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Best beer distributors in the Philly area?

PhillyStyle Apr 1, 2007 07:16 AM

I'm looking for a new place to buy beer. I usually go to Brewer's Outlet in Mt. Airy, but they seem to be steadily raising their prices over the last 6-12 months. Does anyone know a place that keeps their stock fresh (nothing like buying a $30 case of beer and finding out that it's 9 months old) and has reasonable prices? I'm willing to travel out of northwest Philly to find a store that I can trust. I need a place that has a good selection of microbrews, with enough turnover to keep them fresh. Thanks!

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  1. G Goo RE: PhillyStyle Apr 1, 2007 07:32 AM

    The Beer Yard in Wayne has the best selection of microbrews in the Delaware Valley, by far. It's a beer geek's heaven. Huge selection, knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices. And also, depending on the beer, a 9 month old case should be fine, maybe even better. A strong ale will only get better with age. A lager, not so much!


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      G Goo RE: G Goo Apr 8, 2007 08:45 AM

      Seriously........Phily area beer geeks need to back me up on this one......there's the Beer Yard, and then there's everywhere else. Nobody comes close.

    2. Den RE: PhillyStyle Apr 1, 2007 07:37 AM

      Try Whitemarsh Beverage on Germantown Pike or Flourtown Beverage on Behtlehem Pike. Both fairly close to Mt Airy.

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        hipster RE: PhillyStyle Apr 2, 2007 06:34 AM

        the best,by far and possibly the best in the east u.s.is in emmaus,pa. near allentown.it is called shangies(that is how it is pronounced-spelling i'm sure is different).i've never seen a beer selection to top this place. people come from neighboring states for the selection.

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          Den RE: hipster Apr 2, 2007 08:06 AM

          While Shangy's does have an amazing selection, they won't think twice about sending you home with beer that's way out of date and then refuse to take it back. I for one will NEVER patronize them again.

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          chowbert RE: PhillyStyle Apr 2, 2007 02:43 PM

          The Foodery at 10th and Locust is a small distributor with a nice selection of macro and micro brews. They offer the option of mixing your own six packs - great idea if you want to sample brews that are new to you.

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            repoman RE: PhillyStyle Apr 5, 2007 10:06 AM

            Try Bells Beer Distributor- On Front Street just south of Oregon Ave. in South Philly.
            They close early, like 5 or 6pm, but they have a great selection, fair prices and they seem to move their stock, so nothing sits around for too long.

            1. juice RE: PhillyStyle Apr 6, 2007 07:40 AM

              If you are willing to travel, just go to Total Wine on the DE border. It is the biggest selection of beer, wine,and spirits I have ever seen. Think Costco, but just alcohol. The parking lot is nuts.

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                phillyjazz RE: juice Apr 7, 2007 05:36 PM

                Is Fairmount still on Callowhill near the Rose Tattoo?? I used to get a good selection there ...

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                  cwdonald RE: phillyjazz Apr 8, 2007 08:17 AM

                  I would recommend Kunda Beverage in King of Prussia. They are both a distributor and an outlet.

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