The Beer Yard

The Beer YardThe Beer Yard
The Beer YardThe Beer Yard

218 E Lancaster Ave
Wayne, Pennsylvania, 19087-4104
United States

(610) 688-3431 | map

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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 124
Reviews by GnomeKing:
Photo of GnomeKing
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Nestled behind a donut-shaped Starbuck's, the Beer Yard serves up suds love by the caseload. Out-of-towners should know that because of Pennsylvania's goofed up laws, distributors are only allowed to sell by the case. The Beer Yard makes up for this as well as it can, stocking many variety cases. The law is that cases can only be from a single brewer, so this isn't true mixin'-and-matchin', but it helps. I saw variety cases from Middle Ages, Southern Tier, Bell's, Smuttynose, and many more. Aside from the variety cases, they are many top quality selections. You can buy lots of Belgians, which are expensive by the case, as well as wonderfaul American crafts...Great Divide, Southampton...and on, and on.

If you don't see it, just ask, and they'll order it if at all possible. The staff and owner are really helpful and friendly. They want to help you in your quest toward beer nirvana. Also, they know beer, so they can provide good descriptions and recommendations.

The Beer Yard's Web site is fantastic. It contains a browsable beer list and notes about new arrivals.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.13/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Bit of an over-crowded, chaotic setup with beers everywhere and not a lot of room to move. But the service was solid (knowledgeable guys, each of which offered assistance and had specific recommendations when asked), the selection seemed pretty outstanding, and the majority of what I saw looked reasonably fresh (for beers where that matters). Some past reviews talked about lack of marked pricing, and though it wasn't universal I found details provided in some form or fashion on most of what I was curious about, cost-wise. Overall experience was positive and I would absolutely target this shop in the future if my travels take me north of Philly, again.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.21/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I have mixed emotions about this place. The selection is superb. Especially when it comes to Belgian beers. They even had Fantome which I have not seen in any other shop in the area. Also a vast selection of branded glasses. However, no beers (with few exceptions) had a price tag on them, which is a no-no for me. I want to know how much I'm about to pay when I get to the register. Also the place looked pretty untidy with lots of boxes scattered about. However the guy that worked there was nice and pleasant and offered to help me with any questions. I really want to like this place and make it my "local" but the lack of pricing will keep me away.

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Photo of ghirsh
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is by far the best beer store I've come across in PA, especially now that stores can sell single bottles. TONS of Cali beers from The Bruery, Russian River, The Lost Abbey, Almanac. It's a warehouse style store, with stacks of cases throughout and a few shelves with single bottles. If you're looking for something in particular, ask the people at the desk, they know where all of the good stuff is hiding. They also have CO2 tanks, so if you're a homebrewer or have a kegerator you can exchange your empty tank for a full one while you're there!

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Photo of hopflyer
4.21/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Lurkerson
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of ccapurso
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Furley80
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jonnyb79
4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

I was looking for a case of Founders Backwoods last year after most was not to be found. I sent an email to Matt and he promptly emailed me back and said he would be on the lookout. Somehow he got a case for me and I was all set. Fast forward to last week when I get an email again from Matt saying that they just got 2013 Backwoods in stock. I headed over and there was a case waiting for me. I didn't have to call or email, they actually gave me a heads up. Just wanted to give huge kudos to The Beer Yard for great customer service.

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Photo of de1m0nte
4.19/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

last visited on 10/26/13.

somewhat tricky entrance (enter through a Starbucks) but ample parking around the small warehouse.

inside, cases stacked 4-10 feet high. there seems to be little organization to the place. because of this, I don't necessarily go in to browse, however you can. nothing is clearly marked so be prepared to ask questions. the staff working there expects it.

what I do whenever I go in there is come with a list of what I had in mind and chat with the dudes who work there. bunch of knowledgeable people who know what they have and provide plenty of suggestions. its difficult to go in there without an agenda because of the sporadic nature of the place so know what you're looking for and the type of style you want to walk out with. the website can help.

if you're looking for high demand and rare stuff, there are waiting lists.

overall, difficult to navigate but I don't care about that when the selection and staff are above average.

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Photo of mj81
3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of wattoclone
3.63/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

One of the best selections of craft beers and imports in southeastern PA. I used to frequent this distributor for kegs of Beamish stout before it became unavailable in the US. The staff is friendly and will answer any question you have. The only downside is they only sell cases, which is an unfortunate feature of living in PA. The bottom line is that they carry many unique beers which are hard to find in this region of the country. I will always remember them for providing a chance to enjoy Cain's Mild Dark.

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Photo of laundryraccoon
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this place! They have a great selection and I never leave disappointed. Yes, the beer is stacked up high and sometimes it takes a bit of browsing to find what you want, but that's part of why I like it. Their prices are pretty good as well, and if a case isn't labeled you can just ask someone who works there to look up a price. Most of the cases are labeled anyway so that's not too much of a problem. The staff is knowledgable and have answered any questions I have with courtesy. I can also rely on them to give me their honest opinion about a beer, good or bad. They are conveniently located so stopping by is easy on my way home from work. They also have a good variety of glassware. All in all it's one of my favorite beer distributors.

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Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here for the first time a few weeks back to see what all the fuss was about. Really small space with cases of beer all over the place. There appears to be no rhyme or reason as to where they are. I found cases from Goose Island in two different isles. Quality and selection were pretty good. Nothing overly rare or anything but definitely some tasty beers to be had, if you are into buying cases that is. Service was good. They came around twice to ask if I was doing ok and if I needed anything. Not sure what to put for the prices as they appear to not want you to know them. I guess because they move the cases all over the place but at least put the price on the case so we can tell how much it is without having to go up and wait in line each time. Overall a very nice distributor to check out if you are in the area.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.81/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Tucked away behind a Starbucks, this place is not too far away from Teresa's. So after you drink there, if you feel like putting away a case of something, this is a good place to look. And cases are all you can and will get here, thanks to archaic PA alcohol laws. It's a small warehouse, with cases crammed in every nook and cranny. The selection is great, but you might spend hours finding what you want because there seems to be no organization, no rhyme or reason to the way things are stacked in here. But the staff is omnipresent and helpful, so that's a plus. Prices are generally a mystery as most of the stuff is unmarked, so again, call up the staff before you make your choice and find out just how much you're shelling out. There are keg sales here as well.

I've never bought anything here and I probably never will, but if you're into buying cases and like working to find what you want, this place is for you.

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The Beer Yard in Wayne, PA
Place rating: 4.62 out of 5 with 124 ratings