Stumbled across this walking the streets of Philly. Looks like a dump on the outside and nothing more than a corner store. What caught my eye was the glasses in the window. 10 coolers of beer. The guy said he can pretty much get anything I want. Too bad I dont live there. Great selection and prices arent to bad.
The Foodery has LOTS of coolers (there were about 10 doored compartments), and they sell singles (supposedly you can only buy mixed singles in groups of six). What breweries do they carry, you ask. Three Floyds, 2 coolers worth of Belgians like Cantillon, Kalamazoo Bellís, Victory, Speakeasy, Dogfish (e.g. Pangaea). In short, it was a selection that was clearly cherry-picked to represent the best of the U.S. along with some quality foreign brews (Weihenstephaner). Oddities like St. Bernardus Witbier, Hommelbier and Korbinian were there, and there was little of the crappy International Lager variety (Cisquena, Cristal, Yinpu, etc.). Staff actually seemed to know something about beer and were observed conversing with patrons!! About beer!!! From the outside, The Foodery is a divey, dumpy deli reminiscent of NYCís former Happy Deli.
Stopped here after Eulogy and before Monkís Cafe. To my Florida eyes the selection was very nice though some stuff looked dated. Still they have it and a little old is better than none at all. Slightly pricey, but I was still quite happy when I walked out.
OK, itís just a grungy convenience store hole in the wall, but who the heck cares about the ambiance, if youíre here, itís all about stopping in one of the only places in the city to find a wide range of excellent single bottles you can buy (instead of the insane cases for stuff youíve never tried...) Lots and lots of stuff Iíd never seen before, some things Iíd deliberately been looking for, I walked out of there real happy and planning to come back monthly...
Nice selection of local, national, and international beers in this tiny corner convenience shop. The staff was knowledgable as I was looking for the best local beers and even suggested a couple local bars that would have good beer. I came out with a nice selection of local PA beer and was pleased that I could grab single bottles. Walking distance from the convention center and surrounding hotels for those in town for conferences.
Just a hole in the wall convience store that happens to have an amazing beer selection. If only PA would get rid of their beer laws. Anyways, the selection was great, especially since everything was singles though you need to get multiples of 6. The beer guy was helpfull at finding stuff and recommending local goodies. Great place.
I go there all the time when Iím in the neighborhood. Awesome selection with a very helpful staff that knows their stuff about good beer....parking can be a bit tough if you go there at night
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.