Presenting your Final Four picks for The Incline’s Ultimate Pittsburgh Brewery Bracket.
Did your favorite brewery make it to the Final Four? Who will be the final matchup? Scroll for the results and vote for your favorite.
Dancing Gnome Brewery was chugging along strong, but Eleventh Hour Brewing poured out the most votes in this round. Not by much, though. This race was the closest of them all; Eleventh Hour won by just 14 votes. Check them out at their location in Lawrenceville; you can sit outside at a picnic table, grab some grub from their rotating schedule of local food trucks, and enjoy the latest monthly Full Moon IPA release.
East End Brewing came out on top of Allegheny City Brewing, both longstanding and loved institutions. East End Brewing is known for its “You Are Here” beers dedicated to celebrating all 90 Pittsburgh neighborhoods. So far, they’ve released 53 hyper local brews representing neighborhoods from every side of the three rivers. You can also pick from their year-round or seasonal beers on the menu, as well as beers from the “loophole,” which support small brewers in Pennsylvania. Check out their spot in Larimer on Julius St.
Grist House Craft Brewery took the win over Roundabout Brewery in this round. What should you know about Grist House? Well, for one, we’ve been keeping an eye on their ambitious project; Grist is turning a Collier Township Cold War-era Nike Missile Command Center into another outpost. And it’s going to be HUGE. But it will take awhile, so just sit back and enjoy their beers (and food truck lineup) at the Millvale location for now.
Hitchhiker Brewing Co. won its matchup against Spoonwood Brewing Co. Their brewery is located in the former Fort Pitt Brewing Co. building in Sharpsburg, and they also have a taproom in Mt. Lebanon. Plus, Hitchhiker is working to open a location Downtown on Liberty Ave. What’s better than another brewery downtown? Oh yeah, a brewery that’s also a cafe. In addition to their craft beer, the spot will also serve cold brew coffee, espresso, and other caffeinated beverages.
To reiterate — our bracket is not here to find the “best” Pittsburgh brewery, because “best” means something different to everybody. But we are here to highlight the breweries that Pittsburghers really love and which ones you feel best represent our fair city.
Vote here by 9 a.m. on Monday, July 26 to send your favorite to the Final Round.
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