Rivertowne Pourhouse

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87 Beers
266 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 45
Visits: 59
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

312 Center Road
Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 15146
United States
phone: (412) 372-8199

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Place added by: WVbeergeek on 07-03-2007

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Reviews: 45 | Visits: 59
Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 11/25/07. This was our last stop on our trip to Pittsburgh.

The vibe of this place is part family restaurant, part sports bar. We entered the pub and immediately made our way to the horseshoe-shaped bar, where we sat. There were about 16 stools around the bar. The pub area featured some nice woodwork and lightly colored walls. Quite clean and spacious. Several TVs were broadcasting sporting events. There was a large mug club collection above the bar, so it looks like this place is a pretty happening spot for locals. They were not very busy while we were there, so the server was attentive and friendly.

The selection is pretty damn impressive for a brewpub! All in all, they had eighteen (18) taps and one cask selection. There was definitely something for everyone. We decided to get a sampler of eight brews, including two different Scotch ales, a blonde, dunkel, Roggenbier, IPA, wit/hefe blend, and a raspberry wheat. The server also threw in a sample of their pineapple beer, which was so sweet and pretty tasty as well. All of the beers were well done and fresh, and presented quite nicely.

Overall, the selection was extensive for a small brewpub, and the beers were all tasty. I thought $4.50 for a pint of house brew was a little pricey, but $7.95 for eight samples was right on. We didn't try the food, but we heard a few compliments from other patrons, so we'll be sure to get something to eat next time we're there. (1,449 characters)

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Photo of JArt
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Extensive list of beers on tap and available for take out. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Nice selection on menu (116 characters)

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Such a great place to stop by and have a couple pints. Servers are very knowledgable about their beers and pairings. The service was great, even with having a seven person party at dinner and the food was fantastic as well as very reasonably priced. All around great place to stop at and try the new brews they have on tap! (323 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ScottyDuzntNo
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of lftwng4
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,967 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,306 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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? (729 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

We found this bar off the brewpub listing in the Ale Street News. Good stop before we head into Pitt to see the Red Sox/Bucs series.

The atmosphere is not bad. A bunch of high top tables, regular tables, 25 seats at the bar. The place could use a little remodeling. If you walk around, you can peek into the brewery located in the middle of the restaurant.

they have 19 beers on draft and all the beers are under 5 for a 16oz draft. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the beers and pointed us in the right direction. We didn't get any food, but it looks reasonably priced. (582 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The Rivertowne Pourhouse in Monroeville is quite a trek from north of the Burgh, so this place isn't exactly one of my hang outs, but it's only the distant that keeps me from coming more often.

First of all, as others have mentioned, be careful crossing the street from the parking lot to the bar; it can be pretty rough at night, especially after a couple of beers.

When you walk into the bar there is an octagon shaped bar on the right, with tables to the left and some of the brewing set-up visible behind a window on the left.

I like the vibe here, but I don't love it. No one was rude or anything, but no one was especially friendly either. I think if it were a weekend things might be different.

Service was snappy, but I was a little put off that the sampler trays include 7 beers, and you cannot pick which 7. You will take the 7 they give you and be happy with it! I wasn't angry with this, but it really didn't make any sense to me either, especially because I had to try a beer that I just finished a pint of.

The tap list on-line seems up to date to me, and it is impressive that they manage to keep so many of their brews on-tap at all times. Everything was pretty good, and the range of styles is great. Everyone should be able to find something they like here, even though it is only house beers.

I didn't try the food, but it looked like large portioned, solid bar food. In other words, I will give it a shot on my next trip. (1,447 characters)

Photo of slander
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Met up with James, who I didn't know it at the time but has since been identified by Ed & Heather as the drunk who ate all my mozzarella sticks at Blake Street Tavern in Denver a few GABF's back while I was taking the tour of the brewery & distillery. "Fucker!", the call a ½ dozen years overdue, but he brought me some homebrew so we're square. A decent but not terribly unruly ride out one night...

