Pennsylvania Brewing Company - Penn Dark

Pennsylvania Brewing Company - Penn Dark

Beer Club featured in U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club


United States

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company - Penn Dark

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  • Serving Temperature:

    45-50° F
  • Suggested Glassware:

    Pint Glass or Mug (clear)
  • Malts:

    Munich, Roasted Dark
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A gold medal winner at the 1999 Great American Beer Festival and the 2000 World Beer Cup. Note the attractive off-white head which provides a nice contrast atop such a dark brew. The nose is quite a treat—roasty, with the slightest touch of coffee beans, and minor notes of smoky charred wood, almost like burnt driftwood—salty and sticky like the ocean—with hints at vanilla and a whisper of bourbon. Quite unique. Expect some husky, roasted malt character up front in the flavor. Things smooth out in the middle with a nutty, lightly caramel character, and finish rather crisp and clean. It's fairly uncommon to experience this level of crispness in a domestic lager this dark—spot on for the Münchener Dunkel style on which it is modeled. Pair this beer with smoked turkey & sharp cheddar cheese sandwiches on rye bread—dill pickle spears on the side. Even easier, but SO rewarding: lightly melt some sharp cheddar over pumpernickel—simple yet satisfying and a great pairing for this tasty dark brew. Enjoy!
Tom Pastorius, a Pittsburgh native of German descent, discovered beer while stationed in Germany, a country that considers its "bier" as much a staple as bread. Once his service days ended, Tom returned to the States. He began longing for good German beer. "Beer tastes better over there," he said. "I just missed the beer…" Dissatisfied with commercially available beverage choices, and in need of a job, Tom decided to start his own brewery. In 1986, he purchased a nearly 150-year-old abandoned brick and stone brewery for $225,000. A three-year, labor-intensive $4 million restoration followed, and thus, the Pennsylvania Brewing Company was born. Talk about going to great lengths to get great beer! Tom's goal to brew authentic German beers quickly became a reality, and these days he is considered a pioneer in the microbrewery renaissance. For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, or their attached restaurant, call (412) 237-9400, or visit their website at
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