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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Eatery, Store ]
585 W Pike Street
phone: (724) 746-5522
Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
You sort of have to wonder about a place with a name like this. In any event, at the recommendation of another BA, I thought I'd check this place out, to see if it might make a good substitute for the places I typically drive to on Carson St. in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, one visit was enough to convince that this isn't going to be that place.
Guntown beer is located right off of West Pike Street, and is located in a squat brick buildinng, that I swear really does look for all the world like a gun shop store. Upon walking in however, you're confronted by a good size bottle shop area, with three very large cold boxes holding an impressive selection of craft beer and imports. The more unusual items I saw included the X-mas ale from Hoppin Frog and a black IPA from Ithica brewing. Otherwise they had a solid selection of beers from Stone, Bell's, Lagunitas, etc. In addition to the bottle shop area, there's also a smallish, somewhat starkly decorated bar area in the back as well. There are also a couple of tables and chairs back there, with the U shaped bar otherwise holding roughly 20 seats. There were also 3 or 4 televsions turned to sporting events on this day.
Unfortunately, as good as the bottle selection is here, the tap selection is nothing short of pathetic. I think there were roughly 10 beers on tap, with the more exciting options including blue moon and Yuengling lager (they also had coors light and bud light on tap). So I ended up getting a bottle of Chimay grand reserve ($18 for the bottle, with a $2 corkage charge). Service is pretty basic, to say the least. In the case of my Chimay, they handed me the unopened bottle with a glass. The gentleman next to me was enjoying bottles of miller; each time he needed another they'd pop the top and hand it to him. I guess that's all fine, but this IS a bar that provides bar service... would it be so difficult to open the bottle of chimay for me, and possibly pour a customer's drink into his or her glass? Otherwise, the staff working here were pleasant and friendly.
As for food, I wasn't exactly encouraged to try any. No one gave me a menu back at the bar, and no one in the bar area was eating anything. I asked the gentleman next to me what the food was like here, and he initially indicated he'd never eaten anything here. Upon reflection however, he remembered getting some sandwiches to go, and allowed as how they weren't too bad.
Shrug. This is an OK place, especially for take out (good selection at decent prices I thought). However, it would be nice if they had at least something other than macro swill on tap for a craft beer customer like myself. After my bottle of Chimay I paid my tab and headed back out to Smokin Joe's...
12-17-2012 18:07:57 |
More by johnmichaelsen
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I pretty much second everything said before me. Exceptional prices for craft beers on tap ($2.50 a pint). I enjoy sitting at the bar (a good atmosphere and a friendly bartender when I'm there).
Most of the employees are young and don't strike me as very knowledgable or opinionated about the product that keeps them employed, but they're friendly enough, and they get me out the door quickly after I've spent 10-15 minutes trying to make a decision on what to buy. After all, I'm not looking for suggestions because I do my own research.
Doesn't discriminate. Carries run of the mill domestic 6-packs, 12-packs, 40s & tall boys.
Very reasonable prices for take out bottles (as cheap as $0.72, but about $1.75 for a really good brew). Everything from Avery to Weyerbacher.
A good selection of bombers. I would like to see a few more in the $4-5 range, though. They tend to carry a great amount of stuff out of my price range ($9-12 for 750 ml).
A solid imports section including various English ales, European lagers and Asian rice beers.
Important to note GunTown carries brews from just about every Pennsylvania brewery with distribution (supports the state!).
Cheap to fill up a growler if you go for domestics. $8-9 for a micro I believe (not too bad either).
My one gripe with GunTown Beer is the policy regarding pulling a bottle from a cooler to drink at the bar. They charge $2 on top of the take-out price! I can see a buck, but two?
Overall, really happy to have this place in the area. Up until a few months ago, I lived about 2-3 minutes from this place (more than 10 minutes away now).
07-27-2011 17:29:54 |
More by DerekP
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
Guntown formerly Gabbys Beer has draft beers that range from $1 to $2.50 for a Magic Hat #9. About 8 taps with some macros. Basically a dive bar but with lot's of craft takeout with a large mix and match selection for six packs in a long aisle of coolers and a few good drafts. They fill growlers at the lowest price in the Tristate Area. $2.99 for Yuengling and a few others. This place is a must try if you are passing by. I am not sure if they serve food but I am sure I will be back and will try the next visit.
06-10-2011 00:59:02 |
More by ejimhof
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Gabby's is known locally to have the best selection of craft/micro brews. You'd be hard pressed to find another place in Washington County that has this type of selection. You can even make your own six-pack of micro brews. However, you should avoid this place when it comes to macros. The price of a macro six-pack here would be more expensive then a 12 pack somewhere else. Nonetheless, don't be put off by its hole in the wall appearance, this is a great place to buy beer, and many love the pizza to go along too.
01-08-2009 08:32:27 |
More by mjw06
Guntown Beer in Canonsburg, PA