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The Beer Yard

Not Rated.
The Beer YardThe Beer Yard
BA SCORE
100
world-class

117 Ratings
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.31%
[ Store ]

218 E Lancaster Ave
Wayne, Pennsylvania, 19087-4104
United States
phone: (610) 688-3431

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Reviews by Gilgemesh:
Photo of Gilgemesh
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

I just visited the Beer Yard for the first time today. The selection was great. I requested a price check via their online site, which is very thorough by the way, and received a response same day. With an offer to hold something for me if I was interested. Their employees were helpful and considerate. I ran into another BA member in the store who was more than happy to help me with a couple of tough decisions. In the end, I ended up spending a bit more than I wanted, but I got a number of great drinkable beers. I will most certainly be returning.

Gilgemesh, Jan 30, 2009
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Photo of jonnyb79
4.37/5  rDev -5.4%

I was looking for a case of Founders Backwoods last year after most was not to be found. I sent an email to Matt and he promptly emailed me back and said he would be on the lookout. Somehow he got a case for me and I was all set. Fast forward to last week when I get an email again from Matt saying that they just got 2013 Backwoods in stock. I headed over and there was a case waiting for me. I didn't have to call or email, they actually gave me a heads up. Just wanted to give huge kudos to The Beer Yard for great customer service.

jonnyb79, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of de1m0nte
4.19/5  rDev -9.3%

last visited on 10/26/13.

somewhat tricky entrance (enter through a Starbucks) but ample parking around the small warehouse.

inside, cases stacked 4-10 feet high. there seems to be little organization to the place. because of this, I don't necessarily go in to browse, however you can. nothing is clearly marked so be prepared to ask questions. the staff working there expects it.

what I do whenever I go in there is come with a list of what I had in mind and chat with the dudes who work there. bunch of knowledgeable people who know what they have and provide plenty of suggestions. its difficult to go in there without an agenda because of the sporadic nature of the place so know what you're looking for and the type of style you want to walk out with. the website can help.

if you're looking for high demand and rare stuff, there are waiting lists.

overall, difficult to navigate but I don't care about that when the selection and staff are above average.

de1m0nte, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of mj81
3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

mj81, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of wattoclone
3.63/5  rDev -21.4%

One of the best selections of craft beers and imports in southeastern PA. I used to frequent this distributor for kegs of Beamish stout before it became unavailable in the US. The staff is friendly and will answer any question you have. The only downside is they only sell cases, which is an unfortunate feature of living in PA. The bottom line is that they carry many unique beers which are hard to find in this region of the country. I will always remember them for providing a chance to enjoy Cain's Mild Dark.

wattoclone, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of laundryraccoon
5/5  rDev +8.2%

I love this place! They have a great selection and I never leave disappointed. Yes, the beer is stacked up high and sometimes it takes a bit of browsing to find what you want, but that's part of why I like it. Their prices are pretty good as well, and if a case isn't labeled you can just ask someone who works there to look up a price. Most of the cases are labeled anyway so that's not too much of a problem. The staff is knowledgable and have answered any questions I have with courtesy. I can also rely on them to give me their honest opinion about a beer, good or bad. They are conveniently located so stopping by is easy on my way home from work. They also have a good variety of glassware. All in all it's one of my favorite beer distributors.

laundryraccoon, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev -6.5%

Stopped in here for the first time a few weeks back to see what all the fuss was about. Really small space with cases of beer all over the place. There appears to be no rhyme or reason as to where they are. I found cases from Goose Island in two different isles. Quality and selection were pretty good. Nothing overly rare or anything but definitely some tasty beers to be had, if you are into buying cases that is. Service was good. They came around twice to ask if I was doing ok and if I needed anything. Not sure what to put for the prices as they appear to not want you to know them. I guess because they move the cases all over the place but at least put the price on the case so we can tell how much it is without having to go up and wait in line each time. Overall a very nice distributor to check out if you are in the area.

orangesol, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.81/5  rDev -17.5%

Tucked away behind a Starbucks, this place is not too far away from Teresa's. So after you drink there, if you feel like putting away a case of something, this is a good place to look. And cases are all you can and will get here, thanks to archaic PA alcohol laws. It's a small warehouse, with cases crammed in every nook and cranny. The selection is great, but you might spend hours finding what you want because there seems to be no organization, no rhyme or reason to the way things are stacked in here. But the staff is omnipresent and helpful, so that's a plus. Prices are generally a mystery as most of the stuff is unmarked, so again, call up the staff before you make your choice and find out just how much you're shelling out. There are keg sales here as well.

I've never bought anything here and I probably never will, but if you're into buying cases and like working to find what you want, this place is for you.

