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Beer Heaven

Not Rated.
Beer HeavenBeer Heaven
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

22 Reviews
Reviews: 22
Visits: 43
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

1100 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-5513
United States
phone: (215) 271-5248

view map and get directionsMap @beerheavenphl

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Reviews: 22 | Visits: 43
Photo of captainkrad
4.64/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great little bottle shop! I found some rarities here! The guy behind the counter was super friendly and more than willing to help me out in my search. Beer Heaven is a treasure trove of good finds! My only complaint is that they were a little pricey... (256 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Great selection, but a little pricey. If you’re looking for that special or hard to find beer, this is a good place. Lots of Belgians and seasonals in stock. (159 characters)

Photo of REY_CORTEZ
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Found this spot when I ventured out to Philly from NYC one weekend. Small place with a huge and well varied selection. Got a nice mix a 6 pack that I brought back to my hotel room. Would def return here when in the area again to see what goodies can be found. (261 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great selection of beer here, especially if you're willing to empty your wallet. Yes, a lot of the prices here are basically criminal; I'd say at least a 10% markup on already high city shop prices. It's the location, I suppose. But I still find myself stopping in every once in a while just to see what's available. The staff seems nice enough, and for the most part, pretty knowledgeable in the beer scene, though I've had a few less experienced people behind the counter.

Worth checking out? Sure. I'd recommend shopping around a bit first before you drop any cash here, though if you don't mind the "convenience charges," there sure is a lot here that is hard to find elsewhere. (683 characters)

Photo of Cheetos
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Parking is a big plus considering most craft stores around Philly do not have parking. I received great service from the lady running the store and she was very knowledgeable of their inventory. They have a decent selection but a bit on the pricey side. Despite the price, I'll be back because of parking and weekly rotation of new beers. (338 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

A- Store is very clean and well organized with two walls of coolers and several shelves of bombers. It's pretty small, but easy to navigate

Q- Store looks professional and carries lots of quality beers

S- NON EXISTANT. There was only one girl working, she never acknowledged that we were in the store, just played on her cell phone. The only time she talked to us, was when my seven month pregnant wife asked to use the restroom, to which her reply was 'sorry it's only for employees.'

S- selection was pretty solid, I walked away with a few beers that I didn't find elsewhere in Philly including Sucaba and 50/50 Eclipse beers.

V- this is the most expensive beer store that I've ever been to. $18 for a 6 pack of Jai Alai!? I broke down and bought a $36 bottle of Eclipse and a $23 bottle of Sucaba but that was all I could do.

I walked about with two great beers, that's the only good thing about my experience (919 characters)

Photo of mythaeus
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is my favorite craft beer store in Philly and the surrounding area.

I've been on the quest to get beers off of the BeerAdvocate Top 250 beers list. I usually walk into a store with the list and ask the counter person to help me. While people are generally helpful, Cindy at Beer Heaven was EXCEPTIONAL! She spent nearly 20 minutes going through the entire list with me. She knew exactly which beer was which, when it usually comes to the store, which don't come to Philly, which she no longer carries because they don't sell, size of bottle, and how much each costs and EXACTLY where in the store the beer was. There are 800 different beers in that store! I actually had one that I marked off as "had" and told her I got it in Philly at another store, she told me she's surprised that I found it. Turned out that I screwed up and marked off the wrong beer! How's that for knowledgeable?

Prices are generally on par with the Foodery, Brew at Ultimo, and Southampton The Beer Store. Mix and match 6 and you get 10% off. I usually get 6 that are on my list. I've been there twice and I still need to come back several times more to get all the one on my list.

