nike (48) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 22, 2011
What a great place!! 15 micro beers on tap that are good tasting brews, and great food. I recommended the pizza. They roll their own pizza dough there. I talked with the manager, Joe, great knowledge of beer food etc...I just wished I lived closer; I would probably be there every night!
Really good food for a brew pub especially the lettuce wraps and pizza. 10 - midnight happy hour with 3$ pints is a steal! Have 17 different Rivertowne beers and woodchuck cider as they don’t have a cider mead program. If they don’t have something you like, you are just too picky. Staff is usually on point but weekends get really busy. Seasonal beers from the brewery down street in Murrysville bring some gravity to their typical session beer list. If they put some more beer affiliated swag on the walls and such I think it would jump out as the best beer destination in Pittsburgh! Brew on premise using 15 bbl system that is active if your lucky enough to stop in during day.
The best brew pub I have ever been to. Variety and rotation are awesome. My ratings of their beers were consistently high. I think they blow away Otto’s in State College & the Selinsgrove brewpub which are rated higher by most.
After reading so many good things about this place we decided to check it out and are glad (and sad) we did. Glad because it lived up to everything everyone has said about the place: great beer, great food, great service. Sad because it isn’t closer (I’ll take it in my neighborhood anyday). It’s about a 30 minute drive (thank God for GPS) so we have to be careful one of us can find the way back home, but it is definitely worth the trip. I will agree that with the vast beer selection it borders on overkill and after your fifth or sixth beer they can start to blend together. The IPA and the Melting Pot pale ale were very good as was the wit beer and the saison. The hefe was okay, nothing great and the kolsch was alright - not my favorite. Even if beer isn’t your thing the food is another reason to go. Their menu is almost as vast as the beer selection. Page after page of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, wraps, dinners, pizza. You can get lost just looking through it. Started off with a bucket of mussels and half-bucket of whole wings. The wings were good but the mussels were excellent - especially if you like garlic. Ending up getting another bucket with our dinners. Their sandwiches are huge and come with either homemade fries or homemade chips - both a good also. The staff is very friendly, knowledegable and helpful. Very big and clean inside. As I’ve always dreamed of having my own brewpub this place is almost how I pictured it would be (maybe they can open another a little closer?). Definitely worth the trip and will be going back again.
They really built this place for the craft beer drinker in mind. First there’s a seat at the bar which might be 3 feet from the men’s bathroom. Logistically this is awesome. The decor is nothing fancy but the beer is pretty solid. They had almost twenty different things on tap that range from meh! to pretty damn tasty. The food was fantastic. Fresh ingredients simply prepared and they have their menu available late. Plus they’re open until 2am even on a Sunday which is pretty awesome. The service was first rate as well. Plus they always seem to be adding new and different kinds of beer. I’ll definitely be back when I’m in the area.
Went there with a large party for my grandfather’s 85th birthday. Service was good. The waiter really knew his stuff. Food was good, beer was really good and they had quite a nice selection. 18 of their house brews on tap, plus one real ale. Had the Steeler game on all the TV’s in the bar so it wasn’t hard to find out the score. Good atmosphere. Worth a trip if you’re in the area.
This place is, IMHO, the best overall brewpub in the Pittsburgh area. This is for several reasons. First, beer is fantastic. Great selection and execution. Not just a lot of beers that are average and a few standouts, but everything I had was tasty. Second, the service was excellent. I didn’t sit at the bar since I had the family in tow, but the server did a great job. The only thing that kind of bummed me out was that she wasn’t a huge beer fan, but she was pretty knowledgible (especially for only being there for a few weeks. This, though, was countered with a table visit from Andrew, one of the brewers at this fine establishment. He noticed me taking some notes for ratings and struck up a conversation. He’s definately a guy that cares about his esblishment. I was fortunate enough to be offered a sample of the barleywine (that wasn’t on tap yet) straight from the conditioning tank (fantastic). It was good to see someone who cares that much about his patrons and will go the extra mile. Thirdly, food was very good. Not your standard menu. Man selections, from the normal fare to some dishes that are found rather infrequently. Everything was priced well. I also enjoyed the family-friendly atmosphere. Definately a place I’d love to frequent.
Stopped here on my way from Baltimore to Cleveland it is 1 minute off the turnpike which makes it a great place to take a break from driving. 15 beers on tap nothing too crazy but the 3 I had were all pretty solid. I also had a corned beef sandwich that was really good. Service was great and seating wasn’t an issue on the Sunday I was there. All the brewing equipment is in the middle of the place which is cool to see. I was really glad I stopped here and next time I’m driving through I will stop by again.
bth122 (19) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | September 5, 2011
Easy to find. Convenient from Turnpike and 376. Parking is across street. Inside is fairly big inside. Rustic looking inside (lots of wood). Food was good. Big food selection. Service was friendly and great. Lots of "pittsburgh" decorations. And finally beer selection is great. Lots of homebrews to try. I was very impressed by the quality or their beers.
(Visited 02/2011): Rivertowne Pourhouse (pun!) is located in northeastern Monroeville on Center Rd, not too far off 376 and relatively close to the airport. They have ample parking around the building and across the street.
The interior is laid out in different rooms with brewing equipment situated in the middle. The bar area offers a good number of seats, and there are high tables and restaurant tables elsewhere. The motif is not surprisingly Steelers- heavy, with wood and outdoorsy-type decor behind it all. There are boards listing available beers as well.
Rivertowne has a fairly extensive draught list and offers paddles to sample them. On my visit there were 16 unique beers, ranging from lighter fare like Uter Brau and Light Tackle to stronger beers like Slhoppy Monster IIPA. Other options include Dark Helmet Schwarzbier, B.A. Babockus and Uncle Tom’s Tumbling Pebble. On the whole the beers are average to above average.
Service on a weekday lunch was good. The place was pretty empty and the server was attentive and relatively knowledgeable about the beers.
Food at Rivertowne is solid. The menu leans toward seafood and they have a lot of subs/sandwiches too. Both my and my colleague’s lunches were enjoyable.
Overall this place is a decent spot to hit outside the Pittsburgh area.