Shangy's

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Shangy'sShangy's
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98
world-class

126 Ratings
Ratings: 126
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
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40 Main St
Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 18049-4007
United States
phone: (610) 967-1701

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Reviews by BeerImmediately:
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.2/5  rDev -27.8%

Decided to finally make a trip up to Shangy's to stock up for a party and this Fall. WHAT A WASTE OF 2.5 HOURS OF MY TIME. Brought my list of Top 10 Oktoberfests avail in PA, and top Pumpkin Ales. Stared going over it with the old dude in the back, and while he seemed to know everything they had, they only had ONE in that top 10 (Victory - like every other distributor)... no Ayinger, no Hacker-Pschorr, no Paulaner, no Penn, no Avery... shall I go on? He actually had the nerve to tell me that the German varieties were not being brought to the US for a couple weeks. BS! On the pumpkin side, they were better, having most that I wanted, but it took 15 minutes just to find them in this maze... I asked him how the store was organized, and he emphatically/proudly said "We're NOT, great beer is everywhere!" ... I really wanted to punch him. There is ZERO organization - not by Style, not by Country, not by Brand. What a Pain in the Ass... how are you supposed to find anything in less than 30 minutes in this mess? Seems as tho they're more concerned with keeping eye-catching pyramids of cases than actually helping their patrons. I walked out w/2 mediocre Oktoberfests that weren't on my list, 3 pumpkins, and a lot of frustration. Prices were good... I suppose if I lived within 10 minutes, I'd be there often and just learn more patience. But I will never waste 2.5 hours of an afternoon again.

p.s. on the way home, stopped by my usual Distributor, Frank Smith's in Pottstown - and guess what... they had ALL the German Oktoberfests - all organized TOGETHER, and right there with all the good, craft Pumpkins.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RodJ
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Was a fan of this place. Called for almost a month looking for founders harvest ale. Was always polite on the phone. Eventually, a guy took my name and said he would hold me a case. Just called today. Said they had gotten it in and all sold out. Nothing for me. I knew it was too good to be true. Would have been better if he hadn't offered in the first place. So now 61 BrewThru it is.

Photo of ConanSachler
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.32/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DLS168
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of BeerBuddy2122
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BigRizz62
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of pinyin
5/5  rDev +12.9%

This place takes the concept of retail beer distribution to a whole new level.

Instead of it being some warehouse with palettes of beer covered in plastic wrap, this is an actual beer boutique.

Yet the prices are actually much cheaper than most of the bang up places that you'll find scattered across all of NEPA.

Make the trip here, you wont be disappointed.

Photo of beerdedking
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Great selection, but make sure you check your best buy dates...

Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Best beer store in the Lehigh Valley area. Great selection of craft beer from the US and all over the world. The staff is very knowledgeable about beer and are always willing to find something for you if you don't feel like wandering around aimlessly in search of a certain brew. They have both bottles and kegs available and they are both retail and wholesale. Highly Recommend checking this place out if you are in the area.

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2.88/5  rDev -35%

Photo of dreichus
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of gunnerlincoln
2.11/5  rDev -52.4%

I have mixed feelings about Shangy's. I've had both: my share of good times and bad.

The positives:

The is a huge selection of beer from around the world
Quite a few employees working if you need help
Reasonable prices.

The negatives:

Run like a business...doesn't have that warm, welcome feeling I like when I go to other distributors
Ownership can be rude at times
Lot of beer also means lot of out dated beer. Watch for the skunked beer.
Tough to find many of the smaller, local craft brews

Overall I have stopped going to Shangy's and have enjoyed shopping for my beer elsewhere.

Photo of asuburbanman
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of baakabak
3.87/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

I used to live within 20 minutes of this place which was both a blessing and a curse.
There certainly isn't any case distributor in the valley that comes close with selection. It's clean, brightly lit and well kept.
The staff isn't the most helpful with recommendations though they certainly aren't unpleasant- save the one cashier. Nima,the owner, is one of the sweetest guys you'll meet and a nice chat if you're able. If you're looking for something they don't have in stock but are able to order,they'll usually accommodate which is very nice.
It's been said over and over in the reviews but I'll echo the sentiment for checking the dates on the more obscure(especially import) cases. Usually not an issue but it happens.
Pricing is spotty; you'll find some deals and you'll find some high,though that's no new phenomenon.
Worth a trip if you're in the area and want to lighten your wallet,

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I've been a Shangy's customer and fan for over 20 years. This is simply the best beer store I've ever seen or heard of. Top marks for quality, quantity, variety, and generally really good value. Staff is mostly knowledgeable and owners are really into good beer. "Welcome to Beer Heaven"!

Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DaveGood
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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Shangy's in Emmaus, PA
98 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.