The Foodery - Center City

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The Foodery - Center CityThe Foodery - Center City
BA SCORE
93
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136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: 800
Cask: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

324 S 10th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107-6149
United States
phone: (215) 928-1111

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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Found this little shop on my last day in Philly (wish I found it a bit sooner). Small little bottle shop the size of a small convienience store. Basically all beer on all the exterior wall portions of the room. A very small portion for soda and glassware/beer tshirts and of course the register. The middle isles have small areas for ice cream and snacks. Looks like a nice little small town convienince store, but deticated to beer.

Quality I would assume was good. 90% of everything in the store was refrigerated only which I wasn't a big fan of since I found it on my last day. THere was a small section with some bigger Belgian style brews and other high gravity imports that weren't refigerated. There were a few winter and fall seasonals on the shelf (but high ABV atleast) that suprised me.

The service was ok, they didn't go out of the way to help you out. I asked if he had anything else not in the coolers. The guy checked, but seemed a little more concerned at telling me it'll be fine as long as it doesn't warm up to 100 degrees than going to check, but he did check which I was grateful for even though they didn't have what else I was looking for.

I was only going to give the selection part a 4, but based on teh amount of space they had I had to give it a little more respect. VERY small amount of BMC products, the rest all dedicated to craft beer. Plenty of good imports, Mikeller, Sam Smith, Leffe, De Doll, amoung many others. Good locals from the Penn, NY area, Brooklyn, FLying fish, Yards, Troegs and more. And a few others from the nation. A couple of small Russian River producst, TTerrapin, Flying DOg, North Coast, Deschutes, Duck Rabbit, Weybraucher and several more. Very few six packs sold, this was pretty much an individual sold bottles where you make your own six packs. But yes there were bombers too, but mostly 12 oz bottles.

Value was pretty reasonable. I think you got a small discount for making a six pack, but each individual bottle gets pricy, but you get what you pay for I guess. I'm glad I found it anyway, got a few good bottles.

More User Reviews:
Photo of amano_h
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This Foodery is a little more limited in terms of selection compared to the Foodery at Northern Liberties due to their limited store space, but they pack or at least try to pack as much of a punch into the shop as they can.

Although the store front is almost hallf the size of Nor Libs', the Washington Square location seems to get all the same seasonal/rare imports that the other Fooderies get as well. (case in point: I bought a four-pack of Goose Isand Bourbon County Stout here, as well as the last bottle of Bourbon County Coffee Stout)

Don't buy food here as the groceries/food is a front for laundering beer (Due to, I'm assuming, the oh-so-strange Philadelphia alcohol laws). If you're looking for good beer and are too lazy/scared to take the Market-Frankford line to Girard, then the Washington Square Foodery is for you.

Photo of mvilushis
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

My daughter moved into an apartment a block away. After parking the car and walking back to the apt, we noticed a small corner store with lighted beer signs in the window. Intrigued, we walked in and, behold, a cramped area with a nice selection of single beers grouped into different countries. It was a pleasant surprise and have been back a number of times and been to the Northern Liberties location also which has a bigger selection.

Photo of orangesol
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here a few days ago while in the area for an event. Figured it was only a few blocks away, might as well check it out.

Atmosphere was just like others have mentioned, it is pretty much a cross between a corner bodega and a bottle shop. It is really cramped and you have to walk around numerous objects to get anywhere. Quality was ok, nothing amazing, some of the bottles looked pretty old. Service was pretty good, I had two different people ask if I needed any help. Selection was decent for the size of the space but nothing amazing. Only one or two things I would have gotten had the prices been reasonable, which they certainly were not.

Overall an ok bottle shop in the heart of the city. If I lived in the area I might check it out every now and then to see what they have but I doubt I will return.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

The foodery is a conveience store turned little beer store. Cramped. Very cramped couldn't move in there if your their with one or more customers. Beer selection is ok but couldn't get any better since its so small. Theres no parking what so ever, I just went when I had my City vehicle and double parked ( the perks of driving a City of Philadelphia Vehicle.) It's a bit pricey, rather go to Craft beer outlet in NE Philly. Probably will never go here again. Just went a couple of times since I worked in South Philly but wont be heading back.

