Blue Dust

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Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

601 Amity St
Homestead, Pennsylvania, 15120-1519
United States

(412) 461-6220 | map

Notes: Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:37am - 1:37am
Sunday: 11:37am - ????
Monday: CLOSED
View: Place Reviews | Events
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 19
Photo of Bone53
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a fairly small bar with some pinball machines. They always have a vast selection of 25 or so beers on draft; Just about every time i go theres a couple beers im in the mood for. Happy hour is half off taps and apps which is nice. The food is decent enough. They host some interesting events. They do seem to be biased towards Rogues beers which I'm not a big fan of. At the end of the day the pros far outweigh the cons and id go as far to say that this is one of the very best bars in Pittsburgh to enjoy a pint of some craft beer

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

I've been meaning to find this place for quite some time, like since they opened. I've attempted at least two other times, because I was in the neighborhood...however it happened on Mondays! Don't go on Monday, they are closed!

I love the feel of Blue Dust, Jerry the owner is one of kind a local born and bred Homestead character. I've dealt with Steph, Frank, and Zach (Jerry's son) on at least three visits so far. Top notch service drink selection and really creative and well thought out food options. A true gastropub chilling on the other side of the tracks if leaving the Waterfront you'll find parking in the back don't expect to find any on Amity St. where Blue Dust's storefront is.

To go beer options were awesome, but I used self control and stuck to the happy hour half off drafts and food options varied from creative pasta dishes, a trifecta of sliders with pulled pork, brisket, and at least two other meat options. I've had the fish tacos and had my mouth water by the appearance of their smoked bone in pork chop.

The manager Stephanie is on it when it comes to their limited but quality wine selection, and while playing a version of bourbon I spy, I spied George T. Stagg and Stagg Jr from the Buffalo Trace Distillery...I'm sold! Draft beer I had a breakfast stout, Evil Genius Turtle Power IPA, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe. She seems to be part of the industry and gets in on limited releases a recent case of Double Dose IPA the collaboration from Otter Creek/Lawson's and she's going to be tapping a keg of Founders Harvest very soon...I was told to subscribe to their twitter feed!

They put on events like Pumpkin fest where excessive amounts of Pittsburgh folks ended up drowning in pumpkin/harvest ales and they have really brought a level of beer and food culture to Homestead that was really missing before this place was born out of Jerry's head and after Joe Chiodo's historical watering hole was leveled and turned into a Walgreen's parking lot. Beware of Jerry's hot sauce basket, most of the offerings will hurt you! You want a good cocktail Stephanie will provide, and I'm sure Frank or any other bartender is well versed in this department as well, but I can only attest for Steph! Order an Old Fashioned using Jefferson's Bourbon you won't be disappointed.

For added space they have some chairs and tables along the side of the building facing the tracks...for entertainment try the pinball machine, or challenge some friends to some cricket on the horse hair dartboard you won't have to deal with any plastic tip darts at the Blue Dust they do most things right!

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Photo of greg4579
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been to Blue Dust several times now. The food has been really good, and I especially liked their Tuesday pieroghi special. I also enjoyed their brisket sandwich as well. Their tap list is large and I like that they offer samplers where you can try multiples. Their cooler selection is not as large as some places, but they do offer a nice, varied selection. Besides the beer, they have a large variety of infused vodkas and a nice bourbon selection. My two complaints are their website, and the bartending service can be hit or miss.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

After she attended with a friend a week or so earlier, my wife suggested we head over to the Blue Dust for a nice dinner to celebrate our 5th anniversary. She was eager to impress her beer geek husband with the niche establishment she had found "on her own"...super cute.

Loved the atmosphere...the open planned restaurant is straight forward. Simple tables with simple settings work perfectly with the blue collar surroundings (directly next to the 'tracks" with an oversized window that provides a view of passing locomotives). Nice.

The quality was impressive overall...both meals were satisfying for what they were - which was nothing over the top. Somewhat of an odd pairing to provide nachos with brisket, but I'm no gourmet critic.

Our appetizer arrived after our main course...ugh. Apparently, the batter for the fried zucchini wasn't prepared properly and it had to be "re-prepared". Kudos for continuing to cook our main course...cause we were both pretty hungry afer downing a couple Rogue Shakespeare Stouts. Our waitress checked up on us often enough and apologized appropriately, but an appetizer should arrive before your meal...period. We reseived a discount of one draft beer for the a bad gesture, I suppose.

There were plenty of tasty beers to choose from...both on tap and in the coolers...not the best selection in the city or surrounding area, but very solid. Went home with 3 limited beers, that I will be happy to age.

Food was very good. The addition of horseradish sauce to more than one item was a welcome sidekick for me...leftovers were even tasty. Damn shame they goobered up our appetizer...else I'd have a rave review here.

Great place, unassuming, blue collar location...small, fun, and interesting...highly recommended...hopefully you have better luck with the timing of your courses though...

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Photo of fermobot2000
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Just found out about this little gem of a place
from a beer geek friend. Tucked away on a quiet
street on the other side of the railroad tracks from sanitized world of the "Waterfront". Not much to look out from the outside but intimate &
inviting on the inside with a small bar along
the wall & a few tables.Overall not a lot of space but that's one of it's charm.
The tap selection while not big (probably around 20) is diverse & has some intersting & harder to find beers for the Burgh metro area.
Though I didn't fully check out the bottle selection looked fairly extensive with some space behind the bar & a wall of coolers.Some other posts have said the takeout prices were good though I didn't check it out.
The owner Jerry was working behind the bar and seemed to take pride in his place.He has an extensive backround working in the beer business and it certainly shows in his bar. I didn't eat but would certainly like to go back to try it.All in all a great little beer bar & well worth the effort to check out if in the area.

