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| Reviews: 95 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
You can't not go to Shangy's. Even accidentally, you'll end up there. There's ridiculously easy access from all highways, and all roads for that matter, as yes, every single road on the Eastern seaboard leads to Shangy's. Directly, and there are no lights. Don't get no easier than that...
We rolled in on the heels of that Lehigh Valley stint in Easton, PA. It's a large stand alone structure that commands respect. It's massive and intimidating. I was a little a-scared.
Mountains of beer inside. It's an odd sight, even in PA where case law brings you to expect pallets and piles of cases of 12 and 24. Well organized and the selection is exceptional. Where'd they get a case of Sam Adams Triple Bock this late in the game? Sadly, no Gumball Head to be had but there were other 3 Floyds to be found. And all the Bells a boy could ring (so why is it that I like the ones that go for a dozen or two bucks more than the rest of the line?) They're sitting on cases of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale '96 in the back, and god only knows what else. I knew better but asked anyway for a case of Rodenbach, and "The son" replied, "In your dreams" without having to think about it. He knows his beer.
They've got a great glassware... "display" might not be a strong enough word here, maybe "section" is better. I scored me a couple of great OerBier glasses of Schoolteacher likeness. Good damn beer store!!!
11-17-2004 04:56:24 |
More by slander
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We visited this fine and worthy establishment on our way to a wedding yesterday. It made for a quick and successful stop. Easy on, easy off the highway and easy to find. Largish rectangle shaped store. What you immediately will encounter is the vast selection of cases available (yes your in Pa and you can only buy by the case) and the extensive selection of beer glasses for sale. They also offer a respectable selection of hot sauces and some snacks. But you came for the beer, the selection is very good, including some 3 Floyds, Bells, tons of Belgians, Brooklyn, Avery to name just a few. You will find tons of very high quality selections, including some (but not enough) variety cases. Well worth the visit, only 5 mins. off of the highway. The staff was friendly and knew their stuff to boot!
06-26-2005 18:04:35 |
More by Billolick
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After a great lunch a the Selin's Grove Brewing Company and a long return ride, fellow BA Erica fancied picking up some brews for the fridge. Rising up the smooth tarmacadam coated Car Lot the simple pre-cast formed concrete single deck building redeems its stark utilitarian simplistic 1970s architecture, or rather lack of it, with a heavily accentuated and projecting entrance way. Like a toned down Circuit City the word Shangys welcomes Libation Bargain Hunters above the large archway entrance.
Once inside, Best Buy meets Home Depot. Its brightly lit and everything is neatly arranged in piles forming walkways and large cardboard walls ..but, well, something is missing and I cannot quite put my finger on it .what is it?!?! Itll dawn on me soon...
As I wander amidst the corrugated cartons, I ponder the question of atmosphere, forgetting that it doesnt apply to Beer Stores, but I still try to entrench it in memory as much as possible for a later BeerFly. Recalled from the dark annals of my cranium, marks for Atmosphere, if awarded, would be a big fat zero its like walking round a famine relief warehouse, oh lets see, heres a box, and oh look another pile of boxes, and erm some more carboard Boxes ..some plain, unmarked even, wonder whats in them?...whoooaah, some have designs on them .hmm thats it!!!! Thats what has been bothering me ..<switch on light bulb above head> . where the fuck are the bottles!?!?! Oh wait, Im in darkest Transylvania erm .I mean Prohibitionsylvania glad they dont encourage drinking by forcing you to buy Cases how responsible.
Of course, I am being a tad harsh here so far, if only because writing BeerFlys for Beer Stores can be difficult at the best of times and some bitching spaces things out and adds volume, am I at my word count yet I wonder??? erm .lets see thats 1348 characters so far .nearly there.
