Penn Brewery still isn't open, but the reviving North Side landmark has been brewing, and it's opening its doors to the public for the first time in months for a "Sneak Peak Open House" from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. You can purchase glasses of the "first batch of Penn Pilsner of the new era," enjoy light snacks and brewery tours, and, the invitation teases, "other surprises" -- a taste of a brand-new brew. For more information call 412-237-9400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder Tom Pastorius, who in November bought back the business with a group of investors, has said the restaurant will reopen "as soon as the beer is ready." They started the first batch the second week of December; since last year, Penn had been having its brews made at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Pastorius' latest rough estimate for Pittsburgh-brewed Penn beer being available at area bars and restaurants is the second week of January.