Beer Arena

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Type: Store

332 Donahoe Rd.
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 15601
United States

(724) 832-7362 | map

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Added by xtacyturbo on 09-20-2005

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by greg4579:
Photo of greg4579
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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Photo of lastmango
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Large distributor, but it seems that over half of the floor space is American big beer. They have a fair selection of craft and probably the best German section that I have seen. Purchased Aventinus here, which I could not get in Indiana County where I live. But that is not saying much since I live in Indiana, PA.

Stopped in the other day and noticed they now have a bottle shop. Fairly good selection of craft and imports. They charge by the bottle not by the six pack for a mix. The first place in PA that I have been to that had Aecht's.

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Photo of heddar33
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of misternebbie
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of dbauer78
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Not the best place ever but maybe the best in Greensburg area. they have a good selection but watch for old packaging, but you can find some good stuff thats fresh or atleast fresh enough. there staff is friendly and will do there best to order something if your looking for something special, they have ordered in a few kegs for me in the past.

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Photo of isthatbeer
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This has become my goto place for case purchases when I travel to the area. They have a decent selection of american craft (bear republic, stone, troegs, bells, southern tier, great divide, weyerbacher, victory) and belgian brews (orval, chimay, delerium tremens, duvel). I was once in the store when two cases of Bell's Hop Slam were being delivered. They sat on the shelf for all of two seconds before I scarfed them up. My only complaint is that I haven't run into any one that works there who is particularly knowledgeable in beer.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

I frequent the Beer Arena in Greensburg when looking for a case purchase. Located in close proximity to Best Buy.

Primarily a macro distributor... they do have a fairly decent selection of craft and hard to find imports. With the size of this place, one would think their selection to be a little larger, but they will special order if you ask.

You can find alot of PA beers here... Victory, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Penn, Stoudt's, etc. Also a nice selection of DFH, Magic Hat, Flying Dog, Oskar Blues, Rogue, Stone, Green Flash! I do notice that the selection changes every time I visit. Prices tend to be a little higher than normal, but remember it's in western PA!

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Photo of saradad
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

For what it's worth, Beer Arena has more than one store, the one I frequent is the one in Belle Vernon Pa, just off I-70 at the Rt 201 exit (exit 45?). Like most PA stores it's caselots only, with the BIG GUYS out front and down the first aisle and the back of the store. They have a nice selection of the bigger regional PA beers (Yuengling, Penn, Iron City, Troegs and the like) and good numbers of east coast beers and a few west coasters round out the domestics. The imports are scattered amongst thencraft brews in no apparent order but as the selection isn't overwhelming the visibility is good. My needs are rather straightforward (when purchasing a case at least) and I've not had to ask for assistance but the place is well stocked and not so large as to need a map to navigate in so finding an item is pretty simple. So that's it, decent selection, decent price and fair service if you can deal with buying only in cases.

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

As noted from the previous post, there is a great selection of micro brews here. It is mainly a large beer store that sells by the case (due to PA laws).

On the left wall is loaded with cases from all over (Dogfish Head, Anderson Valley, Rogue, 3 Floyds, New Belgium, and plenty more). They have some rare beers too, I never saw a Midas Touch (DFH) case, it was on sale for $60.

Not only is the micros on the left wall, but they have a few rows of it too. Troegs, Penn, Victory, and plenty more from the PA area are scattered throughout the rows.

It is a bit pricey, because you have to buy by the case. Unfortunately, PA restricts this.

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Photo of xtacyturbo
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Alrighty, so here's the first review of the Beer Arena!

This place is pretty large. Reminds me of my high school gymnasium. High cieling, and broad, open floor. There are no real aisles, just cases upon cases of beer everywhere. Upon entering the place, you'll want to go past the cash registers and make a right, then focus on the left side of the building. All along the left side you'll find hundreds of cases of imports and craft brews. This is one of the bigger distributors I've been to, and it's a pretty impressive sight.

Selection is excellent. This is THE best selection I've found in Southwestern PA without venturing into the heart of Pittsburgh. Craft brews from PA and the eastern US abound, with many notable selections from the rest of the country as well. If it's an American craft brew available in western PA, they're likely to have it. Import selection is great too. They have a nice selection of Unibroue, and had cases of Terrible and 11 the last time I was there. They have a good selection of Belgians and Germans as well, with all the notable breweries covered. Their worldwide selection is decent, with most of the major breweries represented. If you're from south of Pittsburgh and don't feel like dealing with the traffic to get into the middle of town, this is THE place to go.

Service got a very low rating due to the way they treat their out of state customers. I live in the beer hell of West Virginia and periodically venture up to the Beer Arena, and get treated in a manner which borders on HARASSMENT each time I go. They card me each time I attempt to buy, and instead of actually checking the data on my ID, they just swipe it through their card reader. Not being a PA ID, of course it doesn't work. Every time I've gone, they stare at it suspiciously and treat me as if it was fake. Sometimes they say they'll let me slide "this time" and make me sign a waiver while being recorded on camera. Twice they demanded I show them the registration for my car. Once I drove a friend's car up, so of course the name on the registration wouldn't match. They refused to sell to me, and it required an argument with the manager before I was allowed to leave with my beer. I was treated so demeaningly and with such lack of respect that I was seriously ready to call the police. I rarely shop there anymore due to this terrible service.

Problems at the cash register aside, staff on the salesfloor is practically nonexistant, usually there are only a couple people at the registers. Even when buying multiple cases of beer, I was never offered any help loading.

Pricing is decent, on par with other distributors in the region. Many cases are a dollar or two cheaper, and a few may be slightly more expensive than the competition. About average for the area.

I'd seriously recommend going with a PA resident. If you're from PA or have a buddy from PA who can go with you, this is quite possibly the best place in the region outside of Pittsburgh to buy. If you're from out of state and have no PA friends, tread carefully. I'd suggest only going there if you're not looking for anything in particular and want a huge selection, or are looking for something that can't be found anywhere else.

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Beer Arena in Greensburg, PA
Place rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 10 ratings