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The Foodery - Northern Liberties
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Eatery, Store ]
837 N 2nd St
phone: (215) 238-6077
(Place added by: NeroFiddled on 07-06-2006)
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quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
edit: As I visit more bottle shops, I have come to realize how inexcusable it is for these people not to put prices on their bottles. Every other good bottle shop in the area does. I'm lowering a couple of scores accordingly. Their selection is outstanding, but I'm not shopping here anymore. Also, their prices are a bit higher than other shops.
I'll do my griping first. Would it really be that hard to put price tags on the beer? I like to do my beer shopping on a budget and with the selection they have, it's already hard enough. I lowered the service score for that reason, but the staff has always been friendly. The prices are high, but it is Pennsylavania, so they don't seem too far out of whack.
The selection available is absolutely stunning. I usually avoid the import section. It's just too overwhelming. Odds are though, if it's disributed in the U.S. it's here. The domestic brews to be had here are far too numerous to name. Some surprises to me have included, Stone, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, and a few others.
The floor plan isn't anywhere near as cramped as the Center City location. That makes browsing here a much more comfortable experience.
08-27-2008 15:11:01 |
More by DIM
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Located in the historic Northern Liberties neighborhood, way north on 2nd street. Free on street parking if you can get it. The Foodery is part sandwich shop, part beer store.
The bottles of Russian River in the window are a cruel prank, as the guy behind the counter told me that they hadn't seen any RR in years.
OK, first impressions are...Very nice! Lots of singles in the coolers, 750's and 22's near the cashier warm. Stoudts BA stuff, Jolly Pumpkin, and a decent amount of stuff that I've never had access to (Bell's for one).
Alright, make your own sixers, with empty holders aplenty. Nice! Now let's check out the prices...Huh? None of the bottles are marked and nothing on the shelves..WTF?
I inquire to the guy working the register reading a book and he directs me to the binder that has all the pricing in it. But then he tells me that alot of stuff is not in that book.
OK, I check out the book, and sure enough, pretty much everything I'm interested in is not in the book. So here we go with the price checks at the register. Stoudts Old Abomidible $27.95..Huh?
Jolly Pumpkin Noel $24.95..What?
..And so it goes.
I wind up putting together two mixed sixers and a 750 of Slyfox and it comes to $50. Eeek! These were all beers that normally come in sixers mind you.
I could have easily have filled several cases of singles from this place, but at $3-4 per single? No thanks.
Bottom line, this is beyond the most expensive place I've ever been, and them not having prices on the bottles is a joke. If you have time to read a book, you can run a sticker gun.
Having to make repeated trips to the register getting price checks makes for the lowest marks for customer service.
The selection was decent enough, but very light on the Belgians (especially for Phili?). Julio's in Mass has probably 2-3 times the selection, but The Foodery has some stuff that Mass doesn't get.
My wife did enjoy her sandwich and soda though which was $11.00.
04-18-2008 18:50:41 |
More by brewandbbq
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
The foodery in northern libs has an impressive selection of both domestic craft and imported beers. All the usual suspect were present. I saw a cantillion, russian river, cigar city, nogne, mikkeller etc. The main problem with this place is the price. I dont mind paying extra for hard to find brews but this place was a couple dollars more for pretty much everything. Plus I was hit with a city beer tax which was an extra 10 dollars. Though they do give discounts of 10% if you buy a full six pack.
Besides the price my main complaint with this place is the pricing system. Trying to look up the price of the beers in the outdated binder is a pain. When i asked the person at the counter to scan some of the beers for price she acted as if she was doing me this big favor. To complicate matters a lot of the beers are not even listed in the book. Every retail store prices the items they sell. Why cant this place?
02-21-2011 19:25:29 |
More by Spicoli9
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I love the Foodery. It's the closest place from my house, at around 90 miles away, that I can get many of the beers from the Midwest and West Coast that I can't get here in NYC. Even a bunch of European beers from Belgium and Denmark are more available there than here. On the domestic side I grabbed Hoppin Frog, Port, Lost Abbey, Bell's, and more, and from Europe, some Fantome and others I can't remember.
