McBroom Beer Distributor

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McBroom Beer DistributorMcBroom Beer Distributor

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1200 S Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15218-1279
United States

(412) 241-2500 | map

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Photo of buzzedup
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Outstanding selection, will special order for you as well

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of heilis
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visited McBroom's for the first time today in search of a beer I have been unable to find anywhere else. The place is small and crowded with cases of beer, but the selection was pretty impressive compared to your average warehouse beer store.

The staff greeted me and although they did not have in stock the beer that I wanted, they offered to get it for me. They're the first store that has made this effort and I very much appreciate that. I picked up a case of another beer, and will be waiting for them to let me know when the special order comes in, as they said it should take only a day or two.

All in all, very helpful staff and a good selection of beers. The only possible downer is that there's not much parking in Regent Square, so I had to carry my case a couple of blocks.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

I went into McBrooms after my D's six pack experience just to look at their selection. Not much has changed as everything is pretty much piled in the center, maybe they did make an isle or two from the piles but it was kind of aggravating for trying to find a certain Founders beer (Cerise) and moving a couple of cases to see if it was on the bottom.

Another gripe was their cold coolers. I found seasonal's from the fall that really should have been at least moved to the side or at least discounted at the front in order to make room for new beers (say this years Bell's Hopslam?)

I found a bells section and found mixed cases, amber, porter, dopplebock, and even Third Coast ale but no Hopslam. Not really hunting any I asked the clerk and he told me the price which was a reasonable 56.99 and went to the back bringing it to the register. I readied my ID and he gave it back not even looking at it which I guess would be cool for underage kids looking to score beer. Getting my hop slam I thanked them and left.

Besides the mild problems it was overall a decent place to buy beer.

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Photo of JamesS
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Stopped in for the first time yesterday and I will never go back. The store, while not filthy, is not really clean, either. The cases of beer are all just piled in the center of the store. I'll give them credit that at least the piles are pretty much sorted by brewer, but that's the best I can say.

Service was horrible. The two guys working not only saw me walking around, obviously looking for something, but never asked if I needed help. Even that by itself would not be too bad, but one of them cussed the whole time I was in there. I'll admit I don't have the cleanest language around my friends, but I would never expect to hear that kind of language from an employee while he's at work.

I will give props for the small 'wall of beer' that shows what imports they have and the price. It doesn't tell you if they are actually in stock at the time, though, which is a bummer.

If you like macros and live close by, I would say this is busines would be all right.

I will never go back, though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

I remember coming to McBroom's 10 years ago when the selection was not quite what it is now and the space was a bit tighter.

Walk in today and you will find a fair amount of decent stuff. Pretty full line of Troegs, Bells, Great Lakes, some Rogue, Clipper City, Brooklyn, and many others. There are of course a wide variety of macros. Service is good. If you want something and they can get it, they will. Overall this is a good stop and much better than the mass majority of the beer distributors sprinkled throughout the city. If you want a case of Nugget Nectar (they had 9 or 10 left today), go for it. Bell's? Go for it. Want singles? Hit up D's virtually next door.

Bottom line is that this is about as good as it's going to get in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of Alkey
4/5  rDev -3.8%

I do most of my case shopping closer to home on the west side of town but this place is worth the drive once in a while. With such a huge selection on hand there is no need for special orders and the prices are nice also. The staff seemed to have a general knowledge of craft and import brews. The place it self is rather small and filled from head to toe with cases and there is a wall with a bunch of import bottles showing what they offer from over seas. A good place to go for a case at fair prices and not have to wait a couple days for a preorder.

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Photo of rabsten
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

Stopped in Monday afternoon after a job interview. Got the job and found a great distributor the same day. Woo hoo!

All kinds of american crafts as well as all sorts of imports. Tons. Lots of Great Lakes in stock, including Commodore Perry and Nosferatu (out of Blackout Stout, sadly) of which I got a case each. Very reasonable $$ wise, too.

A manager, Ashely, helped me carry out my stock and then met me over at D's for an after-work beer. He knew his stuff and was a pleasure to deal with.

Bottom line: Go to D's for bottles; go to McBroom's for cases. You'll be happy you did.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

I stopped in Saturday,with WV beergeek.
The place was a lot more organized than my last visit a while back.
To the right of the entrance was shelves with bottles of all the imports they carry and price tags with the case price on them,very good idea.
The place is a little small and compact this helps alot
The selection of imports was very good,lot of belgiuns too.
The micro selection was very impressive one of the best around.
Lots of sampler cases too. To many different brands to even try to list.
There was a cooler along the entire back of the store with lots of cold cases.
The walk-in cooler had a great selection of 1/6 kegs like Great Lakes Nosferatu,Elloit Ness,and Troegs,Brooklin,Dogfishhead,Erie.
There was a cooler next to the counter full of 5 liter cans of Church Works and numerous German beers.
Theres a lot of great beer packed into this little place next to D's.This place is worth the trip.
What's really great about the location is it's next to D's,if your not sure about buying a case of beer go next door to D's and try a bottle of the beer first.Where else can you do that?

