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Frontier Saloon & Restaurant

Not Rated.
Frontier Saloon & RestaurantFrontier Saloon & Restaurant
BA SCORE
89
very good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Taps: 10
Bottles: 700
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

336 Kedron Ave
Folsom, Pennsylvania, 19033-1223
United States
phone: (610) 461-9775

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: BCMan on 11-16-2006)
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Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
4.08/5  rDev +6%

This is my go-to store in DelCo. They do not have the extensive selection that Capone's or the Foodery has, but they have far better prices. For example, Long Trail DIPA at Frontier was less than $5, but at Capone's it was over $7. Granted this is a not a great beer by BA standards, but it shows just how much more affordable Frontier can be.

The atmosphere is what you'd expect from a beer store--lots of fluorescent lighting coming from glass-front refrigerators. But it is fairly clean and they do a good job of putting the good stuff up front.

The people that work here look like the salt of the earth, but if you speak up and ask them what's new or what they've had that was good, they open up and engage you in conversation. They know what just came in and tell you a little about it if you are unfamilar with the brewery or beer.

The selection isn't as extensive as some other places, but it easily has more than a hundred bombers and about 30-40 sixers. They had Russian River (Consecration for less than $25 and Temptation for ~$12) Lost Abbey (like 10), a couple Port and Ballast Point, most of the local stuff that is harder to find (Wild Devil, Weyerbacher Unfiltered Double Simcoe, Troeg's Flying Mouflan), Belgians (Sours and Trappist), most Stone, a couple Bells (two-hearted) and Founders (had FBS earlier this year). They also put older stuff on sale regularly, like right now they have all Hoppin' Frog on sale for $5 which is a great deal for the Oatmeal Imperial Stout which is unfazed by time on the shelf.

I go here once every couple of weeks and always find stuff to try at a great price. And although I hardly ever get blown away by the ne beers occaisonally, you'll find yourself carrying out 2 4-packs of FBS or a Stone Limited Release

Soonami, Aug 29, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of jgiordano88
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jgiordano88, Sunday at 08:39 PM
Photo of witness
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

Updated review 12-6-12
I used to love this place, a nice local place to get some take-out for an affordable price. Unfortunately, this place has gone down the tubes since the owner doesnt have much of a presence anymore. To me, the most disheartening change is that the prices are all over the place. Sierra Nevada "Celebration" 6-pack for $15 and Ballast Point Sculpin 6-pack for $21 are some of the highest prices i have ever seen. It's seems that they are pricing beer by popularity and not by what it should cost. I would give the frontier a little slack on pricing if the beer was consistently fresh, but it is not. Very many old ips's still sit on the shelf to unsuspecting consumers. Another problem is their growler fills. They have no idea how to properly fill them. straight from the tap into the growler, no tubing at all!! I still have hope for this place to turn around, but it has some serious flaws at this moment.

witness, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

This is a review of the bottle shop only. I didn't visit the bar area or sample the food.

While the appearance of the outside and inside are not impressive, the number and variety of beers to select from are. I saw a variety and number of beers here that I've not easily found elsewhere (e.g., 5 different Russian River beers) and they had on offer some unusual stuff (e.g., some three liter size bottles of Gulden Draak and a large bottle of Scaldis Prestige.).

The service was just fine and the cashier was helpful so I easily found what I was looking for and was able to make my purchases without difficulty.

I thought the prices were fine and some of the Russian River 375 ml bottles were priced lower than anyplace else I'd found them in PA.

Well worth a visit but be prepared for the smoking in the place.

drtth, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%

This is a pretty scuzzy store with an attached bar. Didn't go in as I was just making a quick stop to grab something from their good selection of single bottles. In addition to many of the local and state brewers there were plenty of other PA-distributed beers and then the real draw for me: A handful of Russian River sours and Port Brewing/Lost Abbey beers. Left with bottles of Supplication and Consecration at about 15 bucks a pop with tax; certainly not cheap but seemingly the best going rate for these beers on the east coast. They're simply unavailable to me at home in NJ and NY.

I've been around the block and I'm no snob but this store is pretty ugly and filthy. The employees were a little bedraggled and disinterested and the Friday night clientele were mostly kids buying Phillies blunts and cans of 4 Loko. Not an impressive shop by any means but I'll still probably drop by when I'm in the neighborhood to get my fix of RR sours or Angel's Share or what-have-you.

Edit: I've been back a few times since my initial review and I have to say each time this place is just worse. Really sketchy clientele, way way way out of date IPA's, diminishing selection. Have to fight your way past drunks and others buying 30 packs of crap beer and cigarettes. Pop your head in if you're in the neighborhood, you might find a Russian River bottle or two at a decent price, but that's about it. Last time I got temptation for 11 bucks, nice!

tobelerone, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of CowsCanBark
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

I live right down the road from this place, so once I turned 21 I decided to venture in. Based off of what I read on their website, they had a great selection of beer.

