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The Craft Beer Outlet
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Eatery, Store ]
9910 Frankford Ave
phone: (215) 632-2722
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 8pm
(Place added by: joeebbs on 06-02-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
A large retail space in the middle of a shopping center in NE Philly. They have a large selection of bottles, magnums and glassware as well as a growler filling station with around six rotating taps.
The place is long and narrow with the growler filling station on the right hand side immediately upon entering. Above the station there is an impressive selection of glassware but they are crazy expensive. An Orval glass was $22! To the left there is a nice selection of seasonals and room temperature bombers/750mls. The cashier counter is straight ahead on the left and the opposite wall is lined up with several coolers with a very nice variety of craft offerings. There is a space in the back where you can sit and have a beer which they also sell by the galas at the growler filling station.
I'm not often impressed by selection but the variety was shocking. They had some cool magnums as well as singles, six packs, bombers and 750ml bottle from a large selection of breweries. Plenty of Russian River along with Ballast Point, Bruery, Evil Twin, Mikkeller, Terrapin, Maine Brewing Co., etc. Not too many rarified but there is a wide variety of great beers. Unfortunately, most of the beers range from pretty pricey to outrageously expensive. You can make a mixed six pack but there is no discount. RR sours were in the $18 range and many of the 12oz bottles of interest were close to $8. Similarly priced to competitive stores in the city but still beyond a reasonable budget to leave with more than a couple of bottles at a time.
Overall this place was pretty impressive with a nice clean space, interesting beers on draft and a huge inventory of good beers. The prices will keep me for stocking while there but this place is a hidden gem in an area of the city that has little to nothing to offer in the way of craft beers.
11-11-2011 08:29:09 |
More by corby112
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
This place is great. Not only is it a "Mix-and-Match" place in PA, they also have draft beers for filling growlers or to enjoy a pint while there.
The folks are very courteous, generous with their time, and treat the customer well. Some of the staff is more knowledgeable than others. I say that as disclaimer before suggesting this place to folks newly interested in craft beer or trying to make a selection for others with different tastes because there are folks here who really know their beer.
It's a comfortable setting, though a bit pricey. I really suggest stopping by here, even if it's a little out of your way. You won't regret it.
09-08-2011 13:57:50 |
More by MONKandTUCK
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This was a bit of a drive for me, but I wanted to give the place a try. The place is in a strip mall along a busy street. Parking is a little bit tight unless you park on the far end of the lot along the street. The place had a good vibe, and the service was very friendly and insightful. We were greeted several times and asked if we needed any help, and even while there were plenty of other customers.
The selection was very good and included Russian River. The coolers are along one side of the place. There was plenty of room to navigate. Everything was clearly marked.
I would come here more often if it was a little closer to home.
08-13-2011 21:42:58 |
More by SolipsismalCat
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Craft Beer Outlet is one of the better stocked bottle shops in the Philly area. They get all the big releases from Russian River, Lost Abbey, Voodoo, etc. The pricing is a bit on the expensive side compared to what I think is reasonable considering what they pay wholesale and the pricing at Whole Foods and in Jersey. The staff beer knowledge runs the gamut from highly educated to proficient. The store is clean and nicely laid out, most of the beers are kept cold. Highly recommended for those around NE Philly and driving from the north on I-95
08-06-2011 18:35:59 |
More by Soonami
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped here with my brother-in-law while we were in the area for a family reunion in Cherry Hill. They have 6 taps available for growler fills immediately as you walk through the door, on the right. There are a few stand-up tables in the back, presumably for on-premises consumption. We were there at 9 AM on a Saturday, so we didn't partake. On-premises consumption (not just sampling) seems like a pretty cool option that PA blue laws allow for, and they appear to be well equipped to make the most of it.
The selection here is amazing. Bell's, New Holland, The Duck-Rabbit, and Russian River are just a few of the treats that I'm not used to seeing in MA/NH/ME. We were very pleasantly surprised to find an abundance of Marrón Acidifié, Cuir, Abacus, and Speedway Stout. I made sure to grab some Supplication, Salvation, Damnation, and Redemption as well.
The guy working the counter was beyond helpful and friendly, answering all of our questions and carrying on good conversation about the state of beer in Philly and the outlying community. They do sell single bottles here as well as mixed sixers. One blue law that we found odd was the ounce-per-car-visit ratio, which meant that we were supposed to carry no more than a 12-pack per visit to our car at a time. *shrug*
Prices on almost everything were very good to average, although some of the rarities were a bit higher than I've seen at other establishments (but still very reasonable, given the hype machine). I certainly did not feel as though I was being price-gouged or otherwise ripped off, even though my trip was quite costly.