Highly, highly recommended the place. Ask for Cindy if you find whoever was working there isn't helpful. She may be in the back doing other things. Oh, DON'T go next door for "pho" as one of the reviewers recommended. Head up to 6th and Washington to Pho Ha if you want good "pho". I'm Vietnamese and hate bad "pho" so trust me :)

Al (1,500 characters)

Photo of Skeet215
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I was suprised at the amount and variety of beers available here. The building seems small from the outside, but it is quite impressive within. I found several beers I have never tasted before.I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide which ones to purchase because so many of them appealed to me. I also appreciate the ability to create your own variety packs. The lady at the counter was quite knowledgeable about the various types and quality of their selections. It is a little more expensive than my normal craft beer store, but when in South Philly it is a stop of mine. I would definitely recommend this place. (620 characters)

Photo of djbow
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I have read allot of reviews about Beer Heaven and many complain about their prices and some about the service. Yes, their prices are higher than say Wegman's or Whole Foods, however, their selection is unrivaled. When I go to Beer Heaven they always have what I am trying to find. On average their prices are $1.00 to $10.00 higher than other area stores. This said, many times the beers that are more expensive than the other local stores are only available at Beer Heaven. The lady who works at the counter is super nice and knows enough about the giant selection of beers to satisfy the novice to the craft beer geek.

In a nutshell, if you want a hard to find beer that is sold in the Philadelphia area odds are they have it at Beer Heaven. Yes, you pay a bit more, but the law of supply and demand are what they are.

Cheers!!! (834 characters)

Photo of gkatsoris
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

A: A really good place to buy some bottles of beer. Shelves on one side, and coolers on the other. Nothing over 5' tall, so you don't have to struggle to see and/or reach anything.

Q: Nice and clean. Lots of room. PLENTY OF FREE PARKING.

Ser: They know nothing of beer (and they come off as if they probably don't care too; which is sad)! But very very nice & pleasant people that run the store. And also, they need to put some prices out that line up with the beer.

Sel: Some hiddem gems, new brews, and old favorites! I haven't seen Hoptimus Prime in a long long time.

V: lil bit, lil bit pricy.

One of my hot spots when driving in center city, and/or South Philly. And I def recommend the Pho next door! (711 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I read about this joint here on BA and decided to give it a try. It's not far from the Bella Vista/South Street area the wife and I frequent, although it sits on an odd location between the Interstate and the river with lots of strip malls and difficult traffic patterns.

Beer Heaven it is indeed! A small store packed with beer. A huge cooler wrapping around the store, with single bottles and bombers, plus some shelves in the middle with room-temp stuff and more bombers by the register.

I was enticed by all the beer I can't get in New York City, including Williamsburg Alewerks, Caldera (Old Growth), Lost Abbey and Russian River (of which they have pretty much the entire lineup). A ton of different barreled Eclipse Imperial Stout, at $35 each.

Prices are HUGE. Maybe not as bad as The Foodery, but pretty bad. Victory Dark Intrigue was $17.99 ($11.99 in NYC), Older Viscosity marked at $22 ($15 in NJ) and Firestone XV for $28.79 ($19.99 in NJ).

If you got the cash to burn, why not. I just bought two bottles of Russian River Salvation at $9 each. (1,063 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I finally stopped by this place earlier tonight on the way to ikea in South Philly. Oddly located off of I-95 in a strip mall that's not really close to other beer destinations.

It's basically a medium sized retail shop with a very impressive selection of craft beers. Very clean and bright with little to no decor. There are a ton of coolers that surround the back and right walls as well as a long aisle of room temperature bottles. Additionally, there are even more bottles at the counter.

There is tons of shelf space that's filled with probably the best selection in the area. They carry everything here including things I've never seen before. Tons of rare beers as well but be prepared to pay. Selection is better than Foodery with crazy volume that's on par with the quality of Capones. Some highlights were bourbon BA shipwrecked porter, Drie Fonteinen, rare lost abbey beers, eclipse variations, Stillwater, girardin, Cigar City, Cafe Royal and on and on. The only thing missing was Cantillon. That being said, the prices were outrageous! Some things were reasonable but some of the rarer bottles were $10-15 more than most stores(yet still cheaper than Foodery). I guess that's the price you pay if you want access to a particular beer without hassle or a waiting list. I could have gone broke here but left with only three bottles. I'll definitely be back soon! (1,376 characters)

Photo of HopDr
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a relatively new place, convenient location for most people in the city and it has a parking lot with plenty of free parking which is a plus. It is clean and looks nice, and the people who work there seem very nice and fairly knowledgeable.

