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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
224 W Germantown Pike
phone: (610) 279-4748
(Place added by: maek228 on 04-05-2005)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been going to Matt Capone's for many years, but never took the time to write up a note about him/his place.
This lonely little island in suburban Philadelphia is a beer geek's dream come true.
I met Matt originally when I stopped at the bottle shop he has in the back of his restaurant. I was immediately wowed by the Russian River, Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Founders, Dark Horse and more just waiting for me. The imports are equally stunning. Then to top it off many are on tap out front in the restaurant bar area. Capone's features many PA beers and seems to have no problem getting special ones like Gratitude and Rapture.
Matt will really help you find special beers, The day I met him I gave him the BA Top 100 list at that time, and he helped me get 1/3 of it that included beers like Westy, Hunahpu, New Glarus, HOD, etc. etc.
Then there's the PTY that can come in the Spring during a RR fest.
Can't say enough great things about Matt and his place. It is a bucket list place for those that know and enjoy the best in beer and beer people.
10-04-2013 04:22:22 |
More by BillRoth
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$$
This review is for the bottle store in back, not the restaurant. I live in San Diego but always visit local stores when I travel in search of things I can't get at home. I find the store to be small but with a pretty good selection of high quality bottles for such a small space. There's no junk here. Most selections are onesies and twosies on narrow wooden shelves, but I understand there is quite a bit of back stock if you want more. I prefer stouts over other styles and found some good selections from Founders (breakfast stout), Clown Shoes, Weyerbacher (a local brewery)', Evolution, Southern Tier and others. They also had some bottles I don't often see this far east, like Older Viscosity from Port Brewing (a local San Diego favorite) And some of the Stone verticals. Overall nice place, especially given Pennsylvania's archaic alcohol laws that make it tough for places like this to operate. Oh, the store is a little overpriced, but not too bad given the quality and variety of choices. It's also cash only, so plan accordingly. Open 365 days a year according to their sign. Nice.
08-10-2013 20:05:23 |
More by SDmike
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
A frequent customer of Capone's, I have come to look forward to checking out the new craft beer selections. They stock a wide variety of fresh draft and bottled beers from macro lagers to exotic aged Belgian ales at reasonable prices. The bottle shop in the back is open nearly all the time making it very convenient. Their biggest strength is craft IPA, which is to be expected since heavily hopped ales seem to be the most sought after style these days. Nonetheless he does keep a good selection of dark and seasonal beers as well. My only gripe is that the selection of imported beers from Germany and the UK is rather limited, so I generally have to drive to NJ for something like a weizenbock or dunkelweizen. Although the food and service is good, the truth is that the beer is the only reason to go here. This is certainly the place to go if you live in southeastern PA and want to try something before committing to a case or keg.
06-30-2013 12:53:58 |
More by wattoclone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A/Q - Cool pub vibe with a U shape bar in the front center with seating around the perimeter and more tables in the back. I've never had any real issues with service as it's always been good and friendly. A couple times its been slow when I've sat at tables, but it was also fairly busy during those times, so its understood. They do a nice job of handling large crowds during events, too. Excellent selection. Many taps (24 or more?) with a wide variety of styles and brewers. Local, international, west coast, midwest... if they distribute it to PA, Capone's will get it. Bottle shop has excellent election as well, getting in all the limited releases. You may an extra dollar or two compared to other places for bottles, but I like the friendliness of the employees and owner, and supporting a local business. I've never been impressed with the food. Above average pub grub at best.
05-17-2013 13:16:01 |
More by garuda
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$$
This is a very unique place and the review should be broken down by each factor individually. Also, this review is mainly for the bottle shop, the restaurant is discussed in the Food section.
Atmosphere: (3/5) The bottle shop is located in the back of the restaurant in a small room. Beers are arranged on just about every inch of shelf space available and there are a few coolers that hold mostly six-packs with some bombers/750's throughout. Occasionally cases of beer are sprawled about on the limited floor space. A tight hallway can be seen from the bottle section that is FILLED with bottles. I believe these are reserved for customers or bottles that are set aside for aging (to be further discussed in Selection). Overall, the space is a small and feels cramped if there are more than 3 customers shopping at once.
Service: (4.75/5) One of my favorite things about this shop is Matt, the owner/beer czar. He sends out weekly emails with draft lists and new bottle additions. He will reserve bottles via email and has looked out for me a few times after realizing I am a returning customer.
