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Helicon Brewing - just outside Pittsburgh, PA


By cjmjmm2006

2 years ago



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#751 1 year ago
Quoted from ktownhero:

I guess what I was asking is whether the Helicon games will be available to play all weekend in light of ReplayFX?

Yes. Helicon Brewing is open everyday. If you need a break from replay, feel free to visit us for a beer and some games.

#753 1 year ago
Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

Yes. Helicon Brewing is open everyday. If you need a break from replay, feel free to visit us for a beer and some games.

Lol I might just skip replay and come to you . That's one hell of a collection.

#754 1 year ago
Quoted from ktownhero:

Lol I might just skip replay and come to you . That's one hell of a collection.

I think there a lot of places in and around Pittsburgh that are worthy of a visit for a day. I will say this is absolutely the most maintained collection of games for public play. I believe the last 17 Stern's are present and most of the are in the form of the Limited Edition series. There are also 3 Wonka LE's and a Cosmic Carnival so I am sure you will be happy with the variety and over quality of what is offered at Helicon.

Hope to see you there. PM me if you think you will be stopping by. I'd love to meet you.

#755 1 year ago
Quoted from chrisb:

This game arrived today. It is in absolutely pristine condition. It might be as wide as two regular pins.[quoted image]

Chris when you're ready to sell this game let me know!

#756 1 year ago
Quoted from meSz:

Chris when you're ready to sell this game let me know!

I guess I need to start selling games. Everyone keeps telling me I have too many. LoL

#757 1 year ago
Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

I guess I need to start selling games. Everyone keeps telling me I have too many. LoL

That would be nice, it would save me a heck of a lot of driving. I have to drive to Missouri to pick up a Flight 2000.

#758 1 year ago
Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

I guess I need to start selling games. Everyone keeps telling me I have too many. LoL

No such thing as too many games.....just people want games you have and will use any excuse to get you to sell

#759 1 year ago

Ok everything is for sale at Helicon. Make me an offer. Haha

#760 1 year ago

Depending on how hectic work is, I'm going to try and make it up tonight with my GoPro so I can record a walk-through of the pin lineup. Unless that's frowned upon.

#761 1 year ago
Quoted from Geocab:

Depending on how hectic work is, I'm going to try and make it up tonight with my GoPro so I can record a walk-through of the pin lineup. Unless that's frowned upon.

I do not think there will be any problem. Thanks for visiting!

#762 1 year ago

I apologize if this has been asked, but what exactly is the arrangement with this place? I get confused about who works there, who operates the machines? As awesome as it is, I just kept thinking OK why is a brewery spending 100k+ on all of these machines? But it sounds like maybe it's a parking spot for some games that will later be routed or sold?

#763 1 year ago
Quoted from ktownhero:

I apologize if this has been asked, but what exactly is the arrangement with this place? I get confused about who works there, who operates the machines? As awesome as it is, I just kept thinking OK why is a brewery spending 100k+ on all of these machines? But it sounds like maybe it's a parking spot for some games that will later be routed or sold?

ChrisB is the owner of the brewery and Chris M (cjmjmm2006) is the pin operator. Chris M routes a lot of machines and changes the lineup periodically, but always has an eclectic mix and brings in brand new titles. Right now the lineup is double its usual size because of replayfx and the Wednesday night tournament. Both Chris's are totally into pinball and great guys to deal with, so even though the lineup keeps changing their devotion to pinball is steadfast.

#764 1 year ago

Helicon is one of the only places you will find this many LE's on route and Chris manages to get his hands on games before anyone else. The atmosphere is great with the beer and food trucks. Only thing it's missing is a TBL and Alien.

#765 1 year ago
Quoted from ktownhero:

I apologize if this has been asked, but what exactly is the arrangement with this place? I get confused about who works there, who operates the machines? As awesome as it is, I just kept thinking OK why is a brewery spending 100k+ on all of these machines? But it sounds like maybe it's a parking spot for some games that will later be routed or sold?

Well I can start to answer but Joe knows me well. Haha. Truth is chrisb and I are great friends and I route games in 4 states. Pinball is a small portion of what I do on a daily basis but Helicon is certainly a passion of mine. We don't really sell games. I guess I shouldn't joke about that. We try to often rotate games to keep interest in the games and Brewery very high. It's really usually around 40ish games but we wanted to do something special for the folks visiting for replay. I really have no reason to have all those wonkas there. Trust me my other customers are on my back about their machines and I will get them there sometime next week.

