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The Craft Beer Outlet

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The Craft Beer OutletThe Craft Beer Outlet

41 Reviews
Reviews: 41
Visits: 62
Avg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

9910 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19114-1900
United States
phone: (215) 632-2722

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Place added by: joeebbs on 06-02-2009

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 8pm
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Reviews: 41 | Visits: 62
Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A very unassuming store located in a strip mall. However, once you walk in you notice things are done well.

Excellent amount of quality items and selection. Large amounts of single twelve ounces bottles and a good selection of bombers and foreign imports. Why a full stand display of Helldorado when I walk, why thank you my good sir!

Very good service as well and knowledgeable. A little bit off the path depending on where you are going but a definite must stop place.

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Photo of PsychedelicQuaker
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Somewhat intimidating pick-your-own 6 pack beer distributor. But once you've gone a couple times you realize that the staff is super helpful and not judgmental. They have Beer tasting events on the weekend, growlers and an amazing selection of craft beers.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

The wife and I were driving down to Philly from Westchester County, New York, and approaching the city on 95-S I somehow found this jawn and decided to take a little detour. It is not too far from the interstate highway.

Located in a generic strip mall in a not-so-great area of Northeastern Philadelphia, this is definitely not the kind of neighborhood you expect to have a craft beer store.

The best stuff here is right as you enter to your left: a small selection of goodies and rarities, including Double DBA, Old Stock Brandy, Fifty Fifty, Prairie Brewing (first time I see this OK brewery in Philly), New Holland Night Tripper...

Beyond this, I didn't find this store to be amazing, outstanding or world-class. It is your typical Philly bottle store, with coolers filled with pricey single beers.

Everyone is super helpful and eager to find a beer for you, and the seven taps and little bar setup are cool. But really, this is not a destination. You can stick to The Foodery and Beer Heaven in Philly proper and find better beer than here.

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Photo of Valentno7
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Great beer selection, I like that they have a growler station and they also have tastings on Fridays. They had all the beers that I wanted from this pass Xmas. I would definitely check the selections they have when the season change to see if they have something I have been looking for. They are a tad bit pricier then other places that I have been too.

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Photo of CassinoNorth
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Craft Beer Outlet was the first store I checked out on the way into Philly (it's north Philly so those of us coming from NJ, it's rather convenient to hit on the way in, way out)

It's setup is a bit different than most stores as it's organized by style and not by brewery which can be a bit confusing if you're looking for a certain brewery specifically. There's a few tap handles usually pouring some solid local beers on the right when you walk in. They also run specials depending on the day. I believe wednesdays? are discount bomber days.

The cooler is expansive with basically every 6 pack they have in the store broken into singles then a huge selection of cold bombers as well. The guys I talked to were really knowledgeable and friendly. Not the biggest store, but they use their space wisely. A bit pricey for someone from NJ but worth it for all the releases they get.

Check this place out, it's worth it.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great selection and excellent customer service. Not the biggest selection in PA but it is well curated. Free beer tastings on Friday and a big bottle sale on Wednesday are nice recurring weekly events. Convenient location with good parking.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Made my way there a few days ago for the first time and will definitely be back there. The place is SUPER clean and extremely organized. The selection is sizeable and has drafts and growler filling as well. I came with BA top 250 list of which I've knocked off about 80 beers, yet I was able to pick up 2 that other places in the Philadelphia and surround area didn't have. The price for harder to find beers are a little higher than most other places I go to in Philly, except for RR Supplication which they stocked plenty, but overall, prices for other beers are normal.

What I really like is the service. I've only dealt with one person, Mark (IIRC), and he was extremely knowledgeable and incredibly helpful going through my entire list. Upon finding out that it was my birthday, he gave me a glass from the store as a birthday gift! I only spent $15 on that day so THAT is service!


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Photo of cdmillard
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

This place has an incredible selection, including many beers that I can't get in Baltimore. Selection is incredible, and the service is good. My one complaint would be prices. Their prices on many of the more difficult to fine beers are $4-5.00 higher than anywhere else. An example would be Older Viscosity. I can get it in Atlanta, where I travel frequently, for about $15.00. It's $22.00 here. Get the idea? Don't get me wrong, it's a great place, but I always feel somewhat violated when I walk out of there.

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Photo of scotorum
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

Stopped here on my way back from Baltimore yesterday after reading reviews which raved about finding hard to locate top rated beers.

