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Beer Nutz Bottle Shop

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9 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1335 Freeport Road
O'Hara Township, Pennsylvania, 15238
United States

(412) 963-6889

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by WVbeergeek:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Actually quite impressive little stop, welcomed addition for the locals at this wasy. I bought half off Groupons that's what made us find our way out there. Food was solid all around, not the best but I loved my lobster roll on Mancini's bread. Fries sucked, service a notch above suck. The guy serving us was also working the bar and front register, not exactly in tune with keeping a four top with two kids waiting and waiting just wasn't cool. Selection was impressive for how small this place was, but the website they claimed they had stuff nobody else had, besides some Italian craft beers and New Holland 22 ounce Mad Hatter variations. I didn't see anything crazy, draft wise they were solid but safe options. I had Troeg's Pale, and Bel's Two Hearted...the wife had an Abita Purple Haze, and a Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A - A nice looking bottle shop with plenty of hard wood tables and chairs plus a little spot so you can have "at the bar" seating. About 6-7 coolers plus a shelf with random bottles, gift sets, and singles you can mix and match.

Q - Varies from time to time. Mix and match price is the fairest I ever seen at 10.50-11.50 for yellow or green tops and bombers seem overpriced a tad but you can drink them there.

S - Pretty quick if it's busy you might be waiting a while to checkout but I was able to get in and out rather quick. Pours from the bar and food really wasn't a long wait.

S - Usually I can walk in and easily find 6 beers I want to mix but it seems they are understocked at the moment with the current 50 dollars get a 25 dollar card deal from December.

F - Really good quality bar food. Fries are not really that desirable since it seems they just Juliann a potato and fry it but the "Ruination Burger" was a beast of a sandwich. Will have to come back for a ruban.

Overall I like this place and still have around 250 dollars in credit to spend since gift cards never expire. I do enjoy the flights since you can pick any beer on the menu and get a 5oz pour for $2.75. Especially good considering some are around 7-9 dollars for a 10oz pour. Pretty nice place.

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Photo of burnstar
3.7/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place has a sports bar vibe. Small but rather cozy. A very solid selection on beers on tap. Some very micro local stuff on tap which is nice to see. Lots of good stuff although nothing particularly exciting in the cooler. Service was fine but a bit slow and I got the feeling this place is somewhat understaffed. This place has some outrageous food on the menu. Some examples. A burger made with two grilled cheese sandwiches as the "bread". A similar reuben sandwich- which I think I might have to go back and try despite the obvious decadence of such a thing. An italian hoagie that is then battered and deep fried. None of us got any of this stuff- but it's nice to know it's there!! Very reasonable prices especially on the food. I will be back.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

A: This is a small restaurant/bottle shop/beer distributor all in when. The distributor is attached to the restaurant/bottle shop. The place is a tad on the small side. There some tables and big screen TV's. There are some taps in a pseudo bar area. There was no bar stool seating but there are some high tables. There are several coolers with craft brews in both 12 and 22 ounce bottles. There is also a long shelf with some warm craft beers.

Q: The quality seems to be decent. I did not see any out of date brews on the shelves.

Ser: The girls working work extremely friendly. I did not need any assistance on this day but they were willing to help at each turn.

Sel: There are roughly 100-125 different bottles of beer. A decent variety although nothing overly rare on this trip. Some Troegs, Great Lakes, Brooklyn, New Holland, Penn Brewing, Founders, Dogfish Head, Hoppin Frog, Smuttynose, Voodoo...etc.

Overall this is a decent place to stop if near the Waterworks mall. It is extremely affordable. Nothing ourageously priced.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Little place, looks kinda commercial from the outside, attached to a distributor. It's on the small side and gets ridiculously cramped and crowded in the evening if there's a Pens or Steelers game. However, the layout is decent and the TVs are big. No real bar seating to speak of, you have to grab a table. But it feels nice enough.

The place looks clean they and they have their operation set up nice, obviously respecting the beer here.

The service was nice. In spite of the ridiculous crowd that developed when I was there, the waitress managed to cut out time to take care of us which seemed superhuman since it looked like she was the only one waiting tables. Real nice, kept a smile on her face, got the orders right and knew her stuff.

