House of 1000 Beers

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97
world-class

70 Reviews
Reviews: 70
Visits: 103
rAvg: 4.39
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

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Place added by: ejimhof on 01-14-2007

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Reviews by chefkevlar:
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4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
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 (1,867 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JArt
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kkdowning
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brown120
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of YetiMaas
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bone53
4.39/5  rDev 0%
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 (1,207 characters)

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Photo of Dray
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Joseph_Bodziock
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.73/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 1.5

Photo of JuMa44
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of hilberryj
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Great selection for the area. Little pricey but I manage to convince myself it's worth it every time. (102 characters)

Photo of McMatt7
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Walkerjgt
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Possum77
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of OleDixie
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Dogleg
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of cwcolby74
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

The selection was terrific. It was especially good considering Pennsylvania has such arcane beer laws, and the Pittsburgh area doesn't seem to have many bottle shops, just bars/restaurants that have six-packs for carryout. This place had everything I could've asked for.

Second, the owner is great. Very knowledgable and helpful with regard to his inventory and what he can/can't get. I hadn't been in the store 30 seconds and he was all over me, asking if I needed help, picking my brain about what I was looking for, offering suggestions, etc. He followed me from shelf to shelf across the entire store for most of my time there, making suggestions about what's good, what's local, what's an interesting take on a particular style, etc. (and that was what I wanted. I'm not from Pennsylvania and hadn't even heard of most of the brands they had. I wanted a good cross-section that I could take back to Indiana with me). He even let me sample a Firestone Walker beer on tap that they had in bottle and I was intrigued by.

Third, as other reviewers noted, the place is totally out of the way. It's not hard to get to, per se, it's just remote. But I'm always up for a good road trip, especially if there's a payoff in the end.

Fourth, yes, some of the stuff he has is expensive. A lot of his bombers (the vast majority, actually) were priced way beyond what I would ever consider paying. A lot of his singles are marked up pretty significantly as well (even some of the lower-end stuff is $3.00 a bottle). He had pint cans of Half Acre from Chicago that he had priced at $7.50 each. HOWEVER....He seems to go to great trouble and expense to grab beers that no other place in the area would be able to get. He prices stuff accordingly, and if what he told me was true (and I have no reason to believe it isn't) he sells the stuff. It doesn't just sit. So if he can get that much money for the stuff, and it's helping him to keep the lights on and to pay the two other guys who work there, I don't have a problem with it.

The highlight for me was chatting with the staff and the mix six-pack area. Plenty of selection that seems to rotate frequently, lots of local and regional stuff, all for like $11. I bought five six-packs. I think if you're open-minded about the location and no-frills atmosphere of the store and you're looking for variety, it's perfect. If you have some money and are willing to pay for something you'd never have a chance of seeing otherwise, all the better. (2,486 characters)

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA
97 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.