Selection: (4.75/5) This is where this store excels, the selection is definitely one of the best in the Philadelphia area and has been recognized as such in Philly beer polls. Usually has a good selection of RR, Lost Abbey, FW & the occasional hard-to-finds from Deschutes and FiftyFifty (at least on the east coast). The east coast brewery selection is even better with plenty from Pretty Things, Maine, Weyerbacher, Victory, East End, Ommegang, Allagash, Hoppin Frog, I know I am missing plenty of others here. Imports include De Struisse and HaandBryggeriet as well as others. Usually some sours on the shelves anytime you go in. ALSO, they usually will hold back a few bottles of brews that age well and will release previous vintages when the most recent is also available. Priced up accordingly.
Food: (3/5) I have ate here a few times and have never been blown away by anything. Mostly average, occasionally good food would be the best way to describe it. They do have a good wing deal on Friday's though, which I thought were pretty tasty.
Quality/Value: ($$$) Overall this place knows what they have and where they are located. Therefore, you definitely have to pay a couple bucks more to get the goods. I usually use this shop for really hard to find brews that don't make it to the shelves before they get claimed or for brews that are hard to find in my area. Because of this I am able to justify spending a few more dollars.
Overall, I highly recommend visiting this shop if in and around the area. I drive about 30 minutes each way to go to this shop roughly once a month (it will be more often as soon as I fall into heaps of money). One of the best in the area.
05-15-2013 14:01:52 |
More by Jimmys
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
One of the best bottle shops anywhere. Matt is awesome. Sends out an email every Tuesday with what's new. Huge selection of rare beers and a decent number of aged rarities. Food is good, standard bar food except on special occasions such as beer and food pairings with guests from breweries around the country.
05-01-2013 04:51:18 |
More by Casey3236
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
It is hard to believe but I am 5 traffic lights from this grog castle.
From the photograph on here, you may scratch your head and and say "Castle?.... really bro? ..more like converted diner".
Well take a walk through the bottle shop and into the bar and see the double sided draught list and yes...you are in a castle.
I just wish I had wings to fly home from this place.
04-22-2013 21:23:34 |
More by Sillycyberfunguy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Prices On "standard" beers are average, though I tend to avoid those. The draft list tends to be somewhat expensive ($6-8 typically), but the rarity, wide selection, and strength of the beers more than makes up for it. Their menu has reasonably priced bar food, as well as a more expensive dinner menu that has higher-end items like mussels and chicken piccata. They also make the best buffalo chicken cheesesteak I have ever had.
As far as beer variety goes, the double-sided draft menu change constantly; I go there weekly and rarely see the same beer twice. One staple they do udually have is the chocolate pumpkin - Rogue Chocolate Stout mixed with Weyerbacher Pumpkin. Their attached beer store is pricey but has a wide variety of hard-to-find beer.
03-03-2013 19:03:53 |
More by belgianfan25
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Visited on a cool November afternoon.
I first entered through the bottle shop in the back, but made my way through the restaurant to the bar. All three areas - bar, restaurant, and store - had different styles, which was a bit odd. Restaurant seemed more "formal" than I would expect from most beer bars, especially one in this part of the world. Makes me disappointed that I didn't stay for dinner. The bar area itself felt like just another neighborhood bar - long bar, taps, and tvs.
The beer selection is where I think this place earns its glory. Solid from top to bottom, with both locals, major crafts and some funky stuff. Despite one of my favorite beers being on tap (Founders Harvest), I opted to sample some Free Will Brewing Co beers, as they were having an event for them and I had never heard of the place. Beers were served properly and the service was attentive - it seemed like there were a lot of "regular" locals.
Capone's is one hell of a neighborhood bar - the selection and quality are solid, and it felt like a real friendly place for locals to grab a beer after work. Maybe not the most ground-shattering beer bar on the planet, but simple and awesome.
02-04-2013 16:51:37 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
The restaurant is a friendly engaging place with many tables, many servers. Lots of good taps, including some rare ones, and reasonably priced The best part for me is the bottle shop. A bit pricey, like 25% over the best places I have shopped, but the quality and selection were incredible. Lots of special editions and oaked versons.Maine Beers I have missed. Matt was terrific, bringing up some bottles I have missed last year. A regular e-mail with all the latest deliveries. 18 bottles for $331, yet I even regret not getting more.
12-09-2012 06:27:43 |
More by Sammy
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