Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer

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Krugel's Georgetown Deli & BeerKrugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer
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Krugel's Georgetown Deli & BeerKrugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

720 Wilkes Barre Township Blvd
Ste 200
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 18702-6181
United States

(570) 829-2337 | map

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Added by cooch69 on 12-12-2008

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Reviews by G0pherB0y:
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great selection but a bit pricey. If you're looking for the more popular micros, check out Wegmans for better prices.

Otherwise they seem to have the best beer selection I've seen in NEPA so far. During my most recent visit they had a nice small batch of sours and I was even able to score some Cantillon which I can't even find back home (Northern VA). Not sure if it's because the places back home just don't care or sell out what they get so quickly.

It seems most people working there aren't extremely knowledgeable in beer but during my most recent visit rather late at night I'm guessing it was the manager or possibly owner was working. He was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations based on the beers I was grabbing.

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Photo of StarofSahara
1.4/5  rDev -65.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Owners routinely harass patrons via social media. Like, no kidding. The store is owned by children. Check their IG account for some examples. Overpriced and childish. No reason whatsoever to patronize this place. Food is fine, but not much better than a well made Quarter Pounder from McDonald's.

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Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of BlessedBeBeer
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Cool place to hang out with a beer and a sub. The owner and his employees are well informed about the beer they carry and they have a very decent selection of beers to choose from. The only low point is they are extremely overpriced. You can go to any of the competition's stores and pick up the same bottle or 4pack for a few bucks cheaper, every time. If it is a more basic beer you can head 5 minutes down the road to Wegmans and pick it up even cheaper than that. They keep the rarest beers "in the back" and you have to know the owner to obtain those beers. I used to go here a lot, but have found better alternatives. The score stays high because they do have quality beers, great service and a great selection, but when I go to a bottle shop I am usually dropping $50 to $100 and that same order would be $30-$70 elsewhere.

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Photo of RobAM
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Decent selection, prices looked to be in line for the area. Was there at 11 on a Wednesday when they opened, neither of the employees asked if I had any questions, just kinda side-eyed me the whole time. Didn't try the food but looked like standard deli fare.

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Photo of clarkette
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A nice little shop that pulls down the big releases. Wish the singles selection to the left when you walk in was better. The staff are non-pestering and friendly.

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beerdedking
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of MassiveBeerReviews
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

UPDATE: 8-14-2014

Yet another re-review of Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer.

My last re-review was at the beginning of this year, but at the time of writing I had stopped going to Krugel’s for quite some time, so this newest re-review is probably closer to a years time since I actually patronized the place seeing as I had stopped going to Krugel’s all together ... but a friend of mine talked me into giving them another chance with tales of lower prices and more courteous service, so here we are!

First off I do have to say they have adjusted their prices quite a bit. Still not a home run pricing wise, but a lot of higher end/rarer bottles that were $8-10 over typical NEPA market value are now $2-4 over typical NEPA market value, which when you combine with their selection, is much easier to stomach and not nearly as egregious.

Service has adjusted much the same as their pricing .... not the end all be all of service (but that is few and far between in general in the industry) but Joe is quick to help and is very knowledgeable. The rest of the staff is quite young, as is their knowledge of high end beers, but is in no way off putting, and the last several times I have stopped in they were more that courteous.

The shop is well organized, clean and easy to navigate .... the only gripe, and quite a small one, I’d have about the store as a whole is all the price labels are on the underside of the bottles. And as a person who loves big beers that are typically bottle conditioned, having to turn the bottle sideways is not ideal.

Overall I’d have to say Krugel’s has seen and/or heard the issues people have had with their pricing, service, etc ... and are really putting forth and effort to alleviate these issues, most importantly get in line with pricing in and around the valley. As someone who wrote them off for good, as of recently, I have found myself stopping by a few times monthly ... and if things keep trending the way they are, I don’t see why that wouldn’t continue.

UPDATE: 2-15-2014

I'm Re-reviewing Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer almost two years to the date of my original review ... and oooohhh what a difference two years can make.

Service, while not overly stellar previously, is now abysmal. Condescending and rude a good bulk of the time.

Examples like:

::Being laughed at when asking about certain rare beers.

::Told "no" with an eye roll when asking about 4-pack pricing on beer's that were previously purchased from there in 4 packs for months.

::Multiple times wasn't given change on purchases that required a few pennies back. (I'm neither poor nor wealthy, but I at least expect change, not matter how little, from any purchases I make. At least give me the courtesy of saying "keep it")

For the most part their pricing is ridiculously high, it is in line with fine dining/bar prices and nowhere close to other to-go places in the area.

The only bright spot, if you are willing to look past all those glaring offenses, is that their selection is still good ... although it seems to be thinning as of late on the beers I seek.

As you can see from my original review of Krugels, I was all "all in" on their business and was willing to overlook the price gouging. But with more professional, courtesy, friendly and decently stocked to-go establishments pooping up in the area, I personally have been forced, by Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer themselves, to cut them off my list of places to willingly give my hard earned money.

Old Review: 04-12-2012

I live about five minutes from Krugels, so the distance combined with my love of good beer made this place opening a godsend.

I've been buying beer from here since it's inception and over all is has been a good experience, mostly due to the selection.

They are pretty overpriced (about two dollars more per high quality 4/6 pack) than other establishments, but with the selection they have I can overlook that price difference for the convenience of having "harder to finds" right in my back yard.

