Local beer lovers have a new warehouse to call home.
Lawrenceville-based Cinderlands Beer Co. will open its second location on Smallman Street in the Strip District on Tuesday.
Cinderlands Warehouse, a two-story, 300-seat facility, features a first-floor bar and dining room with views of the large, open kitchen. Upstairs there is another bar and eatery, as well as a lounge and patio. The building, open Tuesdays through Saturdays, is easily recognizable thanks to artist Jeremy Raymer’s wildlife mural.
“This is a project that’s over three years in the making, so naturally we can barely contain our excitement as we rapidly approach our opening date,” owner Jamie Warden says. “There are thousands of hours of work, blood, sweat and tears put into this. We can’t wait to share the fruits of all that hard work and effort with you, our friends, the Pittsburgh community and the world.”
Operating on a 15-barrel system (an upgrade from the 3.5-barrel Lawrenceville setup), Head Brewer Paul Schneider will whip up between eight and 16 draft beers, with can releases slated for every two weeks or so.
Cinderlands specializes in seven styles ranging from pilsners and lagers to fruited sours and IPAs. New barrel-aged offerings are on the horizon.
In addition to beer, the beverage program in the Strip will include a Pennsylvania wine list curated by Kelly Peterson Bates, a certified sommelier and general manager of Cinderlands’ Butler Street location.
Cocktails concocted by Sara Daversa, bar manager and assistant general manager, will showcase local liquors from Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery, Wigle Whiskey and Lawrenceville Distilling Co.
On the food front, Cinderlands Warehouse — located in the former Spaghetti Warehouse location, with an entirely rebuilt interior and portions of the exterior heavily remodeled — will offer lunch and dinner, with weekend brunch plans in the near future.
Executive Chef Joe Kiefer, an alum of Church Brew Works and Meat & Potatoes, uses beer and brewery byproducts in dishes like spent-grain chicharrones. Other menu highlights include smoked meat platters and seasonal vegetable plates.
Cinderlands debuted in 2017 and has found an enthusiastic audience in Pittsburgh. USA Today recently named it one of the top 10 new breweries in the country. So expansion was a no-brainer.
“This opening means a lot to us on the beer production team, and we hope that it ends up meaning a lot to the city of Pittsburgh, too,” Schneider says. “We make beer for everyone who walks through our doors, from the serious beer fan to first dates to visiting friends and families. I hope everyone who comes in finds a world-class example of a beer they already love, as well as something new that will challenge and surprise them.”