Doc's World Of Beer

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Doc's World Of BeerDoc's World Of Beer

701 E Cathedral Rd
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19128
United States

(215) 482-4338 | map

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in here just to look around since it's right next to a decent bottle shop. This place is mainly just for case sales of beer. It's a pretty standard store, nothing really amazing but some decent beers you could pick up if you wanted to.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

There are surprisingly not a lot of reviews here for a place that's been open for so long. Maybe it's just not a good location, but I used to buy beer here years ago. The problem then was that the selection was not that good, and of the good brands offered they were often out of code. That's no longer the case. They've got a pretty good selection, and it seems that they're turning it over pretty quickly. As previously mentioned in another review, all of the cases are priced, which is great. I can't understand why more distributors don't do that because it's not that hard and it doesn't take that long.

Anyway, if there's fault with Doc's it's the lack of service. To me, they almost seem unfriendly. Here's an example from my last visit (although all of them go pretty much the same): I enter the store. Two employees (or owners?) are at the counter, a man and a woman. No greeting. I wander around a bit. No offer of assistance. I check the dates on a few cases (all the same, and all fresh). I choose a case, bring it to the counter, and sit it on the ledge in front. They've been having a conversation and continue it. Still no greeting. In fact, I don't even think there was eye contact. "$35.63" - the first words spoken to me. Thanks, I feel like a valued customer.

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Photo of marybeergarden
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Overall, I think this is the best place to buy cases of beer in the Andorra/Roxborough/Manayunk area. I don't buy kegs so I'm not sure about the selection, etc. of kegs. They also sell Mr. Beer beer-making kits. Seems to be run by someone who likes decent beer. This small place is located in the Andorra Shopping Center strip mall (near McDonald's) but is stocked high with lots of craft beer, some Belgians and imports, and lots of variety packs to choose from. They often have Monk's Flemish Sour Ale, one of my favorites. Remember this is PA so you have to buy a whole case. The stock seems to rotate often so I don't worry that a case has been sitting there too long. All of the cases are CLEARLY MARKED WITH A PRICE STICKER so you know how much you're going to pay BEFORE you lug your cases of beer to the register. I wish other places did that. After work, this shopping center is pretty busy and the parking lot can be crowded.

Update: Some of their beer may have been sitting around awhile. If possible, check the dates on the cases carefully before you buy. I bought a case that was over a year old. The clerk, Linda, refused to issue an exchange. After some e-mails to the owner and me lugging the case back to the store again, the establishment eventually refunded my money.

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Photo of doctchad
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Great place to find beers over in the manayunk area. Altough being from the New york its hard for me to get used to the state laws of having to buy a case of beer. Its selection is great. Different countries, many different microbrew companies from the US. The prices i found to be a bit pricey for the high quality stuff. But they seem to always have a sale on something, so if you are willing to go there and just find something new to try based on whatever is on sale its great. If you are going to find a type of beer will probably pay well for it.

In the end it is probably the best beer store outside philadelphia and proabably in a 50 mile radius not including philadelphia.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

I stopped in here with Aaron, as mentioned below.

The store is small with beer piled up on shelves. There's a remarkable presence of local crafts. I was pleased to see such a focus on the local beer community. There were also a fair number of Belgians and Germans available along with plenty of pseudo- micros. Over all, a great selection.

The owner, Steve if I recall correctly, was fun to talk to and excited about beer. If you're in the neighborhood and looking for a reasonably priced case of local goodies, this is really an excellent store.

I think this just became my local beer store. Well, as soon as I can break my single bottle addiction at Capone's.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4/5  rDev +3.9%

First stop of the day on a mini-road trip with DarkerTheBetter

Well organized store, with crafts occupying their own little section. Good mix of brews, all the locals were represented along with cases of Bell's, Founders, and Left Hand. One thing I noticed upon entering was the fact that the place is air conditioned. This is great when youÂ’re talking about taking care of the beer. I only wish others would follow suit. Not too many in the way of Belgians, but they did have a good selection of Ommegang with a case here and there of imported Belgians.

The owner was very helpful and nice to talk to. I'll definitely be heading back to pick up a couple of cases next time I'm in the area.

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Photo of bosco7
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

All craft brews are out on the floor unrefrigerated some in full sunlight (I recall seeing the Victory and Dogfish Head products right under the window). The temperature is not controlled (unless you consider the door being open and the ceiling fans running). I have bought cases of Victory Prima Pils and Stone IPA both tasting like a skunk's ass. I have also bought variety cases of some Victory, Troegs, Magic Hat and they tasted fine.

Selection is good. Standard micros as wells as some uncommon things and some nice imports. However I am suspect of the quality of these cases.

Reasonable pricing, but buyer beware.

Update: They were more than happy to exchange that case of Stone IPA mentioned earlier.

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Photo of jimbomill
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

I've been to Doc's 3 times, walking out with a tasty case on two of the occasions. Of the third time, I passed on a case of Avery Old Jubilation and regretted it.
The previous reviews have it nailed. The place is a little tight, but jammed packed with Belgian offerings, German and other imports - need a case of Delirium? I saw one there. Aventinius? Its there too. They had a couple of Wailing Wenches - how can you go wrong with a good WW? The Weyerbacher representation is very good, they do a good job on the local beer representation, but they have a smattering of microbrews from many places. It is worth a stop.

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Photo of ellisdee97
3.85/5  rDev 0%

For the size of Doc's this is a very good stop to make. Tucked into the corner of a shopping center this place is a gem.

As you walk in you get the customery crap beer neon signs in the window , followed by the immediate berage of macros. But fear not turn to the right wall and the skies will part. Docs always has a great selection of PA brews, almost all are always represented. Troegs, Wyerbacher, Stoudts, Yards...everything, even Dock street.

The selection continues with beers from around the country and a decent selection of imports. The staff is always friendly and willing to help in any way. Sadly the fridge is only stocked with macros.

Prices are reasonable especially for most PA brews, others are in the general range. Personally I highly recommend making a stop at Doc's if you are in the area, you will not be dissapointed.

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Doc's World Of Beer in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 9 ratings