Joe the owner is very professional a knowledgeable, and is always quick stop say hi when I stop by. The rest of the staff is quite young, not as knowledgeable, but very nice.

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Photo of Histic
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Krugel's is sort of in an odd spot. As one of the only places offering this large of a selection in Northeast PA, it's hard to compare it to any other shop. While the service is hit or miss (normally not bad, it just is or isn't there), the store itself is fine. You probably won't find the rarest of the rare but they go where no other local store does.

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Photo of thatisgrossman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tmbgnicu
1.13/5  rDev -72.2%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1.25

Photo of darmadook
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Baab200
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Made a day trip to PA strictly to go to this place. They had Cinnamon Roll'd Wake N Bake on tap. Not to mention they have one of those Nitro fill growler stations, which was a nice surprise to see. They had a huge selection. Some reviewers say nothing is priced, but every bottle I looked at had a sticker on the bottom. The biggest surprise of all was at the check out, when I looked up and saw 2 bottles of BCBBW staring at me. Over 2 months after they were released! They were a little pricey at 9$ a piece but I've seen multiple places here in NY selling them for that as well.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of aqualung23
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

There is simply no better place to buy single or six pack beers anywhere within 100 miles. Prices could be better, but they claim to have 1100 beers and I don't doubt it for a second. This is THE place in northeast PA to buy craft beer, and I rarely come up with something they don't have in stock. There is an entire section dedicated to ech major beer style. They also do mixed six packs and have six beers on tap which rotate frequently for growler fills or if you want to enjoy the food (which I hear is great). Friday evenings they have a rep from some craft brew company giving out samples and sometimes glasses. If you're a beer lover and come to the Wilkes-Barre area, make sure to stop by.

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Photo of Lare453
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

a small deli with a large beer selection, tyipcal bottle shop,

q good beer... nothing was priced so you had to ask or just buy it and find out...

s guy who was fairly knowledgable came and helped and asked if i needed anything.

s giant selection of stuff, half come by the bottle, the other half by the six pack.

v fair prices, though nothing had a price on it...

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Photo of CadensDad
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

My wife and I stopped here today to look around. We sat in the middle of about a thousand beers and had a couple sandwiches from the deli and an ice cold draft. The food is delicious and priced very reasonably. The owner and his wife are very nice to talk to. Joe really knows his stuff and was nice enough to give us a free t shirt and Trappest bottle opener. I have been here several times as it is only about 45 minutes from where we live. The selection of beers is unreal and prices about average. If your looking for a beer chances are Joe has it! I will be visiting again for sure.

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Photo of twenty5
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

This place has the largest selection of beers in the area by far but their service is horrible (high school kids that have no idea what they are talking about) and the prices are crazy. I have seen some stuff on their shelves for double the normal price. That being said you could find rareish stuff here because it just sits on the shelves at their extremely high prices for months until someone convinces themselves that it is worth it. There are better places to visit in the area.

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Photo of dcoms233
2.26/5  rDev -44.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

I'm going to be 100% honest-

They have a slightly larger selection than most places in the area (except for maybe Sabatini's in Exeter) but their business practices are pretty awful and their prices are consistently higher than the average for most beers.

The store is usually staffed by high school aged kids who are completely unfamiliar with craft beer. Their customer service is so terrible that after calling to ask if they had a beer (which they said they had and then promptly hung up on me) I proceeded to drive 40 minutes to their store only to find out that they "didn't get a lot of it" and are rationing it out to customers. I could only buy 2 bottles despite having driven down there solely for that beer.

You would think that they would tell you stuff like that on the phone, right?

Anyway I proceed to the checkout a little disappointed and then I find out that they are charging me $5 a bottle when a six pack would normally be $13- so they expect me to pay $10 for two bottles.

Now this wasn't a particularly rare beer (Nugget Nectar- which is a locally brewed and highly anticipated seasonal of Pennsylvania)- in fact within the past 3 weeks I had gotten it numerous times at 2 other area stores but the one closest to me (Wegmans) was out.

Instead I called Jessup Beverage and the owner (Chuck) put 2 six packs in the fridge for me while I drove there. He also charged me the usual price of $13 per six pack.

This store consistently misses out on a lot of the big releases, they consistently have higher prices than other local shops, and their customer service is awful. I would avoid going here unless this is your only option.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Easy on/off I81 and a great section make this a great place to stop when passing through the area.

Bombers are arranged by brewery against the back wall whereas 6/4 packs are arranged in islands by general style. In the front of the store is a modest section where mixed 6 packs can be assembled. Unfortunately I didn't find anything of interest there and would have bought a lot more if I could have broken 6 packs in other parts of the store.

4 or 5 taps were available for growler fills or for drinking a pint with your lunch. I wasn't planning on eating, but the sandwiches looked so good and a great deli smell permeated the store, so I ended up with a very tasty fish sandwich and a pint of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe.

The help was young and did not seem to be too knowledgeable or experienced. My pint lost a few sips to a neighboring chair and the table on the way to my place - which were not cleaned up by the waitperson. But other than lacking experienced staff, this is a great place for lunch or to peruse a wild selection.

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4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I drove two hours with the single reason being this establishment. I read that the selection was the best in PA, it couldn't have been more correct. I spoke with the owner for about an hour and had an absolute blast browsing his selection. The beers are organized by style, which helps when the amount of beers is 1200+. I was able to find many hard to find brews along with my seasonal favorites. If you are in the tri-state area, you must make the drive. Easily one of the best beer stores I have ever visited.

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Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 44 ratings