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House of 1000 Beers

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

84 Ratings
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.45%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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 greg4579:
Photo of greg4579
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

greg4579, Nov 22, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Dogleg, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

muskiesman, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of cwcolby74
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

cwcolby74, Aug 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

classixIII, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

miffsudd, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

DrBier, Jul 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

steviek13, Jun 29, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%

House of 1,000 Beers really is the premier craft beer destination in the Pittsburgh area.

But...

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.

Preluderl, Jun 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.8%

kayrex, Jun 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

NoProblem, Jun 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

sk4p, May 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

mcewesr, May 21, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

This is hands down my favorite place for grabbing craft beer in the Pittsburgh area. The staff and owner are great! They are very knowledgeable about beer, friendly, and always giving suggestions on new beers to try. The food is great too! I had wings and some sliders, both tasted fantastic! The selection of beer is good too, they have 20 rotating taps and also they have refrigerators that are categorized as 90 point selection, they have a belgian section, and you can mix and match six packs to go! They occasionally get some rare beers in, like Founder's KBS, but apparently that sold out in like 5 minutes. Definitely take a trip down to House of 1000 beers, you will not be disappointed!

GregA135, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Adkins721, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Adkins1203, Mar 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

robgage, Feb 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Brad700vs, Feb 16, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -8.4%

I've been here a few times, I enjoy it. The staff and owner are very nice and knowledgeable. They have a huge cooler section and shelf beers. You will pay a little more for that "special" find but I don't mind. some of the offerings are way too high but I don't go for those, they wanted like 30+ for a Bruery White Oak. I would never pay that but some might. They have a lot of beers on tap. They also have great beer events. I would recommend going its a nice little hole in the wall bar. Also the do serve the beer in the right glasses!!!

chuckv, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

midlifec, Nov 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Mique21, Oct 17, 2013
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2.94/5  rDev -33.2%

Went here based on the ratings on BA and was extremely disappointed.

Firstly, this place is very much a hole-in-the-wall type store and the staff was friendly and helpful, so I will give them credit for that. That is where the positivity ends though.

The selection was pretty good but almost anything that was interesting was SIGNIFICANTLY overpriced. It seemed as though the cheapest bomber in the place was $15 and they went WAY up from there. I generally don't care about a couple of dollars here and there when I buy beer, but the prices here were so high that I only bought about 5 bottles where I would have normally bought about 9 or 10 based on the selection. An example would be bottles of Alamanc Barrel Noir for $18 and Alamanac Fresh Hop Cluster for $19. I can order these beers on line with shipping costs for much cheaper than that. And that was just the beginning. This seemed to be a place that priced their more interesting beer intentionally high thinking that someone would eventually buy it at that price.

The other negative about this place for an out-of-towner is the location. This seems close enough to Pittsburgh when you map it on line but it is further than it looks and it is not the most pleasant of drives to get here. For how out of the way it is and the prices I would NEVER go here again.

It was also VERY warm in this store and I think they should invest in air conditioning to save the beer that is sitting on the shelves as most beer was not refrigerated.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 13, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -12.3%

A bit odd in its pricing, some beers you can get else where for a much cheaper price, but then other beers you couldn't find a better deal anywhere than here... Very odd! Atmosphere is good and staff if very warm and welcoming selection is very good especially for PA where bottle shops are few and far between

Tonerelia, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of KJ2013
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Along with Vintage Estate, this is easily one of the best places you can go for a great selection of beer and a great draft list too. They frequently hold a lot of interesting events and deals for craft beer drinkers that simply do not exist anywhere else. In the Pittsburgh area, none can even come close to House of 1000 Beers!

KJ2013, Oct 06, 2013
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House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA
97 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.