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The Foodery - Center City

Not Rated.
The Foodery - Center CityThe Foodery - Center City
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

134 Ratings
Ratings: 134
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: 800
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

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

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Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of amano_h
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mvilushis
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
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 little_star
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of orangesol
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
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 -28.4%
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 -24.1%
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 -21.7%
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 -18.9%
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 -0.2%
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.

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The Foodery - Center City in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.