All in all, this gem was quite impressive and absolutely worth a stop if you're in the area and looking for some of the better examples of the incredible selection that the Philly market has to offer. It is very easy to find, just a few miles off of I-95. It's nowhere near as large as Julio's in MA, but the quality, service, and selection make it very much worthy of a visit.
06-24-2011 18:45:08 |
More by placlair
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Found this place on the way to Atlantic City. They had six taps as soon as you walk in in to the right with all craft on tap. Mark, the owner was there and helped me out, a transplant from Pittsburgh. Tons of bottles, even though I am in the same state, Pittsburgh and Philly are two different worlds. I ended up getting some Firestone Walker, Lost Abbey, Port, and a bunch of randoms. All in all, I thought the place was great, huge selection, friendly service, and clean and organized. If heading east again, I will stop back.
06-11-2011 14:40:31 |
More by OWSLEY069
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped in here looking for some Black Magick a month or so ago. This place is pretty damn awesome. Brightly lit and very clean. Refrigerator cases the length of the store. A huge selection of bottles, six packs, 4 packs etc for take out. You can even score a few glasses but their selection was pretty limited, I was surprised to find any as most places don't have glasses. They have all the normal crafts but they also have hard to find stuff that I usually don't see around. They have a growler filling station and you can even sit down and have a pint at the tables in the back of the store. The customer service was pretty good. However, I did call ahead and ask if they could save a six pack for me but when I got there no one had put it aside. No big deal as I was able to get it off the shelf. All in all this place is great and I wish I lived closer but it was still worth the 45 minute drive. Check it out!
05-12-2011 18:37:57 |
More by slentz
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in this place at the advice of a couple of BAs looking for some Russian River sours during a recent trip to Philly.
Atmosphere is great. The Craft Beer Outlet is actually located in a shopping mall in what looks to be a quite, upscale neighborhood. The store is very well structured. Long and narrow with a growler station in the front and a couple of chairs and tables for customers at the back. Super clean also.
Best quality that I've seen in a long while. They actually have the same beer in a number of places... displayed on shelves, in refridgerators, and in the back. So whether you want to take it home, drink it there, what have you, they have beer at the perfect temperature for you. Everything was also fresh from what I could tell.
Service was really good. The kid at the counter greeted us and immediately helped my girlfriend and I find what we were looking for. We also got a chance to chat it up for a little while and I got the impression that the staff really knew what they were talking about.
I called a number of places before going to Philly and this was the only one out of 5 or 6 that had Supplication and Sanctification in stock. They also had a number of Red Poppy's... something else that I didn't expect to find on the shelves. A really well-stocked selection overall.
Prices here were comparatively cheap also. Supplication for $18 and Sanctification for $15. Their growler fills were also very reasonably priced.
Creaft Beer Outlet is a bona fide hidden gem. A beer store that's located in a bit of an out-of-the-way location, but most definitely worth the drive for a visit!
A HUGE thanks to all those who recommended this place!
05-02-2011 01:02:04 |
More by SpeedwayJim
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I stopped in recently for the first time. There were 5 or 6 taps for growler fills. Nothing on tap excited me, several ocktoberfests. There was a kid working, he told the other customer he didn't know anything about the taps so I didn't even ask if they filled outside growlers. When you first walk in there are a lot of gift packs. Mad Elf in abundance. Some rare warm 6 packs and tons of cold singles. Impressive selection. Most of the prices were slightly higher than what I've seen around but not bad at all. Except this is what confused me about some of the prices. My local store sells all Founders 4 packs for the same price, yet here the porter was $2.49 a single but the breakfast stout was $4.49 a single! The porter was priced very fair but the bs was crazy high, I had just picked up a 4 pack for $9.65. I picked up a few other singles. The had a nice selection of AleSmith. 2 Lost Abbeys. I didn't see any Russian River but lots of other great stuff.
11-21-2010 21:11:09 |
More by acurtis
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Since the craft beer outlet open this has been my go to six pack store ...because the owners and staff take a lot of pride in the beers they sell ,they feature a fantastic selection of beers from ,Alesmith,cascade,lost abbey,port brewing ,ballast point,dark horse ,and all the local favorites ,such as pbc,yards,victory,sly fox ,they have well over 750 types of beer available plus they offer a six tap system for growler fills and on site consumption ,and if you don't see a beer you just ask Mark and he will get it in for you .
Hands down my favorite bottle shop.
10-30-2010 07:36:15 |
More by fnsweet
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