Colney Delicatessen

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Colney DelicatessenColney Delicatessen

Type: Eatery, Beer-to-go

2047 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103
United States

(215) 567-5250 | map

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Added by BWH3 on 12-03-2008

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.65/5  rDev +26%

Transcribed from notes dated T, 10 August 2010.

I was on a mission on this day. I had received a trade request for Sly Fox CANs and I was getting ready to head to Madison, WI that Thursday so I needed to reload and ship mos' quick. I had a list of all Beer Stores on BA Beer Fly at the time and I decided to visit as many of the ones that offered singles and sixers as I could, taking notes at each one.

I had never been in this place before and I questioned myself as to why that may have been the case. It was located almost at the corner of Chestnut and 21st Streets and I routinely walk down Chestnut headed east out of 30th Street Station, so it was a mystery as to why it had never rated a visit.

The long bank of coolers was eminently visible in the window along Chestnut with the entry on the west side of the building. What, I would walk past, see the coolers and not want to turn back to go inside?!? I musta been outta my mind! Wotta jagov!

Once inside, my jaw dropped. The long counter ran along the west wall on a quick buttonhook left upon entering and across from the counter, a bank of fifteen (15) (!) doors with five (5) shelves each ran the length of the east wall. OMFG! The extent was not evident from the street which is about the only excuse that I CAN muster up, but it is weak at best. The north wall held another five (5) doors of cooler space, each with four (4) shelves. It was a very clean, very well organized place, but the prices seemed just over the Mendoza Line and so I decided to loop around and come back at the end of the day as neccesary.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tobelerone
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Nice little shop. Popped in here to make a few quick purchases before an insane lunch at the Famous 4th street deli...on 19th street.

Maybe 20 (?) fridge cases of singles, sixers, and bombers. Prices are pretty much what you'd expect for the area. Nothing too wacky or wild for Philly either, but lots of what does get distro here. They let you break up sixers to make a mix but I don't believe you get any discounts along the way. Yes, they have a variety of Port/Lost Abbey beers and had a single RR selection (Damnation) that was 16 bucks, IIRC.

Friendly enough staff. This place will do nicely in a pinch even if it's not exactly the biggest or the best. Great option for me when I was visiting an elderly relative around the corner!

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Photo of corby112
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

This is a small corner deli that has a really good selection of American and import craft beer including six packs, four packs, bombers and quite a few 750s.

I go to a lot of shows at the First Unitarian Church which is only one block away so I frequent this place often. The place is bare and basically has a countered and a bunch of coolers. There are always a bunch of guys hanging out on the stoop in the front and you will most likely be asked for change on the way in and out.

Although this place is a dump they have a surprisingly impressive selection including tons of American craft as well as a bunch of German, English and Belgian beers. Almost everything available in the city is on their shelves. The prices are kind of steep but it's not bad in a pinch.

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Photo of arugge
4/5  rDev +8.4%

I've been coming to this location since the Summer of 2009 when I stumbled upon it. At first, it was nice to have a good selection close to West Philly/Rittenhouse area, but the prices were very expensive. Recently, however, it seems as though the prices have dropped considerably ($10 for 750 of V-12, I think around $8.50 for 750 of Golden Monkey, etc). It's suddenly a lot more attractive to shop here.

The selection is very good, especially considering the size of the store and the location. I can't speak much about the dating issue that some have discussed previously, but I've never had an issue with expired beer.

If you're in the Rittenhouse area, stop by and support these people so they stick around! We need more of this in Philadelphia.

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Photo of mbudner
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

Q- The beers are never rotated and due to the degree this place has stayed under the radar, every beer might as well have been there for a year. I learned the hard way experimenting with IPAs there as they have a fairly good selection...stay away. Two-hearted is the only IPA in the store that has its age on it (and even that requires going to the Bell's website to enter the batch number. Apart from "freshness" issues, they have some pretty high quality brews for a deli that is not advertised as a Foodery or Hawthornes type set-up.

S- These guys are nice, but they might as well be selling collectible snow globes with the amount of knowledge they lack. I understand not everyone is into beer, but NO ONE who works in this store (and I have been there 15-20 times on various days and at different hours) knows a thing about beer. Occasionally, upon checkout, the cashier has informed me that the beer I picked out is "very strong"...thanks.

S- The selection is really quite good. Especially for a place that never gets talked about on the Philadelphia BA circuit. Granted, they never get really rare stuff (to my knowledge) like the Foodery, but they have a solid selection. All of the Lost Abbey year-round offerings, a bunch from Rogue, Port Old Viscosity (NOT older), Moylan's, the typical Belgian beer line-up w/ nothing crazy thrown in the mix, Bell's. I obviously didn't list them all, but some solid stuff.

V- It' expensive, like every place in center city. I believe I paid $17 for a 6-pk of 2-hearted last time I was there. Moylan's bombers run $9-12 each, southern tier's around $12, lost abbey $12. Not the worst prices I have seen in Philadelphia, but I also NEVER see anyone buying craft beer there. 99% of the people go in and pick up a 12-pk of BMC or a 6-ok on the safe side (a prima pils for instance), which I am not criticizing, but it just strikes me as off that they continue to stock such a relatively large beer selection with what appears to be a very small customer base.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

An interesting twist... this old deli has been bought by asians and turned into, pretty much, a take out beer spot. There are three cooler doors of imported singles, mostly 750 ml Belgians; one door of domestic craft brewed 750's and 22's (Rogue, Stone, etc.); 8 doors of craft brew six-packs; and 3 doors of domestic mainstream bottles and cans that just happen to include some stuff from Dales.

That said, I was quite happy! Then I went to pay.

It's cash only, which was OK with me, and there is a MAC machine at hand, but there are no prices listed on the shelves, and the prices that were marked on the bottles on little pieces of masking tape were apparently not correct. I was expecting to pay $7.75 for something and it was rung up at $10.75. My second bottle was roughly the same. My third was unmarked so I was OK with whatever it was. In all, one 750 ml Belgian, one 22 oz west coast bomber, and one 12 ounce from Lithuania came to $22.00!!! Not good. :(

If they start to mark their prices I'd be OK with it, but as it is I just can't accept it. I'd rather go to The Foodery at 10th & Pine where I know what I'm paying when I get robbed.

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Colney Delicatessen in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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