I've never been inside of the bar, but have been in the beer store many times since then. The selection is great, there are some really obscure/tough to find beers here, as well as the old go-to's. My favorite part is that they sell many beers by the 12 oz bottle, allowing for a sampling of various kinds of beers without the risk of buying a pack and not enjoying it. My favorite bottles to pick up are Delirium Nocturnum and Delirium Tremens, but there are many other great beers to check out!

The service is pretty good; they don't really know about beer, but are very kind, courteous, and happy to help. My only qualm is the pricing, which is a bit high. However, for their selection, it's worth it!

CowsCanBark, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Manboy21182
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Frontier has really stepped up their game in the bottle shop. They've started an email list/beer club membership. They haven't used it much so far, but it's a step in the right direction. They keep "Philly Beer Scene" publications on hand for free as well.

They've been good about acquiring and displaying the newest beers and specials. Most recently I purchased a Ommegang Gnomegang, a few Russian River bottles, and a Rochefort 10.

The staff isn't the most knowledgable but the woman who typically works in the bottle shop pays attention to what customers like and what they request. She'll also point out to you what new beers they've just brought in.

The bar itself isn't one of my favorites, but their "Frontier IPA" is worth stopping in for a pint. Bear in mind that smoking is permitted in the bar area.

Overall, the bottle shop is solid if you live in the Delaware County area, but it probably isn't worth leaving the city.

Manboy21182, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

I have been wanting to try the Frontier and was finally able to stop by today. From the outside the place looks like a bit of a dive, and I was dissapointed when I entered the bottle shop and the smoke from the bar had wafted over. The selection is good, but other shops in the area are much better. They did have some of Stoudt's bottle reserves that I have not seen at other places. The highlight is RR consecration at 14.25 a bottle, a bit less than other places in the area. The lady behind the counter was very pleasant, but I do not think she knew much about beer. What I do like is they list their prices on the web site, but the site is not completly up to date. The only reason I would go back is for the cheaper consecration.

bonkers, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%

Visited on Oct. 9, 2010. Review of the bottle shop only.

This place was a maximum of 1 minutes away from our hotel so of course, i had to check it out! I walk in and i see a cooler to my left with some Ithaca big beer, Lost Abbey & Belgians (there's more in the back of the store). There was also an open refrigerated place with some singles where most looked out of date or near there. The right wall is all cooler right till the end.

Saw some Older Viscosity & Consecration plus the usual PA stuff and other assorted breweries. As was the case with almost all PA bottle shops, freshness seemed to be a concern. Almost all Great Lakes was expired and local stuff like Lancaster was the same. I didn't score too low on quality because i noticed the same in other stores to varying degrees.

Service was helpful but i didn't like that they smoked in the store (are they allowed?). Free Wi-Fi was cool.

The proximity was cool and some beers were a bit cheaper than other places (Consecration) but it doesn't have the best selection in the area.

papat444, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%

What a surprise this was!

I had heard the selection here was "ok". Having driven by here a million times and not in a million years even thinking about stopping in, I decided to check it out.

The selection was one of the best I've seen.

All local PA brews (Troegs, Yards, Philadelphia, Victory, Stoudts, etc)

Plenty of Russian River, Lost Abbey, Founders, Stone, Allagash, Southern Tier, and many more.

I picked up RR Supplication, Damnation and Consecration.

The help was very below average. (My score wont reflect this because it wasn't bad enough for me not to suggest to everyone.)

When I got to the register, the guy complained I was making him miss his movie, then asked why I was spending so much money on "piss". When I asked for a box to carry my 10 22oz bottles ($92) he appeared to be annoyed. He returned with a box that had a huge gap between the bottom flaps making the box virtually worthless.

I thought the brews were a little over priced. The Supplication was 15 bucks for a 12oz bottle. I can put up with the prices with selection being so good.

I would recommend this store to anyone in the area.

pwoody11, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of djeffbee
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%

Fortunately I walked in during a NCAA Football Saturday along with the story of Richard Proenneke on the main TV who captivated the blue collar crowd (and me as well). The place is a run down corner bar, but it ain't trying to brag to be anything else. Real people, good conversation, etc. Don't be scared to hang here, just like me everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.

The beer store rocks, lots of hard to get stuff locally, Founders, Prestige, Trappist stuff, and I got lucky when they were clearing out Rochefort 6 and 8 slightly out of date for USD2. That's right, $2.

I figured I'd head in for a beer, since the only other times I've been there was after a golf outing, and was pleasantly surprised. DFH, Magic Hat (eh), Troegs and some mysterious Frontier IPA were on tap. The IPA is USD1 for a mug and USD2.5 for a pint...and it's great. Seems like a cross between SNPA and SNTEIPA. Very nice and affordable.

