It’s not as big a place as I thought it was going to be, but at last they have their own parking lot. Vibe was dive bar meets used book store. I liked that most of what they offer, and they probably have 650-700 bottles, they had a solid pick 6 for a tenner section that has a lot of local craft stuff. Most of the bees they offer are a bit more expensive then you’d find in other states. They also had a few bottles from brewers like Crooked stave and Epic and prairie artisan and you will pay dearly for them. They also have a bar with 30-35 crafts on draft. It’s a pretty good store by PA standards and probably worth the trip if you’re looking for la rarity or two. .
Bar/bottle shop. Excellent draft selection, and I was able to hang a bit with the owner at the bar, and he was quite nice. Other than that, the customer service sucked. I was browsing bottles half an hour and no one said a word to me and the cashier was a little surly when I checked out. Good beer selection with some rarities. The prices are high, but they also have a large selection of singles you can get for 9.95 a six pack. Small parking lot. Overall, glad I made the drive to come out here.
Visited on a Sunday in the early afternoon after RBSG. Dedicated parking lot. Not many people were here when I visited. I checked out the tap list and was surprised to find they had a few nice sours on tap. I had a Bullfrog Kriek while here that was very nice. The bottle selection is large and they had a lot of nice things available. My only complaint is the pricing. Individual bottle prices seem to be higher than I would expect by about double. I think a lot of that has to do with the beer laws of PA, so I’m not going to count that against them too much. I built a six pack and bought a large format bottle from Perennial. I would come back just for the tap list. They also had a kitchen and the food looked like it was pretty good, so if I could swing it, I would plan to have lunch here.
Dedicated parking, which should not be a problem. Going through the middle door where the register there is a corner of bottles on the left. The rest is to the right through a narrow hallway which has coolers on both sides which opens up to a good size room with beer on shelves in the back, the bar is in the front of that room. The place is sort of a dive. I had a guy that tried to help me almost the whole time. They get some rare stuff on draft and bottle from time to time. If they have a 1000 different labels I would think they are not much above that. I was particularly looking for local wheat beers, which they had only one. Bottles are expensive, but welcome to Pennsylvania. I bought four bottles, one local and three fairly rare beers. Website is not real specific on what bottles they carry. Website does seem to be real time of drafts. It is a good ways north from Pittsburgh, so I would have to go for specific bottles.
This is the best beer store in the Pittsburgh area. It offers plenty of single bottles, bombers, but no cases. Also they have 40 taps (sometimes less) which you can order a pint or growler to go. They have the best beer selection in Pittsburgh - including stuff that doesn’t even distribute here (Westvleteren, Russian River, Lost Abbey, tons of international stuff, Struise). I don’t know how they get it, but it’s here, and there’s a special shelf near the register with one offs (I remember Central Waters Peruvian Morning). The only problem is freshness - some of these gems have been sitting around for awhile, so be careful. It is also pricey, because you’re paying for single bottles (and the out-of-market stuff is just more expensive). Anyway, it’s a great place but it’ll hurt you’ll wallet because you’ll want to buy everything.
Nate (330) Indiana, Pennsylvania | November 14, 2009
A big thanks to Naka for letting me know about this place. Finally got to it in early summer on a Saturday. I had ambitions of stopping here and then heading further in to Pittsburgh, but once I got here and spent a good 45 minutes pouring over the selections, followed by a few pints of excellent draught IPAs ... well, it was time to head home again.
Great staff! Friendly, helpful, and know their beer. The guy running it that day opened up a bottle of Karmeliet Tripel for everyone to sample for free at the bar, because they were getting a sixtel of it the next week. Just a great place to stop and stock up. Nice Belgian selection and tons of micros and imports. Wonderful draught selection, too.
cheap (245) Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania | January 23, 2011| Updated March 31, 2012
This place is the bom! No, I’m not kidden. I thought Vintage Estates was cool but this place meets it and is a tad cooler on the prices, no lie! Even in good old tyrant LCB controlled PA! I don’t know how he does it but there were so many beers. Six pack mixed for $10 and bunches of cool beers for a $1! Also, I was pleased to see many good bombers for $4 each. Oh yea, the tap selection is phenominal also! I’m going 100% on this place. My only prob is that it’s an hour drive to get there. However, I’m splitting my vintage estage time with this one because they are both an hour away. The help was very knowedgable and what he didn’t know he didn’t try to BS the BSer! I liked that. They even had some custon beers that were not on the market on tap from a combined belgdian effort! One of kind wew!
Outside, this doesn’t look like a major beer place, but inside all becomes evident. Shelf after shelf of singles (I doubt there is anywhere close to 1000) to choose from. Service is friendly and always available. My only concern is the price - I purchase 5 six-packs of traditional singles, and the tally was $100 (understand the regular six-pack price of each selection would average about $10, which means a 60% mark-up from normal profitable prices). Obviously, I really liked the place, but would like more reasonable pricing.
Ambiance is a basic bottle shop, nice layout allowing it to be easy to find beers you are looking for. Service is good, with staff always asking if you need help finding anything. Selection is very good, having some things that most places in Pgh wouldnt but may also not be able to find things that you would expect them to have. Value is unbeatable of anywhere in Pgh, prices are very low and it is also located out of allegheny county so you can avoid the drink tax. Overall a very good selection at awesome prices.
Art (131) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | February 7, 2013
I cant go into this place and leave empty handed. The selection is top notch and you can usually count on them to get the rare stuff in. I make it a habit of stopping by once a week after work.