United States > Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh
DiarmaidBHK (523) Pennsylvania | August 1, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Sammy (464) Toronto, Ontario | May 11, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
nbutler11 (301) Phoenix, Arizona | April 21, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Neat space with a good selection on tap. It feels a bit touristy, but has massive potential. The service seemed pretty over it, but Iíd recommend stopping by if youíre in the area.
Nate (258) Indiana, Pennsylvania | January 12, 2004| Updated February 5, 2005
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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.
GeneralGao (222) Iowa City, Iowa | November 6, 2005| Updated February 5, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Very nice brewery in a historic building north of downtown. German fare and house brews, which are excellent. You should definitely check this place out.
MikeF (204) Cleveland, Ohio | June 4, 2008| Updated February 5, 2005
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Very cool old building. German decor and ambiance. Brewing equipment visible through large windows within the dining area. The menu is german and includes a nice variety of offerings. The prices are a touch high, but reasonable. The food is good. The beer is decent. Standard, relatively non adventurous offerings.
hopscotch (198) Vero Beach , Florida | January 21, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
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.
douglas88 (141) Salt Lake City, Utah | July 17, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
cheap (136) Cheap Lager in Western, Pennsylvania | April 25, 2007| Updated July 22, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what ambiance! Big modern shiny brewtanks. Smaller area and less upscale than I expected. Nice copper plated bar. I was expecting to have some special seasonal Penn but they had mostly their common beers, which by the way, are not too common. Friendly people and a nice atmosphere. Back off the pesky murmur of East Ohio Street. I Had a big glass of Hefe Weizen, 22 oz for $4, what a deal. You can walk downstairs to the root cellar where you can observe the beer being lagered. Cool big chrome tanks with temperature gauges on them. Iíve got to check this out in the summer so I can enjoy the garden.
Aurelius (109) Tallahassee, Florida | August 13, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Oh my gosh, what a fun place. My boss and I came here on an autumnal August afternoon without a cloud in the sky and sat out in the biergarten. It was like being in Bavaria - cobblestone courtyard, old brick and stone buildings. My boss spent a few years playing minor league hockey in Germany and said as much. Without a doubt, one of the premiere lager breweries in the US - the hefe was killer, the Kaiser Pils was formidable, the Pils was really good. Didnít eat, but I had enough beer to forget my laptop computer. The staff stowed it back after Iíd gone halfway to the airport. Watch out for the locking bathroom door. Not a huge selection of beer, but a great, great beerhall. Two of the best hours that Iíve spent in a long time. Even though you can pick their beers up in the local watering holes, Iíd rate this as Essential for a Pitt trip. Across from the Heinz plant.
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