Service - Trish the bar maid was on her first day back from maternity leave, she was pleasant, funny and prompt. Nuff said here, no reason to complain.

Nice selection, atmosphere, etc. Will be back (maybe today).

djeffbee, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Visited the Frontier saloon on a recent trip to the casino in Chester. I stopped in the take out section only, I did not drink at the bar or order any food. The smallish room contained many coolers full of micro's and a few with macro's. There was also a good selection of bombers and a decent selection of imports. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable about beer. Prices were very good by PA standards, almost the same as Maryland. There were several coolers of singles and the rest were 6 packs. Overall this is an enjoyable place to shop.

tone77, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of roan22
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

Update 2/26/09****

I have to update the scores here to reflect positive changes made in the Frontier Saloon beer store, specifically the selection and service. I have been going in here at least once a week for the last six months, and Frontier has expanded their sixpack collection to include Ithaca beers, Yards, Nogne Dark Horizon, a $25 italian chocolate stout [chocaburra?], the Sierra Nevada hot releases, and the Troegs hot releases [but still no Green Flash IPA, or Troegs scratch beers, or Ballast Point dammit].

Also the lady who works in the beer store, with the silvery hair, seems a little unfriendly at first, but once she gets to know you she is more pleasant..we still aren't on a first name basis, but one time I asked her, what was new and she on to point out 6 beers and describe them accurately. The grey haired laid back guy is always cool and friendly.

I heard the owner was going to start "pushing the light beers again this summer"...I am moving away from the area so they will lose my business unfortuntely..I feel bad for other Ridley residents if they go backwards and start pushing BMC again. I have a soft spot for this place...Cheers!

Original Review:
Its about time for me to write a review for my local, "beer-to-go-only" spot. I'll be honest. The bar and the people who go there regularly scare me. I didn't grow up in DelCo, and I feel ridiculously out of place drinking here.

That said, the beer store selection for bombers, sixpacks and singles is number #1 in the entire Delaware County. I can't rate them higher than a 4 for selection however, because they don't have any Mikkeller, Nogne or DeRanke. Or Southampton Saison. But they do have Hoppin Frog, Bear Republic, Troegs [but no scratch beers], Brooklyn, Lost Abbey, and Ommegang.

Frontier truly deserves a great rating for expanding and going above and beyond what their average local customer likes and buys. I go to the beer store about twice a month on average, sometimes more. Its especially handy because they are open late, til 1:30am, even on Sundays, when other beer stores are closed. Their craft selection at this point almost rivals the other great bottle shop in the area [no need to mention names].

The service has even gotten better within the last 2 months since the friendly guy behind the register has taken over the night shift. One time I happened to go in there during the day when they must have been ordering beer, because the female owner was there, and helpfully piped up when I was asking about when Sunshine Pils would be in stock. We didn't get to chat, but I thank you for providing DelCo with the beer-geek selection that you do!

If you live in DelCo and love craft beer, you have to support Frontier because there is nowhere else that even comes close to meeting the needs of beer geeks.

Cheers Frontier!!!!

roan22, May 12, 2008
Photo of mobud
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%

Finally stopped in here after driving pass several hundred times. It is not much for atmosphere; it is a beer store attached to a bar. Most of the coolers are craft, with BMC stocked in the back.

I will not go into listing all the beers available; my very fellow BAers have hit it on the nose. Did see Pizza Port and some Middle Ages that I had not seen in these parts. The service for me was non-existant. The lady at the computer behind the counter did not even turn to look at me when I entered and was completely unmoved by my presence. The prices were alittle high for my tastes, but considering it is one of the few places in the area to get some of these beers...I would go back if in the area, but would not make it my go-to.

mobud, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

This place is my go to 6 pack and single spot near my girls house.When I first started drinking craft beer I thought it was heaven but then I got to trying the majority of the beers here and it started to get stale and I moved on to Capones,for obvious reasons.Now I went into the place last night and they have really upgraded the selection and they have started selling older seasonals at a reduced price,which I think is the right thing to do.I gave the service and atmosphere a 5 because me and my girl know the people from going in there so much in the past and they have never been anything but nice to us and kid around with me when I take 30 minutes to buy beer.Along with this selection they have.
-DFH
-Anchor
-Magic Hat
-Clipper City
-Sam Adams
-Flying Dog
-Sierra Nevada
-Troegs
-Stone
-Rogue
-Flying Fish
-Victory
-Chimay
-Samuel Smith
-Unibrou
-Left Hand
-Smuttynose
-Ommegang
-Sly Fox

If your in the area I would stop in and I heard they have add Victory hop devil and Rogue DGA on tap in the bar.

MmmIPA, Apr 01, 2007
Frontier Saloon & Restaurant in Folsom, PA
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.