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Giant Eagle - Settlers Ridge

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85
very good

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
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100 Settlers Ridge Center Dr
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15205-1421
United States
phone: (412) 788-5392

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @gianteagle

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

I don't know why, but I feel like the selection at this Giant Eagle is significantly greater than it was when they first started selling beer. There is a ton of stuff available now, and a lot of it is quite unique and stuff I haven't seen in the other more indy spots around the 'Burgh. The greatest detractor is the service. I saw a Troegs Scratch tap handle once and asked if it was the recent IPA. The girl, and believe me, she was a girl, replied, "I think it's the...nut...brown......ale." Awkward.

Even though the service is crap, I still always pop in to see what might be going on.

Photo of smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Having stopped in around Pittsburgh for a long errand, this was the nearest place for me to check out in time alotted.

It is much like a Whole Foods chain, but the beer area is brightly lit and well displayed and tidy. Sections are well shown, bombers, mix a six (although those sections are very small). Others are labelled local and foreign to other 'craft' beer.

Selection though if you are from the area is a bit ordinary, but if you are from out of the town its a good place for Voodoo and Fat Head's beers. Staff also was knowledgeable about the products, they could answer my questions without any problems or acting confused.

Crazy idiotc laws dont help so its only 192 oz. of beer per person per purchase. Unless you want to walk out to your car and come back.. again.

There are growler fills here and also some offerings on tap as well.

Photo of jeaton
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Stopped in today while grocery shopping. They finally had the taps set up, so I looked around for a bit. No prices listed anywhere that I could see.

I asked for a price list, and the cashier provided me with their sheet, which was sadly incomplete. Several of the beers on tap weren't listed, and the cashier wasn't sure how they would get rung up at all.

Decent selection overall. Abput 12 taps, though I didn't count. Racer 5, Southern Tier Old Man Winter, two from local brewery Draai Laag, and others I can't remember.

Bad news: the pricing. The cheapest on the sheet was the ST Old Man at $16 for a growler fill. Considering you can get a 6pack for less than that, I was not impressed.

Racer 5 was about $25 for a growler fill. I like R5 and all, but that's just extreme -- works out to $4.50/12oz? No thanks.

Photo of tabooky
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Dec 11, 2012
Market District has stepped up its game. Some of these reviews are dated but I can attest to the fact that things are better now.

Banner on the wall says, “Voted best bottleshop in Pittsburgh. Over 700 Varieties of Beer.” I believe it. There is an enormous selection of craft brews. You can get 6ers & 12’s. There’s also a cooler of singles, ranging from 12 to 25 oz bottles. The 6 pack selection is good, maybe not mind blowing. The singles selection, IMO, is stellar. Weyerbacher, Nebraska, Brooklyn, Stone, Troegs, Great Divide, Smuttynose, New Holland, and many more. Not just the flagships, but some obscure offerings too.

You can drink on site if you buy “single serving” food (aka not groceries). However, even a $1.00 bag of chips qualifies. The cafeteria food is, well, cafeteria food. There are some pre-packaged meals that aren’t terrible.

They are in the process of installing 10+ tap handles! Draft beer at the grocery store?? (Wipes tear of joy from eye). The taps are there but sadly the beer is not…soon! Talked to a young employee who knows his beers and he said they will have some pretty rare and diverse stuff. They will give you a proper glass (pint) if you ask which you can take upstairs to the café. It’s a nice area, not exactly “date worthy” but pleasant. For some reason it’s oddly refreshing drinking a beer outside of a bar. I meet my friends there for a couple before heading to a real bar. Nice. But here’s THE most important item you will find upstairs;

A bottle opener. Big, industrial strength, bolted to the wall.

I was never told the “2 beer rule” myself but I don’t doubt it, having lived under PA’s draconian liquor laws my whole life. If true the question then becomes, what’s “a beer”? I have gone up there with a 25 oz Dragon’s Milk Stout (10% ABV). No hassles or second looks. (Ya, I’m getting ‘faced in Giant Eagle, big whoop, wanna fight about it?!) I’ve had waitresses tell me I wasn’t allowed to open my own beer at other bottleshops, because it was state law I must be “served.” Maybe true or maybe they say that to discourage people from opening beers and not paying. All I know is at this moment in time you can open your own big ass beer at Market District. Two, if you are so inclined.

It’s cool to grab a couple (big) singles and explore some more exotic beers without investing in a whole case. I think GEMD has a good thing going here. Hopefully nothing comes along to screw it up (like me passing out in aisle 3).

Photo of zrab11
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A- Well its located in a grocery store so its autmosphere is great for a grocery store but not so much for a beer store.

Q-The quality of beer looked good. didn't see anything out of date

S-service was not there. I guess i didn't exspect any as it was a grocery store

Sel- The selection was very good. Lots of different brews and lots i hadn't had before.

