While we're all waiting for the inevitable yet snails-paced opening of the Hofbrauhaus, delayed by the onset of the drink tax and the slow pace of public services, we can at least continue to frequent Penn Brewery. The North Side Leadership Conference showed reality to Penn Brewery's greedy landlords who were mistakenly under the impression that an official recession was the time to triple the rent and attract new big-budget renters. Now we can look forward to another 5 years of Penn Brewery at its current location. The beer is dead. Long live the beer.