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Beer Heaven

Beer HeavenBeer Heaven
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
$$$ - a bit pricey


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

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(Place added by: hhkal17 on 10-07-2010)
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -23%
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

04-09-2014 22:19:33 | More by Treyliff
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
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

07-26-2013 17:34:49 | More by mythaeus
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Skeet215

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

09-15-2012 02:07:53 | More by Skeet215
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djbow

Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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!!!

05-29-2012 14:37:30 | More by djbow
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gkatsoris


3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
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!

03-30-2012 09:50:56 | More by gkatsoris
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

02-15-2012 23:55:33 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

01-24-2012 02:42:25 | More by corby112
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HopDr

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

01-04-2012 15:03:35 | More by HopDr
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

12-14-2011 14:31:32 | More by tobelerone
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

09-23-2011 20:17:09 | More by spdyfire83
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Beer Heaven in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.