Penn Brewery On Tap


Penn Brewery On Tap - Fall 2012


   Oktoberfest at Penn Brewery

September 21-23 & 28-30



Hoi, hoi, hoi, prost!  It's Oktoberfest time at Penn Brewery!  Be sure to mark your calendar for this year's celebration of all things German.  Here's what you can look forward to this year:

Nine different Penn Brewery Beers on Tap:  Oktoberfest, Pilsner, Dark, Gold, Allegheny Pale Ale, Kaiser Pils, Weizen, Overlook IPA, and Harvest Rye IPA.

Favorite German Dishes:  Food offerings under the Fest tent will include traditional German favorites such as wursts & sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, soft pretzels, and apple strudel, as well as a few American-style items.  Penn's sit-down restaurant will also feature Oktoberfest specials such as Black Forest chicken with Pilsner cheese sauce.

Alpine Entertainment:  Festgoers will hoist their steins to oompah-style music from the Autobahn Band, Heimat Klange, Kevin Solecki, and Gaudi Buam.  Please check for performance times at

Please note the following:


Fest runs 5:00 pm through midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  Only guests 21 and over are permitted at all of Penn Brewery after 8:00 pm on these days.  Before 8:00, guests under age 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Fest runs 4:00 through 10:00 pm on Sundays.  All ages are welcome any time on these days.
  • There is no cover charge.  Oktoberfest events are cash-only, except in the main dining room.  An ATM is available in our lobby.
  • No reservations, including those for private functions, will be accepted during Fest days.
  • Penn Brewery will be open for lunch as usual with a modified menu from 11:00 am through 5:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays during Oktoberfest.
  • Penn will be closed the Mondays following Oktoberfest weekends, September 24 and October 1.
  • Parking is free.  Be sure to check for parking locations.

Brew News - Fall Beers

Speaking of Oktoberfest - Penn Oktoberfest beer is here!  This one is such a favorite around here that we ran out early last year.  So this year, we've brewed 50 percent more to keep it flowing!  Look for it on draft and in 12-oz. bottles at bars, restaurants, and distributors.

Penn Oktoberfest is a rich, golden-colored Munich-style fest ber.  It's brewed with a combination of caramel and roasted malts for a well-balanced, medium-bodied beer that finishes very clean.   Oktoberfest contains 5.5 percent ABV and scores at 25 IBUs.  It holds a bronze medal from the Great American Beer Festival®.

Penn's Harvest Rye IPA, another fall brew, will begin shipping October 1.  It will be available in kegs, 22-oz. bottles, and in 12-oz. bottles in Penn's Gourmet Selection variety packs.

Harvest Rye has a complex grain bill including two-row, black, and caramel malts combined with rye.  With an ABV of 6 percent and IBUs of 55, Harvest Rye has a spicy character balanced by big hop aromatics and flavors. 

Following closely behind are our winter beers, St. Nikolaus Bock and St. Nik Brewer's Reserve (silver medalist at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival®), which begins shipping on November 5, and Nut Roll Ale, which will begin shipping on November 12.  Guaranteed to make spirits bright.

Book Your Holiday Party with Penn Early

The swimming pools might still be open, but the holiday season will be here before you know it.  Get an early start by booking your holiday gathering at Penn Brewery.  We can accommodate groups of any size up to 130 guests.  See our banquet spaces and menus on our website,














Charcuterie Comes to Penn

We don't just make  old-world, handcrafted beer here at Penn Brewery - we make our own European-style charcuterie, too!  Our new charcuterie plate offers house-smoked and house-cured specialties all made right here - including sausages, hams, duck breast, gravlax, paté, and more.  The mix changes regularly, so there's always something new to sample! 






Roll Out the Barrel!



 We made a very big find at Penn Brewery recently!  While having the stone masory repaired in the Biergarten, we removed some of the blocks that had been used to seal the entrance to one of the old lagering caves left from the era of the old E&O Brewery, which operated on the site in the late 19th century.  Several dozen yards into the cave, we came upon some very old, super-sized wooden beer barrels.  Although the actual age of the barrels remains a mystery, the barrels are a nostalgic reminder of how beer was matured in the days before refrigeration.  For safety reasons, we've temporarily sealed the cave back up - but before long we hope to do a proper exploration.  Who knows what other treasures we may find?

Entertainment at the Brewery


Weekends are showtime at Penn Brewery!  Come down and listen to live music from these great acts: 


  •  Aug. 31 - Ken Hardley, 7-10 pm
  • Sept.  1 - Joel Lindsey Trio of Blvd. of the Allies, 7-10 pm
  • Sept. 7 - The Blues Orphans - 8-11 pm
  • Sept. 8 - Ryan Mequist, 7-10 pm
  • Sept. 14 - T&A (Terry & Alex), 7-10 pm
  • Sept. 15 - Claire Stuczynski, 7-10 pm
  • Sept. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30 - Oktoberfest Oct. 5 - The Blues Orphans, 8-11 pm
  • Oct. 6 - T&A (Terry & Alex), 7-10 pm
  • Oct. 12 - Joel Lindsey Trio of Blvd. of the Allies, 7-10 pm
  • Oct. 13 - The Flow Band, 7-10 pm
  • Oct. 19 - Steve Johnson, Charity Nuse, & Bill Burke of Big Leg Emma, 7-10 pm
  • Oct. 20 - Zig Daniels of the Delaneys, 7-10 pm
  • Oct. 26 - Autobahn, 7-10 pm
  • Oct. 27 - Claire Stuczynski, 7-10 pm
  • Nov. 2 - The Blues Orphans, 8-11 pm
  • Nov. 3 - Joel Lindsey Trio of Blvd. of the Allies, 7-10 pm