F-didn't have any

V- was good. i think the prices were very reasonable

Overall i was very pleased. I was looking for Nugget nectar and i found a ton of it and all very recently bottled. I would return here again. The Pitsburg carry out law i kinda silly but o well. Overall a good store

Photo of 96Bravo
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Being a transplant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania I have always been vexed by the bizzare set of beer and alcohol laws here. Simply being able to buy beer while shopping for groceries is akin to obtaining black tar heroin.

Thank you to Giant Eagle Market District for giving me a taste of the free world by being able to buy a sixer of Oberon with my eggs, meat, etc.

The selection is very good and the pricing is less than six-pack shops. Good mix of Euro brews (Belgian and German) and American Micros.

Still feels somewhat odd having to pay before leaving the department to go into the rest of the store, but thats a concession I am willing to make for the convience of buying at the store.

Photo of Alkey
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is one of my local supermarkets I like to visit here about once a month.

I like to drink local and seasonal beers and this place has them all and a few new things to try when I'm thirsty for a change.

Prices are better than the bars take out which is about all we had till the Giant pulled a few strings. In my opinion though they are still to high compared to other states near by.

If your lucky you might bump into their beer expert that hangs around to help with questions or to give suggestions. I've bumped into one a few times and he really knows his beers.

Overall if you don't want a whole case and need a few groceries then this is the place to stop.

Photo of rjochman
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Second time making the trip to Market District and decided to do a thorough search of the beer selection.

One of the best places I have been to in the surrounding Pittsburgh area thus far in terms of selection. Had a lot of good stuff- including Sierra Nevada, Victory, Dogfish Head, Troegs, Great Lakes, and Founders. Disappointed that you can not build your own 6 pack, but hopefully it will only be a matter of time before customers can do that.

I was able to talk for a while with the employee that is in charge of purchasing and stocking the shelves with specific beers and he was able to give a lot of good information in terms of what this specific Giant Eagle/Market District gets depending on the time of year. He said they usually have beer tastings almost every Friday and Saturday so I will look forward to going to one of those soon.

The fact that being able to buy beer in supermarkets is fairly new for PA, I was happy with the fact that throughout a year, this specific Market District will have approx 500 beers for customers to choose from. Definitely starting off on the right foot and it can only get better from here on out. Definitely my place to go to get beer for now.

Photo of wvsabbath
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%

The selection is around 100-150 beers. 100 or so crafts, the rest is standard amaerican and german imports like becks and heneiken. Nothing real rare but a little bit of everything from around the world. The positive is there seasonal selection. They get in alot of seasonals, and early too. Also, 80% of all the beers are in a open cooler, only seasonals and some overstocks and gift packs are out on display.Now for the bad: 90% of selection is overpriced. 16$ for rouge santas reserve. Found it elsewhere for 10$. 10$ for year round great lakes beers. Ive never paid above 8$ for a 6-pack. Kind of expect that being what it is and where it is but its a little much. Service: Terrible, the cashiers all have attitude and for sure dont want to be there. One time cashier wouldnt sell me all the beers i had cause of the alcohol limit in pa. Its 192 oz, i had around 170, she didnt understand the rules and said i had too many bottles. I tried to explain it to her, she got attitude real fast, so i just bought half the selections, then came back in and bought the rest. Ive never went in there and had a smiling or friendly cashier, that was even remotely interested in customer service. I stop in once a month to see what seasonals came in, buy what i want and hit the road. IM sure one day ill get fed up with the rudeness there and boycott it once and for all since im paying top dollar for what i buy, i can go elsewhere.

*update 12-9-10*
Actually stopped in today, they had a 4-pack of founders mispriced. Luckly, the lady working there was very friendly and had no problems fixing the error. Im guessing shes new, i hope her attitude doesnt change like the others there.

Photo of mjw06
3.35/5  rDev -9%

Market District has an "interesting" selection, I'll say that. I liked it. It wasn't a huge selection, especially considering this grocery store is so big that it has a day care. But beer being available in grocery stores is something fairly new and rare in Pennsylvania, and I was satisfied.

I was most impressed that though the selection wasn't particularly large, it still had different beers that you may not find too many other places. This of course is opposed to establishments that "specialize" in crafts and micros yet have the same cliche crafts and micros that you can get and any other of those places.

Prices weren't all that good, but reasonable in relation to the inflated beer prices in PA.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

First off I have to say that for a grocery store, they carry a very decent selection of imported and micro brew. Unfortunately, every green bottle is within light striking distance, therefore my bottle of Saison Dupont, Avril and Moinette were all skunked beyond repair. Do not buy any green bottles there, or if you do be aware of the risk.

