A first look at Pittsburgh’s newest brewery, Cinderlands in the Strip District

More food, more space, and way more beer.

Cinderlands Warehouse in the Strip District.

Cinderlands Warehouse in the Strip District.

Courtesy of Cinderlands Beer Co.
Rossilynne Culgan

Three years in the making, Cinderlands Warehouse is now set to open in the Strip District.

The brewery and restaurant will be Cinderlands’ second location, joining its initial outpost on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, which quickly became a favorite in the neighborhood since its opening in December 2017.

After more than a year of construction, the Smallman Street location will host a soft opening on Tuesday, May 7, with a grand opening weekend beginning Friday, May 10.

But before we get into the details on the new location, first an assurance that Cinderlands will continue operations at the Lawrenceville brewery, with a focus on farmhouse beer.

Here’s what to expect when the doors open in the Strip.

Beer (duh)

If you thought the beer offerings at Cinderlands’ Lawrenceville location were good, then you’re going to be pretty excited about this news. The new brewery contains a 15-barrel system, a major expansion over the 3.5-barrel setup in Lawrenceville.

That means Head Brewer Paul Schneider can increase production, with between eight and 16 beers available on draft and can releases about every two weeks.

Expect beers in the following categories:

  • Hop-driven
  • Pilsners and lagers
  • Tartshake IPA
  • Stout
  • Fruited sour wheat
  • Farmhouse
  • Tea and coffee beer
  • Barrel-aged — eventually
What's brewing in Pittsburgh's food and drink scene.

So much brewing equipment for so much beer.

Courtesy of Cinderlands Beer Co.

And more than just beer

In addition to beer, look for a Pennsylvania wine list and cocktails featuring liquor from Pennsylvania distilleries, so there’s something for everyone.

A scratch kitchen

Lunch and dinner options include smoked meat platters, salty snacks, sandwiches, and seasonal vegetable dishes, with dinner options built for sharing. Look for nods to hearty Pittsburgh traditions and use of beer and brewery byproducts.

“On Butler Street, we make big dumb sandwiches. Now that we have more space, I’m excited to finally be able to make big dumb entrees,” Executive Chef Joe Kiefer said in a news release.

Stay tuned for weekend brunch plans and a dessert menu.

Creative reuse

The Smallman Street location takes over what used to be Spaghetti Warehouse (yes, old landmarks are how we identify things in Pittsburgh).

Cinderlands will accommodate more than 300 people across two stories, including a dining room, lounge, and outdoor patio.

An patio space for hanging out outside.

A patio space for hanging outside.

Courtesy of Cinderlands Beer Co.

Instagram-worthy backdrops

Gawk at the 15-barrel brewing system from both floors. And, in time, don’t miss the Warehouse’s private dining room, the “Barrel Room,” featuring a two-story wall stacked with 50 oak barrels.

But before you get to any of that, check out the Jeremy M. Raymer mural on your way in.

Good neighbors

Cinderlands is located next to the new Kingfly Spirits and just steps from Wigle Whiskey, which has major expansion plans in the works. That means there’s some serious bar hopping potential in the Strip District now.