I visited The 2nd St. Foodery while in Philly to pick up some beers I cannot get in GA.... as you walk in, they have many coolers stocked full of singles (priced at a premium due to the PA Case Law).... saw so many wonderful beers it took me forever to pick which ones to put in my suitcase for the trip back. Ended up picking up some Rogue 10k, Stone 11th Ann., Hoppin Frog BORIS, Mikkeller Black Hole and Flying Fish Impy Porter... must visit in Philly for hard to find beer.
Visited back in June 2007. After visiting the first location on 10th street, thought I might as well visit this one. This location is a little bit different setup. You walk in and there is a center oval counter that takes up the center floor. More setup deli with tables. In the background it shows endless amounts of 12 oz bottles in a wrap around all glass refridgerated wall. I picked up bells, nogne, la chouff, spanish peaks, and bunch more goodies. The selection was fabolous. Good glassware to choose from. Staff was reasonable and went in back to search for brews.
corby112 (17) philadelphia, Pennsylvania | November 29, 2007| Updated December 13, 2007
This is the best place in Philadelphia to buy beer, especally singles. their mix-a-six allows you to save 10% on their insanely large selection of beers. They even have extremely rae beers that are kept warm on their top shelves beneath the check out counters. As stated above the selection is ridiculous including over 750 diferent bottles with new arrivals coming in all of the time. The service is very knowledgable friendly even to those who are not very educated about beer. Also, their selection of food is excellent raning from fresh hummus, swiss choclotae and a very good deli counter.
As mentioned, huge, huge selection of bottles at the Foodery’s new location. However, IMHO, prices are really high. Was doing some gift shopping for a friend’s birthday and it seemed many of the ones we looked at were in the $15-$20 per bottle range (not belgian’s either). Hopefully, when PA gets it’s f***ed up deli laws straightened out prices will drop (currently, deli’s must buy at retail price - so their markup is on top of the price you’d pay for a case).
This has the largest selection of singles anywhere in Philadelphia. There is street parking available on 2nd street right across from the store. It is much cleaner and has a larger selection than the original.
JFGrind (82) Glenside, Pennsylvania | July 20, 2007| Updated July 23, 2007
The Northern Liberties Foodery location is more convienent for me. I’ve been the more than a few times since it opened last year. Selection is top notch, rows and rows of beer in the fridge. Local micros, California micros, Belgian, and imports are all there for the taking. There is also a tables and glassware where you can sit down and consume your purchase. Two personal beefs, there is no pricing on the bottles and a majority of the beer is refridgerated. A price book is available that is a catalog of the beers carried. I just wish the price book would be up to date. Don’t get me wrong though, if you’re in Northern Liberties the Foodery is a must stop.
This is a companion to the store on 10th street in Philadephia. Very clean with a vast selection of singles. Every beer is listed on a computer print out with the price as a single as well as 6 pack and case. The staff is very knowlegdeable and helpful. About 500 hundred to choose from. Many seasonals and hard to finds. They have a deli with sandwiches that I am told are very good. I did not try any on this visit. About the only drawback is the prices. They seem high but this is coming from a Jersey guy where singles are a rarety. The big plus is that it is right next to The Standard Tap which always has a large selection of local brews on tap. If you go to one, you have to try the other.
A lot nicer and further away than the original foodery. Surprisingly easy to get to though via the blue line. I’d say the selection is about twice the size as the other foodery. Tons of bombers and 750s. Actually has tables inside and a full-time person behind the deli counter making food. I think there were like 7 coolers full of beer. A lot of european beers. domestics they had that other foodery didn’t include russian river, middle ages, and some others i can’t remember.
MrBendo (16) Swedesboro, New Jersey | December 2, 2006| Updated December 9, 2006
I understand that this is the ’second’ store. I’ve never been to the first. I’m coming from out of town and it’s much easier to park in this area (free parking all around). I’d like to thank ratebeer and all of the raters who clued me in to this place.
The finest selection of bottles I’ve ever seen. And a computer where you can search out all the information for the beers. If you go, you’ll see bottles you never thought you could get in Pennsylvania. And if you see something ultra-rare, don’t be too surprised. But also don’t wait until the next time to buy it, because the turnover is unimaginable, and it will be sold out. (I missed a couple of good beers by doing this)
The prices are a different matter. They tend to vary greatly, but they do charge more for the hard to get stuff.
It’s excellent to have a place like this in town, and to see they’re doing well enough to open another location. Their new location in northern liberties, is appropriately "new" and ritzy" feeling compared to the cramped, dingy feel of their downtown store. Given the much greater amount of space, though, when it came to the selection, I felt like I was looking at almost the same beers. Perhaps there 1 in 10 was a beer I hadn’t seen at the othe rlocation, but overall it’s just a nicer transplant of the other store and doesn’t use its potential to please a true beer geek as well as it could. However, I can see they’re creating all kinds of new sub-beer geeks. People walk in there and seem totally floored and excited, which can only be good for the future of beer in Philly. So while it doesn’t do a whole lot extra for me over their other (essential) location, it’s an important development. If I were coming out of town this would be the one to go to, for slightly more selection, a nicer ambiance, and ease of getting to it by car.