Draai Laag Brewing Company

Draai Laag Brewing CompanyDraai Laag Brewing Company
BA SCORE
4/5
963 Ratings
Draai Laag Brewing CompanyDraai Laag Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

501 E Ohio St
Millvale, Pennsylvania, 15209-2671
United States | map
draailaag.com

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Added by OneDropSoup on 12-31-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
68
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
963
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
41
pDev:
8.28%
 
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Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

It's pronounced "Dry Log".

Public House is, at present, open: Thursday and Friday 6:30pm - 10:30pm. These are not the hours during my initial review, so they are subject to change. Check ahead, for your own good.

Not sure what expectations I had, but whatever they were, they were exceeded. Extremely chill atmosphere with a very mature and knowledgable staff running things.

The place is small, and I would assume it's going to get even smaller once word gets out. I think there are 8 seats at the bar - and they are probably the highest seats I have ever seen. 4 large and 2 small tables, if my memory serves correct, fill the rest of the space. I think there were also a few chairs by the door? I didn't count seats, but I'd say maybe 35 seats on the floor.

All the beers are Belgian. Some of them were heavy to me, but all were consistent and solid productions. So many American brewers put out the lamest garbage labeled as Belgian ales; Draai Laag is not in that category. I think if you liked something less than the others, it might come down to personal taste. I'm putting 4 down for the selection to be ornary and to say that I want to see them go bigger; though I doubt it's possible with their capacity. I do have to note that their beers are much better with some age on them. So the fresh stuff on-tap might not be as interesting as a bottled version from 8 months ago.

Also, worthy of note: someone new in my life doesn't really like beer, and hasn't really tried that many. I took her to Sharp Edge and we tried 4 different brews and she thought 1 out of the 4 was decent. I got her a sample of the Framboise Noir and she liked it better than any of those four beers. I think they were Augustijn, Gulden Draak, and two others of similar caliber.

Love the brewing equipment in clear view of the bar.

This is a must stop for anyone visiting Pittsburgh, as far as I'm concerned. Unfortunately, I will be unable to visit anytime soon as I have taken a job that will occupy my Thursday and Friday nights. So, go and enjoy things on my behalf.

I hope these folks do better than they can keep up with.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of krbrevard
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Truth be told; I am not into Belgian beers. Or sours. Let alone open air fermenting of a Belgian sours. Even though I am not too fond of the styles this place purveys, it is like no other brewery I have been to in a good way. It is a must try if you are in the Pittsburgh area and are a fan of the idea of craft beer.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5

Only wild beers which hurts the selection score I suppose but I was very happy here. Cool vibe and great people along with some pretty good beers. The new kitchen gets them some bonus points too. If you like sour, wild, funky beers this is definitely your place. If you don't then you are missing out it should at least give it a shot.

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Photo of KatieIPO
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is a cool, rustic spot with a really nice vibe indoors and a cool little partly shaded beer garden outside. Seating is mostly open and communal and would be a really chill spot to hang, but it was a little hectic when we visited due to food truck promotion. The bar shape and size wasn't great for crowd control, but don’t think this is the normal situation and its likely an otherwise quaint and mellow bar.

Service was outstanding despite the large, bustling crowd, and even with the wait the bartenders would try to give as complete a description of what you were ordering as possible without taking too much time. They were all knowledgeable and helpful.

Quality of everything we had was very good, unique if not delicious. Beers ranged from a banana sour, raspberry berliner, to a few indigenous and prototype saisons that all had their own characteristics. There's not many places like this in the tri-state area, especially doing things this well.

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Photo of cesutherland
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mcpat1993
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Zonian1
4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Stop #2/7 on our Pittsburgh brewery weekend. It was too early for dinner (we heard the food was good), so we sat at the bar and ordered a flight. An excellent selection of sour and wild beers. If you want to learn more about this style of beer, then you should visit Draai Laag. The servers seemed very knowledgeable about the offerings and the styles. This is a place I would go to frequently if I lived in the Pittsburgh area. Definitely worth a visit!

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Photo of Seebeej
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Cylinsier
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I go to this place fairly often, the main space is a small tap room with a bar and several tables. There is an outside space that more than doubles seating when it is warm enough. The feel is cozy and a bit rustic. There are games on a shelf. The location is also welcoming to families although I don't think they have high chairs.

In terms of quality, it's all top notch here, but everything is a wild or wild-inspired beer, so it's a somewhat narrow appeal. If you like sours like lambics, flemish, or famrhouse beers, then there will ALWAYS be plenty for you to choose from. On the other hand, there is basically nothing for people looking for other types of beer here. That's what they have set out to do.

Service is top notch, keep in mind it's a tap house so you're expected to order at the bar. That said, they check on you at your table often. They don't serve food but they pair up with a food truck almost every day, and that food truck serves food through the bar for buying convenience, but usually brings the food to you. Bar staff is friendly, be sure to ask for the story of how they got their relic yeast strain!

The selection is exclusively Draai Laag. They have around 10 taps and a few of those rotate very regularly. You're almost guaranteed to have a few new options every time you visit. They experiment regularly too and have some sought-after seasonals.

