LinusStick (64) Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | February 3, 2009
I wanted to go to this classic place before it was gone. Very nice place. I love the entrance. It looks like an old German town. A cobblestone road leads you between a few old style buildings. The restaurant is pretty small but has a ton of character. German style bench seating and great German food. I just picked something on the menu randomly (I couldn’t make out what a lot of it was) and was presently surprised. A huge piece of pork on a bed of sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Wasn’t the sausage I was thinking it would be but delicious. The place was empty so the service was fine. I’ve had their beers before but I can say their St Nikolaus bock is a smokey treat from the tap.
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.
This is a large old timey industrial brewing setup that’s 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.
Wtf is the deal with the tours? Help wasn’t incompetent, but actually misled me several times (presumably absentmindedly). It’s an awesome space, however, classic preserved German brick-and-mortar, factory district-style brewery with a cellar and everything -- but I still don’t see anything worthwhile in the beers.
I went on a Monday afternoon and it was pretty empty. Mostly business people on their lunch break. The service was good, but when I got there, there was only one server, but she was a fast as she possibly could be. It was pretty cool that you could watch the brewing process while having some food and beer, but the inside wasn’t anything special otherwise. A majority of the beers on tap were German style, but they had a few exceptions, like an Oatmeal Stout and a Pale Ale. The beers were all decent, but none of the ones I tired were exceptional. The lunchtime menu had some great deals and it was a lot of food. I did a sampler of 11 beers for $15, so that was a nice deal too. All-in-all, it was a solid brewery to visit in Pittsburgh.
Nice place. Right near downtown with a good selection of beer. I was there in spring for training, and they had a picnic outside with brats, sausage, dogs, sauerkraut and BEER! Beer is good, ask for the "Rusty Trombone". Seasonal and this was the last keg. Friendly people and an overall good time.
A German-style brewery on the North Side. It’s 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 wasn’t 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 it’s still worth a stop. Definitely sit outside in the courtyard; it’s beautiful.