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The Foodery - Northern Liberties

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The Foodery - Northern LibertiesThe Foodery - Northern Liberties

82 Reviews
Reviews: 82
Visits: 113
Avg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
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[ Eatery, Store ]

837 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123-3030
United States
phone: (215) 238-6077

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I was up from Baltimore and was pretty excited to check this place out. Service was so-so, beer is pretty overpriced and with full disclosure, I didn't have any food. Not sure I would qualify this as a "world class" bottle shop.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

I visit this location 2-3 times a month. I will be brutally honest.
They used to price their beers. This recently stopped (at least the unrefrigerated ones). I have been over-charged multiple times, and the cashier typically says "there is nothing I can do about it, do you want to buy it or not?". Embarrassing customer service.
Though when I walk in, I am typically greeted, and asked if there is anything I am looking for.
They have a great selection, but honestly, I go here to see what bottles and breweries recently hit Philly, then go somewhere else to purchase them, as they are usually 20-40% cheaper elsewhere.
On a brighter note, the sandwiches are top-notch, and highly recommended! Try the El Diable Deluxe!

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Photo of woodchip
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Excellent selection (Lost Abbey, Russian River, etc.), but if you're not familiar with pricing, it's ridiculous. That said, if you've got to have something that you normally don't get where you live (like me, I'm based out of NC), you gotta go for it.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

I stumbled upon this Foodery as I parked my bike across the street at Standard Tap. It looks so much better and bigger than the original Foodery on 10th and Pine! Cleaner, airier, more beer… the works.

They have a menu of sandwiches and things you can order and eat at a dining area by the beer coolers.

As usual, they have a ton of rare and expensive brews here: Black Albert ($12.95), De la Senne Taras Bulba, Old Stock Brandy ’11 ($28.95), Lost Abbey Agave Maria and Track #8 ($25+), Evil Twin Black Out, Mikkeller Black… plus lots of beers from all the major craft-beer brands, big and small.

They also sell cheese and gourmet food things to go, in case you want to go home and party. When I was there they were having an Ithaca tasting, which included a bunch of good stuff (not only Flower Power) and free sandwiches. Nice people as well.

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Photo of amano_h
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

One cannot make the claim that one is a self-professed Beer Geek/Beer Nerd without having visited the Foodery.

Yes, the beer here is marked up anywhere from 120% - 150% like everywhere in Philly thanks to the god-awful alcohol/import restrictions, but if you walk into this place dumb enough to think you're going to walk out of here with a bottle of beer that you can probably find in one of the many distribution centers that only sell alcohol by the case, then you sir or ma'am, are a square.

But getting back to business.

I spent two days visiting various liquor/bottle stores in NJ and Philly looking for my favorite beer. Buy-rite at Cranbury? Nope. Oak Tree in South Plainfield? Nope. Bottle Bar East? Nope. The Bottle Store? Nope. It all seemed hopeless until I stopped by the Foodery, whom I had called about two days ahead and asked if they carried it, to which they told me: NOPE.

So to my amazement, I found my bottle of Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar Embrasse Ardbeg at the Foodery. Four bottles of it, if I may add. I also happened to pay six dollars less than I did the last time I found it in another awesome beer store in Elkridge, MD, who only carried one bottle of it on stock. I was so happy with my purchase, that I went further and picked up two bottles of Dogfish Head 120, Amager Batch One, Firestone Walker Double DBA, Russian River Damnation/Temptation and some Trappiste Rochefort 10 (yeah I know, Rochefort 10 is pretty common now and I overpaid like three dollars/bottle, but that's what you get for being lazy)

I also had a brief but enjoyable conversation with one of the beer geeks here, who informed me that they will have some of America's rarest craft brews in stock come April time, save for Pliny the Elder/Younger and the Heady Topper which almost never leaves CA/VT in bottle/canned form: Firestone Walker's Parabola and Founders KBS is apparently available here on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Stopped in here on a recent trip to the area. Figured we were across the street at Standard Tap, might as well go check this place out as well.