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Well it has all been said before. You better hold onto your nutsack when you go into this place because that is the only thing that you can leave with that did not cost an arm and a leg. Pretty shitty looking place on Pine that has stale candy and other assorted foodstuffs to sell the stoners on Friday and Saturday night when they come in for a beer as well as munchies. Place looks dirty and not too clean but the beer selections are pretty good. Know what it feels like when it is 2AM and you are horny and in a bar and just want to take a hot hole home to bang on for a bit before you call it a night? Well this is the same feeling but it relates to beer. If you absolutely have to have a beer and price is no object, then step right up. Otherwise, save your nuts and go someplace else.

Photo of gkatsoris
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A: Def no parking, and absolutely no room to move around in the store. If you're a bigger dude, 'walk sideways' LOL.

Q: Again, small. They'd be better off getting rid of the grocery side of the store, and just making it a beer store; now that's a million dollar idea- I want a kick back when you do it Foodery.

Ser: There are only a few people in the store that know beer, and when I asked them a few questions I felt like I was bothering them.

Sel: Normal finds, but some real hidden gems!!!

V: Typical prices for PA. God I'm tired of saying this.

If they went 100 percent beer, this place could OWN Philly...eliminate the peanut butter, salad dressings and etc, and blow this store open as a bottle shop.

I am a huge fan of sarcasm; not a huge fan of Douchery!!!

Photo of SFLpunk
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

I'll start by saying that I think this is THE most expensive beer store I've ever been to, but I'll explain that in a moment. This place was recommended by my bartender at Monk's Cafe.

This is basically a corner store with 20 or so feet of free-standing beer coolers packed with rows and rows of single beers. There is also a very limited selection of beers on the warm shelves and a open-top chest with canned beer six packs. The selection is awesome, especially for PA. Russian River, De Ranke, Cascade, Bell's, New Holland, Oskar Blues (to name the things I purchased) plus Terrapin, Sixpoint, Breckenridge, a few locals, Troegs, Abita, and more, plus the usual imported suspects like Chimay, Piraat, etc.

The problems are that A) Nothing is priced (WTF!?), B) it's super cramped because of isles full of chips and corner store sundries, C) the line forms down the center isle, and D) the staff doesn't know about the beers (so I created a 10 person line behind me when I was trying to purchase a 6pk and 6 loose beers). And because of this line hold-up, I didn't feel like I could put anything back after they had to look it up with assistance from another guy and then charge me $24 for a single beer that probably should have been $18 somewhere else. My bill was $125 and I felt a little ripped off.

I'd recommend finding somewhere else to shop, but this place does have a good selection.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

So Im onboard with the majority of the reviews on this place. This place does have a great selection and the beers are grouped quite well. There didnt seem to be anything super rare but you can expect many of the beer enthusiast favorites. It is real tight quarters in there and that was pretty annoying bumping shoulders. There is a pricing book there but many of the beers werent listed so I just grabbed what I wanted and hoped for the best. I made two six packs and grabbed a soda and a Celebrator glass. Man I wanted to dunk my crotch in a vat of scolding hot soup when i saw the total price. Granted I didn't price first, and I certainly could have declined the purchase but I went with it. I thoroughly enjoyed what I purchased without a doubt, but its true, this place is super expensive and it hurt my soul a little.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here while visiting Philly and was quite impressed with the selection and quality of the beer on-site. Additionally, the folks in the store were very helpful answering questions. Although the printed list was not up-to-date, the two gentlemen stocking the shelves were more than helpful in assisting me.

I found several tasty treats that do not normally cross my path; however, they were a bit pricey (I still splurged though). The shop itself is quite small and the line was long, but neither of these factors was a deal breaker by any means. I was quite surprised to see a decent selection of beers from all over the country (even some things I haven't been able to find in breweries backyards).

I will certainly return here when visiting Philly in the future!

