Penn Brewery On Tap



Penn Brewery On Tap - Winter 2012-2013




   We're Decking the Halls!

St. Nick's Coming to Penn Brewery December 7 & 8


Penn's annual St. Nick Weekend is our favorite holiday tradition.  Take a break from the season's frenzy and join us for these events:

Friday, December 7 - Old St. Nick is coming all the way from the North Pole to tap this year's first keg of St. Nikolaus Bock Brewer's Reserve, our very special seasonal beer.  Be there for the 7:00 pm tapping and be among the first to sip some - Santa says it's better than milk and cookies!  Gaudi Buam will perform from 5:30-8 pm, followed by the Blues Orphans, playing from 8-11 pm. 

Saturday, December 8 - Meet Santa and Friends!  Join us for lunch at Penn and meet Santa, the Pirate Parrot, and the Penguins' Iceburgh between noon and 2 pm.  We'll be offering Penn's regular menu with a few special holiday additions.  To make reservations, please call 412-237-9400, X-120.

Making Spirits Bright With Our Winter Beers 

If you missed the sneak peek last year, look for the grand rollout this month of Penn's newest winter beer, Penn Nut Roll Ale.  Nut Roll Ale was inspired by the popular eastern European-style pastry made by so many Pittsburgh "nanas" at holiday time.  This spiced nut brown ale is redolent with cinnamon and vanilla, a nutty character, and a dry finish.  With an ABV of 5.5% and IBUs of 20, Nut Roll Ale pairs beautifully with sweets or desserts.  It's currently available on draft, in 12-oz. bottles, and in Penn's Gourmet Selection variety packs.  If you like nut roll, you'll love this!

St. Nikolaus Bock and St. Nikolaus Bock Brewer's Reserve are also back for the holidays and are high on your favorite beer lover's gift wish list.  St. Nick Bock is now available on draft, in 12-oz. bottles, and in Gourmet Selection variety packs.  Our Brewer's Reserve - a silver medalist at last year's Great American Beer Festival® - is selling in 22-oz. bottles and on draft.  With a touch of added honey, Reserve has a slightly higher ABV of 8.5% - and it always sells out quickly. 

Also look for our Holiday Gourmet Selection pack this month.  In addition to St. Nick and Nut Roll Ale, the pack also includes Allegheny Pale Ale, Penn Weizen, Penn Gold, and Kaiser Pils. 

Looking ahead to 2013, Penn's popular Chocolate Meltdown, our rich, chocolate stout, and our Märzen beer, a favorite for Mardi Gras, will both be available beginning in January.



                                            Special Promotions

Give the Gift of Penn Brewery this Season! - For every $50 you spend on restaurant gift cards between now and the end of 2012, you'll receive an additional $10 restaurant certificate valid January 1 - March 31, 2013.

Penn Brew U Sweepstakes - Win two tickets to the February 2 session of Penn Brew U!  Here's your chance to meet our brewers, taste Penn's different beers, find out how we make them, and learn how to pair foods with just the right beer.  Afterward, you'll enjoy a special beer-themed lunch.  You can enter the drawing in one of three ways: 1) at beginning December 1; 2) through participating beer distributors in the Pittsburgh area (listed on our website); or 3) at bar promotions running November 29-January 18.  Get all of the details at  More than 50 pairs of tickets are up for grabs!


No worries if you don't win this time, though - you can purchase tickets for another Penn Brew U session planned for March 9.  Tickets are $40 including tax and gratuity and are now available for sale at the Penn Shop online.  Hurry, though - enrollment will be limited to the first 80 purchases.  





Restaurant Happenings

Look for some new items on Penn's winter menu.  Try our new ultra-cheesy Über Mac & Cheese, made with five kinds of cheese, plus house-smoked bacon.  Or go for homemade Stuffed Pepper Soup and a spicy 'Burgh Beef Tips Sandwich with creamy horseradish sauce.  Winter comfort food!

Thanks to everyone who came down to the Biergartenfor Brats 'N Brews on Thursday evenings this year.  The Biergarten is now closed for the season, but we'll be resurrecting B&B again in 2013.

Penn Brewery will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve & New Year's Day.  Please also note that the main dining room will be closed the evening of Thursday, December 13; however, dinner will still be served in the Ratskeller. 

Please mark these Penn Brewery events on your 2013 calendar:

  • February 2 - Penn Brew U sweepstakes session (see above for how to win your way in!)

  • February 12 - Mardi Gras celebration

  • March 9 - Penn Brew U

  • April 19-27 - Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week

  • May 2 - Penn Biergarten opens

  • June 1 - Pennsylvania Microbrewers' Fest

  • September 20-22 and 27-29 - Penn Oktoberfest

  • October 25 - Boo Brew Bash

  • December 6-7 - St. Nick Weekend




Entertainment at the Brewery


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

  • November 16 - Claire Stuczynski, 7-10 pm
  • November 17 - Jackson Rohm,6-9 pm
  • November 21 - Gaudi Buam, 7-10 pm
  • November 24 - The Boilermakers, 7-10 pm
  • November 29 - Big Leg Emma, 6-9 pm
  • November 30 - Autobahn, 7-10 pm
  • December 1 - Joel Lindsey Trio of Blvd. of the Allies, 6-10 pm
  • December 5 - Gaudi Buam, 7-10 pm
  • December 7 - St. Nick Keg Tapping Party; Gaudi Buam 5:30-8 pm & the Blues Orphans 8-11 pm
  • December 8 - Lunch with St. Nick & Friends; the Flow Band, 7-10 pm
  • December 14 - T&A (Terry & Alex), 7-10 pm
  • December 15 - Autobahn, 7-10 pm
  • December 19 - Gaudi Buam,7-10 pm
  • December 21 - Claire Stuczynski, 7-10 pm
  • December 22 - Steve Johnson, Charity Nuse, & Amanda Barton of Big Leg Emma, 7-10 pm
  • December 28 - Autobahn, 7-10 pm
  • December 29 - Jimmy Sapienza & 5 Guys Named Moe, 7-10 pm
  • January 2 - Gaudi Buam, 7-10 pm
  • January 4 - The Blues Orphans, 7:30-10:30 pm
  • January 5 - Joel Lindsey Trio of Blvd. of the Allies, 7-10 pm