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

(610) 967-1701 | map

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Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Best beer store in the Lehigh Valley area. Great selection of craft beer from the US and all over the world. The staff is very knowledgeable about beer and are always willing to find something for you if you don't feel like wandering around aimlessly in search of a certain brew. They have both bottles and kegs available and they are both retail and wholesale. Highly Recommend checking this place out if you are in the area.

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Photo of AlexJ
5/5  rDev +13.4%

This is the store that has inspired a 10 year beer-addiction in me. I've been shopping there since it was in it's old location in a building 1/8th the size of the new monster-mart. I still go there every time I visit my folks in Allentown. The staff (esp. the son) is stellar. Don't even think of going there unless you have a few hours to kill, there's a lot to digest. My last visit yielded me a case of Southern Tier Old Man Ale, Bell's Two Hearted (they had every Bell's I have ever heard of), and Weyerbacher's Big Beer assortment. They had all the new Avery's, some stellar Three Floyds brews( Alpha Naugt, Dreadnaught, and Rbt. the Bruce-sorry no Dark Lord), hard-to-find-Rogues, Scull Splitter, and simply way to many more to even remember. Absolute beer heaven here my fellows. Worth a day trip, just bring several credit cards and lots of cash-you get the point!

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Photo of Reverand
5/5  rDev +13.4%

If there is a heaven on Earth I certainly have found it. Shangy's is incredible. Not only do they have a great selection of micro brews but they have those hard to find imports that you only read about. Definitely worth the trip if you are in the area.
Shangy's also has a great selection of glassware from pints to goblets. If you ask for it they probably have or can order it for you.

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Photo of quadrium
5/5  rDev +13.4%

(Caveat- Hi everyone. First off, I consider myself 1 tier above beer 'n00b' status. I live in Berks County, Pa. and thought I would review The Beer Mart first... but that abruptly ended when I visted Shangy's Saturday.

ENTERING: Holy smoke's. I thought I ended up in the Trader Joe's, Wegman's, Costco of BEER.

A sign overhead: BEER HEAVEN :) ..As soon as my pal (JB) and I entered, we were greeted and
asked if we had something in mind. We replied that we were simply shell shocked by the
variety. He nodded and warmly responded to seek him out if any questions arose. Very nice.
Not pushy at all.

MEANDERING: 50 yards to your right: imports ... 50 yards to your left: domestics. Well Lit,
reviews abound for most of the 'aisled' beer. The prices on those w/o reviews are scattered
to and fro. Soda and Ice are in the back on the left .. kegs to the right . I saw a case of
30th edition Sierra Nevada $100.00.

As I am a fan of Hoegaarden, I wanted the best Belgian Wit Beer on hand. The greeter
was unavailable whereas he was assisting some other customers, so I sought out this little guy
w/ white hair and asked him for his best Belgian stock. In a little bit of an European
accent : "Without a doubt, Gruut Wit Bier is the finest case in that class that I
carry..blows Hoegaarden out of the water." Simply impressed with the not cocky but
confident answer, I begun to thank him when a customer from the check out line "Shangy,
always a pleasure..". " You're Shangy, I asked .." He just nodded. I thought this place is ultra kool...The owner at his place of business on a HOLIDAY WEEKEND ! When asked about a dark bock... Shangy actually recommeded a brand that was considerably less expensive than
what the customer had in his hands. Overhearing this remark " no need to overpay for what
you are truly seeking." My head spun...That's integrity and epic service folks.

After much comtemplating between a 'freshly baked bread ale" and a high octane Belgian/
Flemish Case , my bud picked up a variety pack of Urthel Ale ( whence I copped my handle).
Shangy stated (like a very proud papa) that JB made a very nice choice..

CHECK OUT: Very hot counter clerk.. looked at our case and..quoted our price.. she didn't
look at ANY list ... ridiculously impressed again, considering that there must be well over
250+ brands/styles under the roof. They have cashews and peanuts and all kinds of nuts
displayed in a clear see through case. BUT I had to have some beef jerky.

COST : Urthel Variety Pack $80.00
Gruut Belgian Wit $40.00
5 strips of jerky $5.00

Shangy's .. if you are into beer.. you need to visit this establishment. Your inner beer
child will be sad if you don't. Really. Go now.

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Photo of mikeman10
5/5  rDev +13.4%

When you walk into Shangy's and you see the sign "Beer Heaven", they are not kidding, this place is beer heaven!

