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74 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

357 Freeport St
New Kensington, Pennsylvania, 15068-6014
United States

(724) 337-7666 | map

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Added by ejimhof on 01-14-2007

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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

One the best bottle shops in Pittsburgh with actually over 1000 different types of craft beers to choose from. This place has gone through a lot of changes in later years back in the day offering mix six packs as cheap as $10 then increased to 10.95. Now they have buy 5 bottles and get the 6th free which in the end comes to about $18 a six pack not the worst deal. Especially finding stuff you're not going to find anywhere else. Bomber selection is expensive but that's understandable for PA.

Overall I think I'm going to shop at carnivores now since the price is getting a bit out of hand at this shop and will only go there to mix a six pack if I'm in need of new brews.

One final note they do overcharge quite a bit for one off and limited releases so you may want to shop around before putting down 4 to 5 dollars for that single.

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Photo of RupePSU
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Awesome selection (draft and bottles) and reasonable prices. Menu is typical bar food, but it's well done. Great spot.

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Photo of Rodosman
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of FoamyHeadDave
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A little out of the way if you live outside of the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, but worth the trip for a couple of reasons. (1.) John, the GM, is the friendliest guy you'll ever meet. Always willing to talk and has recommended some amazing beers to me over the years. (2.) As noted in some other reviews, some evenings they are a little short staffed, but they all work very hard and always have smiles on their faces when serving you. (3.) Beer selection is out of this world, especially their "bomber" selection. Yes, a little pricey, but they will have bottles you won't find anywhere else in the area. (4.) And this is the best reason to stop...THE GIANT PRETZEL! At $11 you might think it's crazy to order, but when this thing shows up in a small pizza box with the most awesome dipping mustards you've ever tasted...trust me...you'll thank me later.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I am going to re-review this as I have just visited this place for a second time. I did not however get any food items I was just going to pick up some beers to go, but I thought it would be ashame if I didn't get some beers on tap. I did notice that they have gotten some all new beers and quite a few that I was interested in. I like that they have some summery beers, but also still have a good selection of stouts, vegetable beers, IPA's and just a good strong variety in general. I went for the Neon Gypsy by DuClaw, the Citra Pils by Pizza Boy and the Neapolitan stout by Saugataw. The beers on tap always taste magical for some reason everytime I go. There are so many places that don't clean their taps, or don't keep them up to temperature that it is very refreshing to be at a place that does a good job on those counts. I bought some bottles there that I took to go. I do find that some of the bottles taste a bit kicked, or gone bad from time to time. I will have to be back to have some of the beers on tap.

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Photo of Grodd87
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kkdowning
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brown120
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of YetiMaas
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bone53
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Staff member was knowledgeable about beer and directed me to different ones. Definitely the best selection iv seen in the Pittsburgh area. They have certain beers you can mix and match for $10.95, but most of them are around that price at Giant Eagle anyways.. its cool being able to mix n match them though. Then there are beers that are more scarce, and you are going to pay a premium with that. However, some of those beers you can get at a reasonale price. Buy five beers and the sixth one (cheapest one) is a penny. The two negatives i would say about this place is the high price on certain hard to find beers, and beers being past their best by date. Theres more supply than demand and beers sit for months and months before being bought. Thats not good for an IPA. Moral of the story: Play smart and dont be tricked into paying a ridiculous price for a sought after beer, and either look for a date on IPAs or buy beers that age well. Just my two cents. Cheers!

I paid $30 for a sixer and bomber of highly rated beers that iv never been able to find before. Kind of high, but for those reasons i tell myself its worth it. I say its worth splurging here every once in a while or on special occasions

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Photo of Dray
4.86/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

WOW!! literally a thousand beers! The mix six price was set lower than anywhere ive been, ever. There are beers there that I have never seen in western PA. I was blown away and as I was verbalizing how blown away with the selection I was one of the staff directed me toward their draft list! BOOM!!!! Oh yeah, we do growlers too!! Well over 35 beers on tap and I'm not talking Miller, Bud or Coors.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Joseph_Bodziock
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

They don't just sell beer; they're smart, fun, creative and very helpful. I'd go higher than 5 on the selection if I could. Offers among the best, if not the best, selection of beers on-tap. The food is fairly basic, but good, and getting better.

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Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Adjusted my food rating. Since the remodeling and upgrade to the food menu the prices have gone up and I no longer go here. This used to be my go to place. Some draft prices are higher than I've seen anywhere and plus it is a 10.5 oz. Hope things become reasonable again and I'll come back, nice atmosphere, good bartenders and manager.

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Photo of JuMa44
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of hilberryj
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

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Photo of McMatt7
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Walkerjgt
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA
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