Stopped in here yesterday while I was in the area. I have always heard great things, figured it would be as good a time as any to see what all the talk was about.
Long, thin shop with bottles in every nook and cranny. Atmosphere is pretty good. There are people mulling around the tables drinking beers and looking at the bottles. Service was pretty good. I was asked a few times if I needed help, which I did because they apparently don’t put the prices on any of the bottles you may actually want...
Quality and Selection were both quite high. They have a TON of bottles in this place, lots of things I would love to try. I didn’t have a lot of time so I did a quick once over and picked up some belgians I haven’t seen in awhile.
This is definitely one of the best bottle shops I have been to. Prices are a little high but the selection makes up for it. I will definitely return in the future.
I knew about this place for a while, but finally for the first time I managed to get over there. In any case, it is pretty impressive for PA, which was a dearth of good and inexpensive beer stores. The beer selection is impressive. Aside of New Beer Distributors, this probably has a better beer selection than any store in New York. In fact, it doesn’t seem like they even sell cheap, shitty beer. The great thing is that you can buy a glass of beer in the back and browse around the vast selection. The complaints that I have are that the organization system of the beer is a little arcane. It seems to sort of be arranged by country, but not in a well-labelled way. Further, the prices are not clearly marked on each bottle so it is sometimes hard to figure out how much each thing was. That said, those are minor complaints and after a few visits, Some of the prices were a bit high, but I think cheaper than the Foodery. Quite nice. I hope to be back. They also seem to have some rare and expensive stuff there for those people who are so inclined. Workers know what is up too. Oh, and they also have food for people trying to do an extended stay.
Ambiance - in a strip mall, and looked to be really small. It’s actually spaced out pretty well inside. There is a tap system and a bar, perhaps food, but I didn’t notice.
Service - at 1st, I thought the guy was going to be stand-offish, but he ended up being really helpful, and friendly. I enjoyed his knowledge. The selection had +/-’s, they had a lot, but if it was a 12oz bottle, you had to buy a 6 pack, which I don’t like to do for something that I haven’t had or when I really just want to cross off a bizarre country. I could have gotten Thailand, Colombia, and a few others, but wasn’t going to buy a 6 pack of them. On the flip side they did have some cool stuff.
Value - the prices seemed in-line, but I didn’t price shop all that much.
Stopped in around xmas because my wife’s grandparents live close. Nice clean well stocked store. Prices are avg for PA. Been following on FB and they seem to do a nice job of posting new releases. Wish I was closer.