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2809 S Front St
phone: (215) 468-6891
(Place added by: jrancan)
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Reviews by Billolick:
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
Easy on/off location by highway 95. This place is also real close to the two temples of steak cheese sandwedges in south Philly, Gino's and Pats. Large warehouse type set up, large selection of macros and micros. featuring a nice amout of local mid atlantic breweries as well as a fair amount of classy imports. Biggest problem i had with this and other spots in Penn. is the fact that you MUST buy a case. no sixers, no singles, no big bottles. What a lame law! Only way around it would be to go with a friend and split up the goods or try one of the mixed cases that some of the breweries offer. Worthwhile stop just dont expect to pick up a few bottles or to try a sixpack. Staff was a wee bit cranky...
10-01-2004 14:44:17 |
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10-10-2013 00:34:10 |
More by IdrinkGas
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Bell's is an outlet store with a great selection, and in the rare case where they do not have what you're looking for, they'll usually direct you to where you can get it. The catch is...the almighty PA case law. Yes, you can only buy cases here, so you'd better dang well know what it is you're about to make a commitment to. If you want to buy less than a case, there are places where you can do such a thing (without crossing the bridge to Jersey, though that is a viable option), but if you need a lot of a good beer, Bell's is a good bet.
04-30-2011 04:38:51 |
More by Rifugium
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I went here after dropping off my father at the airport. Very easy to get to off of I-95. Upon my journey I was asked to sample a few ocktoberfest beers. Nothing spectacular but always good to wet the whistle while choosing a good brew.
Service was good. No one out on the floor to help out but the cashier's seemed to be knowledgable of what they are selling which is always a good thing.
Selection was fantastic. When you can find a case of Westmalle tripel for sale it means the company has done some research on quality beers. The first 3 aisle's are all craft beer and some hard to find in my area.
I rated a bit pricey as it seemed that the belgian brews were about $5 to $10 dollars more than some other places that I have found them in.
All and all a great place you will certainly find what you are looking for here and then some.
09-26-2010 16:59:20 |
More by TheFightfan1
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here for a beer run the last time I was in Philly. Next to a Dunkin Donuts near South Columbus and the interstate.
Upon walking in, it looked like a typical warehouse of cases of beverages. About 3 aisles of craft beer and a few more of BMC and other drinks and sodas. The prices are reasonable. I hate how the prices of the beers are not stickered or on the shelves; you have to consult the price book hanging by a chain on each aisle. And some of the prices aren't even in the book, you have to ask the guy directly at the checkout.
Beers are organized via domestic or import, then by brewery name. A pretty good selection. They had cases of FBS, Rock Art, Bell's, Maredsous, Ommegang, Yard's, etc... too many to list. I bought a case of Bell's Double Cream Stout. Not a bad price either. There are mixed cases as well, for those who want a sampling of a brewery.
You're pretty much on your own here. You come in, get what you need, and check out. If you ask, they'll help you but it's probably not necessary.
Overall, it's not a beer museum like the Foodery. This is for someone who needs cases of beer. I dig. I recommend.
03-29-2010 01:41:58 |
More by DmanGTR
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I find the prices here to be very good. As mentioned previously, the sale section right up front has a great variety at very good prices. I recently bought a few cases of Magic Hat Hi.P.A for $11 that had just expired. This was disclosed to me beforehand and the beer was very good. I discussed it with the owner(?) and he said he allows returns at any time for any reason. How could I go wrong. He recently lived up to this as he took back a case of Prima Pils that had gone bad. He seems to be very interested in good beer and very willing to discuss it. They are opening a tasting area up front that sounds very cool. The rest of the staff doesn't seem that knowledgeable or helpful but the selection and the prices have never let me down. As of yet, I have never walked in there and not found what I was looking for.
11-18-2009 00:07:10 |
More by Ryan19147
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Huge distributor in South Philly with an excellent selection of craft beer. They have a very large selection of American craft as well as a very impressive selection of imports, especially German and Belgian. This place has the best selection of any distributor in the city and they also sell 5L minikegs and frequently have sales on seasonal cases. Also, they have a price list which is very helpful. The service is average, what you would expect at a huge warehouse distributor. Prices are kind of pricey but when you have to buy a full case they tend to get kind of outrageous no matter where you go.
10-15-2009 09:52:46 |
More by corby112
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I live in South Philly and this is THE best place to go to get your bulk beer shopping done. A great selection, decent case turnaround time, and THE best prices around. I quite enjoy the
"beer sale" prices of the week up in the first isle. I'm telling you....you can't beat Bell's!!!
In terms of selection, although I haven't tried all of the imports/out-of-state beer you can imagine, they have an awesome list. Hint: they do sell a lot of Bud/Millers-Coors products because the masses (especially those going down to the sports complex) don't know what they're doing and only buy the bland crap!
08-07-2009 21:41:30 |
More by jwhancher
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Bell's is my go to place if I want something interesting. The Quantities of any particular beer are not huge (sometimes only 1 or 2 cases), but the variety is pretty extensive, including some obscure stuff as well as old standbys.
The store logically and compactly organized, with all the beer you want to look at in just two isles - one for domestics and one for imports (All the Bud/Coors/etc. is in a separate isle!). Even so, browsing can be tedious with it all jammed in next to each other. If you are looking for something specific, check out one of the handy price lists hanging from the shelves (again, domestics listed in the domestics isle and imports in the imports isle) to see if the carry it, then ask at he front if they have it in stock. Better yet, ask one of the people on the floor who stock the shelves. At the front, they don't necessarily know where to send you to find it.
I talked to someone on a fork lift recently who seemed to be in charge of the place and really knew his stuff. He filled me in on their expansion plans which include rearranging the store, devoting a larger section to specialty beer, and installing a new refrigerated section. Make sure to hit them up on your next trip to Ikea.
03-17-2009 18:32:43 |
More by dstotz
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I just got back from a run over to Bell's. I had read about it here on BA for half a year or more. Having had a run to Victory in Downingtown fall through, I made the best of it.
Although the place can be "dusty" and the help centrally located away from the beer (update - next trip there, folks on the floor were available and helpful), they carry a lot of choices. Although some folks say the prices are standard, I found them excellent.
Mad Elf around me, if you can find it, is in the $58-$60, range. Bell's had it for $50 and a few cents.
Golden Monkey around me is going for $38-$40. Victory has it for $34.50 if you can make it up to the brewery store. Bell's had one case left at $32.94.
But wait, there's more!
The best I got a case of Wyerbacher Blithering Idiot in the past 3 years was for $46 at the Canal's in Berlin, NJ. I walked out of Bell's with a case for $43.99. Around me the local places have it for $52.
Lastly, I love Wyerbacher Decadence. Naturally, it is no longer made and no longer available - can't get it anymore without being "lottery lucky".
Bell's had two cases, selling them at $58 a case. Heck, I can't compare that price because I can't get a case of 12 oz (or any other) Decadence around here!
It was a very worthwhile trip - plenty of local microbrews, plenty of USA microbrews, as well as the delicious imports, like Delirium Tremens (about $84 for the case of 11.3 ouncers), Chimays, German brews, et cetera.
In summary, the folks at Bell's willingly look up prices, but the simply aren't posted with the products(UPDATE - Bell's has posted Price Lists throughout the store at last visit). I found the prices on all the beer I asked about to be very good and the place deems another visit, but I should be good for the Chrsitmas rush now.
12-01-2007 22:48:16 |
More by jimbomill
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