One doesn’t have to go far to find a great glass of locally produced wine or ale. Round up some friends and check out the following establishments:
• Apis Mead & Winery, 206 Mary St., Carnegie, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer. It is the only Pittsburgh meadery producer of honey wines using local honey, fruit and spices. With 15 rotating taps, the facility has a 40-plus-seat tasting room with board games and pinball machines. Bring your own food or buy from the various food trucks that stop outside where there is a patio, fire pit and live music. It is open 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 412-478-9172 or visit apismead.com for details.
• Quantum Spirits, 230 E. Main St., Suite 200, Carnegie, can handle 75 people for cocktails or 30 for sit-down dinner service in its spacious tasting room. Its distillery produces vodka, gin and citrus vodka. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 4 to 10 p.m. Friday; and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Call 412-314-1853 or visit quantumspirits.com for information.
• Kavic Winery, 1013 Campbells Run Road, Carnegie, makes its red and white wines with grapes from its own locally grown vineyard. Besides having a tasting room, they sell wine gifts and accessories. It is open noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and private events are usually held on Sunday. Visit kavicwinery.net or call 412-279-WINE for information.
• Insurrection Ale, 1635 E. Railroad St., Heidelberg, is a Nano brewery of handcrafted small batch artisan ales being served alongside sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza and various cheese/charcuterie trays. There are plenty of TVs inside and an open air patio outside. It is open 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to midnight, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call 412-276-2030 or visit insurrectionaleworks.com for details.
• D&O Wine Cellars, 70 E. Crafton Ave., Crafton, is now featuring open mic night on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. It is also open 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit dowinecellars.com or call 412-458-0058 for information.
• Pittsburgh Bottleshop, 1597 Washington Pike,, Bridgeville, has new owners who recently started brewing. Known for its menu of food and drink selections, the restaurant also offers live music on various dates and can service private parties. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.to 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 412-279-8191 or visit pghbottle shop.com for details.
Enjoy these local businesses this summer!