Photo of islandboi8204
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Center City Foodery is a very small convenience store lined with beer refrigerators. Be careful walking up the aisles, they're a bit cramped. It’s probably one of the more expensive stores in the city and its surroundings, but you can find a lot of variety and great beers. For instance, I picked up two bottles of Parabola recently for $25, which is probably more than in New Jersey or Delaware. However, living in the city and without the car, this store is a great choice and location. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the beers.

Photo of bpfishback
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Small convenience store with a decent to nice selection of beer. Has six packs and singles. Fairly small amount of beers with maybe seven stand alone fridges and some beers out on shelves but has breweries like hair of the dog, lost abbey, and pretty things. The guy working the register seemed knowledgeable, I heard him helping another customer.

The only thing that gets me is the lack of price tags on the beer, I would avoid this place because of that if I were not from out of town. It is located nicely in center city though.

Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

So this is quite the little gem in a very beautiful neighbourhood downtown.

I was just walkin round pine street after having hit the farmer's market a bit further east and spotted this place from afar, northwest corner of pine and...something.

Now I love checking out small time grocery stores, but this looked like an average place (and the name gives no hints). However the door had a sign I think of dogfish or some other craft- maybe a logo of Chimay somewhere- so it caught my eye.

Inside it's distributed like any small time grocery store. There's a central aisle I essentially ignored. The side walls on the left have tonnes of belgian beers stacked as much as the furniture held- including a fair share of glassware. The back was also packed, but what most caught my attention were the fridges on the right- they're regionally distributed as locals, USA and european beers, with a very, very decent selection of local beers from which I chose a sixer to take back home (I went local). Took a peek though at the rest and the collection was from belgian to german a very decent few beers.

In all, this is a great source for local and US micros in my opinion, and is generally inexpensive. Worth a visit on the day you go back home.

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great, great outlet store, that I never even knew was there! I forget exactly why I walked into this place the first time...some innocent reason. But once I did, I did a double take. It had an extremely impressive selection of beer for such a tiny place, and I was so overwhelmed, I didn't even buy anything, I just made a mental note to return. Not the best selection in the world by a long shot, mind you, but surprisingly diverse. My at-the-time fianceé shopped there once, and the staff even treated her to a sample of a rare brew. All that said, upon repeated visits, I've noticed that the selection can be hit or miss lately. Worth checking if you're in the area, but don't go out of your way.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

There was a time when I thought The Foodery was the greatest place on earth. That time has passed. When Philadelphia was still a wasteland of beer, The Foodery was Nirvana - even if expensive. As interesting beers became more popular, it seemed that they also got more expensive. There were no prices or tags on anything; and although you could ask, it was often quite difficult as they sell just as many cigarettes, chips, and soda as they do beer. I was once amazed that I'd somehow picked out a $60 six-pack of 12 oz. bottles. And, of course, you'd have to ask for an itemized receipt. Eventually the shop in Northern Liberties opened. It was cleaner, and far more comfortable (no cramped aisles, although there were still lines). The prices remained the same; and you didn't bother picking more than 6 bottles because you wouldn't get the discount unless you bought another 6-pack.

Times have changed. Competition has come in, and no one is selling at the same high mark-up. Make a little effort and head to Beer Heaven or Hawthorne's.

Photo of Soonami
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Foodery is expensive, not prohibitively expensive, but definitely significantly more than most other beer stores in the surrounding suburbs of Philadelphia and much more than NJ and DE. However, if you live in Center City and don't have a car, this store offers a lot of variety, but you pay for it.

The Center City Foodery is very small and cramped. Two people walking the opposite way in the aisles will have to be very careful not to knock anything over. The selection here is very good, pretty much anything you can find in Philly can be found here, although the quantities are not high. So you might find just a few of each RR sours, for example. I saw a bottle each of consecration and supplication each for about $17, which is about 10-20% more expensive than almost anywhere else.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

The Foodery! Philly's premier beer destination... Weird place, The Foodery. It is a deli, a convenience store and a gourmet beer market all in one.

Selection is not super gigantic, but very good nonetheless. About four or five coolers plus one shelf with rarities.