It is actually larger than I was expecting it to be. Vibe was decent, a few people sitting around having a beer and waiting for food. Quality was pretty good, lots of good beer and the food looked good as well, although I didn't try it myself. Service was pretty good. The girl behind the bar knew quite a bit about the beers and even went in the back to check and see if they had some of the things we were looking for.

The best part is definitely the selection. They had a TON of bottles. Everything from RR to locals like Troegs to even some Cascade. I grabbed a bottle of 50/50 Brandy Barrel, the only one I was missing. When I went to check out I was told it was $35....I think I almost had a heart attack when she said it. If I didn't need to to complete my set I would have walked out of there. It seems all of their prices are sky high.

Overall a great, all be it expensive, bottle shop that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Parking can be difficult at times. I've had to park on Spring Garden and walk 5 minutes. The place is very clean and has a nice vibe. When you enter, you can immediately tell that this place knows beer. There is a huge selection ranging all over the place.

I don't think I've ever seen anybody eating lunch there, and I haven't tried the food myself. The space around the coolers can get a bit tight when they're busy. Sometimes, I feel pressured to find my beer and get out. I don't recall ever being greeted by anyone or being asked if I needed help finding anything, so service may or may not be good.

The quality of my purchases has always been great. My biggest complaints about this place are the prices and the lack of street parking nearby, but all in all, you won't find a better craft beer place in Philly.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Foodery in Northern Liberties is located in a hipster part of town. There is street parking all over the place, every time I've been I've had to park a block away and then walk ... no biggie.

I've visited this place every time I've gone to Philly. I love going here because they've got the the best high end bottle selection I've seen in Philly. They are a smidge higher than some of the others in the city so be prepared to drop some cash.

As far as what they offer, every Lost Abbey, Jolly Pumpkin & Mikeller that is available on the east coast can be found there. They even had Red Poppy when we visited back in August, albeit for $25.

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Photo of Chowdahead
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I stop in here almost every time I travel to the Philly area for business to pick up beers I can't get in Northern New England. Located in the Northern Liberties area of Philly, the street is crawling with hipsters riding long boards to/from anywhere besides a full time job. On street parking is generally easy to find within a block or two of the store.

The store itself is fairly small but very well laid out making it easy to browse the beers. The beer selection itself is amazing. For such a small space they have an incredible selection of both imports and domestic beers including Russian River, Lost Abbey, Bells, Cigar City and so on. Probably the widest variety of domestic breweries I have ever encountered.

Prices are a bit steep but I generally don't mind paying a bit more for some of the beers as I can't find them anywhere else. The most annoying this is that the bottles don't have prices on them and in order to get the price you have to flip through a binder (which doesn't list all the beers) or take them to the counter to be scanned by an employee which gets old quickly.

Service can be spotty as the staff are pretty much all hipsters meaning unless you are sporting horn rimmed glasses, a trucker cap and at least one tattoo you may as well be invisible to most of them. There are a few notable exceptions who provide great service however which is why my service rating is not lower.

They also sell made to order deli sandwiches which can be enjoyed in the shop with a beer which is a very nice touch. Overall one of the best beer selections around and definitely a good place to stop to pick up some hard to find beers.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in the NL Foodery after hitting up Standard Tap. 1st off, this is much cleaner and spacious than the cramped version on 10th st. I walked in and was surrounded by beer, both in the freezer and off the shelf. Everything that can be got in Philly beer wise, this place will have it, barring Cantillon as they have been spread to thin. A nice seating area for some brews and food with friends. I did not see a tap list so Im unsure on draught selection. With the added space I can now actually see what the FOODERY has to offer in terms of food. I was impressed by the cured meats and cheeses which im a sucker for. I did not buy anything, but if I know Philly, it was going to be an arm and a leg anyway.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

When you walk in all you can really see in this place is coolers lining all the walls. Almost all the beers they have are nice and cold. And they have a TON of beers from all over. Guy at the counter went to great lengths to hunt down some beers for me and because they were rare and not carried he still gave me some suggestions on where else in the city to look. Kind of like how Progressive insurance says they will show you the rates of their competitors. Great service. Even cooler is the fact that you can buy the beer and then drink it right in the store if you like. Try doing that the next time you go to your local grocery store.

