The beer garden at Trace Brewing in Bloomfield. Photo courtesy of Julie Kahlbaugh / Trace Brewing.

Whether you want to imbibe on a spacious patio, enjoy the ambiance of a beer garden or snag a sidewalk table, here’s a list of breweries where you can sip in the sunshine.

Hours are subject to change based on weather.

Acclamation Brewing, 314 Arch St., Verona

Picnic tables are set up outside and the brewery has an in-house kitchen. Monday and Tuesday are BYO food days. Brewery hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Check the website for a slate of events, including live music, games, karaoke, yoga and markets.

Two Frays Brewery, 5113 Penn Ave., Garfield

Two Frays is a fun-filled neighborhood brewery. With trivia nights, DJ sets and a pet-friendly outdoor space, you and your dogs (please keep them leashed) will love the pairing of a Two Frays beer and al fresco imbibing. The brewery welcomes outside food, and numerous restaurants are on the block (we love Spak Brothers Pizza and the adjacent taqueria). Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. New at Two Frays is the Mod Mondays series, a non-alcoholic evening held on the first Monday of the month, from 4 to 9 p.m., showcasing NA beers, beverages and mocktails.

Photo courtesy of Golden Age Beer Co.

Golden Age Beer Co., 337 E. 8th Ave., Homestead

One of the area's most spacious and inviting beer gardens hopes you'll become as passionate about lagers — and the neighborhood's steel heritage — as they are. Unwind outdoors with one of their lovingly crafted offerings, from “crisp Northern German and fragrant Italian-style pilsners to luxurious dunkels and Franconian rauchbiers to the easy-drinking ‘lawnmower' American lager.” Golden Age is run by the team behind Independent Brewing Co. and Hidden Harbor in Squirrel Hill, so you know you're in good hands. The large beer garden boasts picnic tables, standard tables and chairs, numerous stools, Adirondack chairs and a stage. Headed up by head brewer Aaron Dahl, the brewhouse is equipped with a state-of-the-art, Bavarian-made 15-barrel BrauKon system. This is not a brewery that leaves you with hunger pangs. The full kitchen is open until 9 p.m. daily and serves wood-fired pizza, burgers and more. Dog- and kid-friendly, the beer garden also hosts pop-up events, DJs and live music. Beer garden hours are Wednesday-Friday, 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 12-10 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

East End Brewing Company's Larimer Brewpub. Photo courtesy of East End Brewing Company.

East End Brewing Co., 147 Julius St., Larimer

Pittsburghers now have three wonderful ways to enjoy a great pint of East End beer outdoors. A neighborhood staple, the spacious Larimer Brewpub patio is open Tuesday-Thursday, from 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, from 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, from 12 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 8 p.m. The outdoor seating area in front of the new Mount Lebanon Taproom is open Tuesday-Thursday, from 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, from 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, from 2 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. In addition to suds, the brewpub and taproom serve up delicious and creative East End Chewing pizza, along with a rotating selection of dips, salads, pretzels, breadsticks and soups. And that's not all. East End's newest addition to the family — the pop-up beer garden (former site of the Roundabout Beer Garden) along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in Chateau — is open on Thursday and Friday, from 4 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, from 2 to 9 p.m. There are food trucks at the pop-up on most days, weather permitting.

Lincoln Avenue Brewery, 538 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue

Sidewalk seating is available from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The first beer maker on the scene since Bellevue lifted its longtime ban on alcohol, the brewery also offers a full menu, including appetizers, salads, sandwiches and eats for the kiddos.

Sly Fox Pittsburgh Taphouse, 300 Liberty Ave., Suite 100, Downtown and 46 S. 4th St., South Side

Based in Pottstown, with several locations in other parts of the state, Sly Fox Brewing Co. operates local locations Downtown and at The Highline on the South Side. Hours for the Downtown patio are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 pm.; and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Brunch is served Downtown from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours for The Highline's scenic patio are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 pm.; and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Brunch is served at The Highline on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both locations serve casual fare such as pizza, pierogies, salads, sandwiches and lots of sharable bites. Patio activities include cornhole, beer yoga and games. At the end of July, The Highline location is launching a free outdoor movie night with a 25-foot inflatable screen.

The beer garden at Trace Brewing in Bloomfield. Photo courtesy of Julie Kahlbaugh / Trace Brewing.

