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.
I always believe that most locals over hype their local haunts...well, this was another one of them. I went to Rivertown Pourhouse on a recommendation from a thread seen on BA.
The amtosphere for the place was average, it was filled with mostly regular bar people, had roughly 25 spots around the bar, and many high top tables surrounding it. It was no different from any other local haunt and didnt scream anything of a BREW PUB. The quality of the beers were decent, slightly above average from the beers I tried, rated, and/or sampled. Some were decent, some were medicore...nothing really jumped out except for the pumpkin nitro ale (that I had at Fat Heads). The service was decent as the bartender and waitress were friendly and were attentive. The selection os different types of beers was great. They had 18 in house beers on tap and no guest taps. The food was mediocre as I ordered the Coconut Shrimp platter and was disappointed...the sides were all covered in cheese which is usually an indication of cheap or poorly cooked products and somewhat over priced. Overall, an average local haunt but there are better brew pubs and better beer bars in Pittsburgh and worth going to if you want to try someplace newer.
Art (131) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | January 1, 2013
Rivertown makes a decent beer and the selection here is always rotating. The place smelled like old wet rags but the service was great. The bartenders are all very knowledgeable and friendly.
Somewhat dim and uninviting when you walk in, but at the same time quiet and relaxing. Service was good, but not great. They have probably 10-15 of there own beers on tap so decent selection and a few pleasant surpirses such as their pineapple ale. Food was good, and decently priced, decent portions as well. Overall, worth going to, but not if it means going way out of your way.
Very wooden sports bar. Bartender may have been on Ritalin. Though they have a ton of beers on tap, many fall victim to the overly-similar-style problem. Quality is also an issue. I ordered the altbier first and ended up with the barley wine (actually an understandable mistake due to the naming system on the menu), but the beer was so far off from barley wine that I just thought it was a messed up altbier until things were cleared up later. I’d still say it was closer to altbier less the alcohol. Most other stuff I sampled also had some issues, either flawed or just boring. Though the altbier did turn out to be a winner when I finally got it. Brunch food was quite tasty, though the regular pub menu was just filled with greasy offerings that I wouldn’t much care to order. Not a dreadful place to stop, but nothing that would draw me back as a beer destination short of the ticks.
A neat sports bar just outside of Pittsburgh. A bit unusual in that the parking lot is located across the street from the pub, and there’s no crosswalk. Inside, lots of TVs and Steelers memorabilia. There are quite a lot of taps with a wide variety of styles. I was able to sample the IPA, altbier, pilsener, barleywine, pumpkin spice, and porter. The beers were mostly average to slightly-above average. Their menu is typical pub fare plus they have pizzas - although I was there during brunch hours so I got an omelette which was very tasty. Overall, although their beer is nothing too special, it was still a fun stop.
Wood-riddled restaurant, bar is a sports bar, standard TVs and such. Extensive tap selection for brewpub. Pretty blah restaurant environment, families and table waits for parties of 3-4. Decent beer, nice selection, ok food. Worth a stop if in Monroeville, or better yet, if you are on I-76 and need a break, because it’s only 3 minutes away from the exit.
(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.