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Holiday Hours at Pittsburgh Area Breweries

Here’s a list of who’s open (and when) – your guide to holiday hours at Pittsburgh-area breweries during the week(s) of Dec 23 AND Dec 30.

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Planning to visit a brewery or two over the next couple weeks?

In an effort to avoid the (unintentional) surprise of holiday hours sneaking up on us, here is a quick guide to who’s open and when.

Feel free to scroll down to the brewery of your choice. Drop me a note if I left off your favorite Pittsburgh brewery and I’ll happily add it in (aadam.soorma@verylocal.com)

Editor’s Note: I’ll continue updating this piece as I gather more information on holiday hours / closures at our local breweries. Xoxo

A pair of full pours at Strange Roots. Photo: Cory Morton

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Dancing Gnome Beer // Sharpsburg

Non-Beer Options: Just beer here.

Food: Yes, food trucks on the regular.

Special Holiday Hours:

  • Monday, Dec 23 – 2pm to 6pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday Dec 26 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – 2pm to 6pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 to Sunday, Jan 5 – Normal Hours
  • Wednesday, Jan 8 to Sunday, Jan 12 – CLOSED
A peek inside the taproom at Dancing Gnome. Photo: Cory Morton

Abjuration Brewing // McKees Rocks

Beer vs Non-Beer: Just beer here, but there’s a bar connected to Abjuraton’s taproom that serves non-beer options as well. You can expect a couple of festive beers making their way into the Abjuration lineup over the next 2 weeks.

Food: Occasionally, Abjuration has food trucks, but feel free to bring your own food. Guests are encouraged to order-in from places nearby.

Special Holiday Hours: One thing to note, Abjuration is closed every Wednesday per their normal hours of operation. Additionally, the brewers at Abjuration plan to do on-demand canning (straight from the tap lines) on Monday, Dec 23 (from 6pm to 9pm). All Abjuration beers are eligible for on-demand canning (guest taps not included). Finally, Abjuration’s two special releases heading into the holidays include a new IPA and their White Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake Ale which WILL be available for on-demand canning as well.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – Normal Hours, on-demand canning with the brewers (6pm to 9pm)
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday Dec 26 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – Normal Hours
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 to Sunday, Jan 5 – Normal Hours
Chatting with Tom (L) and Dave (R), co-owners of Abjuration Brewing. Photo: Cory Morton

East End Brewing // Larimer

Beer vs Non-Beer: For non-beer options at East End, you can get cold brew coffee (on nitro) as well as Barmy soda (root beer or ginger ale). Barmy is made in-house and the cold brew is supplied by Commonplace Coffee. Additionally, you can get Gratitude – East End’s take on barleywine.

Food: Yes, order from the in-house restaurant, Larder.

Special Holiday Hours: East End is normally closed on Mondays, however, they will make an exception for Monday, Dec 23.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – open 4pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 – open 4pm to 9pm
  • Friday, Dec 27 – open 4pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, Dec 28 – open 12pm to 10pm
  • Sunday, Dec 29 – open 12pm to 5pm

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open 4pm to 9pm
  • Friday, Jan 3 – open 4pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, Jan 4 – open 12pm to 10pm
  • Sunday, Jan 5 – open 12pm to 5pm

Couch Brewery // Larimer – Highland Park

Beer vs Non-Beer: Couch has a full bar that includes cocktails, cider, spirits and their rotating lineup of in-house beers.

Food: Occasionally, Couch has food trucks, but feel free to bring your own food. Guests are encouraged to order-in from places nearby. Couch has small snacks and munchies available in the taproom as well.

Special Holiday Hours: Couch is moving their regularly scheduled Wednesday BINGO Nights to Thursday for the next two weeks. They also recently released a hard seltzer you can try at the brewery.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 – Special Bingo Night (Re-Gifting theme) // open normal hours
  • Friday, Dec 27 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – Special Bingo Night (Recovery theme) // open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – Normal hours
Hanging out inside Couch Brewery with co-owners Cary Shaffer (L) and Darren Gailey (R). Photo: Cory Morton

Strange Roots // Millvale

Beer vs Non-Beer: Just beer here.

Food: Yes, the in-house kitchen is great. Highly recommend the tacos.

Special Holiday Hours:

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 – open 5pm to 10pm
  • Friday, Dec 27 – open 5pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, Dec 28 – open 2pm to 10pm
  • Sunday, Dec 29 – CLOSED

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours
Dennis Hock, owner of Strange Roots. Photo: Cory Morton

Eleventh Hour Brewing // Lawrenceville

Beer vs Non-Beer: Just beer here, but 11th Hour ALWAYS keep a rotating cider on tap for non-beer peeps.

