If you’re like us, you love cooling down with a cold brew after a tough workout. There’s no better way to simultaneously quench your thirst and celebrate your hard work (after all, you deserve it).
Good news, gang. Pittsburgh is packed with trendy breweries that happen to be right down the street from some of our favorite workout spots. Sound too good to be true? Read on for some of our favorite workout/brewery companions.
These Lawrenceville neighbors sit directly next door to each other on Butler Street. At the 8,000-square-foot Arsenal Strength, you’ll find everything from CrossFit to boot camp-style classes. This awesome facility has it all, including stellar coaches and a welcoming community vibe. So after your workout, grab a few friends and head to Hop Farm Brewing Company, a female-owned craft brewery with hoppy, farmhouse, sour ales, and other brews, including 12 taps and two nitro brews. A dream day, no doubt.
Celli’s Fitness Center sits lower in Lawrenceville. It’s the perfect spot for folks of all levels – so whether you’re a bodybuilder or new to the game, the staff will help whip you into shape. Oh yeah, and the gym is right around the corner from Church Brew Works, a neighborhood gem on Liberty Avenue. Built in 1902 and used as a church until 1993, the brewery’s high ceilings and majestic columns make for a stunning, artsy backdrop for your afternoon brew.
Butler Street does it again with this next pair. At Amazing Yoga in Lawrenceville, “you’re just one yoga class away from a good mood.” We all need a little of that. Speaking of feeling good… a few blocks down on Butler Street, you’ll find Bierport, a bright and spacious storefront with over 950 bottles and cans in stock. It’s not actually a brewery, but there’s a taproom downstairs with 19 beers on draft. Bierport also hosts food pairing events, beer tastings, and films at the adjoining Row House Cinema – a perfect post-yoga endeavor to cross off your Pittsburgh bucket list.
Let’s take it outside… to bike, walk, or run along the Allegheny River, with views of the stadium and Point that will take your breath away. Start from the North Shore and pedal your way along the 1.7-mile Millvale Riverfront Trail. Bring your crew along for the ride, and then quench your thirst at the family-owned and operated Grist House Craft Brewery. This Millvale must-see has a taproom overlooking the brew system and a spacious outdoor beer garden (dogs allowed!).
Okay, so your workout and brewery plans couldn’t get any easier with these two. Beer Belly Yoga classes are actually taught inside the actual brewery at East End Brewing Co. (no, we aren’t kidding). Stop in and enjoy East End’s seasonal brews or year-round staples in pints, big bottles, Crowlers, and Growlers to go, or book their Grains-to-Glass brewery tour after a 45-minute yoga session. For just $20, you’ll get the yoga session, brewery tour, a 13-oz class (plus the beer inside), and a token for a free yoga class at I am Yoga in Squirrel Hill. As they say, “come for a stretch, Namaste for a beer.”
In Mt. Lebanon’s Mecka, it’s all about your fitness journey. This indoor cycling studio isn’t your typical spinning joint – it has a virtual ride screen, loud music, and a crazy amount of energy. Plus, their Body Lab is a perfect change of pace (on treadmills) when you want out of the saddle. Get your heart pumping, then quench your thirst at Hitchhiker Brewing Co., a nice 10-minute cooldown walk away. Try the Barbarian IPA with notes of papaya and candied orange, or the Conversion, an American blonde with lemon peel, wheat bread, cracker, and lemongrass flavors. Yes, please.
The North Shore Trail along the Allegheny River is known for its remarkable city views, smooth ride, and the North Shore food stops (and breweries). Talk about a fun way to see the city. Speaking of breweries, New York’s Southern Tier Brewing Co. opened its first satellite brewery in the North Shore last winter. And Pittsburgh went crazy for it (us included). The brewery is famous for the Southern Tier experience, serving up fresh hoppy ales and dessert beers that flow directly from the vessel to the tap tower. Now that’s fresh.
Cycletique in Bethel Park knows cycling etiquette – we’re talking free cycling shoes, fresh juices, chilled towels, and instructors that build you up and keep you feeling great. You’ll be on a high by the time you’re done spinning! And when you’re ready to come down (and cool down), head across Millennium Park to Spoonwood Brewing Company. You can sip brews like their smoked amber Smoke & Oats or Belgian dark Lorna on their bright patio or inside their industrial, edgy interior. Either way, the aesthetic will be on-point. Oh, and did we mention there’s wine on tap?
This next Slippery Rock pair screams spring and summer. Grab friends and family and head to Rock Falls Park to walk, fish, swim, camp, or simply unwind. After your swim or hike, quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger with beer, burgers, and soft pretzels at Slippery Rock’s North Country Brewing Co. (about a 10-minute drive away). Their brewpub has featured over 100 different types of beers since opening in 2005, and they’re not stopping anytime soon. Whether you’re into traditional stouts or experimental brews, this place just might be your new go-to.
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