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U Pick 6 Beer Store

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U Pick 6 Beer StoreU Pick 6 Beer Store
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 15.48%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

7520 Peach St
Ste 101
Erie, Pennsylvania, 16509-4762
United States
phone: (814) 866-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @upick6taphouse

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(Place added by: Morey on 06-02-2009)
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Reviews by Axic10:
Photo of Axic10
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%

Stopped here twice over my vacation visiting family in Erie over the Christmas holiday. Probably the best selection of bottles and maybe even drafts in Erie (not saying much though) at very reasonable prices.

The service was not good at all, as I was ignored both times I was there even though I was sitting at the bar.

Overall I'd stop again (probably just to get take out), but I never thought when I moved from Erie there'd be a place that offers American Micros and has a decent Belgian selection as well.

Axic10, Dec 31, 2010
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Photo of madnismo
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Great spot! a Bar/restaurant/bottle shop. Nice local beers in stock and great selection. I wish there was a place like this in Tampa. great prices also!

madnismo, Sep 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

tommyguz, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

First off I live in Erie, PA. Overall there are only a few bottle shops and grocery stores that carry craft beer. I feel U Pick 6 is one of the reasons that craft has grown in popularity in Erie. The atmosphere is great, and so is the tap selection. Cheers!

Holmes698, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of 2livers
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

MY first post. Suprised this place hasn't popped up on the BA radar yet. It's the latest venture for the U Pick 6 crew with a great location on Peach & 4th. I was out of town working in the area and a local guy pictched it to me. Went for lunch on a weekday afternoon last week.

Walked in and felt instant bond. It's all about the beer! Unused pulls stick up all around the perimeter at the top of the walls. Totally suds oriented stuff hanging all over the walls.

Sat down at the bar and had instant service to sample the wares. Amazing! Great variety of choices, and having been exposed to the WOB experience in FL, I was suprised I didn't recognize many of the drafts on display. "Kid" and "candy store" describe it the best.

Ordered the beer braised sausage and sweet potato salad that Molly recommended and got served soon after. Good stuff!

As for the beer? I love firsts, and the Stone offering they had in the cask at room temp was "exciting and new". The Love Boat crew couldn't have made the my time more enjoyable. That's all I'm gonna say about that. Experience it for yourself:)

2livers, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of beachfirebrews
4.6/5  rDev +13%

I live in a craft beer desolate location about an hour from Erie, so I'm always excited to stop by U Pick 6 and do so almost anytime I'm in the area.

The first time I stopped by was preceded by about 30min of driving around plazas, until I finally realized it was located in a small side plaza with a small sign that says "Beer Store'. Well worth the search though!

This place has a great atmosphere. Very nice bar area and a small area in the back with couches and a TV. Always has good music playing too.

The bottle selection here is about the best you will find in NW PA and they usually have at least 4-6 hard to find beers on tap, along with a few local favorites. Their bottle prices aren't too bad either, especially for PA.

Overall, this is a great place to stop, whether you are looking for a six pack, a few bombers or a pint or two.

beachfirebrews, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

drove down from buffalo to see what beers i could score that werent in NY, also to meet up with a fellow BA to trade for some KBS. all in all, this is a nice little place to visit if your in town, i ended up walking away with a bunch of bell's and voodoo. besides these and a few others there selection looks a lot like what i get in buffalo, ST, flying dog, DFH, victory, weyerbacher, sam smiths, lots of belgians, and lots of your staples like SN and stone.

a nice bar at the front with about ten taps available for pints right there or growler fills. they serve food, but from what i understand its just to get around the pennslyvania distro laws. in the back they have a whole wall of coolers stocked with six packs. the lady working there was very helpful in getting me some singles together and seemed to know what she had in stock and what was coming in.

overall: this was a nice place to visit, i prolly wouldnt make the drive again just for this place, but if i was in the area id be sure to stop in. also, i wish buffalo had a place like this, a bar and a store in one.

dogfishandi, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of PittRooney
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Definitely the place to go in Erie for craft beer, whether on tap or by the bottle. Although it is a little bit pricier than Wegman's which is just down the road, the selection is much better. They are also much more likely to have limited availability beers or ones that are hard to find in NWPA. This is not the place to go if you need help making a beer selection, however. You are generally not helped, is hard to find someone to help you, and are treated like your business is not needed. That being said, I do frequent U Pick 6 and is the only place I will go in Erie because if they don't have it, nobody else does.

Update 3.20.11
Since originally posting this review, I have been to UP6 many times. I can honestly say that the service and attention to detail has improved. My friends and I made a special trip up there to drink cowbell and watch a game and sat in the back on the couches and the gentleman behind the bar was more than accommodating. He went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of as far as drinks were concerned as well as food. Even when we went back to the bar to order more beers, he poured them and brought them back to us where we were sitting. Compared to my previous experiences, the past few have been very enjoyable. In my experiences recently, it really seems that everyone is going out of their way to ensure that their patrons are more than taken care of. This is a very welcomed change and only makes the experience even better!

