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:
3.77
Beers:
38
Reviews:
1,912
Ratings:
4,027
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.11
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
116
pDev:
10.71%
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Reviews by coachdonovan:
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coachdonovan from Rhode Island

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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 HofbrÀuhaus, 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.

May 18, 2010
More User Reviews:
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slasich from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

May 16, 2020
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Shantzak from California

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jan 18, 2019
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Octoberist from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Sep 16, 2018
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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
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Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Mar 14, 2018
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heddar33 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

May 23, 2017
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bobpgh from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Jan 22, 2017
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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
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nwhittin from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Nov 25, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Sep 02, 2016
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rbarrett86 from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

May 31, 2016
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Phewf from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Mar 25, 2016
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Devman171 from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Nov 16, 2015
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DSWeller from Iowa

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nov 09, 2015
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JArt from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Jul 23, 2015
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kkdowning from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Jul 16, 2015
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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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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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Cnote_crafty_1 from Pennsylvania

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
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Wendellmac

4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Feb 26, 2015
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sirsteve42 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Feb 13, 2015
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greg4579 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Jan 11, 2015
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Duoglass from Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Dec 28, 2014
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Andrews85

4.72/5  rDev +14.8%

Dec 09, 2014
Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, PA
Brewery rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 4027 ratings