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The Foodery - Northern Liberties
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Eatery, Store ]
837 N 2nd St
phone: (215) 238-6077
(Place added by: NeroFiddled on 07-06-2006)
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quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is a must stop!
From the neat and tidy front to the neat and tidy interior, this beer mecca is not to be missed. Swing open the door and worship the stunning clean and organized 6 foot tall cold boxes loaded with the best beer selection this side of State Line in MD which is over an hour away. Locals include Sly Fox, a full Weyerbacher line, Southern Tier, Troegs, Victory, Yards, Brooklyn, Stoudt's, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Other domestics include Stone, Rogue, Acme, it just goes on and on. Some killer German and Belgian offerings too. Some obscure Lefthand 2IPA...just go!!!
I had a stunning sandwich that blew me away: Turkey, cucumber, tomato, cream cheese and honey mustard.
This place rocks. Could you take your mother here? Yes! Mo would dig it.
Last call. Neat and clean as a military barracks. Just go. Plus Standard Tap is next door.
10-25-2006 23:00:29 |
More by blitheringidiot
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Made a trip to Philly today and stopped in for some brews. I mainly made the visit because I was hoping to pick up some Russian River, now distributed in PA, but not in NJ yet.
The Good: Probably about 500 or so beers to choose from, including some glassware available for purchase. Bought as six packs, you get a 10% discount on your purchase. I didn't see the discount on the reciept, but I was assured it was factored in. Also, there is a computer you can use to look up the beers you are looking for.
The Bad: Beers are all in the fridge, stupid PA laws. Had to ask for a reciept, was not offered one. I here this is indemic for all of PA.
The Ugly: The guys who worked there were of no help whatsoever. They had never heard of Russian River, not could they reccomend any good local beers exclusively distributed in PA. They said I could call back later and talk to the manager. There were two bottles in the window, but who knows how long they'de been there. Two bustomers both said that they do come in, but then they're ll gone within an hour or two.
10-25-2006 22:56:46 |
More by dherling
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Every time I visit this neighborhood, I like it more. The new northern Foodery location is a big addition. Almost all of the brew is kept in nice, clean, new cooler units along the rear of the store. Selection is impressive, plenty of BA worthy selections. Also a counter for sandwiches and other tasty treats. Guy behind the counter was helpful and informative and even advised me not to buy certain caged and corked brews that he said had oxidized. Next door to the also very worthy Standard Tap. Fine place to purchase quality beer. Highly recommended.
08-30-2006 23:30:42 |
More by Billolick
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Wow what a place, you can't miss it - big glass windows show off at least 8 cold boxes along the back wall. Located in a neat little section of the city that looks like it's going through a revitalization.
I was initially reluctant to try this place b/c I live out of rown and thought parking would be a pain in the ass. When I pulled up to the palce, there was plenty of diagonal parking across the street. Specialty bottles were displayed in a section of the window like mannequins donning the latest in fashion. When I walked in, the person behind the counter greeted me, and the place was bustling with activity. Some girl behind a fudge counter as if I wanted to try some fudge while I looked. Whaaat? - "no thanks toots"
Bottle selection in insane! The best I've seen anywhere in PA or beyond. JW Lees, Thos Hardy's, Russian River, Southampton (no GC though, Boo!), Bell's, Three F's, Stone the list goes on....and on....I do dislike buying bottles out of a cooler, but I guess this must be a PA law thing. I did however, notice that some "Bigger" beers were on shelves, not in coolers. RR Supplication, & Temptation, Houblon Chouffe, JW Lees, Hardy's, Phantome Chocolat and, AHEM, St Bernie 60th, to name a few.
No prices were under any of the bottles (annoying), so I had to ask about every bottle I was interested in b/c being in Philly, I knew this trip wasn't going to be cheap. The guy seemed happy to help give the price with the 10% discount on any combo of 6 beers, large or small. Prices were a little high even with the discount, but you can't find some of these bottles anywhere without paying through the nose for a case.
I ended up walking out with 3-750's and 3-350's and $45 poorer. Ah, the cost of being a BA....I was mad at myself for not asking for a reciept - kinda pisses me off, I never get offered a reciept for beer anywhere in PA unless I ask. Wierd...
08-26-2006 18:00:52 |
More by Schooly
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I was working in Philly last night and finally had a spare moment to hunt this place out and take a look. In particular I was looking for Stone Arrogant Bastard because I just brewed a clone and couldn't remember exactly how it's supposed to taste. If this is the better Foodery to go to for parking, it's still not that easy. I went at 8pm and there were no open spots near the place, so I parked illegally. The store was nice and clean, really well stocked with tons of great beers from around the world. They seemed to showcase singles, I don't even recall seeing six packs there but I was on a mission.
