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Abe's Cold Beer

Not Rated.
Abe's Cold BeerAbe's Cold Beer
BA SCORE
99
world-class

93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 2,000
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

1301 W Broad St
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18018-4920
United States
phone: (610) 997-0831

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2007)
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Reviews by confer:
Photo of confer
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Just got back from my first visit after reading about Abe's on BA yesterday. I only live about 15 miles away and never knew of the place.
Sunday afternoon had many Eagles fans visiting for a quick six pack of BMC, but we took our time up and down the aisles. They did not have some off the brews mentioned on the web site but I was not disappointed in the visit. The person working the counter was with us twice. Once he found what we were looking for but the second time we struck out. Bought a bottle of Hottenroth for 8.50, the same bottle I paid 13.00 for last night at a place that I had to drive over twice as far to get to.
Nice selection of Fest and pumpkin beers, many of which you can try for 2.00 a piece. I assume that this area is for seasonal offerings.
Left with a nice variety of single bottles, mostly stuff for my wife, lambics and the berline weisse.
I will definitely return and tell my beer appreciating friend about Abe's.

confer, Sep 27, 2009
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There are two arguments, I believe, that I hear most frequently regarding the value of supporting locally owned small businesses. The first, perhaps more quintessentially "liberal," centers on distribution of resources; a society with more independent owners distributes resources among a wider group of persons. The second, perhaps more quintessentially "conservative," centers on the value of localism as such; the local community is preferable to a larger society of unknowns and local business owners deserve money in a way out-of-town big businesses do not.

I'm nonplussed as to these two arguments, for reasons I need not concern you with. Frankly, I prefer smaller-scale establishments in the most selfish way -- what they have to offer me. In the abstract, the human touch of (for our purposes here) a small six-pack store provides benefits out of reach in the faceless retail outlet of big-box bureaucracy: attention to details with which only beer consumers concern themselves; friendly and personal service; a sense of passion in seller as well as buyer for the goods being transacted. These things, moreso than abstract structural concerns, make me inclined to pay a higher price for beer from a small business than from a large seller peddling six-packs within its echoing facade.

Abe's, the six-pack store of the locality of my youth, unfortunately offers few of the benefits for which I'm happily willing to pay a premium. To be sure, they offer a wide variety of beers; and although that advantage is dwindling in the Lehigh Valley market, they remain the only place to buy singles of great beers (the make-your own six-pack section at Wegman's remains sparsely populated with good brews) and do have a spread of six-packs only approached by the recently-renovated Allentown Wegman's. However, service is often surly and they attend to remarkably few details. Beers can be many months out of date; organization, layout, and general upkeep evince a general lack of respect for consumers; and they can't be bothered to shave off the price stickers on every bottle with a razor, a staple of dingy corner liquor stores and high-end wine boutiques, but lost on Abe's.

All of which would be no sweat off my back, frankly, even for a slight premium. The ability to make your own six-pack of top-tier brews really is worth that much to me, even if you need to check the born on date of every bottle you pick up. But Abe's isn't just a few dollars more than Wegman's, a fact which I could accept unblinkingly. Abe's is as expensive as beer stores in New York and Washington, D.C. Hell, I recently had a bottled beer at a craft beer *bar* in New York shortly before returning to the Valley to visit family; when I stopped in Abe's I saw they were selling it to-go for just a dollar less. That would border on unacceptable even if Abe's offered the benefits of a small business that cares about its goods and its consumers. That Abe's is run like a convenience store with a six-pack license that stumbled into the world of craft beer in a beer-starved Lehigh Valley market only makes this more ridiculous.

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excellent selection but $$$$

bshiban, May 23, 2014
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Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, PA
99 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.