When you walk into the building, the temperature inside is set at a pretty consistently cool, but not cold temperature (perfect for the beer). Most of the beer is stacked into pyramids on palates about 5.5 feet high with placards on each with the beer's name, the style/color, a short review and the owner's on a 5-star scale.

Straight ahead there is a high stack of mini fridge kegs, mostly Paulaner Oktoberfest. There is also some cases of Southern Tier Pumpking and Brookyln Local #1 and #2. To either side are shelves of hot sauces ranging from green pepper sauce to sauces requiring lock and key to open (seriously, The Bomb: Final Solution it was called). If you are craving some non-alcoholic drinks, there is a large selection of sodas as well, even Coke in glass bottles! Beers in this area run between 11 and 90 dollars approximately

On the left, you have your domestics and micro brews, ranging from your everyday Bud Light to the mighty Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and everything in-between. Weyerbacher, Sam Adams, Flying Fish, Dogfish Head, Rogue, Stone,.... you name it they got it. Beers on this side run between 14 to 100 dollars

To the right of the store is where the best of the best are. On the right I see cases of brews like Brother Thelonious, Hob Goblin, Weihenstephaner, Old Rasputin, Brooklyn Black Ops and holy crap, cases of Old Dubh 30 yr old! To the right of the register, Shangy's also sells large size bottles of St. Bernardus Abt 12 in 1.5 liter bottles, Double Bastard Ale 1 liter, and Paulaner Salvator 2000 Limited Edition just to name a few. Beers on this side of the store run between 33 and 300+ dollars per case.

On my most recent trip I purchased the Stone Imperial Russian Stout for about $61 per recommendation by Javad (the owner or Mr. Shangy as he is known). I have known this man for years and he has never steered me wrong on any recommendation. Truly knowledgeable and devoted to his passion for beer and strives to provide the best of the best to every customer that enters the store. If you are looking for beer, do not hesitate to visit this place, you will thank me later.

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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 tgbljb
5/5  rDev +13.4%

There are beer stores, and then there's Shangy's. It is the most amazing beer distributer I have ever visited in Pennsylvania. The selection is enormous. There North American micro selection is superb. Great selection of Brirtish and Belgium beers. The place is immaculately clean. Everthing is stocked in an orderly fashion, and the prices are well marked. The stock all looked clean and fresh. The only drawback is the PA case laws, which I can't blame on a beer distributer, due to the prohitbition mentality in Harrisburg. I gave it $$ for value, but many items were a dollar or two less than other suppliers.If you live within an hour or two of Shankgy's, do yourselg a favor and visit.

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

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

After visiting shangys this weekend i was so surprised i felt that i had to give a review. This place is awesome! It is the beer mecca. When i just sat down at my computer to write this review i read a few other recent reviews to see what other BA's thought. Most share my experience but one was particularly off base. I just paid $28.99 for a case of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale not $38.00. Wow learn how to read!

Also the selection of belgian ales is second to none. I picked up a case of St. Bernardus Abt 12 35.00 cheaper than my local distributor. I also was able to get a case of girardin gueuze 1882(try and find this somewhere else)..

Bottom line is this place is unbeatable.. tremendous selection in a beautiful well lit climate controlled environment.. (not some beat up garage like most distributors)

The only people that could knock this place are either jealous or competitors!!

A must stop. I will be back

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Photo of jzeilinger
5/5  rDev +13.4%

I can't say enough for Shangy's. I have been buying my beer (almost exclusively) from them since 1991. I know Javad and Nema and I have to say, these two guys have done MORE for my personal beer education than I can begin to fathom. Unlike alot of places, the folks at Shangy's KNOW what they're talking about. I've struck a personal relationship with the owners and I can't tell you the number of times they've turned me on to new beers because they know what I personally like and match me up perfectly like some sort of dating service. They're very reasonably priced, family owned and operated, and KNOW their stuff. I've had a ton of beer friends from out of town visit and I've taken them over to Shangy's, the reaction is the same every time...this place is pretty much the Disney of beer, hands down. It's huge, it's spotless, all the beer is fresh, the selection of glassware is unbelievable, I can't praise this establishment enough. If you're not from the Allentown,/Bethlehem/Easton area and you are visiting, you HAVE to seek this place out. If you're someone who lives in the Lehigh Valley and has never been here, where have you been? I can't sing the praises of this place enough. Oh yeah, have purchased kegs from them in the past for backyard BBQ's...unbelievable selection of kegs and the BIGGEST walk in fridge I've ever seen in my entire life.