The selection isn't the biggest I've seen, but they had some real gems. Few bottles of Infinium and I grabbed a Heavy Seas Below Decks off the tap, which is rare enough, but this was the Cabernet Barrel aged version which I think at the time of this review I'm one of only two people to have reviewed it in any way but bottle form. So they can obviously score some good stuff.

The food is typical bar food but it's pretty good in that respect. Wings, dogs, burgers, sandwiches and wraps.

Value wise, the food is as cheap as it gets for decent quality. The beer is acceptable for Pennsylvania, going to make out-of-staters do a double take probably but if you're local you know this is as good as it gets.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Transcribed from notes dated M, 26 July 2010.

The entry was off the parking lot accessible on either side of Freeport Road. A short vestibule opened onto a hook game machine to the immediate left and high tables and chairs to the immediate right. Along the left wall was a satellite jukebox followed by a few more high tables and chairs. Further aft, along the left wall was a three-door cooler with five shelves each. Beyond that were a set of four metal shelf banks, each with five shelves for beer. All of the way aft, left, was a separate dining room. Going back to the entry, the center was filled with high tables and chairs along with a Golden Tee Live machine along with a (board) Game Shelf. Past that, on the right side, was the beginning of the curving bar with a bank of twelve taps along its top. The back bar began with a bank of sixteen (16) taps followed by seven five-shelf coolers and the kitchen, including the kitchen.

Food: Their specialty was burgers and I had the Nutz Burger, which was quite filling. The Ruination Burger was right out of Man vs. Food. The menu ran the entire gamut, but I was up for a burger.

Ambaince: Clean and well-lit. Lots of TVs going. Very family friendly.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Pulling in the parking lot you have no idea it was a bottle shop really. Almost looks like some ice cream or pizza joint. When you walk in the waiter was very friendly and smiled. They had a super selection of craft beers on draft, and a seperate one for domestic mass producted beer. The samples were free, and i made sure i tipped nicely for that. They got 100 or so beers in cooler, and a 100 or so on display. The selection was good, and a few rare beers mixed in. Prices were soild and right on average elsewhere. I had alot of fun there looking and sampling a few beers. I think they were getting pissed that i sampled so much but we all bought beer, and had food, so they made some money from us,and i tipped nicely, so thanks beer nutz. The location is in a nice area, right outside of the city. Its a haul for me to go there but i will be back cause they had a beer up there i havent seen elsewhere.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Fairly unassuming place from the outside: located on a strip of suburban commercial road in what used to be a Cici's Pizza. Inside is decked out with lots of beer paraphernalia on the walls & a chalkboard with descriptions of styles. High tables, stools, video games. Pretty non-descript local place other than all the beer stuff.

Good tap selection, pretty much all craft & import, with some seasonal offerings (remember seeing ST Creme Brulee & Brooklyn Buzz Bomb, among plenty of others). I think the "bottom shelf" among the drafts was Yuengling, which isn't a bad thing.

Bottle selection's divided into "dry" & coolers. Plenty here to choose from, definitely not the biggest variety in the area, but enough to compete with some of the bigger boys. What stood out to me was a few harder-to-find brews, in particular Deus & SA Triple Bock.

Food was decent, nothing real special, the kind of grilled & fried pub grub you could expect to find at most places with paper menus. The service was good, there was a dude there that chatted about different beers for a while, & pointed out a sale on Rogue Chocolate Stout, which was cool.

The biggest strength here is those harder-to-find bottles, & that alone is worth a check-out. The weakness is the prices, some of which were high enough to rival those of Sharp Edge. On my recent trip there, I'd already gone to a few bottle shops earlier that day, & couldn't help but notice that some bottles were priced over 50% more than at other shops! Still, if you're willing to shell out a little more for that one bottle that no-one else has, it's worth looking.

One thing that left a bad taste in my mouth was a recent e-mail sent by Beer Nutz to the Beer Nutz "family" (customers): http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/2856913
It decries HB 115, which would allow beer sales in more grocery & convenience stores. Naturally, the distributors & bottle shops are against this, but the message sent out in this e-mail bordered on scare tactic propaganda. Not cool. Take the bottle shop for what it is, but I wish they'd clean up their politicking a little.

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Beer Nutz Bottle Shop in O'Hara Township, PA
Place rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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