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Bell Beverage

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Bell BeverageBell Beverage
BA SCORE
89
very good

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
$$ - reasonable
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2809 S Front St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148-4837
United States
phone: (215) 468-6891

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DoubleSimcoe

New York

2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 1.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

So the wife and I got an apartment in Philly... after getting the keys from our landlord, we were hungry for some real Philly food at Tony Luke's! Turns out this beer jawn is nearby...

Getting a case to celebrate the Philadelphia experience sounded like a good idea, so we stopped at Bell's. The place is not much to look at- just a beer-case joint with stuff piled up high aisle after aisle.

The selection is not particularly impressive either- no Lost Abbey or Russian River like you'd find at Bella Vista Beer Distributors. I did spot a bunch of Belgians, plus American craft staples like Lagunitas, Green Flash, Firestone, Terrapin, Evolution, Mad River, Great Divide...

There are no prices, best-by dates or beer nerds roaming the aisles but they do have monitors where you can look for your favorite beer.

The place is too hot and not optimal for beer storage. I got a case of Terrapin Hopsecutioner that turned out to have "expired" in April, three months ago. I wouldn't return. These folks don't care for good beer!

As my wife would say, "no dancing girls, dammit!"

07-07-2014 00:48:50 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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soulcougher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-01-2014 04:27:40 | More by soulcougher
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ejmvet

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

04-01-2014 05:16:10 | More by ejmvet
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02-26-2014 15:28:53 | More by InspectorBob
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-10-2013 00:34:10 | More by IdrinkGas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

Bell's is an outlet store with a great selection, and in the rare case where they do not have what you're looking for, they'll usually direct you to where you can get it. The catch is...the almighty PA case law. Yes, you can only buy cases here, so you'd better dang well know what it is you're about to make a commitment to. If you want to buy less than a case, there are places where you can do such a thing (without crossing the bridge to Jersey, though that is a viable option), but if you need a lot of a good beer, Bell's is a good bet.

04-30-2011 04:38:51 | More by Rifugium
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

I went here after dropping off my father at the airport. Very easy to get to off of I-95. Upon my journey I was asked to sample a few ocktoberfest beers. Nothing spectacular but always good to wet the whistle while choosing a good brew.

Service was good. No one out on the floor to help out but the cashier's seemed to be knowledgable of what they are selling which is always a good thing.

Selection was fantastic. When you can find a case of Westmalle tripel for sale it means the company has done some research on quality beers. The first 3 aisle's are all craft beer and some hard to find in my area.

I rated a bit pricey as it seemed that the belgian brews were about $5 to $10 dollars more than some other places that I have found them in.

All and all a great place you will certainly find what you are looking for here and then some.

09-26-2010 16:59:20 | More by TheFightfan1
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Went here for a beer run the last time I was in Philly. Next to a Dunkin Donuts near South Columbus and the interstate.

Upon walking in, it looked like a typical warehouse of cases of beverages. About 3 aisles of craft beer and a few more of BMC and other drinks and sodas. The prices are reasonable. I hate how the prices of the beers are not stickered or on the shelves; you have to consult the price book hanging by a chain on each aisle. And some of the prices aren't even in the book, you have to ask the guy directly at the checkout.

Beers are organized via domestic or import, then by brewery name. A pretty good selection. They had cases of FBS, Rock Art, Bell's, Maredsous, Ommegang, Yard's, etc... too many to list. I bought a case of Bell's Double Cream Stout. Not a bad price either. There are mixed cases as well, for those who want a sampling of a brewery.

You're pretty much on your own here. You come in, get what you need, and check out. If you ask, they'll help you but it's probably not necessary.

Overall, it's not a beer museum like the Foodery. This is for someone who needs cases of beer. I dig. I recommend.

03-29-2010 01:41:58 | More by DmanGTR
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Ryan19147

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $

I find the prices here to be very good. As mentioned previously, the sale section right up front has a great variety at very good prices. I recently bought a few cases of Magic Hat Hi.P.A for $11 that had just expired. This was disclosed to me beforehand and the beer was very good. I discussed it with the owner(?) and he said he allows returns at any time for any reason. How could I go wrong. He recently lived up to this as he took back a case of Prima Pils that had gone bad. He seems to be very interested in good beer and very willing to discuss it. They are opening a tasting area up front that sounds very cool. The rest of the staff doesn't seem that knowledgeable or helpful but the selection and the prices have never let me down. As of yet, I have never walked in there and not found what I was looking for.

11-18-2009 00:07:10 | More by Ryan19147
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Huge distributor in South Philly with an excellent selection of craft beer. They have a very large selection of American craft as well as a very impressive selection of imports, especially German and Belgian. This place has the best selection of any distributor in the city and they also sell 5L minikegs and frequently have sales on seasonal cases. Also, they have a price list which is very helpful. The service is average, what you would expect at a huge warehouse distributor. Prices are kind of pricey but when you have to buy a full case they tend to get kind of outrageous no matter where you go.

10-15-2009 09:52:46 | More by corby112
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Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, PA
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.