Food: Yes, food trucks pretty much on the regular.

Special Holiday Hours: Eleventh Hour plans to open for carry-out ONLY on Monday. So, no draft sales but you can grab cans OR fill crowlers and growlers to-go. The carry-out sale on Monday includes their regular 4-packs of cans OR pick any 6 beers from the fridge for a make-your-own 6-pack deal. Eleventh Hour will have special beer totes available for folks looking to give the gift of beer. The can line-up for Monday’s carry-out only includes:

  • Cruel Remedy Double IPA (releasing 12/20)
  • Dream Cannon No. 8 Loganberry
  • Dream Cannon No. 9 Fireside Punch w/tangerine and cranberry (releasing 12/20)
  • Deep Field Breakfast Stout
  • Ultra Deep Field Imperial Breakfast Stout

And here are Eleventh Hour’s special holiday hours.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – open 2pm to 6pm (CARRY-OUT ONLY, see above)
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Dec 27 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – Normal hours

Lincoln Ave Brewery // Bellevue

Beer vs Non-Beer: Full bar with Pennsylvania wines, spirits, cocktails, cider and all the in-house beers. Lincoln Ave also regularly keeps a few guest breweries on their tap lines as well.

Food: Yes, full-service in-house kitchen. I had the charcuterie board and loved it. Sandwiches here look amazing too.

Special Holiday Hours: Lincoln Ave is keeping things pretty straightforward. Open normal hours except Xmas eve, Xmas day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Dec 27 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 –  CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – Normal hours
The side facade of Lincoln Ave Brewery in Bellevue. Photo: Pat Hogan

Cinderlands Foederhouse // Lawrenceville

Beer vs Non-Beer: Full bar with Pennsylvania wines, spirits, cocktails, cider and all the in-house beers.

Food: Yes, stellar in-house, made-from-scratch kitchen. Highly recommend getting a bite to eat here.

Special Holiday Hours: Cinderlands Foederhouse is one of the few breweries staying open on Xmas eve AND New Year’s Eve (during the day).

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – open 11.30am to 4pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday Dec 26 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – open 11.30am to 4pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours
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Starting tomorrow (11/14), #3705 is officially becoming Cinderlands Foederhouse, or simply, #theFoederhouse for short. Over the next month, we will be rolling out draft and bottles of saison and oak-fermented lager. In time, we will add a range of wild ales to the selection. – Kicking things off will be an oak-fermented lager and an oak-aged spelt saison. Solving For Pattern (pictured), a bottle-conditioned saison, will be available for on-site consumption and bottles to-go in a few weeks. – Keep checking back for more updates and beer releases, as well as details on events and tickets for our Grand Opening/2nd Anniversary Party weekend starting December 12th. We are positively thrilled to finally be able to share these beers with you, our guests and friends. Cheers! #foederhouse #cinderlandsbeer #saison

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Cinderlands Warehouse // Strip District

Beer vs Non-Beer: Full bar with Pennsylvania wines, spirits, cocktails, cider and all the in-house beers.

Food: Yes, stellar in-house, made-from-scratch kitchen. Highly recommend getting a bite to eat here.

Special Holiday Hours:

  • Monday, Dec 23 – open 11.30am to 10pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 to Sunday, Dec 29 – open normal hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – open 11.30am to 10pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – open 11.30am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours
A full pour of the Whipper (Berliner Weiss) on the first floor of Cinderlands Warehouse. Photo: Pat Hogan

Brew Gentlemen // Braddock

Beer vs Non-Beer: Mostly just beer, but you can always get a rotating selection of cider as well as cold brew coffee.

Food: Yes, food trucks on the regular

Special Holiday Hours:

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 and Friday, Dec 27 – open 5pm to 11pm
  • Saturday, Dec 28 – open noon to 11pm
  • Sunday, Dec 29 – open noon to 8pm

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 and Friday, Jan 3 – open 5pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, Jan 4 – open noon to 11pm
  • Sunday, Jan 5 – open noon to 6pm
Signage at ‘BG Open Air’ – the outdoor seating area located behind Brew Gentlemen in Braddock. Photo: Danielle Peck

Roundabout Brewery // Lawrenceville

Beer vs Non-Beer: Just beer but Roundabout keeps a rotating cider on for folks who prefer a non-beer option.

Food: Yes, food trucks pretty much on the regular. You can also BYOF or get small snacks inside the taproom (pretzels, hand pies, etc)

Special Holiday Hours:

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – open 4pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 – open 4pm to 10pm
  • Friday, Dec 27 – open 4pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, Dec 28 – open 12pm to 10pm

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  • Sunday, Dec 29 – open 12pm to 7pm
  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – open 4pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours
Steve Sloan, head brewer at Roundabout Brewery. Photo: Julie Kahlbaugh

Inner Groove // Verona

Beer vs Non-Beer: Inner Groove offers a few non-beer options including wine and soda.

