East End is a handy brewery for this area. It's a simple, straightforward taproom inside an old brick warehouse. I wasn't sure what I was getting into just because of Pennsylvania's unusual beer laws but everything checks out here. Beer is available to go in growlers and bottles, pints are available, and beer of various alcoholic strength was on tap. No kitchen here either. They had a pretty good variety of styles on. What I had was decent. Nice little joint.
The Grand Tasting for RBSG16 was here and they did a great job. I recall the place itself, or at least the back room where we started at some point, was a bit warm, but it’s a working brewery, so it’s not like they’re going to have AC in the brewhouse which is where we set up for a while. Once there was food we all migrated into the main room (some of the group had smartly done that earlier), and the regular customers were pretty cool with all of it. Service was great. Worth a visit.
Visited with the RBSG group. This was the location of the Grand Tasting, and they were very amenable to us. Pretty much gave us half of their seating, which was very nice of them, especially on a Saturday night. Pretty big warehouse type place. As a nice addition, they also had a coffee shop inside the tap room. It wasn’t open while we were here, but they had a nitro coffee that was pretty good. If I was in the area again, I would want to check out the coffee shop. The beer they had on tap was pretty diverse. The major style groups were all well represented. Really fun location. I would recommend stopping in if you are in Pittsburgh.
The sign of a good brewery: I thought their Mild Ale was killer. Great variety of taps with an additional coffee bar setup and a nitro coffee on tap. Some outdoor seating and games like outdoor Jenga. Really nice, laid back vibe throughout. A top-level visit. One caveat: the bathroom door is freakishly light. My arm flailed all over the place opening and closing it.
A large warehouse like setting with high end coffee and one side and the beer on the others. Large tables and outdoor area. Staff were great and very knowledgeable. Beer was varied, they offered tasting flights and was decent. Only complaint is only 1 bathroom which when it gets busy could be problematic. Nice stop.
I’m all about people and the staff at this joint were second to none. The bar-tender who take care of our group all night was insanely polite, just accommodating and I never got a feeling of "this is just a job" sort of politeness. He was just an all around terrific guy. The brewer who stuck around most of the night answered every question with honestly, didn’t hold anything back and he was probably the nicest brewer I’ve ever met. The space, spacious, lots of seating inside and outside, 18 different beers on tap, 4 barrel aged bottled beers for onsite or take-away, a working cafe in the place that I wish was open when we got there. some nibbles like chips would be a nice addition. tasters are $2 for 4-ounce pours.
I had a blast at East end can’t wait to go back.
Our host for RBSG 2016, thanks! Large production facility with a spacious taproom up front. Smallish bar without stools, but plenty of scattered tables. Sadly, no wifi. Staff were very helpful, customers were tolerant of our bottle share too. Beers are tasty, available in six ounce or full pours. Handful of bottles on offer too. Great place.