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Barley's & Hop's Bottle Shop

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23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 800
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

5217 Library Road
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, 15102
United States
phone: (412) 854-4253
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(Place added by: WVbeergeek on 12-11-2006)
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Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

The atmosphere is pretty sweet...as others described...coffee shop like. A few high top tables...a small L shaped bar and even a few couches. Lots of TVs, even a little stage area set up for open mic night!

They have beer lining both sides of the establishment. Coolers run down the left while shelves line the right (seating in the middle). I noticed that not all of the cooler beers were on the shelves and vice versa.

Nice selection...local, popular domestic craft and imports are all well represented.

didn't eat while I was there, but the menu is pretty limited...German influence...looked tasty!

mgbickel, Dec 30, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of DrDemento456
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%

I can't believe I made the trek out to this beer store. Not only was the selection far from limited (I think I found like 3 beers I couldn't get anywhere else) but over half the inventory was gone!

Ow and don't even look at the Website for beer availability they never seem to update the site since they opened!

The place was overly small but not crowded and had a good vibe but the prices pretty much killed it for me. Ok so you get 1 dollar off most beers but the lowest one found was almost 4 dollars which is barley worth it. Paid almost 12 dollars for 4 beers is unacceptable especially when it's American craft. Worst part is I can get mixed six packs FROM A BAR for 15 around my neck of the woods.

I feel extra bad for those who are used to these prices and had sticker shock when looking at the bomber section. 16 dollars for Gemini or 15 dollars for the new Magic Hat Imperial pills is terribly overpriced. Didn't even look the the Belgiums but most seem to be 3-4 dollars more than anywhere else. WTF?

Not planning on making this trek again especially considering how crazy backed up the traffic was even though it was miles from downtown pittsburgh.

Would much rather visit the house of 1,000 beers or Beer Nutz.

DrDemento456, May 19, 2012
Photo of tss
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

This place is great. Worth every penny I spent on a few beers, dinner, and a 6 pack to go. The selection is incredible. There are coolers lining an entire wall on one side. The other side is filled with shelves of take home beer. It was great. Tim (the owner) is very smart about his beer knowledge. He can answer any question you have. It isn't a big place, but it was filled with hundreds of beer. The waitress was very sweet as well and easy on the eyes. I ordered a meat and cheese platter for an appetizer and a bratwurst platter for dinner. It was unexpectantly delicious. The meats and cheese were high quality. Tim picks them out himself he said. At times, he hosts beer and cheese tastings. I will have to attend one in the future. The place was clean and well organized. The beer is arranged by country so it is easy to find something if you know what you are looking for from Germany, Belgium, etc. If you don't know what you are looking for, the staff is well educated. It is worth the trip.

tss, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev -4.3%

I remember being thrilled out of my mind when I first heard about this place a couple years ago, being that it is out in my direction of the city. While being a budding BA at the time, I loved

Rather unassuming from the outside, located in a strip mall right next to a pet store (I'll get back to this). The inside is fairly small, maybe a dozen or so tables and couch/lounge area in the back. The place is always fairly clean, though the bathrooms are a bit awkward (big room with no stalls, toilet placed right by the door).

Service has always been very good, all the bartenders are quite knowledgable about beer selections and offer helpful insight.

The beer selection is one of the best in the area. A long row of many 8-10 coolers on the left and many shevles on the right...usually they are pretty stocked but there have been a few times I've gone in and everything was almost 40% empty. Everything is organzied by country, and usually in alphabetical order though the shelves are kind of random. They have had a few bottles there I havent seen elsewhere.
There is also maybe a dozen beers on tap, all of which are micros, though prices are a tad high ($6 for a 12oz pull of Pumking to recall).

Prices are a bit on the high side, some of the markups are unbelievable. $1-$2 off per bottle to takeout eases some of the wallet crunch but keeps this place from being somewhere I regularly go.

In the summer, they have a couple tables outside which is great because we can bring and leash our dog up as we sit outside and have a few drinks.

I've only eaten a handful of times, but the menu isnt very diverse and nothing was very impressive (the cheese + meat platter was very subpar). We have attended most if not all of the special beer and cheese pairing events and they are pulled off very well (I can partially attribute getting my girlfriend into craft beer because of one of these events).

Overall, solid place for a change of pace and when I'm in the mood for something different, though the wallet isnt always happy with me upon leaving.

Stigs, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%

I went to this location for the first time yesterday. Overall it is rather small, but in a good way. There are a few tables and a few couches and such. It does not have a "restaurant" feel to it, which is a good thing. Some of the tables at the front have large barrels as the "legs". This was actually difficult to get around. When people were sitting down a lot of knees were cracking off of the barrels.

There was only one waitress/bartender there as Wednesday night are apparently usually rather slow for them. The regular size crowd PLUS our group ended up making it a rather hectic evening for her. However, she never got annoyed and never left us stranded. She hussled her butt off. There was another employee there (manager/owner?) who was rather helpful in selecting brews for a few of us that were getting botttles to go. Both staff get the thumbs up.

The food was tasty but on the small side for the price. The bottle selection was quite nice for the area. The prices... mmm... the prices were unnecessarily high. You do get $1 off per bottle when you get them to go, but it was still a bit pricey. Maybe once they get more business their prices will come down a bit. Quantity sales over per bottle profit margin kind of thing.

Overall it is worth a look. It is worth giving it a try for yourself, but the bottle prices might hurt the chances of too many return visits.

biglite351, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Barley's is by far the coolest spot in the south hills. They always have sports going on the tv's. They run karaoke nights, live music nights, all sorts of cool things. Tim really knows his beer and is a great guy to talk to. Ang is also extremely knowledgable and the sweetest girl ever.

