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eatinginqueens Jul 8, 2009 09:27 AM

I need to buy cases of beer for my wedding, and would like to offer a few good, local beers. The Yards brewery just told me their cases are $31.00 at their brewery. Does anyone know of a distributor in Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey where I could buy cases of decent beer for under $30, even better if it's from the mid-Atlantic, NE region?

I was hoping that the price could get as low as $22-$25 if I bought more than 10 cases but don't know if that's realistic.

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    silverbullet69 Jul 16, 2009 07:47 AM

    2nd the PBC reccomendation those guys are rocking it. Local and Fresh and good.

    http://www.philadelphiabrewing.com/

    Also if you want something CHEAP grab some Lion's Head, its from Wilkes Barre and around 11 dollars a case for bottles- used to be Nine!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionshead

    It's nothing crazy but makes a good local substitution for those who prefer a lighter coors/high life/bud style, and I think it tastes better than Yuengling by far.

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      eatinginqueens Jul 13, 2009 01:53 PM

      Thanks, everyone, for the responses!

      1. Chinon00 Jul 8, 2009 08:10 PM

        I got married in '07 and bought cases of Sly Fox cans for the reception. Back then they were $25/case at the brewery in Phoenixville. The four available cans are Royal Weiss, Phoenix Pale, Dunkel and Pikeland. The crowd pleaser was the Dunkel. I crushed the Pikeland and Royal Weiss.

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          BeerFreak Jul 12, 2009 10:32 AM

          i could drink the pikeland all night and all day for the rest of my life and be happy

        2. yayadave Jul 8, 2009 07:54 PM

          By the way, if you're buying a decent amount, they should work with you on delivering the beer and maybe even packing it in the coolers where you're having the reception. You don't need that extra aggravation. Saving a buck or two on the price and having to pick it up yourself may not be a good trade-off.

          1. hollyd Jul 8, 2009 07:51 PM

            ahem...well...Yuengling Lager is $20 at Stones Beer Distributor right now. In bottles! (classy!) It IS local.

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              LPhila Jul 8, 2009 07:18 PM

              I think the PBC beers and variety packs run at around $30 from Bella Vista, probably cheaper at Bell's

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                croissantanyone Jul 8, 2009 07:47 PM

                At the PBC brewery, cases go for $25.00. And they've usually been brewed a week or two earlier.

                Ryan

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                cwdonald Jul 8, 2009 06:29 PM

                Try going directly to the brewery at Victory or at PBC and for those quantities I bet you could swing a discount.

                1. bucksguy14 Jul 8, 2009 05:47 PM

                  Take a look at Total Wines (DE & NJ locations) http://www.wineaccess.com/file/store/...

                  Also Canal's at the Mercer Mall in NJ has a pretty good beer selection.

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                    Mawrter Jul 10, 2009 08:11 PM

                    I can't speak to this with total, 100% reliable, current info, but the last time I looked into this, DE taxes on *beer* were significantly higher than Pennsy's... booze & wine are not taxed as high in DE, but beer taxes in PA were actually lower (to my absolute shock). Not sure about Jersey, though.

                    Congrats & best wishes to Eating.In.Queens!

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                      ShakenNotStirred Jul 11, 2009 04:26 AM

                      I've found that Total Wine in Claymont, DE offers significant savings on wine and beer (even after that silly recycling deposit) when compared to PA state stores and PA beer distributors. Hard liquor prices are about the same as PA. Though, technically, I believe it is against the law to purchase alcohol in DE and bring it back into PA.

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                        Mawrter Jul 11, 2009 08:04 AM

                        Definitely cheaper and definitely against the law (the state police can impound your car, or so I've heard). Kreston's is another good liquor store in DE and of course Moore Bros has the (just wine) stores in Pennsauken and in Wilmington.

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                          urbanfabric Jul 14, 2009 05:57 AM

                          DE has no sales tax at all... where you get hit for beer is the bottle deposit! I think it's 5 or 10 cents a bottle. So, unless you're going to truck that case of empties back across the border, it's not worth it.

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                            bucksguy14 Jul 14, 2009 06:11 AM

                            It's a nickel - that's $1.20/case or .30/sixpack. Sounds like savings to me over PA prices, which include sales tax of 6-7%, depending on where you buy.

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                              CrazyOne Jul 14, 2009 06:03 PM

                              Savings, maybe, but bringing 10+ cases over the border is going to be significantly suspicious. I don't think that's worth the risk.

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                                bucksguy14 Jul 14, 2009 07:45 PM

                                I agree, if you're talking about 10+ cases. On the other hand, multiple trips or multiple buyers might do the trick!

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                                  yayadave Jul 14, 2009 08:00 PM

                                  All of which is just a lot of extra aggravation at a busy and stressful time.

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                                    bucksguy14 Jul 15, 2009 06:02 AM

                                    Excuses are like navels - everyone has one!

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                    Bigley9 Jul 8, 2009 09:58 AM

                    Bella Vista Beer Distributers on 11th at Catherine (or there abouts) has the best selection of beer in the area and would work with you for selection and price. Their isles are labeled by location!

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                      jimc Jul 8, 2009 09:35 AM

                      Bell Beverage on Front Street in South Philly has had Yards under $25 for weeks now.
                      For so long I think it's their regular price.

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                        eatinginqueens Jul 8, 2009 09:47 AM

                        Great! Thanks for the info.

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