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Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Pennsylvania Brewing CompanyPennsylvania Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 2,786
Beer Avg: 3.63

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

800 Vinial Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212
United States
phone: (412) 237-9402

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Paymygasbill77

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $

Great people, Great beer, Great food, Great atmosphere. I think that this place is great. The beer is authentic German style beers. The price is also very good.

I recommend coming here if you ever get the opportunity. Try the Marzen, The Bock, Dopplebock, Dunkel, and the Gold.

11-24-2013 19:18:11 | More by Paymygasbill77
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Aosemidey

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -40%
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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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Alchemist

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I have been coming to Penn Brewery since they were known as Allegheny Brewery of the Pennsylvania Brewing Co., so that goes back to the beginning. I've seen there ups and the big down and am happy to see how they have rebounded.
The beer selection is all about their beers which I feel is how it should be. After all I am at a brewery to sample what they make, not another brewery. I am a big fan of German styles, but with their addition of other styles, there should be something for just about anyone.

The food has always been good, but if I have a complaint it would be that I miss some of my old favorites.

If you are looking for good beer and great atmosphere give Penn a try.

03-20-2012 21:24:41 | More by Alchemist
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mccarltone

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

One of my favorite places to go in Pittsburgh. Since its revival the Penn Brewery has not let me down. I really enjoy that you can get growler fills here as well. The beer is better than ever (taking a downturn from the old owners) and honestly the food now is better than ever. They may have some of the best pierogies in the city if you ask me.

My only real complaint is that they could do a better job cleaning the tables and whatnot. This is minor, but I've gone a few times and it our table was just not ready to be sat at.

If you are up in the Troy Hill neighborhood (for some reason), get to the Penn Brewery ASAP!

12-24-2011 00:22:12 | More by mccarltone
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Penn Brewery is a spot I try to hit at least 3 times a year. It is located in the "old German" quarter of Pittsburgh. They have bench/picnic table style seating and a bar. You can view the actual brewery from your seat and can go down to the basement to see the rest of the "vat". They serve all the Penn beers including seasonal beer. Sometimes they have beer on a "rotating" release. The beer is outstanding. The Weizen I would run up against any on the planet. It is outstanding in a bottle, but on tap it is even better. The food is good, including jagerschnitzel to sauerbraten. Many times they have German live music as this is the theme, of course. A great "laid back" place with plenty of German fare, music, and needless to say, terrific beer.

12-21-2011 14:04:23 | More by bigdeuce
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

My friends recently took me on a 'Burgh Beer Tour and this was the first stop. I have to say, it was kind of tough for any place to follow it as it was super solid.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is cool, and reminiscent of a small, town hall Hofbrauhaus kind of thing with the long, solid wooden tables and benches; there's a nice big, glass wall that looks out onto the copper kettles, and it just looks classic; the parking in that part of the city kind of sucked, but hey, they can't have everything. There are also a couple of nice outdoor areas, one being a quality little bier garden in the center of the outdoor area looking up the ivy covered brick walls -- really pretty.

Quality: I feel that what they offered was really good. I only had one while there (Penn Weizen) but I tasted everyone else's and I was pleased. All of the beers on-tap were theirs, so no guest taps or anything, but I can dig that as there are quite a few beer bars in Pittsburgh, as I found out. The beer I had was phenomenal (see review), and the food was well-made too, especially, and who would have thought it, but the fish pirogues kicked ass.

Service: Our waitress was quick and efficient, and knowledgeable about all of the beers on tap and was able to give a solid description of all of them. She may have been trained to say those things, but they were spot on so I'm more apt to believe that she's familiar with the product.

Selection: As mentioned above, they only had their beers on tap, but there was still easily a choice of 10 different styles.

Food: Also as mentioned above, food kicked ass. The fish pirogues were outstanding, and the pub fries with the BBQ pork were great as well. I really liked that it wasn't over the top food created by a quality chef as it really wouldn't have fit the atmosphere, and it also helped keep the price reasonable.

Value: I feel that we got every penny's worth in visiting this particular establishment and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the greater Pittsburgh area.

06-08-2011 20:02:08 | More by bamadog
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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
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Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, PA
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.