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Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Brewing CompanyPennsylvania Brewing Company
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3.64/5
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3,403 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 52
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Photo of ksolekjr
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

One of the best Octoberfests I have been to

Photo of Vero-Dave
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Legit brewery atmosphere. Above average German food and good beer. Recommended!

Photo of petervicinski
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Fantastic Brewery! A true gem in the beer world.

Photo of McMatt7
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Weezy on tap

Photo of mattsmith20
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Great, fresh beer and authentic German food. Can't go wrong!

Photo of Paymygasbill77
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of Aosemidey
2.4/5  rDev -41.7%
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

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Alchemist
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of mccarltone
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of bigdeuce
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of dexterk1
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Buggies
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of bamadog
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

HV

Photo of irishevans
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
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)

Photo of nukem5
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of dungledauf
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Kolsch
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of brewman63
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of coachdonovan
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of CrossansWright
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, PA
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.