Strip District Pop-Up: Helltown Brewing x PA Libations

Here's a look at what's brewing inside the heated tent at 1700 Penn Ave. The three-weekend collaborative pop-up bar plans to be open until Dec 29.

by Aadam Soorma | December 13, 2019

Folks enjoying a walk through the Strip District can add a new (temporary) destination to their stroll.

Located in the parking lot at 1700 Penn Ave, a large, heated tent will act as a pop-up bar for the remainder of 2019.

Step inside the heated tent at 1700 Penn Ave and treat yourself to wine (by the glass) or bottles for carry out; along with a selection of draft beers and to-go cans from Helltown Brewing. Christian Simmons of Pennsylvania Libations plans to operate the weekend pop-up til Dec 29.

Pennsylvania Libations x Helltown Brewing

The collaboration between Pennsylvania Libations and Helltown Brewing exists as a sort of extended sneak peek at what’s to come inside the adjacent building.

“We are working toward the grand opening of 1700 Penn Ave in spring 2020,” explains Christian Simmons, President and Owner of Pennsylvania Libations. “Where we are standing right now is actually the (future) parking lot for our beer and wine shop that’s under construction.”

The actual brick and mortar space at 1700 Penn Ave is still being developed, however, window wraps provide a sneak peek at what’s to come. The establishment aims to be open in Spring 2020 with a full wine and craft beer bar along with food from Strip District restaurants.

Know Before You Go: 1700 Penn Ave Pop-up Tent

The three weekend pop-up plans to be open Dec 13-15, Dec 20-22 and Dec 27-29. Hours of operation are:

Friday + Saturday: 10am to 7pm

Sunday: 10am to 5pm

The pop-up tent is dog friendly AND you are welcome to bring bags / merchandise from other Strip District vendors if you’ve already been out shopping.

Inside the Tent: Helltown / Rivertowne Beers and selections from Six Pennsylvania Wineries

The heated, pop-up tent offers beer from Helltown Brewing, which recently acquired Rivertowne Brewing, and wine from six Pennsylvania wineries, along with a selection of cider.

Helltown / Rivertowne, draft beer selection:

  • Stiller Gang // blonde ale // 5.2% ABV
  • Zeke’s Coffee Brown Ale // brown ale // 5.5% ABV
  • Buffy // hazy IPA // 6.7% ABV
  • Mischievous // brown ale // 5.5% ABV


In addition to the draft beers, Helltown Brewing is selling cans to-go (limited to one 12-pack per transaction).

Helltown is selling an abundant selection of their cans for carry out.

Six Pennsylvania Wineries

Wine enthusiasts can enjoy selections from the following Pennsylvania wineries. Wine is available by the glass (or by the bottle).

6 Mile:

Bella Terra: (Bella Terra is also offering cider)

Glades Pike Winery:


Presque Isle Wine Cellars:



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Aadam Soorma

Aadam Soorma

In 2012, Aadam moved to Pittsburgh. He's currently parked (sans chair) in Lawrenceville and plans to stay a while. On the weekends, you'll find him driving a small green bus (Porter Tours) as he leads tours at local breweries.

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