Finding a good six-pack of beer in Pittsburgh is not an easy chore. So a new business in is trying to tap into the market with a vast selection of tasty and hard-to-find beers.
The new 99 Bottles shop, located at the former on Route 50 near Carnegie, offers patrons a place to pick up a few brews without having to buy a full case or navigate through a smoky bar. More than 480 selections in hulking refrigerated cases greet shoppers when they walk through the door.
“We just wanted to bring variety,” owner Dustin Jones said. “It’s a fairly new concept to the area and we just want to give people give a good selection and good variety that they don’t usually try. It’s all about convenience.”
He pointed to a Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA that usually costs $130 for a 24-pack at the beer distributor. Instead, patrons at his store can buy a 6-pack for about $35 to see if they even like the taste.
The store also offers 28 beers on tap and sells glass “growlers” for $4.99 that can be filled with those draft selections for a small discount.
“Some of them are extremely expensive,” Jones said. “We want to let them try everything for a reasonable price up front.”
Jones and his wife, Melissa, opened their shop on Jan. 27 and was “extremely busy” over the weekend. They plan to bring in Roadside Ribs BBQ from South Fayette to offer pulled pork, chicken and ribs for customers who might want to dine-in and eat something other than the hot dogs or snack foods they’re currently serving. When warmer temperatures arrive, the Mt. Lebanon couple hopes to open a small covered patio for people to sip their brews outdoors.
“We’re just trying to see what happens,” Jones said.
The store opens daily at noon. It closes at midnight Monday through Thursday, at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the shop and its beer selection, go to www.99bottlespittsburgh.com.