Abe's Cold Beer
Taps: - / Bottles: 2000
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 76 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Durge:
4.65/5 rDev +2.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What a place! This may be the greatest number of different brews I have ever encountered despite the relatively tiny confines of this psuedo deli shop crowded with six packs and singles. The import selection was not super extensive but the domestic micros were well represented. It was a bit hit-or-miss but the big advantage was being able to take single bottles of anything, $2 each, $11.75 a six assorted. Some select 12 oz. singles are marked as much as $4 which seemed a bit steep in some cases but generally prices were reasonable considering that they were breaking up six packs. They also offered lots of bombers. Locals were well represented as were many from other regions including Bells, Holland, Mad River, and on & on. Breaking up the packs leaves an obvious chance for aging bottles on the shelves and I did note a number of bottles that showed obvious sediment collected at the bottom but most appeared to be pretty current and fresh. I loaded up pretty well and will test the freshness later. I have to say that the store manager, who was working unassisted at the time of my visit, was extremely attentive and helpful, Emma "The Beer Woman". She spent an inordinate amount of time helping me search according to taste while also assiting numerous other customers. She was quick to offer ordering things that weren't available, she knew her beers pretty well and overall this is the place to stop before loading up on cases that you have to buy most other places that might offer any selection close to this. It was somewhat loosely organized and a bit haphazard, lots in coolers, lots not, but I found some goodies that I will happily bring home to Connecticut. They also had a fair number of macros and oh yeah, sandwiches, too! Wish this place was close to home.
09-24-2008 06:04:51 | More by Durge
More User Reviews:
4.9/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A great local place to find beers from all around the world, some very rare and hard to find. Sign up for their email blast to get up to date emails on some of the rare things they get. It can get disorganized from time to time, but they have thousands of bottles of inventory, ask if you are looking for something specific. They have a very nice and knowledgeable staff. You could shop at Wegmans which has a small selection or shop and support a local business with an even better selection!
01-15-2014 15:19:52 | More by derek984
2.48/5 rDev -45.3%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A decent selection of beers. Not of the greatest of places but with limited options to get craft beer six packs, I don't have much of an option. The arrangement of the store is very poor and has no reasoning. Its like they get the beer in stock and then just place in on the shelf so you have rows of beer three six pack deep and none of the six packs are the same, so it is very time consuming. When asked if they can obtain a certain been beer its like it's an inconvenience for them and they brush you off
08-30-2013 22:31:48 | More by TTripp725
4.01/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
As my local bottle shop now that I’ve relocated to Bethlehem, I felt it was time to put up a review for this place.
It’s an easy place to get to, but it can sneak up on you as it’s slightly set back from the street to allow for parking, and can be somewhat hidden by the Mint on one side and a dollar store on the other. Just a heads up.
They manage to pack a wide selection into a small area. A variety of countries and styles are represented. Beer is arranged mostly by country, with most brewery offerings grouped together. It can get a bit disorganized at times; if you don’t see something the first time walk by again or ask the clerk. They’re usually pretty helpful and know whether they have something or not.
Prices are fairly decent. Being familiar with Philly suburb pricing, Abe’s prices are about the same and sometimes slightly higher.
Be sure to check dates on some of the styles that have a limited shelf life. I’ve made the mistake of grabbing something past its prime a couple times.
They do get some hard to find stuff, including Cantillon and Founders Backstage series. Some of the most recent Black Note release made its way there as well.
Selection is very good; it’s hard to walk out without finding something that suites your tastes. A wide variety of styles are present; the last time I browsed through they had two Goses available. I can’t remember the last bottle shop I was in that even had one.
I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area. Just be sure to check dates on some of the more time sensitive styles.
08-01-2013 16:56:42 | More by skiofpinsk
Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, PA
99 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.