From the European-inspired beer to the natural light and greenery, everything about Lorelei in East Liberty is stunning.
When you walk through the front doors, you’ll first find yourself in the cocktail & wine bar. If you’re in the mood to sip on a cocktail, grab a table or take a seat at the bar. Lorelei’s signature drinks are truly unique to the Pittsburgh bar scene. I recommend trying the Friesling. It’s a fun twist on Frozé and it’s light, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. If you’re really feeling adventurous, I also recommend the Bear’s Knees.
If beer is your move, head back through the hallway, past the kitchen, and into the beer hall. Here you’ll find a beautiful open space with communal tables, a colorful mural, and of course a large bar offering 14 different drafts. A draft gin & tonic as well as a couple of cider options are also available on tap. If you choose to sit at the bar, ask about "Kolsch service". It's an interesting story.
To round out the experience, Lorelei also offers some light bites like breads + spreads, pies + tarts, salads, and desserts. If nothing else, you really can’t leave Lorelei without a taste of the Pretzel. The Malted Chocolate Mousse is also heaven in a cup.
Good beer and dogs... a few of my favorite things. At Grist House, that’s exactly what you can expect. This dog-friendly craft brewery in Millvale has a beautiful outdoor beer garden where you’ll find picnic tables, daily food trucks, and really amazing beer.
Brews range from lagers and kolsches to IPAs and stouts; all brewed in-house. The menu is relatively small, but offers something for every taste. I highly recommend the Sunshine Rancher or Kolsch on the Run. They’re lighter beers with great summer flavor. On top of the beer, there's almost always a food truck on site to cure those post-beer munchies. Scope out the food truck schedule on Grist House’s site.
If you’re not much of an outdoor person or you just need to take a break from the heat and sun, there’s also a taphouse indoors offering air conditioning, bathrooms, and very friendly bartending staff.
Insider tip: I would recommend catching a ride to and from Grist House. The brewery is in a residential neighborhood and parking is crowded.