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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
800 Vinial Street
phone: (412) 237-9402
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vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1 | $$
This place might have an appeal to the locals (there's not many breweries in the area) just because it's one of the few in the vicinity. However I suspect if other breweries start moving in that the PA Brewing Company might start finding itself between a rock and a hard place. Overall their beers are pretty boring and have no distinct style. Their Marzen is about the closest thing to some sort of inkling of a good idea that never fully comes around. Their selection is just a cut above something you from the Majors, not much on taste or fun. If you come in for the food, prepare yourself for food with no flavor either. Just because you choose to emulate European food and beer doesn't you should stop there, you have to bring something to the table. Improve yourself, unless you're aiming to be the next Applebees
04-13-2013 17:36:44 |
More by Aosemidey
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
Visited late afternoon on September 24 during Happy Hour. Great price for drafts at this time. $3/pint draft. However, two beers were unavailable on draft at the time of my visit.
Atmosphere: Traditional German Beer Hall with benches and seats. Much like Penn Brewery from the past. Exception would be a TV and radio playing which takes away from the German Beer Hall atmosphere.
Service: Had to wait 5 minutes before a bartender waited on me despite the restaurant manager, brewers drinking, head chef drinking, and numerous waiters watching me wait. After the wait, the bartender was very punctual and knowledgable about the beer. Service was good afterwards.
Selection: Penn Kaiser Pils and Penn Dark were not available on draft which was unbelievable. Tried the Penn Pilsner and Penn Gold which seemed to taste the same. Would like to see Penn Brewery have a dedicated draft for a beer only available at the Brewery.
Food: Did not try the food at this time, but I visited earlier this year and tried Buffalo Chicken Pieroghis which were very good.
Value: At Happy Hour, the price is very good. At other times, the beer approaches $5/pint draft.
10-03-2010 17:17:16 |
More by dungledauf
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I visited the brewery with several of my co-workers on a business trip to Pittsburgh. The Steelers were playing the Eagles on this night, so that may explain why we were just about the only patrons.
We were seated in the main hall with a view of the brewery through the huge glass window. The building does show some age, which added to the atmosphere. The menu seemed impressive and I could not wait to try the wurst plate.
Unfortunatley, I was disappointed. The service was lacking and no one seemed to enjoy their meals ranging from the pot roast to wurst plate all the way to the salmon patties.
However, everyone enjoyed their beers. I had the penn dark and was able to convert a few people with the penn gold and the pilsner.
If I make it back to Pittsburgh I would stop in for some drinks and that is about all.
08-21-2005 22:38:57 |
More by tsmthrs
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Penn Brewery is an older brewery and one that consistently does decent business, though Id bet the money made selling beer and food at their restaurant only accounts for a small percentage of their profits. But every time Ive been there it has been moderately busy or fully packed. I was just their this past weekend visiting my folks. We went there for lunch.
The atmosphere is very nice. With the high ceiling, large solid (knee-killer) wooden tables and benches, flags on the walls that were the same design as the labels of their beer labels, nice-looking bar and a glass wall letting you see into the brewery, they are definitely going for a German look and they do it nicely. I enjoyed having lunch at this place. They have a parking deck so parking isnt a problem, which is very nice considering how bad parking can be at many other places throughout Pittsburgh. Food was good, not great. Ive had much better knackwurst, and there was way too much caraway seed in their sauerkraut, but otherwise the food was very tasty German cuisine. The beers were all average or better. My Dad had the Penn Dark, Mom had the Pilsner, my wife had the Weizen, and I had the Marzen. The service was slow and server wasnt very personable, seemed kind of annoyed that I asked a question about the beer. That was probably the worst thing about my trip.
Id probably recommend going here for the atmosphere alone if youre ever in Pittsburgh, but I dont think its worth going way out of your way for.
02-07-2005 17:06:39 |
More by ski271
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere is really cool to me. Penn Brew is located in the old Eberhardt & Ober Brewery. Although the area immediately surrounding the area (even the breweries parking lot) is run down... borderline ghetto, the atmosphere of the old building is quite cool. For a really old building, they have done a good job maintaining it.
The quality of food and beer was great. We went on 9/24/11, and they were featuring their Oktoberfest menu. We ordered the potato pancakes, pretzels and beer cheese, and the sausage platter. They even have a small kids menu. All were good. The pretzels were overly salted and sort of stale though.
Service wasn't great but it wasn't terrible. The original beer and food order went in fast. We got drinks and our food arrived promptly. However, after that, the waitress really never came back. We were never asked for another beer, and we had to physically stop her two times to ask for stuff like ketchup and napkins for the kids. They are also very poor at keeping the tables cleaned. the table we sat at was sticky and had food all over it. The waitress recognized that the table dirty and picked a few chucks of the larger food bits off the table. But she didn't wipe with a rag. That doesn't seem very sanitary to me.
I gave it slightly lower selection scores since they limit you to their Oktoberfest menu. There were things on their regular menu that I had wanted to order.
Apart from the poor service, the food was good and the beer is always good. I will stop back again after Oktoberfest is over so I can order off their regular menu.
09-25-2011 13:59:15 |
More by Buggies
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
3rd Twilight Singers show in 6 days requires a jaunt to the 'Burgh. First the Children's Museum and then a long overdue trip to Penn.
Atmosphere: We entered through the first floor, bypassing the patio area. Picnic style tables and a few traditional round ones dot the bar area. The rathskeller is downstairs, as are restrooms. The bright copper brewing tuns are behind glass on the first floor. A short bar abuts that wall.
Quality: The tables were a little sticky. The restrooms, men's at least, was better off avoided. Service was good though and the beers offer no complaints.
Service: Friendly and fairly prompt, so no complaints there. There were at least three people working the inside area.
Selection: Nine hours beers available. We settled in with the Penn Dark, the Weizenbock and the Allegheny Pale Ale. The weizenbock took the blue ribbon, a hazy dose of clove.
Food: Those were some thick chicken fingers. Pretzels were okay, cooling down a little too quickly (and turning hard). The bacon-wrapped hotdog was spectacular.
05-14-2011 23:35:00 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a pretty nice brewery and one of the best in Pittsburgh(maybe my favorite). I like the outside area in warm weather and inside they have picnic tables for everyone. Atmosphere is very good both inside and out.
The beer quality is pretty good. They have some nice beers( penn dark. the boc is nice and the oktoberfest is good too). Selection is pretty nice as well. They have a decent amount of beers to choose from at any given time. It is a nice destination for beer in Pittsburgh. Prices are reasonable too.
11-24-2011 03:06:41 |
More by dexterk1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This was the second time I have visitied this place,I love the atmosphere the different flags hangin the community tables and different pictures on the walls makes this place feel like your in a small Bavarian brauhause.I came for the maibock they didnt have it but I did get to try the marzen wich was nice but not the maibock!Food was traditional and good,my father-in-law from Hanover,Germany likes the food from here so it must be somewhat authentic I had the weinershnitzel with German potato salad and spaetzel,my wife had the Pittsburgh club on incredible rye bread.Our server seemed a little aloof but he was timely,a place to go just for the atmosphere and ambiance when in Pittsburgh but damn I wanted the maibock.
05-20-2005 13:31:11 |
More by oberon
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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 |
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