Penn Brewery to open a taproom Downtown

The North Side’s Penn Brewery plans to open a taproom Downtown in November or December.

The small — 30-seat space — will be on the ground floor of the new 1st Ave Lofts at 432 First Ave. in the Firstside Historic District. 

Owner Todd Palcic says the 750-square-foot bar will sell draft beer, plus Pennsylvania wines and spirits, as well as beer to go, with a limited food menu when it opens in November or December. “We’d love to be open for First Night.” 

He says that 15 of the 35 loft units already are rented, and that an adjacent first-floor space at 440 First Ave. could be rented to another restaurant or even brewery taproom — “Hopefully another craft something.” 

Other breweries are looking to add off-site taprooms, thanks to a change in state law that allows breweries to open two additional storage, serving and selling locations. For example, Mount Pleasant’s Helltown is opening a taproom in Garfield. Meadville’s Voodoo Brewery, which has a taproom in Homestead, is opening a beer hall in Grove City. Other breweries, including Full Pint and Hitchhiker, have additional taprooms. Still others are looking for sites to expand, so expect to hear about more taprooms opening around the region. 

Bob Batz Jr.:, 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.

First Published September 29, 2017 10:47 AM


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