PittRooney, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of alemkr
3.01/5  rDev -26%

I have visited the establishment about a half dozen times. the selection is fair to good (temps a bit off), the prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is inviting. There is a good selection of Belgian and specialty beers.

I have met the owner who does not help the places image whatsoever. Depending on who is serving the experience can vary from very bad to very good. My last trip there was spoiled by the snot behind the bar. However it does have some of the very finest servers in the area. Pick your visit time carefully.

alemkr, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of radioscooter
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%

Who'd have thought - a "bottle store" worth visiting in Erie, PA. Shocking but true.

I met the (an?) owner when they were getting ready to open a year or so ago and he was a nice, enthusiastic, helpful dude. He steered me completely wrong on a beer, but he meant well. (Back then he didn't know the difference between the good but easily attainable Big Black Voodoo Daddy and the Black Magick bourbon keg brewed stouts by Voodoo Brewery and he sent me to Wegman's PROMISING that he had seen the BM there earlier that same day. Of course he was wrong. But - let's forgive that for the moment.)

Selection was great. I was happily surprised by the presence of some HTF Belgians. Yes, of course they have the never-ending supplies of over-hopped hippie-named craft brews. But most places that go this route overlook the real Belgians and European Masters from whence everything came and thankfully this wasn't the case here.

Waitress was UNhelpful and sportin' a 'tude. And like so many PA beer stores, there's a ridiculous arcane set of hoops you have to go through to make up a 6-pack of bottles. Here's the irony - "YOU" do NOT pick. YOU write down (yes with a pen and paper) and then THEY pick out the bottles for you.

Conversely, the bartender was very helpful and made up a great 6 of Scotch Ales and stouts I hadn't tried.

Prices on mixed sixes were surprisingly good, actually. Prices on Belgians were high.

Didn't stay for any food or tap tasting and nothing there was so tempting that I wanted to stay anyway. But maybe another day.

UPDATE 3/20/2011: 2nd & 3rd trips here in February were sadly worse. 1. Got a tip that they had some Voodoo Black Magick. CALLED ahead when I was literally 5 minutes away. The woman who answered said "yes we have 4 here." Great. Can you hold them, I'll be RIGHT there. "Yes, they'll be at the bar." Got there 5 min later, no woman in sight. Asked bartender for the BM - "No we're all sold out." Explained what the woman on phone had said. He gets visibly irritated, reached behind the bar and brings up two bottles. Clearly he had tried to secure them for himself or someone else. I asked about other 2 and he said that was all that were available. Still acting like I was doing something wrong the whole tiime. 2. Later that night, got a tip from Pittrooney that they had Cowbell on nitro tap, went back up by myself and sat at the bar to try some. Bad service, bad attitude. The bartender was humorless and did that thing where his "friends" (maybe just regulars, who knows) were valued & more important than someone he didn't know. I understand why, but I managed a bar for years in a real resort town - you can do it better and slicker and less overtly so you don't piss off potential new regulars. He also was vindictive and over the top to a woman (that I didn't know) who was being admittedly boisterous.

None of this is so-so bad. But it all adds up to a lesser than comfortable atmosphere. I come to Erie every month. I'd LOVE a place like this to hang out at. But not in its current form. Ain't gonna happen. They should hire an experienced retail food service marketing consultant. Hey, I do this for a living and am available! LOL

radioscooter, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.15/5  rDev +2%

I looked this place up for a place to hopefully stop by and get some BBVD (and totally got it!) while home in NW PA recently. Took me a bit of driving around a small plaza to locate it, but I did and it was well worth the stop and 1/2 hour delay in my drive to my current residence in KY.

Quality: Nice! This guy offers some really nice stuff -- a nice selection of a bulk of the Voodoo Brewing offerings, a lot of nice Belgian offerings, a lot of Rogue, Lagunitas... Just good stuff overall, along with the ubiquitous but likely necessary BMC offerings to remain in business. The nice thing about this place is that I was able to buy freaking singles, which is virtually unheard of in PA (at least in this part of the state - I understand that things are a little different in some stores in Philly, but I never get over there). Major props.

Service: When I was in there, the owner was actually just opening it up and he was very friendly and helpful. He was also very interested in the notion that I found his place on BA and congratulated him for having such a cool store. He pretty much left me alone to shop, but was able to answer my pricing questions with no problems, and he seemed to know the various styles and breweries that were offered.

Selection: While it's not the biggest selection I've ever seen (it's hard to compete with the likes of The Party Source in Bellevue, KY), it was definitely solid and if I ever had the great misfortune to ever have to live in NW PA again, I would gladly make the hour drive to Erie just to shop here.

