Mari's 6 Pac 'N' Mor
Taps: / Bottles: 2,000
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woodychandler:
4.45/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Yesterday marked my second visit to Mari's and I wish that public trans was such that I could get up to Reading more often! I am always treated like some sort of visiting celebrity (although I really try to downplay that sort of thing) upon arrival and it makes me want to buy as much as possible to make the visit worthwhile for all concerned.
It is located in the back corner of a little strip mall and the checkout counter is directly inside the door on a button-hook right. Further to the right, upon entry, is the bar area with twelve (12) taps, half on the counter, half on the back bar with those also hooked up to their growler filler. There are a couple of pool tables and some standard tables and chairs, but I like to belly up to the bar when I am done shopping. On a button-hook left coming in the door, one encounters several racks of shelves containing wearables, like ballcaps and such, plus a great selection of mini-kegs and room-temperature CANs. I really want to get at least a couple of those mini-kegs on my next visit, like Uerige. Uerige?!? Are you kidding me?!?
Once I collected myself, I continued on to the bank of coolers that lined the back wall, wrapping around to take up a good 1/3 of the perimeter of the building. I would like to take this opportunity to mention the lighting. The coolers use the U/V black lighting that is recommended and the entire store is lit in low-key status. I cringe when entering what I refer to as "A clean, well-lighted place for beer". If you like taking a chance that your beer has been light-struck, so be it, but I enjoy peace of mind. The floor space was dominated by room-temperature beer with domestic micros taking the center of the building and separate sections for "Gypsy Brewers"; "Beer of the World" (all separated by country of origin); and then alcopops, which I am finding to be a nice change of pace from my steady diet of AIPAs and DIPAs.
I had a blast just walking around, sampling some Flying Dog (they have regular samplings of/from various breweries, sometimes with reps in attendance) and slowly filling my shopping basket. I could see a full day of Mari's, Reading Royals and Al's Diamond Cabaret (beer, hockey and feminine pulchritude, just to show what a class-act I am).
03-31-2013 22:18:34 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4.07/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Mari's is great because it's one of the only places in the area that sells a large variety of crafts. It is located in a small strip mall with an dreary exterior, but it is pretty nice inside. They have a seating area in the one corner where you can drink and eat. It's funny because despite their large craft selection, this area is always filled with a ragged crowd drinking Forties of Coors Light.
Be careful when choosing less popular brews. I have gotten several skunked beers. The staff seems to be pretty knowledgeable, and is willing to help you if you ask. They have a pretty decent selection. Definitely the best in Reading.
It is a little annoying that not everything is priced though. Never had the food. Overall it is a great place to grab some interesting new brews, as well as all your classic favs.
03-13-2014 00:01:48 | More by Billdog
4.49/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Mari's has a great selection of bottles and also offers bar service and growler fills. I've only purchased bottles myself and have not been disappointed.
If you're looking for a specific type of beer, but don't know exactly which specific beer, staff is happy to give you recommendations.
Tastings and brewery events are also common and lead to some good sales and swag.
I'm an IPA fan and I say they are the best of what's around.
03-03-2014 01:41:17 | More by Doorman1810
Mari's 6 Pac 'N' Mor in Reading, PA
90 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.