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Giant Eagle - Settlers Ridge

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BA SCORE
85
very good

22 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Eatery, Store

100 Settlers Ridge Center Dr
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15205-1421
United States

(412) 788-5392 | map
gianteagle.com

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Added by WVbeergeek on 11-16-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
85
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
38
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
8.26%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.74/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of Rodosman
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of CheapHysterics
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Vibe? It's a grocery store. Yes, they have a bar, but it's a bar with like 6 stools and some tables in a grocery store.

Selection is good. Service is usually nonexistent, which is the best case scenario. Every once in awhile someone in their early 20s tries to offer unsolicited advice, but it's rarely good or welcome.

Be sure to check your dates here... A lot of stuff in the mixed 6 pack section is no longer fresh, and I've seen stuff elsewhere the store that was well out of date. Prices are high because it's PA, but high nonetheless.

Biggest complaint is that you are limited to 192 ounces outer purchase and this handled by the cash registers, so there's no wiggle room or human error. However, if you approach the register with anything over 144 ounces, one of the employees will try to tell you that you have over the limit and you will have to convince them to just scan it and let the computer do the math. It gets annoying.

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Photo of JArt
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great price and selection for a grocery store. Small bar with limited taps gets extremely crowded after work.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.25

Cool bar area. Could be developed to be much cooler. TERRIBLE pizza. I mean, worse than frozen stuff. Friendly somewhat knowledgable staff. Great selection. Good prices.

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Photo of greg4579
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.63/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1

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4.28/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.64/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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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Photo of JJStorm
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DavidHume
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of dbauer78
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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 schiltron
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jeaton
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of tabooky
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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).

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Photo of zrab11
3.74/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of 96Bravo
4.43/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Giant Eagle - Settlers Ridge in Pittsburgh, PA
3.63 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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