The Beer Shoppe
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Rifugium:
4.11/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Right within walking distance of Tired Hands...just cross the street and cut right through the parking lot, and you're there. Or here, depending on which way you're going. This place is in a pretty bustling and cramped strip mall, so you might be better off parking elsewhere anyway.
You pretty much walk through a corridor of beer here, with a wall of singles and 6-packs to your right, and a wall of refrigerated choices to your left. Selection is pretty big and well-varied, even if there's nothing too extraordinary in the eyes of an uber beer geek. They might keep special/rare selections hidden away when they're released, but I never really bothered to check. Prices are about on par for your typical shop in the area. Service is very good. Whether you need help or not, I've always had an employee pop up next to me while I'm browsing to ask if I need any help or recommendations. A plus for those just getting into the beer scene, or just looking for something new.
Towards the back, there is a small bar area where you can enjoy one or more of about 5 or 6 draught selections, and have a bite to eat. Pretty nice feature. It's not the kind of place I'd spend an evening with the wife, but it's a nice casual hangout.
This isn't one of my regular spots, but it's definitely worth popping in once in a while, and definitely worth checking out, considering the antiquated PA case law has no bearing here. It's a good gap-bridger between Pin's and Capone's, and once again, considering it's proximity to Tired Hands, you can't really go wrong.
02-13-2013 09:38:44 | More by Rifugium
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a typical deli/bar/store that you would find in the PA state. It's attraction strangely might be its near neighbor about a block away the Tired Hands Brewing establishment which makes for a logical stop.
Therr is a pretty solid selection here with prices edging towards the high side a bit it seems. The area seems to be filled with large old homes and there is a sense the pricing reflects the neighborhood.
Staff is nice and willing to help. Asked about a few products and they had no problem answering them without any confusion.
If you are visiting Tired Hands (which is really the only key beer reason you would be down here in the first place), this place is a logical next step. I also liked that on yhe counter they had a sample of beers that were listed as "what is new this week". I wish more stores did this.
One tip, cut through the church and the parking lot to save yourself time on your walk if you are parked near the brewery. Theres a path that goes around which isnt invasive and it will save you walking around a large block of traffic.
01-30-2014 17:49:23 | More by smakawhat
3.99/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Being from Pittsburgh I was hoping to find a bottle shop that had a bunch of stuff that we can't get on the west side of the state. This place has a very large selection, but I didn't see too much that was terribly exciting. I'll allow that my expectations may have been too high. They have a really solid range of stuff. The service was good. I had 2 different people ask if I needed assistance within the first 2 minutes I was there.
06-22-2013 02:48:04 | More by outoffocus
4.64/5 rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I've been in 7 or 8 times now. The store is clean, we'll lit, and organized.
At least one employee has offered assistance every time I've been there. I haven't needed help myself but I have seen them assisting other customers and they do an exceptional job. Many of the patrons here are not "beer geeks" and the staff take the time to ask questions and make really good recommendations. You won't get that at the grocery store.
Selection is vast. Maybe they don't have many hard-to-find beers, but what they have is almost all really good beer. I've been told and later have seen that they will bring in beers based on customer requests. Draught beers are rotated often and I've had a few here that I know I would never find in my local bars or restaurants. They also sell and fill growlers. I haven't eaten here.
Overall I think The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore is a great store. They may not have all the very latest or the "Holy Grail" beers but it's really hard to make a bad choice here. Maybe you can get some of these beers for less elsewhere but for convenience, selection, and great advice I highly recommend this store.
05-25-2013 14:45:45 | More by Tom_Gilman
The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.