Bottom line, if yer going Beer Shopping only two things really count, Range and Price, and Shangys obviously excels in both of these departments. The prices seem reasonable (learn your 24 times table though) and the range is vast, though Im sure the rows and piles of Cases make it look bigger than it actually is, it would probably all distil down to a few large coolers full of bottles but even so the depth of styles and breadth of brewers is very good indeed. Nice local range, nearby craft offerings, some from far afield and the West Coast with lots of Belgium and Teutonic offerings and even some East European ones for the cash strapped. Constantly attentive service that frequently enquires as to your disposition and if they can help, top marks there. Cant knock the range or quality of Shangys, well worth a visit ...
well except for this buying beer in Boxes rule, it just rubs me the wrong way. Archaic. I saw a wooden case full of Brouwerij Het Anker Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - 2005 Cuvée Van De Keizer, great stuff indeed and a favorite but I couldnt part with over a $100 just to try it, even if you do get a free snazzy looking wooden box from Mechelen. Could I live in PA and buy cases all the time!??! Nope!! I think I would shop in NJ and NY. But if I did live in PA I would certainly drive out to, and shop, here - but with a few fellow BA friends once a month and maybe I would even organize regular Case-Split-Saturday-Swaps in the Parking Lot, hey I just patented that idea so dont copy it.
Recommended....but stroking dry warm frigid compressed cardboard cases is nowhere near as much fun as fondling nicely chilled moist wet damp Sexy bottles of varying sizes, volumes and cup sizes. .. I can only imagine how great this place could be if they were legally allowed to split Cases...huh-hmmmm, I think it is time for BA erica to take the ride to the legendary nearby Farmhouse, as I need a beer, but just one of a kind, not 24.
Last Visit: Saturday 27th August, 2005.
09-03-2005 04:27:36 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The cleanest, brightest and best organized beer store I have ever seen, at least in the land of PA case only stores.
Shangy's was at the forefront of importing craft beer into PA and they are still the master distributor for a whole lot of great brands.
Selection is huge and prices are great as you are buying at the price your local beer store is. The selection of out of state craft brewers and Belgians is particularly good. The selection of locals is no better than your average place. There is also a treasure trove of glassware and gift packs.
I have always found service to be very good, particularly from the founder who is still active in the business.
This review would be 5's across the board except that you have to be careful about freshness in the product you buy. I have bought a $60 case of beer there that turned out to be old and others have told similar stories.
We still like to make the pilgrimage to Shangy's (especially when Bell's has a great seasonal as they tend to hoard that for the retail store) and then head down the road to the Farmhouse for dinner.
04-03-2008 13:19:28 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Surprisingly, I've never been to Shangy's. The way home from the Tap & Table's Saison weekend seemed as good a time as any.
Quality: Clean, bright, large, orderly. This is a shrine to beer. Aisles of cases, stacked in pyramids provide an obstacle course of sorts. The only strange aspect is the cove of what looked like glass art that surrounds the entrance to the back warehouse portion.
Service: We were greeted on entrance and again while shopping in the German section. The staff was helpful on price and availablity of Weihenstephaner weisse ales.
Selection: Absolutely perfect. Dicks, Speakeasy, Avery, Lost Abbey, if the beer is in PA you'll find it here. Prices seemed competitive, with my case of dunkelweissbier running $43. I also spied bottles of La Gaillarde, a Unibroue offering I'd never heard of. They sold singles, so I picked one up. Imagine my surprise when the last review was in 2004. So much that it is overwhelming. If not for the PA case law, I'd go absolutely nuts.
08-29-2009 02:36:20 |
More by akorsak
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
If this isn't the best beer distributor in the state, I can't wait to see the better one - this place is like a cathedral of beer. It's just too bad it is in Pennsylvania, where the beer laws are stupid (you can only buy by the case - no sixpacks or singles). If this place were in any normal state, it would be the best beer store ever.
The place is huge, clean, and piled floor to ceiling with cases of beer from all over - if you can get it in Pennsylvania, it appears, it is here, including some stuff I haven't found even in other standouts like Bella Vista in Philly. Whatever you want, from Coors Light to Delirium Tremens to a seasonal from some obscure regional brewer, it is here.
The staff is attentive and knowledgeable.
If there is a downside, it is that the organization is spotty, particularly in the cases lined up on the walls. Beers are only loosely grouped by brewery and within each brewery there is no pretense of organizing by style or type.
