House of 1000 Beers
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Reviews by chefkevlar:
4.94/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
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
07-19-2010 03:03:33 | More by chefkevlar
More User Reviews:
4.66/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-08-2014 16:20:32 | More by cwcolby74
4.44/5 rDev +1.1%
House of 1,000 Beers really is the premier craft beer destination in the Pittsburgh area.
The owner is a great and pleasant guy. He's always warm and inviting, a pleasure to talk to and I know he works very hard to make sure his store is providing beers that you simply cannot and will not find anywhere else in the region. The problem is that, due to the lengths he has to go through, some of the prices are very high.
Just a couple of examples:
Cascade Kriek Cherry: Retails for $20 on their website, selling here for $50. Yes, fifty dollars.
Goose Island Madame Rose: $50
Deschutes Mirror, Mirror: Retails for $17, selling for $32
Lost Abbey Angels Share: $25 (for a 375mil bottle)
Goose Island Lolita: $30 (selling online for $17)
I absolutely appreciate and respect their desire to provide very hard/sometimes impossible to find product to their patrons, but these prices are a little out of control.
Their prices for normal brews that we're in the distro area for are fine and pretty much in line with everyone else. The prices on the out of distro area stuff tend to get inflated, but they're also offering a premium service that you can't get anywhere else in the area.
Other than the prices, I have no complaints. The service and staff are always amazing and the selection is almost always stellar. If anything, the only other gripe would be the location. New Kensington is a bit of a hike from Pittsburgh and there's absolutely no other reason to visit the town other than this store.
06-17-2014 15:33:13 | More by Preluderl
House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA
97 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.