Stand alone on the side of the road, with a deadly get to from parking across the over there. 6 sides of an octagon shaped wood plank laminated bar, off the entrance seating 18 all around. Large waffle chip looking piece over the bar lined with mug club mugs along the perimeter and cross hatchings, flatscreens mounted above and growlers lining the top.

Strangely shaped room narrowing from the bar. Yellow walls over wood plank lowers, and droppish ceiling with sunken spots. The place is done in way too much Steelers whatever everywhere, but also some Xmas wrapped nothings and on the far wall, brewery beer boards listing beer by beer, fishing pics, old tyme (like before the letter "I" was available to everyone) black & whites of earlier than now type stuff, and shirts hanging. Flats throughout and all around for viewing images. On the far wall, a 3 barrel tank extending through the wall, the taps pouring from there. A row of 11 below 7 more above (center 3, singles outside). Next to the taps, some kind of vertical slat board listing tap selections, 1 to 18.

7 hightops & a single low boy around the bar, and another half dozen tables beyond, down and around some glass caged in brewing equipment to a wraparound room with a dozen tables and another dozen in a room through there, the windows growler lined. Copper brewing equipment to the rear of the center room with some sort of super special hang; some sort of a banquet space back there all curtained up. And of course, a small nook with darts & the obligatory Phil's golf game (live).

Samplers are served on a fish shaped wood piece slotted. The brewmaster's sampler offered 7 beers of my choosing (there's also an assistant brewmaster's sampler but it dealt less beers so I deemed it less good). Started with the Shepherd's Crook Scottish Ale, 5.1%, dark, smooth maltiness without the band aid; Highland Heather Scotch Ale, 9.7%, boozy, malty, lighter in color; Last Chance Vienna Lager, 5.5%, sweet, nicely balanced; Godoffle Hefe, 5.7%, sulfur nose, banana & clove; Casc-It (American ESB), 5.2%, on nitro, all cascaded up; Drunken Leprechaun (Dry Irish Stout), 5.2%, also on nitro, roasty; Old Wylie's IPA, 6.2%, nicely hopped. And I guess I have to choose another 7, so... Babbling Blonde, 5.3%, light, with a slight maltiness; Uterbrau, 5.3%, a very good alt, red, malty; White Lightning, 6.3%, grains of paradise & coriander, it's a big beer; Arctic Amber, 6.0%, decently balanced; West Coast Stout, 6.4%, nicely roasty; Razzmatazz, 5.2%, not overly cloying for a raspberry; Super Simcoe Extra Pale Ale, 5.3%, Simcoe, enough said. Win! And there's really only a handful left unvisited, so... Pineapple Under the Sea, 4.8%, oh yes, pineapple, uh huh, but the base beer is what I don't know; Brown Ale, 5.5%, good maltiness, as well it should; Super Simcoe Extra Pale Ale on cask, I am officially not liking my first beer here; and I decided to forego contestant number 18, the Ultra Light Tackle. The Last Chance Vienna Lager, Casc It, Old Wylie's IPA, Uterbrau, White Lightning, West Coast Stout, Super Simcoe Extra Pale Ale & Brown Ale were all very good, and that's ½ of them.

Had a cup of the wedding soup, only had to ask twice (actually, asked once and reminded once), and it was just okay. Toyed then, with the all you can eat crab legs, but no, I'll deal the blackened tuna salad. Hooray, Iceburg lettuce, you are king of all lettuce (even if everyone says you have less than zero nutritional value), and yeah, man, I was diggin' on them mandarin oranges goin' on. You know what woulda really made that salad money? Had it shown up with the French dressing I'd asked for instead of nothing but pain. Still, it was a good salad, I 'et it up.

Comfortable enough place. A decent crowd this Tuesday night, except for this bunch of ass clowns in kilts playing bar video games, they should shut up. Server spaced my soup and denied me dressing on the salad, but dealt me samples of what I missed on the samplers and was aesthetically pleasing. And the beers, they really were pretty good overall. (4,482 characters)

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Rivertowne Pourhouse in Monroeville, PA
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