Aside from the big names (Dogfish, Sierra) and lots of local and Pennsylvania breweries, the attraction here is those brews you won't easily find in the East Coast: Russian River (of course), Lost Abbey, Bell's, Bruery, Nebraska, Duck Rabbit, Nebraska... and some East Coast "whales" like Cisco Brewing.

I bought Bell's Batch 10,000 and Port Brewing Old Viscosity, and wish I could have bought some of the rare bottles from Lost Abbey (Lost/Found, Deliverance, 10 Commandments) and the Old Stock '09 aged in bourbon, but they were $20-$30 a piece.

There are no prices, which is annoying because you gotta ask the cashier every time, but the person working there (a mid-aged Asian with bad teeth) was really nice and helpful. She knows her beer!

Everything is super expensive here, but then again, most bottle shops in Pennsylvania are.

This is a must when in Philly! Come here and buy some rare shit.

Photo of timobkg
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

I stopped by last week to check out the Foodery. Their selection is great, all the more amazing for how small a place it is.

Lots of coolers jam packed with singles, a couple small warm shelves, and everything looked fresh.

I was primarily interested in beer unavailable in NJ, and I remember seeing Russian River, AleSmith, Bells, The Lost Abbey, and Nogne O. I'm sure there were others, and they seemed to have something from every brewery that is available in NJ. That said, they were limited to only a few bottles on some items, and some of what I hoped to see wasn't there.

Service wise, having all the prices in a binder is annoying. The thing that bothered me more, though, is that the binder was missing a lot of items. No prices for Russian River at all, and missing or incomplete price lists for a number of other breweries I tried to look up. When I asked a sales person for a price check, he knew it right off, but the whole point of having a price list is so I don't have keep asking the sales people for price checks.

Speaking of price, the Foodery is expensive. I've seen it rationalized as "not bad for Philly / Center City", but everything was 50-100% more expensive than it is in NJ, and some bottles were $1 more expensive than at Monk's Cafe, Eulogy, or Beneluxx. I expect ridiculous markup at restaurants, but this is a retail store charging higher-than-restaurant prices.

The Foodery - delight your eyes and taste buds while your wallet suffers.

Photo of jjboesen
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

I always swing by every time I visit the city. While it is small and can get cramped at times, they always have something worth trying beerwise (and the usual assortment of late night munchies.) After about 10 minutes, I walked out with a bomber or Port Tide IPA, Imperial Hatter IPA and a bottle of Guinness FES. Alas, I went for some Avery 17, the last bottle having gone out the door prior to my visit. Still, even in dissapointment, the Foodery is a great find and a venue that will always have at least something.

Photo of pburland23
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

Just got back from a lunch time visit to The Foodery.

My office is about a 15 minute walk and I had been meaning to get over there forever and today was the day.

It's tucked into a little space, but the space is used well. The entire right hand side of the room and the back wall are lined with coolers separated by origin (Local Micros, US Micros, then sections for internationals).

The selection is good, but nothing truly out of the ordinary. They did have some larger bottles and magnums at the register but I didn't really get a chance to check them out.

I ended up raiding the German cooler as that I was in the mood for. I made my own six pack and it ended up costing $24 which is high, but like others have said I would have paid more at a bar.

All in all, The Foodery is a decent option if you live in the area. I'll probably stick with Pinocchio's as it's closer to home.

Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Visited Oct. 10, 2010.

I was parked next to a fire hydrant so i had to make it fast (even if my wife stayed in the car). Parking is very hard to find here.

Walking in, it looks very much like a convenience store/deli, a different vibe than the other location. It was cramped a little and things were a bit haphazard.

The selection was pretty good with the usual suspects including Founders, Two Brothers and some rare ones like Lost Abbey and Nebraska though their prices were the highest of the ones i've seen. Surprisingly, i found Pinocchio's has a better selection overall and even the other Foodery (if memory serves me) was better. The guy i questioned was informed and knew what he was talking about. Worth a visit but i'd stick with the other Foodery though.

