Taps: 19 / Bottles: 484
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
4.64/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dated T, 10 August 2010.
I was on a mission on this day. I had received a trade request for Sly Fox CANs and I was getting ready to head to Madison, WI that Thursday so I needed to reload and ship mos' quick. I had a list of all Beer Stores on BA Beer Fly at the time and I decided to visit as many of the ones that offered singles and sixers as I could, taking notes at each one.
Another corner location, this time at 11th and Fitzwater Streets and on the approach, the geography began to look familiar. It is located catty-corner to Bella Vista Distributors! The entry was in the center of the building along 11th Street with booth seating immediately upon entering and running along that wall and its windows as well as along a small corner window along Fitzwater. The center of the space was filled with heavily laminated restaurant tables and standard chairs. The left-facing, south wall had a small lounge area with a couch (!), a divan and a faux (?) fireplace with a sculpted stone owl perched atop its mantel.
Further aft, on the left-facing side, the bank of coolers began and wrapped around to the back (west) wall. There were five (5) doors on the left side, each with six (6) shelves and five more doors on the back wall for a total of ten (10) doors. The prices were clearly marked and I was told that they have the capacity to stock up to 1000 (1K) different beers at any given time. Zounds! For we shoppers of singles, a Mix-6 garners a 10% discount and a Mix-8 rates 15% off of the total.
They also offer draft beers and will fill growlers as an extension. The free-to-join Growler Club asks you to fill twenty (20) growlers over time with the expectation that your 21st fill will be on the house. Nice! As to the growlers, they have specially-made ones to go with their fill process which requires a special cap also.
Chalkboards above the counter area detailed "Lunch"; "Hours"; "Today's Specials" and "What's On Tap?". Coupled with the pressed tin signage (tackers), ceiling fans and exposed ducting, I wondered if they had designed the place with me in mind.
Another draft, some H2O and I was again on my way.
01-22-2011 12:53:53 | More by woodychandler
4.14/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My first time at Hawthornes, after passing by it a number of times during previous visits to Philly (the wife and I always stay around the Bella Vista area).
This is a bottle shop and a cafe/restaurant/bar. Cool stuff. Go in and you'll find a dining area first, with bistro tables where you can have food and a pint of beer from their 9 taps.
Beyond that there are two registers and the bottle-shop area, with lots of cooler divided in 10 "doors" by theme/region: Locals, Seasonal, Limited, Midwest, Colorado...
I drool after the brews I can't get at home in NYC: Great Lakes, Dark Horse, Central Waters, Fifty-Fifty Eclipse, Dark Rabbit and a bunch of locals (including Voodoo Big Daddy).
I paid $20 for my bomber of Voodoo Daddy and a small Arcadia Bourbon Shipwreck. This is Philly for you, folks!
Pints are better priced at $5-$7 for quality taps including Verdi Imperial Stout, Southern Choklat, Dark Horse, Central Waters... growlers to go too.
Service was cheerful and good, and next time I'll stay for dinner and a pint instead of just buying beer to go.
02-16-2012 00:10:41 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
We stopped in for brunch on Saturday, the first time we have been in for a while. While the place is still a hybrid of bottle shop and cafe, there seems to have been a shift in emphasis toward the food part of the offering, or at least a de-emphasis to the bottle list (which is still impressive).
Hawthorne's has a great vibe. The renovation of the space was beautifully done, and the cafe has a great, warm, slightly funky vibe. Very open with high ceilings and hardwood floors, plenty of table seating, though it does fill up quickly around noon.
Brunch was delicious. We had an egg white omelette with some tasty veggie sausage and homefries. The greens were ample and nicely dressed. Food came out quite promptly and service was friendly and attentive.
The tap list is nice (Sculpin and Saison de Lente for us) and the growler fill list is even more extensive. The bottle coolers are organized logically by geography and hit all of the high notes. It seems to me that there were more rarities in prior visits. The table display of beer was far more limited than it has been. I am happy to have the place more directed to food anyway as it is very good, and bottle shops are not hard to find. Prices, while still on the high side, have certainly come down from the early days.
We had a great visit and are looking forward to stopping back.
02-21-2011 16:26:10 | More by sholland119
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located at 11th & Fitzwater, not too far from South Street. I can't give this place a fully accurate rating as I haven't eaten here yet. But...here's what you can get. Draught beer (impressive rotating menu), growler fills (rotating), bottles (impressive beer garden), food (interesting, diverse menu).
