Red Star Brewery & Grill

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Red Star Brewery & GrillRed Star Brewery & Grill

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

101 Ehalt Street
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 15601
United States

(724) 850-7245

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Reviews by DuqTroops:
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of sativen
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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!)

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of dwarvenspirits
2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Maestro
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I used to come here quite often when I was an undergrad at Pitt, while Mike Escourt was still the brewer. Since then, I have moved back to SouthCentral PA and Jeff Guidos has taken over as the brewer. Jeff has often been after me to come in, but Greensburg just has not been a hot spot for my travelling companions. This review is from a New Year's Eve visit in December 2005.

This place is part of the reason that I retired back to PA after a long naval career in Southern California. We tend to recycle our historic buildings, rather than razing them and starting anew. The Red Star is part of the original Pennsylvania Railroad's Greensburg station and even Amtrak still has a stop here with the station to the right of the brewery and restaurant.

As you approach the building, the Russian cathedral-like spires are eye-catching. Then, as you pass through the double glass doors, the entrance is flanked by four fermentation vessels, two on either side. Once inside, the maitre d' station is on your left, with the U-shaped bar directly in front of you. Behind the bar is the highly polished copper brewhouse.

The restaurant is off to the left of the main hall, on two floors, including a sunken stairwell. I had dinner here on my last visit and all three of us agreed that it was a good meal, served by an attentive waitress. The color scheme is muted pastels with the decor train-themed. In the overhead of the main hall are some really wild papier-mache figures of a tightrope walker and a trapeze artist. The right side of the building is more of a bar area, with high tables and chairs, and to the extreme right, more restaurant seating. The Man's and Women's are to the rear, on the right side. The vaulted ceiling and beautiful woodwork speak to the building's former life as a train station.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

So I finally break down and brave the trip out to Greensburg to visit this place, now I wonder why I waited so long.

Atmosphere is simply superb. Set in an old train station with nice high ceilings and a nice long bar. Brewing vessels in the entrance, and big brassy looking lautertuns (?) behind the bar. Two levels, many tables, and squeky clean restrooms. Four TV's with the volume turned way down to allow for conversations.

The beer here is wonderful. Nice selection of styles, the barkeeps were friendly, well informed about the beers, and quick with a sample.

Didn't try the food as I had just come from dinner elsewhere.

Prices were reasonable.

Definitely worth a trip!

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Photo of ski271
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and child and I met my parents there for dinner. Located in the old Greensburg train station, it was a very interesting looking place. Parking was convenient, especially for Greensburg. The entrance was a little odd. Here’s this old building and then this protruding glass entrance way with two fermenters on either side. Like I said, it was odd, but kind of cool. Walking in, the first thing I noticed is that they didn’t try to change the atmosphere drastically, it still looked overall like train station… just one with a host station, bar and tables. Light walls, dark wood, and an attractive bar located right in front of you when you enter the restaurant displaying many taps and large rack of Red Star beer glasses and pitchers.
We were seated promptly at a table that had a long bench from the original train station on one side (which I was told was a little uncomfortable by the end of the meal) and regular chairs on the other side. The service was very friendly and knowledgeable, but what really impressed us was how aware the servers and bus boy were of my son, making sure to keep all knives and glasses out of his reach. Sure, that sounds like it would just be common sense, but common sense is a hard thing to come by at a lot of places. They were also very sweet with him.
The beer was nothing to write home about. We got a sampler to start off with. My father, being a stout and porter fan, was disappointed that they were out of their stout, their only dark beer at the time. They had the Golden Light (which was just that), an altbier that was mild but decent, a very sweet märzen, a juniper wit with a rather nasty finish, a scotch ale that tasted more like a peat-flavored rauchbier and wasn’t very good, and an APA that was fairly good and got better as the pint went down.
The food was very good. I had lamb that was prepared very nicely and cooked just right, and I liked how they give you 3 different sauces on the side. It actually pared surprisingly well with the pale ale. My father had the duck stir-fry, which I thought was excellent. It wasn’t greasy like duck often is, and they didn’t skimp on the duck, another common grievance. My wife and mother had the special, a bluefin tuna (that was a little on the strong side but still quite good) served over a bed of strawberry couscous (which was actually acine de pepe, but who cares, it was surprisingly very good). And my 9-month-old son had some mac and cheese that he gave rave reviews.
Overall, I’d say it was a very pleasant dining experience. It was a little pricey, and the beer quality and selection wasn’t all that great (and I rated the Quality and Selection according to what I thought of the solely the beer), but the food, service, and atmosphere were all very good. I'd recommend this place as a restaurant, but it's not worth making a trip to Greensburg just to try the beer. Only question I have is…. what the hell is up the weird, cheesy, papery-looking carnival “artwork” up in the rafters?!