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Photo of Juju85
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really is beer heaven. Great place to work. Great service. Clean, organized and quick. I love this place. ♡

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Photo of johnrf
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Just visited Shangys again. Even neater and more organized than in the past, if that is possible. Having been buying sixes in NJ and at wegmans in PA I found the prices to be much much better at Shangys. We picked up SN Celebration (2009), Hop Devil, Two Hearted and Rt. 113 in cans. Only place I've found that carries the Rt. 113 in cans. Two Hearted was $36.99, SN was $24.99, Rt. 113 was $29.99 and Hop Devil was $31.99. Where I've been getting these beers (except the Rt. 113) all were over $10 per six translating to $40+ per case. Even though it's a drive, I'll be buying all my beer there as often as possible. It's clean as a whistle, friendly staff (especially Mr. Shangy (?) who really knows his stuff and is always ready to recommend some great stuff), nicely organized, big parking lot, nice little hand trucks, what else do you need? Perhaps Abe's in Bethlehem has a better selection (and I'm not really sure about that, only been there once) but the prices are much much higher at Abe's.
Truly this is "BEER HEAVEN".

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Photo of ggroller
5/5  rDev +13.4%

A beer superstore. An amazing selection of micros, imports, glassware, bar signs, lamps, and specialty snack foods in a new, clean, well lit ESTABLISHMENT. Emphasis on the word ESTABLISHMENT. This is not the concrete floor, cheap cigars at the counter, cigarette ad laden, dirty, cold, musty, rat hole most beer distributors in PA are. The staff is knowledgable, friendly, and eager to help. In all my trips to Shangys I have never left there without having at least two SMILING people ask me if I needed help.

I highly recommend Shangys to anyone, anywhere. It is worth the trip.

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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 indiapaleale
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Alright, I feel I can say a lot about Shangy's because I used to work there. This place has a cooler the size of most beer stores. It has a warehouse the size of a football field (seriously). The man who runs the place and his son are always trying to get more and more beer added to their stock of over 2,000 beers, that's right 2000! You name it. It has a domestic and an import side. If you want Coors Light, don't ask where it is because you will be ignored. It is a store for people that respect beer. Here are some hints at how to shop at Shangy's:
1) Take your time! There is a lot to look at!
2) If you aren't sure of where something is, be sure to ask because chances are they have it somewhere, although things are always stocked. They are very anal about things being stocked up to the minute (even on Friday nights). Personally working there was not a lot of fun, but I got in good shape and learned a ton about beer.
3) If you have a draft system, they have a keg list. They have half barrels and sixlets of tons of good stuff. A lot of Microbrews.
4) If you are having a party and need a lot of beer, DO NOT go anywhere else. They go out of their way to have the lowest prices on everything because they sell in bulk. They deliver beer to restaurants up in the Poconos, in Center City, everywhere...Chances are they even deliver beer to your distributor!
5) Try something new when you are there or get a bunch of your friends and all buy cases and than divide them up into 6 packs..that is a tip for you Jersey people that don't like the PA law on cases.
IF YOU LIVE IN THE MID ATLANTIC, THERE IS NOT A BETTER BEER STORE.

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Photo of tigerpaws
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Yes my friedn goindownsouth took me here on my recent trip to PA and I can agree with all that he said about this place. If in PA and you like beer it is your Mecca........the only drawback is they only sell cases, so you have to choose from so many...........CHEERS

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Photo of dansteino
5/5  rDev +13.4%

In Pennsylvania -- this is wholesale Beervana.

Great, large selection. Great service. Great expertise. Reasonable prices.

The place is clean and well-organized. Great.

A must visit for all PA beer geeks.

Sure -- you have to buy cases -- but that is not their fault.

I went to the store with my homebrew club. In total, we probably bought close to $2000 of beer. I am so appreciative of the selection. We took the cases of beer back and traded bottles.

I do not mean to be petty -- but with such a large purchase, it would have been nice for the owner to go in the back and snag some free glassware to give to the Club members. I used to do that with my really good customers -- give them a case of Chimay glasses or something else my distributor gave to me.

In the future, the store might consider adding other items (cheese, crackers, other food items, books, and anything else that beer lovers might buy).

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Photo of asuburbanman
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Plughfish
5/5  rDev +13.4%

This is beer Mecca. Lucky for me, my parents moved to Emmaus a few years ago so I get to visit Shangy’s every couple of months. I always get the 'kid in a candy store' feeling when I go to Shangy's. They have a great variety and wonderful selection. This is the only place I have been able to find the Duchesse de Bourgogne. I have found that the staff is helpful and pretty knowledgeable. Offering alternatives on the odd occasional that they do not have what you want. The prices at Shangy’s are pretty reasonable. I picked up a case of SNCA for $23 a few months ago. Although they hardly ever have any Three Floyds, I can’t complain. For me it’s about an hour drive and always worth the trip.