It is a bottle store in Philly, so you have to compare the price to other bottle stores in the area. In the grand scheme of things it is expensive, but it is significantly cheaper (~10% on average maybe?) then the Foodery which is the only other place I know of around here that has a similar selection. One fantastic thing about this store as opposed to some bottle shops in the area: the prices are clearly marked for all beers, so there are no surprises.

Selection is pretty amazing for a Philly bottle store. They really had all the standards, most of the harder to find stuff, and some that I can't find anywhere else in the area.

Quality seems good, I have not noticed any problems with the beers I have gotten from there. Most of their beer is in fridges, some out on shelves.

All in all, will be my new go-to bottle shop in the area. (1,094 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is in a strip mall right off of 95 so it's about as convenient as an be if you're passing this way. They have a LOT of beer, tons of coolers full of singles and sixers, which you are allowed to break up and mix as you see fit. A 10% discount is given for 12 oz US bottles only if you buy a six.

Numerous large format bottles and rarities. I'm not going to try to name them but they plenty of stuff you will have a hard time finding elsewhere and you owe it to yourself to stop by if you're looking for something truly out of the ordinary.

Prices here are very high. I bought 6 beers and it ran 31.00 dollars, although one was a Peche Mortel for about 8 bucks and another was a 16.9 oz Maine Zoe for the same price. The rare stuff was even steeper but if you really need that bottle I guess you will pony up. Still cheaper than having a high-end wine habit, I suppose.

The single employee was a 30-ish Asian woman..not who you usually find running a beer establishment of this type. She was extremely friendly and fairly well-informed about beer. After I asked her about Maine's Lunch, which they didn't have, she made a point of writing it down and said she would look into getting it. Very cool.

Ok long story short, you need to stop in here if you're close. Amazing selection, lots of rare bottles, just be prepared to spend.

EDIT: this place has gotten better than ever with increased selection and more rare and coveted beers on the shelves than I can remember seeing pretty much anywhere else, including capones or haltime or new beer. The prices are ludricous but damn this is an exciting place to shop. (1,626 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I stopped here while visiting Philly and was thoroughly impressed with the quantity and quality of the beer selection at Beer Heaven. The location is quite random, but they really have a ton of awesome things here. With that said, I was quite stoked to find several one-off treats that are hard to track down in my neck of the woods (Blushing Monk and Marrón Acidifié to name a few). The only negative here is that the prices were very high. On average, I'd say bottles were $2-15 overpriced; however, simple economics of supply vs. demand always wins.

The layout of the store was very well put together - simple and basic. There is no rhyme or reason regarding the order selection; however, there was a wide variety of awesome beers I saw in almost every cooler door. These folks maximize their space and there are plenty of one-off bottles "laying around" for the adventuresome explorer to find. Additionally, the service was not overly great; however, the clerk was very friendly and knew whether or not they stocked what I was asking about.

I ended up buying quite a few things here - though over-priced - as I did not have the luxury of price comparison and running all around Philly to find the best deal. With that said, if I lived in PA this would not be my first stop to shop; however, as I only visit once every few years, I do not mind spending a little more to secure things I want.

I will certainly return here when visiting Philly in the future, but it sure would be nice if they could knock of 5-10% of their pricing and help customers out! (1,560 characters)

Photo of YumYumGumGum
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The prices were the highest I've seen but the selection is worth the visit alone and I order a majority of my collection offline and the prices were quite comparable to having to pay to have the same beer shipped. I bought the rest of their alesmith speedway stout at 17$ a pop which is about what it would cost to have the items delivered to my front door.

Service was non-existent, however the store was very well organized and the clerk new exactly the quantities in stock but I had to find the bottles myself. They had some of my favorite breweries all in the same place, gotta love that. (593 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Beer Heaven is on Columbus Blvd in the South of Philly.

Inside a very clean and the interior and floor is mostly white. Clean floors and the smell was nice, not dingy, Very organized selection here with prices displayed so you don't have to do the check and put back in the cooler a gillion times.

Service was attentive and she seemed like she cared. Quality could use a re-haul, I saw a bunch of out of date IPA's and the like just waiting to be carted off by stone or whoever distributes them in Philly. If I was a bottle shop owner, Old IPA's would not be tolerated. Can't these people just order what is needed and not sit on multiple cases of old dwindling beer. Needless to say, some beer is old and that pisses me off.