Trace Brewing, 4312 Main St., Bloomfield

Trace is the perfect spot to start with your morning coffee and end with a beer or cocktail. It’s a spot to take your laptop to WFH, or just relax in Trace’s beer garden, which is open during operating hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can peek inside the brewery’s koelschip room, which can be reserved for special events. The coffee bar is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There is always a food truck parked outside of Trace, and the rotating schedule is posted online. Plus, they host a slate of cool events, including trivia nights and DJs, and the brewery is dog-friendly.

Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial St., Troy Hill

The granddaddy of Pittsburgh craft breweries is a must-do destination The outdoor Biergarten at Pittsburgh's oldest brewery is open Monday-Thursday, from from 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, from noon to 9 p.m. You’ll feel like you’re raising a stein at Oktoberfest in Deutschland. The kitchen dishes out traditional German fare, including Wienerschnitzel, Käsespätzle and Bratwurst and closes one hour before closing hours. Every Friday there is live music in the Biergarten starting at 5 p.m., while on the terrace there is a cigar night on Thursdays.

Altered Genius, 411 Merchant St., Ambridge and 258 Main St., Imperial

This brewery offers many drink and food menu options, including brunch. Try the buffalo mac ‘n’ cheese, you’ll thank us later. With trivia nights and live music, this is a must-stop for Ambridge and now has two locations. Ambridge hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Imperial hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 3 to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Cinderlands Warehouse, 2601 Smallman St., Strip District

The brewery’s second location has a patio overlooking the Strip and a full menu of gourmet grub. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. You can catch a mash-up of food on Sundays: brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., a snack menu from 2 to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 to 8:45 p.m.

The Leaning Cask Brewing Co., 850 Pittsburgh St., Springdale

We love that this Springdale brewery names its beers after dogs, like the Pointer Porter, Cheeky Doodle and the Strawberry Wiggle Butt. The Courtyard at Leaning Cask, a four-tiered, 2,000-square-foot space, is perfect for outdoor imbibing. Check their website for the food truck lineup as well as a schedule of events. The dog-friendly outdoor space also has fire pits and hosts game nights. You can also rent the large outdoor space for your event. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Hitchhiker Brewing Co., 190 Castle Shannon Boulevard, Mt. Lebanon and 1500 S. Canal St., Sharpsburg

Hitchhiker's OG pub (and its former brewery) is in the heart of Mt. Lebanon. It’s an inviting space to hang out with friends for a brew, pick up growlers and cans, and bond with your dog. Free parking is available in two lots located next to the building. Mt. Lebanon hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, 4 to 10 pm. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 10 pm. Saturday. The brewery HQ and second taproom (with plenty of outdoor seating) are located in the Sharpsburg building that was once home to Fort Pitt Brewing Co. Take a tour and get a closer look at the gleaming 15-barrel brewhouse. Sharpsburg hours are noon-8 pm. Sunday, 4-10 pm. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-10 pm. Saturday. Light bites, such as charcuterie boards, pickled vegetables, hummus and pita, beef jerky, Amish hard pretzels, and Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches and available.

Hop Farm Brewing, 5601 Butler St., Lawrenceville

This Upper Lawrenceville brewery is urban farm brewing at its finest. There are 14 rotating taps and you can enjoy a meal outside on a picnic table, or in the additional seating in the warehouse connected to the taproom. The warehouse opens a large garage-like door to create an indoor/outdoor combo. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Allegheny City Brewing, 507 Foreland St. and 510 E. Ohio St., North Side

ACB’s got beer flowing and covered tables set up outside from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. 1 to 9 p.m. Different food trucks post up each day. You can also enjoy music, yoga classes, and other events in their beer garten! The brewery just opened a taproom at 510 E. Ohio St. that includes a beer garden and a second-floor deck with views of the Downtown skyline.

Grist House Craft Brewery, 10 E. Sherman St., Millvale

Grist caters to any kind of beer drinker with hops, sours and lights. Food trucks are always on rotation and you’ll find people with their beer and pups surrounding the outdoor area. Enjoy this Millvale treasure from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Inner Groove Brewing, 751 E. Railroad St., Verona and 827 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown

Tables are set up in the front and back of the building so you can get your outdoor drinkin’ groove on from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Bring your own eats or see what food truck has pulled up outside. The folks behind the bar will be spinning vinyl records. Get into the groove at their second location, now open in Allentown at 827 E. Warrington Ave. (Note: the Allentown location is closed on Tuesday). Both locations are dog-friendly.

Photo courtesy of Spoonwood Brewing Co.