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.45/5  rDev +7%

I really have been looking forward to visiting this shop for some time now. Everytime I drive by it I am always in a hurry. This weekend, I went to a party a few blocks away; and left there to walk a few blocks to almost heaven.

Great selection of beer! A lot of options from all over. This was probably the best selection I have seen in a long time.

The only problem, is PA. Only allows you to buy cases. I wish I was richer!

Service was great too. The guy behind the counter helped me out a lot!

Definitely recommended!

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Photo of jasonm
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Found something you liked at D's and want to pick up a case? Mosey down the block to McBrooms then. One of the best distributors for craft beer in Pittsburgh (with only Mellingers and maybe Save On Beer being in the same league). Building is smallish, although recent remodeling that moved the cash register the left wall has opened up more floor space. Theres a wall of coolers on the right with most of the good stuff (avoid the ones on the far wall), plus rows of cases along the floor to navigate through. Stop and browse the wall o beer on the near wall after you walk in.

Recent trip had me picking up a case of the Weyerbacher Simcoe DIPA and a Heavyweight sampler (enjoy it while it lasts).

Service is "servicable". Through the years they have some employees who are very knowledge on beer, and others who are pretty much there to work the cash register.

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Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

One of my must stops when I visit the burgh. They are always stocking new stuff here and have reasonable prices for their wide variety of brews. It really is a tough decision when I'm in there and usually takes me about 10-15 minutes to make a choice. Up to date with seasonals and their website is pretty accurate. The workers are well versed in knowing their beer and what they are getting in soon. Like i said this is the place to stop when you are looking for that rare beer while visiting Pittsburgh.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

The sister store of D's. Smallish place that makes you wind your way through the stacked cases of beer, which is cool, gives you a chance to see all the selections. Really nice selection of beers, and now they have a wall with a bottle of each of the stuff they have. There's a large cooler in the back of the store with a fair selection of cases kept cold for those who want to have one sooner than if they would have to chill it. Staff is pretty good at making suggestions and answering questions about the beer. The only bad thing is the case law, which can't be held against these guys, it's the law, they don't make it. If you want singles, D's is less than a block away and has a great selection.
All in all a very nice beer store, and the only place I go to get cases of my favorite beers.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4/5  rDev -3.8%

In PA, distirbutors suck. This place has some of the best beers in the world, but you had to buy a case! I mean c'mon! What kind of asinine law is that? Someone buying some Chimay Grande Reserve or some Allagash Triple should get the respect they deserve by being able to buy one at a time. I've heard this place is owned by the same people as D's Six Packs and Dogz, but the selection here was a little less expansive. I picked up a case of Rogue Chocolate Stout, Bell's Expidition Stout, Allagash Triple, Unibroue Trios Pistoles, and a 5L keg of Blance de Chambly. A very great place indeed.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%

In the 'Burgh at my parents house for the holidays, I thought I'd hit up a few places and do some reviews for the Beerfly. I've already reviewed D's (on a previous visit), where everyone must go. Is it the only place you can get singles in Pittsburgh? I don't know. Anyway, right up the street from D's is McBrooms. Coming from Massachussetts I was shocked by the prices. $26.99 for a case of Harpoon? I think I could get it for around $20 in Amherst. But I guess that's the way it is here, according to the other reviewers, they thought the prices were fair. So how can I really tell? Anyway, they did have a great selection. Dogfish Head, Anderson Valley, Weyerbacher, and even some stuff from New England. They also have a wall of Belgians, but the only problem is that you have to buy an entire case. Yep. I saw Corsendank on the wall with a $75 dollar pricetag. Yeah, these beers are great but who would buy an entire case? Go to D's and pick yourself up a bomber or two. I'm definately going to go to a couple more places while I'm here, and I'll decide which place is the best. I really hope I can find some cheaper places, because it seemed a bit pricey here. We will see...

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Photo of cupbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

McBroom's is one of the top five distributors in the 'Burgh. They carry a very good selection of import and craft beer. The selections includes all the names that you would expect, including a good choice of Belgians. The prices are fair. The service is very helpful; from helping find a selection to recommendations on selections. All of the beer that I have bought there has been within the freshness period. In addition, McBroom’s is only a block away from D’s so there is chance to try the beer before buying.

