Red Star Brewery & Grill
Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 10
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by DuqTroops:
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited Red Star in October of 2005.
Sat outside under the canopy on the wrap-around-porch. A small hidden gem in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. I went with the fiance and she enjoyed the seasonal soda: Birch Beer and Root Beer; which they make there.
I drank the American Pale Ale and the IPA which were delicious.
The food was excellent; however, it was a little overpriced. We didn't expect it, but due to the decor and ambiance of the restaurant, we understood. The building is an old train station on the north side of Greensburg.
12-11-2005 23:12:46 | More by DuqTroops
More User Reviews:
4.84/5 rDev +18.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
We went into Red Star on a whim, and I'm glad they had signs directing the way, because our GPS about led us astray.
The place is awesome, in an old train station, sort of up on a hill.
The beer was terrific. We did not find a bad one in the bunch. I think the most interesting one was their black lager. It didn't have all the roasted, smoky character of a schwarzbier, but a very well defined malt character with just the right amount of sweetness.
We spoke with the bar tender, it turns out he was the assistant brewer. He was nice enough to pull us a sample of the Double IPA that was still in the fermenter. Talk about service!
The food looked scrumptious, too bad we had eaten only an hour before, so we didn't partake.
Highly recommended. I'd go out of my way to come back.
07-15-2009 21:05:12 | More by sativen
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is the first review since the venue turned into the Red Star Agave Grill, having revamped their menu into a Tex-Mex-with-a-twist affair.
The vibe is still awesome, with the acrobat sculptures hanging from the ceiling, the big open air dining room/bar & the exposed tuns & vats. They did very little to mess with this -- a few colorful banners, & the new logo in a few places. One of the nicest atmospheres in my book. On a neat "personal experience" kinda note, I walked in the door just in front of a local artist who was there to meet with management about doing some decor for the place -- cool to hear that Red Star's open to that.
Quality's always been up there, & as with just about anywhere, I've been to this place enough that I've found service varying: sometimes you get someone who's cranky & just wants to go home, but more often than not it's been very good. My fave waiter is also an actor with a very flamboyant & dramatic repartee with the patrons.
With the change in menu, I was a little worried with the impact this might have on the beer selection. The line-up when I was there was the Greensburg lager, an APA, an IPA, a black pilsner, a Baja red amber ale, & a chile beer. Their standby, the Iron Horse Stout, was not to be found. The black pilsner & chile beer were very good, but I asked the bartender (also a very stand-up guy) whether the beers would continue to be solely coordinated with what suits Mexican food. I'd also developed a love for their Maibock last spring & feared that it would not return (Maibock & Mex? Hmmm...). Not to worry, he said: the seasonals would vary, & they wouldn't all necessarily be just "Mexican-friendly."
I was always a big fan of their food & will definitely miss the Thai chicken pizza. This said, the empanada I tried from the new menu was tasty, & their selection had some other intriguing items (Peking duck tacos?).
As mentioned in other reviews, the beer is very reasonable for the quality ($4/pint/mug standard) but the food is & always has been a little overpriced if you ask me. It's good stuff, mind you, & for the infrequent chance that I get to go I don't mind spending a little more for the ambience. And being in Westmoreland County means you're not paying the drink tax that you are in Alleghney, so at the end of the meal it pretty much evens out.
Long live Red Star!
02-28-2009 20:45:39 | More by OneDropSoup
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere is fantastic. I love the setup and mixtures of styles. Usually attracts a good beer drinking crowd.
Quality is great. I usually love their beers. Holds a special place for me as it is really the place that got me started on craft beers.
Service is very good. These guys know their beer in and out and are very quick.
Selection is good for a brewpub. More variety than other brewpubs that I have been to.
Food was excellent. Had the nachos with beer cheese and the popcorn buffalo chicken. Expensive as hell, but damn good none the less.
Value is a mixed bag, the beer seems reasonable for the quality but the food is just a tad overpriced.
Overall a favorite of mine, though I spend more time down the road at the Headkeeper.
12-18-2008 06:00:09 | More by sonicdescent
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
You wouldn't know it from their website, but the most fabulous brunch in southwestern PA is held on Sundays from 10 AM - 4 PM at Red Star Brewery & Grille in Greensburg. We were somewhat overwhelmed by what we found.