Spoonwood Brewing Co., 5981 Baptist Road, Bethel Park

A large back patio and cool brews await you at this South Hills brewery also known for its extensive menu. The patio is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Spoonwood's menu features wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian options and house-smoked meats. They also offer weekly food features and Sunday brunch, so be sure to check their website and social media pages. Pups & Pints Tuesdays are from 4 to 9 p.m.

Coven Brewery, 4901 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Coven Brewery opened in the location previously occupied by Roundabout and has food trucks and outdoor seating. During events, the side doors open and the street is closed for more seating and a stage. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Acrospire Brewing Co., 1702 Mount Royal Boulevard, Glenshaw

Named after the shoot of a grain, barley or other cereal used in malting, the nano-brewery has tables and chairs outside and a rotating schedule of pop-up food purveyors and events. The small craft brewery focuses on traditional brewing methods and ingredients. Brewery hours are Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 5-9pm; Friday, 3-10 p.m. and Saturday, noon-10 p.m.

Dancing Gnome Beer, 1025 Main St., Sharpsburg

After the popular taproom underwent a major expansion, outdoor seating was added all around the building and hours were extended. Seating is available from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. You’ll need a reservation if you want a fire pit. Food trucks such as Blue Sparrow are set up daily.

Photo courtesy of Strange Roots Experimental Ales.

Strange Roots Experimental Ales, 501 E. Ohio St., Millvale and 977 5th Ave., New Kensington

The brewery's Millvale taproom is open Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. In Millvale, a full kitchen is operated on-site by Pittsburgh Sandwich Society. The New Kensington location is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, from noon to 7 p.m. Common Oven Pizza is the on-site food purveyor in New Ken.

Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh, 2705 S. Water St., South Side

Enjoy the German ambiance in the huge covered terrace and Vorgarten, which are open Sunday-Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, from 11 a.m. to midnight; and Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The Biergarten is open as weather and business allow. Hofbräuhaus offers a variety of menus that cater to everyone, from carnivores and vegetarians to folks on a gluten-free diet and diners with a sweet tooth.

Photo courtesy of Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Southern Tier Brewing Co., 316 North Shore Drive, North Shore

Before the next Pirates game or concert at Stage AE, have a beer on the AstroTurf patio, which is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Every item on the menu is made with beer and the site offers a game day menu when the Pirates or Steelers play.

Photo courtesy of Abjuration Brewing.

Abjuration Brewing, 644 Broadway Ave., McKees Rocks

Based out of the renovated Parkway Theater, the nano-brewery makes inventive concoctions and offers outdoor imbibing in the biergarden. The dog-friendly outdoor space is open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You'll notice more planters and hop vines this summer. The taproom's new in-house food vendor is Safari Eats.

Truss Brewing Co., 42 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills

This unique takeout beer and bites establishment, which opened in December 2020, has a seating area out back where you can unwind with a wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and a beverage. The outdoor area is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The nano-brewery hosts live music three to four nights per week, as well as karaoke and trivia events, so check the online schedule.

Photo courtesy of Eleventh Hour Brewing Co.

Eleventh Hour Brewing Co., 3711 Charlotte Street, Lawrenceville

Besides great beer, Eleventh Hour boasts a front patio and a rotating schedule of food trucks. Be sure to check out their Full Moon IPA series, with a new release every month. Nestled within Lawrenceville, the patio is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-9 p.m. Thursday from 4-11 p.m.; Friday from 2-11 p.m.; Saturday from noon -11 p.m. and Sunday from 1-7 p.m. They recently installed a new wooden fence and added planter boxes. The patio welcomes dogs with water bowls available.

Old Thunder Brewing, 340 Freeport Road, Blawnox

Relax on the patio with a pint as you watch cars roll by on Freeport Road and order grub from on-site food trucks (find the schedule online). While you’re there, be sure to check out the spacious taproom, which once served as a post office. The patio is open Tuesday-Friday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Back Alley Brewing Company.

Back Alley Brewing Co., 2975 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont

This “brew” kid on the block has been a welcome addition to the West Liberty Avenue corridor in Dormont. Located in the former Dormont Borough Municipal Building, Back Alley has picnic tables set up outside and the schedule of food trucks is posted online. The 8,000-square-foot taproom is filled with light and the five-barrel brewing system is housed in a space once occupied by the Dormont Fire Department. Hours are Wednesday-Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, 12-8 p.m.



Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and SLB Radio Productions. She is co-author of the award-winning book, "Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania." For 15-plus years, she was co-coordinator and marketing director with Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's first and largest independent craft fair. She makes music as The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.