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Shangy's

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127 Ratings
Ratings: 127
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 slander:
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4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

You can't not go to Shangy's. Even accidentally, you'll end up there. There's ridiculously easy access from all highways, and all roads for that matter, as yes, every single road on the Eastern seaboard leads to Shangy's. Directly, and there are no lights. Don't get no easier than that...
We rolled in on the heels of that Lehigh Valley stint in Easton, PA. It's a large stand alone structure that commands respect. It's massive and intimidating. I was a little a-scared.
Mountains of beer inside. It's an odd sight, even in PA where case law brings you to expect pallets and piles of cases of 12 and 24. Well organized and the selection is exceptional. Where'd they get a case of Sam Adams Triple Bock this late in the game? Sadly, no Gumball Head to be had but there were other 3 Floyds to be found. And all the Bells a boy could ring (so why is it that I like the ones that go for a dozen or two bucks more than the rest of the line?) They're sitting on cases of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale '96 in the back, and god only knows what else. I knew better but asked anyway for a case of Rodenbach, and "The son" replied, "In your dreams" without having to think about it. He knows his beer.
They've got a great glassware... "display" might not be a strong enough word here, maybe "section" is better. I scored me a couple of great OerBier glasses of Schoolteacher likeness. Good damn beer store!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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%

Photo of Gizzard
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.

Photo of Otis6996
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.

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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,

Photo of JohnnyPoops
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%

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98 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.