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Dec 17, 2009 06:51 PM

Recommended beer distributors - Philadelphia area

Can anyone recommend a beer distributor in the Philadelphia area -- preferably with very competitive prices (and of course a decent selection)? I'm in the Chestnut Hill area, and although Brewer's Outlet nearby has an excellent selection, frankly I'm not happy with their prices. While sometimes I take advantage of their uncommon offerings, when I want to stock up on cases of some common brews (e.g., Golden Monkey) I'd like to save some money, even if I have to drive a bit. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated, with the holidays approaching. Thanks!

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  1. The best distributor in the city in my opinion is Bella Vista Beverage, on 11th a few blocks north of Washington Ave. I haven't really compared prices though, I just go there because they have the best selection.

    1. Do not know re: prices, but Kunda and Beeryard in Wayne have a goos selection.

      1. Beer Yard in Wayne has the best selection of any place in SEPA even though it is the size of a postage stamp. Exton Bev is right there with them. Wholesalers like BV only have their own brands, so you might not find everything you want, but Jordan and his crew are great. I shop on selection/service though, not price.

        1. I think it's doubtful that you'd find a distributor whose prices are drastically cheaper than another's here in PA. I'm afraid you'll have to cross state lines to find better deals.

          Generally, like the other posters, I try to shop where I can find a wide range of selection if I'm shopping in PA.

          1. I think you're missing the obvious answer, new jersey. Even with the $4 escape from jersey tax coming back over the bridge, it's worth it. Especially if you're going to pick up a bunch. There's a few places not that deep in, both on 38. Take 676 over the ben franklin bridge and split off onto rt 38 once you're across the river. The closest is canal's. Decent selection of cases and six packs, but the real reason to go there is to stock up on bottles of more obscure stuff that you'd go to a place like the foodery in philly for. A bottle of Delerium or roedenbach will set you back like $7 instead of $15 in a bottle shop. They have some pretty hard to find stuff, too, like the jolly pumpkin beers. The other place is a little further down 38, just past the cherry hill mall, total wine. It's more like a wal-mart or toys r us, and the selection, especially for cases and 6 packs, is accordingly larger. As you might expect, it's awesome for wine, too. One thing to keep in mind, is that even without the PA taxes, the PA beers, especially victory, tend to be cheaper in PA than NJ.

            I've heard a place called monster beverage is supposed to be pretty good, as well, but I've never been and i'm not exactly sure where it is.

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            1. re: categorialnovum

              Personally I go to Bella Vista Beverages, but I am shopping for selection not price and they have the best. If you are crossing state lines, consider Delaware (Total Wine right off 95 at 202, Kresson's, same exit, opposite direction on 202) where there is no state tax - saving 6 or 7 or 8 percent can add up esp if you are stocking up.