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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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Beer Ratings: 2,547
Beer Avg: 3.63
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
800 Vinial Street
phone: (412) 237-9402
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We made an enjoyable stop here on a Saturday afternoon while waiting for our daughter to finish rehearsal. Located across a bridge from downtown, the brewery is located heading up a hill with a nice view of downtown (from the outside at least). The multi-level space is pleasant if a bit run down inside. Tables with long benches and a 6 or 8 seat bar.
Beer selection was rather limited but we got there just in time to get the Oktoberfest which was quite tasty. We also enjoyed the Weizen.Service was pleasant, if a little inattentive.
I'd stop back again.
02-11-2011 20:32:47 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it here after years of driving past it, and drinking the hell out of their beers. Took the Ol' Lady here and we met up with an old friend of mine from high school (Fox Chapel, in case any BAs from Pittsburgh were wondering).
the atmosphere was comfy. they had a live band playing some jazz/blues mixture that was kind of "chill", the other folks there were all chipper. the way you felt being there was just comfortable, a happy vibe about the place.
if you don't know already, the beers they make here are all top notch wonderful examples of their respective styles, so I'd say it get a total 5
the service is so good here. and they also support BA and are very good to BAs that come in. they will walk you through the whole line up via samples and love to chat about what they are pouring, so I'd say the knowledge of the staff it awesome too. they really seem to know how a good brewpub should operate.
the selection is what they make, nothing outside, and it's all good, from the year rounds to the seasonals. I'm now rather angry with myself for not getting my ass down there sooner.
(didn't eat here)
01-20-2011 22:10:32 |
More by irishevans
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A: Long tables adorne the main bar room and its Germanic influence is obvious.Sometimes you may see as well as here ompah bands mostly during the Oktoberfests.Love to watch the brewmaster working behind the glass brewing liquid gold.
Q: Always fresh beer as seen thrugh the glass to the big copper kettles.
S: Always quick to serve and knowledgeable .Staff are very friendly.
S: Menu is aways very yummy looking but never have the time to eat there.
F: N/A Just stop in for growlers and drafts.
V: Very resonable and as far as the growlers go 10$ to fill.
01-12-2011 06:34:26 |
More by nukem5
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
Visited late afternoon on September 24 during Happy Hour. Great price for drafts at this time. $3/pint draft. However, two beers were unavailable on draft at the time of my visit.
Atmosphere: Traditional German Beer Hall with benches and seats. Much like Penn Brewery from the past. Exception would be a TV and radio playing which takes away from the German Beer Hall atmosphere.
Service: Had to wait 5 minutes before a bartender waited on me despite the restaurant manager, brewers drinking, head chef drinking, and numerous waiters watching me wait. After the wait, the bartender was very punctual and knowledgable about the beer. Service was good afterwards.
Selection: Penn Kaiser Pils and Penn Dark were not available on draft which was unbelievable. Tried the Penn Pilsner and Penn Gold which seemed to taste the same. Would like to see Penn Brewery have a dedicated draft for a beer only available at the Brewery.
Food: Did not try the food at this time, but I visited earlier this year and tried Buffalo Chicken Pieroghis which were very good.
Value: At Happy Hour, the price is very good. At other times, the beer approaches $5/pint draft.
10-03-2010 17:17:16 |
More by dungledauf
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: The atmosphere here is very laid back and casual. There is outdoor seating available and there is a bar located outside as well. The indoors has seating upstairs and downstairs. Very 'rustic' in a German style. There is ample seating. Penn Brewery also offers entertainment.
Service: The service was exceptional. The bartender was quite knowledgable and offered samples to my wife so she could decide what she wanted to have. Out waitress was fantastic as well. She was prompt, efficient and knowledgable about the food AND the beer. Another time we were there, the service was blah. Not very friendly and tried to get rid of us after one hour when the sign on the door clearly said 2 hours. New management here is ruining this place.
Selection: The selection available is quite small, but that is only because they don't brew an overwhelming amount of beer. The Penn Dark, Penn Pilsner, Penn Weizenn, Penn Gold and the Allegheny Pale Ale were available on tap.
Food: Genuine authentic German food...a decent variety. Everyone at our table enjoyed what we had.
Value: Extremely reasonable beer and food prices, with free parking located right next door.
08-02-2010 19:45:16 |
More by IronCitySteve
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
First visit here since re-opening. Place was pretty busy for a mid Saturday afternoon.
Atmosphere: we sat inside to eat. The interior has not really changed much since they re-opened. Small bar up front maybe seats 8 with a couple of hightops scattered about. Long German picnic tables surround entrance. Once we finished eating, we moved outside in the biergarten to drink our beers. Nothing beats drinking fine German beer outside on a hot and very windy day.
Quality/Selection: 6 beers on tap. Penn Pilsner, Penn Gold, Penn Wheat, Penn Dark, Kaiser Pils and Pale Ale. Had the Penn Dark and Kaiser Pils. Quality and freshness was outstanding, especially for the Kaiser Pils. The Penn Dark is probably one of the best made Dunkels in the US. The Kaiser Pils is also a very under appreciated Pils and probably my favorite Pils next to Victory Prima Pils. I also tasted my wifes Pale Ale and thought it was good, though it leaves just a slight bitter aftertaste that I did not care for.
