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4770 McKnight Rd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15237-3416
United States

(412) 366-5272 | map

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 12 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Octoberist:
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3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Octoberist from Pennsylvania, Sep 16, 2018
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2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5

nwhittin from Indiana, Nov 27, 2016
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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

misternebbie from Pennsylvania, Dec 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

buzzedup from Pennsylvania, Oct 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

ejimhof from Pennsylvania, Oct 09, 2013
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2.46/5  rDev -31.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

I thought the place was okay. The service was terrible. And when I asked the guy about different beers he was not very helpful. I was not a fan of them charging me extra for cold beer.I know it is only a little bit, but I don't want to be nickeled and dimed when I purchase beer. I have had better experiences, and i have had worse. It was in the middle as far as I am concerned. Their beer prices were better then others in some aspects but worse then others in other aspects. Some of their Microbrews I was able to find elsewhere for significantly less. They did have a decent selection but it seems as many other places I have tried had just as good if not a better selection.

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Steelcitybeerman from Pennsylvania, Jun 23, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Stopped here last Saturday while in the area. Used to shop for beer here all the time. I remember it being across the street at the little mall at the top of the hill. The place had construction going on in front couldn't even tell if it was open or not. I guess the corner of the old store is going to be another business. The store now only seems about a third of the size it used to be.

The store still has a good selection,seemed like the import section was smaller than before. The imports were on the asile down the left side of the store when you walked in,Chimay and Delirium to name some of the Belgians mostly the basics. A row of macro's down the center of the store on both sides of the asile. The micro's were on the aslie down the right side of the store. Just the basic micro's you would expect to find in the area,Rouge,Stone,Bells,Great Lakes no Blackout stout which i was hoping to find,DFH,Victory Yards,the usual suspects. Nothing out of the ordinary the Baltic Thunder was the only really different micro in the section.

I was really bummed out to see the store downsize. I missed the odds and ends beer stuff in the old store,glasses and shirts,openers,etc. The store was just ordinary to me nothing to go out of my way for. Still a good place to stop and grab a good case of beer,just kept thinking about how much i used to enjoy stopping here. Didn't even end up buying a case of beer.

I also checked out the walk in cooler,had a decent amount of good cases of beer. The keg seclection was mostly macro's and a few sixtlels of some Penn beers.With the good selection of macro cases here,I would have at least expected to see a couple of good micro kegs. Another dissapointment. This is a good place to get a case of good beer,just nothing here to get me really excited. The prices were about average and the girl at the counter knew nothing about the beer.

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jcdiflorio from West Virginia, Mar 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev +12%

Huge selection of craft brews, seasonal offerings and imports. Many Kegs. Any kind of Macro you can think of. Lots of party supplies.

I've never had a problem with service, and the people I've talked to there are famliar with the beer and good to converse with. Sometimes on a weekday afternoon the place is dead with only one person working, that could be a problem.

They have lists of all the beer they carry for anyone to grab, which is nice.
Also, they have pretty good hours for the Pittsburgh area and are open until 10pm.

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Hojaminbag from Colorado, Feb 04, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%

This is about the most reasonable place to buy beer in bulk ( I say bulk to mean more than one bottle at a time) in the north of Pittsburgh. Cases from many US Microbreweries, as well as breweries abroad line the shelves, and kegs a plenty are in a huge walk-in cooler in the back. It also has more party-related supplies than other beer stores in the area. The staff has been more than helpful every time I have been in there, and the price can't be beat. Whether you're planning a party and need some good beer in a keg, or looking to sit back with friends and taste good beers for a good price, this place is a must-stop.

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sinistrsam from Maryland, Nov 09, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Having friends and girlfriends from Pittsburgh in the past and present, this is always the place I would stop on my way home, and they've never failed me yet.

The quality is great. It's a huge warehouse, yes, which means you're going to have any light or regular swill you'd see everywhere else, and then some. However, the outer part -- and some in the huge cooler, too -- have along the edges of the walls is where most of the craft, micro, and specialty beers are kept. They have a great selection of German, Belgian, and U.S. craft / micro / specialty. Bell's, Victory, Troeg's, Great Lakes, Young's, Samuel Smith's, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, and Stone are all well represented.

And the huge one is Dogfish Head. They usually have any and all of the speciality and limited depending on the season. Pangea, Midas Touch, Immort Ale, Aprihop, Au Corrant, 120 Minute, 90 Minute, 60 Minute, Olde School, Worldwide Stout.

They're pretty stocked, as you can see, and you can special order also, which I've never had to do.

The service is non existent in a way as it's a walk-in warehouse. One time the guy unpacking the cases helped me out a great deal with choosing a few cases to buy. Then again, sometimes they have ignorant teens working the register, and that's fine because everyone needs a job, but it's a bit frustrating when you ask a question that you don't even need to know a lot about to answer, and you don't even get an answer. So I guess it depends on who's working.

And yes, the selection's great for sure. One of the best I've ever seen. Actually, the best I've ever seen.

Worth a 3-hour drive or so for sure, and you can always call ahead to see what they have, in addition to picking up a free beer list when you're there.

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asabreed from New York, Mar 24, 2005
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Not bad very spacious and warehouse like but spacious it does look a bit ghetto from the store front but when you walk in the place opens up beer everywhere. Not much service other than somebody ringing me out but when I called to see how much 2nd batch Hop Wallop was in stock they were very helpful. All the swill that could be imagined in the center with the outer wall lined with many imports and a slew of micros. Everything I have seen in the Pittsburgh area is here from Stone to Bell's to Victory and then some. Imports Lindeman's, German brews EKU, Weizens, this place stocks a nice variety I appreciate that and if your looking for a macro they have it all try three varieties of Old Style.

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WVbeergeek from West Virginia, Jan 11, 2004
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Don't let the simple name turn you away from this distributor located off McKnight Rd in Ross Twp. As you enter this mecca of beer, you will be greeted by a fine selection of belgium and german imports. If those aren't to your liking or you like supporting beer from the USA, then you won't be disappointed with a diverse selection of microbrews to satisfy your pallet. All and all, this place is a must visit if you aren't sure what you want and you want to see all the choices in front of you. Next time in that area, make a stop.

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grainger5 from Pennsylvania, May 01, 2003
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