The Craft Beer Outlet

Your Rating: None
The Craft Beer OutletThe Craft Beer Outlet
BA SCORE
4.52/5
World-Class
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%
 
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Place Reviews
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of fnsweet
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Since the craft beer outlet open this has been my go to six pack store ...because the owners and staff take a lot of pride in the beers they sell ,they feature a fantastic selection of beers from ,Alesmith,cascade,lost abbey,port brewing ,ballast point,dark horse ,and all the local favorites ,such as pbc,yards,victory,sly fox ,they have well over 750 types of beer available plus they offer a six tap system for growler fills and on site consumption ,and if you don't see a beer you just ask Mark and he will get it in for you .
Hands down my favorite bottle shop.

 566 characters

Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Visited Oct. 10, 2010.

This place looks relatively new since it looks very clean and well kept inside. Same issues as with other stores in regards to freshness though it seemed less prevalent here. Mostly all beers were refrigerated except the seasonals in the front and the rare beers in the back. Very good selection, the best in the Franklin Mills area. There seemed to be what looked like a bar area in the back as people were enjoying a brew while watching TV. The staff was clearly well informed and able to make recommendations based on people's tastes. Worth the detour for sure.

 588 characters

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev -11.5%

A good seclection of micro's along side the other junk. Go early in the week to browse, it's hard to do on Friday.
They make an effort to have a good selection of seasonals on hand. A good selection of Beligums in stock, English and German beers. Plenty of big bottles too.
Also, any beer that is in the store there you can get just up the road at the distributor.
Just go out of the shopping center make a left and take it to r 63,make another left follow to Franklin Mills.
It's by Dicks. Never been there myself, this is from the old man.

 542 characters

Photo of Chico1985
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Had to make a note about this place, mostly due to the excellent service I received. I stopped here on my way to the city to pick up beers I can't get in MA (Russian River, HotD, Bell's, Great Lakes). The downside was they didn't sell cases which I was planning on picking up, and they only had a very small selection of Bell's and Great Lakes. The upside was the excellent deal I got on what I did purchase, I definitely should've paid more than what I did, the woman ringing me up also complimented me on my selections and even let me pick out 2 glasses on their shelf free of charge (I picked Duvel and Unibroue tulips.) All in all I walked out with the 2 glasses, 3 each of HotD Adam and Fred, and 2 375ml's each of Supplication, Temptation and Consecration for $101. Truly excellent.

 788 characters

Photo of Foxman
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

A beer store in PA that's easy to get to from NJ, with plenty of parking, and decent prices? Well, sign me up, my good man!

Seriously, it's accessible, near the end of a strip mall, with plenty of parking, and in a nice neck of the woods.
There's a bank of six taps on the right when you walk in. Various displays and wall shelves hold singles and sixes, while a long row of coolers line the left side going back. And in the rear there are tables and benches, there to enjoy pints or bottles of one elixir or another. On the last day I visited, World Cup soccer was on the TV, in Spanish. Nice touch.
And everything is clean, including the restroom. What more can you want from your beer store?

Service is never wanting. Each time the clerk was friendly, knowledgeable, and nicely conversational. I generally don't seek out advice because I know what I want going in, but it's still nice to catch the occasional "Yeah, that's one real nice beer there, boy!"

Selection, selection, selection...a wonderful word, and so apt. It's across the board here, from locals to nationals to imports from every corner of the globe. Granted, I'm biased because there's so much here that I can't get in NJ, but that doesn't change the fact that there's one serious cartload of beer in residence. If it comes to PA, chances are you'll find the brewery represented. And the taps carry some fine local beer, along with the occasional one-off or limited release. And last I was there, so was Sculpin. So I got a pint AND a growler. And a bomber. Bases covered, thank you kindly.

Not to belabor the point, but coming from South Jersey, I don't get hit so hard on singles, at least compared to The Foodery, for instance. But the pricing here is strong enough that I felt minimal impact compared to my homeground. Sure, it's more expensive, but I'd say what, anywhere from 10-20% cheaper than many beer stores in the Commonwealth? Sure, some Russian Rivers are pricey, everywhere, and Speedway Stout rung in at 17.99, but not bad, considering the usual, I'd say.

This is no beer museum; this is a craft beer store for the common man or woman, with the macros tossed in for those so inclined. No snobbery, no intimidation, just friendly people and great beer and good prices. If those aren't reasons to seek the place out, then nothing is. Go, and enjoy.

