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Bella Vista Beer Distributors
$$ - reasonable
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755 S 11th St
phone: (215) 627-6465
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2007)
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| Reviews: 29
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$$
A fairly convenient location, which is not very far from center city. As some of you may know, since this is a distributor, if you buy beer here, its going to be a case. That in itself, is a big turn-off to me, but that is the Pennsylvania law. Selection is good, including Great Lakes, Stone, Anchor, Sly Fox, Brooklyn and many more. Their prices are really up there however, for most people a case here is going to be cutting into a good slice of your paycheck. And this was paired with non-existent customer service. From the truck drivers who nearly collide with you while rolling dollies to the cashiers who do not even say hello when you walk in or leave. But, if you got the $, its worth picking up a couple cases.
05-13-2012 21:08:01 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Warehouse atmpsphere. Isles and isles of cases of craft and macro beer on the shelves. The front section has a small area for the current "seasonals" also in cases as well.
The quality is a as good as can be expected. Numerous brands and some decent rarities. I saw a case of Tilquin Gueuze, Stone Imperial Mint Chocolate Stout and various beers I can normally not find in Jersey like Great Lakes and Bells regular and seasonal release.
Service was non-exisitent. Guy sat at the counter and I could tell he had no idea what was up. Did let me friend use the bathroom which was nice I guess.
Prices were super super reasonable and a great value. Only problem is that you need to buy a case which is hard when you are visiting the area and are traveling via foot, cab or mass transit. Worth a stop if you have a vehicle but dont mock yourself and go without means of carrying one or multiple cases of beer.
12-03-2012 15:41:08 |
More by claspada
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I went to this place a couple weeks ago after seeing the review on this site and realizing that this place was really not too far from my apt in center city. I'm glad I checked it out. Very good selection of PA locals, plenty of Dogfish Head and a solid selection of Belgians (De Dolle, St. Bernardus, Chimay, etc). They also had some sampler cases - the one that caught my eye in particular was the Weyerbacher big beer one that had Blithering Idiot and a couple other of their big beers in it. I didn't have any interaction with the staff other than to pay for my case of 90 minute IPA. I'm getting a car soon so I'll be able to start going here a bit more often.
11-15-2007 01:31:38 |
More by bpelowski
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Bella Vista is a great supplier in the Philly area, and you have to give them a lot of credit. They keep the good craft beer flowing, and help bring the rarities in for events like Philly Beer Week.
The actual retail store is located at 11th & Fitzwater, an easy walk from South Street, and just across the street from Hawthorne's. Not much to say in the way of atmosphere, as it's pretty much just a warehouse, but things are set up nice and neat and in a generally organized fashion. Service is fine and prices are reasonable. Beer selection is just fine, however, seeing how this is PA with our ridiculous archaic alcohol laws, it's still cases only here. So you really have to want what you're drinking, because you're dedicating yourself to a whole case of it if you buy here. They also keep a nice selection of glassware, with typical pints going for around $3. I picked up a Dark Horse and a Cigar City pint during a visit here once.
So basically, if you want a case of Dogfish Head or Troegs or Founders, this place is fine. If you're jonesing for a bomber or a mix-n-match 6-pack, look elsewhere...like Hawthorne's for example.
06-10-2012 08:55:14 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is now our go to place when traveling down from NY for a weekend in Philly. We have been here twice now and it is easy to stop here first before checking into our Center City hotel.
Service was fine. Check out easy. Parking is on the street and we parked right out front both times.
The selection has so far been exactly what we are looking for. Bell's, Port Brewing, Coronado, and Half Acre. They also had Russian River and tons of other stuff. Yes, it is buy the case, but we can't get this stuff in NY.
Head over to Hawthornes after for lunch.
05-09-2013 00:16:47 |
More by rikatine
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The famous Bella Vista Beer Distributors!
