House of 1000 Beers
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 67 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by greg4579:
4.28/5 rDev -2.5%
This is the best place in Pittsburgh for selection. If it was closer I would be in a lot of trouble. The beers are everywhere and dare I say slightly unorganized, but I like it. You never know what gem you are going to find in there. I have never gotten anything at the bar, but everytime I am there it seems packed, so that must be a good thing. The owner is really helpful as well.
Prices are about the best that I have seen in Pittsburgh. Some of the rarer items are pricey, but that goes without saying. Their is a bargain shelf that I have pulled some pretty good beers from before too.
My only complaint is that there are some bottles that are old/past their prime. Just make sure to check them.
11-22-2010 17:04:34 | More by greg4579
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 83 ratings.