Prices were a little higher than other places I have seen but this place still gets a great review from me.

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Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Great, great, great bottle shop in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philly. The selection is phenomenal. I'm not even going to go into it because they've got just about everything that's distributed to the area. From local beers to out-of-state rarities (Russian River sours, beers cleared from shelves in other areas) to Belgians and lambics to BMC crap, you'll find it all here. I think I had a Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete, an Ithaca Thirteen, and some other great stuff. I'm unhappy to report that I also got iced with a Smirnoff Ice that they unfortunately sell here. We drunkenly haggled with the people working there to sell us a $200 6L of Allagash Triple for $20, but they wouldn't have it. Man, they stick by their prices! Prices are ok to a bit high, but nothing that will kill you. There's also a solid food selection for the drunken munchies. Oh, and this place is right next to the Standard Tap so you can hit two spots easily in one trip. If you go to Philly, which by the way has the best distribution of any US city, this is a great place to stock up on some bottles and maybe drink some there. It's like City Beer Store in San Francisco on steroids.

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Photo of Spicoli9
3.59/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

The foodery in northern libs has an impressive selection of both domestic craft and imported beers. All the usual suspect were present. I saw a cantillion, russian river, cigar city, nogne, mikkeller etc. The main problem with this place is the price. I dont mind paying extra for hard to find brews but this place was a couple dollars more for pretty much everything. Plus I was hit with a city beer tax which was an extra 10 dollars. Though they do give discounts of 10% if you buy a full six pack.

Besides the price my main complaint with this place is the pricing system. Trying to look up the price of the beers in the outdated binder is a pain. When i asked the person at the counter to scan some of the beers for price she acted as if she was doing me this big favor. To complicate matters a lot of the beers are not even listed in the book. Every retail store prices the items they sell. Why cant this place?

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Photo of chcfan
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I used to make it to Northern Liberties at least once per month or so usually to go to Standard Tap and/or North Bowl and I always make a point to stop in at the Foodery.

Most of the beer is kept in coolers and is grouped by region and brewery. From left to right, it's macro, ciders and stuff like that, local breweries, American craft, then imports. They have several offerings from each brewery for probably the most complete selection around. If a sought after beer comes to the area, you can bet that they will get it at the Foodery.

Help from employees isn't really needed to find stuff due to how well it is laid out, but you do have to ask for prices for EVERYTHING, which is annoying and painful.

The prices are extremely high. Higher than any place I've ever been, in fact. I understand that their cost of operating a large store in a neighborhood like that is high, but a six pack of regular offerings will run you in the upper $20s. That's really the only knock, but it's a major knock.

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Photo of Chincino
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

I went to this beer store with a friend who had heard of this place and I was immediately overwhelmed (in a good way) by the vast beer selection. I was very pleased to see that this place sold bottles of Russian River beers which were on the expensive side, but due to the rarity of finding Russian River beers, I found myself purchasing one bottle of Damnation, two bottles of Consecration, and one bottle of Supplication. I also mixed a six pack which included a milk stout from Duck Rabbit and a De Ranke XX bitter, and a Pere Noel. I really was impressed by this place, but be prepared to spend a lot of money when going here. I walked out of the store and spent a hundred dollars without even batting an eyelash about it. Great store, great selection, a bit pricey!

