Aslin Beer Co. is opening a taproom and brewhouse in The Terminal building in the Strip District. Photo courtesy of Aslin Beer Co.

The Steel City is a beer-drinking town, as evidenced by all of the events happening during the inaugural Three Rivers Beer Week, which runs Oct. 6-10.

If you need further proof that Pittsburgh loves its suds, prepare to be mowed down by this information.

Lawn Love, a national lawn care company that dabbles in statistics and the undead, recently included Pittsburgh in its list of the top 10 Best Cities for Beer Lovers.

The ‘burgh ranks eight out of 150 metropolitan areas across the U.S., with Spokane, Washington, Portland and Seattle claiming the top three spots. To make the determination, Lawn Love looked at the number of breweries in each city, as well as the amount of brewery tours, award-winning beers, cheap pints and beer festivals.

We’ll drink to that!

Here’s some more news about local beer (and other libations):

Aslin Beer Co. is coming to the Strip District

Aslin Beer Co. is making its way to Pittsburgh.

Next summer, the Virginia-based brewery will open a taproom and brewhouse in the Strip District Terminal building.

Aslin will occupy 10,000 square feet inside the historic, five-block-long produce terminal, which is being transformed into a mixed-use development. The space will include a 10-barrel brewing system, a café, a second-floor mezzanine and an outdoor patio.

Strip District Terminal
Photo by Tracy Certo.

Customers can enjoy an on-site pint or take home cans, bottles and merchandise.

“The Pittsburgh region has always provided us with a loyal consumer base since we opened in 2015. Kai and I have always wanted to find a way to bring beer closer to our customers in Western PA,” says Andrew Kelley, who co-founded the company with Kai Leszkowicz. “We’ve long admired the Pittsburgh community and look forward to sharing our beers with guests and to collaborating with some of the country’s best brewers who call Pittsburgh home.”

Kelley says the staff at the Pittsburgh facility will focus on the research and development of new brewing processes and ingredients for the brand’s IPAs, sours, barrel-aged stouts and open-fermented lagers.

Aslin’s already made a stout called Pittsburgh that’s brewed with coconut and peanut butter and aged in oak bourbon barrels for 14 months.

In addition, Kelley and Leszkowicz are launching a food program that focuses on locally sourced ingredients. Helping them on their culinary mission is Scratch & Co., a community-oriented restaurant in Troy Hill that supports farmers, partners with nonprofits and is committed to sustainability and equity.

“Amidst their rapid and well-deserved growth, it is inspiring to know that they have a clear commitment to making a lasting and positive impact on our region’s agricultural community. We are very excited to showcase the best of our region’s farms and producers on the Aslin Pittsburgh menu,” says Don Mahaney, founder of Scratch & Co.

Trace Brewing vocational program accepting applications

Want to learn how to brew beer from experts?

You can submit your application to Trace Brewing’s 2022 Vocational Program through Oct. 22. If you’ve already supplied them with your information, don’t worry, it’s still in the system.

During the six-month paid internship, trainees will gain experience in all aspects of the brewing process at the Main Street facility in Bloomfield. Term 1 will run from January to June 2002. Term 2 will run from July to December 2022.

No prior brewing experience is required, nor is a high school or college degree, but all applicants must be 21 or older. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Trace is committed to diversifying the industry and encourages women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

Virtual presentation on beer in wartime

Learn how beer has impacted war and vice versa during a free virtual presentation from BREW: The Museum of Beer on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Held in conjunction with Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, the event is hosted by BREW Founder Joe McAllister and Paul Young, head brewer at BrewDog of Pittsburgh. The experts will detail the history of beer during times of battle, dating back to the Romans and the Huns up through the Revolutionary War and Afghanistan.

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.