Beer Store, The

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746 Locust Avenue
Washington, Pennsylvania, 15301
United States

(724) 229-7867 | map

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Photo of Rodosman
2.08/5  rDev -39%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 1.75

Not the place for a craft beer Hunter.

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Photo of Steve_Black
1.86/5  rDev -45.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5

Photo of misternebbie
3.24/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Yetiman420
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

I stopped in a The Beer Store and Cappelli's on my way to Pittsburgh from Ohio.

Both of these are case only and if you're looking for rare/exceptional beers from places like East End or Voodoo, you won't find them here (although the guy working the counter at The Beer Store said they could order a case of Voodoo beer if I wanted one - a case of Black Majik? Hell yes).

If you want volume of some of PA's widely distributed breweries like Troegs, Weyerbacher, and Victory, the case model would be just fine.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

The key here for folks in the area..Capelli's has the better selection, this place has the better prices.

Quality is good, well lit and organized. Most of the stuff is kept warm but there is a cooler (although it was stuffed with only macs.)

Service was passable, they did ask what I needed but had no idea when or if they would be getting it in.

Selection is ok. Again, not as good as Capelli's but they did have a great selection of PA beers and some decent imports, but very much lacking in regional craft beer, the exception being dogfish head which was displayed prominently.

It's probably worth calling here and capelli's to check if they both have something, and then come here. They blow the pants of of other distributors who will rob you for craft beer.

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Photo of laintringulis
4/5  rDev +17.3%

The store was very clean, well lit, and organized nicely. Easy to get around. Most items on shelves/floor, but had a small cold area. They had many local brews, Yards, Yuengling, ChurchWorks, Penn, Troegs, Victory, etc. Smaller, but nice selection of Belgians and German beers. Prices very reasonable for PA and the PA case law. Staff was helpful in finding items. They also had bmc and local bmc like brews, Stoney's, Straub, iron city, etc. They also had a large selection of sodas and party supplies. They even had a scratch and dent discount area.

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Photo of jdoolin
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

The Beer Store has a half decent selection. While a huge portion of the beer there is Macro, it's a great place to go for good Pennsylvania beers, such as Weyerbacher, Victory, Penn and Church Brew Works. There was also some Dogfish Head, Bell's and a few others, but nothing incredible.

The problem with this place and others in PA is that you have to buy beer by the case. I like to go to a beer store and get several different beers in 6 packs and singles, so that was a down side for me. There were variety packs, but only a few that looked interesting.

The service was ok, but nothing to write home about. Worth a look if you're in the mood to buy a case of good Pennsylvania beer.

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Photo of cupbeerman
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

The beer store, has a fine selection of beer. They usually have such craft beers as Penn, Victory, Weyerbacher, Great Lakes, Unibroue, and many other craft beers. They also have a selection of common imports from Europe as well as few Belgian cases. A problem with the Beer Store is that the stock changes so often it can be frustrating; you can go in looking for a beer you've seen there before, and they don't have it on the shelf.

The service is helpful; they will help you look for beers, and they also try to help with recommendations. They also will help carry the beer to the car if necessary.

The Beer Store is a good place to check for beer in Washington. They usually have better prices than Capelli's, but are not as reliable.

EDIT: Was at the location on Aug. 20, 04 and about a third of the beer was past the sell by date. Was at this location Sept. 25, 04, did not have a large selection to pick from. Was at this location Jan. 14, 05 and they had a very bad selection, about only 24 mirco cases and a dozen imports overall. Maybe this was do to the Steeler game I don't know, Will go back in two weeks to give a final check.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%

Quality/Selection: The Beer Store in Washington is one of the two good beer distributors in Washington. The micros include local favorites such as Penn, Victory, Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, Troegs, and they have several German, English, and even a couple cases of Belgians. The stock tends to fluctuate a bit; sometimes amazing things can be found, and sometimes even basics will be missing.

Service: I've always gotten better than average service here. Most of the staff is friendly, and always seems to have good recommendations. In addition, they seem to have a love of beer.

The Beer Store's value can certainly be fluctuating. Sometimes they can have cases of amazing beers at great prices; other times they have some very bare shelves. As such, they can be better than Capelli's, but at most times Capelli's has the more consistent stock. Still, the Beer Store is worth checking out to see if they'll have what you need.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%

A very nice arrangement of beers, they carry a lot of variety. Of course their macros overshadow the micros and imports, but they have a really good selection for the area. The fact that they keep as much beer stalked as they do is pretty impressive, but what really makes the beer store the place is that they will order anything they can get. Very helpful staff, and they give us free cups every time we stop in. My first time there, there was two cases of Sam Adams Triple Bock just sitting on the counter. I asked who had ordered him, and he said just a professor from the college(Washington & Jefferson), it was pretty cool to see them order stuff that they don't carry.

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Photo of aaronh
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%

A good selection of imports and craft brews. Occasional Belgian offerings and a solid representation of German offerings mixed with an above average selection of micros. Local beers get a decent representation here as well. However, the service is exceptional. These guys love beer and try their best to make you happy. One of the best distributors south of Pittsburgh.

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Beer Store, The in Washington, PA
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