By: Amanda Narcisi
Southern Tier is known for it’s strong IPAs and Pumpking which started the market for pumpkin beers. In Pittsburgh, Southern Tier is known for its newest brewery on the North Shore. We were fortunate enough to check it out on a Sunday afternoon before the craziness of Pirates season.
When you enter into Southern Tier you begin in a bottle shop and retail space. Here you can buy a six pack and a t-shirt. One of the coolest things they carry is a metal growler you can refill. It is more industrial then a glass one and comes in some fun earthy colors like yellow and green. On the opposite wall is a bottle shop where you can grab a six pack of your favorite Southern Tier Brew.
We were able to snag a table right by the brewing room. Southern Tier is located in New York so we were surprised to see brewing on site. Our server told us that it was for freshness purposes. So instead of the beer in a holding place and then shipped from New York there are fresh bottles on site.
I ordered a Raspberry Wheat which was a sweet, relaxing beer; the perfect Sunday afternoon, sit on the patio type of beer. For an appetizer, we enjoyed the pretzel bites and we added beer cheese instead of the mustard on the side.
There is a full pub menu at Southern Tier with burgers, sandwiches and entrees. I ordered a North Shore Club; a club sandwich with a twist of avocado and garlic mayonnaise. It came with a side of fires which were hand cut and very crispy. Steve had a 2X Smash Burger which was a double decker burger with cheese and fries on the side. He said it was one of the best burgers he had in a while. We did skip dessert but decided to take home a crowler of Thick Mint. A crowler is a 32oz aluminum can that are filled with a beer of your choice and then sealed.
The key to getting a table at the popular Southern Tier is to visit on a weekday afternoon or a Sunday afternoon; check game and concert schedules for best availability. For more information visit http://www.stbcbeer.com.