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Guide to Irish-style beers from Pittsburgh Breweries

We rounded up a selection of Irish-Style ales, stouts, and porters from Pittsburgh breweries for St. Patrick’s Day or every day.

ABV is our weekly series that highlights a different beer from a local Pittsburgh brewery every week. Check out our past picks here


There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a (non-local) Guinness during your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Heck, I’ll probably have a couple myself.

That being said, Very Local takes pride in guiding you – our dear readers – toward a local option, when it makes sense.

ABV, volume LVIII

Irish-style beers at Pittsburgh breweries

War Streets Brewery // Northside

Beer Name #1 // Style // ABV: Sampsonia Smoked Porter // Irish-style Porter // 5.8% ABV

Beer Name #2 // Style // ABV: Sherman Ave Stout // Dark Irish Stout // 5.8% ABV

Know Before You Go: When it comes to breweries and taprooms with food, War Streets Brewery continues to be very underrated. You should definitely plan to stick around for a bite to eat while here. War Streets Brewery shares an address with Bier’s Pub; their lunch/brunch/dinner menus are all excellent (we highly recommend the burger).

Acclimation Brewing // Verona

Beer Name // Style // ABV: Illusional Optics // Irish Cream Coffee Blonde // 5.6% ABV

Hitchhiker Brewing // Sharpsburg and Mt Lebanon

Beer Name // Style // ABV: 16-oz Trip To Ireland // Irish Dry Stout // 4.9% ABV

Know Before You Go: Hitchhiker plans to release 16-oz Trip To Ireland at both of their Pittsburgh taprooms on Wed, March 11. Described as “Ireland in a glass” the Irish Dry Stout was hopped using East Kent Goldings and will be available in both draft and cans.

Inner Groove Brewing // Verona

Beer Name // Style // ABV: Tin Roof // Irish Red Ale // 5.4% ABV

Know Before You Go:  Tin Roof carries a lovely “rusty, reddish color” and will be joined by a new release on Saturday – Wicky Wild; a west coast IPA (6.2% ABV) that hits the spot for folks craving something a little more bitter.

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Here's more about today's beer releases. These ones are a little easy to identify, but go ahead and name that tune. – If two new releases isn't exciting enough, we also have @revival_chili will be here at 2:00. Taproom opens at 12:00. – Tin Roof | Irish Red Ale | ABV 5.4%. – Inner Groove is a little old place where we can get together to share a pint of our Irish Red Ale. A balanced, easy-drinking ale, with a moderate malt character full of caramel and toasted notes. The deep rusty reddish color has “Everybody movin', everybody groovin' baby!” ______________ Jitter Bug | Coffee Blonde Ale | ABV 5.3%. – “Wake me up!” 'Cause I'm not plannin' on going solo. Wake me up before you head out to IGB for our new coffee blonde ale. Jitter Bug has the malt and hops dancing in time. A modest addition of coffee beans and lactose create gentle yet intriguing flavors, a slight roast boost, and a hint of caramel, all without adding the characteristic dark coffee color. With just enough coffee and cream, your head will go a bang-bang-bang 'til your feet do the same. (a Jitter Bug 👏🏼). . #pittsburghbreweries #pghbrewery #beerrelease #innergroovebrewing

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Rock Bottom // Homestead

Beer Name // Style // ABV: Incline Red // Irish Red Ale // 5% ABV

Know Before You Go: Rock Bottom has a full-service restaurant on-site. Plan to stay for a hearty bite to complement those beers.

Sly Fox // Downtown

Beer Name #1 // Style // ABV: O’Reilly’s Stout // Irish Dry Stout // 3.6% ABV

Beer Name #2 // Style // ABV: Seamus’ Irish Red Ale // Irish Red Ale // 5.7% ABV

Know Before You Go: Sly Fox’s downtown Pittsburgh taproom is literally adjacent to the iconic Point State Park. First-time guests can expect Sly Fox to provide indoor AND outdoor seating (weather dependent) along with a solid kitchen that fires up food seven days a week. Sly Fox will have two Irish-Style beers available.

Other Pittsburgh Breweries where you may find an Irish ale

Here are a few of the beers that have been offered by local breweries that are not currently available on tap.

  • Roundabout Brewery // Lawrenceville – Pumpernickel Porter
  • Hop Farm // Lawrenceville – Mrs. Mary Mullens (Irish Dry Stout)
  • Eleventh Hour Brewing // Lawrenceville – Brother (Irish Dry Stout)
  • East End Brewing // Larimer – Point Breeze North (Irish Dry Stout)
  • Southern Tier // North Shore
  • Leaning Cask Brewing // Springdale

 

 

 


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This story was originally published by Aadam Soorma on March 10, 2020.