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Giant Eagle - Settlers Ridge

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BA SCORE
85
very good

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.81%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

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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(Place added by: WVbeergeek on 11-16-2009)
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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.

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3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of jeaton
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -2.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +20.7%
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 +6%
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 +4.9%

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 -23.7%

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 -8.7%

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 -6.3%
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 +9%

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 +0.8%

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 -16.9%

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.

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