A look back at three Pittsburgh Breweries that opened in 2019

The Strip District, Bellevue and Verona – three neighborhoods that welcomed new breweries this past year. Let’s revisit each of these stories.

by Aadam Soorma
January 1, 2020

ABV is our weekly series that highlights a different beer from a local Pittsburgh brewery every week. Check out our past picks here

Happy New Beer.

For our final (weekly) beer shoutout of 2019, I’d like to revisit three particularly exciting brewery openings from the past year.

In case you missed it, here’s our **back button on the browser** reboot; a look back at the moments when these three breweries opened in Pittsburgh.

  • Cinderlands Warehouse
  • Lincoln Avenue Brewery
  • Inner Groove

With a nod to the past and an eye on the future – Happy New Year, Pittsburgh.

ABV, volume XLVIII

Cinderlands Warehouse // Strip District

Photo: Pat Hogan

Opening Date: May 7, 2019

Address: 2601 Smallman St // Pittsburgh // 15222

In the Past, This Building was Home To: Spaghetti Warehouse (restaurant)

We Enjoyed this Beer: Skydog (IPA // 6.6% ABV)

Know Before You Go: If you’re driving, park next door to the brewery (at 26th + Railroad St) inside THE HUB. Be sure to go thirsty AND hungry. Cinderlands’ made from scratch kitchen has killer food and during nice days, they open up the second floor rooftop patio for outdoor seating.

Cinderlands was the ONLY Pittsburgh-area brewery to be named among Hop Culture magazine’s Ten Best Breweries of 2019.

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Cinderlands Warehouse
Getting there
2601 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 11:30am–10pm
Fri-Sat 11:30am–11pm
Sun 10:30am–10pm
More Info

Lincoln Avenue Brewery // Bellevue

Photo: Pat Hogan

Opening Date: July 27, 2019

Address: 538 Lincoln Ave // Bellevue // 15202

In the Past, This Building was Home To: A dentist office

We Enjoyed this Beer: Bulldog DIPA (Double IPA // 8% ABV)

Know Before You Go: Lincoln Ave is doing a ton of things right. In the event that they fall behind on supply, their team will feature guest taps (you can enjoy OTHER local breweries’ beer at Lincoln Ave, depending on what’s available). Their kitchen is putting forward thoughtfully prepared dishes, including charcuterie boards and sandwiches that pair well with beer. The brewery’s launch officially marks the end of Bellevue being a dry borough. Lincoln Avenue Brewery owner Grant Saylor was instrumental in helping Bellevue emerge from dry status during the May 2015 primary election.

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Lincoln Avenue Brewery
Getting there
538 Lincoln Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15202, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 4–9pm
Fri 4–10pm
Sat 12–10pm
Sun 10am–3pm
More Info

Inner Groove Brewing // Verona

Photo: Pat Hogan

Opening Date: June 15, 2019

Address: 751 E Railroad Ave // Verona // 15147

In the Past, This Building was Home To: A home interior design store that showcased fabric, wallpaper and even had fully staged rooms that included a black and gold toilet.

We Enjoyed this Beer: First Born Unicorn (Pale Ale // 5.7 % ABV)

Know Before You Go: Inner Groove is Verona’s first brewery. Their name draws from the four owners’ love of music, particularly the “inner groove” one can find on a vinyl record. Their recent collaboration with Oakmont Bakery resulted in a festive, holiday-themed brown ale (made using actual gingerbread cookies) called the ‘Ginger Bell Rock’

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Inner Groove Brewing
Getting there
751 E Railroad Ave, Verona, PA 15147, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 5–10pm
Fri 4–10pm
Sat 12–10pm
Sun 12–7pm
More Info


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. Got a fun story idea? DMs are open: @asoorma.

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