United States > Pennsylvania > Roslyn
ephila (1) | November 18, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
I regularly drive by two other beer distributors to get here. Their craft brew and Belgium selections are second to none in the area.
egrivner (1) Oreland, Pennsylvania | July 20, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
great place with a great selection. prices are a bit high, but worth it. check out joeís mixed cases and his friday tastings.
DeputyAndy (15) Ambler, Pennsylvania | December 23, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Warehouse style case shop. Nice rows so itís easy to get around. Lotís of good stuff. Tons of Founders, Weyerbacher, Duck Rabbit, and Bellís to be had. Every major PA brewery is represented. They even have some Russian River, Lost Abbey, Alesmith, and Cigar City stuff. The nice thing about the place is they have prices near every case you might find, making it easy to pick out if youíre on a budget. The website/price charts indicate that they get some of the more rare one offs (KBS, Nemesis, and other limited releases) but those are only in stock once they come in. Really nice case store.
mansquito (75) Nueva York, New York | August 6, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Obviously the main problem with this place is that it is a beer distro. In any case, I have been going here for years. From the time I would get cases of PBR and beer bubbles to today when I pick up variety packs of craft brews, this place has been my go to in the area. One thing that goes on here is that they actually sell a few singles through some weird loophole. At the front they have singles of Lindemans, Port Brewing, and BrewWorks. Not a huge selection, but it sure is nice to see. Anyway, they have a great collection of cases. They have 5 or 6 different Russian River cases, a few from Port Brewing, and Cigar City. They have pretty much everything from PA area microbrewers, such as Victory, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Yards, Sly Fox and Lancaster Brewing Company. Basically great selection if you donít mind buying things in case form. Their sampler packs are problematic because they usually consist of beers that have sat for too long. If you look like you are looking for something, someone will come out and try to lend a hand.
Jsawyer (21) Glenside, Pennsylvania | October 19, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
One of the better distributors in our little town. Although the whole warehouse layout probably isnít too salubrious to the beer. But they have a nice selection of PA and NJ craft beer. They make their own variety pack which is nice because its usually stocked with seasonals. They have an alright selection of imports and west coast beers. Service is always helpful and friendly. And of course if you feel the need there are pretzels and lottery tickets.
JFGrind (79) Glenside, Pennsylvania | November 9, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I havenít been to Big Top Beverage in years and stopped on a friendís reccomendation. Iím happy I made it back, this is one of the best stocked beer distributors in the Northern Suburbs of Philadelphia. Just down the road from Willow Grove Mall. Big Top has a large selection of micros, macros, imports and returnables. Add in friendly service, lottery, soft pretzels, mixed cases and beer specials and I see no need to drive to Shangyís for speciality beer. Donít worry Beer Yard you still have the most diverse mico/speciality cases in the area. But Big Top caters to both the macro and micro customers. Plenty of variety cases too, and the prices were reasonable. If youíre a beer hunter in the Philadelphia area Big Top is a must stop.
brickpit (6) | May 29, 2007
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
A warehouse. Not sure there is proper ventilation for the summer time, or if they have slow turnover of micro\craft\import beers, but in either case the beer seems to suffer. I have bought 3-4 cases there of craft beer that were skunked. Itís dissappointing because they do have a fairly good (not great but over average) selection.
I usually go 1-2 blocks down to another distributor that is close by and have never had a problem with skunked brew there.
Immy (110) Virginia Beach, | May 22, 2006
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
As this is in Pennsylvania, it is a "beer distributor". For those not acquainted with the concept, in PA the law says for cases and kegs, you have to go to a distributor, 12s and bombers are sold at bars and delis. Big Top has been around since I was a kid, and has recently expanded their selection of craft beer. Cases of PA/NJ beers take center stage, but plenty of imports, including some belgians, are available. Again, cases and kegs only, but a good selection overall.
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