As far as service, about all they did was ring the bottles, bag them, and collect my money. Efficient is the only word that comes to mind, but hey, they did their job.

The prices there are reasonable for the area (in PA the prices are outrageous) but still high overall. Still a very good option to purchase different beers in the Pittsburgh area.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Decent beer selection for Western PA grocery store. Most every BMC product you could want. Seasonal micros included a good supply of Bells Oberon, some SN, Great Lakes, Troegs, Victory. I bought a bomber of Church Brew works Quadzilla and a bomber of Sly Fox raspberry, and a six pack of 21 Ammendant Hell or High Watermelon came to about $30. You can only purchase 190 ounces or less, and have 2 beers onsight. Plenty of prepared foods to be enjoyed also. Overall seems like a positive thing to see some good beer in a PA grocery store.

Photo of dungledauf
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Very reasonably priced. Much lower priced than bottle shops. Fantastic Great Lakes selection that includes their Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Burning River Pale Ale, Dortmunder Gold, and Eliot Ness.

Purchased a 6-pack of Great Lakes Eliot Ness lager for $9.67. Bocktown charges $19.68 for a 6-pack of Great Lakes Eliot Ness.

Some fine selections included Ayinger, Lindemann's, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, and Great Lakes.

Plenty of macros available. I would like to see the selection expanded to include more microbreweries.

Photo of woodske1
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%

Way too many macro brews here...I mean WAY too many. DO we really need a whole section for A-B and Coors products??? The whole point of this place is high end food products...way too much crap here. Every macro brew has at least 10% of the space...add it up and the craft brews are few and far between.

Nothing real hard to find either...mostly the "main" beers you see at any bar, 6-pack store. They need some variety.

Some of the prices were great (under $4 for a 22 of Sierra Nevage Wet Hop Harvet), but some were outrageous.

Overall, worth checking out...but they do have to tag EVERY beer you buy with a footlong reciept which is annoying.

Photo of biglite351
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I am re-reviewing this as it has been a little while since I last stopped and they have really gotten their stuff together. The beer area is probably 2-3 times the foot print as it was the last time I was there. The original L-shaped cooler is still the cornerstone of the area, but they have really branched out into the store and hane numtiple free standing displats and shelving units. The selection has also grown greatly and the prices are good too. Two examples: bomber of Long Trail Coffee Stout $4.99, DFH WWS 7.99.

They really put forth an effort and it shows.

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Original review:

I was looking forward to trying this place out since it is the first "supermarket" in the area that sells beer. The beer section is about 25 feet long and they do have a few off the wall micros. Nothing exceptional, but a few that I have never seen before. The main problem is the price. Most 6 packs are around $12+. I can go to Fat Heads and get cheaper.

With Bocktown only two minutes away I can not justify the markup. Bocktown is more expensive, but has a much wider selection of micros. However, it is a great sign that we are finally going to be able to buy beer at local grocery stores.

Photo of mgbickel
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Finally!! Pittsburghers can go into a grocery store and buy beer!! Yippee!!

Stopped by here once all the hype of a new "Market District" store died down. If you enter through the café side, you are right in the middle of the beer section. I wasn't expecting much, but wow...I was pleasantly surprised!

They have six packs and four pack to go along one wall. The selection includes most of the popular craft brew as well as a few import favorites. They also have a section dedicated to big bottles that you can buy as singles. They also sell cases, but the selection is pretty limited.

I have seen a few odd-ball 12 oz. bottles for sale...DFH-WWS was the latest. Not sure what kind of deal they have worked out, but this was the first place to sell Troegs NN...and they had it cheaper than the brewery itself!

All in all, a good place for brews. Warning...they stop selling beer at 10pm!

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Market District: the first grocery store in south western Pennsylvania to sell alcohol. Hopefully this place will start a trend and other grocery stores will start to sell beer, and hopefully THAT will lead to driving down prices at area bottle shops. We shall see.

Anyway, this is an absolutely massive grocery store with all kinds of prepared food, aged meats and cheeses and of course, singles and six packs of beer that are available to-go or for on premise consumption.

There are about 4 coolers full of beer. For the most part the 12 ounce bottles come in six packs, but the bombers and 750s are sold as singles. The beers/breweries represented include Troegs, Victory, Sam Smith, Dupont, Chimay, Orval, Brooklyn, Voodoo, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Rodenbach, Unibroue, Magic Hat, Ithaca, Sam Adams, Franziskaner, Stone, Bell's, Founders, DogFish Head, Ommegang, Hoppin' Frog, Smuttynose, Great Lakes, lindemans, Moinette and numerous others, but that is what I can remember. For the most part, only a few beers represent each brewery; there are very few full line-ups from breweries.

