Pit Stop, The

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1229 N. Memorial Drive
Lancaster, Ohio, 43130
United States

(740) 687-5501

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Photo of beveritt
2.6/5  rDev 0%

Re-Reviewed on 8/29/08:

Unfortunately,this place has gone down hill a lot in the past year. They took out some shelving and replaced it with coolers. In the process they got rid of all the Belgians on the shelf and put in more macro. They propbably cut the craft beer by half.

A huge word of caution, check the dates on your bottles, if they have them. I saw some Octoberfest beers that were two years old today! It is obvious they are just recycling some of the seasonals. Same thing with wine, I have had a few really bad bottles of wine here; the less popular stuff appears to sit on the shelves for months or years.

If you are picking up a six pack or bomber of sutff that moves pretty quickly and has been stored int he cooler, you should be okay, otherwise, I would head somewhere else.

Too bad.

Original review:
Well, I finally got a chance to check this place out again. Last time I was here, many years ago, it was just a hard liquor/state store. I had heard they expanded to beer and wine and man have they! They have a good selection of Midwest brews, Germans, and Belgiums. When you consider the rest of the beer stores in the Lancaster, they have an amazing selection!

A few weeks back, while back in Lancaster, I checked out the beer selction at the local grocery stores and drive through beer barns. The best beer you could get was basically a foreign macro, like Guiness or Harp. I was amazed that there were absolutely no local craft brews, in fact no craft brews at all. However, the one place I didn't get to was The Pit Stop.

The Pit Stop is amazing for Lancaster, I just can't say enough. I guess I am proud that something like this can make it in my little midwest town. The beer is all the way in the back. They have a center shelving unit of room temp beer, basically German in one side and Belgiums/English on the other. I picked up some Sam Smith's and Aventinus. I saw Chimay, Gulden Draak, Lindemans, Piraat, Augustijn, and quite a few others I cannot remember.

They also have a couple of chest freezer units. Several of them have the typical BMC, but two and a half or so are full of craft beers. Bell's, Stone, Rogue. Columbus Brewing Company, Weyerbacher, Great Lakes Brewing Company, and Gordon Biersch.

I can't really comment in the service, all the girl did was ring me up. My only caution would be to check the dust layer on the bottle. I passed on a few bottles because the dust was pretty thick and the ABV was too low.

Overall, this is hands down the best place to buy beer in the area. To match this you have to drive north towards Columbus or south to Nelsonville. Check it out. Buy some beer and help make it clear to the owner that stocking more is a good thing.

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Photo of cueball52
3.85/5  rDev 0%

This is clearly the place to go to buy beer in Lancaster. As far as I know this is their second location, the original being in Nelsonville, Ohio.
The selection isn't exceptional but for a small town in south-eastern Ohio it isn't bad. They carry a full line of Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Bells, Rogue, New Holland, Arcadia, Founders, Avery, Left hand, as well as a rotation of other brews, all in six-packs.
A limited selection of 22 oz. bombers, mostly Stone, Avery, and Rogue.
They carry a pretty good selection of imports but be careful, they aren't rotated as often as is needed.
The staff is very friendly and the manager is really into beer but is rather new and still learning.
You can find a greater selection in Columbus, but for a local, this is a great place.

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Pit Stop, The in Lancaster, OH
3.22 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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