Value: I felt good about what I dropped for what I picked up.

bamadog, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

My wife and I visited U Pick 6, because I saw a sign that said "Beer Store" on the front of the building. And what we found was quite a wonderful surprise. Upon entering we spotted and spoke to Matt Allen from Voo Doo Brewing. And waited a few minutes and got to try the new Voo Doo Cowbell milk stout which was awesome.

U pick 6 had 12 brews on tap total. Others included Erie Ol Red, a Lambic, SN Harvest and Celebration, Bells 3rd coast old ale, Rogue Yellow Snow and a few others.

Bottle selection was great including many seasonals. I got a couple bombers of Southern Tier Chokat, Krampus, a double Dead Guy, and an oaked aged Yeti.

mtnbikerpa, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of padan7
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

We have been beer hunters for 20+ years and have joyfully found a gem in oury own backyard. This establishment rivals any place we have been to in Cleveland, Buffalo, Columbus, or Pittsburgh.
And truthfully we would rather go here than Dogfish Head.

This is a small, 12 keg 20 seater, taphouse/carry out that is big on quality & value.

We used to happily drive an hour to Southern Teir for their fresh and fabulous offerings. We can't seem to justify the trip much anymore.

The wife and I truly enjoy a fine draft or bottle and many can be found here. Russ has done a terrific job of creating a warm & friendly atmosphere for beer geeks and trainees alike.

We have had Double Dead Guy, Gulden Draak, Southern Teir Oatmeal Stoudt, Bell's Third Coast, etc. Nice job on the imperial selection too!

The beer is extremely fresh (most kegs last 1-5 days!). Matt, head brewer at Vodoo, told me that Russ is doing a really good job of keeping the lines clean and the beer fresh.

Happy hour - the drafts & appetizers are half price. Where are you going to go to drink a fresh $4 Belgian in appropriate glassware?

We have had the Supernachos twice and like those as well.

About the only knocks are that the beer comes out alittle to cold due to the cooler/tap system. And sometimes you might have to wait a minute or two for service when busy. No different anyplace else especially DFH.

Guess what?! I got a fever, and the only prescription... is more cowbell!"

See you there soon!

padan7, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of beergod1
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Great atmosphere, great selection of beer....in Refrigerator's and the 12 on tap, that change regularly (so get it quick, before it's gone and they change it to something else).

They also have plenty of specials, and event's going on to keep me coming back.

Service....ehh, bartender can be a cool guy and he is very knowledgable about beer, when he want's to talk about it. sometimes it seems other things are more important than waiting on customers, but his sister and his girlfriend...I think...are very nice and good with people, and the girlfriend is very good with the "chalk" decorations on the chalk boards, worth going to see what's next.

I keep coming back for the sandwich menu also, and the best potato salad around.

beergod1, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
1.9/5  rDev -53.3%

I went in with two of my friends for happy hour on a recent Friday. I stood there at the bar, with money in hand, made eye contact with the bartender, even said "excuse me.." and he ignored me for 30 minutes. He literally looked me in the eye, wiped down the counter, and walked away and took care of another customer before me and my friends (over and over). He didn't even say a word. He finally got around to getting us our drinks. And then I decided, I needed some food. I grabbed a menu that was sitting there, waited 20 or so minutes to get him to acknowledge me, and when I said "Hi, could I get an order of the chips and salsa?" His response was "Uh... you're going to have to wait." He walked away, took care of a few more customers, and then came back about 20 minutes later and asked "So, what did you need?" in his typical arrogant tone.

This sort of thing keeps happening over and over again there. Perhaps it's because my friends and I are younger, college-aged people, and maybe they don't like "our kind" there. I think it's outrageous that they think they can treat us like that. We came in every time with excitement, hoping to "talk beer" with the guys, learn some new things, try some new beer and get the whole experience, but it's just been completely ruined for me.

I'm never going back.

Note - and none of this happened as a result of us not tipping or anything like that. We always pay full price, and every time, I stick with the "dollar a beer" tipping technique. We're polite, well-dressed, and easy to deal with. They still treat us like dirt.

There are much better choices in Erie, PA for getting good beer and good service. Try 6 Pack House of Beer, Oscar's Pub, or The Brewerie just to name a few. They're all less expensive anyway!

The fact that UPick6 has a good selection isn't enough to bring me in. This place has the worst service I've ever experienced, over and over and over again. It seems like the owners are just concerned with making profit, and not for the love of good beer.

TylerAddisonJ13, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Stopped by here on my way from Greater Cleveland to Chautauqua, NY in part to visit Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY. I was made aware of this place by my BA friend cooncat who has attended many visits here.

