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1 for the Road Beer Emporium & Tap Room

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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:
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(Place added by: jeffbearer on 06-09-2005)
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Photo of ffejherb
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 11/24/07.

This place is located in a strip mall in Wexford, PA, just outside Pittsburgh. Very clean and organized 6-pack shop with adjoining eatery that serves bottled beer only and hot dogs, nachos, sausages, etc. We had already eaten, but I wanted to stop in for a quick bottle and also to check this place out.

Selection was organized from A-Z with subcategories for micros and imports. They also have bombers, Belgians, lambics and bottle conditioned selections both on the floor and in the coolers. You can mix your own 6-pack, and all beers are color-coded for price, so you know exactly how much you are paying. Awesome selection! Non-color-coded beers had price tags. They even had some gluten-free beers in the cooler. Service was friendly and we were greeted immediately upon entry. I'll definitely stop back when I'm in the area.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PumaSaysRawrr
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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.

Photo of DWolf
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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.

Photo of jupe13
2.14/5  rDev -49%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5

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.

Photo of DogfishJoe
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of PittRooney
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of radioscooter
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of unit555
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of ef88
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of biglite351
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere - Clean and bright. Shelves were nicely filled with product. It is obvious that someone put thought into the presentation.

Quality - I do not really understand "quality"... if it is quality of the place, isn't that atmosphere? If it is quality of the brews, isn't that selection? I am going to consider this to be Atmosphere*Selection/Price. There is the rub. While some of the prices were quite nice, many were a bit high. A few bottles here were more than I have seen them at drinking bars for. I was a bit surprised by that. A majority of the mix 12oz 6 packs ran from $12-$15. However, a high number of the 12oz bottles do not qualify for those 6 pack deals. Those usually ran $4-$6 each. Some of the 22oz bottles seemed a bit higher than I have seen them go for in the Southside. There is a "sale" rack though where the brews are all 50% off. I did get a couple from there.

Service - The older gentleman was quite helpful. A few times he asked if I needed anything. He offered to hold my selections at the counter so that I would not have to carry them. He even gave me one of my selections for free as it was the last one of that type and he just wanted to make room for new product in the case. He was also very attentive to other customers that came in. Thumbs up to him.

Selection - There was a lot to choose from. A very solid selection. I managed to buy 17 individual bottles with only one of those being something that I have bought before. There were a few brews that I had never seen before. However, Pennsylvania must have tighter restrictions on what they are allowed to sell as a vast majority of bottle shops seem to sell mostly the same stuff. As i mentioned, some things that I have not seen before, but nothing mind blowing compared to other bottle shops in the area.

Food - I did not try the food.

Photo of woodske1
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Can't beat the selection or the service here. The guys working this place know the beer very well and will answer any question you may have. Kudos to them for educatiing the region on craft beers. They carry alot of mainstream stuff, but they'll carry the minibrewery that you never heard of either which I like.

Food is reasonable, they do mostly hot dogs but are done very well. I enjoy myself everytime I go. Will continue to go with new ownership, they do a great job there.

ALso easy to find right off route 19.

Photo of goblue3509
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A great place to buy beer, very large selection that is constantly being updated and new stuff being brought weekly. The prices are very reasonable. The staff is very knowledgeable and always very willing to help. For a PA store they carry all of the usually suspects, PA micros, upstate new york, colorado, cali, and some of the other west coast breweries. The seasonal cooler is always evolving and always stocked with the new stuff that you would want or be looking for. The have sampling seasons once a week as well.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.58/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

3 Sons is my favorite bottle shop in the area. Bill is a great guy and quite the salesman. He works hard to provide Pittsburgh with a good selection (and trust me we don't get a lot). The prices are amongst the best in the area and the selection is probably the most kept and largest variety. They keep a lot of imports and a good selection of craft beer. It is always restocked and well kept.

Definitely the place to go if looking for a fresh selection of good beer. They keep it much more organized than some of the other top bottle shops in the Pittsburgh are.

Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally made the trip up "north" to pay a visit to 3 Sons Dogs and Suds. All I can say is "what took me so long!"

This is the kind of place I like to pop into...a bottle shop in the truest sense of the word. Sure, you can buy a beer and drink it there, but this is more geared to the beer to go crowd.

They have a very impressive line of coolers on the outside walls. These contain pretty much any local, craft and import beer that is available in our region. The coolers surround shelving that houses six and four packs. There are also a few coolers and shelves dedicated to big beers (22 oz. or larger).

My favorite thing about this place is the pricing. Not only is it reasonable, but clearly marked and defined (when mixing and matching).

As a bonus, they have a pretty good selection of glassware for sale also!

All in all, a great beer place that I plan on visiting on a monthly (if not bi-weekly) basis.

Photo of garbercury
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

3 Sons is a good place for those of us beer snobs who do not want to have to buy a case in order to get better beers in the area surrounding Pittsburgh.

A--Nothing special but who cares, you dont go here for atmosphere really, they basically serve hot dogs and sell beer.

S--Nice enough people there. They were attentive and seemed to appreciate the business.

