The Craft Beer Outlet

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The Craft Beer OutletThe Craft Beer Outlet
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4.52/5
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66 Ratings
The Craft Beer OutletThe Craft Beer Outlet
PLACE INFO

Type: Eatery, Beer-to-go

9910 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19114-1900
United States

(215) 632-2722 | map
craftbeeroutlet.com

Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 8pm

Added by joeebbs on 06-02-2009

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
66
pDev:
7.08%
 
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A large retail space in the middle of a shopping center in NE Philly. They have a large selection of bottles, magnums and glassware as well as a growler filling station with around six rotating taps.

The place is long and narrow with the growler filling station on the right hand side immediately upon entering. Above the station there is an impressive selection of glassware but they are crazy expensive. An Orval glass was $22! To the left there is a nice selection of seasonals and room temperature bombers/750mls. The cashier counter is straight ahead on the left and the opposite wall is lined up with several coolers with a very nice variety of craft offerings. There is a space in the back where you can sit and have a beer which they also sell by the galas at the growler filling station.

I'm not often impressed by selection but the variety was shocking. They had some cool magnums as well as singles, six packs, bombers and 750ml bottle from a large selection of breweries. Plenty of Russian River along with Ballast Point, Bruery, Evil Twin, Mikkeller, Terrapin, Maine Brewing Co., etc. Not too many rarified but there is a wide variety of great beers. Unfortunately, most of the beers range from pretty pricey to outrageously expensive. You can make a mixed six pack but there is no discount. RR sours were in the $18 range and many of the 12oz bottles of interest were close to $8. Similarly priced to competitive stores in the city but still beyond a reasonable budget to leave with more than a couple of bottles at a time.

Overall this place was pretty impressive with a nice clean space, interesting beers on draft and a huge inventory of good beers. The prices will keep me for stocking while there but this place is a hidden gem in an area of the city that has little to nothing to offer in the way of craft beers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Urk1127
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of tomasher
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Grs343434
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jeff and crew are an absolute pleasure to work with. Always a pleasant experience when I go there. Thank you.

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Photo of momtokate2002
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

An absolutely amazing place to buy beer! They have a large quantity of quality beer and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful! Highly recommend to anyone looking for rare or unique beers!

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Photo of crystalwho
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of fredmugs
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A very unassuming store located in a strip mall. However, once you walk in you notice things are done well.

Excellent amount of quality items and selection. Large amounts of single twelve ounces bottles and a good selection of bombers and foreign imports. Why a full stand display of Helldorado when I walk, why thank you my good sir!

Very good service as well and knowledgeable. A little bit off the path depending on where you are going but a definite must stop place.

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Photo of PsychedelicQuaker
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Somewhat intimidating pick-your-own 6 pack beer distributor. But once you've gone a couple times you realize that the staff is super helpful and not judgmental. They have Beer tasting events on the weekend, growlers and an amazing selection of craft beers.

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Photo of Goodytime
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

This place has a great selection, is very knowledgeable, but just a little on the pricey side. Overall I visit here often.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beolach
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Amazing selection and knowledgeable staff.

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Photo of FightinIrish88
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

The wife and I were driving down to Philly from Westchester County, New York, and approaching the city on 95-S I somehow found this jawn and decided to take a little detour. It is not too far from the interstate highway.

Located in a generic strip mall in a not-so-great area of Northeastern Philadelphia, this is definitely not the kind of neighborhood you expect to have a craft beer store.

The best stuff here is right as you enter to your left: a small selection of goodies and rarities, including Double DBA, Old Stock Brandy, Fifty Fifty, Prairie Brewing (first time I see this OK brewery in Philly), New Holland Night Tripper...

Beyond this, I didn't find this store to be amazing, outstanding or world-class. It is your typical Philly bottle store, with coolers filled with pricey single beers.

Everyone is super helpful and eager to find a beer for you, and the seven taps and little bar setup are cool. But really, this is not a destination. You can stick to The Foodery and Beer Heaven in Philly proper and find better beer than here.

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Photo of timotao
4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Mrduprey215
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Flooz
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of CSpoons
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Valentno7
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Great beer selection, I like that they have a growler station and they also have tastings on Fridays. They had all the beers that I wanted from this pass Xmas. I would definitely check the selections they have when the season change to see if they have something I have been looking for. They are a tad bit pricier then other places that I have been too.

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Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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The Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 66 ratings