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1100 S Columbus Blvd
phone: (215) 271-5248
(Place added by: hhkal17 on 10-07-2010)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Beer Heaven was the first beer stop on my recent whirlwind tour of Philly with the Beer Pest, Woody Chandler.
Stepping inside it smelled quite clean (and it was). There were 2 small freestanding displays with bigger bottles to the right, and then 15 coolers running down the right hand wall and wrapping along the back. Only along the back did they have 6-packs. There was so much to look at that I didn't even notice the more special beers lined up on tables along the left side in front of the counter. Amazing!
As for prices, they're pretty good. It's much better than getting raped at The Foodery! On the other hand, you can certainly get a better deal at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, but their selection is nowhere near as good; and if you live in the city it's a hike.
I'd highly recommend this as an option, especially if you're looking for the more unusual, "rare" bottles.
04-24-2011 00:53:37 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
I read about this joint here on BA and decided to give it a try. It's not far from the Bella Vista/South Street area the wife and I frequent, although it sits on an odd location between the Interstate and the river with lots of strip malls and difficult traffic patterns.
Beer Heaven it is indeed! A small store packed with beer. A huge cooler wrapping around the store, with single bottles and bombers, plus some shelves in the middle with room-temp stuff and more bombers by the register.
I was enticed by all the beer I can't get in New York City, including Williamsburg Alewerks, Caldera (Old Growth), Lost Abbey and Russian River (of which they have pretty much the entire lineup). A ton of different barreled Eclipse Imperial Stout, at $35 each.
Prices are HUGE. Maybe not as bad as The Foodery, but pretty bad. Victory Dark Intrigue was $17.99 ($11.99 in NYC), Older Viscosity marked at $22 ($15 in NJ) and Firestone XV for $28.79 ($19.99 in NJ).
If you got the cash to burn, why not. I just bought two bottles of Russian River Salvation at $9 each.
02-15-2012 23:55:33 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I finally stopped by this place earlier tonight on the way to ikea in South Philly. Oddly located off of I-95 in a strip mall that's not really close to other beer destinations.
It's basically a medium sized retail shop with a very impressive selection of craft beers. Very clean and bright with little to no decor. There are a ton of coolers that surround the back and right walls as well as a long aisle of room temperature bottles. Additionally, there are even more bottles at the counter.
There is tons of shelf space that's filled with probably the best selection in the area. They carry everything here including things I've never seen before. Tons of rare beers as well but be prepared to pay. Selection is better than Foodery with crazy volume that's on par with the quality of Capones. Some highlights were bourbon BA shipwrecked porter, Drie Fonteinen, rare lost abbey beers, eclipse variations, Stillwater, girardin, Cigar City, Cafe Royal and on and on. The only thing missing was Cantillon. That being said, the prices were outrageous! Some things were reasonable but some of the rarer bottles were $10-15 more than most stores(yet still cheaper than Foodery). I guess that's the price you pay if you want access to a particular beer without hassle or a waiting list. I could have gone broke here but left with only three bottles. I'll definitely be back soon!
01-24-2012 02:42:25 |
More by corby112
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Beer Heaven is on Columbus Blvd in the South of Philly.
Inside a very clean and the interior and floor is mostly white. Clean floors and the smell was nice, not dingy, Very organized selection here with prices displayed so you don't have to do the check and put back in the cooler a gillion times.
Service was attentive and she seemed like she cared. Quality could use a re-haul, I saw a bunch of out of date IPA's and the like just waiting to be carted off by stone or whoever distributes them in Philly. If I was a bottle shop owner, Old IPA's would not be tolerated. Can't these people just order what is needed and not sit on multiple cases of old dwindling beer. Needless to say, some beer is old and that pisses me off.
Anyway selection is banging, pretty much everything you can get in Philly without Cantillon. Prices were very high and I know this is Philly, but they seemed very steep, for everything, even the little guys. Some small tables in the front for a bite and a sit down drink if you want it, that's always a nice touch. If I was in a jam I would go here and for every Thread I see on the mid-atlantic forums, this will be the spot I suggest. Just check your dates, you will be surprised. Only knocking the quality here on this review because of that.
07-07-2011 07:23:03 |
More by BARFLYB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
This place is in a strip mall right off of 95 so it's about as convenient as an be if you're passing this way. They have a LOT of beer, tons of coolers full of singles and sixers, which you are allowed to break up and mix as you see fit. A 10% discount is given for 12 oz US bottles only if you buy a six.
Numerous large format bottles and rarities. I'm not going to try to name them but they plenty of stuff you will have a hard time finding elsewhere and you owe it to yourself to stop by if you're looking for something truly out of the ordinary.
Prices here are very high. I bought 6 beers and it ran 31.00 dollars, although one was a Peche Mortel for about 8 bucks and another was a 16.9 oz Maine Zoe for the same price. The rare stuff was even steeper but if you really need that bottle I guess you will pony up. Still cheaper than having a high-end wine habit, I suppose.
