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Reviews by Billolick:
3.55/5 rDev -10.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
Easy on/off location by highway 95. This place is also real close to the two temples of steak cheese sandwedges in south Philly, Gino's and Pats. Large warehouse type set up, large selection of macros and micros. featuring a nice amout of local mid atlantic breweries as well as a fair amount of classy imports. Biggest problem i had with this and other spots in Penn. is the fact that you MUST buy a case. no sixers, no singles, no big bottles. What a lame law! Only way around it would be to go with a friend and split up the goods or try one of the mixed cases that some of the breweries offer. Worthwhile stop just dont expect to pick up a few bottles or to try a sixpack. Staff was a wee bit cranky...
10-01-2004 14:44:17 | More by Billolick
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2.6/5 rDev -34.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 1.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
So the wife and I got an apartment in Philly... after getting the keys from our landlord, we were hungry for some real Philly food at Tony Luke's! Turns out this beer jawn is nearby...
Getting a case to celebrate the Philadelphia experience sounded like a good idea, so we stopped at Bell's. The place is not much to look at- just a beer-case joint with stuff piled up high aisle after aisle.
The selection is not particularly impressive either- no Lost Abbey or Russian River like you'd find at Bella Vista Beer Distributors. I did spot a bunch of Belgians, plus American craft staples like Lagunitas, Green Flash, Firestone, Terrapin, Evolution, Mad River, Great Divide...
There are no prices, best-by dates or beer nerds roaming the aisles but they do have monitors where you can look for your favorite beer.
The place is too hot and not optimal for beer storage. I got a case of Terrapin Hopsecutioner that turned out to have "expired" in April, three months ago. I wouldn't return. These folks don't care for good beer!
As my wife would say, "no dancing girls, dammit!"
07-07-2014 00:48:50 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.95/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I went here after dropping off my father at the airport. Very easy to get to off of I-95. Upon my journey I was asked to sample a few ocktoberfest beers. Nothing spectacular but always good to wet the whistle while choosing a good brew.
Service was good. No one out on the floor to help out but the cashier's seemed to be knowledgable of what they are selling which is always a good thing.
Selection was fantastic. When you can find a case of Westmalle tripel for sale it means the company has done some research on quality beers. The first 3 aisle's are all craft beer and some hard to find in my area.
I rated a bit pricey as it seemed that the belgian brews were about $5 to $10 dollars more than some other places that I have found them in.
All and all a great place you will certainly find what you are looking for here and then some.
09-26-2010 16:59:20 | More by TheFightfan1
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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
Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, PA
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.