Six Pack Shop
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Reviews by mgbickel:
3.81/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here almost by accident. I was headed to Abe's via Shangy's and saw this place off to the left while heading down a hill (GPS directions...I have no clue where I was!).
What an odd little place! They have a lot of different bottles, but there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the organization. Some of the bottles are cold, some are not. You may find one beer here and there it is again on the other side of the store.
The shop keeper was very friendly. He told me about the recent shipment and said he could answer any questions.
I am not sure if they sell food or not, but there was a bar type area through a doorway...
All in all, kind of a neat place, but like others mention in their reviews, the dusty bottles give you the creeps a little.
01-25-2010 20:24:29 | More by mgbickel
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2.74/5 rDev -21.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
For a long time, this was the only place to go in the Allentown/Bethlehem area to get single bottles or mixed six packs of craft beer. Their prices are established in a way that indicates they are surely cognizant of their near monopoly on this market. The atmosphere is quite unwelcoming and the layout is not conducive to asking questions of the staff. They also keep a great deal of old dusty beer around, so you are never sure if you are getting a fresh bottle to sample, unless the beer bottle has a date etched on it. Since I discovered Abe's in West Bethlehem, I have not been to the Six Pack Shop. There is no reason for me to ever go back as Abe's is superior in every way.
09-28-2011 04:14:57 | More by 57md
2.63/5 rDev -25.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
First time here. I needed a Yuengling Lager for a trade and Abe's doesn't sell Lager singles!
It has a creepy give to it. I didn't feel entirely welcome. They have decent selection, but some of the prices! A Squall 750 was $18!? A lot of 'average' singles. Weyerbacher, Troegs, Victory....were $3.99 for a 12 oz. Other stuff was more in line, but nothing struck me as an awesome deal, so be careful.
The place is pretty dingy. Everything is dusty, and they have some glassware, but it looks like its been there for 20 years.
I ended up with a Yuengling Later and Bock, Victory and a Weyerbacher. 4 average bottles for just over $12, that's crazy.
I will never make this a destination, but I may stop if I'm passing by.
07-10-2011 13:53:22 | More by DaveHack
3.91/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place was my old stompin' grounds when it came to beer. I can't remember how I even came across this place but I went there all the time after work on pay days and stuff.
When I first started going there it was a great little shop with what I thought was a huge selection of beers and it is for someone who's just getting into this stuff. They've got lots of imported brews as well as American Micro's and generic stuff too.
The shop can tend to seem a bit dusty most of the time. I believe it's just how the place is setup. There is a lot of traffic walking in and out of the place which kicks up a lot of debris from outside and on the ground. Anytime I'd buy stuff there I take the bottles home and rinse them off before putting them in the fridge. The guy who works there would apologize for the dust all the time and I told him not to worry about it.
This shop is nice for a quick fix on some traditional brews from all over the world. My only real complaint is the price of there bottles there. I have been to other places like this since coming across the 6 Pack Shop and the prices were much cheaper. Anywhere from 50 cents to a few bucks even.
The workers are helpful and nice. One is overly nice and if willing to talk and get to know his customers very well. He knows me by my first name, every time I'm there he's very happy to see me.
It's got a nice little dive bar in the bar too where you can pull any bottle of beer that they have in a cooler and they'll open it and serve it to you there. It's a good place, and if they had a bigger selection these days and the prices were better I'd still be going there as much as I used too.
04-04-2011 21:09:40 | More by Knapp85
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I see nothing has been said about this shop in over a year so I'll provide a little bit of info about my experience.
3/17/11, of all the days to pick for a random thursday beer run to Allentown/Bethlehm, St. Patrick's day seemed as fitting as any. Walking into the shop you will notice small walkways and shelving with multiple coolers on opposite facing walls. Through a walkway leads into a small, semi-private bar area with a few taps and overflow storage for BMC and seasonal 12 packs and sixers. On the checkout counter is a plexiglass wall and behind it a very interesting assessment of old dusty glassware. That caught my attention until I saw that none of it was under $12 and even if I wanted something, it would take 10 minutes to carefully unpile everything that was stacked on top of it.
The isle or two that exists is cramped. You could easily forget yourself, bend over hitting your butt on beer behind you and accidentally headbutt the beer/shelf infront of you. Tread softly... The beer arrangement is haphazard, if you had something specific you were looking for, good luck. The bottles are cluttered and dusty. I would not trust buying non-cellarable beers from this establishment. However, if you have time to waste you could easily find a goody or two. While there we found items such as: 2008 yeti and ruffian with the old labels, stone 12th anniversary, 08 flying dog baleywine, just a bunch of stuff from 2008. Behind the counter up high on a shelf was a bunch of 750ml DFH bottles like red and white, fort, namaste. A 12oz bottle or two of 120 ipa and some others. I didnt even bother asking for the 120 pricing, you will see why below.
Prices were pretty normal for PA. $7 a bottle for Orval, $4-5 for other belgian strong ales from '08-09. The most rediculous thing I saw in the shop was '09 world wide stout for $15 a 12oz bottle. In between the isles was a section of 12oz bottles for mix-a-six, nothing there caught my eye but if you wanted to do a variety to try something new, that's a nice option. A sign said 20% large format bottles, as I write this review I realize I did not get said discount! Damnit.
One of the coolers has most BMC for the regulars who are quick in and out with what they know they want. Another cooler has large format bottles like lindemans and a few Belgian strong ales. The other cooler that runs the length of the wall has mixed 4 and 6 packs and singles that are a mixed cluster of random beer with no particular rhyme or reason to it's order. It looks as though if the cooker gets empty, something random is pulled off the shelf to take it's place.
