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Foundry Ale Works

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2816 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222
United States

(412) 338-9050

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Fabric8r:
Photo of Fabric8r
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Stopped in here on a business trip on a recommendation when I asked for the best brew pub in town. The atmosphere what just perfect. The beer, well, maybe they need to test their taste buds. The beer (I tried 3) were all bland and under carbonated. Not much head at all, so no lace on the glass. The brown I tried was close to room temperature, but maybe that is how they serve it, just a little suprising. A "Hoppin Copper" was the best one I tried, but still, marginal compared to other brew pubs. Didn't try the food, assumed it would taste bland too.

Overall, I was really dissapointed. If this is the best brew in Pittsburgh, I will schedule my sales trips to the Northwest where they know what flavor is. Sad too, the work they did to the building and the atmosphere are top notch.

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Photo of aaronh
1.9/5  rDev -41.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4

Walking into the Foundry Ale Works was like walking into an industrial reception area. Tons of brick behind some glass doors. Walking into the bar, I was immediately taken by the generously sized bar, then by the expansive floor. Wooden ceilings and adequate lighting make it difiicult to notice the second floor. This place has tons of space! They had a sitting area with some leather couches as well, and an area in the back for playing darts. As far as the beers, 11 on tap when I stopped in. On top of that, they were actively brewing either an IPA or an APA, so the entire place smelled wonderful. Friendly, somewhat knowledgeable wait staff and respectable food. I will most definitely stop by here again! FWIW, the same owner owns the River City Ale Works in Wheeling, WV. Also a good stop.


Stopped in for part of the BA Gathering. The place has taken a nose dive. The beers were sub par, and they now have Miller Lite nad Rolling Rock on tap! An utter disappointment. Their brewmaster left sometime around the beginning of the year. I hope the can resurrect this place, but I will not be going back soon. I'm very glad this was the middle stop, since we made it a stop-and-go visit due to the obvious decline. Truly a shame. (New ratings are for the current situation, assuming the food is still decent.)

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Photo of DrunkenPanther
1.48/5  rDev -54.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2

This place is terrible. Didnt always used to be so bad, but went there yesterday with the BA gathering and it has gotten worse. Over the past several months, the place has really gone downhill. Have heard that they may be in transition with brewmasters. I really hope so. All the beers I tried tasted like straight wort. They were not carbonated fully and to be honest, did not even taste fully fermented. The beers did not even look good. Very bland hazy dark colors for all their beers. Very odd. Now I know why they started serving macros on tap as well. Their beer is terrible.
Cant really speak for the service since we actually got none. I guess they were supposed to do something special for us since they knew we were coming in.......well, we were all pretty much invisible to them. Everyone went up to the bar, ordered their bad beer and we were out of there. Really a waste of great brewing equipment and a nice site.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +34.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The building that The Foundry is located in was once actually a foundry. However, it's a little more comfortable now! It's a big place with a high wooden ceiling and a long bar. There's a cool little hang-out section with some couches. The brewery is on view at the end of the room, although the action is really at the taps. Big beers, nice beers, lots of beers... including cask! It's not unusal to find 12 beers available. There's always something for the adventurous drinker, but not alot for the real mainstream crowd. That's OK, they can drink something else - there's a full liquor license. The food is very good and the service is great. I'd recommend trying a brick oven pizza, although some of the other items are extremely tempting as well! Also vegetarian friendly. Overall, a very cool place to have a bite to eat, a cask pint, and hang out. Relaxed and accomodating (almost hippy-ish).

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Photo of stingo
4.58/5  rDev +40.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

When visiting Pittsburgh, put the Foundry Aleworks on your itinerary. The atmosphere is laidback, the food delicious and plentiful, and the beer is fresh and cold. One of my all time favorite brewpubs. Though they could stand a little more variety in their food menu, there's not much else I'd change about this great place - definitely worth a look.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located in a former brass foundry this brewpub has Pittsburgh atmosphere to spare. They usually have at least nine beers on tap, with 5 year round brews and 4 seasonals. The Steel Town Brown and Irish Stout are highly recommended. The menu is upscale pub fare and well thought of in town. A fireplace surrounded by comfortable sofas is also available for relaxing by the front window. Usually regarded as one of the best brewpubs in Pittsburgh.

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