 2,339 characters

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

90% of my beer comes from this place. Before I found this place the only way for me to try different beers was to buy a case. I bought a few $50 cases of beer that I didn't like so that go old real fast. Good selection of limited release stuff. You can mix you own 6 packs. They have a pretty big TV to watch the Phillies games. They fill growlers. They even have food(hotdogs LOL.I'm assuming thats for liquor license reasons. If you serve food you can drink in the place or something). Its a place where you can drink beer while shopping for beer. Enough said. The best of its kind in Philly. I hear they are opening up another location in the suburbs.

 654 characters

Photo of LSUExplorer03
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

The Craft Beer Outlet is great! Just what this area needed! Sad news for me is that I moved out of the area last year, right as they were opening. Now I live in Manayunk and still make sure to get up to the CBO atleast once a month. Amazing selection and very reasonable prices! The only reason I didn't give the "value" section a better review is that I am spoiled with Jersey prices (since I work over there) and anything I can get either in Jersey or the CBO, is a few bucks cheaper over in Jersey. Again though, for PA prices, the CBO is very reasonable!

I think my favorite aspect is the environment in there -- very chill and relaxed. You can go in and peruze around for as long as you'd like, then you can grab a bottle and drink it right there at the tables they have set up towards the back. They even have a few magazines/newsletters you can read or a big flat panel TV you can watch while you're sippin on your craft beer.

I highly recommend making a trip up there!!!

 980 characters

Photo of zoso1967
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

I am updating my review of this place because I have been here many times now and have been more and more impressed.

The store is nice, clean and bright, and the location is conveniently in a strip mall with plenty of parking. They have quite a few doors, broken down into local, US craft and then by country, as well as some macros of course. They also have a large amount of room temp bottles on the shelves, something that I like for beers I plan to put down. Not quite the selection of some of the places closer to center city, but still grade A and at lower prices.

They also do a good job of getting plenty of seasonal brews and often have sales on stuff that they need to move. This is good not only for getting a deal, but helps cut down on old stock.

The staff is very helpful and most of them seem to know a good amount about the product. I have e-mailed the owner a couple times and he often get's back to me within hours.

They have six taps for filling growlers and usually have a decent mix of choices.

Overall a great place and I cannot recommend highly enough.

 1,080 characters

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Damn didn't even now this was on here. I guess that's what you get when you look for this place on RT13.I seen a big sign saying Craft beer. So naturally I pull in.

As soon as I walked in I was greeted and asked if I needed any help. I said no thankyou just going to browse. A small little place but is packed to the gills with goodies. A line of fridges to your left and the checkout is to your right and everywhere else are bottles on shelves. There is a barrel with a bunch of six pack holders. The man told me just take whatever bottles you need and use the holders.I ended up getting a couple goodies. Abt 12,Koningshoeven Quad, a couple of Unibroue's and that was about it. I asked if they had Hopslam and he said I asked for five cases and they gave me one and they sold out within the hour.

I think this could be my first exceptional rating in every category but this place is great. A great place to buy singles.

3/6/09

I just walked in and noticed that they now sell pints. I had a pint of Ten Fidy and was on my way. This just further adds to this great place.

 1,077 characters

Photo of 220emaple
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

I am so glad there is finally a beer store in NE Philly where you can mix and match any 6 pack. Very good selection including what seems to be an endless supply of Merry Monks, (I get at least one every time I shop there). The Belgian imports are a little pricey, but if you are looking to try a wide variety of them its worth the price since a good amount of the Trappist's and Abbey's are right there.

They also carry variety of PA craft beers and have frequent tastings. A good strong sixpack can range between $18-$30. At the Foodery, prepare to spend at least $25-$40.

The staff is also very knowledgeable and helpful in choosing a great beer. I definitely recommend this store to any beer lover!

 705 characters

Photo of longdivision
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

A sorely needed place in the Northeast; I'm very glad it opened.

The store is very well organized. Each case is broken down by region, so it's pretty easy to find what you're looking for.
They have a impressive selection of bombers as well. Brewers are in-store it seems once a week. Another great feature is that you can by a single bottle and drink it there to determine if you want to buy a full six pack.

More recently, they've introduced "happy hour" pricing one day a week. i think it's from 5-7 on Tuesdays. During that time they discount 3 beers: 1 craft, 1 domestic, 1 import.

The staff is enthusiastic and eager to help.

The prices can be reasonable for some beers, but others are really over-priced in my opinion. They have a monopoly in the area, so they can get a way with it. Some beers can be around $2 more than average and even more on the bombers. Also, some prices are not listed and you have to ask the staff which gets annoying.

Overall, I'm glad it's here and check it often for new arrivals that are hard to find elsewhere. Definitely check it out.

