When Hitchhiker Brewing Co. first open its doors in Pittsburgh (in Mt. Lebanon), we thought their beer was decent but were not overly blown away. But after their rapid expansion with a second facility in Sharpsburg, PA, did we notice that the brewery had vastly improved into what we believe is one of the finest breweries in Pittsburgh.
Harmony, Pennsylvania (30 minutes north of Pittsburgh) is one of our favorite boroughs for a number of reasons. It is quaint, historic, and is home to one of the best restaurants in the region- Harmony Inn.
When it comes to the history, Harmony is rather unique. To celebrate it, the borough has a robust museum that we were really excited to check out.
Burgh Bits and Bites is a popular food walking tour company in Pittsburgh with numerous tours throughout the city's neighborhoods.
But this company is also expanding to include tours outside the city limits, and one of their first of this style tour is in the historic borough of Saxonburg- located about 45 minutes northeast of the city.
We were guest of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau on this tour, and share our thoughts of the day out in this one!
Grist House is a popular brewery in the Pittsburgh suburb of Millvale (located just across the Allegheny River from Lawrenceville) that serves up an array of beer styles ranging from the hoppy IPA to fruited sours and everything in between.
Even better? This stunning spot features a gorgeous outdoor beer garden and is dog friendly!
Dancing Gnome in Sharpsburg, PA, just east of Pittsburgh, is known for their love of hops and their passion to produce some of the region's best IPAs and pale ales.
Even if you are not a fan of this style of beer, Dancing Gnome may be the spot that converts you.
They did for us!
One type of attraction we haven't covered much of on this site has been abandoned locations.
This is mostly by design as we are not comfortable recommending readers to trespass, break-in, or perform illegal activities in order to check a spot out. (Likewise, we do not do these ourselves either).
But at Yellow Dog Village in Worthington, PA (near Kittanning), with advanced permission and payment, you can visit an abandoned site that is quite the interesting spot to see!
Duncan St. Sandwich Shop in Millvale is a tiny little spot cooking up big flavors in their creative sandwiches. Although the menu is small, everything is so thoughtfully made and delicious that who really needs any superfluous options?
There are a ton of unassuming barbecue joints in the region, and one you've likely passed by several times but never stopped at is Mitch's BBQ on Perry Highway in Warrendale, PA.
Our friends at Morning After Pittsburgh gave us the recommendation to check this out (and met up for lunch too!) and we are quite happy that we finally made the stop to check this one out!
Pig Iron Public House is a conventional gastropub located in Cranberry- about 20 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh.
While this one offers a fairly straightforward menu of burgers, sandwiches (including Primanti Brothers style), and more, the real treat of this particular spot is their monster local draft list!
Tucked away just steps away from the lake at Pittsburgh's North Park is the Go Ape Treetop Adventure obstacle course.
This one is almost a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of place (we sure did during our first visit to the park several years back) and is the kind of spot you really should plan to take some time to visit and enjoy.
We were invited to check out the course by our friends at Go Ape Pittsburgh and put the course to the test during a nice summer day out in nature!