Photo courtesy of Penn Brewery.

While the grand opening is still a few weeks away, Downtown beer connoisseurs can now get a sneak peek and fill their growlers at Penn Brewery‘s new taproom.

Located on the ground floor of the 1st Avenue Lofts at 436 First Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh, the taproom is Penn Brewery’s second satellite location. The first opened at Pittsburgh International Airport in February of last year.

Food options are currently limited to snacks like wings and Bavarian pretzels, but Penn Brewery co-owner and director of marketing Linda Nyman told NEXTpittsburgh that their full 14-item menu will be available in time for the grand opening.

Current hours for the taproom are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays.

“If you’re just looking for a beer after work, we’re ready to roll,” says Nyman. “This is just a peek under the rug.”

Courtesy of Penn Brewery.

While there is no exact date set for said opening, she said it will come within the next several weeks.

The restaurant itself is 750 square feet and will expand to include outdoor seating in the spring.

Plans for the pub have been in the works since the fall of 2017. Speaking to NEXTpittsburgh just after signing the initial lease, Penn Brewery’s owners said the new space is designed to fit nicely into Downtown’s growing roster of entertainment and dining options.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Sandy Cindrich, co-owner and president of Penn Brewery. “We’re well aware of the changes that are coming to this area and the Downtown revitalization that’s happening.”

Bill O'Toole

Bill O'Toole was a full-time reporter for NEXTpittsburgh until October, 2019. He previously reported in Myanmar.