Hitchhiker Brewing Company

Hitchhiker Brewing CompanyHitchhiker Brewing Company
Hitchhiker Brewing CompanyHitchhiker Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

190 Castle Shannon Dr
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15228-2267
United States

(412) 343-1950 | map

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Ratings by mellonsm:
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Rated by mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Jul 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Big and tall taproom, in the brewery itself. In a middle aged, industrial part of the Sharpsburg suburb. Standard high wooden tables & stools, on a polished concrete floor. They have an old Citro├źn delivery van with the brewery name, painted on it, a bonus point for that. The 3 beers I had were averaged out to adequate.
Nov 12, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2020
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Reviewed by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5
Small neighborhood bar on the back streets. Enviroment is great. Really good beer selection. Not much for food. Great for drinking, crappy for food. Highly recommend.
Oct 02, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by eluvah from New York

May 07, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2019
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Reviewed by mrl2112 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Small neighborhood brewpub, producing excellent beers. Can't review the food to much, only had some really good bar snacks. Great place to have a few, love the outdoor patio in the summer. Love the stouts.
Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
This place is very loud with the tile all around, frankly this place does not have good enough beer to want to hang out in that scream to talk place. I predict 2 to 3 more years ....wait I went to one in sharpsburg
Mar 17, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Jmtbuckeye from Pennsylvania

Nov 29, 2018
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Reviewed by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
A place with the current beer styles dialed up to the max. Milkshake ipa, pastry stouts, all the trendy stuff. The space is cool. The back patio blends you in with the neighborhood perfectly. The beer is good, but not great. Still a top 5 spot in Pittsburgh.
Oct 08, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2018
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Rated by damonhoff from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Hitchhiker Brewing has an awesome Master Brewer. The vibe is cool. The owner is cool. If you're in Pittsburgh you must check this place out!
Jul 25, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by DaveCash from New York

May 19, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by Whitey_from_Remedy from Pennsylvania

May 09, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Mar 18, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
A neat modern brewery with big wide open area. It's like they took a big warehouse and slapped a bar in the middle, with brewing stuff way back behind it. Plenty of high top tables and benches, fairly clean and modern feeling. The bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable, and helpful when ordering. They fill crowlers on spot which held up pretty well.
For beer selection, maybe 10-15 of their own beers, some great quality and some less so, and a cider, a mead, and I think a guest brewery also on tap. Not too busy, but we were there very early afternoon on a Thursday so not expecting it.
Jan 12, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Oct 05, 2017
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Rated by Beermann60 from Pennsylvania

4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
Went to the new one in Sharpsburg. Great facility and many great IPA beers.
Oct 02, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by qcbrewer from North Carolina

Jul 13, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

May 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Kinney1989 from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Love the vibe in this place. Unfortunately its tiny. Loved the local beef jerky and what this place is about, its just a bit small. But its 5 minutes from my house and they make great beer!
Mar 23, 2017
Rated: 3.43 by bobpgh from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2017
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Rated by PMcKenzie2004 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Great little hole-in-the-wall. The food compliments the beers nicely, and they have several interesting craft brews. Parking is on-street nearby.
Dec 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Fee from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
One of the best breweries in the Pittsburgh region. The quality of the beer is quite high and the selection is amazing for such a small place. Incredible variety and the taps change quickly.
Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by muc1987 from Pennsylvania

Jul 27, 2016
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Reviewed by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Cool little hide-away joint in a somewhat awkward bend in the road... Has an informal clubhouse feel, with a nicely shaded deck in the back, and outdoor patio seating in the front. Narrow barroom with L-shaped bar that seats about a dozen with tables on the back wall and counter seating on the front wall that is open to the patio. Nine beers on tap, I had The Barbarian and Hammer & Wedge, both excellent. Hitchhiker has a crowler machine and offered a great 3 crowlers for $26 deal. They have a somewhat limited floating menu, but I had the pulled pork tacos and they were exceptional. Great friendly service... highly recommend.
Jun 19, 2016
Rated: 3.23 by nei9970 from Pennsylvania

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by JayKay412 from Pennsylvania

May 19, 2016
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Reviewed by brother_rebus from Maine

4.26/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Really well done tap room. Simplistic rustic-dustrial. Good carpentry. Great tunes playing. Attentive staff who were friendly and helpful. Tasty beers. Great range from white coffee stout to dry hopped sour to single hop pale. Tasty pork tacos and great jerky. Will be back.
Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by TGallant from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by barflybastard from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2015
Rated: 4.23 by JArt from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2015
Rated: 3.28 by kkdowning from Pennsylvania

Jul 17, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by greg4579 from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by mrosenfeld32 from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by slasich from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by JayRichter44 from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by Dogleg from Pennsylvania

Jan 28, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by JayC19

Jan 13, 2015
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Reviewed by WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
I was very happy with my first visit out to Mt Lebanon, an quick and easy drive from Bridgeville, PA. I took 50 to 19 with a left on Washington then almost the next right on to Castle Shannon Road. Very easy to find, assuming mixed residential area with one restaurant next door.

I met Sam the female bartender, and Matt a good team who kept everyone at the bar well hydrated with the libations the are brewing downstairs in a 3 barrel system. 8 beers on draft with one mead from Apis and one Arsenal cider. I had good conversation with Frank and Dan two regulars who have been here since they opened back in May. They both concur that the beer is getting better and better each month out of the 8 beers only one truly missed the mark. It was Yeoman Fresh Hopped ale, an experiment for their brewer. I got no hop character and even found some off flavors wet cardboard, butterscotch. The only beer that has either been on too long or had some oxidation issues from the get go. I expressed some constructive criticism that I felt was received well from the owner and bartenders. The porter was the standout of the bunch, black saison rock solid with limited spice notes from a Belgian yeast strain, Roadie IPA way to easy to drink with a nice hop character, Fest Bier with a german ale yeast still quite quaffable, the pumpkin was balanced between spices, pumpkin, and sweetness I feel they nailed that one as well. Belgian Red the Drifter 002 was well made slightly tart but not as sour as most flemish style reds around. Cobblestone Kolsch did the trick clean refreshing no off flavors.

These guys have a ton of potential, I'm happy to see another Nano making well executed easy to drink beer...Cheers to Gary the owner, his brewer, and staff. I'll be back, I hope to host a cigar event out on the back deck once the warmer summer months return!
Oct 09, 2014
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