Happy 30th Birthday, Penn Pilsner!
In 1986, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Top Gun was playing in theaters, a new Ford Mustang cost $7500 – and Pennsylvania’s pioneer craft beer, Penn Pilsner, was sold for the first time. After 30 years, the brand is still going strong, a testament to its quality and timeless appeal. Here are some fun facts you might not know about Penn:
Although Penn Brewery is based in Pittsburgh, and all of our beers are now brewed here, Penn Pilsner, our first beer offering, was actually launched in Philadelphia at the City Tavern. That’s because it was first contract brewed by Pittsburgh Brewing, which would not allow Penn, as a competitive brand, to be sold in western PA. Penn Pilsner was next brewed by Smithton-based Jones Brewing , (owned by the family of actress Shirley Jones, aka Mama Partridge from the Partridge family).
The Penn Brewery facility on the North Side, our present location, did not actually open until 1989 under the name Allegheny Brewery, in the former E&O Brewery building, a brewery opened by German immigrants in the mid -nineteenth century. Penn has since grown into the oldest and largest production brewery in Pittsburgh.
Penn was also the first “tied house” (restaurant + brewery) to open in Pennsylvania since Prohibition ended.
We’ll be celebrating Penn’s 30th anniversary with special events, products, and packaging throughout the year. We hope you’ll join us in raising a glass to this classic brand and wonderful brewery that was brewing craft before craft was cool!
Look for Our Special 30th Anniversary Packages
Commemorative Pilsner 12-Pack
We’re getting all dressed up for our birthday party! Look for our beautiful bright red 30th Anniversary Penn Pilsner 12-pack case at your favorite beer distributor throughout 2016.
Penn Pilsner 12-oz 30th Anniversary Cans
Just in time for summer outings, we’re rolling out Penn Pilsner in 12-oz. cans. Perfect for hiking, the golf course, and other outdoor adventures! Look for them at beer distributors and at PNC Park beginning in April.
Party with Penn at our 30th Anniversary Throwback Weekend Featuring our Farewell Pennsylvania Microbrewers’ Fest, June 3th & 4th.
Penn Brewery has been hosting the Pennsylvania Microbrewers’ Fest since 1995. That’s a long time by craft beer festival standards, and the beer fest scene has changed a lot over those two-plus decades. It is with both great pride (and some wistfulness) that we’ve decided that our 2016 Fest will also be our final fest in its present format. Will Penn still continue to host beer fests and special events? You bet! But we’ll be updating our Fest format in the years to come to ensure that you’ll enjoy a unique and appealing experience.
In the meantime, the 2016 Microbrewers’ Fest will salute Penn’s 30th year with a special Throwback Weekend celebrating 1986!
Our official birthday celebration kicks off the evening of Friday, June 3th. We’ll turn back the clock with an 80’s biergarten bash featuring DJ Zimmie playing the best music of the era. Then on Saturday, June 4th, the festivities continue with the farewell installment of the Pennsylvania Microbrewers’ Fest. Here’s what you need to know:
Special guests include 80’s favorites: radio jocks Jimmy & Steve, and Norm Nardini live! A hairier (though equally beloved), western PA icon, Punxsutawney Phil, will also join us for a meet & greet.
Basic ticket: includes admission from 5-8 pm, commemorative sampling glass & all beer samples, a buffet meal (sandwich, side, and beverage), and live entertainment. Price $50.
We’ll be updating the Fest details regularly, so please check www.pennbrew.com for the latest information.
|Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
It’s almost here! This year’s Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week runs from April 15th through April 24th . Please be sure to check the Penn website at www.pennbrew.com for all Penn events around the city and to find out where to sample our brews. On tap this year will be Mash Paddle vs. Hipster, a collaboration brew that is über-local to the North Side. This India red lager is a joint effort from Penn, Allegheny City Brewing Company, Spring Hill Brewing, and War Streets Brewing, concocted especially for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. Packed with American-grown hops, this beer has 6% ABV and a whopping 60 IBUs. Don’t miss this special draft-only beer – the collaboration beer always goes fast!
New Beer Releases
Our brewers have really been burning the midnight oil preparing even more new beers for spring release. Watch for these tasty new brews:
Tangerine Swirl is made with real tangerine and Madagascar vanilla. Summit and 7c’s hops, two-row malt, and a touch of lactose make this effervescent beer a citrusy, creamy summertime treat. Tangerine Swirl has 4.9% ABV and 25 IBUs. Look for it in six-packs, 12-packs, and on draft beginning in May.
Hot Ginger is our new imperial Ginger Beer, made with a heavier dose of freshly-grated ginger root vs. our Penn Ginger Beer. Hot Ginger has 4.25% ABV and 6 IBUs, and with a sweet & spicy ginger kick and is perfect for mixing Moscow Mules. Available on draft at Penn Brewery restaurant and select bars and restaurants beginning in late March.
Rods & Cones is our hopped-up sour ale, inspired by Flanders red ales. Simcoe, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops give this beer a huge hop flavor and aroma. Rods & Cones has 6% ABV and 55 IBUs and will be available on draft at Penn Brewery Restaurant and select bars and restaurants starting in April.
Penn Berlinerweisse, our sour wheat ale, is a tart, refreshing, unfiltered classic German brew. Enjoy it as is or with added raspberry or woodruff syrup like real Berliners do.Berlinerweiss has 4.5% ABV and 5 IBUs and will be available on draft beginning in April.
Penn Ginger, a Penn favorite for the last few years, is also back for spring. Look for it in six packs, 12-packs, and on draft. You’ll also find it in our April Variety Pack, along with new Tangerine Swirl, Penn Weizen, Brick Biergarten IPA, Penn Pilsner, and Penn Gold.
Book your Special Occasion with Penn
Looking for a unique setting for your special occasion? Our beautiful, 19th-century landmark building offers an historic setting and provides several indoor and outdoor spaces to meet your needs. We can create complete banquet menus perfect for:
Corporate meetings and events
Add a guided brewery tour and beer tasting to create extra-special memories of your big day!
Take a look at our banquet options and complete the online inquiry form to learn more.
…..Or, we’ll bring the party to you with full-service catering.
Penn Brewery is also pleased to offer full service catering with food and beer foryour private event at your selected site. Just let us know what you need, and we’ll bring the party to you! Please see our menus and inquiry form right here.
Penn at PNC Park
There’s no better spring combo than beer & baseball! On draft this year at PNC Park will be Penn Pilsner and Penn American Pale Ale. Look for the new Pilsner 12 oz. cans there, too!
Look Stylin’ With New Penn Apparel
Outfit yourself for spring with a new Kaiser Pils shirt or hat!
Welcome our New Spring Menu and our Pet-Friendly Patio!
We’re getting ready to roll out our new spring menu shortly, and among other additions, you can look forward to a new Baked Italian Sammich and several new flatbreads. If your tastes run to the exotic, try the Khachapuri, a traditional cheese-stuffed bread from Georgia – no, not the state - but the country in the Caucasus region near the Black Sea. Ooey,gooey goodness!
Enjoy your meal in the outdoor biergarten, which is open for seating, weather permitting. Bring Fido with you, too – we’re now setting aside an area that’s pet friendly.