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The Craft Beer Outlet

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

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 7.13%
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
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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Reviews by TheFightfan1:
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4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Damn didn't even now this was on here. I guess that's what you get when you look for this place on RT13.I seen a big sign saying Craft beer. So naturally I pull in.

As soon as I walked in I was greeted and asked if I needed any help. I said no thankyou just going to browse. A small little place but is packed to the gills with goodies. A line of fridges to your left and the checkout is to your right and everywhere else are bottles on shelves. There is a barrel with a bunch of six pack holders. The man told me just take whatever bottles you need and use the holders.I ended up getting a couple goodies. Abt 12,Koningshoeven Quad, a couple of Unibroue's and that was about it. I asked if they had Hopslam and he said I asked for five cases and they gave me one and they sold out within the hour.

I think this could be my first exceptional rating in every category but this place is great. A great place to buy singles.

3/6/09

I just walked in and noticed that they now sell pints. I had a pint of Ten Fidy and was on my way. This just further adds to this great place.

More User Reviews:
Photo of 83Orioles
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beolach
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Amazing selection and knowledgeable staff.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -14%
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 Heave in Philly proper and find better beer than here.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Valentno7
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of CassinoNorth
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mythaeus
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Al

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The Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, PA
98 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.