A beer-case paradise, with 13 aisles of all things beer divided by regions. They have a bit of everything, from the rarer names like Lost Abbey, Duck Rabbit and Russian River to locals like Weyerbacher (I so wanted that case of Double Simcoe!!) and Victory, plus Dogfish, Stone and all the big names in the craft world.
If you have the money to blow in, let's say, a $215-plus-tax case of Lost Abbey Deliverance, by all means do so! But there is also cheaper stuff, I remember buying a case of Dogfish 90 for around $40 a couple of years ago.
Service is nice, although I only saw the guy at the checkout register and not a "beer guy" cruising the aisles, but he was nice and helpful and had no problem explaining the infamous Pennsylvania case law. I'm sure he answers questions about it every other day!
If you have a car and money, come here and stock up. Then walk to Hawthornes for some singles and a growler.
02-16-2012 00:17:07 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Came to Philly for a quick day trip to get some Geno's and go visit Rocky! Decided to peek in here.
This is strictly a beer warehouse but what selection they have! Everything from the U.S. (craft-wise) is separated by region. Arcadia, Alesmith, Caldera, Cigar City, Dark Horse, Duck-Rabbit, Elysian, Lost Abbey and countless others. The racks seem to go on forever. The only catch is that everything is sold by the case, even bombers and 750mls. I didn't buy anything because my budget didn't allow it but i sure was drooling at the possibilities. Come here if you have money, it'll be worth it.
05-28-2011 18:58:24 |
More by papat444
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped in here earlier today after the Monk's - Cantillon event.
Upon entering I realized that this is not a small place. Lots of aisles filled with all kinds of beers from all over the world. Most of the beers were clearly labeled with the info and prices but some didn't have either. As far as the service goes, I didn't see a single employee the entire time I was inside the store. It wasn't until I was leaving that someone finally came out of their office to help a fellow customer who had been waiting at the register for quite some time before they even noticed him.
The quality was very good. Most of the cases I was interested in where pretty fresh and reasonably priced. They also had some pretty cool glasses up at the register. While the quality was good, the selection was great. From cases of Russian River, Founders, and Bells to cases of belgians like Rochefort 10 and Saison Dupont, you would be hard pressed to find a better selection of cases.
Overall they have one of the best selections of case beer I have seen but the service can be a bit hit or miss it seems. I will return in the future.
08-08-2011 23:12:40 |
More by orangesol
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Bella Vista has certainly come a long way since I first visited them, and the new building just across the street from where they used to be is the icing on the cake. They've continued to grow their selection along with the microbrew market, and although I've tasted and reviewed thousands of beers in my day they've actually got some things that I've missed. The service is good and the prices are normal. It used to be that I would be in this part of town I would go to another big distributor (that will go unamed), now I go to Bella Vista.
11-14-2008 18:52:59 |
More by NeroFiddled
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Given the stupidity of Pennsylvania's beer laws (case-only at beer distributors, with sixpacks and singles available only at bars and restaurants at shockingly inflated prices), Bella Vista is as good as it gets in Philadelphia for beer fans.
The new store, opened in 2008, is huge, bright, and friendly. The selection is simply the best in the city, with an astonishing collection of cases, including cases of 22 oz bottles of unusual beers, such as Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Avery's limited Ale to the Chief (expect to pay a LOT for these cases, but at least they are available). The 12 ounce cases include almost everything you can get in this part of Pennsylvania, from the macro stuff, to all the locals, to national winners like Bells and North Coast. A nice selection of imports, including Belgians (again, if you have to ask how much it costs, you shouldn't be buying - but at least they have it available).
Except for the exotic imports and the Bomber cases, the prices are competitive with other distributors in the city.
The store also includes a nice selection of beer accessories, including fun beer glasses, and the standard non-alcoholic beverage selection.
The staff is friendly and loves to talk beer.
Parking, which is never a minor issue in this part of town, is plentiful and convenient.
01-29-2009 21:43:28 |
More by Seanibus
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