I stopped in here earlier today after the Monkís - Cantillon event.
Upon entering I realized that this is not a small place. Lots of aisles filled with all kinds of beers from all over the world. Most of the beers were clearly labeled with the info and prices but some didnít have either. As far as the service goes, I didnít see a single employee the entire time I was inside the store. It wasnít until I was leaving that someone finally came out of their office to help a fellow customer who had been waiting at the register for quite some time before they even noticed him.
The quality was very good. Most of the cases I was interested in where pretty fresh and reasonably priced. They also had some pretty cool glasses up at the register. While the quality was good, the selection was great. From cases of Russian River, Founders, and Bells to cases of belgians like Rochefort 10 and Saison Dupont, you would be hard pressed to find a better selection of cases.
Overall they have one of the best selections of case beer I have seen but the service can be a bit hit or miss it seems. I will return in the future.
Has a nice selection of cases and kegs. It is set up like a small supermarket. No one on the floor to help but aisles are marked by manufacturers location. Easy to find things if you know what you want. I asked the cashier about Hopslam around the time it is released and she had never heard of it. Worth a trip if in the area.
After visiting here I realize that they are serious about distributing and sales from the store are gravy ... Not a soul said hi to me but he its a friggin distributor .... aisles are clearly marked local micro, west coast micro and macro; they had a great variety of all their exclusive brands (Dark Horse, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Boulder, Voodoo, etc) and all local Philly breweries as well as a very nice selection of Origlio brews (Stone, Russian River, Port/Lost Abbey, Unibroue, etc.) ... prices are decent and clearly marked .... if your buying in bulk its the way to go over a bottle shop. They also have weekly tastings and carry some rarities
Much better value than bottle shops because they only sell in cases. selection is quite good. Also a nice feature is swapping out a bottle to try something new up at the front. Weekly tastings are cool, too. Be sure to check the dates, though! I have seen beers on sale that were 5 months past the recommended drink before date.
We walked by this place which is just across the street from Hawthorne, so we popped in, but really, this is not designed for ratebeerians. Itís one of those PA beer distributors that only sells by the case. The good news is that they sell quite a lot of stuff including beers I have not seen elsewhere in PA like Cascade fruit beers and Maui brewing for instance. Obviously, the prices are discounted accordingly. If you want cases, Iíd recommend it, but for singles, go to the Foodery, Hawthorne or Devils Den where take outs are allowed.
In terms of all PA beer distributors/beverage centers, this one feels a bit cleaner and nicer than others that Iíve been to. They redid the place sometime in 2009, I believe, and that is the main reason for the cleaner look of the place. The selection is quite good, local crafts, belgians, and the staff is friendly and knowledgable. Something that I have not seen at any distributor Iíve been to was the option to swap a beer out of your case at the counter. There is a case filled with various single beers and when you buy a case you can swap out one of your beers for one of the beers in the singles case as long as there isnít already one of your types of beers in the singles case.
A big warehouse of beer in cases only. WTF?? Fortunately, Hawthorneís Cafe just opened across the street, where you can buy individual bottles, fill growlers, eat, and drink.
bp (59) New York, New York | November 14, 2007| Updated January 18, 2009
I went to this place a couple weeks ago after seeing the review on this site and realizing that this place was really not too far from my apt in center city. Iím glad I checked it out. Very good selection of PA locals, plenty of Dogfish Head and a solid selection of Belgians (De Dolle, St. Bernardus, Chimay, etc). They also had some sampler cases - the one that caught my eye in particular was the Weyerbacher big beer one that had Blithering Idiot and a couple other of their big beers in it. I didnít have any interaction with the staff other than to pay for my case of 90 minute IPA. Iím getting a car soon so Iíll be able to start going here a bit more often.
** update ** Iíve been going to the new location with some frequency now and the selection is getting very good. Bells Expedition, Founders Breakfast Stout, Green Flash Le Freak, Port Brewing Old Viscosity, Ballast Point IPA, are just some of the very good brands that were in stock in my past couple of trips. Thereís also a section dedicated t