 1,077 characters

Photo of flyingjeff21649
5/5  rDev +10.6%

great selections, beer tasting events every Thurs and Fri from 5 to 7 open to 11:00 pm Fri & Sat. nites, very informative people, great service, new store that was needed in the northeast, no more traveling, no store like this one with 22 glass doors of beers, mix and match if you like! they give you a six pack for your individual selections, open Sunday to from 11:00 to 8:00 pm. tables and chairs to watch sport events, while tasting a different beer, store is well lighted and very clean in a new shopping center with lots of parking spaces, Shop Rite is the lead store

 574 characters

Photo of rfgetz
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Living in Center City, it felt odd to go back home to Northeast Philadelphia for the sole purpose of beer.

I was tipped off based on intial hype during the openeing. I didnt't expect to be wowed like i was. The selection is tremendous with a great balance of quality and quantity.

About 20 doors with the breakout being approx. 3 for local craft, 6 for American craft, 5 international (heavy English, Belgian and German with good Canadian and other Euro) and 4 for American Macros.

The selection ranges from affoardable Sam Adams singles to hard to find bombers from Russian River, Green Flash, Southern Tier and Lost Abbey. Make sure youy look outside the cases as the front of the store has a nice selection of bombers and mixed 12 packs on the floor by the entry.

The staff is exceptional. Everyone knows there stuff and loves beer. We were even given a set of glassware for making a large purchase. The prices are very competitive as well (try finding a bottle of Concecration for what i paid). You can even sit at one of about 8 tables in the back and drink up to 3 of your brews (as long as your eating one of the free hot dogs - PA laws!).

They are an asset to the NE Philly Beer community. They plan to increase tasting events and adjust the selection based on demand. I look forward to adding this place to my rotation.

Update: They now carry growlers!

 1,367 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Glad to see a beer spot with a good selection open up fairly close to me. I have a feeling im gonna love this place. It sure beats driving to and in New Jersey.

Quality- A nice clean looking store with a wall full of coolers that stretches a bit. Some tables to sit down and enjoy a beer. In the back it seems that there is some equipment to make food, hopefully in the future this is true. Everything's laid out nice, not to cluttered. The only downfall is that prices are not listed on everything & you have to ask. Some things are a tad overpriced, I picked up a Long Trail DIPA and they wanted $8 for it before tax. I put it back down.

Service- I think this place has been open for three weeks & the staff is very eager to assist you, always asking if you need anything. They said they would special order anything they could aquire that was not there at the time. Seems like a friendly group of people. A quick easy checkout.

Selection- Not too huge but they do have some lovely beer here and it's thought out well. American Craft, locals, Imports (de Dolle, others) West Coast (RR Damnation, LA/PP beers). I was surprised to see two bottles of Sculpin sitting on the Shelf. I yoinked them up with the quickness. If they have Sculpin, they have some pull, let's see what the future brings.

 1,297 characters

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Just checked out this brand new six-pack store in Philly's Northeast last weekend:

Inconspicuously located in a neighborhood shopping plaza, this spot is definitely a diamond in the rough and a great spot to stop at on the way home from The Grey Lodge.

Staff welcomes you right when you come in and their enthusiasm for beer is obvious from moment one. Warm selections in 22 or 25 ounce bottles are featured at the front entrance and a wall of coolers takes up the entire left side of the medium-sized store front.

Beers are broken up by nation of origin, with US beers broken into two sections; craft and macro. Selection is quite respectable, covering all bases concerning PA craft brews, while hitting up national favorites (Stone, Rogue, etc.) and boasting a few up-and-comers (Saint Somewhere, The Bruery). The international section focuses mainly on Belgian and German imports (which is just fine), but includes a few interesting picks from the Spanish-speaking nations (Estrella Damm Inedit!).

I made my own six-pack (which is a huge bonus), grabbing bottles of Weyerbacher Zotten (a new Belgian-style Pale), Piraat, St. Bernardus Wit, Monk's Flemish Sour, Cooper's Extra, and Young's Double Chocolate. I also picked up two deuces; O'Hara's Celebration Stout and Saint Somewhere's Lectio Divina.

All-in-all, a great beer-buying experience and a nice addition to the NE.

 1,381 characters

Photo of joeebbs
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

This is a six pack and singles store opened up by the same people who run The Beer Outlet. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/11740

There are about 20 or so refridgerators full of beer. The first fridges are filled with local brews. (Victory, Yards, Flying Fish, etc) From there the fridges contain other US craft brews, World beers and lastly Macros.

The selection is very nice and the employees will offer you an empty six pack right away after saying "hello." They are as excited about beer as you are and are up for having a chat.

There are a few tables set up for sitting back and enjoying your selections. They also serve bombers as well. Prices are reasonable and the location makes it perfect for someone in the Northeast who does not want to take the trip into Center City or New Jersey.

 801 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
The Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 66 ratings