We have pinball machines all over 4 states and I couldn't do it without all the support of the great community. Everyone chiming in, thanks for the kind words. We appreciate everyone stopping in and checking out our version of pinball brewery.

#766 1 year ago
Quoted from JOESCHALL:

ChrisB is the owner of the brewery and Chris M (cjmjmm2006) is the pin operator. Chris M routes a lot of machines and changes the lineup periodically, but always has an eclectic mix and brings in brand new titles. Right now the lineup is double its usual size because of replayfx and the Wednesday night tournament. Both Chris's are totally into pinball and great guys to deal with, so even though the lineup keeps changing their devotion to pinball is steadfast.

Joe you know me well. See you tomorrow. Good luck.

#767 1 year ago
Quoted from BoJo:

Helicon is one of the only places you will find this many LE's on route and Chris manages to get his hands on games before anyone else. The atmosphere is great with the beer and food trucks. Only thing it's missing is a TBL and Alien.

Haha. I can't get alien reliable for this week. TBL is very close

#768 1 year ago

Great time as always for these events! Everyone there is always so supportive and friendly, and the game selection this week was immense!!! So great to get to check out Wonka LE's timessssss thrrrrreeeee!!!

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#769 1 year ago
Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

Joe you know me well. See you tomorrow. Good luck.

Thanks. I've never heard you talk seriously about selling--just buying.

#770 1 year ago
Quoted from wesman:

Great time as always for these events! Everyone there is always so supportive and friendly, and the game selection this week was immense!!! So great to get to check out Wonka LE's timessssss thrrrrreeeee!!! [quoted image]

Thanks for stopping Wes. Hope I'll get to see you Wednesday. I'll have a squad of mini me's with me. My daughter will kick your butt!!

#771 1 year ago
Quoted from JOESCHALL:

Thanks. I've never heard you talk seriously about selling--just buying.

Haha. You know it's something I will have to address one day. I've amassed a considerable amount of coin op related stuff and I don't want my kids to be stuck dealing with it. Although both my girls cried their eyes out when I took a Hammerhead (whack-a-mole type game) to be refurbished. I mean to the point where they proactively cleaning their rooms and asking if I need help with the grass... Haha

#772 1 year ago

Our crew from Auburn Alabama, are leaving very early in the morning so we can visit and play pinball as this thread has gotten us hyped up! Looking forward to it for sure.

#773 1 year ago
Quoted from gentrsa:

Our crew from Auburn Alabama, are leaving very early in the morning so we can visit and play pinball as this thread has gotten us hyped up! Looking forward to it for sure.

Wow. Quite the trek. Safe travels. I hope you enjoy your time in Pittsburgh!!

#774 1 year ago

I may crash this party too ! Have a cold glass ready Chris !
Joe

#775 1 year ago
Quoted from PinballSTAR:

I may crash this party too ! Have a cold glass ready Chris !
Joe

The more Joe's the better!

#776 1 year ago
Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

Well I can start to answer but Joe knows me well. Haha. Truth is chrisb and I are great friends and I route games in 4 states. Pinball is a small portion of what I do on a daily basis but Helicon is certainly a passion of mine. We don't really sell games. I guess I shouldn't joke about that. We try to often rotate games to keep interest in the games and Brewery very high. It's really usually around 40ish games but we wanted to do something special for the folks visiting for replay. I really have no reason to have all those wonkas there. Trust me my other customers are on my back about their machines and I will get them there sometime next week.
We have pinball machines all over 4 states and I couldn't do it without all the support of the great community. Everyone chiming in, thanks for the kind words. We appreciate everyone stopping in and checking out our version of pinball brewery.

I know I'm not the only one who appreciates all the hard work and dedication you and Chris B do to make sure that anyone who comes there has a great time no matter why they are there. Can't wait to see everyone tomorrow!

#777 1 year ago

Can't wait to see the Joe's!! Always nice to hear from Joe N also!!

#778 1 year ago

I'll be skipping replay on Sunday to spend a while there. Lineup looks amazing. I only wish JP would have made it out in the wild by then but that will give me an excuse to make a road trip in a month or so.

#779 1 year ago

Finally heading there. I should be a screw up at work so I could've left earlier.

#780 1 year ago
Quoted from greenhorn1:

I'll be skipping replay on Sunday to spend a while there. Lineup looks amazing. I only wish JP would have made it out in the wild by then but that will give me an excuse to make a road trip in a month or so.

