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House of 1000 Beers

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

73 Reviews
Reviews: 73
Visits: 109
Avg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

357 Freeport St
New Kensington, Pennsylvania, 15068-6014
United States
phone: (724) 337-7666 | map
www.houseof1000beers.com

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Place added by: ejimhof on 01-14-2007

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Reviews: 73 | Visits: 109
Reviews by chefkevlar:
Photo of chefkevlar
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow.

I was in Pittsburgh visiting family and had heard of this place through BA and knew I had to check it out. I arrived on a Sunday about a 1/2 hour before they opened. I was going to go across the street to Eat-n-Park for some pancakes when the owner opened the door and waved me in. I went in and turned to my left to find a U-shaped arrangement of shelves stocked with all sorts of beers. After filling two sixpacks I turned around and saw a single cooler. As I walked to the cooler I realized I had only seen a small fraction of what was there.

A: This place is all about beer. There is little in the way of decoration...as that space is better used by filling it with more beer. Also there was no one else there when I was there, I imagine it's a lot of fun when full of beer-lovers.

Service: As I said, the owner let me (a stanger who had never been there before) in early and let me walk around while he tended to his work. He was very friendly and helpful. I even got to try a freshly tapped keg of a very limited Brooklyn Beer (can't remember the name at the moment.)

Selection: 5 is not high enough. On my visit (early July) I picked up some KBS, DFH Fort, various Troeg's and a bunch of other stuff. I didn't even look at the Belgium section for fear of my credit score. I'm actually glad this store is 7 hours from me because I would be broke (well...more broke) if it was within a day-trip from me.

Food: N/a

Value: Some things were more expensive than what I see here in NC, but I wasn't there for things I can buy here. I walked out with 3 mixed 6s, 2 DFH Forts, 2 KBS and a bomber of Rust Belt Brewing IPA for under $100. I would have doubled that had I not had to replace a broken cell phone the day before.

Overall I'll just say that this place has joined my Grandmother's house on the list of places I have to visit when I'm in western PA

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

One the best bottle shops in Pittsburgh with actually over 1000 different types of craft beers to choose from. This place has gone through a lot of changes in later years back in the day offering mix six packs as cheap as $10 then increased to 10.95. Now they have buy 5 bottles and get the 6th free which in the end comes to about $18 a six pack not the worst deal. Especially finding stuff you're not going to find anywhere else. Bomber selection is expensive but that's understandable for PA.

Overall I think I'm going to shop at carnivores now since the price is getting a bit out of hand at this shop and will only go there to mix a six pack if I'm in need of new brews.

One final note they do overcharge quite a bit for one off and limited releases so you may want to shop around before putting down 4 to 5 dollars for that single.

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Photo of RupePSU
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Awesome selection (draft and bottles) and reasonable prices. Menu is typical bar food, but it's well done. Great spot.

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Photo of Rodosman
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of FoamyHeadDave
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A little out of the way if you live outside of the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, but worth the trip for a couple of reasons. (1.) John, the GM, is the friendliest guy you'll ever meet. Always willing to talk and has recommended some amazing beers to me over the years. (2.) As noted in some other reviews, some evenings they are a little short staffed, but they all work very hard and always have smiles on their faces when serving you. (3.) Beer selection is out of this world, especially their "bomber" selection. Yes, a little pricey, but they will have bottles you won't find anywhere else in the area. (4.) And this is the best reason to stop...THE GIANT PRETZEL! At $11 you might think it's crazy to order, but when this thing shows up in a small pizza box with the most awesome dipping mustards you've ever tasted...trust me...you'll thank me later.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I took my girl and a few friends to this mecca of beers. The beer we had on tap was really good. If you ask for a sample to try before you buy they give you a tiny shot glass of beer. Wow, guys you are so generous. You are completely o.k. to go up to the giant cooler and grab a bottle to drink at your table. As far as the beer goes the selection and quality if really good. The service that night was very lackluster. My girlfriend got a burger that was burnt to almost hockey puck purportions. They gladly comped her for her meal and made another burger for her. Sadly, she said that the second burger was way under cooked. All of our other meals were fine. That night they had a festival somewhere else going on at the same time. So, there were literally only two females covering the entire floor in the front and an entire other area of tables. The bar tender ended up serving our table at a certain point. I mean, if you are going to send most of your staff to a festival that night, why not plan ahead and book some extra staff to stay at the bar/restaraunt? Poor planning and ofcourse poor execution. That being said, maybe it was an off night for them.

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Photo of Grodd87
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
4.01/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kkdowning
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brown120
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of YetiMaas
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bone53
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Staff member was knowledgeable about beer and directed me to different ones. Definitely the best selection iv seen in the Pittsburgh area. They have certain beers you can mix and match for $10.95, but most of them are around that price at Giant Eagle anyways.. its cool being able to mix n match them though. Then there are beers that are more scarce, and you are going to pay a premium with that. However, some of those beers you can get at a reasonale price. Buy five beers and the sixth one (cheapest one) is a penny. The two negatives i would say about this place is the high price on certain hard to find beers, and beers being past their best by date. Theres more supply than demand and beers sit for months and months before being bought. Thats not good for an IPA. Moral of the story: Play smart and dont be tricked into paying a ridiculous price for a sought after beer, and either look for a date on IPAs or buy beers that age well. Just my two cents. Cheers!

I paid $30 for a sixer and bomber of highly rated beers that iv never been able to find before. Kind of high, but for those reasons i tell myself its worth it. I say its worth splurging here every once in a while or on special occasions

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Photo of Dray
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

WOW!! literally a thousand beers! The mix six price was set lower than anywhere ive been, ever. There are beers there that I have never seen in western PA. I was blown away and as I was verbalizing how blown away with the selection I was one of the staff directed me toward their draft list! BOOM!!!! Oh yeah, we do growlers too!! Well over 35 beers on tap and I'm not talking Miller, Bud or Coors.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Joseph_Bodziock
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

They don't just sell beer; they're smart, fun, creative and very helpful. I'd go higher than 5 on the selection if I could. Offers among the best, if not the best, selection of beers on-tap. The food is fairly basic, but good, and getting better.

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Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 1.5

Photo of JuMa44
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hilberryj
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Great selection for the area. Little pricey but I manage to convince myself it's worth it every time.

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Photo of McMatt7
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Walkerjgt
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Possum77
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA
96 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.