Sammy (678) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005| Updated July 12, 2005
A standout beer store anywhere, The Foodery caters to a large and growing sophisticated crowd in the philly area. It is one of few places in the state you can get single bottles, with a discount on six packs. Excellent quality, as with limited space they want the very best. Service was outstanding, with a highly knowledgeable staff member giving me lots of time with his opinions, like a great wine store, less the many interuptions from multiple customers. I paid more than I would have elsewhere, probably a 30% on average so it is pricing what the market can bear.
Small store in downtown near the historic district, Foodery is a very cramped convenience store that happens to be stocked with 90% beer and maybe 10% food, soda, and custom sandwiches. Everything essentially is for sale as a single and there are no price tags, which can get quite annoying. But, you do get what you pay for and that is quite an outstanding selection ranging from Hair of the Dog to FiftyFifty Eclipse to Cigar City to Lost Abbey to odd Belgian stuff. I usually stop in here each trip to Philly and spend around $40-$50 on weird stuff I canít find anywhere else. Most recent haul was 50/50 Eclipse Grand Cru for $29 each. You can go up to the counter and ask for a price check on anything you want, though that can be a little annoying. Donít come in here with a large group because only 4-5 people can fit in this place before it gets too cramped. There isnít someone on staff to answer beer questions, just ask the cashier essentially for anything. I usually get a nice response. Also, they have quite a bit of glassware for sale. Sandwiches in the back are apparently yummy, but Iíve never gotten one.
7 years ago, when I first heard of the Foodery, I dreamt of it as a place comparable to the great NY state of MA beer stores, but with a different selection including plenty of PA stuff. I was pretty shocked that itís actually a smallish convenience store, though with an obvious focus on craft beer with its lines of coolers. Great Lakes, Troegs, Founders, Victory, Mikkeller, Lost Abbey, Russian River were all spotted, but I canít say there were many special rarities. All in all probably less than 500 beers and not a single one of them with a price tag and that is quite annoying btw and hurting the service score. I came out a bit disappointed and cannot call it a must though its location is convenient.
Be prepared to leave with a lighter wallet. It was close to my hotel and thatís really the only reason I went here. Way too expensive although there was a lot of stuff that I couldnít get in New York, so I bought a few. The stuff is well stored in dark coolers throughout, so thatís a plus, but I canít get over those prices. I picked my stuff out before they were legally allowed to sell it, but the guy behind the counter just tucked my six packs into a cooler up front so I could just pick them up in an hourís time. Not bad really.
Beer selection was good - had a few gems squirreled away. Prices were outrageously high. Had a couple bottles picked out and then didnít buy them - Oh yeah, they donít put the prices on the beers. You wonít know until they ring you up. Classic.
A small (in size) beer store in the lively part of Philly, walking distance from many best Phillyís best watering holes. Very small in size, 20 people in this tiny store an youíre stepping on each otherís toes. But they crammed more cool beers than most beer stores 3 times its size. Americans and imports including a bunch of limited offerings you expect to only find in larger more Ďtypicalí beer stores. This is PA and as with most PA beer stores (especially those in the cites) this ainít cheap. Not sure what other options there is downtown Philly but this one was good enough for me, I bought more things than I could carry. Also a deli selection for your beer munchies.
Pretty sick beer store in downtown Philly. Pretty small area but they pack a lot of big names like BFM, Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, etc. Even found some 50/50 Eclipse there. Anyhow, the prices were high, but lower than I expected in a lot of cases. Some of the beers they get you wonder how they could ever be distributed. The guys were helpful, it was a nice shopping experience.
Stopped by here for a quick visit. Itís a small shop, but theyíve got a lot of quality beer. I didnít buy much (although I wanted to), only because it was quite expensive. Probably a regular 12 oz. bottle was ~$3-$4 on average. They have a good selection of domestic beers, although they donít have the complete lineup of high end imports that the other Foodery has. Definitely a place to check out if you have the time but itís not really a place you can expect to bring home a big haul. For the locals, Iím not sure how bottle prices compare to other stores given the silly PA laws, but itís probably a place to check out too.
Great to see a lot of Lost Abbey stuff here and some Russian River and Belgians I canít get in Washington D.C. very easily. Small and cramped with lots of beer fridges. Annoying that nothing is priced, because most of what you want tends to be overpriced. There arenít a lot of beer store options in Philly though and this still manages to be pretty good. Then again, Iím comparing it to D.C. and Ontario before that.
While there was a nice selection here I ultimately ended up leaving empty handed. No bottles have prices, nor are there any markings anywhere in the coolers. What there is instead is a binder that you can look up things in. The only problem? It was the beginning of April 2010, and the book had last been updated at the beginning of November 2009. There were tons of bottles not on the list (all of the Bruery stuff for example), and lots of things (Three Floyds, which didnít exist in the store) which make me think that even that November date might have just been a reprint of an even older version with no one doing any inventory checking. If this were my only option as a local Iíd probably buy the stray bottle or two, but since I could afford to wait until I got home (or somewhere more organized) I skipped any purchases here.