With the prices and the selection, this is one of my favorite places to buy a case in town.

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Photo of slander
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Found this one amongst reroute spreadsheets in my bag. Almost had me longing for the days of my lengthy stint in Western PA.
We cut out of work early in North Huntingdon just because we could. Damn it, we earned it. (Captain) Mogs was taking his boat out of the water in a week or two and we were going to be losing Chris, Mike, and Scary Larry any day now, so Mog's figured he'd give us the 3 river tour by boat. Work, or beers on the river. Hmmmn, that's a tough one. Hey, I know where there's a beer store...
I spotted McBroom's on the corner when we had gone to D's, but I hadn't a chance to get in there 'til now. Well, I've got to tell you, it's the deal. They've got pretty extensive selections from the local and regional breweries (Penn, Weyerbacher, Victory, Troegs, Erie, Great Lakes, Lancaster, Heavyweight, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn) and some impressive imports.
They're all good. I, on the other hand, am a dope. It took me a while to figure out that there weren't any six packs on the shelves. Hmmmn, where are the singles? Um, you're playin' by the case, it's Pennsylvania unless you mosey over to D's. Service was good, no complaints there. Best beer store I saw out there in 5 months time.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Quality/Selection: McBroom's claims they have the largest selection of craft beer in Western PA, and I'm inclined to agree. Just about any craft beer that anyone would want can be found here, and in fact I was lucky enough to come across a case of the 2nd batch of Hop Wallop just last week. There's some macro cases, but the majority of the floor is stocked with micros and good imports. There's also a decent selection of cold craft beers in their coolers.

Service: I've never had any complaints about McBroom's service. They've always been quite kind in helping me find the right beer, and helped me get my Hop Wallop!

If you're going to check out D's, McBroom's is worth a look as well. I personally prefer singles, but cases can be a much better deal, especially for a great beer, and if you're looking for cases and out east of the city, there's not much better than McBrooms.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

After a surprise and welcomed run in with aaronh up at D's sixpack I stopped in at McBroom's to return a couple empty sixtels. Yes, you heard that right McBroom's (same owner as D's as stated in other reviews) actually keeps a stock of 1/6 and 1/4 kegs of micros I have seen the likes of Troeg's, Stoudts, Penn, and Great Lakes in there, stop me if I'm wrong but I have never seen a beer store stock these kegs in their regular lineup these kegs usually have special order written all over 'em. In cases great prices on the PA micros here along with a slew of different Variety packs Pyramid, Dogfish Head, Troeg's, Penn, and the list goes on. Great source for buying beer in bulk, I have called up here to see what they had in on a few seperate occassions each time to be treated professionally and genuinely friendly, usually younger employee's from around the neighborhood. If it's the same owner as D's you can almost assure freshness on the beer you pick up here of course you gotta check the date if it's on there, but I have never had a problem picked up a 1/4 of Penn Dark and Yuengling Lager last night to bring back to school for the ol' kegerator, thank heavens for McBroom's in location to D's. Whenever you hit up D's you have to stop by McBroom's just to see what they have, I usually park there anyhow.

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Photo of aaronh
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

Stopped in MCBrooms for the first time recently. Upon walking in the door, I saw the Storm King staring at me from two cases, right by the counter. I knew I'd like this place! After escaping his trance-inducing stare, I then noticed that all the beers up front were the winter seasonals I'd been looking for. Everything from Anderson Valley Winter Solstice to Young's winter seasonal brew (which I can't recall the name of right now.) The entire front room was mostly American micros and popular imports. A smaller room in the back was all Belgians and Belgian style beers, with a few unusual German beers thrown in as well. Then a larger room to the side is all macros and some overflow micros.

The great thing is that they have more quntity of regional micros than they do the macros! This is a true beer lovers store. Many of the beers I had only heard tales of are here, in full Pennsylvania case-law glory! Unfortunately, I didn't have an extra $140 on me to get the case of 2002 WWS.

The service is also excellent. I spoke to an employee for while between customers, and met the owner as well. I asked him why he seems to be able to get beers other area distributors can't. He said it's important to him to have the better beers if he can get them. Turns out he make about four trips a year to acquire east and west coast beers that are not generally available throught the PA distribution system. Now completely impressed, I forced myself to buy the two cases I had planned to get while passing on some other glorious beers of my dreams. But next trip, I'll be ready.....

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The owner is affiliated with D's Sixpack and Dogz just up the street. Other than Mellinger's in Oakland McBroom's has the widest selection of craft brews in the Pittsburgh area. Plenty of sampler cases and PA breweries too.

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