At almost any point between the Allegheny and the Mon, you’re probably within a short bike ride of a local brewery. To give you an idea of what kind of craft coverage exists in Western PA, there will be 36 (!!!) Pittsburgh area breweries at next month’s Beers of the Burgh Festival. A few your favorites will be pouring, but there will also be an extensive preview of up-and-comers new to the scene. This week we stopped by Grist House Brewing in Millvale to see how things are looking for the 4.12 event and their grand opening just a few weeks later.
Some of you may be familiar with Grist House from their appearances at local events over the past year. Our first encounter was at last April’s Millvale BrewFest, right in their backyard. Since then, their team has been working tirelessly to set up shop at 10 Sherman Street in downtown Millvale. “Shop” in this case, consists of a pristine 15 barrel brewing system, 10-tap bar with plenty of seating, hand-built deck and spacious, fenced-in parking area that holds the promise of food trucks and summer nights spent outside.
Inside proves just as enticing. The bar is expansive and handcrafted, the ten rustic tap handles – created just around the corner at Red Star Iron Works – will pour Grist House’s existing three signature beers, as well as in-house seasonals and experimental brews. There’s also seating at antique wooden barrel tables and a garage door will provide direct access to the deck, so long as the weather plays along. The walls are adorned with reclaimed barn siding and a handmade chalkboard where patrons can “Buy A Beer A Friend” – essentially pay in advance for a friend’s future visit.
The interior view is equally impressive from wherever you sit. At the tables or at the bar, you have an open view of the brewing area and pristine 15 barrel system; while you drink your beer, you can also watch it being made.
Believe it or not, the setup at Grist House gets even cooler. There is an area between the tanks and fermenters that will also serve as a stage for bands and entertainment. The whole place is pet friendly for friendly dogs. And somehow we haven’t even talked about the menu. Think quality hot dogs, Cincinnati-style chili, house-packed peppers. Plus, the option of ordering your favorite takeout directly to your bar stool.