East End Brewing heads south

Scott and Julie Smith are opening an East End Brewing spot that’s much closer to home. /Photo: John Schisler

The month of March ushers in the first day of spring, daffodil days and March Madness. Expected to be added to that list this year is the much-anticipated opening of East End Brewing’s Mt. Lebanon taproom at 651 Washington Road.

“We are so excited to get our doors open,” said owner and Longuevue Drive resident Scott Smith.

The taproom had a sneak-peek soft opening at the Mt. Lebanon Winter Market in December, and future patrons got a glimpse of what’s in store.

East End brews and packages about 50 different beers each year, many of them available on tap in bars and restaurants around the Pittsburgh area, or at its brewpub in Larimer.

With almost 20 years of beer making under their belts, East End offers year-round beers on tap, like Big Hop American Ale, Everyday Pilsner, Hefe Weizen and Fat Gary English Brown Ale, as well as ciders and hard seltzers.

East End also offers seasonal beers brewed once a year, and beers that are brewed just once, like the “You Are Here” series of Pittsburgh neighborhood beers brewed for each of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods.

The Mt. Lebanon taproom is expected to offer a mix of booth, bar and table seating, in addition to patio seating when the weather’s warm.

Smith has plans for 16 taps serving East End beer and cider, coupled with guest taps for fellow beer makers, Pennsylvania-based cocktails, and some carefully selected Pennsylvania wines for customers to enjoy with East End Chewing pizza, with pie selections as varied as Korean fried chicken, poutine, Yinzer salad (we’re assuming french fries are involved), Thai salad and Chicago-style hot dog.

“Our menu will be much the same as we have at the brewery,” Smith said. “Mostly focused on pizza, but with an ever-changing list of soups, sides, and beer-friendly bar snacks, including lots of vegetarian and vegan options.”

Pizza and beer will be available for takeout, and Smith plans to have plenty of non-alcoholic options as well, including fruit-flavored seltzers and selections from Barmy Soda Company.

“The one thing we won’t have is televisions, so that you can more easily connect with friends (or strangers) over a few pints,” said Smith.

“We’re really excited to bring everything we’ve built and learned in the East End of town, to make this space in the South Hills a place where everyone can feel welcome.”