Food: had a plate of Potato Pancakes and Bratwurst. Very tasty and much better than I remember.
Overall: even though I live a good hour away and don't make it down here often, I am very glad this opened back up. It was also nice seeing Tom Pastorius walking around and talking with Patrons.
07-18-2010 14:07:20 |
More by Kolsch
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Glad this place is back in business!
I've come here many times, from special events like Oktoberfest or their Microbrew Festival to just stopping in before or after the game. It's always a great time. The beer is always top-notch from their weizen to the dark to the seasonals - there's always a good brew to be had. And the food has greatly improved over the last couple of years. Before it was hit-or-miss, sometimes you would get a good meal and sometimes you wouldn't. But lately all the meals I've had their have been top-notch. If you like German food and beer there's no other place to go than the Brewery.
06-09-2010 16:08:13 |
More by brewman63
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
So happy to see Penn Brewing back up and running again. In the midst of a stroll through the North Side, I stopped in on a beautiful late afternoon in May. Was greeted at the outside bar by the owner, Tom Pastorius. Had a great chat with him about getting the brewery back up and running, the crazies at the PA Liquor Control Board and New England beer (I was wearing a 'Gansett shirt).
I enjoyed my Penn Dark at one of the outside tables. They had their regular beers plus the new PENNdemonium and Pale Ale. Some are disappointed that PBC is taking a small step away from its German roots and producing a non-lager. But the beer is pretty good, and if it draws in some new people to the brewery, then I'm all for it.
Having never been here before, I took a stroll through both floors inside. The upstairs and downstairs have full views of the brewing tanks and you can really feel the history of the building. I didn't sample the food, but it looked to be a mostly old world German menu with some modern options thrown in. The tables aren't quite as long as an authentic Hofbräuhaus, but the vibe is definitely the same. I would love to come back here with good friends and just let lots of session lagers wash my troubles away.
05-18-2010 16:18:29 |
More by coachdonovan
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went to the brewery last night to celebrate a good friend's 21st. Her aunt and uncle used to be part owner of the brewery and she said that there used to be a lot more of a "German atmosphere." Wish I could have been there for that. Our Party of five had the pretzels and spinach and artichoke dip for starters. There were only two hot pretzel sticks and there was not enough bread for the fairly bland dip. There were huge chunks of artichoke and the pretzels were very good, as was the mustard they were served with.
I think we sampled everything on draft; Pen Gold, Pilsner, Dark and Weizen. Everyone was satisfied. I know my Dark was especially tasty. For dinner, we had a burger (the cheese was forgotten), a chicken caesar salad, a brewery club sandwich and two steak sandwiches.
The club sandwich was basically lunch meat and bread, supremely unimpressive, but the steak sandwich was very good. I think that a different cheese (it was served with gouda) may have helped it even more. Perhaps a sharp bleu? We stuck with sandwiches and salads because the "Entree Menu" is a steep rise in price. Most dinner entrees ranged from about $17-20. The sandwiches etc. were about $7-9. Not much in between as far as price is concerned.
I had a Pilsner for dessert, but the birthday girl got a free apple strudel. We also had another strudel and a slice of strawberry cheesecake. I tasted the strudel and was not impressed. The apples were soggy and there was a cinnamon sprinkling that went overboard.
Overall, the service was great, except for what I assume was a miscommunication about the cheese on the burger. On the other hand, it was EXTREMELY slow for a Friday night. I think we were our server's only table, so anything but wonderful service would have been a big letdown. I would assume service wouldn't be as good if it was a busy night, but they might not ever have that "problem." Everything was reasonably priced, but the lack of atmosphere was kind of depressing. It feels like the establishment is on its last legs.
I will continue to enjoy the beer, but will probably not be back for a long time. It was good to go once, but there is really no reason to make this place a regular stop if your in Pittsburgh. Many other places have better selection of beer and food for comparable, if not better, prices.
03-28-2009 21:15:11 |
More by CrossansWright
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Just had dinner here for the first time and they close their doors tomorrow. I really enjoyed my visit to this authentic German Bier Garten. The atmosphere was great! Long tables with everyone talking and eating and drinking and having a great time. The service was ok. Our waitress kept forgetting things but everything was prompt. The selection was the Penn beers which I had the Marzen and the Weizen. Both were amazing and even better on tap then in the bottle. The food was great. They had mostly authentic German food but also some Pittsburgh favorites like a grilled chicken salad. The prices were not bad. I don't know what the individual beer prices were but my meal was $20 on the menu and the total bill for 2 meals and 3 beers was $51. I have only been here once but I will definitely miss this place. Hopefully they will open a new location so I can get that Weizen on tap from the source.
I really just wanted to get my review in here since it won't be possible once this is listed as closed.
02-28-2009 07:29:48 |
More by CrazyMacHarris99
Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, PA
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