Photo of GJ40
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

The Foodery is a nice little shop in central Philly. It's small and cramped but they have a good mix of American craft beer and European classics. The selection isn't as big as the other location but it's got some great stuff. I saw some Sculpin, several from Terrapin and a few from Duck Rabbit.

I didn't ask for any help but the woman behind the counter did let us know that there are discounts on mix a six purchases.

This place is well worth a stop if you're looking for something different.

Photo of jpoder
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

I work in center city, so stop by The Foodery from time to time. They have some good finds, but are inconsistent. The store is tiny and PACKED. beer is stacked/piled everywhere. the coolers are pretty well organized, but there are lots of nuggets of great beers that are stashed in out of the way shelves or nooks. you need to ask!

Their website often lists beers that they do not have (perhaps they have them all in their other store in the Northern Liberties...dunno...never been there). Their website also does not list any prices. they do have a binder in the store that lists prices and I believe stock. I would LOVE to see this on the website.

I usually go in there just wanting to get something good and different rather than having something specific in mind, so am usually not disappointed. they try very hard to be helpful, and are usually very knowledgeable.

I was annoyed on one trip when they charged me a $2 fee for using credit card...I think they said they had a $20 or $25 limit where they would waive the fee...annoying!

I've found their prices to be far and away the most expensive, but I'm usually getting something fairly rare or hard to find, so perhaps it is just the beers I am picking out.

unfortunately due to the crazy beer laws in PA, they are pretty much the only decent bottle shop in downtown Philly.

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -4.3%

One of the original spots downtown for good to go beer. The foodery has a bunch of beer, rarities, locals, swill, bombers, belgians, other beer related stuff. They also have sammiches, cold cuts and some bites to eat, although I have never purchased anything but beer here. Everything is kept cold except a small shelf of bombers. Mix a six option with a 10% discount but that does not matter because your still going to pay out of the ass for anything you get here, thats why my visits are few and far between. I still go here to pick up Vichtennar because the foodery is the only place in the city besides a bar or two that serve singles to go. I always grab my single and the cashier always says "you know we have a mix a six option with a discount"- nope buddy your not going to get me for the oke doke. Still a place to go if your in a bind and need a quick fix.

Photo of turnstile
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Main point: the Foodery is a solid little place. Hundreds of craft beers from around the world, and a knowledgeable, helpful staff (a little more lively at night, though). While run-of-the-mill domestics are offered, if you're looking to pick up a few cans, avoid the the narrow isles and expensive distractions and head for a deli. Skip this place on a weekend evening.

In detail: Agreed, depending on the brewery, the beer can be very expensive. But when you're purchasing limited Belgian beer by the bottle, that's what you have to look forward to. A bottle of Chimay and St. Bernardus ran me $15. And I'm hardly complaining at all. If it's a top-notch beer, then the sticker shock shouldn't be so shocking.

The Foodery practices exceptional beer care, and uses the appropriate lighting in their cases to prevent skunked brew. Additionally, you can request a warm bottle if you plan on cellaring it, or if you just like it at room temperature.

I've been to the Foodery many times when I had no idea what I was in the market for. If you're going to gaze or don't have a game plan, try stopping in here on a weekday in the afternoon. As soon as a few customers enter, the aisles jam. Visit when you can take the time to move case-by-case and find something you had no idea existed. As mentioned above, avoid the Foodery on a Friday or Saturday night. The perfect beer can call to you if some stooge reeking of malt liquor is bumping into you trying to find a tall boy of Olde English.

My advice for first timers is this: refer to the price guide in the back of the store, and mix-a-six (purchase six different beers) to save a few bucks. If you need a recommendation, ask. You'll be overwhelmed with variety. I asked the bald-headed guy with glasses about local breweries, and learned more than I could possibly retain. A true beer guru.

I gave the WSW Foodery a 4/5. I suppose I envision a beer museum with wide luxurious aisles, price tags below every bottle, and a Trappist monk at the register. Knowing I can't have this, the Foodery suffices, and does a damn good job at it.

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The Foodery - Center City in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.