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Photo of Cmack15
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

I went to this place based on all the reviews I read on Ba about it. The selection is really good and probably the best bottle shop I have ever been to, but having said all that be prepared to spend some loot. I got some Russian River and Bells and few other bottles and spent about $100. Do I feel its overpriced? maybe but if you want quality you gotta pay right? I would go back again but try to limit my purchases or have a budget in mind. I figured I won't be back in Philly for awhile so I better splurge while I had the chance.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%

Took my family down into center city for some Christmas stuff and one of MY goals was to stop at the Foodery for a six pack or two of mostly pale ales. I'm currently pursueing the top 50 pale ales here on the BA. My goal was to hopefully get the more difficult selections on the list.
Personally I wasn't very impressed with the selcetion and ended up walking out empty handed.
I was under the impression that with over 800 beers, you could fine a couple pales.
They do have a good selection of beer but nothing that I can't find at the Craft Beer Outlet in the far northeast.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Four months ago I moved into Northern Liberties and I am now a 3-5 minute walk from The Foodery - Northern Liberties and thus I visit on a regular basis. While I still get the bulk of my beer elsewhere (due to cost) there is definitely something to be said for the ability to do a mix-and-match six-pack to sample some stuff, which is rare to do in PA and was unheard of when I was first turned on to good beer circa 2002.

The selection is very good, with most of it kept cold. However, I'm not going to say the selection is outstanding because it still misses some common stuff that I would like to see. The prices are indeed high. I've never spent less than $25.00/6 pack for a mix.

The service is definitely good, but sometimes I feel like I'm dealing with the Comic Book Store guy from The Simpsons and not worthy of asking an actual question.

The biggest drawback is the secret pricing. Not only are there no prices on the bottles or shelves, they do not give you a receipt with the pricing they charged you! This is just not cool.

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Photo of Soonami
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

I like window-shopping at the Foodery, but not so much actually purchasing beer there. The reason for this is because they have a very extensive selection of rare and limited beers but the bottles are not marked with the price, which you have to look up in their cringe-inducing book.

The store has such a wide selection of beers because a lot of the more sough-after ones are so expensive that it dissuades all but the biggest fans with deep pockets, so a bourbon barrel-aged Angel's Share will be there for a couple weeks after release.

This is the first place to go if you must have something special, but I cannot imagine this store ever being my regular supplier of craft beer.

The store is really clean and fairly well organized. The staff is fairly helpful, if a bit hipster-apathetic, but willing to help if pressed. They'll leave you alone to look around for a while and don't mind if you leave empty-handed if nothing strikes your fancy. I always go in if I'm in the neighborhood, but only make a small purchase every other time or so.

And they have a nice selection of various Haribo gummy candies too!

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Photo of TmoNyc
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

Made my first visit here during Philly Beer Week. The goal of the trip/visit was to find beers that I cannot find in NYC and I will say that this place was more then up to the task. As far as what I can't get my hands on at home (NYC) they had: Russian River, Port Brewing, Terrapin, Bells, Lost Abbey, & Yards to name a few.

The staff was friendly, helpful, & didn't try to rush you in the least. The store was also quite clean which is a plus.

My one complaint is that none of the bottles have prices on them. I wound up spending $90.72 on 7 bottles of beer (3 Port bombers & 4 RR 375's). Personally, I would have liked to have gotten more bang for my buck. Lesson learned for next time.

But other then that, this place most likely has what you're looking for.

