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House of 1000 Beers

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97
world-class

70 Reviews
Reviews: 70
Visits: 104
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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Reviews: 70 | Visits: 104
Reviews by greg4579:
Photo of greg4579
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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. (703 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Grodd87
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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)

Photo of classixIII
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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