Something tells me that Market District won't be getting limited releases, but they do have seasonal offerings (I head they will be getting at least 22s of Nugget Nectar). Also, with the amount of foot traffic that comes through this place, I'm pretty sure that freshness is no problem with the beer.

Service is completely non-existant here. There are a few people at a register near-by, but they are far too busy to help, and I would guess that they don't know their beer anyway. I was actually tempted to help people who were looking for beer, but I resisted the urge.

The best part about Market District is that it is much cheaper than other bottle shops in the Pittsburgh area. Prices here are comparable to prices in other, normal states. Overall, market district is not the type of place you would go out of your way to visit, or seek out, but it is a solid place to buy beer at reasonable prices.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This may not be THE place to go if you want individual bottles of craft beer or 6ers but it is definitely the most affordable in the area.

Since I live nearby I have been in this store several times. Unfortunately it seems that if you want 12 oz bottles you have to get a 6 pack or 4 pack, but the larger 22oz bottles and 750s are available for single sale. The selection seems to vary depending on when you go but some beers/breweries that are available are: Ommegang, Dupont, Stone, New Holland, Voodoo, Troegs, Victory, Bear Republic, DFH, Unibroue, Erie, Chimay, Lindemans, Rodenbach, Duvel, Orval, Brooklyn, Founders, Great Lakes, Penn and Sierra Nevada.

Of course, with much of the stock being taken up by BMC there are only a few offerings from each brewery- but its a really good start.

Photo of MikefromDormont
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

This is the first grocery store in SW PA to sell beer so I decided to visit it today since I had a day off from work. Traffic was not a problem unlike the reports I'd gotten from friends who tried to go here shortly after the store opened.

I entered the Cafe from its side entrance and immediately spotted a floor display with six packs of various winter beers sitting atop cases of said winter beers. There were six packs of Sam Adams Winter Lager, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Thirsty Dog Twelve Dogs of Christmas and others. To the right was a long cooler housing four and six packs of select beers from the following brewers: Rogue, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, Anchor, Bear Republic, Bells, Smuttynose, Sam Adams, Magic Hat, Unibroue, Dogfish Head, Clipper City, Terrapin, Thirsty Dog, Bar Harbor, Boulder, Harpoon, Great Divide, Lagunitas, Moylans, Duvel, Hooegarden, etc.

Around the corner from this cooler was a cooler containing single large bottles, packs of cans and twelve packs: Brooklyn Local 1, Brooklyn Local 2, all three Chimay styles, Ommegang Three Philosophers, Ommegang Hennepin, Ommegang, Orval, Blue Moon Grand Cru, Sam Smith, Stone IPA, New Holland Dragon's Milk, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Southern Tier Unearthly, Green Flash, Voodoo, Red Stripe, Guinness, Murphy's Stout, Boddingtons, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Belhaven, Tetley, Fosters. Twelve packs of Sam Adams, Great Lakes, Magic Hat, Brooklyn, Troegs and Southern Tier were present.

All in all the prices were good for PA and the selection, well not as good as our local bottle shops, was still decent. It's nice to see a PA beer store with prices on all beers.

I ended up buying a six pack of Great Lakes Christmas Ale ($12.99 + 7% drink tax) and a six pack of Sierra Nevada Kellerweis ($10.49 + 7% tax). I would have bought a six pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale as well, but will check that out on a future visit.

Note that I had to show the cashier my PA driver's license when I paid for my purchases. She affixed a Paid Sticker and a cash register receipt to each of my six packs after I paid for the beers.

Update (11-26-2010): I returned here about one year later and have to report that the beer selection has grown since a year ago. There are more beers located outside of the coolers and sprinkled throughout the cafe area. It was fun to trying to locate aal the beer displays. I spotted lots of gift packs: Sam Smith, Unibroue, Van Steenberge. The Belgian Trappist brewers were well represented: Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, Chimay. Someone at the Market District has done their research on beers. Nice to know that this cafe is only 8.5 miles from my house.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

So far beer from the grocery store in the Burgh is on the up and up. Recent news of this location carrying beer has created license applications throughout the area for a similar set up, is this the beginning of the end for the six pack shop model? Regardless this is convenient and so far it's the best selection I've ever seen at a grocery store thus far except for a certain Piggly Wiggly in Myrtle Beach, SC. I got SN Harvest for 3.49 a 24 oz, Hennepin 750 for 7 bucks or so, and Brooklyn Local for 10 bucks. Four packs and sixers vary in pricing with 7 to 14 dollars depending on what your getting into. Weird PA rules but at least you can drink 2 beers while eating food at this massive theme park for foodies. Service so far has been straight forward checkout style scan your groceries with a smile service. I'm sure a beer personality is on the way to help shoppers figure out what they should try.

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