While we were there (30-40 minutes?) at least half a dozen people went in and out. Obviously locals/regulars since they were on a first name basis with the fellow behind the counter. Each one buying BMC and quickly departing. One couple in particular (which looked like they were freshly turned of legal age) walked in, pointed at the "exotic/foreign/expensive beer" as they referred to it, grabbed their Guinness and miller high life, paid and left. For this reason I could see a few gems being forgotten about in this place. However, if you read the other reviews about pulling out something like a 90's cuvee, that ship has long since sailed.
My overall feeling of this place is that it is stuck in 2008 selection with 2011 pricing. Besides a couple wild cards, it really seems like the craft section of this store only gets restocked once every other year or so. If you are traveling between Abe's and Shangy's this is absolutely worth a moment of your time to check out but use caution. I have mixed feelings about the service. I was not bothered or asked if I needed help but when I asked a question it got ackward. The old fella seemed happy and pleasant to the others, maybe because they were familiar and maybe because he just wanted to leave for the day? But when I inquired about his assortment of Belgian beer he said he doesn't keep up with what he has and he doesn't know. Ok, well I gathered that much based on the layout, thanks for clarifying that up for me.
03-25-2011 17:18:45 | More by stakem
3.89/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I live rather close to the six pack shop and went their for the first time last week to check it out. A small little shop with lots and lots of beers. I walked the store looking to see what they had and found just about everything a beer lover could ask for. Just a little tip- while walking around the shop be carefull when bending over the isles are very tight you might knock something off the shel behind you. One of the things I did not like was to many dusty bottles, thats telling me their sitting there a lonk time makes me wonder just how long?
12-19-2008 00:14:48 | More by morayeel
3.59/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Not a bad place. Be very wary of older looking bottles. Sometimes, you can get really lucky, and get some perfectly aged Belgians. But I would not reccomend getting anything below 7 abv, especially the Eastern European and German ones. Some of the British ones look pretty old too. They won't necessarily hold up.
Some of the things I have found there:
A Lindeman's Cuvee Renee 1994. I saw this at Kulminator in Antwerpen for a little less, but unless you plan on going there soon, this is a good place to try it!
La Trappe Tripel from 1998.
Double Bastard and Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard, out of Season. The only place I found them in PA besides the Foodery.
Plenty of Lambic/Geuze.
Also a very good selection of British christmas ales, all through the year!
I'm going today at 10 a.m. to see the new stock. I invite any B.A. people who read this to join me.
03-28-2008 04:55:08 | More by DaveHS
1.73/5 rDev -50.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | $$$$
The six pack shop is a strange place...it has both good's and bad's. I'll try to make sense when I write this. They have a large selection of beer, which is great, some very rare stuff I haven't seen anywhere else. Some stuff I had never even heard of, so I had to look them up on this site. So, that is pretty cool. The bad thing is a lot of their beer is older. Meaning it's been in the store for a while. Which could be great for higher alc. stuff, but if your looking to buy something at 5%...I wouldn't buy it. You can tell the beer has been there for a while do to dust covering. Their organization is a little lacking and I can't seem to figure out why they put the beer where they do. Then, when I think I've figured it out, they re-organize...kinda odd...but it can be fun if you want to go on a treasure hunt. Owners are friendly enough, but aren't much of a help for information. The beer also can be pretty pricey compared to other stores, but if you want soemthing rare bad enough...over-all not a bad place, but I usually check other places first for the beer I'm looking for.
Edit:2012: I went back this year and this place is awful. Prices are too high and bottles are waaay outdated. Go to Abe's which is not far away.
01-21-2008 23:51:27 | More by wtrbeer
3.15/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Only in PA... I've been there 2-3 times over the past few years, and this place is just weird. They've got an incredibly wide range of products, most of which are for sale as singles. You can mix-a-six, but it's $13.99 for your basic beers! (everything from Molson & Heineken to Heavy Seas & DFH.) Now, that's $2.50 a bottle, less than a beer at a bar, maybe, but just crazy for a retail store. I made 2 decent 6-packs of good, big beers(barleywines, stouts, winters,) but it still hurt at the register.
The biggest problem I have here, though, is that the owners don't seem to care about the quality of the beer they sell. Every time I ask the guy a question about a beer, he tells me it's "Very good, high quality beer" - it pisses me off, when they're just trying to get you to spend money instead of helping to find stuff you'll enjoy, you know? Which leads to the age of their beer - half of them are covered with a thick layer of dust. I found several bottles I wanted to try that had a 'best before' date of at least a year ago. I'd highly recommend buying from the coolers, and avoiding anything with a green bottle - I tried one, and it was skunked.
So, it's good if you know what you're getting into, but be prepared. They've got a nice selection of 22's & 750's - again, pricy, but you won't find it anywhere else in the area.
12-31-2007 03:40:47 | More by malthead
3.63/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The 6-pack shop is one of the strangest beer establishments I have ever happened upon. That being said, It is also one of my most frequented, being all of two minutes from my house. Sort of a hole in the wall. Most of the regulars walk out with High Life or Busch pounders. Great selection here, although some prices are overly inflated. There are two brothers that run this place, sometimes taking bi-monthly shifts in which one will be totally absent. Both brothers can guide you around the store to different types of beer, but they offer very little in actual taste experience. They simply say "this a very good beer" to anything they are trying to sell to you. But look out for freshness here, especially when dealing with more perishable types of brew. There is not enough care taken of the German and western European lagers of which they have many. Many obscure Belgians can be found here. A necessary experience if you are in the area.
10-21-2006 15:43:15 | More by Cadyfatcat
Six Pack Shop in Bethlehem, PA
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.