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1 for the Road Beer Emporium & Tap Room

Not Rated.
1 for the Road Beer Emporium & Tap Room1 for the Road Beer Emporium & Tap Room
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

10974 Perry Hwy
Wexford, Pennsylvania, 15090-8382
United States
phone: (724) 940-7667
// CLOSED //



Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: jeffbearer on 06-09-2005)
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Photo of PumaSaysRawrr
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%

I just found out they are closing. I love this place but sadly it has gone down hill after the road construction cut off almost all access for the past 2 years. I think they still have some beer left and the fixtures are for sale. Support the little guy even though Giant Eagle is cheaper.

PumaSaysRawrr, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of DWolf
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%

1 for the Road can be summed in 1 sentence. If you are seeking a particular beer, this establishment probably has it, but you'll pay a lot for it.
Going into more detail, 1 for the Road has a lot of single bottles logically arranged in coolers. They have a warm section of various six packs. They also have a nice selection of Belgians and other international brews. There are about 8 beers on tap. The prices for drafts are pretty decent. The hotdogs aren't too bad either! There is some seating - including outdoors (if you don't mind looking at a parking lot and very busy road). The service is delivered with smile, as well.
However, unfortunately, I don't shop here much anymore (used to a lot more when it was 3 Sons Dogs & Suds). Shame, because it's on my way home from work too! But, IT'S JUST NOT WORTH IT. Some bottle prices are almost double, and definitely 75% more, than other places.
If the owners ever read these reviews, I encourage you to drop the Thursday free beer tastings (which are a cluster freak anyway) and the other trimmings and trappings that drive up your costs, and make your prices more competitive.

DWolf, May 07, 2012
Photo of jupe13
2.14/5  rDev -49%

Worst example of price gouging I've ever seen. Each bottle is price individually. I was excited to see they had Sculpin 6 packs. If I had bought a six pack it would have cost over $30. Ten Fidy priced at over $6 a can. If I wanted to get this screwed buying beer I'd go to a baseball game. Was visiting from Ohio over Thanksgiving and was excited to stop by based on reviews. Selection was decent - carried some local PA beers not available in OH. They had Oskar Blues and Ballast Point but I could order online and still pay less. I left without buying a single beer.

jupe13, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of DogfishJoe
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%

Stopped on way home out of Pittsburgh, hoping to pick up some stuff that I can't get in Ohio since we have a 12% abcv cap. This place has a decent selection and is organized fairly well. Alot of Belgian stuff and a couple bombers. They also have something like twelve beers on tap. Overall a nice place the service is where it shined a women gave me alot of help and was very pleasant to talk to. I'm happy I stopped I ended up getting some dales pale ale, autumnation, and some dogfish olde school.

DogfishJoe, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of PittRooney
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

stopped in here on my way back from pittsburgh one day. man, is the selection big, especially their belgians. nothing super rare, but some things like nebraska and dark horse that i haven't really seen a lot in the area. also lots of cold to mix and match sixers, plus bombers and everything in between. hot dogs were well done, i mean they are kind of hard to screw up, but the menu was different and had to have something for about everyone. including a hamburger one shaped like a hot dog. i thought that was cool. small bar with a handful of taps. nothing too impressive on tap while i was there, but awesome they had them nonetheless. great little place in wexford that i will definitely stop at again when i'm in the area.

PittRooney, May 11, 2011
Photo of radioscooter
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Came here specifically to get in, get some Black Magick and get out. Ended up staying for a tasting because the woman (owner?) at the counter was so nice and helpful.

Fantastic Belgian bottle selection. Stuff I haven't even seen at HO1KB. Lots of sizes and styles to choose from.

Great people. Pretty good pricing. A few things seemed pricey in the bomber category but - not overly offensive.

Not a lot in the way of extremes or tough, expensive US craft stuff but - great lower scale selection. Had lots of locals an regionals, Church, Voodoo, Troeg's, Great Lakes etc.

Did not try the food yet. Next time. Not super jazzed about hot dogs enough to make this place a destination, like the Sharp Edge but still - nice, clean and fun.

I can't believe how many of these types of places seem to have grown out of plaza -based beer stores. VE, YP6, and this one too. You wouldn't expect it to have a bar.

radioscooter, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of unit555
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

We must have driven by this place a 1000 times before someone recommended we stop in and I have to say I am sorry it took me so long.

I love this place. A truly tremendous selection of bottles and a weekly rotating selection of 10 taps. They have an excellent selection of New England beers which are my personal favorite.

Thursday night is tasting night where you can try 3-4 beers in the weeks theme (for free!).