We appreciate the kind words. Thanks for the support.

#781 1 year ago
Quoted from Geocab:

Finally heading there. I should be a screw up at work so I could've left earlier.

I'll try and make it out Geo. Thanks for making this part of your trip!

#782 1 year ago

Well, I knew this would be a good pinball week, but it turns out to be a better one than I thought. Chris M just texted me the good news. Even if I'm lousy in the Wednesday night Helicon tournament, I managed to win the pinball.edu raffle drawing tonight, so now I have to choose a new Stern pin. A good problem to have. It will likely be JP2, but I haven't seen any videos of it yet, so opinions on JP2 will be welcome on Wednesday night.

#783 1 year ago

On our way. See ya at noon.

Also if that embryonic really is for sale... cough cough

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#784 1 year ago
Quoted from JOESCHALL:

Well, I knew this would be a good pinball week, but it turns out to be a better one than I thought. Chris M just texted me the good news. Even if I'm lousy in the Wednesday night Helicon tournament, I managed to win the pinball.edu raffle drawing tonight, so now I have to choose a new Stern pin. A good problem to have. It will likely be JP2, but I haven't seen any videos of it yet, so opinions on JP2 will be welcome on Wednesday night.

Truly couldn't happen to a better human being! Joe rocks!!

#785 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

On our way. See ya at noon.
Also if that embryonic really is for sale... cough cough[quoted image]

Just take it, drive safe

#786 1 year ago

Haha. Look at this a year ago. Sitting at a red light someone text me to remind me how crazy I am for this collection of games.

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#787 1 year ago
Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

Just take it, drive safe

Done!

Excited to see you and hang tomorrow

#788 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

Done!
Excited to see you and hang tomorrow

Safe travels.

#789 1 year ago

Today is the day!!! The first of 3 Tournaments at the Brewery! Stop by and have a try. I'm told some of the best in the world will be in attendance.

Also don't miss out on your chance to meet the unmistakable Joe Newhart in a casual setting. Easily with the price of admission. (admission is free)

#790 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:Also if that embryonic really is for sale... cough cough
Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

Just take it, drive safe

Ahhhh you need to stand in line!

#791 1 year ago

I’m in town for work this week, so I’ll be swinging by this afternoon. This place looks/sounds awesome.

#792 1 year ago

Place is amazing!

Thx Chris and Chris!!!! Top notch beer and pins!

#793 1 year ago
Quoted from meSz:

Ahhhh you need to stand in line!

Haha you guys are series about these games.

#794 1 year ago
Quoted from Pinless:

I’m in town for work this week, so I’ll be swinging by this afternoon. This place looks/sounds awesome.

Let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!!

#795 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

Place is amazing!
Thx Chris and Chris!!!! Top notch beer and pins!

Thanks Hilton. I appreciate the kind words and your kind gesture. Cheers!!

#796 1 year ago
Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

Haha you guys are series about these games.

He can take it. You k ow what I want

I just need a price... have space to take it in the car also. Gigityy

#797 1 year ago

Was on the way to hang with the best Pinball players in the world and this fucking happens. Now I'm waiting on a tow. Long story short, had flat Monday on the way to town, AAA put on spare, AAA obviously didn't tighten enough, I got screwed out of a fun night of pinball and friends. Ridiculous.

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#798 1 year ago
Quoted from Geocab:

Was on the way to hang with the best Pinball players in the world and this fucking happens. Now I'm waiting on a tow. Long story short, had flat Monday on the way to town, AAA put on spare, AAA obviously didn't tighten enough, I got screwed out of a fun night of pinball and friends. Ridiculous.[quoted image]

Fuck that really sucks man...

#799 1 year ago

Wooooooow!! What a lineup and all played great. I’ve been able to play at many locations across the country, and this has to be one of the best locations I’ve ever visited.

Got to meet some super nice folks playing in my first tournament tonight.

Good luck at Pinburgh, everyone!

#800 1 year ago
Quoted from Geocab:

Was on the way to hang with the best Pinball players in the world and this fucking happens. Now I'm waiting on a tow. Long story short, had flat Monday on the way to town, AAA put on spare, AAA obviously didn't tighten enough, I got screwed out of a fun night of pinball and friends. Ridiculous.[quoted image]

Geo you should have called me. I would've got you where you needed to be.

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