Anyway selection is banging, pretty much everything you can get in Philly without Cantillon. Prices were very high and I know this is Philly, but they seemed very steep, for everything, even the little guys. Some small tables in the front for a bite and a sit down drink if you want it, that's always a nice touch. If I was in a jam I would go here and for every Thread I see on the mid-atlantic forums, this will be the spot I suggest. Just check your dates, you will be surprised. Only knocking the quality here on this review because of that. (1,275 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by to pick up a bottle as a source of some good brett/bacteria for some homebrewed sours. Not the first time I had been in but, there selection has improved dramatically.

Atmosphere is exactly what you want if you want to browse for 20 minutes, no hassling but lots of room to maneuver and look around.

Service is acceptable, these guys get a good mix of brews, this has a much better selection than Hawthorne's and maybe the Foodery. It is run by the same people as Society Hill just up the street on Washington Ave, but they definitely have a few here I did not notice there.

Selection is probably the best I have seen, they had multiple picks from some good west coast brews that I had not seen in Philly yet (at least at distributors). I was looking for 1 or 2 sours for a source of bottle dregs, picked up and Oud Beersel, but nearly got a Jolly Pumpkin or Russian River as well. I'll definitely be back to try one of those.

Value is on the reasonable side for most things, I'd have to stop by the foodery to compare for sure, but it seemed a bit more fair with a much better selection and ease of maneuvering. (1,127 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Beer Heaven was the first beer stop on my recent whirlwind tour of Philly with the Beer Pest, Woody Chandler.

Stepping inside it smelled quite clean (and it was). There were 2 small freestanding displays with bigger bottles to the right, and then 15 coolers running down the right hand wall and wrapping along the back. Only along the back did they have 6-packs. There was so much to look at that I didn't even notice the more special beers lined up on tables along the left side in front of the counter. Amazing!

As for prices, they're pretty good. It's much better than getting raped at The Foodery! On the other hand, you can certainly get a better deal at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, but their selection is nowhere near as good; and if you live in the city it's a hike.

I'd highly recommend this as an option, especially if you're looking for the more unusual, "rare" bottles. (890 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Went here tonight to check it out...curiosity got the best this time. It is incredible how accustomed Philadelphian's have become to great beer culture. This place would take the cake in any other town, but in Philly, it just gets muted. However, I will say this: Beer Heaven has some awesome beer selection. The fact that I found a few beers here that I have NEVER even seen for sale mean a lot!

Excellent cooler displays that are well-organized and maintained. The place is clean, and my only suggestions would be to have more beer and make sure that everything is labeled properly with the price. Speaking of the price, some were definitely a bit oo much. As awesome as it is that they have a 2000 bottle of Thomas Hardy's or JW Lees or whatever it is, I don't think that 10 bucks is reasonable. MAybe that is just my ignorance...

Also, it was clean and the people that were working there seemed nice. Though they should say hello to people when they come in...it makes you feel more welcome. (998 characters)

Photo of hopster313
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

I stopped in a few weeks back. The woman working there was very friendly and was able to answer the questions I had about the availability of a few beers. Their selection is good, not quite as good as The Foodery but still pretty good. Most of the beers available here are domestic microbrews,with a good selection of the local breweries(Yards, PBC, Troegs, Victory etc) and they had the usual suspects from Europe. They also have a pretty good selection of big bottles. I think their prices are better than The Foodery and if you mix a six pack you get 10% off on each bottle. Not too shabby. I will definitely be heading back to Beer Heaven. (643 characters)

Photo of fnsweet
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

A nice little spot to relax while looking for brews a very helpful staff , walked in and not really looking to buy anything but I seen more than a couple of beers that caught my eye ...they had mad elf ,vertical epic ,harvest in da hood ,and various Xmas and pumpkin beers available they had all the local favorites such as yards,pbc,sly fox, victory,they also had port brewing ,Weyerbacher,dog fish head, and ballast point sculpin ,overall the selection was good but has potential to be alot better. (500 characters)

Beer Heaven in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.