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Giant Eagle - Settlers Ridge
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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Eatery, Store ]
100 Settlers Ridge Center Dr
phone: (412) 788-5392
(Place added by: WVbeergeek on 11-16-2009)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
Dec 11, 2012
Market District has stepped up its game. Some of these reviews are dated but I can attest to the fact that things are better now.
Banner on the wall says, “Voted best bottleshop in Pittsburgh. Over 700 Varieties of Beer.” I believe it. There is an enormous selection of craft brews. You can get 6ers & 12’s. There’s also a cooler of singles, ranging from 12 to 25 oz bottles. The 6 pack selection is good, maybe not mind blowing. The singles selection, IMO, is stellar. Weyerbacher, Nebraska, Brooklyn, Stone, Troegs, Great Divide, Smuttynose, New Holland, and many more. Not just the flagships, but some obscure offerings too.
You can drink on site if you buy “single serving” food (aka not groceries). However, even a $1.00 bag of chips qualifies. The cafeteria food is, well, cafeteria food. There are some pre-packaged meals that aren’t terrible.
They are in the process of installing 10+ tap handles! Draft beer at the grocery store?? (Wipes tear of joy from eye). The taps are there but sadly the beer is not…soon! Talked to a young employee who knows his beers and he said they will have some pretty rare and diverse stuff. They will give you a proper glass (pint) if you ask which you can take upstairs to the café. It’s a nice area, not exactly “date worthy” but pleasant. For some reason it’s oddly refreshing drinking a beer outside of a bar. I meet my friends there for a couple before heading to a real bar. Nice. But here’s THE most important item you will find upstairs;
A bottle opener. Big, industrial strength, bolted to the wall.
I was never told the “2 beer rule” myself but I don’t doubt it, having lived under PA’s draconian liquor laws my whole life. If true the question then becomes, what’s “a beer”? I have gone up there with a 25 oz Dragon’s Milk Stout (10% ABV). No hassles or second looks. (Ya, I’m getting ‘faced in Giant Eagle, big whoop, wanna fight about it?!) I’ve had waitresses tell me I wasn’t allowed to open my own beer at other bottleshops, because it was state law I must be “served.” Maybe true or maybe they say that to discourage people from opening beers and not paying. All I know is at this moment in time you can open your own big ass beer at Market District. Two, if you are so inclined.
It’s cool to grab a couple (big) singles and explore some more exotic beers without investing in a whole case. I think GEMD has a good thing going here. Hopefully nothing comes along to screw it up (like me passing out in aisle 3).
12-12-2012 00:58:16 |
More by tabooky
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
Market District: the first grocery store in south western Pennsylvania to sell alcohol. Hopefully this place will start a trend and other grocery stores will start to sell beer, and hopefully THAT will lead to driving down prices at area bottle shops. We shall see.
Anyway, this is an absolutely massive grocery store with all kinds of prepared food, aged meats and cheeses and of course, singles and six packs of beer that are available to-go or for on premise consumption.
There are about 4 coolers full of beer. For the most part the 12 ounce bottles come in six packs, but the bombers and 750s are sold as singles. The beers/breweries represented include Troegs, Victory, Sam Smith, Dupont, Chimay, Orval, Brooklyn, Voodoo, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Rodenbach, Unibroue, Magic Hat, Ithaca, Sam Adams, Franziskaner, Stone, Bell's, Founders, DogFish Head, Ommegang, Hoppin' Frog, Smuttynose, Great Lakes, lindemans, Moinette and numerous others, but that is what I can remember. For the most part, only a few beers represent each brewery; there are very few full line-ups from breweries.
Something tells me that Market District won't be getting limited releases, but they do have seasonal offerings (I head they will be getting at least 22s of Nugget Nectar). Also, with the amount of foot traffic that comes through this place, I'm pretty sure that freshness is no problem with the beer.
Service is completely non-existant here. There are a few people at a register near-by, but they are far too busy to help, and I would guess that they don't know their beer anyway. I was actually tempted to help people who were looking for beer, but I resisted the urge.
The best part about Market District is that it is much cheaper than other bottle shops in the Pittsburgh area. Prices here are comparable to prices in other, normal states. Overall, market district is not the type of place you would go out of your way to visit, or seek out, but it is a solid place to buy beer at reasonable prices.
01-10-2010 02:50:58 |
More by Hojaminbag
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
I am re-reviewing this as it has been a little while since I last stopped and they have really gotten their stuff together. The beer area is probably 2-3 times the foot print as it was the last time I was there. The original L-shaped cooler is still the cornerstone of the area, but they have really branched out into the store and hane numtiple free standing displats and shelving units. The selection has also grown greatly and the prices are good too. Two examples: bomber of Long Trail Coffee Stout $4.99, DFH WWS 7.99.