Food: Food trucks on occasion.

Special Holiday Hours: Inner Groove is hosting a 21+ Christmas party on Saturday, Dec 21. ‘Get Lit with Santa‘ features an appearance from Santa himself at 7pm. Have a beer and get your photo taken with Santa all evening long. Additionally, Inner Groove will close at 5.30pm (on Dec 22) for their staff holiday party.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 – open 5pm to 10pm
  • Friday, Dec 27 – open 4pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, Dec 28 – open 12pm to 10pm

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  • Sunday, Dec 29 – open 2pm to 8pm
  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – open 12pm to 3pm (carry-out / growler fills and draft beers available)
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours
A look inside the taproom at Inner Groove. Photo: Pat Hogan

Grist House // Millvale

Beer vs Non-Beer: Just beer here.

Food: Yes, food trucks on the regular

Special Holiday Hours: Pretty straightforward at Grist House. They plan to close for the high holidays and operate otherwise normal hours.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday Dec 26 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours

Hitchhiker Brewing // Sharpsburg + Mt Lebo

Beer vs Non-Beer: Just beer here.

Food: Yes, food trucks on the regular at Sharpsburg and small kitchen at Mt Lebo.

Special Holiday Hours: note the Xmas Eve and NYE shortened hours but otherwise, pretty straight forward at Hitchhiker.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – open 12pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 – open 12pm to 11pm
  • Friday, Dec 27 – open 12pm to 11pm
  • Saturday, Dec 28 – open 12pm to 11pm
  • Sunday, Dec 29 – open 12pm to 8pm

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – open 12pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours

Allegheny City Brewing // Northside

Beer vs Non-Beer: Just beer here along with one rotating cider.

Food: Yes, food trucks on the regular. And they have a nice assortment of Middleswarth Chips (sold by the bag).

Special Holiday Hours: Pretty straightforward couple weeks at ACB as well. They plan to close for the high holidays and operate otherwise normal day-to-day. Note that ACB plans to open on New Year’s Eve for folks looking to top off their beer supply before ringing in 2020.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday Dec 26 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – open 4pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours

Voodoo // Homestead

Beer vs Non-Beer: Voodoo offers a nice selection of both their in-house beers, along with cider, mead, wine (from Pittsburgh Winery) and cocktails. They’ve got it all and they do it all quite well too.

Food: Yes, order food from the in-house kitchen which cranks out food all days of the week, except Monday.

Special Holiday Hours: Pretty straightforward couple weeks at Vooodoo; they DO plan to open for limited hours on Xmas Eve and NYE.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – open 4pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – open 4pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday Dec 26 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – open 4pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – open 4pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours

Burgh’ers // Lawrenceville

Beer vs Non-Beer: Alongside their in-house beers, Burgh’ers also offers up a nice selection of (local) milkshakes along with Red Ribbon sodas, Coke products AND Joes Tea. Note that Burgh’ers also has a rad happy hour (2.58pm to 5.58pm // 7 days a week // v punctual).

Food: Superb burgers and a full-service kitchen. Pro Tip: you can hit Burgh’ers for lunch AND on Mondays. These guys are open seven days a week.

Special Holiday Hours: Pretty straightforward couple weeks at Burgh’ers as well. They plan to close for the high holidays and operate otherwise normal day-to-day.

  • Monday, Dec 23 – 11am to 9pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday Dec 26 to Sunday, Dec 29 – Normal Hours

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – 11am to 9pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 – open normal hours
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 – open normal hours

Hop Farm Brewing // Lawrenceville

Beer vs Non-Beer: You can usually always get a cider or soda at Hop Farm, alongside their in-house beers.

Food: Yes, the in-house kitchen is operated by Provision PGH. Highly recommend the burgers; these guys are a Smallman Galley OG class graduate. Their veggies and triple fries are huge crowd favorites as well.

Special Holiday Hours: (coming soon)

  • Monday, Dec 23 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 24 –
  • Wednesday, Dec 25 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec 26 –
  • Friday, Dec 27 –
  • Saturday, Dec 28 –
  • Sunday, Dec 29 – open 12pm to 6pm

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  • Monday, Dec 30 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 31 –
  • Wednesday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
  • Thursday, Jan 2 –
  • Friday, Jan 3 to Sunday, Jan 5 –

 

Header Photo courtesy of Julie Kahlbaugh, taken at Roundabout Brewery