Penn Brewery is always on our list when we visit the North Side in Pittsburgh. Why not take in a little 19-th century brewhouse & Biergarten history while sipping on the latest brew?
This award-winning haunt, located at 800 Vinial Street serves up craft beer along with “Euro-Pittsburgh” & German fare. The brewery was one of the first on the craft beer scene. That was in 1986. They started out making classic lagers and German beers. Now they offer IPAs and special brews all made from scratch on-site.
We were just in time for Penn Oktoberfest on draft (served from Aug. – Oct.), a rich brew and was delicious with the German style potato pancakes alongside freshly made applesauce and a dollop of sour cream. We’ve also shared the Reuben which melts in your mouth. The meat is brined and slowly cooked and topped with fresh sauerkraut and homemade dressing.
Other “Old World” dishes include goulash, strudel, schnitzel, wurst, pierogi.
If you love the beer you can take home a 6-pack, 12-pack or 24-pack. Other holiday beers served on a rotation is the St. Nik Bock, Tangerine Swirl Ale and Chocolate Meltdown Stout. Penn Beer is also sold at bars, restaurants, and grocery stores.
There is a daily happy hour, regular live music and tours. During nice weather meet your friends in the Biergarten.
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