House of 1000 Beers

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97
world-class

92 Ratings
Ratings: 92
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
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 woodychandler:
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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.

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Great selection for the area. Little pricey but I manage to convince myself it's worth it every time.

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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.

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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.

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.

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4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 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!

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House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA
97 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.