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

This brewpub is set in a train station, so obviously it has a really cool atmosphere. Nice high ceilings with appopriate decor, and the tanks are clearly visible. It kinda bother me that the fire alarm went for about 5 minutes, though. It was annoying, and no one seemed to be really doing anything about it. Oh well. The service wasn't bad, but the staff could've been a little more helpful and friendly. The beer selection was decent, but I didn't get to try any at the pub since I was driving. I brought home a growler of their scottish ale though. The food, on the other hand, was wonderful. Made with quality ingediants, nice proportions, and it taste devine. One of the better meals I've had in a while. This is definitly a place to check out if you're in the area. It's only about 45 mins away from Pittsburgh, and it's worth the drive.

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Photo of BruceBeerman
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This was third time I walked in there on non-weekend and all three times, there were only a 30 or so people dining or drinking at the bar. The food was OK, but I think a little over priced. Today was happy hour on a Friday. This I would think would be busy. However, there was no happy hour menu or specials. Sigh..
The beer selection was good. There were 8 types to choose from. I had a Heffe Weisen and a Czech Pilsner. The Pilsner was great (although I prefer a little more Saaz hops).

They have a few medium sized primary tanks in the entrance way as you enter the front door. Great conversation piece, but I question the placement. I say this because the temp today was 85F and they were brewing Maibock. I think this was a little too warm.

The bartender and waitresses were friendly and helpful. I think this place overall is average for brewpub standards.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Walk through the front doors to this fairly modern looking restaurant attached to a train station, you can't help but notice that they're fermenters are in the walk way. Directly past the double doors of the entrance sits a big dark stained bar with the taps mounted in plain view above that the brewing equipment is visible. Dining area is spread all around there is even a little place upstairs for eating. Ryan the bartender was well versed new his beer spots in the Burgh treated me to a sampler after sampling their Formula 48 IPA. There were six beers flowing plus two tasty non-alcoholic offerings for the kiddies some root beer and ginseng cherry soda (tasted like cherry Red Bull in a good way). Very pleased with the quality of the beers, IPA was damn good and there wasn't an off beer in the bunch even their Golden Light is flavorful pretty amazing offerings from Jeff Guidos, I hear he has a Triple in the fermenter. Food I didn't get to but I did notice regular pub fare plus some sushi and other exotic dishes. My only complaint with Red Star is that we can't bulldoze the Rock Bottom Brewery on the Waterfront and move this place to that location so next time I talked to one of my buddies who say they don't like microbrews only because they tried that Rock Bottom place and judge that as all brewpubs. Enough of me bitching this place get's my thumbs up quality from top to bottom can't say enought good, not a disappointment.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: Red Star Brewery is in the old waiting area of the Greensburg train station (which is still an active train station, with an Amtrak station right next door). When walking in, the first thing a visitor sees are 2 14 gallon and 2 7 gallon fermenting tanks. Inside, the decor seems a lot like what the room would have looked like waiting for a train 75 years ago, with stained wood, and the slogan "Never Pay More than the Legal Price" prominently displayed. The 7 gallon copper mash and lauter tun aren't hidden behind plexiglass, but are in their glory right behind the bar.

Quality/Selection: Red Star usually has 5-7 beers active (some on multiple taps), including 2 on nitro taps. The regular beers are a light lager and a pale ale (on light nitro). These base beers are probably better than their counterparts at the Church. The seasonals are even better. The times I've gone, I've had a Triple Chocolate Stout, a rich milk stout; a nice Porter, a good amber lager, and a fantastic barleywine.

Service: The service at Red Star was fantastic. Our server knew about the beers, and was a good conversation to have; hopefully taught him a little about some of the beers. I was most impressed by the interaction that I had with the brewmaster Jeff. He took the time to look up an ABV so that I could add a beer (despite transferring a beer to the fermenters), and sat and chatted with us for a little while about our thoughts on the beer, and beer in general. Maybe having the kettles in the restaurant is a good thing.

It's a shame that Red Star gets passed over in discussions of great places for a beer in Western PA, because for a short trip, it's definitely amongst the best beers in the area. Though I'd still say that the Church is still the #1 brewpub in the region, Red Star is definitely a close #2. I'd definitely recommend for locals to make the trip out to Greensburg to try the beers, and for any visitors to Pittsburgh to go and give it a try.

