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The Craft Beer Outlet

Not Rated.
The Craft Beer OutletThe Craft Beer Outlet
BA SCORE
98
world-class

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.14%
Taps: 6
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 8pm

(Place added by: joeebbs on 06-02-2009)
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -13.8%

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 Heave in Philly proper and find better beer than here.

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

OriolesFan, Today at 02:59 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

FightinIrish88, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

pwoody11, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

timotao, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

AGust82, Jun 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

302BeerGuy, Jun 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Mrduprey215, Jun 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

kingston2, May 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

cheah, May 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Flooz, May 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

CSpoons, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Valentno7
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Valentno7, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

JKV96, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of CassinoNorth
4.48/5  rDev 0%

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.

CassinoNorth, Feb 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

doggydaddy, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

WEBBEER, Dec 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

nickfl, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Dawkins, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of mythaeus
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

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!

Al

mythaeus, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of cdmillard
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

cdmillard, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of scotorum
3.58/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

scotorum, Jun 24, 2013
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The Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, PA
98 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.