This is a large old timey industrial brewing setup thatís slowly adapting to craft beer. First, there is a small parking garage and very tight street parking. You can walk through the makeshift beer garden if you like. Inside is a large beer hall with a bar tucked into one corner, and a vie through glass to the gorgeous copper tuns. They had a flight of ten beers when we visited, all were pretty middling, although a Berliner wiesse stood out. Server was mostly at lunch during our visit, though she was very pleasant. Worth a stop.
Looks like a 19th century building from the outside and a down at the heel biergarten on the inside. Very small bar with only 5 chairs and lots of long tables. They have 10 things on tap almost all Gernan style brews. Nothing I had was particularly outstanding. Luckilly parking is free and thereís even a covered lot next to the brewery.$10 for a five beer sampler is way overpriced. Iíd only come back for the beer tics.
The State I have been told by all of the Pittsburgh owners/bartenders is a German beer one. Thatís the only set of styles you find here. Itís here, itís got an outdoor seating area. a place for parties. The beer is good,though not outstanding-- see my ratings. Fresh based on a good turnover, bottling. A couple of nice pilsners.Very friendly and patient staff. A few blocks away, the worst neighbourhood of Pittsburgh.
Visited before RBSG with travlr. Huge building with a nice biergarten. They also have their own small parking garage right beside it. We went when they opened, so plenty of room available, though I could see that they would get busy during rush times. They had only their beers on tap. Several were pub exclusive one-offs. They focus on german styles, and those are the styles they excelled in. Service was a bit spotty, but overall I had a good experience.
A German-style brewery on the North Side. Itís not in a great area, although the immediate area surrounding the brewery is ok. It is located in a large brick building - there is a very quaint, European style outdoor patio and indoor seating. The first time I went there was a summer night and we sat outside on the patio. There was a musical group, complete with an accordian, and a group of elderly people who had gotten drunk by that point. It was a weird scene. I was also there during Oktoberfest, which was fun. Apparently they have a special tent with food and beer, but it wasnít open during the particular time of day I was there. They often have local bands that are pretty good. There is an indoor and outdoor beer station. The beers tend to be hit or miss. Out of their regulars, the pilsener and the pale ale are ok (there definitely can be variation) and the seasonals are usually pretty good. Sometimes they serve you water from a cooler which is very minerally. The food is also German style, but not very good in my opinion. Overall, this brewery has a lot of areas to improve in, especially in regards to their beer (and food), but itís still worth a stop. Definitely sit outside in the courtyard; itís beautiful.
Nate (324) Indiana, Pennsylvania | January 12, 2004| Updated February 5, 2005
Penn makes decent beers, and they go really well with the German food. Long tables give an authentic German kneipe feel. Certain nights provide entertainment, from Jamaican to oom-pah. Great food, above-average service, and fresh brews. Once a year, they host a microbrewer festival, too.
Been here a few times. About 6 beers on tap. Almost all clean and nice lagers. We had a wedding here and the service was amazing, they were very cool. The main area has lots of good German style food and bands from time to time. A very cool older Western PA place. I always enjoy visiting.
Rustic and bare-bones, the place is unremarkable in almost every way. Wooden benches to sit on, nice wooden bar with a copper top, no TVs, German fare that I didnít eat. There are several of their own beers on tap and they have six packs and bombers available for carry out. Much of the brewing equipment is viewable from the drinking/eating area... kinda neat in that you can see the tops of large metal vessels coming up through the floor and you just know that they are actually much larger and seated on the first floor of the building. As far as the selection goes, Penn is a lager place and Iím more of an ale guy. Still, Iíd like to go back when I have time to eat and take more of the place in. I just stopped by to quickly try a couple lagers and pick up a few bottles to go.
Wtf is the deal with the tours? Help wasnít incompetent, but actually misled me several times (presumably absentmindedly). Itís an awesome space, however, classic preserved German brick-and-mortar, factory district-style brewery with a cellar and everything -- but I still donít see anything worthwhile in the beers.