German Village in south-central Columbus gets its name from the huge number of German immigrants who found their way to the city. Indeed, its close houses and brick streets evoke a very European semblance of closeness. Almost as old as the streets themselves is one of the best known restaurants in town: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, a 125-year-old centerpiece of culture in the quaint neighborhood. It serves up custom sausages and German beers in a festive atmosphere with old-time musicians and costumes. It may as well be the German Village town hall.
Situated in the Troy Hill neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s north side, Penn Brewery is a unique look into the cultural origins of the founders of the city. The microbrewery sits on the site of the former Eberhardt and Ober Brewery and is on the National Registrar of Historic Places. These buildings have served as beer breweries since 1848, and they served a historically German neighborhood with the most authentic experience you will find in the area. The microbrews are only part of the attraction; everything about Penn Brewery is authentically German.