A barrel of empty sixpack cartons for filling with 12 ounce selections just inside the door made it clear that is a specialty. And the selection WAS excellent. They even had most of the Bell's I had seen in Michigan, as well as a bunch of different Bruery bombers. But nothing was particularly cheap. The sixer I made up did not contain any especially exceptional items, yet the total was $18, the most I have paid for such yet going into my second month of craft beer adventure.

Although the clerk who checked me out was cheerful, the place was abuzz with employees and customers darting in front and behind. Most of the singles were in coolers, which is awkward when you want to check labels and prices.

Not the best shopping experience. Plus the place is in a very busy shopping plaza rather off the beaten I-95 path. But if you have money to spend and are looking for a better beer selection, this is probably as good as it gets in Philly.

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Photo of Beeranator
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was in NJ visiting family and saw the reviews on this place so decided to try it. We drove through traffic for an hour and a half and by the end of the drive was doubting that that drive would be worth this unknown beer shop. When we got there i walked through the door and spotted a Brooklyn Black ops and that was it for me it was worth that drive, i ended up spending $150 got that black ops, Russian River, Lost Abbey, and some Firestone Walker. I was looking for some Nugget Nectar but they didn't have any, I asked and they told me they had just gotten some in their Case shop so i went over and grabbed one! They also have a surprisingly good Gluten Free Beer selection. Needless to say this place is a little oasis for beer lovers. I will definitely come back here when I'm in the area.

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I went through Philly during Thanksgiving and made a pit stop here. I did some research and picked this spot based on its proximity to I-95 and the fact they carry Russian River.
It's in a plaza and has a generic looking sign. It was a little smaller than I expected, but the quality of what they stock is second to none.
I walked out with some AleSmith, BCBS, several varieties of RR and DFH World Wide Stout. None of which you can get in NC.
The staff was very friendly and answered all of my questions. The prices were a little steep, but understandably so since they are in the city and carry a wide variety of rare beers.
If you are driving through, you should definitely stop and check it out. It's the only store I have been to in Philly, so I don't know how they compare to other local shops. Philly has to be the best place to buy beer east of Chicago. Vermont is a close second, but solely based on local beer.

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Photo of dc4three
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

The Craft Beer Outlet in Northeast Philly was a pleasant experience if I dont say so myself. Not as big as I thought it would be considering all the hype, but nonetheless, an awesome shop if your looking for some rare finds. Great selection of bombers, six packs and invidual 12oz bottles. Also a nice and clean growler station with 6 taps. Also they had a killer selection of glassware ranging from standard pint glasses to gigantic snifters. I was happy to see some brews I cant find in Jersey at this shop (Russian River, Bells, Great Lakes, DuClaw, Clown Shoes, some Maine Beer Company's). Prices are not too too bad, but you pony up for beers that you cant find in your area. Only downfall was there was only one person working the entire store, so not only was she answering the phone, helping customers with questions, working the cash register, but running around the entire store like a chicken with her head cut off. But other than that, this place is sweet and i will definately be making a return here!

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.53/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The selection is great balance of quality and quantity.

About 15 doors with local craft, American craft, and international.

The selection ranges from affordable Sam Adams, Corona etc...to more expensive Chimay, Dogfish head, Southern Tier and Lost Abbey. Make sure you look in the front of the store it has a nice selection seasonals and mixed 12 packs on the floor by the entry.

The staff is exceptional. Everyone knows there stuff and loves beer. Was given a free bottle opener once. My daughter got a free root beer once lollipop another. Very friendly staff, glassware for making a large purchase. The prices are very competitive as well. You can even sit at one of there tables in the back and drink up some of there beers on tap. You can sample beers before you purchase a growler. Great place highly recommend!

They are an asset to the NE Philly Beer community. They have tasting events and adjust the selection based on demand. I look forward to going back when back in Philly!

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Photo of claspada
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Not as big as I was expecting from the high reviews but a nice clean establishment with above average selection but apparently this place is popular and sells out of popular stuff rather quickly. (They had Founders Bolt Cutter but were sold out of the Great Lakes Christmas beer which is one of things I was hoping to find.) Plenty of beers I cannt get in Jersey like Bells, Dark Horse, Great Lakes and even some CIgar City.

The prices were a little steep (around $22 for a mixed 6 pack) but they were all above average beers. The 2 people working were very helpful and nice and knew their inventory well which was nice. They also have a growler station apparently which is nice for locals.