They really put forth an effort and it shows.
I was looking forward to trying this place out since it is the first "supermarket" in the area that sells beer. The beer section is about 25 feet long and they do have a few off the wall micros. Nothing exceptional, but a few that I have never seen before. The main problem is the price. Most 6 packs are around $12+. I can go to Fat Heads and get cheaper.
With Bocktown only two minutes away I can not justify the markup. Bocktown is more expensive, but has a much wider selection of micros. However, it is a great sign that we are finally going to be able to buy beer at local grocery stores.
02-09-2010 17:10:07 |
More by biglite351
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
First off I have to say that for a grocery store, they carry a very decent selection of imported and micro brew. Unfortunately, every green bottle is within light striking distance, therefore my bottle of Saison Dupont, Avril and Moinette were all skunked beyond repair. Do not buy any green bottles there, or if you do be aware of the risk.
As far as service, about all they did was ring the bottles, bag them, and collect my money. Efficient is the only word that comes to mind, but hey, they did their job.
The prices there are reasonable for the area (in PA the prices are outrageous) but still high overall. Still a very good option to purchase different beers in the Pittsburgh area.
11-12-2010 17:28:50 |
More by Stinkypuss
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Market District has an "interesting" selection, I'll say that. I liked it. It wasn't a huge selection, especially considering this grocery store is so big that it has a day care. But beer being available in grocery stores is something fairly new and rare in Pennsylvania, and I was satisfied.
I was most impressed that though the selection wasn't particularly large, it still had different beers that you may not find too many other places. This of course is opposed to establishments that "specialize" in crafts and micros yet have the same cliche crafts and micros that you can get and any other of those places.
Prices weren't all that good, but reasonable in relation to the inflated beer prices in PA.
11-28-2010 22:27:18 |
More by mjw06
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in today while grocery shopping. They finally had the taps set up, so I looked around for a bit. No prices listed anywhere that I could see.
I asked for a price list, and the cashier provided me with their sheet, which was sadly incomplete. Several of the beers on tap weren't listed, and the cashier wasn't sure how they would get rung up at all.
Decent selection overall. Abput 12 taps, though I didn't count. Racer 5, Southern Tier Old Man Winter, two from local brewery Draai Laag, and others I can't remember.
Bad news: the pricing. The cheapest on the sheet was the ST Old Man at $16 for a growler fill. Considering you can get a 6pack for less than that, I was not impressed.
Racer 5 was about $25 for a growler fill. I like R5 and all, but that's just extreme -- works out to $4.50/12oz? No thanks.
12-31-2012 18:25:13 |
More by jeaton
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Way too many macro brews here...I mean WAY too many. DO we really need a whole section for A-B and Coors products??? The whole point of this place is high end food products...way too much crap here. Every macro brew has at least 10% of the space...add it up and the craft brews are few and far between.
Nothing real hard to find either...mostly the "main" beers you see at any bar, 6-pack store. They need some variety.
Some of the prices were great (under $4 for a 22 of Sierra Nevage Wet Hop Harvet), but some were outrageous.
Overall, worth checking out...but they do have to tag EVERY beer you buy with a footlong reciept which is annoying.
03-12-2010 03:36:05 |
More by woodske1
quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$
The selection is around 100-150 beers. 100 or so crafts, the rest is standard amaerican and german imports like becks and heneiken. Nothing real rare but a little bit of everything from around the world. The positive is there seasonal selection. They get in alot of seasonals, and early too. Also, 80% of all the beers are in a open cooler, only seasonals and some overstocks and gift packs are out on display.Now for the bad: 90% of selection is overpriced. 16$ for rouge santas reserve. Found it elsewhere for 10$. 10$ for year round great lakes beers. Ive never paid above 8$ for a 6-pack. Kind of expect that being what it is and where it is but its a little much. Service: Terrible, the cashiers all have attitude and for sure dont want to be there. One time cashier wouldnt sell me all the beers i had cause of the alcohol limit in pa. Its 192 oz, i had around 170, she didnt understand the rules and said i had too many bottles. I tried to explain it to her, she got attitude real fast, so i just bought half the selections, then came back in and bought the rest. Ive never went in there and had a smiling or friendly cashier, that was even remotely interested in customer service. I stop in once a month to see what seasonals came in, buy what i want and hit the road. IM sure one day ill get fed up with the rudeness there and boycott it once and for all since im paying top dollar for what i buy, i can go elsewhere.
Actually stopped in today, they had a 4-pack of founders mispriced. Luckly, the lady working there was very friendly and had no problems fixing the error. Im guessing shes new, i hope her attitude doesnt change like the others there.
12-08-2010 00:23:32 |
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