The Foodery - Northern Liberties

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The Foodery - Northern LibertiesThe Foodery - Northern Liberties
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96
world-class

82 Reviews
Reviews: 82
Visits: 112
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ 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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Reviews by DannyS:
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Before I turned 21, my friends went here periodically to buy a few interesting beers to try. Just yesterday, we returned to Philly for a day trip, and this was one of our destinations.

I was blown away. The beer selection was vast and diverse; i could barely decide what to choose for their 'make your own six-pack' system. After choosing my beers, I asked the clerk about HopSlam, and he was willing to sell me one from their private stash. That alone was enough to sell me on this place. Granted, it wasn't cheap, and my wallet was hurting after I made my purchases, but the guys there readily admitted that price was their one weak point, since they're not a distributor. But that was fine with me; these guys knew their stuff and were stocked with a bunch of the beers I had been looking for for a long time. If you're going to Philly, go here. Lord knows I'm going back next time I take a PA day trip. (907 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerded_drunk
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (228 characters)

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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! (725 characters)

Photo of lizpckrng
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.62/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

A lot of standard beers found at most places with a few rarer beers priced a little high. Didn't try the food. (111 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Awesome selection with high price tag. (38 characters)

Photo of woodchip
4.36/5  rDev 0%
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. (251 characters)

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (856 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of amano_h
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,949 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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