The Foodery - Northern Liberties

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

104 Ratings
Ratings: 104
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
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Cask: N
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[ 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 Soonami:
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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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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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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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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The Foodery - Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.