Pittsburgh is home to a Hofbräuhaus location, which apparently serves up the craft bier of Bavarian kings. Hofbrauhaus has six other locations in the United States. This brewpub is modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, and it tries to recreate that experience with traditionally decorated rooms, German food and on-site brewing.
I didn't realize there were multiple locations until we walked up to this massive building and it had the tell-tale signs of deep pocket backings: A humongous building, detailed exterior, huge steel tanks that few local breweries would be able to afford, and the branding. Panicky, I started to google if this was a large chain. I breathed a sigh of relief when I found out there are only a handful of locations, so I was in the clear. These are the things I do to myself. 🙄
Walking inside, there is a just a sprawling open dining space - so expansive that it was a bit overwhelming. It was just in stark contrast to what I was expecting at the thought of this place - which might be smaller, more intimate, authentic. We opted to sit outside (unfortunately next to a raucous group of 20 or so who probably had been there far too long).
We were there for lunch, so we missed out on a good bit of the "environment" of the place, which I'm sure is robust and lively. We didn't eat here, but we did get samplers of the beer. My fabs included the Hefe Weizen and the Original Lager. Light, easy drinking beers that were great for a warm day. The others I didn't care too much for.
If you're looking for a loud, wild place to enjoy some hearty food and drink, this is your place. I did love the riverside dining, and I think if I were to get a true feel for the environment, I would've liked it a bit better. And maybe for dinner, as opposed to a more calm lunch. Has anyone tried the food? Curious to see how it was!