Penn Brewery pioneered the city’s craft beer movement on the North Side in the 80s.Then in the 90s came The Church Brew Works in a restored church in Lawrenceville.
East End Brewing Company and other new microbreweries continue the tradition, pouring pints and filling growlers for thirsty customers.
At Gibsonia’s Narcisi Winery the wines are made with local grapes and pair well with the Italian items found on La Vite Ristorante’s menu. In the Strip District, Pittsburgh Winery’s grapes are grown in California and Chile, shipped in to create its wine selection. Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar supplies hard apple ciders, sweet (and sour) fruit wines and mead.Threadbare Cider and Mead features its own hard cider and mead.
Pittsburgh was the birthplace of American whiskey, the country’s major producer and the cause of the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s. Wigle Whiskey is the only distillery making whiskey in the region with Monongahela Rye its new tradition. Maggie’s Farm Rum produces Pennsylvania’s first commercially available craft rum, made from scratch in Spanish copper pots.