Hitting the Road (DC to Pittsburgh)

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by bcook582, Jun 20, 2013.

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  1. bcook582

    bcook582 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 California

    I am from SF and will be driving from DC to Pittsburgh PA in late July. I am looking for places that are along the way that are worth it to stop and buy, drink beer. I am planning on taking a bunch back to SF with me and would appreciate some insider information on where to stop.

    PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME TO DETOUR TO VT i know, ive been there and go alot.

  2. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Meyvn (1,250) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland
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    This will most likely get moved. Just search the Mid-Atlantic forum. This thread will help you a lot.

    So, are you in DC right now or are you flying to DC and then going up to Pittsburgh?
  3. shadowane

    shadowane Aspirant (204) Sep 7, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Have you done any research? Have a route planned?
  4. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (849) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
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    Ironically, I'm from DC, living in Pittsburgh and will be heading out to SF in late July.

    270 to 70 to Breezewood, then the Turnpike in from there?

    Flying Dog is in Frederick, MD...other than that, I can't really think of much along that route
  5. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 Aspirant (287) May 12, 2008 District of Columbia
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    I used to live in Pittsburgh and am now in DC so I make the trip frequently to see friends / family. Along the drive, you are pretty much out of luck except Flying Dog. There isn't anything along the way that would match what you can find in either DC or Pittsburgh so I'd say just suck it up and bomb it straight for 4 hours then do more around Pittsburgh. If you need recommendations around DC or Pittsburgh while you are in those places, the search function will give you lots of options.

    The only random idea I have would be to drive from DC to Philly (2.5 hrs) then to Pittsburgh (5 hrs). It adds about 3 hours of total driving to your trip, but you'd be able to stop in Baltimore then also in Philly which would be two good additions. It'd end up making the trip an entire day likely, but if you aren't in any hurry it's an option. Heck you could even do Tired Hands in Philly.
  6. KnightRider

    KnightRider Initiate (0) May 20, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Best place to buy beer along that route is Ye Old Liquor Shoppe in Frederick, MD. Just a couple minutes off of 270. For the most part, better selection and prices than you'll find in Pittsburgh.

  7. bcook582

    bcook582 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 California

    All very good advice, what about musts in either location


    I am looking to bring a bunch of beer back to SF with me so anything helps?
  8. basickness

    basickness Aspirant (206) Apr 20, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    fatheads pittsburgh 100%
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  9. scraff

    scraff Initiate (163) Apr 18, 2003 Maryland

    If you're starting in DC and you want bottle shops, must stops include Whole Foods P St. and Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits. DC bars--too many great ones to list! Use the places search for that. Heading out 270, stop in Gaithersburg for Growler's Brewpub and the Dogfish Head Ale House. Frederick, Ye Olde Spirit Shop for sure to shop. Can also hit Barley and Hops and/or Brewer's Alley (both brewpubs). From there out all away out to Pitt, I got nothing for you, but I'm guessing there are some random brewpubs in a few towns in PA before getting to Pitt. Have a safe trip. Cheers! Oh. In Pitt I do recommend Chruch Breworks too. Loved that place...
  10. dhartogs

    dhartogs Disciple (364) Apr 29, 2010 Virginia
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  11. Saudereth

    Saudereth Aspirant (262) Feb 21, 2013 Virginia
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    House of 1000 beers is in this sad little town outside of Pittsburgh, New Kensington. Driving through the town will make you want to drink, thankfully this place has a bar and has a solid selection of bottled beer to go we don't get here in DC/NOVA. The prices vary from really spot on to too much (ie: 15 bucks for cafe royale vs 10 in nova)
  12. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland
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    If you're going to be spending any time in Pittsburg, you HAVE to hit up Church Brew Works. It's AWESOME! Great food, and great beer! You can buy beer from them to go too! +1 on Fathead's too!
  13. basickness

    basickness Aspirant (206) Apr 20, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    church is mehhhh
  14. KnightRider

    KnightRider Initiate (0) May 20, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Agreed. The whole brewery in a church thing is unique, but the food sucks and the beer is just average.
  15. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Market District Robinson just outside of Pittsburgh
  16. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Better yet just plan your route and hit Weyerbacher then Troegs on your way.
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