Spring 2012 Newsletter

Penn Brewery On Tap

It’s Time for the 16th Annual Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest



Saturday, June 2






Come down to Penn for our annual celebration of craft beer!  Brewers from more than 25 regional craft breweries will join us to sample their wares.  Here are the details:



  • Two three-hour sessions: 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • Live entertainment from the Flow Band and Big Leg Emma
  • Food tent with Penn favorites including pulled pork sandwiches and hot German potato salad

Tickets are on sale now at www.pennbrew.com. Tickets are $40 apiece in April; $45 in May; and $60 at the door.  Price includes one meal (sandwich, side, and dessert), all beer samples, and a souvenir beer glass.  Ages 21 and older only. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday – cheers!


More Brew News

Be sure not to miss our spring and summer seasonal beers this year! Brand new this year are Penn Overlook IPA and Penn Cool River Kölsch-Style.  Overlook IPA is a clean, hoppy, American-style IPA with a smooth mouthfeel. It’s brewed with two-row barley malt and American hops, including Zeus and Northern Brewer varieties. It has an attractive light copper color and a prominent aroma, with an ABV of 6%.  Cool River Kölsch-Style is a crisp, clean beer with a subtle fruit fragrance.  It’s pale golden in color and delicate in flavor, with subdued hoppiness and a 4.5% ABV.  These two special beers are available on draft and in 12 oz. bottles in Penn’s Gourmet Selection variety pack.

Two other favorites - Penndemonium Maibock and Penn Summer Berry Wheat - will also be back for the season.  Penndemonium is a strong, full-bodied, light-colored Maibock beer with a smooth, mellow finish and a 7.5% ABV.  Penndemonium will be available on draft and in 22-oz. bottles starting in mid-April.  With a 5.5% ABV, Penn Summer Berry Wheat is a light-tasting wheat beer flavored with a ripe berry blend, perfect for the warm weather months.  Summer Berry will be available on draft and in 12-oz. bottles beginning the week of May 7.

Enter Penn’s “Elite Wheat” Sweepstakes

Summer’s on the way, and it’s the season for wheat beer!  We’re very proud of our own wheat beer, Penn Weizen.  Did you know that Penn Weizen is one of the most decorated Hefeweizens made in America?   Truly an Elite Wheat!


  •  Three Great American Beer Festival® Medals
  •  One World Beer Cup® Medal
  •  Six National Grand Champion Titles, United States Beer Tasting Championship
  •  One of only two Gold Medals awarded at the World Beer Championship in the Hefeweizen category in 2004 
  •  Named one of “the 25 Best Beers in America” by Men’s Journal (2006)

 In honor of Penn Weizen, we’re running the “Penn Elite Wheat” sweepstakes through the end of July.  To enter, visit www.pennbrew.com, answer a few questions about the wonderful world of wheat and wheat beer, and you’ll be entered to win one of these prizes:

Grand Prize:  Wheat gift basket - $100 value! – (one prize awarded)

First Prizes: Set of four Penn wheat beer glasses (25 prizes awarded).




Restaurant News


These tasty new additions are planned for Penn’s spring menu:

  • “Squirrel Hill” flatbread with savory smoked salmon
  • House-smoked pulled pork flatbread
  • Stuffed banana peppers with hot Italian sausage (a Pittsburgh favorite)
  • Chicken Duquesne with creamy Dijon sauce over sauteed spinach and mushrooms
  • Salmon with fresh pico de gallo
  • Deluxe BLT with house-brined and smoked bacon
  • Deep-fried rice croquettes with Mojo dipping sauce

 And…Penn’s award-winning reuben pierogi will also return!


Happy Hour with Brats & Brews in the Biergarten

Enjoy half-price appetizers at Penn Happy Hour!  Happy Hour runs 4-7 pm Monday through Thursday, and 5-7 pm on Fridays.  And – on Thursdays enjoy brats and kielbasa right off the grill in the Biergarten for just $5!