Red Star opens at 10 AM on Sunday, and today there was not a single customer in the place at that hour, so we "geek toured" the facility - taking photos of the beer menu, the bar, the trapeze artists swinging from the ceiling, the old train station benches, the brewing equipment... We were seated, and then explored the brunch options without asking the price. In a beautiful facility, with so many freshly prepared options, we expected to pay a large price.
Instead, we were pleasantly surprised. For $14.99 we found a chef creating sushi rolls to our specifications (spicy tuna, smoked salmon with cream cheese, and crab), a Belgian waffle station with a variety of toppings, a made-to-order pasta and omelette station with a wide variety of "add ins", a carving station with ham and savory cheese side dish, bacon, home fried potatoes, poached salmon and ratatouille, fresh fruit and a variety of desserts including beautiful cakes and cups of chocolate mousse. Additionally, eggs Benedict and banana nut bread were brought to our table.
Everything tasted terrific, and for a buffet situation, it was all beautifully presented. But of all the choices, I was most blown away by the eggs Benedict. The poached egg was so very fluffy that hidden under the hollandaise sauce (the most savory and delectable hollandaise sauce ever!), the egg looked like a dollop of sour cream! Oh my, was it rich. The sushi was also impressive. Who would have thought we would find sushi for brunch in Greensburg?!? It was made exactly to order, and such a treat.
And with this lovely meal, we were able to order craft brewed beers after 11 AM. C was glad to see they had 10-oz glasses on the menu, and treated herself the Canvasback American Pale Ale, which is served on nitrogen (tiny bubbles go better with breakfast!) I had two fun and interesting beers - the Christmas Ale (Dark Wheat) and Santa's Little Helper Barleywine (2007). The 2001 Barleywine was listed on the board, but it was bumped by Voodoo's Child - a spiced Munich dunkel - which Kegatron tried (it was so smooth and creamy, I had to walk up to the bar just to make sure it wasn't really on nitrogen.) Also at our table for tasting was Iron Horse Irish Dry Stout. All of the beers were good, but the Christmas Ale definitely won for "most interesting." It had a rootbeer barrel aroma, and the flavors of fruit (cherry, cranberry and orange) and clove spice. This was Red Star's first attempt at a Christmas Ale, and they stated it was modeled after no other. Fabulous job!
Our waiter, whose name I didn't pick up, was terrific. He was attentive, but not overbearing. He was interested in knowing about our beer travels, but not nosey. Even when the place started to get busy, he kept an eye on our emptying plates and glasses. We really relaxed and enjoyed this meal (and it was all we needed to eat the remainder of the day!)
12-09-2008 07:03:38 | More by Deuane
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was our second time visiting this brewpub, the first being back a few years ago when I was just starting to get into the craft scene, so this was a welcome return visit. The brewpub is located a little off the beaten path in downtown Greensburg in the former Greensburg train station. The train station itself is rather cool, looking quite large and imposing from the top of the hill on which it sits. I really like the atmosphere of this place. I would call it classy yet approachable. Almost like the inside of a passenger train that would have stopped here so many years ago. Tanks great you as you enter with the large brass bar being directly ahead. There are large reproductions of past postcards hanging from the ceiling (from the days when it acted as the town's post office) as well as large cartoon style trapeze artists that hang down (I don't have a clue on this one folks).
The food here was one of the real highlights for us. We stopped in for their Sunday brunch and were very pleasantly surprised with what we found. Brunch consisted of poached salmon,
ratatouille, smoked ham, build your own Belgian waffle and omelet bars, sushi, and all kinds of tasty desserts and fruits. And that was on top of the complimentary zucchini bread and eggs benedict. A very nice presentation and wholly unexpected. As we were eating, we had absolutely no idea how much it cost. When we asked our waiter and he told us $15, we were floored! An absolute great deal for what you get. Speaking of our waiter, he was very attentive and courteous and even kept counting down with us until it was time to drink (we got there at 10am but the bar didn't open until 11am).
Ah, time for the beers. There were a total of 10 on tap, with a very diverse lineup of styles. All the ones we tried were of a good quality and pretty on point for the style. I personally had a Munich Dunkel that possessed such a creamy mouthfeel, that we had to verify with the bartender that it hadn't been served on nitro! We had such a great Sunday morning experience here. The brunch alone would have satisfied us completely but then we got to revisit the beers themselves and found them to be a pleasure as well. I think that we've definitely found a new Sunday morning stop on the return leg of our weekend trips to Pittsburgh.
