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Abe's Cold Beer

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

80 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Eatery, Store

1301 W Broad St
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18018-4920
United States

(610) 997-0831 | map
abescoldbeer.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2007

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
103
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
2,000
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 103
Reviews by RonfromJersey:
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Let's keep this simple. If you are looking for bombers, sixers or singles (and you can break up any craft sixer) anywhere near the Lehigh Valley this is the place to go.

Great selection, great prices, seems to be good turn over. Personable service from both of the counter folk. Good access from Route 22.

I mean, for all the talk about PA bottle shop prices, I've found plenty of bombers here cheaper than in NJ.

Just don't ask questions about the how. Accept it for what it is, the best place around for small scale purchases.

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Photo of Theredphone
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

You could spend hours creating your own six pack In this tiny place. Great for variety and conveniently located

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Photo of BadAsHeck
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Robearsboozin
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of GratefulJack
3.79/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kbusch18
3/5  rDev -33%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4

It is truly sad the potential that is wasted here. Yes they have a great selection of beer, however their lack of respect for the beer is evident. Not sure if it is a bad store manager or just overall a group of owners only looking for income.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.81/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

MKy complaint is the bad 70's almost disco music one guy in there plays and his constant whistling to the terrible music, makes me want to leave. The beer selection is good. Prices are high, but i belive that is due to the weird PA beer laws.

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Photo of Statu
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Vast inventory of beer, not organized but a good way to browse an hour away. Pricing seems to trend on the high side for the area.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.96/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of macesq
2.58/5  rDev -42.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

There are two arguments, I believe, that I hear most frequently regarding the value of supporting locally owned small businesses. The first, perhaps more quintessentially "liberal," centers on distribution of resources; a society with more independent owners distributes resources among a wider group of persons. The second, perhaps more quintessentially "conservative," centers on the value of localism as such; the local community is preferable to a larger society of unknowns and local business owners deserve money in a way out-of-town big businesses do not.

I'm nonplussed as to these two arguments, for reasons I need not concern you with. Frankly, I prefer smaller-scale establishments in the most selfish way -- what they have to offer me. In the abstract, the human touch of (for our purposes here) a small six-pack store provides benefits out of reach in the faceless retail outlet of big-box bureaucracy: attention to details with which only beer consumers concern themselves; friendly and personal service; a sense of passion in seller as well as buyer for the goods being transacted. These things, moreso than abstract structural concerns, make me inclined to pay a higher price for beer from a small business than from a large seller peddling six-packs within its echoing facade.

Abe's, the six-pack store of the locality of my youth, unfortunately offers few of the benefits for which I'm happily willing to pay a premium. To be sure, they offer a wide variety of beers; and although that advantage is dwindling in the Lehigh Valley market, they remain the only place to buy singles of great beers (the make-your own six-pack section at Wegman's remains sparsely populated with good brews) and do have a spread of six-packs only approached by the recently-renovated Allentown Wegman's. However, service is often surly and they attend to remarkably few details. Beers can be many months out of date; organization, layout, and general upkeep evince a general lack of respect for consumers; and they can't be bothered to shave off the price stickers on every bottle with a razor, a staple of dingy corner liquor stores and high-end wine boutiques, but lost on Abe's.

All of which would be no sweat off my back, frankly, even for a slight premium. The ability to make your own six-pack of top-tier brews really is worth that much to me, even if you need to check the born on date of every bottle you pick up. But Abe's isn't just a few dollars more than Wegman's, a fact which I could accept unblinkingly. Abe's is as expensive as beer stores in New York and Washington, D.C. Hell, I recently had a bottled beer at a craft beer *bar* in New York shortly before returning to the Valley to visit family; when I stopped in Abe's I saw they were selling it to-go for just a dollar less. That would border on unacceptable even if Abe's offered the benefits of a small business that cares about its goods and its consumers. That Abe's is run like a convenience store with a six-pack license that stumbled into the world of craft beer in a beer-starved Lehigh Valley market only makes this more ridiculous.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of bshiban
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

excellent selection but $$$$

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Photo of NJBeer265
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went here on the way to a bachelor party in the Pocono's and glad I did. The place doesn't look like much from the outside but huge selection inside, I could have spent hours in this place. Big Make-Your-Own 6-Pack section, big bomber section and a ton of International beers. Emma is amazing and if you e-mail ahead of time they will set aside large quantities if you are looking. Sign-up for the e-mail blasts.

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Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Josh1981
5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of derek984
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A great local place to find beers from all around the world, some very rare and hard to find. Sign up for their email blast to get up to date emails on some of the rare things they get. It can get disorganized from time to time, but they have thousands of bottles of inventory, ask if you are looking for something specific. They have a very nice and knowledgeable staff. You could shop at Wegmans which has a small selection or shop and support a local business with an even better selection!

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Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, PA
98 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.
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