The layout is simple, but very nice, almost like you're, well, basically eating in a polished-up bottle shop. Several tables, outside dining, a fireplace. There's a certain charm to it, though without a bar, it's quite awkward, and when I go here I subsequently feel like a fish out of water. Staff is knowledgeable and generally friendly, but can be a bit distracted. Unlike the similar but unbearably terrible Choice City in Ft. Collins, at least there is some order to the process here, mainly, there is a "bartender," so the cashiers aren't unnecessarily burdened with the duty of being the drink dispenser as well.
I very rarely go here--mainly because of the lack of a bar--but it's definitely a nice place and worth checking out.
04-29-2011 19:05:19 | More by Rifugium
4.14/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Well....finally got to stop in at this place that is in the old Bella Vista location. I was impressed with the transformation to a pleasant, inviting, bistro style interior considering the old BV location was basically a garage with cases of beer in it!
Quality and selection was solid with plenty of bottles to choose from. But I would hope so as the owners family own and run Bella Vista just across the street! One knock on the bottles though...some are marked with price stickers but many are not. It would be helpful to know what the cost is before hitting the register.
I have to give a 4 for selection for two reasons....my usual 0.5 knock for no cask and also a 0.5 deduction for no draft available on site. Sure they have a GREAT selection to put in a growler but... I was told, by Chris, the owner, that this will be changing and in house draft will be available shortly. An adjustment to score will be forthcoming.
I am not totally down with the "special" growler thing though...maybe I need it explained to me but $15 seems a bit steep for a standard jug style growler. If this was a German flip-top fine, but, it is not. I fully understand the $1.50 cap charge for other growlers as they use those fancy oxygen barrier caps. I am glad they will fill any jug style growler.
Chris, as always, was a fine host and even though he was busy he found a few minutes to chat with us. He and his brother are class acts for sure!
No food this visit but the deli/bistro style menu looked inviting....maybe next time. A nice addition to the ever growing Philly beer scene.
01-13-2010 12:19:30 | More by Deuane
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
I've been here a few times and have yet to enter a review. A nice addition to the Phily craft scene. This is a nice combination artisan deli/growler filling station/bottle shop. The atmosphere is very nice, wide open with plenty of seating, nice decor and working firepace. Upon enterig the deli counter is on the right, coolers and room temperature beers straight ahead and growler filling station onthe left.
The service is exceptional here. The staff is very knowledgeable about beer, especially the owner, and they were very friendly and helpful with all of my questions. In addition all of he food is of very high quality. I would go here to eat regularly een I'd they didn't serve beer. One of the beat spots in the area for lunch. Apparently they have a good breakfast menu but I don't wake up that early.
The bottle and draft selection is very good here. Lots of limited beers and one offs as well as beers that don't come to the area too often. Their relationship with Bella Vista gives them dubs on the best stuff that comes into the area. Plenty of Lost Abbey, are, Cigar City, Ballast Poin, etc.
The only problem with this place is that it is terribly expensive. They make The Foodery look like Sams Club. The growlers are also expensive for fills and their glassware is expensive too. You can have any screw top growler filled but you still have to buy their cap(which is only $1.50). Other than that this place has a great selection, excellent service and delicious food. Recommended.
12-18-2010 22:43:17 | More by corby112
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Came to Philly for a quick day trip to get some Geno's and go visit Rocky! Decided to peek in here.
This is part pub, part store. Everything to go is in a coolers at the back. Really cool that they split six-packs. Bought some Speedway Stout, some Founders Red's Rye, Bell's (Expedition, Double Cream Stout and Kalamazoo), Rabid Duck and Plead the 5th. The staff was really helpful and you get some discounts: 10% of a mixed 6 and 15% off a mixed 8. Selection is not as good as Bella Vista but this place is worth coming if you just want singles. Prices were actually not too bad.
05-28-2011 19:09:22 | More by papat444
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped in here after I went to Bella Vista. This was my first trip here.
Upon entering it appears to be a nice mix of bottle shop and small cafe. I went straight to the bottle shop area and, while it wasn't amazing, I was pleased with what I saw. They had signs above each door of the cooler telling you where the beers inside where from. From what I could tell most of the beers were fresh. Plenty of classic staples with a few "rarities" thrown in. I noticed they had a few bottles of Marrón Acidifié and I was wondering how they had lasted that long until I saw the $30+ price tag. No chance I would pay that much for that one. Most of the other bottles seemed to be priced right around where they should be. I picked up a few bottles for the cellar and it only set me back around $20.
Service was good. I was asked if I needed help by three different people. The guy I talked to knew a good bit about most of the beers I asked about. I didn't have time to eat but the menu looked pretty good. I will have to return in the future and try the food.
08-08-2011 23:26:07 | More by orangesol
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