Belgian beer lovers, rejoice. The local bar and restaurant chain Sharp Edge is the place you've been looking for!
Or, at the very least, it is the place that I've been looking for.
You see, I am a European beer addict, and have had a growing appreciation for all things Belgian since discovering the local Draai Laag brewery quite some time ago (now known as Strange Roots). As such, whenever I hear about a place primarily serving Belgian beer (and other European specials) on draft, I go right away.
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Such was the case when I found out about Sharp Edge, and I was out visiting their Creekhouse location very soon thereafter.
A Morning Beer Turned Into More
When I visited Sharp Edge's Creekhouse location in Fairywood, I was only going to stop by for a draft after a long morning of hiking and exploring southwestern Pittsburgh (at the Thornburg Conservation Area, to be precise).
It was only when I saw the 45 taps, full of tons of European beer and a few local specials, that I knew that one beer was just not going to cut it. It was eleven in the morning and I was going with a flight.
With significant assistance from the bartender (almost a necessity when 45 beers are on tap and you want to try something new), I ended up going with the Wittekerk (Belgian Wit), Bornem Tripel (Belgian Tripel), Tripel Karmeliet (Belgian Tripel), and Delirium Tremens (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) which were recommended based on the kind of Belgian styles I enjoy and were right on the money.
Now, normally I'd be put off at a tasting flight price of $15, but for this spread, I'm willing to pay the extra cash. And since I was drinking four generously sized tastes, I also had to throw in some wings for good measure, although they were certainly not what I was visiting for.
It ended up being a somewhat expensive trip that started out as me wanting just one beer, but it was worth it. For those who are looking for a decent pub experience with some exceptional European beer, a visit to Sharp Edge should be on your list.
Going to Return for Happy Hour
One of the best things about Sharp Edge is that they have a pretty incredible happy hour where all Belgians are half off, plus other rotating food specials. This happy hour is not only on weekdays (from 4:30pm to 6:30pm) but also on Sunday (from 2pm to 4pm), making it one of just a few places in the city with weekend discounts on good beer around.
Overall, Sharp Edge Creekhouse was an unexpected surprise for me, and since they have several locations around the city (including one right in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh), I look forward to returning for more very, very soon to continue to work my way around their impressive collection of beer.
Sharp Edge Creekhouse is located at 288 W. Steuben Street in Fairywood, right at the edge of the city limits. The restaurant group has multiple locations in the city, including a downtown location we look forward to visiting soon!
For more Belgian beer in Pittsburgh, check out Pittsburgh's Belgian and wild-fermentation distillery Strange Roots!