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Photo of BeerVet
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great "craft your pack" resource if your in the Philly area. Staff is GREAT...I'm a monthly repeat customer and they know me by name and are always interested in more than making the sale. Selection is always the best of the tri-state area IMHO. Great stop if you like seasonal craft brews; my favorite is September-December (pumpkins, Oktoberfest, holiday brews). A little pricy, but I blame that on PA sales tax and the FF'ed -Up PA liquor laws! If your in the area, pull out an extra $20 and support the local PA beer guy, who's willing to go though the trouble to break 6-packs and provide a WORLD-CLASS craft beer MECCA!!!!

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A: While there for over an hour talking beer with a couple of the staff, I watched THE OWNER carry the customers bags to their cars in the parking lot; several times....more than good business by my standards.

Q: The store is very clean and a good bit of room to move around.

Ser: After watching the owner carry customers' bags to their cars from the store, and being helped by a staff who were extremely helpful and courteous, the service here is second to none. Also they know their beer pretty well and where they don't, they make up for in enthusiasm.

Sel: Selection is much better than Avg.

V: Typical Philly/PA bottle shop prices. And the clearance rack is a nice touch!!! And I always appreciate lots of (free) parking (when dealing with stores in Philly)!

One of my top places to go for brew now! For the service alone!!!

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Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A large retail space in the middle of a shopping center in NE Philly. They have a large selection of bottles, magnums and glassware as well as a growler filling station with around six rotating taps.

The place is long and narrow with the growler filling station on the right hand side immediately upon entering. Above the station there is an impressive selection of glassware but they are crazy expensive. An Orval glass was $22! To the left there is a nice selection of seasonals and room temperature bombers/750mls. The cashier counter is straight ahead on the left and the opposite wall is lined up with several coolers with a very nice variety of craft offerings. There is a space in the back where you can sit and have a beer which they also sell by the galas at the growler filling station.

I'm not often impressed by selection but the variety was shocking. They had some cool magnums as well as singles, six packs, bombers and 750ml bottle from a large selection of breweries. Plenty of Russian River along with Ballast Point, Bruery, Evil Twin, Mikkeller, Terrapin, Maine Brewing Co., etc. Not too many rarified but there is a wide variety of great beers. Unfortunately, most of the beers range from pretty pricey to outrageously expensive. You can make a mixed six pack but there is no discount. RR sours were in the $18 range and many of the 12oz bottles of interest were close to $8. Similarly priced to competitive stores in the city but still beyond a reasonable budget to leave with more than a couple of bottles at a time.

Overall this place was pretty impressive with a nice clean space, interesting beers on draft and a huge inventory of good beers. The prices will keep me for stocking while there but this place is a hidden gem in an area of the city that has little to nothing to offer in the way of craft beers.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is great. Not only is it a "Mix-and-Match" place in PA, they also have draft beers for filling growlers or to enjoy a pint while there.

The folks are very courteous, generous with their time, and treat the customer well. Some of the staff is more knowledgeable than others. I say that as disclaimer before suggesting this place to folks newly interested in craft beer or trying to make a selection for others with different tastes because there are folks here who really know their beer.

It's a comfortable setting, though a bit pricey. I really suggest stopping by here, even if it's a little out of your way. You won't regret it.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was a bit of a drive for me, but I wanted to give the place a try. The place is in a strip mall along a busy street. Parking is a little bit tight unless you park on the far end of the lot along the street. The place had a good vibe, and the service was very friendly and insightful. We were greeted several times and asked if we needed any help, and even while there were plenty of other customers.

The selection was very good and included Russian River. The coolers are along one side of the place. There was plenty of room to navigate. Everything was clearly marked.

I would come here more often if it was a little closer to home.

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Photo of Soonami
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Craft Beer Outlet is one of the better stocked bottle shops in the Philly area. They get all the big releases from Russian River, Lost Abbey, Voodoo, etc. The pricing is a bit on the expensive side compared to what I think is reasonable considering what they pay wholesale and the pricing at Whole Foods and in Jersey. The staff beer knowledge runs the gamut from highly educated to proficient. The store is clean and nicely laid out, most of the beers are kept cold. Highly recommended for those around NE Philly and driving from the north on I-95

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Photo of placlair
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here with my brother-in-law while we were in the area for a family reunion in Cherry Hill. They have 6 taps available for growler fills immediately as you walk through the door, on the right. There are a few stand-up tables in the back, presumably for on-premises consumption. We were there at 9 AM on a Saturday, so we didn't partake. On-premises consumption (not just sampling) seems like a pretty cool option that PA blue laws allow for, and they appear to be well equipped to make the most of it.