The prices (not listed on the product which pisses me off...) were abhorantly expensive. I paid $14 for 2 - 22oz bombers (Stone AB & Sly Fox Instigator). You pay through the nose for the ability to buy less than a case but it's so NOT worth it for me -- I can find any of these beers and much more at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA > sure, I'll have to buy a case but I'll spend a hell of a lot less per bottle.
Nice for a visit, I wouldn't take the trouble of going there again.
08-25-2006 12:40:51 |
More by Gasp100
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped by the new Foodery location to track down a bottle of Weyerbachers eleven. Im really glad I came. This store is really impressive.
As I approached the building, the proximity to the Standard Tap was astonishing. You could literally underhand a beer bottle at their front door from the front door of the Foodery. Now thats just convenient. As I stepped through the front door, I could see the coolers in the back behind the checkout island, all lit up and proudly displaying row after row of single bottles. Its really quite a sight! To the left are some tables for eating, and to the right is the deli. Ill grab a sandwich next time Im here. One thing that really blew my mind was that they had all sorts of glassware up on a shelf at the top of their windows and get this; a bunch of pint glasses out for their customers to pour their beers into! I love it! Ive never seen that before, but it made me very happy to see. Both street side walls were nothing but windows, so this place was really lit up. That and a heavy reliance on light woods lent a very friendly and bright feel and I cant wait to come back.
The dude behind the register in the Nintendo t-shirt knew his beer and said things were going well with the new location. He also found me a few bottles of the eleven in the back as the Weyerbacher section had an ominous empty space in it. It was a bit pricy, but Im thinking it was worth it as there is a new champion for the Eds hoppiest beer title. I also nabbed a bottle of FFFs Black Sun.
Over all, everything that I wished other places would carry was here. Every local brewery was represented in force and even the not-so-locals were extremely well represented let alone their selection of Belgians. This is a very attractive and well stocked store that is unquestionably worth a visit. Ill be sure to grab a deli sandwich next time!
-Update: Oct 25th, 2006-
I did in fact stop in for a sandwich and they were pretty good. Nothing spectacular, but everything was fresh and they had some pretty groovy combinations of sandwich ingredients to explore. Only one veggie option sadly. Also, they have a great selection of higher quality chips to go with you sandwich. If you can time beer shopping with lunch, stop by here for sure.
07-17-2006 19:11:27 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The new Foodery in Northern Liberties opened on July 1, 2006, right across the street from The Standard Tap. It has the same great beer selection that the center city location has, as well as a new deli area. It's clean (and new), and there's seating as well, so you can grab a sandwich and enjoy it with an unusual brew. Beyond that, the store is quite nicely done with lots of dark wood and some breweriana. There's also a MAC machine ($1.50 charge on top of bank fees), and they accept credit cards.
The beer prices are similar, and I paid $42 for a mixed six-pack on my first visit. I did, of course, buy 4 large bottles which explains at least part of that. And it IS a deli, so there's going to be a charge for that. Overall, it's not that bad when you compare it to buying by the six-pack or case.
There's a discount if you buy 6 bottles, and you really need it because they'll gouge you pretty badly. And keep in mind that you only get the discount if it's 6. If you add another bottle or two (or even 5) they'll be at the regular price. I personally find that ridiculous, but that's they way they work it.
On top of that, there's no price list so you don't know what you're paying. I guess that's another way they get you, since you don't know how badly they're gauging you, you'll spend more. Anyway, if you are going to buy more than a six-pack, you'll want to make sure that you group your more expensive beers in that six. I used to grab a mixed six and then a Belgian 750ml before I realized what was going on, and I always ended up losing the discount on the big bottle. I should have jammed it into the 6 pack carrier and left a cheaper 12 oz. out, or just skipped it altogether.
And don't bother asking them to give you the six-pack discount anyway because they'll just act like they don't know how to do it, or just tell you they can't. And always watch what they ring up, and ask for the itemized receipt. They won't normally give you the itemized receipt and you have to ask. Too many times I've found them charging me for an extra bottle! And at roughly $4.50 for a 12oz. that's just too costly.
Apart from being ripped off, I was impressed with the selection, and I'm quite sure that it exceeds that of the center city location, although there seems to be more of an emphasis on domestic breweries. Regardless, there are plenty of European brews available and I'm sure they'll add more as needed.
Apart from the chips and snacks they sell, the deli is quite nice. I grabbed a cheese sandwich for $4.50 and was quite pleased with it. Hoagies run $5 or $5.50, and panini's are available for $5 to $6.
They're generally open from 10 until 10, so you can stop in before you hit the pub, or even during a mini pub crawl. And come to think of it, now with the Foodery in Northern Liberties, the area has really become a kind of beer Mecca. You can hit The Abbaye, North 3rd, 700 Club, The Druid's Keep, and Standard Tap all within a short walking distance.
07-06-2006 18:34:28 |
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