Rifugium, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of redliner8
2.65/5  rDev -42.6%

The Beer Yard is hidden behind Starbucks. Took me a few tries driving back and forth until I finally saw the little sign for it.

They have very good selection for a distributor & the prices, well who knows, they don't put prices on their beer...everything besides selection far below average. I'm actually surprised the rating of this place is so high.

I've never said this before, but unfortunately I will not be returning to this store unless they start putting prices on their cases. I'm not much of a complainer but this is a huge show stopper...and my biggest complaint (and I hope they take note). You heard right, they don't price label ANY of their cases. You can't look around, take your time, and compare pricing (which is all part of the experience, and necessary for the huge price range of $20 to $150). If you want to know the price, you need to remember all the cases you like, ask them for the price of every case...then try to remember & compare. Other cons; Beer cases are stacked on top of each other, usually 6 or more cases high and are intermixed with different styles. So you could find yourself wanting the case on the very bottom & have to dig it out (where's the shelving?). It's very cramped with narrow aisles, two people can't fit side by side in the aisle.

I wish they would fix the pricing problem, pleeeease (and buy some shelves), it's really a shame that everything, other than selection, is subpar.

redliner8, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%

Not the easiest plce to find, but i live in the area so not much of a problem. They have a fantastic selection in spite of what appears to be a relatively limited space. The help is excellent and well-informed. The prices are about what you would expect for the area. If PA ever allows them to sell sixes, I think this place will be even better. They have free beer tastings every Friday which adds to the attraction of the place. They allow you to pre-order the more rare offerings which gives everyone a shot at the best stuff.

MDDMD, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
4.51/5  rDev -2.4%

This place has everything! I usually stop here after I visit Teresa's Next Door in Wayne. They still had a case of Consecration bombers, until I decided to buy them, then they were gone....oh well. The prices are pretty good, maybe a touch higher than I'm used to, but you are in the Main Line so it is to be expected. I wish I could visit here more, but glad for the times I can. They always have something that makes you say "Ohhhh" or "Ahhhh". Definately check it out if you get in the area.

DaveHack, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%

Great place, though a bit hard to find since it is well off the street, behind the Starbucks. It is stacked floor to eye height with cases, only loosely organized by region and brewery, but the selection is amazing. The staff if very helpful and more than happy to help you shuffle the cases to get at something at the bottom of a tall pile. The selection is excellent - not as big as a behemoth like Shangy's, but great none-the-less. Prices looked decent, certainly competitive with high-end distributors like Bella Vista or Shangys. Well worth a trip if you're on the Main Line.

Seanibus, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of trags15
4/5  rDev -13.4%

So i have heard amazing things about this place. My friends and I went here during college for the past 3 years, but I never personally bought a case here. My first purchase came about 2 months ago, but I have to admit, I was very disappointed...but not with what you will think.

The selection is amazing. The help, when you ask for it, is very good. They definitely know their sh*t. Even though the cases are literally scattered everywhere, if you ask for something, they will definitely find it for you.

I bought a case of Racer 5 IPA, and i was so excited to bring it home. I bought it for only $35 and I was a little skeptical at first because the price seemed extremely too good to be true.... and it was.

My case was skunked and I was extremely disappointed because i feel that they definitely knew it was, hence why they knocked the price down about $15 dollars. I called the store and asked to bring it back, but I live an hour away and work in NYC so I can't just stop everything and make it down there.

I'm going to be going there soon again, and i'm hoping that they change my opinion.

trags15, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of regspeir
3.5/5  rDev -24.2%

I have been here several times but after today's visit, I finally feel able to offer an opinion. As much as I love the people who wait on me there (and nope, they do NOT know my name or seem to care), I am not a fan (yet?). The prices are HIGH. No bargains here that I could see. And finding things - whew. That plus no posted prices and the people who wait on you BETTER be nice 'cause you have to ask them 5,000 questions and always feel like a pain-in-the-#$%@. I will go back if I hear anything changes, but until then there are better prices and easier-to-deal-with places nearby.

regspeir, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of IAmAFlyersFan
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Stopped by for the first time on 5/23. I heard great things about the place so decided I had to see it for myself. I reviewed their website and saw that Flower Power recently came in within the last 7 days. When I got there, I was greeted by a few folks asking if I needed help. I saw the beer I was looking for and picked up the case. I saw it was bottled on 5/11. I couldn't believe it. Back in DE, I would NEVER see a) this beer b) a beer this fresh. Everyone was great and very helpful. I will definitely be back soon. First class operation.

IAmAFlyersFan, May 23, 2010
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The Beer Yard in Wayne, PA
100 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.