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Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very unassuming little place...literally on the "wrong side of the tracks" from a major area shopping district (its just about on top of the tracks). Passed it hundreds of times before finally visitng for a Stone beer & cheese pairing event.

Good ambiance, the place is quite dark and they turn the lights down as it gets later. Visited a couple weekends ago on a Friday night, got there around 8 and was easily able to get a seat at the bar.

There is a tap selection of probably ~24 or so...I think just about all of them were craft/micro's...nothing too unusual but spread out along various styles. This was the first bar to have Glissade on tap around here. There are maybe a half dozen coolers for the bottle selection, which all the lights are off but there are flashlights available to windows little gimmick. Again, the bottles werent anything too crazy, just lots of solid stuff spread out among almost all the styles.

The food we had was pretty good, hummus & pita appetizer...I had an italian sub which was above average, my date had a half-lobster half-brisket roll...both were good not great. A lot of vegetarian/vegan options on the menu, I'm a carnivore myself but a lot of interesting things on there.

Service the first visit was quite good, actually got waited on by the owner who has a real enthusiasm for craft beer and is very friendly and chatty. On second visit our other bartender was average at best for it not being busy at all.

Overall a cool friendly little place, which I will be frequenting more for some food/drinks on a low-key night.

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Photo of biglite351
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

The location is not the best, but the bar itself is quite nice. A little on the small side but the have the tables set up well so a lot of people can fit. Quality decor and furnishings.

Beer selection is very good. A lot of micros on tap (including some off the well selections) and a food number of bottles in a self-serve case.

Beer price is quite reasonable. A six pack to go of various micro stouts/porters only cost me $10.

The food menu is unique. A lot of vegetarian dishes. Pieces on food are a little high, especially considering the smaller portion size.

The owner actually tends bar. He seems to be a really good guy.

I give this place a SOLID thumbs up as a beer bar. The food however, while very original, is a little too pricey for what you get.

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Photo of Kolsch
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped for lunch on a Snowless Saturday afternoon.

Atmoshpere: Long bar to left that seats 18-20 with dining tables immediately behind that probably seats another 30. Coolers of singles on back wall towards front. On the small side but makes it kinda cozy as well.

Quality/Selection: Very nice selection that does not lean towards one style. Some notable selections not mentioned from other reviewers: Futhermore brewing-new entry into the Pittsburgh market. They make a very interesting pale ale that was dosed with Pepper. Very unique and tasty enough, I had 2. Also, had a Kolsch from New Holland that was spot on style wise. Nice to see a Kolsch in the middle of winter.

Did talk with the bartender, who also orders the beer. He likes to try different beers on Nitro other than Guinness or Boddingtons. The had on Nitro, Hazed and Infused and I gotta say this beer works quite well on Nitro. Good to see someone thinking out of the box.

Value: Pints average $4.25 and up which is about average for Pittsburgh.

Food: Tried the Brisket as recommended from Local at the end of the bar. Local was right, excellent Brisket and I like that you can get both BBQ and Horseraddish sauce on the side.

Overall: Would go back just for the Brisket but the beer aint to bad either. Nice food options rather than the usual bar grub and nice alternative to Rock Bottom.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Heard some good things about this place. Wasn't given a lot to go on with their website (might want to update it more often, let the customer know what you have to offer!), but a nice alternative to Rock Bottom & nothing else on the Waterfront.

Pretty unassuming from the outside, but a very nice vibe on the inside. Small-ish dining room with a little lounge to the side, nice to be able to see all the tables at once, gives it a cozy feel. Nice wall-art.

Walked in to check out a pretty awesome draft list. Highlights: SN Glissade, Maredsous 8, Three Philosophers, for starters. The coolers are very accessible, & it was kind of fun "spelunking" with the flashlights Shows they know how to store & serve their brew. And while they're selection wasn't huge by the area's standards, there was lots of quality to be had. I appreciate having options other than "typical" domestic crafts on tap.

One suggestion is posting prices -- I was psyched to see Stone/BrewDog Bashah, but would've liked to have known they were $8 a pop before having two!

The menu was a little short but looked good. The serving size was pretty moderate for the price, but the food was real tasty, & some alternatives from typical heavy pub food.

Service was efficient & friendly, though the waitress admitted she didn't know much about beer. Overall, Blue Dust more than lived up to my expectations, & while I don't think it's God's gift to the Pittsburgh beer geek, it's definitely worth checking out (& then going back for more).

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Photo of joevac88
5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I haven't been able to get enough of this place since it opened. Jerry and his family have really poured their heart and soul in to this bar. The food is incredible, they really put a twist on the boring mundane bar food. Last but not least they have 27 beers on tap and at least a hundred bottles of micros and imports. Jerry does a great job of keeping new and cutting edge beers on tap. i would recommend this bar to anyone. This is one of the must stops for any of my out of town company that respects beer.
You wont be disappointed

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Blue Dust in Homestead, PA
Place rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 19 ratings