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Capone's Restaurant

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

225 Reviews
Capone's RestaurantCapone's Restaurant
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

224 W Germantown Pike
Norristown, Pennsylvania, 19401-1332
United States

(610) 279-4748 | map
thebottleshop.biz

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PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
279
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
Taps:
28
Bottles/Cans:
500
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Should be classified as both a beer bar and beer store. You'll miss it on BeerFly if you only look for beer stores.

I can rubber stamp all the praise bestowed upon Capone's and the service provided by the owner - Matt Capone.

I stopped in at the rear bottle shop portion around noon on a Monday. Matt was working the bottle shop and I spent a good 30 minutes working through my selection with him.

Lost Abbey (10 Commandments, Gift of the Magi, Serpents Stout), Port (2 Old Viscosity and 2nd Anniversary Ale), Troegs Scratch Series (winter and saison $3,75 for each 12 oz.), 3 Black Alberts ($12 each), and Vodoo Black Magick. Total came to around $130.

The funniest part came when Matt was reading off the elaborate description of some Lost Abbey beers as smoe local was waiting to check out with two 40's of Colt 45.

Matt had quite a few local jems that he picked up from the brewer himself and brought to my attention. I only had one empty suitcase to bring beer home. Otherwise I would have put a major dent on my credit card.

The restaurant/bar is an unassuming oasis of god beer. They opened at 12:30 - right as my beer shopping ended. They serve 4 oz samplers which makes it very easy to try a nice variety. On tap....

Moylan's Hopsickle Impereal Ale
Anchor Liberty Ale
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
Bear Republic Rocket Double Ale (only one outside of CA?)
Eel River Raven's eye Imperial Stout
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Boaks Russian Imperial Stout (very nice!)
Southampton Double White
Left Coast Hop Juice Double IPA
Coronado Stoopid Stout
Stone Double Bastard
Mt. Shast Mountain High IPA
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

They also had Coors Light and Yuengling on tap. The only downfall with this great tap list is the lowest good beer ABV, by far, was 6%. All the others were 7% - 10%.

The service by (Eileen?) was excellent until she got really busy. She caught me sniffing my IPA's and asked if I needed paper and pen to take notes. She did get confused by the taps and blamed it on them rotating all the time and not having the proper labels on them.

I had the cheesesteak which was fine. They really push their burgers, but when in Philly I stick with cheesesteak.

Highly recommended and worth the visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jacobob10
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally had a chance to visit this longtime beer landmark. The setup inside is a bit odd yet charming. I happened to go the afternoon after a Deschutes event and they still had an array of their beers on-tap (which are not available to me in NJ). After seeing that The Abyss was still available I naturally had to give it a shot, so there I was starting my afternoon off with a 12% barrel aged imperial stout, albeit a 5.5 oz pour. Followed by two other beer not often seen on-tap, Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen and Rodenbach Alexander; the latter of which is extremely hard to find and hasn't even been brewed in the past 15 years until now. The service was friendly and attentive. I ordered the Texas Gold wings which were very tasty despite taking a long time to come out of the kitchen.

After my time at the bar, I ventured to the bottle shop towards the back of the building to make some bad decisions. The bottle selection is well-curated, but expect some sticker shock coming from NJ. That being said, I walked out with some goodies that I can't get in my home state: a 6-pack of Deschutes Black Butte Porter, a Russian River Damnation, and a 2012 Hair of the Dog Adam. Matt was there to help me with whatever I needed and was very kind in mentioning what he had that I might not find back home, be it rare or widely-available beers.

With a top notch tap list, friendly vibe, and a small but quality bottle shop, it's easy to see why Capone's has gotten such acclaim over the years. A classic joint to feed your inner beer geekdom.

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Photo of QuadBen
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.67/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Handles are always the best-of-the-best. Great food. Drive an hour and thirty minutes once a week for the unbelievable - most excellent - beer and pasta dishes.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Great spot for hard to get beer. Prices are high compared to some of the other similar establishments. 6 oz pours of "rarer" beers can be had for much less at Pinnochios. I don't go often as it's a bit of a drive for me. Nice spot though.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.92/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.44/5  rDev -1.1%

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