S--Not too bad all things considered. Again, finding beer stores in Western Pa that have a decent selection of Belgians and micros is not easy. You have to go to Pittburgh and tends to be very, very, pricey. I dont go here very often but when I need to pick some good beer up when I am in the area, this is my first choice.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by yesterday and enjoyed looking at the great selection of Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher, SN, Great Divide, New Holland and many others. Harder to find brews like Sea Dog, and Smuttynose. A great selection of fresh seasonals and some one offs. Bottles purchased may be enjoyed on premise. I got a 6'er of Sea Dog Apricot Wheat, O'Fallen Chocalate Cherry, Lagunita's Brown Sugga. A bottle of 120 minute DFH IPA. The selection was huge and staff is reasonably knowledgeable. but the prices and distance will probably not allow me to be a regular here.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

When I was in Pittsburgh I visited only one beer store - and what a store it is! I don't know how it compares to other bottle shops in the Pittsburgh area, but I am sure that it stacks up well. They have a HUGE selection of craft brews, many of which are available only in select areas. I stocked up on a lot of brews that I can't find in Georgia.

I like the store's rugged, unpretentious ambiance. The staff are friendly and helpful and glad to help you find the kind of beers you like. Best of all, you can "mix a six" if you want to take home a variety of beers. They have a side business of fast food, but I didn't have anything to eat. A good place to visit if ever you find yourself in or near Pittsburgh.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Hands down the best selection in the area, if only it were closer to home.

Atmosphere is..well it's a bottle shop, what do you want here?

Quality is great, everything is well lit and organized by micro - import - belgian - bombers and alphabetically within.

Service was friendly and helpful.

Selection was as said very very nice. Other places are close, but this had pretty much everything within reason, including a few difficult to find brews.

They are on the pricey side, but this is probably worth it for the service and selection.

Photo of Kolsch
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: a nicely laid out beer selection. One could be overwelmed by the coolers and not knowing how the pricing works.

Quality is top notch, nothing that I could not find.

Service is what others have said. Not pushy at all but will steer you if you need it.

Selection is excellent

Food: did not have any food, though not sure if you can have a beer with your dog as no one was there eating when we where there.

Value is on par I believe to Dee's. I compared prices and they are very similar, though service is ten times better than Dee's!

Choose here before Dee's just because of service.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Good little place located in Wexford PA. Has a really nice selection for not an overwhelmingly big place.

Has warm beers and multiple coolers. The beers are in the fridge alphabetically and have a color sticker on the cap to designate price. You can mix and match 6 packs at your leisure.

The customer service was exactly what you want. No one pushes you in one direction but answered questions with great knowledge when asked.

The place also had glassware for purchase as well.

They have a web-site that is quite current, the beers I picked out online were in stock. Although, once I got there, I didn't stick to my list.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Attended a 2 day sales meeting a couple weeks ago in Pittsburgh and HAD to make the 20 minute trip up to Wexford to stock up before driving home.

Atmosphere does not matter in this case - it's all about the beer! Place is relatively small, but an outstanding selection.

Greeted by Bill (owner?) who was very accomodating, did not push me in any particular direction. Was very impressed with the selection of American brews - plenty of West coast & others. Tons of singles and six-pack selections, and many racks of bombers - Stone, Rogue, DF Head, Bear Republic, etc. Slightly dissapointed with the Belgian selection (still decent), but Bill mentioned that he's restructuring the floor/coolers and expanding on that area.

Pricing was good - he was able to set me up with "6-pack pricing" on the many individual selections I made, and as any good salesman, made sure to figure out / point out the $20+ in savings on my $116 purchase - my wife appreciates it, Bill! All total, I think I picked up about 20 or so different selections - all rated as either A or A- on BA!! Man, I have some reviewing to do...

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.58/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My review might be a little biased. I work in the shopping plaza that this store is located in. My boss owns the plaza so I know the owner of 3 sons very well.

Being impartial, I would say that this place is very well run by a great family who are friendly and very knowledgable in the industry. The store is very clean and organized and everything is easy to find. The prices are ok for being in Pennsylvania and that also explains the selection being on the ok side. They price their beer using a colored dot system that makes it easy to tell how much you are spending. Also, the higher priced bottles are cleary marked with the single price and the reduced six-pack price. The food is also very good but the selection is not as wide. They only sell the hotdogs because their liquor license states they have to sell food. If anything, I would recommend the Vienna bratwurst with spicy brown mustard and their own homemade style sauerkraut. Also check their website for their weekly tastings. Its a great way to try out new beer every week and hang out and talk beer with other enthusiasts.

Overall, I would highly recommend this store if you are in the Pittsburgh area. There are other bottle shops in the area but try this one out, you might be surprised.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visit 3 Sons fairly regularly when in Pittsburgh, which is a lot of the time. I love it. A good selection of imports/crafts, and lots of local stuff. Very well organized, everything priced in an accesible, logical manner. There is an entire Belgian/Belgian style corner, which I love.

Did not try the food.

Last time I visited I asked about the price of a Corsendonk giftset (2 759ml, dark brown/pale + a Tulip glass). The friendly guy, who I assume is the owner, quoted me a very low price. When I went to the register it was incorrect, but he sold it to me for the price he quoted anyway. Essentially giving me 2 bottles+the glass for the same price as just 2 bottles, which was nice. It was a great visit, I also got a few Christmas beers (Samuel Smith's, St. Nicholaus Bock reserve, Corsendonk) at 20% off.

Comparing 3 Sons to D's I would say slightly less selection, but with a few different beers. Probably a little more expensive with better service and Much more organized.

It is located in a strip mall, so parking is very easy also.

Great Website where you can check exactly what beers are there.

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