Bella Vista Beer Distributors
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
Walk in and it is very inviting. The place is clean, very well organized, and has a much higher selection of crafts than I was expecting. There was Russian River, Avery, Flying Fish, Dark horse, a whole lot of stuff that I didn't think I would be able to find. Kind of an overwhelming selection because you gotta buy a case of whatever it is, but really good. I could spend an entire afternoon in this place.
The quality was good and the prices seemed fair. Everything was divided by region so the local stuff had a large selection which I liked and also inevitably gives the consumer a small education where everything is from. I've been to places where people don't know where something is from and they just call it an import which drives me nuts. The selection seemed good and it looked like a good place to go, I would go back the next time I am in the area looking for a case of craft beer. The service was good, they have carts out for those looking for more than a few cases (like myself).
If you're in the area, try this place out.
11-27-2009 13:20:59 | More by erosier
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
This is the best beer distributor in Philadelphia, especially since they moved across the street into the newer bigger building.
The selection is incomparable, carrying an incredible amount of American craft as well as a huge selection of imports. Once you walk in there is a whole section of the store on the right hand side that is exclusively dedicated to Belgian beers. They frequently get in beers that I don't see anywhere else.
The folks here are responsible for getting a lot of excellent rare beers, especially from the west coast, into the Philadelphia are market. Jordan does a hell of a job bringing these brands in and in the last year or so has stepped it up by landing all kinds of amazing beers.
The service is always very friendly and knowledgeable. Every time I'm in there it seems like I spend more time talking about beer than actually shopping for it. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for rare cases in the Philly area.
10-15-2009 10:03:30 | More by corby112
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
Bella Vista is one of THE must beer distributors not only in Philadelphia but in PA. A major player in the import distribution field the folks at BV are on top of their game. Jordan and company are always striving to bring in new, quality, interesting and innovative breweries into PA.
I have ALWAYS received great service from the staff. Always with a, can I help you and have you tried this or maybe you would be interested in that.
They carry just about everything they can. So, while not perfect, as no one distributor in PA can, BV is about as close as you can get.
With the year old new digs, just across the street from the dirty, run down old place, the atmosphere of the shop is a HUGE step above what you use to encounter.
10-12-2009 11:37:47 | More by Deuane
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
I have a few locations in NJ and Philly that I frequent for beer. Bella Vista is above and beyond the biggest and best selection that I know of. The prices are reasonable but I have found cheaper prices elsewhere for a few brands. However, I do feel more comfortable paying a few more dollars for something that I know is fresh. I have been burned by the cheaper case of Yards or Victory at other stores. You know that the beer has been taken care of at Bella. Since the new store was built, I haven't gone anywhere else. Especially on Sundays!
08-16-2009 19:15:40 | More by Michadelphia
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
I made a visit to Bella Vista during the weekend and I have to say it was well worth the trip over the bridge to do so. Usually, residents of PA will migrate to NJ to make beer purchases because of the price; however, I went into PA due to the fact that there are several brands that are not available in NJ. I was very impressed by the setup of the store in which all beers are grouped according to its region or state. There were a few employees who offered assistance during the time I was there and they were very knowledgeable of what brands were in stock. A number of the beers that I tried at the ACBF were available at Bella Vista; however, I specifically came over to find Harpoon's UFO White, which was not a problem. All I can for those of us who live in NJ and visit Philly on a regular basis, it is definately worth it to stop by Bella Vista.
07-06-2009 18:12:24 | More by MSL94
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
This place is unbelievable! Their selections is amazing including two deep rows of American micros, many of which I have had trouble findng elsewhere. In addition there are entire rows dedicated to German/Eastern European brews, traditional UK/Ireland stuff, and of course Belgians. A number of excellent cases can even be purchased cold if you wish.
The staff is knowledgable and willing to offer great recommendations based on experience. You're also bound to run into some other advocate in this store to engage in some quality conversation.
In addition there is even a nice selection of glassware and beeraphenalia in the front of the store.
I have a few friends in South Philly and always make it a point to grab a case for the road that I cannot find in CT.
Stop here if you can.
03-07-2009 12:02:55 | More by CHADMC3
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
Given the stupidity of Pennsylvania's beer laws (case-only at beer distributors, with sixpacks and singles available only at bars and restaurants at shockingly inflated prices), Bella Vista is as good as it gets in Philadelphia for beer fans.
The new store, opened in 2008, is huge, bright, and friendly. The selection is simply the best in the city, with an astonishing collection of cases, including cases of 22 oz bottles of unusual beers, such as Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Avery's limited Ale to the Chief (expect to pay a LOT for these cases, but at least they are available). The 12 ounce cases include almost everything you can get in this part of Pennsylvania, from the macro stuff, to all the locals, to national winners like Bells and North Coast. A nice selection of imports, including Belgians (again, if you have to ask how much it costs, you shouldn't be buying - but at least they have it available).
Except for the exotic imports and the Bomber cases, the prices are competitive with other distributors in the city.
The store also includes a nice selection of beer accessories, including fun beer glasses, and the standard non-alcoholic beverage selection.
The staff is friendly and loves to talk beer.
Parking, which is never a minor issue in this part of town, is plentiful and convenient.
01-29-2009 21:43:28 | More by Seanibus
4.8/5 rDev +9.6%
This is not the closest distributor to me, but it is well worth the extra drive. They have a great selection of hard to find beer along with a very helpful and knowledgeable staff.
The only complaint i have is that prices are not listed in the isles. This is only a slight inconvenience however. There is a clipboard at registers with all the prices that you can take as you look around.
I found out about the grand opening of their new building back in or October (across the street from their old one) though BA and decided to check it out. I was expecting a small tasting and a quick look at the new store. When i arrived it was a mini beer fest/block party. Amazing beer, food, and music all for free. I really cant say enough good things about this place and the owners.
12-06-2008 02:29:24 | More by william5586
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
Bella Vista has certainly come a long way since I first visited them, and the new building just across the street from where they used to be is the icing on the cake. They've continued to grow their selection along with the microbrew market, and although I've tasted and reviewed thousands of beers in my day they've actually got some things that I've missed. The service is good and the prices are normal. It used to be that I would be in this part of town I would go to another big distributor (that will go unamed), now I go to Bella Vista.
11-14-2008 18:52:59 | More by NeroFiddled
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
Just came back from the grand opening of the new store. Was a nice free tasting.
Quality is top notch. Beers are fresh and plentiful. The selection of cold cases is expanded quite a bit. The shelves are not fully stocked and I am sure things are only going to get better. The friendly service and devotion to customer satisfaction is what this place has always staked its reputation on and that has not changed one bit. The new space is open and roomy and well laid out. They have even set aside a section for Belgian beers.
10-05-2008 23:52:16 | More by BWH3
Bella Vista Beer Distributors in Philadelphia, PA
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