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The Foodery - Northern Liberties

The Foodery - Northern LibertiesThe Foodery - Northern Liberties

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

89 Ratings
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Eatery, Store ]

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

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(Place added by: NeroFiddled on 07-06-2006)
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

07-01-2012 17:58:40 | More by orangesol
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

08-15-2011 01:01:33 | More by SolipsismalCat
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

06-17-2011 03:15:50 | More by DoctorB2B
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Chowdahead

Maine

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

06-15-2011 01:12:36 | More by Chowdahead
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

05-15-2011 11:30:12 | More by BARFLYB
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stckhndlr

Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

05-01-2011 03:07:47 | More by stckhndlr
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nickd717

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

04-22-2011 22:15:31 | More by nickd717
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Spicoli9

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
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?

02-21-2011 19:25:29 | More by Spicoli9
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chcfan

California

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$

I make it to Northern Liberties (which is ground zero for Philadelphia hipsters in case you were wondering) 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.

01-24-2011 18:24:39 | More by chcfan
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

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!

12-31-2010 03:06:39 | More by Chincino
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The Foodery - Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.