But that's a small quibble given the huge selection.
05-23-2010 15:33:28 |
More by Seanibus
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Alright, I feel I can say a lot about Shangy's because I used to work there. This place has a cooler the size of most beer stores. It has a warehouse the size of a football field (seriously). The man who runs the place and his son are always trying to get more and more beer added to their stock of over 2,000 beers, that's right 2000! You name it. It has a domestic and an import side. If you want Coors Light, don't ask where it is because you will be ignored. It is a store for people that respect beer. Here are some hints at how to shop at Shangy's:
1) Take your time! There is a lot to look at!
2) If you aren't sure of where something is, be sure to ask because chances are they have it somewhere, although things are always stocked. They are very anal about things being stocked up to the minute (even on Friday nights). Personally working there was not a lot of fun, but I got in good shape and learned a ton about beer.
3) If you have a draft system, they have a keg list. They have half barrels and sixlets of tons of good stuff. A lot of Microbrews.
4) If you are having a party and need a lot of beer, DO NOT go anywhere else. They go out of their way to have the lowest prices on everything because they sell in bulk. They deliver beer to restaurants up in the Poconos, in Center City, everywhere...Chances are they even deliver beer to your distributor!
5) Try something new when you are there or get a bunch of your friends and all buy cases and than divide them up into 6 packs..that is a tip for you Jersey people that don't like the PA law on cases.
IF YOU LIVE IN THE MID ATLANTIC, THERE IS NOT A BETTER BEER STORE.
08-27-2003 22:12:30 |
More by indiapaleale
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
There are beer stores, and then there's Shangy's. It is the most amazing beer distributer I have ever visited in Pennsylvania. The selection is enormous. There North American micro selection is superb. Great selection of Brirtish and Belgium beers. The place is immaculately clean. Everthing is stocked in an orderly fashion, and the prices are well marked. The stock all looked clean and fresh. The only drawback is the PA case laws, which I can't blame on a beer distributer, due to the prohitbition mentality in Harrisburg. I gave it $$ for value, but many items were a dollar or two less than other suppliers.If you live within an hour or two of Shankgy's, do yourselg a favor and visit.
11-02-2006 00:20:43 |
More by tgbljb
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Okay, everyone seems to being giving this place 5's all around, but I can't do that because the one guy working the store was on the phone the entire half hour that I was browsing. I couldn't ask him any questions. Since I've only been here once, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
Selection is very, very good, but I would have to give a slight advantage to The Beer Yard for variety. Prices were good and the beer I bought was fresh, but I did see a stack of SN Celebration bottled on 11/4/01. It was on sale for $20 I believe, but still......
05-29-2003 12:48:46 |
More by jrancan
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
too much hype on this one. checked this place out after a trip to bbw. drove by the farmhouse and found this place with no problem. looked huge from the outside. weird to see handtrucks out front instead of carts.. still, i entered.
lots of stacks. all perfectly separated with nice spacious isles cases one atop another to nipple height or so. american selection was varied and rather thorough. plenty of macros (this is NOT a specialty shop, just a thorough one). local hot micro beers like weyerbacher, dfh, bell's, lancaster, and left hand here. nice to see 3 floyds bombers, but the freshness was questionable (alpha klaus and brian boru??) belgian section was nice but cases + belgian prices = not happening. the whole brasserie de rocs line (blonde and brown are not found in ct) was intriguing tho. monk's sour ale was a nice find but it was also found at beer yard which was superior IMHO.
service was also nothing special. actually a bit inferior. speaking of monk's, i asked the counter girl if they had "monk's flemish sour ale". she said no. she then asks if i had ever been to monk's, to which i replied "yes". then she said, "well we carry a monk's sour ale that we have in bottles, but its not flemish." uhh. er. finally i had her go get a stockboy who knew the deal.
some snacks and cigars which i suppose are nice complements to beer. separate soda room. prices seem pretty standard and i didn't hate the place. there's just no way this exists .10 points below half time on overall score. worth a stop if in the area, otherwise beer yard is your place.
10-24-2005 18:34:24 |
More by goodbyeohio
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