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J. Breski Beverage Distributor
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$$ - reasonable
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
1170 Eisenhower Boulevard
phone: (717) 939-4831
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I work right up the road from Breski's, and needed a case, so I figured I'd give it a shot...boy, was I surprised. Doesn't look like a whole lot of anything from the outside, but inside, its really well stocked, and there isn't much macro to get beat over the head with. Good selection of craft, with Troegs, Bells, Sierra Nevada, etc everywhere. I was in a rush, so I grabbed my case of Celebration from the mammoth display (at least a pallet's worth...more noticeable than most of the macro, actually), and went on my way. The staff was very helpful and friendly, and the prices were about what you'd expect to pay anywhere else. Real stunning experience, considering what you usually run into at PA distributors
UPDATE: Breski's now sells homebrew supplies, and they're actually the cheapest in the area. Good selection of small bags of grain, and plenty of different types of hops and yeast. They have all the extract you'll need too...LME is $2 cheaper than Scotzin/Mr Steve's, and DME 3lb bags are about $3 cheaper. They also have a nice selection of kits, as well as carboys and such. Service remains fantastic, especially as I've become a weekly customer for homebrew. They also recently redid the beer warehouse, and there is a TON of craft. The macro swill is thrown into the front right corner, and as you walk in, you can completely miss it if you just look straight ahead. This has pretty much become my go-to distro in the area...unfortunately, I don't work right up the road anymore.
11-12-2010 00:15:25 |
More by bigfnjoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I had some time to kill so I thought I'd pop into J. Breski Distributor. As you walk in it's almost like a gas station...chips, hot sauce, cigars. After you pass through that small room you come into the beer floor.
The selection isn't bad. A lot of macro displays. The micro selection is comprised of Troegs (Flying Mouflan), Weyerbacher, Stone (14th Anniversary), Sierra Nevada (Ken and Fritz), Long Trail, Oskar Blues, Heavy Seas, Terrapin...just to name a few. The prices were on par with other distributors.
Here's the kicker...I found a disply of Long Trail Winter White for $16! It was past it's prime but I couldn't pass up the deal. Tried it and loved it and when I went back the other five cases were gone! I did discover other beers that were past their prime but they WEREN'T marked down.
Overall, not a bad place. I liked they marked down one beer, but what about the other older cases??? Good beer and friendly service.
07-22-2010 14:15:46 |
More by thain709
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by Breski's on the way from work to the hotel (temporary digs until we settle on the new home on 9/25), as I had read on BA that they had a case of Two Hearted Ale.
Quality: The selection is mostly BMC and their derivatives. There was one small niche that made up for it (see below).
Service: As I was paying for my purchase, one of the guys behind the counter offered me a Labatt Blue. While I politely declined, I'd never, until that point, been offered a beer while buying a case.
Selection: The selection of craft brews is not too shabby. I saw Rogue, Stoudts, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Unibroue, Sleeman's, Sly Fox cans and four cases of Bell's beers. I grabbed the Two Hearted Ale, leaving Oberon, Pale Ale and something else that I don't recall (it was not a stout of similar beer). Overall, I was impressed with that small nook and will visit again.
Value: Value is what you make it. BMC will fit all budgets, but Bell's is a bit more expensive.
09-22-2006 02:08:13 |
More by akorsak
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Although I selected "average" for selection, I must say that Breski's is getting better and better in their selection.
I recently moved 5 minutes from a distributor near the house, but I still go the 10 minutes to Breski's for beer.
Now, getting back to my review: They just added a new "super cooler"...the size of a barn! It is friggin huge with an automatic door which is nice when handling beer and being able to walk right through (state of the art).
Therefore, their beer selection is getting more and more expansive, and is very good for a PA beer distributor; most beer selections suck quite frankly, but they have anything from Crudweiser to Miller to Yuengling to Victory, Troegs, etc. just to name a few. The guys working (owners) are not the most knowledgeable about some of the beers they stock, and often go by recommendations and special orders from individual patrons.
However, they are really cool guys and it is like going to Cheers, they always know your name! Live long Breski's!!!
12-15-2004 03:14:50 |
More by Fish113d
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the beer store I went to in PA before I moved to New England. I guess this store really helped me out with getting into the better beer scene after I graduated college.
The storefront has an area where you can simply ask for cases/kegs and they will go and get them, but where is the fun in that? I would always walk into the back and search through one of the two coolers for some local micros. I know in the past I purchased Neversink(defunct) and Independence cases from this store. On my most recent stop I saw several cases of Stoudts, Troegs, Appalachian, and Penn brewery. Also saw Samuel Smith's, A wide range of Unibroue and to top it off 2 cases of SA triple bock. Not sure of the vintage but they wanted $91 for the case. seems like a good deal to me, but I am not the biggest fan of the brew.
THe store will special order local kegs for you and actually rents our a beer truck and beer trailer for parties. Always a good time.
Most recent stop also revealed new cooler about twice the size of previously exisiting two with lots of micros available.
Service is great with regulars getting tips about new brews coming in and being allowed to root through the coolers.
All in all a great store that will do what it takes to keep customers happy.
07-02-2004 03:01:20 |
More by sulldaddy
J. Breski Beverage Distributor in Harrisburg, PA