East End Brewing Company, Pittsburgh

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Brewery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
East End Brewing Company is a Pittsburgh brewery. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it is a "force in the local beer market.Owner Scott Smith founded the brewery after quitting his job with a consumer products company. The brewery started selling beer in December 2004.The brewery was originally located in a 4000sqft brewery in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh's East End. In 2011, the company began pursuing a move to a 17,000-square-foot building in the nearby Larimer neighborhood, and completed that move in November of 2012. In order to finance the move, Smith sold $1,000 vouchers to customers/investors, which will be redeemable for future beer, merchandise and special access to new brews. The move was completed in November 2012. The new location will allow production to increase from 2,500 barrels brewed per year to 5,000 barrels.In 2008, it sold 700 barrels; in 2010 it sold 1,800 barrels of beer. Sales are primarily done through growlers and kegs sold to local bars. In 2010, sales were expanded to the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District.As of 2010, there were 28 varieties of beer. Big Hop is the flagship beer. Specialty beer varieties include Big Hop Harvest Ale, and Gratitude barleywine. Smith delivered the bike-themed beer Pedal Pale Ale via bike trailer. Smith commemorated the enactment of a smoking ban within Allegheny County with "Smokestack" smoked porter.
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  • Though we have visited the Strip District location numerous times, this was our first experience with Julius Street taproom. This location offers the choice of tables, booths, and high-top tables...  more »
  • Great beer, friendly staff, delicious food. This place has delicious beers and they aren't scared to experiment with their new neighborhood series they are making a beer for every neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Their pickle beer and watermelon beer are my personal favorites. They also have a newly opened kitchen that serves really good food. I was surprised and impressed I would eat here even if I wasn't looking to go somewhere with delicious beer. Finally their staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I have had a cheery conversation or interaction with every staff member I've interacted with. They have good indoor seating and a nice outdoor seating area both of which are really spacious. This place is honestly great, please check it out. Enjoy some of their neighborhood beers and maybe some tasty fries.
  • The most 'Pittsburgh' Pittsburgh brewery. With the addition of their new restaurant kiosk, Larder, you can fulfill your beer munchies in a cinch! Full disclosure, I didn't try the food. BUT the menu is fantastic and has something for everyone. I'll be back to try to it. They also have Pittsburgh themed beer, cornhole, and the best outdoor space.

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