Sharp Edge Beer Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 180
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ccrida:
4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
If you like Belgians then you will love the Sharp Edge, since they have been awarded Best Belgian Beer Bar in the USA. They have 30 draft taps that only pour Belgians, some of which may not be available on draft elsewhere in the states. They have another 20 taps for micros and imports, and finally two cask pumps. Throw in 5 beer coolers stocked with more Belgians, micros and other imports, and you have a world class selection that is under constant rotation. The best part is that the beer is always fresh, pulled through clean tap-lines and served in the authentic glass. Of course some of the world's best beers are going to be the most expensive, but their prices are right in line with their local competitors. Furthermore, they have an outstanding happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm, with $1 off all drinks, cheap wings (try the buffalo blue) and mini-pizza's, and last but not least, 1/2 off all Belgian drafts! Now you can see why this is easily my favorite bar and where I often go when I'm in the mood for a good beer.
05-26-2006 19:16:36 | More by ccrida
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3.96/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The wife and I walked to Sharp Edge after dinner at nearby Spoon. Divey and definitely unassuming from the outside, as some reviewers have pointed out. Sharp Edge reminds me of the working-class bars of Baltimore or Philadelphia. Only this one has got 70 taps!
Inside, the joint is nothing to write home about. Looks like an old diner or family restaurant, homey and comfortable but not very bar-oriented. The crowd is local all the way, and very much into sports. I feel a bit out of place here... but it is cozy, and the bartender is nice.
On draft: Dark Horse Fore, New Holland Ichabod, Sierra Flipside, Terrapin Pumpkin, Uinta Bristlecone, Bells, Coronado, Helltown, Shawnee, Weyerbacher... lots of Pittsburgh brews as well, and 20 Belgians, at high prices. I settled for a Brooklyn Chocolate.
The bottle menu is lacking, but they do have an amazing collection of Hardy's vintages (1986 anyone?)
All draft beers are available for take-out as growlers, but some will cost you an arm, a leg and your monthly mortgage payment.
Sharp Edge is a nice beer bar in a cool neighborhood, but I don't feel compelled to go back.
12-15-2013 18:19:53 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.95/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This should be a must-visit for anyone new to town, or visiting. There certainly are enough taps to keep you entertained for numerous visits. Recently there has seemed to be a stronger focus of American craft as the love for Belgian ales seems to have calmed down. Of all the times I have visited, I have never really had anything besides "decent, yeah" service. Food is typical bar grub and nothing that I find too interesting (pizzas, etc).
01-03-2013 16:39:18 | More by RblWthACoz
4.16/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
What struck me most about the emporium is its neighborhood location, and how small and unassuming it appears on the outside. However, once you go inside you realize the place is good size, even with all the current remodeling (in addition to the modest size dining area up front, there looked to be a sizeable dining area in the back as well). The vibe is very relaxed and low key, and the "in the back" bar area a very nice place to hang out with a beer. As was fairly typical in Pittsburgh, there were several flat screen TV's over the bar, turned to the Pirate game (naturally).
The selection here tends to focus on Belgians, both in bottles and on draft. Over all, I think they had around 42 or 43 beers on draft, with a couple of tap handles for cask as well (no cask on this day though). In addition to the roughly 20 or so Belgians, there were several beers from Great Britain and Germany, as well as roughly a dozen or so domestic crafts. Macros were available I believe, but only in bottle. The selection was definitly pretty solid, and I appreciated the option of getting 4 sample size Belgians (4 or 5 ounce pours) for $15.
As others have noted, prices were undenialy high (though one thing I thought interesting was that they'd fill a growler of anything here - some of the Belgians were in the $35 to $45 range). Aside from the Belgians in the $9 to $10 a glass range, pints of craft beer were in the $5.75 range (before tax I believe), and the stein of Ayinger weisse I got was $7.50 I beleive. I don't know how serious they are about this, but I believe they had SA triple bock available for $300 a bottle (either 94 or 95), as well as some Thomas Hardy vintages that were similarly priced (depending upon how far back the vintage).
Service was OK. My bartender was friendly and seemed pretty knowledgeable, though she was a bit distracted when some of her friends came in (fortuantely, there were other staff to help out while she was socializing). In any event, I thought this a pretty solid place, and probably a beer bar I would visit from time to time, at least if I was in the mood for Belgian beer. Pretty sure I'd go elsewhere for craft beer or imports.
07-05-2011 15:49:30 | More by John_M
4.28/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Part of the 'Burgh Beer Tour 2011.
Atmosphere: It doesn't look like much from the outside, but when you get in it's a pretty clean and well-kept bar. Lots of beers on tap and in the bottle, and a pretty attentive waitstaff.
Quality: Nothing but good things to say about the quality -- TONS of imports (particularly Belgium) on tap; they also had a lot of bottles that they would open for you in there as well. The menu was also well-written and had a lot of attention to detail about styles and breweries. Also, they were very attentive to details and were sure to use proper glassware (see "selection").
Service: Our waitress was cool and attentive. She seemed to know the beers as well and I always appreciate that. She was quick, and able to break bad news with a smile on her face and make other recommendations (they had St. Bernardus ABT 12 on the menu but it was kicked), so I thought that was an admirable trait to have.
Selection: It was impressive. TONS of beer on tap as mentioned, and this place was recommended by my buddy who is a Delerium freak. They seem to specialize in imports, but know them as well, so they're not just selling them because they think they can. They used proper glassware from top to bottom -- my Augustijn came in a goblet, my friend's Framboise came in the tall flute, my buddy got a Delerium in a tulip... All good!
Food: Decent set of appetizers, and their buffalo sauce was certainly spicy (and I love me some hot food). It didn't seem like it was the main point of their business, so I don't think it got some of the focus that it could -- I would really expect a place like this to have some higher end food items to pair up with those higher end beer offerings. Part of me is glad that it didn't cost a ton because the beer was certainly expensive enough, but it seems that they could make a real dining experience with the quality of beers they have.
Value: Definitely on the higher side of things, but when you're serving the quality of beers they had on tap, you're going to pay more. A glass of the St. Bernardus (had it been there) would have been $12... eep! But again, the chance to have it on tap would be worth it every once in a great while.
06-08-2011 20:54:03 | More by bamadog
Sharp Edge Beer Emporium in Pittsburgh, PA
96 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.