Small Business Snapshot: Sabatini's Bottleshop and Beer Bar
Since the premiere of Sabatini’s Bottleshop and Beer Bar in June of 2015, the shop has since become a “destination for beer people,” says owner Lindo Sabatini. “We were recently chosen as the number one bottleshop in Pennsylvania by Men’s Journal and the number nine bottleshop in the country by Men’s Journal.”
The famous shop has seen travelers from as far as Buffalo, New York attend some of the shop’s monthly beer events, which feature a tap takeover from a variety of rare, quality breweries.
Sabatini’s Bottleshop and Beer Bar is an extension of the original and neighboring Sabatini’s Pizza. The pizza shop was started in 1958 by Lindo Sabatini’s grandparents, John and Katherine Sabatini, and has remained in the family during its lifetime. After managing the pizza shop since 1995, Lindo Sabatini eventually purchased the business from his parents in 2005.
From 2005 to 2014, Sabatini began building up the beer offerings at Sabatini’s Pizza, searching out the most unique, high quality beers to feature at the shop. “We were running out of space to show people our collection. We had books to show people what we had, but we always knew that if we had a place to display the beer and to show people what beers we had to offer, it would be more successful,” says Lindo.
After years of research and planning, construction began in 2014 on what is now Sabatini’s Bottleshop and Beer Bar. The new building features a bar and tasting room, an outdoor patio, a private event room, and a shop area, which is lined with shelves and coolers filled with specialty brews. They have an impressive collection of imported beers, including hundreds of Belgian and German beers, as well as American craft, local craft, seasonal offerings, gluten free beers, and cider selections. The shop gets about 200-300 news beers each week, ensuring that customers will always be able to taste and experience something new. Additionally, they offer 23 beers on tap in their bar and tasting room, the majority of which are rotated seasonally.
While the bottleshop does not have an on-site kitchen, hungry beer enthusiasts can still enjoy pizza from the neighboring Sabatini’s Pizza, and visit the pizza shop for full menu options. “We haven’t really changed anything that Sabatini’s has done since 1958,” says Sabatini. “We keep trying to do everything the way my grandfather and my father did business. We keep doing it the same way, and, now, rather than just having the pizza as a focus, we offer pizza and beer.”