I'm going to have to chime in with a lot of other BAers that the lack of price tags is completely ridiculous and annoying. The guys behind the counter just sat there reading, and only responded after a few times of me trying to engage them. I've been there a couple times and this was the case every time. The prices are out there, but worth it considering I can't grab this stuff elsewhere. Not to be missed, but come with your wallet out!
07-03-2008 01:39:18 |
More by brewdogmrb
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Took my family down into center city for some Christmas stuff and one of MY goals was to stop at the Foodery for a six pack or two of mostly pale ales. I'm currently pursueing the top 50 pale ales here on the BA. My goal was to hopefully get the more difficult selections on the list.
Personally I wasn't very impressed with the selcetion and ended up walking out empty handed.
I was under the impression that with over 800 beers, you could fine a couple pales.
They do have a good selection of beer but nothing that I can't find at the Craft Beer Outlet in the far northeast.
12-19-2010 12:44:44 |
More by micromaniac129
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I was working in Philly last night and finally had a spare moment to hunt this place out and take a look. In particular I was looking for Stone Arrogant Bastard because I just brewed a clone and couldn't remember exactly how it's supposed to taste. If this is the better Foodery to go to for parking, it's still not that easy. I went at 8pm and there were no open spots near the place, so I parked illegally. The store was nice and clean, really well stocked with tons of great beers from around the world. They seemed to showcase singles, I don't even recall seeing six packs there but I was on a mission.
The prices (not listed on the product which pisses me off...) were abhorantly expensive. I paid $14 for 2 - 22oz bombers (Stone AB & Sly Fox Instigator). You pay through the nose for the ability to buy less than a case but it's so NOT worth it for me -- I can find any of these beers and much more at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA > sure, I'll have to buy a case but I'll spend a hell of a lot less per bottle.
Nice for a visit, I wouldn't take the trouble of going there again.
08-25-2006 12:40:51 |
More by Gasp100
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I always end up stopping in here and poking around after a session at Standard Tap next door. It kills me everytime because of how f' expenisve it is, yet I cannot resist. They have outstanding selection, pretty much all your locals including Yards, DFH, Victory, Sly Fox, as well as sections of their nearly ten fridges dedicated to German, English, Belgian, and Asian imports. They have some good relatively hard to find Belgians, some tagged with the owner's picks of the month (these are never the cheap beers). Their service was next to nothing, just a check out guy and somebody in the back working at the deli. Anyway, I'll be back, running up more of the credit card in addition to what I just dropped at the Tap 20 minutes ago.
03-14-2007 01:06:00 |
More by IgnatiusReilly
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
It took a little while to find, as it is north of the tourist areas of the Philly waterfront. It was worth the 10 minute drive/search to find. Very good selection. 11 different Bell's offerings, and a lot of the usual suspects (Weyerbacher, the Belgians, Victory, Sea Dog, etc). The help was friendly, but not overly knowledgable. But, I live a few miles from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY, and the Foodery pales in comparison. The Foodery could keep me happy for a few months, but not much longer. Also, the beer was not cheap. More than I pay in dear old Potown.
11-24-2007 23:16:53 |
More by potownbill
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I make it to Northern Liberties (which is ground zero for Philadelphia hipsters in case you were wondering) at least once per month or so usually to go to Standard Tap and/or North Bowl and I always make a point to stop in at the Foodery.
Most of the beer is kept in coolers and is grouped by region and brewery. From left to right, it's macro, ciders and stuff like that, local breweries, American craft, then imports. They have several offerings from each brewery for probably the most complete selection around. If a sought after beer comes to the area, you can bet that they will get it at the Foodery.
Help from employees isn't really needed to find stuff due to how well it is laid out, but you do have to ask for prices for EVERYTHING, which is annoying and painful.
The prices are extremely high. Higher than any place I've ever been, in fact. I understand that their cost of operating a large store in a neighborhood like that is high, but a six pack of regular offerings will run you in the upper $20s. That's really the only knock, but it's a major knock.
01-24-2011 18:24:39 |
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