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Abe's Cold Beer
Taps: - / Bottles: 2000
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Eatery, Store ]
1301 W Broad St
phone: (610) 997-0831
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 1.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A decent selection of beers. Not of the greatest of places but with limited options to get craft beer six packs, I don't have much of an option. The arrangement of the store is very poor and has no reasoning. Its like they get the beer in stock and then just place in on the shelf so you have rows of beer three six pack deep and none of the six packs are the same, so it is very time consuming. When asked if they can obtain a certain been beer its like it's an inconvenience for them and they brush you off
08-30-2013 22:31:48 |
More by TTripp725
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
As my local bottle shop now that I’ve relocated to Bethlehem, I felt it was time to put up a review for this place.
It’s an easy place to get to, but it can sneak up on you as it’s slightly set back from the street to allow for parking, and can be somewhat hidden by the Mint on one side and a dollar store on the other. Just a heads up.
They manage to pack a wide selection into a small area. A variety of countries and styles are represented. Beer is arranged mostly by country, with most brewery offerings grouped together. It can get a bit disorganized at times; if you don’t see something the first time walk by again or ask the clerk. They’re usually pretty helpful and know whether they have something or not.
Prices are fairly decent. Being familiar with Philly suburb pricing, Abe’s prices are about the same and sometimes slightly higher.
Be sure to check dates on some of the styles that have a limited shelf life. I’ve made the mistake of grabbing something past its prime a couple times.
They do get some hard to find stuff, including Cantillon and Founders Backstage series. Some of the most recent Black Note release made its way there as well.
Selection is very good; it’s hard to walk out without finding something that suites your tastes. A wide variety of styles are present; the last time I browsed through they had two Goses available. I can’t remember the last bottle shop I was in that even had one.
I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area. Just be sure to check dates on some of the more time sensitive styles.
08-01-2013 16:56:42 |
More by skiofpinsk
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$
Holy hops! This place is insanity. And not the Weyerbacher version. I'm talking the real-deal insanity. I walked in here and saw tons of stuff I didn't even see at The Foodery in Philly, or have seen anywhere else for that matter. Love the mix-a-six. That alone ensures I'll be back. Found a J.W. Lees Harvest '08 for a reasonable price and didn't hesitate to pull the trigger. Service will vary at times, I think. But, this place is awesome. If I lived in the area, I may be in here twice a week.
06-15-2013 14:02:22 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place has an awesome selection of beer, some of which is has a reasonable price tag. If you really dig around in this place, you can turn up some pretty awesome finds. Some of the main stream beer that people are really hunting for, Abe will jack up the price due to supply and demand, but that's how you do business and I get that. I must say though, overall very good value for most of the beer available and for PA this is probably the best beer store in the Lehigh Valley. The staff is very knowledgeable as is Abe the owner. Place has later hours also, which is nice for the late shift beer lovers out there. I can definitely walk in here and spend 2 hours looking around, there is THAT much selection. You are able to purchase just one bottle if you wish, or mix and match six packs! Awesome!
05-12-2013 06:15:36 |
More by Budinetz
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Lots of Beers, all different kind of beers. I try to stop here whenever in Bethlehem area. $12 for a mixed six is pretty standard and you will likely see some beers here never encountered. Many other sixes and single bottles to pick from as well. I know they do some special orders for "hard to finds" often as well. If near, just stop here. Warms and cold to go. You'll be impressed.
05-09-2013 03:06:14 |
More by TheBigBoy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is hands down one of the best places to buy beer in NEPA/NJ area. The owners and staff are very helpful and knowledgeable, and most importantly, fair with selling coveted limited releases. I scored a Bell's Black Note here recently. The selection is great, with a lot of beers that are somewhat harder to find in your average PA bottle shop or supermarket. The prices are reasonable, if you are used to what single bottles generally go for in PA. Def. hit them up if you are in the area.
04-14-2013 03:59:38 |
More by Neorebel
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A great place for 6 packs and bombers in the Allentown area. He knows his beer and goes out of his way to ensure that he has a good stock of both the regular and rarer beers.
If you are into craft beer and in the Allentown area this is a place you must stop by at!
02-03-2013 03:42:02 |
More by dcoms233
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What a pleasant surprise while traveling through Central PA this past week. Easy to find on West Broad St., this place looks like a pretty standard convenience store, but once you look closer you soon notice that practically every inch of the store is stocked with beer...really good beer. As a New Englander, a lot of Abe's selection was news to me including offerings from Bethlehem Brew Works, Sly Fox, Flying Fish, etc. In addition to a ton of local stuff, offerings included pretty comprehensive lines from Pretty Things, Stone, DFH, Mikkeller, Nogne, etc. Definitely a place to stop in and stock up if you're even remotely in the area.
08-20-2012 19:38:18 |
More by NEhophead
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Good quality shop here. The place isn't huge, but they make good use of the space. The shelves were well-stocked--though it seemed to me there might be some items that have been sitting for a while. There was fridge space for macros as well as crafts, with the more popular brands (DFH, etc.) available in 4/6-packs or greater. You really can't complain about the selection, though there really wasn't anything outrageously rare there that I could see. As I'm not from the area, I'm not sure if they offer the more rare items when they are released. But with reasonable prices and diverse selections from the likes of AleSmith, Bruery, Mikkeller, and so forth, you really can't beat this place.
05-09-2012 04:41:29 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Abe's is pretty much the only option in the valley for a great craft selection if you want to buy singles/bombers/sixes. They have a great selection of US craft and imports. If you wanted the limited release stuff you can't get at the distributor or Wegmans, Abe's is your place. All bottles are available individually which means they are slightly more expensive than normal, but on the other hand you can break up any six if you just want one or two of a certain kind. On average the bombers are a few dollars more expensive than other stores I have been to and the individual bottles .25-.75 more expensive, but you are paying for the selection. Some of the employees can be helpful, but some have no idea, it all depends on who is working. I am still unclear on their policies for highly sought after stuff, as I have been unsuccessful on acquiring it despite calling ahead and being told when it would arrive. My only knock on Abe's would be that sometimes their stock is a bit aged. This is to be expected because they have a huge selection, but there isn't a huge craft drinking population in the area. This has hurt me (old IPA) but can be quite nice when you find year or two old stouts. Overall, the best Bethlehem, and perhaps the LehighValley has to offer in small quantity.
02-02-2012 23:04:27 |
More by NoLeafClover44
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