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Abe's Cold Beer

Not Rated.
Abe's Cold BeerAbe's Cold Beer

Taps: / Bottles: 2,000
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
99
world-class

89 Ratings
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.31%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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 mgbickel:
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped by here on my run through the area. My head started spinning as I spotted bottle after bottle of beers I have only read about! Started going into beer hyperdrive immediately!!

Great selection...pretty much everything PA offers are on the shelf here. Everything is clearly priced and easy to find. Great quality...all the newest releases were present.

This is the kind of place where you have to take a breath and re-evaluate what you have in your "cart". You can easily drop a paycheck here!

Pains me to say this, but they blow away any bottleshop in Western PA...

01-25-2010 20:15:29 | More by mgbickel
More User Reviews:
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TrackcoachLVPA

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-23-2014 01:33:42 | More by TrackcoachLVPA
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macesq

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -42.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

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.

06-24-2014 02:10:40 | More by macesq
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-04-2014 17:08:54 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

05-26-2014 13:55:49 | More by Latarnik
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

05-23-2014 11:29:03 | More by bshiban
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Went here on the way to a bachelor party in the Pocono's and glad I did. The place doesn't look like much from the outside but huge selection inside, I could have spent hours in this place. Big Make-Your-Own 6-Pack section, big bomber section and a ton of International beers. Emma is amazing and if you e-mail ahead of time they will set aside large quantities if you are looking. Sign-up for the e-mail blasts.

05-20-2014 01:15:13 | More by NJBeer265
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -11.3%

03-19-2014 23:34:00 | More by yourefragile
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Josh1981

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.9%

02-05-2014 01:32:38 | More by Josh1981
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JohnnyPoops

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-02-2014 19:35:08 | More by JohnnyPoops
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Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, PA
99 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.