They do two things well: beer and hot dogs. They dont pretend to be anything else. If you want a third thing then you should stay away.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Dont come to Pittsburgh without stopping by.

unit555, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

I try and go to this place at least twice a month to check out the seasonal's and new releases. It's not incredibly far for me only a mere 18 miles away but I guarantee if I was an closer I would be there everyday.

The selection is by far better than typical bottle shops. With over 500 brews in stock at all times it is not very hard to mix and match a sixer (or two) and pick up a few bombers. I always check the site:

http://www.3sonsdogsandsuds.com/main.asp?ID=7

for new releases. They sometimes forget to update every so ofter and forgot for about a month so I assumed they didn't get anything new until I checked one day and 30-40 beers were added!

The prices are pretty reasonable for whats being offered and you do get some pretty nice beers you wouldn't expect to find. Some of the selection is pretty old which works two ways:

1. Negatively: I got an almost year old imperial porter with tons of white sediment. The flavor wasn't skunked but was lackluster

2. Positively: I was able to find almost a year old Founders imperial stout that tasted better than I remember.

I did have their hot dogs and even attended a charity event to try some rare dogfish head brews. I didn't really like the beer because of the ABV but I did buy a bottle of Hop Stoopid and munched on at least three dogs which I enjoyed and broke even for my 10 bucks.

My final positive about this place is a sort of members royalty. If you join their sort of "club" they keep your purchases on file every time you show your ID. Every time you spend 100 dollars they give you seven on the house a sort of way to cancel out the Dan-O tax which is pretty progressive to get some incentive to go there. As a low income guy it does take me 3-4 runs to get to that goal but to get free beer from beer is just awesome.

Overall I love this place and glad that even though it has a new owner it keeps the same business tactics except now I believe they serve pizza...

A+ guys! Love the shop!

DrDemento456, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

The selection is great, yes. In my experience, top three in the greater Pittsburgh area. There have been a few standards that I found there when others were out, as well as some things I'd not seen before (Widmer's braggots come to mind).

The thing that impresses me most about 3 Sons is how organized it is. I know that's a compliment along the lines of "I love that cover your band played," but don't underestimate how important having a neat, easily browsable bottle shop is. Coolers & shelves are organized by brewery, prices are clearly marked, clean, well-lit. I like the smaller displays of big bottles & seasonals. This in itself is a good vibe: it shows a dedication to the product. I give other places slack for less-than-great presentation due to high inventory & turnover, but these guys go the extra mile to present well.

Service was helpful, no complaints. I seldom need help going into a place, & they answered my questions when I had them. Prices are competitive, definitely not the best I've seen in the area, but not the worst either.

The few times I've been to 3 Sons it's been strictly to buy bottles, very utilitarian. I haven't hit up the weekly samplings, & unfortunately for me, I don't eat hot dogs. That said, I seldom make it out -- most of what's available I can find closer to home when I'm looking for it -- but I've always been very satisfied with the experience.

OneDropSoup, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of ef88
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

It's great to have a place like 3 Sons in the thick of suburban Pittsburgh. Although it's not the most beautiful shop (read I don't like fluorescent lighting) I've been in, they have some indoor and outdoor seating so you can enjoy a brew. Granted, the view of Rt. 19 and the Burger King leaves a little to be desired, but I digress.

If the name of the place doesn't tip you off to it, 3 Sons has a family feel to it, and after a few visits, the staff gets to know you on a more personal level. Make sure you get a 'customer number' so you can accumulate credit for discounts (plus, I feel like a badass whenever I proudly say my number at the counter).

Oh yeah, there's beer here. The coolers are constantly stocked and neatly organized by domestic, import, and seasonal beers. Many of the bottles in the coolers have a color-coded sticker on the cap which corresponds to the price of a 6 pack (for example, an orange sticker on the cap of 'Beer X' means that a 6 pack of 'Beer X' costs $14.99). Of course, you can mix and match when you choose a 6 pack, and the beers don't have to be from one price range. There is also a cooler dedicated solely to Belgian beers as well as one for bombers.

The selling point for me, however, is the free weekly Thursday (6-8 pm) tasting. When you walk in, you head to the counter and pick up 6 tickets which you exchange for a small plastic cup filled with a certain brewery's beer. Last week, Arcadia Brewing was the featured brewery. The staff pours your samples (they come one at a time, so enjoy them!) in a thoughtful order, from lightest to heaviest. Thursdays at 3 Sons are excellent because you can enjoy the tasting and then pick up a bottle of something else to enjoy in-house.

I've never had the food here, but hot dogs are the specialty and from what I've heard, the dogs are quite good.

If you're in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, stop by (on Thursday if you can) and check this place out. Highly recommended.

ef88, Jun 28, 2010
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1 for the Road Beer Emporium & Tap Room in Wexford, PA
93 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.