House of 1000 Beers
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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woodychandler:
4.01/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dated M, 26 July 2010.
For the previous reviewer, if you are going to abbreviate its name, why not go with ""HO1KB"? Ha. I don't really care, but brevity should be as brief as possible (typed the ever-loquacious woodychandler).
I was in Da 'Burgh for several days, including an overnight to Erie with tonybeerguy, staying at a local CouchSurfer couple's house. I have known them for several years now and they are always excited to take me to their beer haunts when I come to town.
We began in their tasting room, located in the end of the building. Entering, we made a button-hook left and made our way past a few high circular tables surrounded by high chairs to get to the inverted "L"-shaped dark faux-marble Formica-topped bar along the left wall, facing toward the front of the building. The back bar held two banks of twelve taps each as well as a three-door, four-shelf cooler. A smaller five-shelf cooler sat along the right wall, followed by a a bank of seventeen (!) six-shelf coolers. A bank of simplistic wooden shelves ran down the centerline, separating the bar area from the coolers. The front of the house, so to speak, had another six taps, all of which were dedicated to Belgian imports.
The ambiance was stark, what with exposed cinder block walls, piping and ducting. Lissen, if I CAN drink in my Uncle Steve's basement and at City Beer in SF, I CAN certainly drink here. Stark and spartan, but it helps keep the bottom line in check. I was told that the Wednesday night glass give-away is off the hook, if you are thinking of going.
A great visit, in which I met more of my readers and drank beer in good company with the assistance of a friendly server. I'd like to go back.
12-12-2010 14:13:53 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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 80 ratings.