East End Brewing Company

East End Brewing CompanyEast End Brewing Company
East End Brewing CompanyEast End Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

147 Julius St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206
United States

(412) 537-2337 | map

Notes: Due to Covid-19, we are now ...

Mon Closed
Tue 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wed 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Regular Hours:
TUE, THU 4-8pm
WED 4-9pm
FRI 4-10pm
SAT 12-10pm
SUN 12-5pm
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

It wouldn't have been fair for me to have reviewed East End during my first visit--not only was it a quick stop for a can pickup, but it was also in the throes of the pandemic lockdown of March 2020 and there was no indoor service at all--but that's a moot point anyway considering my revisit for Gratitude Day 2022 far and away exceeded my already high expectations for a fun and welcomingly gracious event.

While the parking situation is a little bit hairy (essentially inviting you to find an unpainted sidewalk to pull up on, Pittsburgh-style), the interior is well spread apart despite how many tables they have arranged in such a moderate space. There are high tops, booths and low tops, including a few long tables for larger groups. The bar currently consists of a queueing chute where you line up to place your order for food and/or drink and move along--no bellying up!

Although the taps might pour a little slowly, service is prompt, and the brews are damn near exclusively classic, old school, and done well almost all the way across the board.

Aside from the fact that Gratitude is consistently one of the best American barleywines to ever grace the scene, the reason I'm most excited to recommend East End is their food, particularly their pizza. It's a sort of Sicilian- or Detroit-style pizza, and it's absolutely gluttonously decadent. Particularly on Gratitude Day, their blue cheese and fig special was out of this world. I typically don't like thicker, heavier pizzas, but damn did they knock this out of the park.

Feb 21, 2022
4 by slasich from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2020
Photo of Fee
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
by Fee from Pennsylvania

This is the main brewery - there is a taproom in The Strip. Great place undergoing regular renovations that keep it interesting and clean. Excellent beer and a large selection overall. Fantastic neighborhood vibe with bot indoor and outdoor seating.

Mar 11, 2019
3.75 by Matt23 from Virginia on Feb 21, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

East End Taproom on the strip with Leah on our 2 night escape. Bartender very knowledgeable.... Seemed to be very involved with the production... Very helpful in describing beers and tastes.

Oct 27, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Nice place, with really great service. The beer was fine enough, but not earth shattering. It's a place that shouldn't be missed in Pittsburgh, but it probably won't be your favorite beer.

Oct 08, 2018
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by Beermann60 from Pennsylvania

Best brewery tour very informative and great tour guide. Beer is excellent.

Oct 02, 2017
3.97 by mkyer from Connecticut on Aug 02, 2017
4.09 by qcbrewer from North Carolina on Jul 18, 2017
3.67 by krbrevard from Virginia on Jul 08, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Stopped in early one weekend morning, The place wasn't super busy at the moment. The vibe could be pretty cool, lots of seating inside and outside, some pinball games and things scattered around. A massive list of beers on tap along with beers bottled and canned to take home. The service was good. Cool spot to check out, parking could be a bitch though if it's busy there.

Jun 03, 2017
4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on May 23, 2017
4.24 by glass_house from Ohio on Feb 23, 2017
3.8 by yergermeister from Pennsylvania on Oct 03, 2016
3.99 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey on Jul 26, 2016
3.99 by VanTango from Pennsylvania on Jun 28, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by Ohiou84 from Ohio

Great place. Wish I had more time to sit and drink. Very friendly staff. Would come back again.

Jun 18, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by gcasher from Pennsylvania

Definitely in the top two micro breweries in Pittsburgh. A bit hard to park, but the beer is good and they have a lot of them. The Gratitude Barleywine is outstanding. Their roasted imperial stout is also fantastic.

May 28, 2016
3.97 by smanson56 from New Hampshire on May 03, 2016
4.69 by ArtAttackEd from Pennsylvania on Feb 16, 2016
4.29 by brother_rebus from Maine on Feb 15, 2016
4.11 by AndrewTobias from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2016
4.42 by Ryan15237 from Pennsylvania on Jan 10, 2016
4.59 by jradar from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2015
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2.41/5  rDev -40.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5
by deleted_user_971432

East End Brewing 147 Julius street in Homewood, Pittsburgh, P.A.
So, I finally got to check this place out after years of thinking...man, I should go to that place. The sad reason why I couldn't check them out before is because they had severely short hours during the afternoon. They finally stretched there hours out and are now open for four hours from 4 - 8 p.m. during the week. It still gives you almost no time to get ready, get in there and start enjoying the place. There was one guy there to actually serve you beer and the owner. What do they do when it gets busy? Well, you just stand there and wait. They actually have a policy there that you should bus your own tables. There basically is no service here. I asked the guy serving beer a simple question about whether one of the beers was a stout, or not. He got into an unnecessary discussion on the semantics of what I was asking and kind of irritated me. They have this chalk board looking list on the wall of beers that you think would be available for consumption, but then you realize that a good portion are only available in large bottles, or growlers. So, they have these large bottles for sale only at the brewery. You can't buy these at a bottle shop, or distributor. This was another big disappointment for me because I finally get to go to their brewery and the only stout that I can try at their pub is black strap stout. I have already had it and I wanted to try a different one since I was at their brewery. I also had fat gary, but it tasted strange. For some reason I liked it better when I had it at a bar.
One good thing they had there was the merchandise. I bought a really cool tulip glass for 5 dollars. Not a bad deal at all. Oh, there sweatshirts look really cool. Another thing was that they had a book signing for the guy that wrote a beer lovers guide to the mid-Atlantic. His name is Bryan Kolesar and he is a wealth of information on all kinds of breweries. He was pretty cool to talk to, but he was also the only friendly person in the place. It is full of beer hipsters I would put it. You know the type.

They really need to step up there game when it comes to service for their pub. They also need to make more stouts and porters available to drink at the pub. And I mean really guys, bottle your beers for fucks sake!

Aug 23, 2015
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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
by Dogleg from Pennsylvania

Shares a space with Commonplace Coffee House so it smells fantastic in there and a nice alternative for non-alcoholic weirdos. Good selection on tap and bottles; nice and polite customer service.

Aug 16, 2015
4.18 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Aug 06, 2015
4.43 by schiltron from Pennsylvania on Aug 03, 2015
4.14 by JArt from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2015
4.54 by ElGuapo77 from Pennsylvania on Jun 23, 2015
3.81 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania on Apr 03, 2015
4.71 by Ryften from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2015
4 by Grodd87 from Pennsylvania on Mar 17, 2015
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

Went to the 2015 Gratitude release. Staff was very friendly and the release was nicely organized. They had about 10 beers on tap inside, along with their own coffee. Nice place, would definitely go back.

Mar 16, 2015
3.82 by chefduff2 from New York on Mar 16, 2015
4.32 by McMatt7 from Pennsylvania on Mar 11, 2015
4.02 by PretzelCity from California on Jan 25, 2015
3.75 by JayKay412 from Pennsylvania on Dec 05, 2014
4.25 by wvsabbath from West Virginia on Dec 03, 2014
3.5 by LoveStout from New York on Nov 29, 2014
East End Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, PA
Brewery rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2939 ratings