I used to go here every day; but after buying a house and making brewery trips across the country i've been broke and haven't been able to get there nearly enough. They run around 10 taps and don't keep anything crapy on draft! They always have Tremens, it seems.

They typically have a solid selection of micros and imports. They typically don't have anything too rare; but they do a good job keeping the shelves stocked with plenty of good beer.

The prices tend to be slightly high to drink in. They give $1 off all to go micros and 1.50 off all belgians to go. Best place in the south hills to get quality beer as it is much cheeper than Brasserie in Peters.

cpetrone84, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Kolsch
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%

Wife and I checked this place out while waiting for a table at Pasta Too down the road.

Atmosphere: located in strip mall near Cluster F*** crossroads of 88, not hard to find. Upon entering; Cold coolers on left and warm bottles on shelves to the right. Everything arranged by Country. Some tables and loungy chairs scattered about. Kinda like sitting in a coffee shop that has good craft beer.

Quality/Selection: 12 tap system on L-shaped small bar that maybe seats 8-10 at a time. Since we did not have much time before our table was ready, Wife and I split a DF 120min served in goblet. Overall bottle selection was not bad, but I can get anything they have closer to home.

Service: was good and I did need some help finding something.

Value: Thought the pricing was a bit high on some selections but this is Bethel Park afterall.

Overall: Not a bad stop if in the area, but would not make a special trip.

Kolsch, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Dodo2step
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

A- its a small place once you get inside. You really feel like you are in a coffee shop type of place except with lots of beer. Bottles sitting out on the right and on the left is a cooler. SAme beers on each side. one side warm and the other side they are cold, obviously.

Q-overall, the quality was alright.

S- service was a lil lackadaisical but that could be attributed to the number of people who wanted beer advice while perusing. They only had two people working as wait staff, but they only had 15 seats available.

S- huge beer selection of over 1000 beers at any given time. They had some rare ones as well and it was nice. A great micro place if you like just micros. I was highly impressed because they had the dogfishhead 120 min ipa on tap!!! yes on tap.

F- small selection of food--just wraps,subs, salads and some appetizers. nothing much but it was decent.

Dodo2step, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of jampics2
3.09/5  rDev -26.1%

Stopped here on a trip to Pittsburgh. Drove a bit out of my way to stop at what appeared to be the best store in the area, but I had to rate because it really wasn't worth the trip...

Atmosphere is OK. Long room in a strip mall, bar in the back, coolers lining one side and shelves on the other.

Service was alright - they were unpacking stuff and asked me if I needed help. Nice lady rang me up.

Selection was promising. Nice representation of what Pittsburgh gets, and, as a Clevelander, some goodies I can't get at home.

HOWEVER, They have some serious freshness issues with hoppy American brews. Got some Terrapin, Blue Point, and Duck Rabbit. Each of which tasted like cardboard. Bummer, seriously - why can't stores take the expired product off the shelves???

Price was higher than should have been. A six pack of 4x Terrapin, 1x Blue Point, and 1x Duck Rabbit was about $15.

Belgian selection looked good and wouldn't suffer from the same issues, but, after a visit to D's, I would not visit this place again.

jampics2, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Let me first say that I am from Pennsylvania originally, now live in Richmond, will soon either be living in Oklahoma or New York, and currently just went up to Bethel Park with my fiance to do some wedding stuff.

After seeing this in BA Magazine, I had to see what all the fuss was about, especially after seeing the cool picture of the rack to the right of the store, when you walk in, with all the bottle set up.

As soon as you enter, there's the cooler side on the left, and the warm side on the right. Immediately I noticed that a ton of space was being wasted in the coolers. I'm not sure if this is done on purpose so people have some place to put their hands, or if they get a lot in and rotation always happens, or if folks are just lazy, or what the deal is. But it didn't look very appealing with a good amount of the space being empty.

The warm rack on the right side of the store has pretty much the same selection as the coolers, which is nice if you're taking stuff home. And you get at least $1 off each bottle if you're taking it home, which is also a bonus.

But yes, the prices are kind of expensive. I think they'd be able to lower them if Pennsylvania wasn't such a pain in the ass and had beer available in grocery stores and gas stations, but alas.

One of m major complaints is the selection of beers like Peroni, Negra Modelo, etc. that are easily obtainable for a decent price case-wise, with higher prices for single bottles. And then I started to realize the bar aspect, where if you pull a Negra Modelo from the cooler and prefer to drink it there, it's just like the bartender snagging it from behind the bar and giving it to you. So am I basically paying the extra cash to be my own bartender? The dynamic is kind of odd to me I suppose.

I work in one of the best beer and wine stores in Richmond currently, and considering that or not, their selection's pretty good. I even walked out with a few things I can't get in Richmond or had never seen before: Nogne O Barley Wine, Founders Centennial IPA, Founders Red Rye and Church Brew Works Thunderhop IPA. All for $20 total, which wasn't bad.

The vibe is OK, though when my future father in law went in on Friday night to have a beer (he had the Yuengling Bock and I had the Longtrail Ale), I noticed a lot of gelled-hair college boys in there trying to impress their dates by seemingly showing them what good beer is, which I thought was pretty funny.

Overall, though, a pretty cool place. And again, considering the laws in Pennsylvania that folks who live there currently have to deal with, grabbing a six-pack of good stuff from around probably $20-$30 -- though you wouldn't want to do it every day -- is a good thing if you got it.

asabreed, Mar 30, 2009
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Barley's & Hop's Bottle Shop in Bethel Park, PA
92 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.