Shangy's

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Type: Store

40 Main St
Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 18049-4007
United States

(610) 967-1701 | map

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Reviews:
101
Ratings:
133
pDev:
12.24%
 
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Photo of baakabak
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

I used to live within 20 minutes of this place which was both a blessing and a curse.
There certainly isn't any case distributor in the valley that comes close with selection. It's clean, brightly lit and well kept.
The staff isn't the most helpful with recommendations though they certainly aren't unpleasant- save the one cashier. Nima,the owner, is one of the sweetest guys you'll meet and a nice chat if you're able. If you're looking for something they don't have in stock but are able to order,they'll usually accommodate which is very nice.
It's been said over and over in the reviews but I'll echo the sentiment for checking the dates on the more obscure(especially import) cases. Usually not an issue but it happens.
Pricing is spotty; you'll find some deals and you'll find some high,though that's no new phenomenon.
Worth a trip if you're in the area and want to lighten your wallet,

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I've been a Shangy's customer and fan for over 20 years. This is simply the best beer store I've ever seen or heard of. Top marks for quality, quantity, variety, and generally really good value. Staff is mostly knowledgeable and owners are really into good beer. "Welcome to Beer Heaven"!

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -32%

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3/5  rDev -32%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jhartley
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

One of the most well known distributors/wholesalers in the Lehigh Valley. HUGE selection of many different beers: East Coast, West Coast, European. You can spend a good hour or more trying to make a selection, I know I have on many occasions, the "Beer Heaven" sign does not lie. Staff is always helpful; they can/will help you make a selection, put it on a cart and take it to your car for you!
Of course with any time you are buying beer, you have to check dates as much as you can, because sometimes there is old beer.
Well maintained facebook page which is updated 6 days a week with a "Beer of the day". They do not hold cases so if it is a rarity and they have it in stock best to get there as soon as you can.
Either way if you are in the area you need to check it out!

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Photo of Yeroc
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

The "Beer Heaven". A little far for me but once there, I was very impressed. HUGE selection, friendly and helpful staff, nice atmosphere. I only wish it was a little closer for me...but that's not a knock on them by any means. I hope to get there again before the holidays to stock up!!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of TTripp725
3.66/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This place is hit or miss and you have to be very careful and know the coding of your favorite beer. i have gone in several times and found beers out of date and severly over priced. if you do your homework and search around most of the time your can find beer cheaper and fresher some where else. While the place does have a great selection of beers they are not the worth the drive from Bethlehem and I would rather pad the pockets of a beer store that respects is customers.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This place has an excellent selection of beer, probably the best I have seen in the area. I live about 30 minutes away from Emmaus, but I go there regularly just because of the selection. The few times I have asked questions, the staff has been very helpful. I just wish I lived closer.

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Photo of Porter
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

HUGE selection of beers, reportedly over 4,000 but that must include the warehouse.
Hard to find beers are usually available and the people are nice.
Got to go with an idea of what you are looking for otherwise you will be overwhelmed.

Only wish they could ship.

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Photo of dcoms233
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Absolutely wonderful distributor for a craft beer consumer- the only downside to this place is that they are a little bit unorganized. They have many cases of seemingly random beer stacked along the outside walls but it is definitely worth going to if you are in the Allentown area.

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Photo of themind
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place rocks! I can go there any time I wish...love it! great selection of beer with friendly, knowledgable staff. They have such a variety of beer from all over the planet. Just a great place for any beer snob to pick up there favorite brews. The prices are reasonable which makes this place even better.

Bottom line-Great!

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Photo of cstew31B
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

"Beer Heaven" so says the sign upon entering and I don't disagree. Simply put - Shangy's is the place to go if you like beer.

So what's to say about this place that hasn't been already? Nothing. They have a great selection at reasonable prices. And by "great" - I really mean to say "magnificent."

The best part about Shangy's to me, though, is the staff. They are patient, helpful, and (most importantly) un-intimidating. This place isn't exclusively for the know it all beer-gurus. You don't need to walk in already knowing what you want. I just list some flavors I'd like in a beer to the staff - or browse until inspired.

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Photo of philly224
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Just went there the first time earlier this week to pickup a case of hopslam. The employee's I talked to were both very nice and their selection is great! The guy that went back to get me a case of hopslam looked like he made the trip a lot but was still very nice about it!

Their stock was really well organized and it has a better selection than any other distributor in SE PA that I have been to.

Its about an hour away from me but I will make the trip again in the near future for sure. Thanks for the great experience!

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Photo of BHopp12
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

I have been to Shangy's twice now and am planning another trip for this weekend. This place is amazing! I will not shop for craft beer by the case anywhere else. They have the best prices, most knowlegeable staff, and an outstanding selection including alot of rare or hard to find brews. Plenty of variety cases also if you just cant decide on one single case of beer. They also have place reviews out of certain beers, giving you their review of certain beers. If in the area I would strongly suggest making the trip.

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Photo of RAFH
4.72/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is the second time I've been in Emmaus, PA in two years....I'm from Michigan. To sum it up, this place is amazing. There must be a thousand selections to choose from. When I've visited Emmaus, I've gone to Shangy's at least three times each visit. Store is large and clean. Beer cases are neatly stacked and are reasonably arranged in logical categories. Workers are friendly. If they don't know what I'm asking for, they immediately "bubble it up" to someone who does know. The owner is obviously most knowledgeable and has been there about half the time. I would have given a higher "service" rating if they had wifi available, but they don't (to look up Beer Advocate ratings....LOL). When I saw the Beer Advocate overall store rating, I concurred....this is the best beer store I've ever been in!

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is AWESOME...well, MOSTLY!

I have been going here for YEARS...used to make the drive for over an hour, but now work and live nearby, so even better.

When you walk in, the "ANGELS SING" as you see the "Welcome to Beer Heaven" sign. Cool! It is clean and has the MOST variety of cases you will see just about anywhere! And the prices can't be beat! They have just about EVERYTHING! Rogue, Anchor, Uinta, Bell's, Southern Tier,21st Amendment, Chimay, and ...STOP ME NOW!

Now, as for the Service- this is where it can get "sketchy"! There are a lot of guys on the floor who are all very willing to help and are friendly without being overbearing. They all work hard and are always restocking the beer as fast as it goes out.

As for the cashiers, just watch out for the lady linebacker. She really knows her stuff (beers,prices,etc) but she will LOUDLY tell you and everyone else that you are WRONG about.. well,everything. In this economy especially, I think that people in any customer service area can’t blame customers or make excuses,.. even if they are busy. I KNOW it is busy there but many times she just barks your price at you and wants the line "gone". If you ask where something is, be prepared to listen CLOSELY. "centeraisledowntotheleftbythebackwall"
It all comes out as one word and you BETTER know what center aisle she means, because if not, well forget it!

But like I said, she REALLY does know her stuff- There is another young girl who has been there awhile and she is friendly and also knows a LOT. The last time I went in (about 2 weeks ago) there was a new lady (?) working with the "linebacker" who was very friendly and was smiling and helpful. Maybe she's there to help tone down the other one? If so, good call.

Summing it up, I would and DO tell everyone to go there if you are really into beer. The Holidays are coming and if Santa reads this, All I want for Christmas is a Shangy's GC!

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Shangy's in Emmaus, PA
Place rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 133 ratings