Overall this is a great place to check out so long as you are into wild fermented beers. It's all very consistent with flemish styles and these beers could stand up to those any day of the week. If you're looking for something outside that range, you won't find it here. Nevertheless, this place is developing a strong following and will probably start to gain national recognition in the near future and become a draw for beer tourists.

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Photo of yergermeister
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Ryan15237
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of mirvana
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

If you like sours and wild ales, this is your heaven. Their repertoire shows a wonderful range within that particular style, and everything that I've tasted is a well-developed well-crafted end product. This is my current favorite place in Pittsburgh to drink beer, where this style is not that popular, and hard to come by. My only complaint is that they don't have much for you if sour is not your thing.

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Photo of burnstar
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Low key and surprisingly somewhat fancy for the not so fancy Millvale. Easy to get to right off the exit from 28. Also a great place to chill before seeing a show at Mr. Smalls, a local concert venue (I saw Guided by Voices after my first trip to Draai Laag, which I'll never forget) There's no food but there is often a food truck parked out front- so I ended up getting some pretty stellar greasy breakfast food while here (shout out to Second Breakfast). There's a pleasant outdoor seating are that's near the highway but shielded nicely. It's pretty awesome to have a local brewery specializing in Wild Ales. I had 4 beers and had some sips of others that my wife tried and all were pretty solid. Service was very good and friendly. They had about 8 beers on tap- all sour. Great place- very glad to have it nearby.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BigRizz62
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Excellent Belgian beers scene brewed on premise. Only drawback no food truck the night I was there

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Photo of ArtAttackEd
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of LisaPPitMom
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Belgian, complex, quirky, intelligent, fun, hospitable. The only watering hole of our 30-year marriage; we're not bar folk. Two steps off of Rt 28, and effectively the gateway to Millvale. Been open Thurs-Sat with some holiday exceptions and additions. Small parking lot and plenty of free on-street parking. On FB and website is recently-updated. Cool connections to local history: Draai Laag means turncoat, which relates to Simon Girty--a 1700s historical figure for whom Girty's run (runs through Millvale) is named.

Beer: 8 taps, frequent rotation, no growlers, plenty of bottles including some aged. Rouge de Noël (wild cider collab with Arsenal, 7.8%) satisfies my nonhoppy beer-loving, cider-appreciating, complexity-craving palate. R2 Koelschip is their session beer (4.2%, farmhouse). Cru, Haviken, and Ragnarok are "center wheelhouse." St. Angus makes a fabulous (9.7%) winter warmer. Absolutely love the printed extended descriptions of each beer--check them out if you're new, and definitely ask for a taste if you're not sure. Staff are knowledgeable and super friendly. Really enjoy playful collaborations--most recently with Arsenal Cider and with Caliente. Seems like there's been a trend towards sours, this past year. Love how they seek new wild critters for use in brewing.

I've met several people by the food trucks who were in or passing through Millvale towards concerts, some of whom have expressed dismay that there's not a simple pils or IPA on the board. Guessing that answering that need might broaden the clientele.

Atmosphere: doesn't matter much, they're renovating. Closed for January, 2016. Was dark, simple. The bar sat 9-10 and there were maybe 28 seats. The simple open-air Biergarten (added mid-2015) was designed by RISD grad Bruce Thurman: strung lights; high-top, standard table, and picnic seating (some covered); gravel floor; view of St. Nick's (the one with the fabulous political murals)--you can hear the bells. Great place to sit and sip and watch the sky darken. Hoping the reno will maintain low-key, no-TV, games-on-the-table emphasis on the beer and conversation. (We asked for shade structures, trolls, and hammocks. Got the shade structure, and Ryan's promising one troll, but no hammocks....)

Food: in the past, intermittent food trucks and Black Shepherd Farms. During Dec 2015, food on site 6/16 nights. Not sure what's coming after the renovation, but hoping for consistent food options--esp with an average ABV of about 8.

Those who value Belgians, sours, brains, conversation and some whimsical adventure will enjoy Draai Laag most. Close to my heart, as you can tell.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of Oddballstocks
4.74/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Very hole-in-the-wall type place. Only open weekend nights, but they have incredibly good beer. Servers know their beers, staff is very friendly, prices good.

They expanded and added an outdoor cafe. They don't serve food, but allow food trucks to park and serve.

Arguably the best beer in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Decent small spot in Pittsburgh, stopped in to try some of the beers they had on that I hadn't seem bottles of back home. The vibe is chill, the service is good. It's a decent place!

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Photo of Child_Pugh
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of brother_rebus
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Finally got around to checking this place out. I genuinely have no complaints. Great atmosphere. *The taproom renovation is kinda weird. The vibe was cozy, consistent and deliberate. Now its like a slighly more indie iteration of Industry Public House. Good prices. Friendly staff. Dennis is super down to earth and accommodating. And i would recommend their beer without a second thought. Edit: changed the tap room. Not as vibe as it once was. Dark and minimalist industrial like every other place is doing now. Meh.

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Draai Laag Brewing Company in Millvale, PA
Brewery rating: 4 out of 5 with 963 ratings
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