02-04-2008 21:07:26 | More by Kegatron
2.65/5 rDev -35%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
It took some extra turns to get to this place because they were doing construction on the road it's on, but it's a little off the beaten path. The train station was impressive looking and they had three tanks of beer when you walked in and one of them was fermenting, which was neat.
The service here was completely atrocious. And because it was so atrocious the entire experience suffered. I ordered the sampler to try the beer and the waitress comes out and puts them in "order", well, she didn't put them in order and I'm glad I know my beer because I had to put them in order of description.
It took a long time to get our food and when we did finally get the food it was cold. The prices are a bit high for my taste but the peppered beef tenderloin really tasted good inspite of it being cold.
And it was a little loud there. I don't think I'll be going back to this place again. The beer was decent. The Oatmeal stout was delicious and I had the barley wine which was 5 years old and it tasted good, too. First barley wine to ever experience. And the coffee porter was really good. I had two of them.
Like I said, because the service was bad, the experience suffered. If I lived closer to the place I would stop by for a pint or two but I'm not going to go out of my way for the place.
12-19-2006 21:11:37 | More by dwarvenspirits
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
My second time here, this time with my brother. He, freshly returned from a trip to the sunny Middle East for a year. Me, just looking for an excuse to get back down here.
This place looks amazing. The restoration is top notch. Its well lit and the high ceilings make it very open. The brew kettles are obvious, in sight, though I wondered how they dealt with the messiness inherent to brewing.
We both had the margherita pizza, foolishly. It was delicious, but were we smart enough, we would have ordered to different pizzas to try a couple variaties.
Our waitress was attentive but not clingly, she seemed to show up at just the right time but not hover.
Selection was good too, their menu runs from burgers to sushi to pizza to more traditional dinner fare, twisted in their own way. * beers on the mnu, though they were out of their ABF medal winning Munich Dunkel. Next time, I hope.
Our pizzas were excellent, though at 12 bucks for a six cut, they should be. The also had a sashimi and a carne asada pizza on the list, so next time I'll definiely be more adventurous in my ordering.
I really like this place and wish it were closer to home, athough its probably good that its a 45 minute drive as I'd spend all my free time and money here.
One note: I do wish they would update/maintain their website a little better. The -in construction- phases that constantly seem to be occuring do not do this place justice.
10-22-2006 14:11:58 | More by foureyedgeek
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Red Star is located in Greensburg off Rt 30 not too far from the PA turnpike. Negotiating the one-way streets to find it might take a minute, but there is plenty of parking.
The converted train station is really attractive, and trains still go by pretty often. There is a nice patio out front that is kept up very well. Inside it is open and the eye is immediately drawn first to the prominently displayed brewing equipment, then to the bizarre circus-themed characters by the ceiling. The bar is in the center of the space and has an impressive looking array of taps.
The beer selection here is pretty good, there are 8 beers and all are available in samples. They range from the standard brewpub Light to Stout, and most of them are pretty good.
Service here is pretty good, the bartender seemed to have a good rapport with the regulars and was intrigued by our other visits and pointed us to other customers who were interested in the brewpub scene in our hometown.
The food here is pretty good, albeit pricey. The brewpub nachos with chicken was really tasty, as was their Smores dessert.
All in all this place is kind of out of the way but I am definitely glad we make the trip.
08-25-2006 22:10:25 | More by Dogbrick
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This place seemed to be having an identity crisis. The menu was adventurous and our dishes were pulled off well. However, there seemed to be a lack of emphasis on the beer. Maybe that is a sign that Western Pennsylvania is getting used to craft brewed beer and it doesn't need to be hyped. The atmosphere was cool, as the restaurant is in an old trainstation with extremely high ceilings and awesome wood work. Beer and food quality was great. The selection was diverse for both the beer and the food. Although the food was good and there was much from which to choose, the prices were a bit high as compared to the price of beer, which was quite reasonable.
If in the area, I will go back. I don't see any isolated trips in my future.
07-10-2006 19:18:58 | More by Maestro
Red Star Brewery & Grill in Greensburg, PA
91 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.