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Kegs and eggs. Brunch and beer.
However you put ‘em together, pairing up breakfast food with beer is a combo worth combining.
Lorelei in East Liberty has been flawlessly merging their beer selection and their brunch offerings to present Pittsburghers with a thoughtful option for that boozy start to your Sunday.
For folks unfamiliar, here’s a little primer on how to safely brunch, complete with social distancing measures and takeout options. Let’s dig in.
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Option 1: Make a Reservation
If you’re wondering how dine-in works, simply hit the Lorelei website for a complete walkthrough. Outdoor cafe-style seating is situated along the sidewalk; dress for the weather and mask up.
Your brunch reservation entitles you and your party to a 90-minute window during brunch hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays). Note that you will be asked to place a deposit to hold your reservation; deposits are non-refundable except for weather-related issues. Also, your deposit is automatically applied toward your final check.
Option 2: Brunch Takeout
Throw yourself a stay-at-home brunch with Lorelei’s takeout option. Simply jump into their online ordering platform and toggle between the drink and brunch menus. As a reminder, brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
Lorelei is for Beer Lovers
While Pittsburghers have lots of options for brunch, Lorelei stands out for beer lovers.
Yes, you’ll still find mimosas, rosé, cocktails and a very thoughtful selection of wine. But an area where Lorelei performs exceptionally well is craft beer.
Guests can regularly expect to see local options, including Dancing Gnome, Roundabout Brewery, Eleventh Hour and others.
From a regional perspective, Lorelei is one of only a handful of Pittsburgh spots you can find New Trail – a highly respected craft brewery based in Williamsport.
And finally, looking WAY outside Pittsburgh, Lorelei leans into the Alpine vibes by offering up an excellent array of Kölsch-style ales and lagers native to northern Europe.
We highly recommend trying the Reissdorf Kölsch (4.8% ABV), a European light kölsch that’s perfect for a warm summer Sunday. Another mainstay on the alpine beer menu is Einbecker Pils (4.9% ABV), a German pilsner that’s sure to pair well with food and get your Sunday Funday started right.
We ALSO recommend trying a can of Allagash White (5.2% ABV), a Belgian-style wheat beer. Based in Portland, Maine, the Allagash team is seen as highly influential among craft beer industry insiders. Talk to your local brewer and chances are, they’ve had (and fallen in love) with Allagash White at one time or another.
Lorelei In the News
In 2018, Hop Culture magazine named Lorelei one of America’s Top 12 Craft Beer Bars of the Year. Additionally, Lorelei earned recognition in Pittsburgh magazine as one of the Best New Bars in Pittsburgh (2018).
Header photo of Lorelei, courtesy of Tom O’Connor Photography.