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House of 1000 Beers

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85 Ratings
Ratings: 85
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 russwbeck:
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%

Had a great weekend in Pittsburgh over New Years and hit up House of 1000 Beers along the way.

A: Exactly what I was expecting, a nice hole in the wall store with a huge selection of beers I've never seen on the Western half of PA.

Q: High quality. You can get growlers, try some on tap, build a 6pack, or buy singles. Really a great set up.

S: Guy at the desk helped me locate a few things. Didn't seem all that educated in beer, but he did know where to find something when I said it.

S: Crazy good selection. They had The Bruery, Allagash, and Lost Abbey (Which are unheard of in Western PA). TONS of Belgians, which are my favorite style. I was very pleased.

F: N/A

russwbeck, Jan 06, 2011
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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.

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House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA
97 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.