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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
800 Vinial Street
phone: (412) 237-9402
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Rolled through on my "In exile in Western PA for 13 weeks tour". On approach you feel it's just a picture postcard of an old old old time brewery. Absolutely amazing. I entered through these iron gates that led me into this beautiful brick biergarten with a handful of people eating and drinking at the outdoor tables. Heading inside, you find a bunch of long german beer hall style tables and some smaller detatched tables. The bar is dead ahead with a good couple of bar stools, the whole deal looking upon a brewing room with it's shiny copper kettles. very nice. There's a smaller downstairs dining area where apparently they used to "cellar", it's walls blocks 2 feet thick. Outstanding!!
They were pouring 6 beers, all in strict adherence to the Reinheitsgebot. The Penn Dark was a very flavorful Dunkel and the unfiltered HefeWeizen had an amazingly pleasant banana-clove taste, but the real treat here was the brewer's reserve Kaiser Pils.
The food menu is mostly traditional German cuisine. Wurst and the like. Hey, where are you going to get your Rinderrouladen fix?
I myself went with Pasta Baton Rouge (chicken & sausage in a nice cajun sauce over capellini), good stuff.
They do outdoor steak dinners, have bands play, and do accordian night sing-a-longs. And apparently they do a mad Octoberfest, coming up reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal soon.
08-02-2003 13:52:44 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Enter on the south side of the brewery, park on the east side across the street.a lineup of a 7 of their beers both on tap and in bottle. I seriously wanted bottles for example the Kaiser pils, to bring back, but thought it too risky to leave in the car in the heat for a couple of days. The Brewery has got a good sized outdoor cafe seating area, The beer was good, fresh based on a good turnover, bottling. A couple of nice pilsners.Very friendly and patient staff, I felt very comfortable here and I left a fair tip in response. A few blocks away, the worst neighbourhood of Pittsburgh. That makes it a place not recommended for tourists at night, who may take the wrong street.The food I am told is very good.
05-12-2006 04:25:26 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
3rd Twilight Singers show in 6 days requires a jaunt to the 'Burgh. First the Children's Museum and then a long overdue trip to Penn.
Atmosphere: We entered through the first floor, bypassing the patio area. Picnic style tables and a few traditional round ones dot the bar area. The rathskeller is downstairs, as are restrooms. The bright copper brewing tuns are behind glass on the first floor. A short bar abuts that wall.
Quality: The tables were a little sticky. The restrooms, men's at least, was better off avoided. Service was good though and the beers offer no complaints.
Service: Friendly and fairly prompt, so no complaints there. There were at least three people working the inside area.
Selection: Nine hours beers available. We settled in with the Penn Dark, the Weizenbock and the Allegheny Pale Ale. The weizenbock took the blue ribbon, a hazy dose of clove.
Food: Those were some thick chicken fingers. Pretzels were okay, cooling down a little too quickly (and turning hard). The bacon-wrapped hotdog was spectacular.
05-14-2011 23:35:00 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I like this spot a lot more than I initially thought I would. Probably to the same degree in relation to their beers. I am not a big German beer fan, but theirs are quite good, and spot on - which seems to be a rarity amongst American brewers. The layout of the restaurant area is bierhall-ish, but not as huge as the hofbräuhaus. Which is fine. Nothing wrong with a mildly more intimate setting. Service is fine. Service is pretty standard. This is a nice . A good physical showcase for Penn to show their muscle.
01-03-2013 16:24:46 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Made it to the brewery a couple weeks ago, and I must say walking in to the restaurant/bar/brewery seeing the appreciation for European traditional styles of brewing made me all warm in tingly inside, thanks Tom for doing it right. The dining room is clad with flags hanging down each row with large wooden tables very bier hall esque in my eyes. The rather small bar always has Penn's regular lineup on tap along with any seasonals available. You feel like your in another country this place is great. The beer was fresh and the Kaiser Pils brewed in Jan. or Feb. still held up nicely, I enjoyed the Penn Weizen on tap in a signature Penn wheat glass. Our waitress was good to us and service was prompt on a rather slow Tuesday evening. The clear window to the right of the bar unveils copper brew kettles that just breathtakingly put a tear in my eye amazing, and all of their year round beers were available on tap plus two seasonals like I stated but overall this is a selection you could get bored of very traditional but great, and a must for anyone visiting the area or who resides here. Food well I started with a cut of pork chops but it came out overcooked and chewy, so I asked my waitress what she could do and brought me some freshly prepared vienerschnitzel. They came up big on service and mediocre on the food quality control, I can't believe the meat was served as dry as it was, outright horrible. However, they made up for with a truly tasty traditional German dish.
07-13-2003 14:45:06 |
More by WVbeergeek
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: The atmosphere here is very laid back and casual. There is outdoor seating available and there is a bar located outside as well. The indoors has seating upstairs and downstairs. Very 'rustic' in a German style. There is ample seating. Penn Brewery also offers entertainment.
Service: The service was exceptional. The bartender was quite knowledgable and offered samples to my wife so she could decide what she wanted to have. Out waitress was fantastic as well. She was prompt, efficient and knowledgable about the food AND the beer. Another time we were there, the service was blah. Not very friendly and tried to get rid of us after one hour when the sign on the door clearly said 2 hours. New management here is ruining this place.
Selection: The selection available is quite small, but that is only because they don't brew an overwhelming amount of beer. The Penn Dark, Penn Pilsner, Penn Weizenn, Penn Gold and the Allegheny Pale Ale were available on tap.
Food: Genuine authentic German food...a decent variety. Everyone at our table enjoyed what we had.
Value: Extremely reasonable beer and food prices, with free parking located right next door.
08-02-2010 19:45:16 |
More by IronCitySteve
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
When you first walk into this establishment, you enter into the restaurant. There is a very small brass bar in the right hand corner of the room. The selection of beer includes six taps; normal selections like Dark, and Pilsner, and selections of their seasonals. The quality of beer is what you would expect from Penn, with very fresh on tap beers. The service is good, with the bartender changing a keg so I could get a pint of Kaiser Pils, but there are times where the bartenders seem uninterested and give somewhat bad service. However, I have had more times with good service than bad. The atmosphere is laid back during the day, and a good place to go to have a beer with lunch.
01-28-2004 05:54:43 |
More by cupbeerman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 |
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