Country Garden 6-Pack

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Type: Eatery, Beer-to-go

1600 Cumberland St
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 17042
United States

(717) 274-2173

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Added by HugoGrim on 01-23-2006

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

I've visited this 6-pack shop a handful of times, as it is right up the road from my house. They have a very good selection for this area. You will find the typical macros and imports, but they also have quite a wide variety of craft offerings, ranging from all of the local breweries (Troegs, Stoudts, Victory, Weyerbacher), regionals (DFH, Bell's) and West Coasters (Rogue, Stone). They also have a pretty good selection of bombers, including many of the aforementioned Stone and Rogue varieties, plus Sam Smith, Chimay, several lambics and other Belgian offerings.

The service I've had has always been friendly. They also have an adjoining eatery and a distributor that sells cases next door, all owned by the same people. You can purchase single bottles to drink with your meal as well.

Overall, they have quite a good selection, especially for this area, so I will stop in from time to time. I've picked up everything from Red Hook ESB to DFH 90min. to Sam Adams Hallertau Pilsner. Pricing is typical for PA... no surprises there. I wish they sold mixed sixers here... I'd probably stop in more often if they did!

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Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here for lunch earlier this week while I was working in the area. I have always heard good things about Country Garden so I decided to check it out.

It is much bigger than you would expect. Upon entering there are quite a few tables along the front of the store. 3-4 book cases full of warm beer stretch out along the front of the kitchen area. The amount of coolers full of beer in this place is pretty staggering, there has got to be 15-20 of them going down a long hallway.

Service was pretty good. The guy behind the counter was very nice and we talked about beer, and their future plans, for a little while. Selection was pretty good, nothing overly rare or anything but still solid none the less. Food is Chinese with a few american dishes thrown in, albeit with an asian twist. I have always heard about their Chinese cheesesteak so I had to go with that. It was kind of like a cross between a cheesesteak and a sloppy joe. My buddy said it was better in the past but I still enjoyed it none the less.

Overall I think this place is very nice for the beer wasteland that is Lebanon. Once they complete their plans for the near future it should be even better. I will definitely return to see how it has changed.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was recommended to go here since PA law does not authorize certain stores to sell 6 packs or bombers.

A: The atmosphere was not just a beer store but one with a Chinese food selection.

Q/S/S: The owner was very friendly and willing to find you whatever you were looking for. Though there was a minimal selection of warm beer, cold beer was more than adequate with a enrmous full wall of beer. I picked up a bomber of Troeg's Perpetual.

F: I didn't have any food.

V: The value seemed reasonable. I would go back there, good selection.

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Photo of pitweasel
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Stopped in after a hike nearby, as I'd heard that they had an unusually good selection relative to the town they're in. that respect, the rumors were true. But I left empty-handed, and I won't be bothering to check out the other location nearer to my town.

$18 for a bottle of Chocolate Indulgence?
$12 for a six pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo?
$14 for a bomber of Hop-15?

Thanks, but no thanks. And to the person behind the counter who was screaming for my attention as I walked towards the door: I'm an adult. If I need your help, I'll ask.

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Photo of jorg2619
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

When I first moved to Lebanon I found Country Garden 6-Pack and was blown away by the selection. Though I have found other bottle shops in the area none are as close to my house or as cheap. The owner of the store is almost always there and will order whatever you want. This store and the case shop next door have the only good variety of beers in Lebanon City. He also serves food, a bonus if you drink 22oz'ers out of his fridge.

Pros- good prices, good selection, attached to case shop with ok selection, dried squid packs at checkout counter

Con's- not the place to find rare released beers, check dates on beer,

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Photo of chefhatt
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

I live near this place and haven't been there in a long while. today i stopped in and it blew me away with all of the kinds that they have. I been looking for a nice six pack/single bottle store near my house and now i found it. I was looking for some beers that i thought i would have to go to another state to get or drive a pretty far away to try but this place has them. So i would recomend this place to anybody who wants to try different beers but don't want to buy a case, this is the place to go.

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Photo of gromis
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Very nice location. This is an establishment that combines a beer store with Chinese food. Has a very nice selection, and the owner is always willing to help you find what you want. There are 12 packs, 6 packs, and singles available. I'm very surprised by what I can find there. I have looked for what I thought would be a hard to find beer, and have found it there! There is a nice selection of English, German, and even Belgian Lambics to be found there. There is also a distributor that is next door that has many of the beers that can be found in this establishment. A very convenient place.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

We stopped in here recently to pick up some six packs for a party that was actually just down the street. They have a very large selection here of not only macros and micros but imports as well. Probably the biggest that I’ve seen in South Central PA from a six pack shop. Lots of single Belgian’s up front, including Fantome Chocolate, which I would never have guessed could have been found here. They have quite the huge cooler area that stretches the whole back length of the store. Lots of good local selections from the likes of Troegs, Stoudts, Lancaster and others. They also have tons of good American micros from Bell’s, Ithaca, Anchor, Stone, etc, including some harder to find stuff that I would never have expected, like 4-packs of the Sam Adams Hallertau Pils.

Stock rotation looked a little suspicious, as I noticed a lot of seasonal stuff from seasons long gone. A six pack of Sam Adams Honey Porter that we bought, was already coming up on its best before date. I’m sure the higher prices keep some stuff on the shelves for awhile. Speaking of prices, they were pretty much what you would expect. $2-4 more than you would pay at a beer or liquor store in another state. Most micro six packs were in the $10 range. We never dealt with the owners until we checked out. They made sure that we paid and took out separately only 2 six packs at a time. This was actually the first time that I’ve had to deal with this part of the silly PA beer laws but didn’t mind.

All in all, I was very impressed with the selection here, especially in Lebanon. I know that if I lived in the area, I would definitely have to count on this place to find some harder to get items, even with the higher prices.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Visietd this establishment while on a shopping trip with my wife. The store was extremely clean and all the bottles were dust-free. The selection was exceptionally large with some itmes I have rarely if ever seen (Southampton) in this area. The prices were in line with other six-pack stores in Pennsylvania (which means about 20% more that in surrounding states). There was also the usual collection of Victory, Troeg's, Appalachian, Rogue's. I bought several selctions that I have not found at other stores in the area, so I was very pleased with my trip. I will make it a point to stop here the next time I am in the area.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

This place is a bit odd in that it sells six packs and singles to go, but it also has a small "bar" area where you can sit and drink, and they also sell Chinese food and cheesesteaks. If this isn't an odd combination I don't know what is, but somehow it works. I wouldn't recommend eating or drinking there as the crowd is quite questionable, but it can't be beat for it's to go services.

Without a doubt the best selection of craft beer in the Lebanon area. Singles and bombers of both domestic micro and quality imports are always available. Rogue, Victory, Great Divide, Tröegs, Stoudts to name a few. No other six pack store anywhere local can even touch this place as far as selection. Right next door is a case store owned by the same family where they offer a wide variety of cases both cold and warm.

As for the food... the Chinese food is quite good. The establishment is owned by a Cambodian family who are friends of friends of mine, extremely nice people. I can't vouch for the cheesesteaks, as I've never tried one, though the sign boasts "best cheesesteak in town".

As bad as Pennsylvania has made it for beer sales I feel quite lucky to live so close to this place.

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Country Garden 6-Pack in Lebanon, PA
Place rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 10 ratings