(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.
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.
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.
This was stopover on the way back from Cleveland. We were there on Mother’s day and they appreciated that we ate athe bar. The bar was of polished pine. There were 400 mugs hanging from the ceiling for their regular customers. The beer was good. the mussels were the best of the trip. They feature 19 beers on tap. They make 18 for themselves. They had cascade hops growing on a tressel as you entered the building.
Kind of strange. Parking lot is across a somewhat busy street --- requiring everyone to cross to get here. The interior is warm and somewhat rustic. They have a nice sized bar. The food is good and the prices and not bad for the portions. The beer is not good. They will have to improve. Two of the beers I tried literally tasted like cigarettes. The service was spotty. Some workers appeared downright lazy while others were great. Probably not worth the risk of crossing the street from the parking lot to get here.
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.
boto (84) Granby, Connecticut | May 3, 2010| Updated November 20, 2013
A friend told me about this place. I stopped by on a recent trip to the area. I didn’t have any of the food, but the guy next to me had something that looked quite intriguing. They were scotch eggs, which were hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and then fried. There was a very wide selection of beer styles available, and I think all were also available in growlers. All were brewed on the premises. The beers that I had were quite solid. A rustic atmosphere (lots of yellow pine), with quite a few TV’s tuned to sports. Went back again and had some food. Just had one of their pizzas, but it was pretty good. Beers were still solid. Worth a stop.
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.
A fine micro. Same menu and value at the other Rivertowne locations. Rustic wood themed atmosphere. They have 18 taps of beer they make themselves which is the largest selection I have ever seen in a brewpub. The staff is very knowledgeable. A good place.
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.