads Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Robber Baron Brewery, Allegheny Co., Ross Twp. (Post 1980)
Rock Bottom Brewery, Allegheny Co., Homestead (Post 1980)
Rogan Brewery, Allegheny Co., Duquesne City (Post 1980)
Roundabout Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Schafer Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Schenck, G F Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Schiltz Brewing Co., Joseph, Pgh., South Side
Schiltz Brewing Co., Joseph, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Schmeltz, Pgh., South Side
Schmelz Brewery, Pittsburgh, West End
Schoenhofen Brewery, Peter, Pgh., South Side
Seewald Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Seiferth Brothers Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Shaffner Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Sheridan Brewery (Schaffner), Pgh., South Side
Shiras Brewery, Perter, Pgh, Downtown
Siedle Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Sly Fox Brewery, Pgh., South Side (Post 1980)
Smith Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
South Side Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Southern Tier Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Spoonwood Brewery, Allegheny Co., Bethel Park (Post 1980)
Spring Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Spring Brewery, Pittsburgh, Bloomfield
Spring Hill Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
St. Julien Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Star Brewery (Bauerlein), Allegheny Co. Millvale
Stoltz & Co, Pgh., North Side
Stonehaven Brewery & Restaurant, Pgh, Strip District
Stonewall Cider House and Meadery, Allegheny Co., Varona (Post 1980)
Strange Roots Experimental Ales, Allegheny Co., Gibsonia (Post 1980)
Straub Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Straub Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Strim Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Strip Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Sweet Water Brewery (Foundry), Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
The Brew Gentlemen Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock (Post 1980)
The Leaning Cask Brewery, Allegheny Co., Springdale (Post 1980)
Three Mugs Brew Pub (Brewery), Pgh., East Liberty (Post 1980)
Three Rivers Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Tracy & Wilkinson Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Trios Brewery, Allegheny Co., Homestead (Post 1980)
Tschudy Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Tube City Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Union Brewery (Schaefer), Pgh., South Side
Union Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Union Brewery, Pittsburgh, Bloomfield
United States Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Valhalla Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Vicroy Street Brewery, Pittsburgh, Uptown
Wacker & Steuernagle Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Wainwright Brewery (J), Pgh., Lawrenceville
War Streets Brewery - Biers Pub, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
War Streets Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Weisert & Giesy Brewery  AKA Wessel & Geisy, Pgh., North Side
Weiss Beer Brewery, Pgh., North Side
West End Brewery, Pittsburgh, West End
Wilheim's Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Willow Grove Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Winter Brothers Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Winterton Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Wood Brewery, Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Wood Brewery, Pittsburgh, Bloomfield
Wood Brothers Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Wood Steam Brewery (Phoenix), Pittsburgh, Strip District
Yearman Brewery, Pgh, Downtown