The selection here is amazing. Bell's, New Holland, The Duck-Rabbit, and Russian River are just a few of the treats that I'm not used to seeing in MA/NH/ME. We were very pleasantly surprised to find an abundance of Marrón Acidifié, Cuir, Abacus, and Speedway Stout. I made sure to grab some Supplication, Salvation, Damnation, and Redemption as well.

The guy working the counter was beyond helpful and friendly, answering all of our questions and carrying on good conversation about the state of beer in Philly and the outlying community. They do sell single bottles here as well as mixed sixers. One blue law that we found odd was the ounce-per-car-visit ratio, which meant that we were supposed to carry no more than a 12-pack per visit to our car at a time. *shrug*

Prices on almost everything were very good to average, although some of the rarities were a bit higher than I've seen at other establishments (but still very reasonable, given the hype machine). I certainly did not feel as though I was being price-gouged or otherwise ripped off, even though my trip was quite costly.

All in all, this gem was quite impressive and absolutely worth a stop if you're in the area and looking for some of the better examples of the incredible selection that the Philly market has to offer. It is very easy to find, just a few miles off of I-95. It's nowhere near as large as Julio's in MA, but the quality, service, and selection make it very much worthy of a visit.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Found this place on the way to Atlantic City. They had six taps as soon as you walk in in to the right with all craft on tap. Mark, the owner was there and helped me out, a transplant from Pittsburgh. Tons of bottles, even though I am in the same state, Pittsburgh and Philly are two different worlds. I ended up getting some Firestone Walker, Lost Abbey, Port, and a bunch of randoms. All in all, I thought the place was great, huge selection, friendly service, and clean and organized. If heading east again, I will stop back.

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Photo of slentz
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I stopped in here looking for some Black Magick a month or so ago. This place is pretty damn awesome. Brightly lit and very clean. Refrigerator cases the length of the store. A huge selection of bottles, six packs, 4 packs etc for take out. You can even score a few glasses but their selection was pretty limited, I was surprised to find any as most places don't have glasses. They have all the normal crafts but they also have hard to find stuff that I usually don't see around. They have a growler filling station and you can even sit down and have a pint at the tables in the back of the store. The customer service was pretty good. However, I did call ahead and ask if they could save a six pack for me but when I got there no one had put it aside. No big deal as I was able to get it off the shelf. All in all this place is great and I wish I lived closer but it was still worth the 45 minute drive. Check it out!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped in this place at the advice of a couple of BAs looking for some Russian River sours during a recent trip to Philly.

Atmosphere is great. The Craft Beer Outlet is actually located in a shopping mall in what looks to be a quite, upscale neighborhood. The store is very well structured. Long and narrow with a growler station in the front and a couple of chairs and tables for customers at the back. Super clean also.

Best quality that I've seen in a long while. They actually have the same beer in a number of places... displayed on shelves, in refridgerators, and in the back. So whether you want to take it home, drink it there, what have you, they have beer at the perfect temperature for you. Everything was also fresh from what I could tell.

Service was really good. The kid at the counter greeted us and immediately helped my girlfriend and I find what we were looking for. We also got a chance to chat it up for a little while and I got the impression that the staff really knew what they were talking about.

I called a number of places before going to Philly and this was the only one out of 5 or 6 that had Supplication and Sanctification in stock. They also had a number of Red Poppy's... something else that I didn't expect to find on the shelves. A really well-stocked selection overall.

Prices here were comparatively cheap also. Supplication for $18 and Sanctification for $15. Their growler fills were also very reasonably priced.

Creaft Beer Outlet is a bona fide hidden gem. A beer store that's located in a bit of an out-of-the-way location, but most definitely worth the drive for a visit!

A HUGE thanks to all those who recommended this place!

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Photo of acurtis
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

I stopped in recently for the first time. There were 5 or 6 taps for growler fills. Nothing on tap excited me, several ocktoberfests. There was a kid working, he told the other customer he didn't know anything about the taps so I didn't even ask if they filled outside growlers. When you first walk in there are a lot of gift packs. Mad Elf in abundance. Some rare warm 6 packs and tons of cold singles. Impressive selection. Most of the prices were slightly higher than what I've seen around but not bad at all. Except this is what confused me about some of the prices. My local store sells all Founders 4 packs for the same price, yet here the porter was $2.49 a single but the breakfast stout was $4.49 a single! The porter was priced very fair but the bs was crazy high, I had just picked up a 4 pack for $9.65. I picked up a few other singles. The had a nice selection of AleSmith. 2 Lost Abbeys. I didn't see any Russian River but lots of other great stuff.

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The Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, PA
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