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Photo of cupbeerman
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This brewpub is located in the old waiting area of the train station. When you first walk in, the first things that are visible are the four fermenting tanks, with a sign stating what currently is in the tank. The next thing that is visible is the bar, which is set up with stools on three sides. More of the brewing equipment is visible from the bar; the copper mash tun and lauter tun are right there with no glass between the bar and the equipment. They have six beers available on tap (two of the six are nitro taps), with no cask selection. The beers were good quality and the service was excellent (the brewer himself took the time to look up an ABV for my brother). I was there at 2:30 on a Thursday afternoon, so I can't give the most accurate atmosphere score, but the score was based on the fact that the bar fits in very well with the architecture of the train station. Red Star has won two GABF medals (a gold and a silver), and they fill any growler.

This fine establishment is not that far from Pittsburgh, so it might be worth the drive. This is definitely a place that I will go back to!

The food is very good as well!

EDIT: The head brewer, Jeff Guidos has a thing for hops so all the beers are hoppy.

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Photo of WaywardSeaman
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My friend and I drove out to Greensburg on a weekend visit to Pittsburgh...and I'm very glad that we did eventually make it, after taking an excruciatingly slow local highway to get there and then having a devil of a time finding the place once we were in town.

As mentioned in other reviews, the bar is situated in a restored train station with very high ceilings and odd-looking anthropomorphic sculptures (crafted by local artists, presumably) hanging from them. I certainly appreciated the fact that the chalkboards listing the current tap selections had the date that the kegs were tapped (similar to d.b.a. in Manhattan, the first place that I'd seen this), and the 3 beers that I tasted were above average, particularly their interpretation of a dunkel.

My friend was interested in bringing a growler back with him to Columbus, but the price was rather steep. The service was good, though it was clear that regulars definitely had priority. All in all, the beer here is as good as anything I came across in Pittsburgh, so it's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Red Star is well situated and nicely adorned; although a bit open for my particular taste. The bar is right up-front in th open; and the brewhouse is on display. Still, the old-time, long benches are quite nice; and I love the suspended people sculptures above the dining area which help to lighten the mood a bit. Still, I prefer to sit at the bar when I go; rather than at a table where I can hear every word that my fellow diners are saying - and vice verse. The food, however, is quite good if not a bit expensive considering the area; and I've always enjoyed myself immensely. The appetizers are a bit "up there" with the beer-battered cheese plate at $6.95, the vegetarian roll at $8.95, and the peel-and-eat shrimp at $9.95. Appetizers are always a money-maker, however, so let's move onto the sandwiches. Their NY-style Reuben is easily as good as the original, but also costs just as much at $7.95. And a Brewer's Burger is a hefty $8.95; but the excellent Oyster Po' Boy remains a good deal at $9.95. The Dijon Rosemary Chicken stands out amongst the entrees as a "spiced up" basic that's well worth the $13.95 asked; and the pecan-crusted Salmon Medallions are a good deal at $15.95. The Ny Strip is $19.95 - take it or leave it! All of the beers that I've had there were decent, and a few of the seasonals really stood out. But the one beer to try has got to be the pale ale under nitrogen dispense. It's quite unique! If you happen to be in the area it's definitely worth a try; and if you just happen to be passing nearby it's probably worth seeking out as well.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Set in an old train station, part of which still operates for Amtrak service, this is a nice, clean brewpub with a touch of uniqueness. However, although the exterior is inviting, the interior is a little drab and spartan, feeling more sterile than inviting. The bar is sort of a patchwork bar, and although they had room for ten+ beers on tap, they only had five upon my visit. However, the five beers on tap were solid brews. A Chocolate Abbey Ale, IPA, and Imperial Stout are in the works to replace current brews available. The service was adequate, with a knowledgable bartender. Nice to see the "Date Tapped" for each keg on tap. Brewmaster Jeff Guidos does a great job crafting the beers. A solid brew-pub that I will vist again, probably in about 5 weeks or so to try the Chocolate Abbey and the Imperial Stout!.

***After a few susequent visits, the beers are really superb here, and I've enjoyed every trip. One of the best places around for fresh, quality beers with a good deal of originality.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Though they have a limited selection on tap, this brewpub is great. Got a sampler, pale ale was the best, fruitty and hoppy. The food at this place kicks butt. If you go here, come in hungry. Growlers a bit pricey. If I remember correctly a growler was about 20.00. Overall excellent food and decent beer. Highly recommend the fish sandwich.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This brewpub resides in a beautifully restored train station that is still actually a stop on the line from Pittsburgh to Philly.
The impressive exterior leads to the equally splendid interior bar and restaurant. The restaurant side of the pub is run by a renowned Greensburg restauranteur and serves top notch fare.
Red Star's Iron Horse Stout has won a GABF Silver Medal, the Pale Ale is a smooth, hoppy brew poured under Nitro for a creamy head, and there's a light beer, yawn. Two seasonals round out the brew menu. Definitely worth a stop on a brewpub tour through the area.

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Red Star Brewery & Grill in Greensburg, PA
Brewery rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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