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Photo of regspeir
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

If there is some esoteric beer you are looking for in Philly, the first retail establishment that comes to mind to try in Philly is the Foodery. The selection is amazing. The staff is also a plus, very knowledgeable and willing to give you all the time you need unless they are busy. Everything is incredibly well ordered in case after case lining the walls. That is the good side. There IS another side. The prices are outrageous. I dare you to put together a mixed six for anything approaching reasonable. And nothing is marked, causing you to have bother the staff repeatedly. For these reasons, this is my place of last resort. If I can find it ANYWHERE else, it is almost guaranteed to be more reasonable.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

I have been visiting the other Foodery location for a while and have recently started hitting up this location when i need some good beers on impulse. The initial reaction is amazement at how different this is from the Center City location. There are atleast a dozen doors housing beer, organized loosely by origin (German, English, Belgian, American, Local etc). There is also adequate shelf space to stock an adequate supply of some of the newer releases from the usual suspects (like Southern Tiers Imperial series) and more fancier releases (Mikkeller, Cantillon, AleSmith, Russian River, Cigar City etc.). There is a small deli area and decent amount of seating to enjoy some goods there. The staff is hit or miss with their knowledege about the beer, but are genuinely helpful and friendly.

Like many others, my only gripe is the price. $40 for a bottle of Cantillon or Russian River that goes for $25 elsewhere and even $4 for a 12oz that goes for $2.75 elsewhere. Yes, there is a convenience factor for not haing to trudge miles for an affoardable bomber, but it doesnt quite align with the prices here. So i probably only utilize the Foodery for 20% of my purchases instead of a much higher number. In fact, it is almost just as easy to drink some of these beers in a bar setting and pay a similar amount... ive paid more for a bomber at the Foodery than my local bar for the same item.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Foodery has 2 locations in Philly. The No Libs location I've frequented, in recent years, almost exclusively (due to its proximity to other great beer depots). I loved the fact that for a long stretch there, I would go in each time to find that they added 20-30 more brews to their selection which, if I remember correctly, is over 900 pushing 1,000. Complete selection of local (spanning a 4-5 state area) brews and a thorough representation of the beer spectrum in quality and origin.

I would agree that the prices may be a little high (even with the mix-a-6 deal), however, my take on the prices is this: I don't mind paying the little bit extra because you can sit down and relax with a tasty sandwich (they have an excellent deli menu) and sample one of nearly 1,000 beers. The neighborhood, the selection and convenience, the opportunity to sit in and enjoy - I think these and other things factor into the prices.

The service is actually (and should be, anyway) excellent. It would appear that it's assumed customers know enough about what they're looking for not to be bothered by the clerks, but all you have to do is ask, if you want help, and the guys in there know their s@#t. No attitude or excessive snobbery either. Plus, they usually know what's available (as far as drafts, hand-pump, casks) in bars and other spots throughout the city, which is extremely helpful.

Do yourself a favor if you savor beer and visit this spot while you're in town.

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Photo of blackie
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

rolled by The Foodery after a fantastic lunch at the nearby Arbol Cafe

outstanding selection - only catch is that it's singles only (not a problem as a visitor, as I'm after variety), lots of regional items, beers from up and down the east coast, and around the world, representing the rarer or harder to find beers well, everything is in coolers save for some of the bomber/750 selections

items of interest may include Russian River, Lost Abbey/Port, Pretty Things, Terrapin, Dark Horse, Founders, Victory - the list goes on and on, not just a couple bottles per brewery - but nearly complete lineups for more than a few, let's just say it gets these consistently high scores with good reason

both guys working offered useful advice when attempting to narrow down my selections, and were candid when answering questions as to the quality of certain breweries

beers are available for in-house consumption alongside their menu of deli items

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Photo of 220emaple
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

Went to this place today. After being a frequent customer from the Craft Beer Outlet in the Northeast, I appreciated the change in scenery. The difference between the two stores was both the amount of excellent beers, but also the price. The Foodery defnitely has more variety/supply, but it's more expensive...It's nothing too expensive though I guess... I got a 6 pack--St. Bernadus Tripel, Dogfish World Wide Stout, Tripel Karmeliet, Dogfish Old School, Founder's Breakfast Stout, and Edmund Fitzgerald Porter for $39... 6 great beers. The tall guy that works there is also very knowledgeable, and a beer fanatic----would recommend to anyone in the Philly area lookin to try some great craft beers, local or imported.

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The Foodery - Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.