Penn Celebrates the City’s First Craft Beer Week 

Other cities have done it for years – now it’s our turn!  April 20-28 has been officially designated as “Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week,” a time of libation, education, and celebration of all things craft beer. Penn is getting into the swing with several events planned for the week:



  • Penn’s centerpiece event, our May Day Weekend party, will be held Friday, April 27, from 6-8 pm.  Kick off the grand opening of Penn’s outdoor Biergarten for the year!  Enjoy a spread of traditional and not-so-traditional European May Day dishes, expertly paired with samples of Penn’s draft beers:



Mini Lamb Chop with Lemon Herb Cous Cous
Baked Brie
Beer pairing: Cool River Kolsch

 Cured Hams with Baguette and Mahon Cheese
Beer Pairing: Kaiser Pils

Shredded Pork Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Beer Pairing: Allegheny Pale Ale

Grilled Langoustine with Baby Greens Hefe Weizen Vinaigrette
Goat Cheese Turnover
Beer Pairing: Penn Weizen

 Dark Lager Brownies
Beer Pairing: Penn Dark

 Autobahn Band will play live (accompanied by anyone cheerful enough to dance around our maypole). Tickets are $40; please visit www.pennbrew.com for more information and to place your order.  This event is for ages 21 and over only.

Also be sure to try out “Cheeky Yinzer,” a British IPA made at Penn by a team of brewers from Penn, East End Brewing, and Arsenal Cider House.  A Craft Beer Week original!

Check our website for more Craft Beer Week events.


Penn Brewery Loves Cyclists!

Penn is the city’s biker-friendly brewery, and a proud Bike Pittsburgh business member!  Our location is a great starting and stopping point for rides along the river trails, which are easily accessible via the adjacent pedestrian bridge over Route 28.  We'll be happy fill your water bottle for free, and we keep a tire pump, patch kit and tools available for quick minor repairs in case of a breakdown. Check www.pennbrew.com and http://bike-pgh.org/ for upcoming events at the brewery with Bike Pittsburgh.

Malt Minute Video Series

We hope you’ve had the chance to check out Penn’s new online video series, The Malt Minute.  Our video series aims to help craft beer fans better understand their favorite libation in 90 seconds or less. Each installment gives a brief, easy-to-understand overview of a different beer style or piece of beer terminology, presented by a professional brewer. Visit us regularly at www.maltminute.com --we air a brand-new Malt Minute episode every two weeks.  Here’s a look at some of our upcoming episodes:

April 27 - Mashing & Decoction
May 11 - Maibock
May 25 - Weizen
June 8 - Kolsch
June 22 - All About Malt


 Entertainment at Penn!


Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming shows:

  • Friday, 4/27 – Autobahn, 7-10 pm
  • Saturday, 4/28 – Claire Stuczynski, 7-10 pm
  • Friday, 5/4 – Blues Orphans, 8-11 pm
  • Saturday, 5/5 – The Boilermakers, 7-10 pm
  • Friday, 5/11 – T&A (Terry & Alex), 7-10 pm
  • Saturday, 5/12 – John Galt Theory, 7-10 pm
  • Friday, 5/18 – Smackdab, 7-10 pm
  • Saturday, 5/19 – The Flow Band, 7-10 pm
  • Friday, 5/25 – Autobahn, 7-10 pm
  • Saturday, 5/26 – Dan Vogan, 7-10 pm
  • Friday, 6/1 – Blues Orphans, 8-11 pm
  • Saturday, 6/2 – Microbrewers’ Fest
  • Friday, 6/8 – T&A (Terry & Alex), 7-10 pm
  • Saturday, 6/9 – John Galt Theory, 7-10 pm
  • Friday, 6/15 – Claire Stuczynski, 7-10 pm
  • Saturday, 6/16 – Autobahn, 7-10 pm
  • Friday, 6/22 – Autobahn, 7-10 pm
  • Saturday, 6/23 – Smackdab, 7-10 pm
  • Friday, 6/29 – Joel Lindsey, 7-10 pm
  • Saturday, 6/30 – The Flow Band, 7-10 pm

 Also look for Gaudi Buam, playing 7-10 pm every second and fourth Wednesday of the month!