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Active Beers: 77
Beer Ratings: 501
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 18 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 44 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by WVbeergeek:
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I decided to stop in and grab some lunch and do some sampling to assess the newest brewpub in the Pittsburgh area, needless to say from looking at both brewers past works I had no doubts about the quality of the beer. Old Parkway Tavern location from what I hear it was gutted and renovated and brewing equipment was installed and working in a record two weeks, right now this place is still forming it's identity but right now it's clean I love the round bar facing the 18 tap draft system plus one cask a flowing while I was there beers range from their very own micro brewed ultra light beer style to the very impressive Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel aged version of their Clavrock Imperial Stout. Like jeffbearer mentioned earlier fruit beers were dead on and that's coming from me, not so much a fruit beer drinker in general. I guess I have a spot in my heart for real fruit inspired beer that utilizes pomegranate and 42 pounds of fresh raspberries. Talking to Andrew Maxwell and Barret Goddard, I see this new project as a long time coming step toward independence and creativity...the brewing thing is great but butting heads with management or worse yet corporate management is no way to pull off the type of beers that you really want to as a brewmaster. My food selection was a small hoagie that ended up being huge that's a good thing it was a chicken jambalaya sub damn tasty with a nice portion of fried to perfection homemade chips. I spoke with Andrew about Fathead's homemade chips that are always overcooked and overly greasy and asked them what they were doing differently according to him at the push of a button their deep fryers filter themselves. Bartender was not necessarily to into the beers but was adventurous enough to have tried everything, he explained how the Shepard's Crook Scottish Ale was his favorite and I must say dead on to style and incredibly drinkable.
07-16-2007 18:10:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.73/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Amazing Beer and Amazing Food...What else even needs to be said. You have to go to the Pourhouse. Always between 14-18 different Microbrewed beers made right there in the restaurant. If given a chance go sometime in the fall and get the Pumpkin Spice Beer, it's amazing. I'm a regular and the food and beer is what keeps me going back.
06-10-2013 21:52:35 | More by ScottyDuzntNo
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Arrived at Rivertowne and thought it was closed...no activitiy or signage screaming open and come drink. The quality of the food and beer was very good. The server was fine didnt really have much interest in shooting the breeze and did not have confident selection in food or beer. There is plenty of beer styles to choose from...you cant find somthing you got issues. I only had the pretzel and it was GREAT! I didnt think it was expensive. 14 tasters and a pretzel for $18 + tip. Overall it was a not bad and would recommend it.
08-02-2012 03:59:48 | More by WoodBrew
4.58/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We have been to Rivertowne Pourhouse several times. The atmosphere is very much like a typical sports bar. It does not particularly feel like a microbrewery, and it is very laid back. It is safe to say that families come out here. The food is good, we had a bucket of wings and a pizza. They both were very good. The pizza was simple, with a great tomato sauce that was uncomplicated and let the pepperoni shine.
Now for the beer. I have had the blueberry in the past, and it has been very good. They make a pumpkin in the fall that is great. This time around I had two. I had the peach, and it was pretty good, all in. It had a great peach smell and finished dry. On a whim, I tried the pineapple. They had a Hawaiian name the first night, and the next day they had renamed it. It was cloudy and very pineapple smelling. The taste, wow! It was amazing for a fruit beer. My husband had the IPA and really liked it. All of the beers have been very good.
07-24-2012 16:25:59 | More by lftwng4
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A few blocks away from the "main intersection" in Monroeville, this is the third of what is now four Rivertowne locations, and the location responsible for brewing all of the Rivertowne beers that you find at the other three locations. It is worth noting that I believe much of the bottled "Rivertowne" is made at Full Pint Brewing, which is a bit of a joint venture where I believe Rivertowne is a part investor and brewers Goddard and Maxwell brew for both operations.
Atmosphere: Atmosphere is fairly laid back. When it's "busy" there is a buzz of chatter around the bar, but even then it's far from "rowdy".
Quality: I'll break Quality up into two categories:
Q1 = Quality of the Beer Lines/Glasses/Pour/freshness/etc.
I've rarely if ever had any problems with the beer lines or glassware at Rivertowne. Everything is genuinely fresh and of good quality.
Q2 = Quality of the beer being served. I like almost everything they make. I love very little of it.
Rivertowne's beers tend to be maltier, and I'm a hop head. And they certainly are flavorful, for the most part, but they aren't "aggressively flavored" in a smack-you-in-the-face way, and sometimes I like bigger, stronger, bolder beers. Like I said, it's good beer. Just maybe a bit short of "great beer".
Service: Service is usually good here.
Selection: At the Pourhouse location, the only offering that wasn't made in-house is the Woodchuck Cider. They'll generally have 18 beers on draft, which I think is phenominal for a brewpub. But I do also wish they would offer a few out-of-town selections, as well.
Food: Food is very good here. Greasy bar food and impressive dinner options, all done exceptionally well and at a reasonable price. As such, non-beer-lovers will enjoy making this trip with you as well as craft-beer-drinkers will.
Value: The beers are a bit on the high end, at almost $5 a pop, but that's offset by the value this place delivers with it's appetizer and entree offerings.
01-18-2012 21:42:21 | More by psuKinger
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
(Visited 02/2011): Rivertowne Pourhouse (pun!) is located in northeastern Monroeville on Center Rd, not too far off 376 and relatively close to the airport. They have ample parking around the building and across the street.
The interior is laid out in different rooms with brewing equipment situated in the middle. The bar area offers a good number of seats, and there are high tables and restaurant tables elsewhere. The motif is not surprisingly Steelers- heavy, with wood and outdoorsy-type decor behind it all. There are boards listing available beers as well.
Rivertowne has a fairly extensive draught list and offers paddles to sample them. On my visit there were 16 unique beers, ranging from lighter fare like Uter Brau and Light Tackle to stronger beers like Slhoppy Monster IIPA. Other options include Dark Helmet Schwarzbier, B.A. Babockus and Uncle Tom's Tumbling Pebble. On the whole the beers are average to above average.
Service on a weekday lunch was good. The place was pretty empty and the server was attentive and relatively knowledgeable about the beers.
Food at Rivertowne is solid. The menu leans toward seafood and they have a lot of subs/sandwiches too. Both my and my colleague's lunches were enjoyable.
Overall this place is a decent spot to hit outside the Pittsburgh area.
09-12-2011 15:47:10 | More by Dogbrick
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
One of my favorite Pubs to go to. The drafts are reasonably priced at $4.75 and even cheaper during their 10-12 happy hour at only $3.00 for most of the brews and half priced appetizers.
The atmosphere is a little rustic but it is spacious with tables in the front and back. Good luck getting a seat at the bar on Saturday since this place is popular and packed.
The best foods I found are the spinach and artichoke dip with bread and the scotch eggs (sausage covered hard boiled eggs, fried with a side of hot sauce) Will need to get the Jambalaya hoagie again.
With 12-14 beers on tap and bottles to go this place is awesome. Whats even better is I just got a 50 dollar's worth of goods for 25 dollars. What could be better?
08-25-2011 04:13:59 | More by DrDemento456
Rivertowne Pourhouse in Monroeville, PA
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.