The single employee was a 30-ish Asian woman..not who you usually find running a beer establishment of this type. She was extremely friendly and fairly well-informed about beer. After I asked her about Maine's Lunch, which they didn't have, she made a point of writing it down and said she would look into getting it. Very cool.
Ok long story short, you need to stop in here if you're close. Amazing selection, lots of rare bottles, just be prepared to spend.
EDIT: this place has gotten better than ever with increased selection and more rare and coveted beers on the shelves than I can remember seeing pretty much anywhere else, including capones or haltime or new beer. The prices are ludricous but damn this is an exciting place to shop.
12-14-2011 14:31:32 |
More by tobelerone
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by to pick up a bottle as a source of some good brett/bacteria for some homebrewed sours. Not the first time I had been in but, there selection has improved dramatically.
Atmosphere is exactly what you want if you want to browse for 20 minutes, no hassling but lots of room to maneuver and look around.
Service is acceptable, these guys get a good mix of brews, this has a much better selection than Hawthorne's and maybe the Foodery. It is run by the same people as Society Hill just up the street on Washington Ave, but they definitely have a few here I did not notice there.
Selection is probably the best I have seen, they had multiple picks from some good west coast brews that I had not seen in Philly yet (at least at distributors). I was looking for 1 or 2 sours for a source of bottle dregs, picked up and Oud Beersel, but nearly got a Jolly Pumpkin or Russian River as well. I'll definitely be back to try one of those.
Value is on the reasonable side for most things, I'd have to stop by the foodery to compare for sure, but it seemed a bit more fair with a much better selection and ease of maneuvering.
04-29-2011 04:49:34 |
More by mvanaskie13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
A: A really good place to buy some bottles of beer. Shelves on one side, and coolers on the other. Nothing over 5' tall, so you don't have to struggle to see and/or reach anything.
Q: Nice and clean. Lots of room. PLENTY OF FREE PARKING.
Ser: They know nothing of beer (and they come off as if they probably don't care too; which is sad)! But very very nice & pleasant people that run the store. And also, they need to put some prices out that line up with the beer.
Sel: Some hiddem gems, new brews, and old favorites! I haven't seen Hoptimus Prime in a long long time.
V: lil bit, lil bit pricy.
One of my hot spots when driving in center city, and/or South Philly. And I def recommend the Pho next door!
03-30-2012 09:50:56 |
More by gkatsoris
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I stopped here while visiting Philly and was thoroughly impressed with the quantity and quality of the beer selection at Beer Heaven. The location is quite random, but they really have a ton of awesome things here. With that said, I was quite stoked to find several one-off treats that are hard to track down in my neck of the woods (Blushing Monk and Marrón Acidifié to name a few). The only negative here is that the prices were very high. On average, I'd say bottles were $2-15 overpriced; however, simple economics of supply vs. demand always wins.
The layout of the store was very well put together - simple and basic. There is no rhyme or reason regarding the order selection; however, there was a wide variety of awesome beers I saw in almost every cooler door. These folks maximize their space and there are plenty of one-off bottles "laying around" for the adventuresome explorer to find. Additionally, the service was not overly great; however, the clerk was very friendly and knew whether or not they stocked what I was asking about.
I ended up buying quite a few things here - though over-priced - as I did not have the luxury of price comparison and running all around Philly to find the best deal. With that said, if I lived in PA this would not be my first stop to shop; however, as I only visit once every few years, I do not mind spending a little more to secure things I want.
I will certainly return here when visiting Philly in the future, but it sure would be nice if they could knock of 5-10% of their pricing and help customers out!
09-23-2011 20:17:09 |
More by spdyfire83
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Went here tonight to check it out...curiosity got the best this time. It is incredible how accustomed Philadelphian's have become to great beer culture. This place would take the cake in any other town, but in Philly, it just gets muted. However, I will say this: Beer Heaven has some awesome beer selection. The fact that I found a few beers here that I have NEVER even seen for sale mean a lot!
Excellent cooler displays that are well-organized and maintained. The place is clean, and my only suggestions would be to have more beer and make sure that everything is labeled properly with the price. Speaking of the price, some were definitely a bit oo much. As awesome as it is that they have a 2000 bottle of Thomas Hardy's or JW Lees or whatever it is, I don't think that 10 bucks is reasonable. MAybe that is just my ignorance...
Also, it was clean and the people that were working there seemed nice. Though they should say hello to people when they come in...it makes you feel more welcome.
01-31-2011 02:57:27 |
More by MusicaleMike
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
The prices were the highest I've seen but the selection is worth the visit alone and I order a majority of my collection offline and the prices were quite comparable to having to pay to have the same beer shipped. I bought the rest of their alesmith speedway stout at 17$ a pop which is about what it would cost to have the items delivered to my front door.
Service was non-existent, however the store was very well organized and the clerk new exactly the quantities in stock but I had to find the bottles myself. They had some of my favorite breweries all in the same place, gotta love that.
08-03-2011 03:43:37 |
More by YumYumGumGum
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