Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Pennsylvania Brewing CompanyPennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania Brewing CompanyPennsylvania Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

800 Vinial Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212
United States

(412) 237-9402 | map
pennbrew.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.6
Beers:
39
Ratings:
4,124
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.11
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
67
pDev:
10.71%
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Ratings by bigdeuce:
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Reviewed by bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.
Dec 21, 2011
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Reviewed by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75
Stopped here for an early dinner on a Saturday and it wasn't busy. The location is in an old building, and a beer garden is situated in an alley-like area between the pub and the neighboring building. Parking appears to be curb only, but a small lot might be available (I didn't look at the sign). We sat indoors. The interior is a bit dark, and the walls and floor have finished surfaces, the ceiling doesn't. A U-shaped bar with seating is to one side, and a modest number of table/booths provide the seating. The brewing equipment is visible thru windows, and a couple of TVs are mounted on the walls. I liked the vibe. There is also a Ratskeller in the basement.

We ordered a sampler flight of 6 beers so that we could try most of their German-inspired lagers. Every one of them was brewed very well to style so that we ended up with an overall rating of B+ for them. None stood out to be notable for mention here, but all of them were very good.

We also ordered German-inspired food items, and what we ate was exceptional! I wish this place was my local brewery. Food and beer menus are available online.

An additional note: When I looked at the BA ratings for the beers that we sampled I was surprised at the relatively lower ratings compared to what we experienced. I can only guess that many raters don't appreciate lagers or German styles, or maybe many of the ratings are from bottles purchased elsewhere that are old. Just an observation, but don't let he ratings of the beers stop you from coming to this brewery. It's highly recommended.
Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.2 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2018
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Rated by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Great beer hall atmosphere
Jul 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

May 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by bobpgh from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by glass_house from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4
Some of their beers are great, some leave a lot to be desired, and most are pretty middle of the road. Typically at least 10 on tap. Never had bad service or a bad meal.
Jan 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by nwhittin from Indiana

Nov 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

Sep 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.83 by rbarrett86 from Maryland

May 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.58 by Phewf from Massachusetts

Mar 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by Devman171 from Maryland

Nov 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.89 by DSWeller from Iowa

Nov 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.7 by JArt from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.63 by kkdowning from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2015
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Rated by brother_rebus from Maine

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
good selection of styles. had a burger that was massive and cooked perfectly. Had live music playing some dead tunes. Will be back again.
Jun 29, 2015
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Rated by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5
Great spot for traditional German style beers native to Pennsylvania. Great Hefeweizen and Lagers. Would visit again, any time I'm in Pittsburgh.
Jun 22, 2015
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Reviewed by deleted_user_971432

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5
I just made my way over there with a friend on a Friday night for small after dinner bites and brews. The place is mobbed with people on weekend nights and the service does suffer slightly, but not anything overly irritating. The server was also the bartender which was pretty odd. I think they were a bit under staffed. He was very courteous and generous with extra beer samples. I had the buffalo chicken perogies and my girl had the chili. Both were excellent. I had the ginger beer and she had the Penn Pilsner. The cool thing was that when I asked our server for a sample of the Berlin Wiessen he gave me a generous portion of that and also we sampled the Pendimoniom as well. The Berlin Weiss was pretty sour and tasted like champagne, so not the best choice. Their main beers are very light standard beer drinking beers, but they make interesting seasonal beers and what they call brewers choice beers. There is alot of German style beers which is typical of brewers from this area. I want to go back during the week to see if the service is a bit better when they are slower.
Jun 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.94 by Wendellmac

Feb 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.03 by sirsteve42 from New York

Feb 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.13 by greg4579 from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4.45 by Duoglass from Kentucky

Dec 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.72 by Andrews85

Dec 09, 2014
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Rated by ksolekjr from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
One of the best Octoberfests I have been to
Dec 05, 2014
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Rated by Vero-Dave from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
Legit brewery atmosphere. Above average German food and good beer. Recommended!
Nov 25, 2014
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Rated by petervicinski from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.7%
Fantastic Brewery! A true gem in the beer world.
Nov 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by robgage from Pennsylvania

Oct 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.8 by Corum47 from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2014
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Rated by McMatt7 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.7%
Weezy on tap
Oct 15, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by StevensBrewing from Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 2014
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Rated by mattsmith20 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
Great, fresh beer and authentic German food. Can't go wrong!
Oct 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4.72 by Starsong3 from Pennsylvania

Sep 17, 2014
 
 
Rated: 4.04 by misternebbie from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by dogma33 from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by WoodBrew from Ohio

Aug 21, 2014
Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, PA
Brewery rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 4124 ratings