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Photo of jrodvog148
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Greatest distributor I have ever been to. Found my Two Hearted Ale, and Arrongant Bastard Ale. Everything is by the case load since it is PA. But the prices are very reasonable. My friend picked up a case of delirium. They to restock just as fast as you take it away. They have a very friendly staff who know their beers. The owner who i got to talk to for a bit seems to be jsut someone who loves beers. They also sell some neat stiens in the back and have a mini cigar counter. They have all your major labels nut why travel there to get that when you have all these other choices? It's an hour and ten min drive for me and i will be going back once a month.

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Photo of Risser09
5/5  rDev +13.4%

First, let me say that a lot of hype was laid out for me before I ever stepped into this store. Took 78 west to exit 57 Lehigh Street and saw the towering store 2.5 miles south. It's the 23rd of December so people are going mad trying to get beer on such short notice. I wasn't in the area any other time to check the place out so I had time to spare. Parked the car and went through the sliding doors. They have hand trucks outside if you plan on splurging, but they were annoying in the store when people are nearly hitting you while you are perusing the aisles.

Quality: Wow. Clean, neat, and organized. Nice stacks around the perimeter and pyramids in the middle aisles. Workers are constantly updating the missing cases. Entire store is devoted to beer. They have a small cigar area, soda area, and even a glassware area. They have a bunch of 3L+ bottles near the register too.

Service: The workers were happy to help and the owner guy was helping people out too. He was barking out orders to make sure the 2430948023 people in the store could get through the register line expiditiously. I had a few questions about the unmarked cases and they were happy to answer. They had no problem letting me view the keg list.

Selection: The best I've ever seen. Belgians. Micros out the wazoo. Awesome champagne singles. Bells, Avery, Southern Tier, Anchor, DFH, 3Floyd's, Rogue, Stone. Everything. They even have rating cards set up for the beers in the middle. All of them seemed accurate for what I've experience. As if the bottle selection wasn't extensive enough, check out the kegs!!! I almost pooped my pants when I saw the keg selection. If they really have all of those in stock it would be mind boggling. Most eveything they had in bottles was also in kegs, both 1/6 and 1/2. Some of the cases aren't marked with a price so you have to do some research, but I am still giving them a 5 in this area.

Value: I wouldn't even know what to compare some of these rare (to me) cases that I saw to, but everything else seems to be on par or better than other distributors. I just came from Weyerbacher whose case of Insanity runs $66, while Shangy's had one for $62. Rofl. Even the champagne bottle singles were reasonable. I really want to get a team together for case splitting. I probably won't buy cases anywhere else now since my wife lives in Bethlehem. What an amazing experience. Also I spent nearly 5 hours looking around.

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Photo of SuncrestBeerMen
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Shangy's is the place to go in the Lehigh Valley if you are looking for something different in the beer world. They stock an incredible array of craft brewed products plus also carry major brand names (but how could you buy them when you have so much else to choose from). The staff is very friendly and helpful. Some of the beers are rated with the Shangy star system although I have learned to use this as a very loose guide. I have disagreed with some of their ratings. Overall you can't beat Shangy's for the selection, price and knowledgable staff. I'd drive quite a distance to get there but then again I am fortunate enough to only work about three miles away.

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Photo of stirgy
5/5  rDev +13.4%

When you walk through the doors to Shangy's you will think you've died and gone to beer heaven. It's a beautiful bright and clean store.
All of their beers are sold by the case (of course) and are stacked very neatly in small beeramids throughout the store, or stacked up against the wall. The stacks are spaced so you can walk in and out of the aisles. Every stack of beer has a big price sign on it so there is no guessing. The prices are very good. I got a North Coast sampler case for $23 and a Rock Creek sampler for $20. I really did not need any more beer (dare I say!), since I have a full fridge, but you cannot visit this store and not buy anything. Great Belguim selection, German, American micros, Macros, you name it. The staff was friendly and helpful.

There was even an employee giving DeGroen samples outside the front doors (yes, please!).

One negative thing was that it would be nice if they had a catalog listing all of their beers. This place is a gem for any beer lover.

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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 bierman2000
4.85/5  rDev +10%

Yes the Beer place/heaven. Huge selection and great prices make this a must visit if you are even remotely close to the Allentown area.You could get lost in this store with all the choices and fresh beer ware. Must say it is hard to beat for price and selection anywhere.

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