Quality: I found the quality of this place to be top notch. The store is narrow but very deep with a nice rounded bar with 5 or 6 "tall" tables and about 10-12 bar stools as well. There is great beer signage all around including that of one of my favorite breweries, Voodoo Brewing Company (a big plus to see those signs). There is a small area with a few couches and a table situated in front of a long cooler filled with an enormous collection of (mostly) singles of fine import, craft beers with some BMC (the minority for sure) as well. Emphasis on local craft (as anyone would expect) including 5 or 6 Voodoo bottles. I did not really check prices carefully but the Chimay bottles and Tripel Karmeleit prices that I do recall were reasonable. This is a nice, comfortable place with a GREAT idea for presenting beer.

Service: Friendly and knowledgable. I was in the middle of driving for a few hours so I did not have any beers on tap but I asked a few questions (I came primarily to see if I could catch a beer on tap from Voodoo called "Got Gas? Nitro IPA" but alas, they had just finished the tap recently. The bar tender (owner?) indicated that they always have a Voodoo on tap. Anyway, I did not require lots of service but my interaction was pleasant.

Selection: This is where this store really shines. Mentioned in parts of sections above, very thorough selection of imports, craft beers. Particularly good selection of Belgians (big plus for me) and uncommon German imports. Really nice, and also really nice to have most of those available as singles.

adamette, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Morey
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%

Quality- Good for the most part, but there is some old beer to be found.

The atmosphere is very nice with plenty of hardwood that goes well with the dimly-lit store/bar.

The selection is nice both on tap and in the coolers for take out. They do offer some food in the form of salads, paninis, hotdogs, and appetizers. However, the hot dogs are microwaved which makes them not worth eating.

The beers on tap are overpriced to be sure. They're priced like a restaurant bar instead of a beer bar (which is what this place is). I only buy beer on-tap during their happy hour which runs Mon.-Fri. 5-7pm.

I've noticed that they're starting to raise the price on their bottles too. And don't even think about drinking a bottle while you are at the place. I paid $6.50 for a bottle of Double Simcoe.

This place does frequent beer tastings on Wednesday evenings about once or twice a month.

Some beers that you can find here:
Victory
Troegs
Stoudts
Southern Tier
Rogue
Otto's
Lagunitas
Weyerbacher
Smuttynose
Sam Smiths
Fullers
Oskar Blues
Appalacian
Erie Brewing
Boulder
Bear Republic
Breckenridge
Stone
Dogfish
Arcadia
Flying Dog
Thirsty Dog
Ithica
Great Lakes
and many Belgians and other imports.

Morey, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of cooncat
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

I was finally able to stop and check out this place, after visiting Presque Isle state park for a nice bike ride. Since I wasn't exactly sure where it was located, I stopped at Wegmans and asked one of their customers in the beer section to give me directions.

The store is located conveniently right off exit 24 of I-90 (maybe 100 yards from the exit), on the West side of Peach St. (Rt. 19). There's a sign visible from Peach street, but the store itself is set back maybe 200 yards from the street, in a long row of buildings.

Entering the store, the bar, with its 12 draft taps are on the left, along with a nice LCD HD TV (DirecTV). To the right are a few tables, and a wall of various souvenirs: shirts, glasses, growlers and such. As you move to the back of the store, past the bar, on the left are the coolers which contain a pretty impressive selection of craft and imported brews. They also have one cooler (all the way in the back) which has macro beers/coolers in it. Also way back here is the kitchen and a couple of restrooms (one for each sex). The restrooms are nicely appointed and clean.

Now for the info on the beer. As mentioned, a good selection, especially from Pa. craft beer brewers. I found the prices to be just above Wegmans; say 50 cents on a bomber, and 50 cents to a buck on six packs. They are definitely competitive in price, and for a small retailer, Russ is keeping margins low. You can drink anything you see in the cooler at the bar, but one of the bartenders will have to open it for you, and serve it in the appropriate glass. It will also cost more to drink it 'in store', which is reasonable, since you are now availing yourself of the bar's accoutrements. I found the owner, the bartender, and the clientele to be well informed on craft beer .. very much so. It was a pleasure to talk with them about various topics. While there on my visit (July 4th), they had the Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest on the big screen TV, so I had to get something just as big and ostentatious to consume while watching. Since they had Southern Tier's Mokah on tap, I went for that .. a beautiful beer, especially after allowing it to warm. The 12 taps are constantly rotating, so its best to check out their website to see what is currently being offered ( http://www.upick6beerstore.com/ ). Draft pints are a little pricey, but, hey, its all great stuff, and once in a while you just have to treat yourself. I checked out their menu, which is primarily sandwiches and such, but they do offer a good selection, giving you the option to pretty much 'build' your own sandwich.

Over all, it was a very enjoyable experience, and I will definitely be going back again and again. I highly recommend that you check them out yourself!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Jul 05, 2009
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U Pick 6 Beer Store in Erie, PA
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