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Beer in the Burbs: 8 Bottle Shops That Never Disappoint

Everyone needs a go-to place to buy beer. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new release, or just stocking up, our recommendations offer great selections and personality to spare.

Chester County

The Foodery Phoenixville
With Locations in Center City, Northern Liberties, Roxborough and Phoenixville, The Foodery truly is “Philadelphia’s Original Bottle Shop.” Established in 1976, The Foodery is on the cutting-edge of what’s new in the world of beer. The store earned pioneer status for being the first to offer everything from mix-a-six, to growler fills, to the world’s most exclusive selection of international beers. As if that wasn’t enough, The Foodery perfected the bottle shop/deli format. Each location offers delicious sandwiches and food made with local ingredients, including salads made in-house. The Foodery offers over 1,200 bottle selections, 18 draught options for growler fills and frequent beer tasting events. The cooler doors are geographically arranged, making the store super shoppable. And 90% of their beer is kept cold to ensure you’re getting the best quality possible. The Foodery has every limited beer you could imagine, including one-off imports. It’s destination beer shopping at its best, and it shows the minute you walk through the door.

   

The Beer Store Malvern
Tucked into a busy shopping center, The Beer Store in Malvern prides itself on an amazing selection of beer (between 3,500-4,000 options) and employees who are extremely knowledgeable. The staff goes to great lengths to help customers find exactly what they’re looking for. With 30 stunning draught options and a massive area devoted to Belgian and German beers, people travel from all over to grab exclusive brews from The Beer Store. And with a bar area boasting several TVs, this bottle shop is also an ideal place for drinkers to hang out and watch a game.

  

Bucks County

Bailey’s Bar & Grille Levittown
If you’re unfamiliar with lower Bucks County, Bailey’s Bar & Grille might not be on your radar… but it should be. This establishment has been around since 1991 and offers a well-curated, extensive beer selection, with 17 cooler doors stocked with sought-after beers from such stellar breweries as The Alchemist, Pizza Boy and Russian River. On any given day, 65 different beers are available to create a personalized six-pack. And there are also three rotating taps for growler fills. The store’s monthly specials alone make a drive from anywhere worthwhile. While at Bailey’s, order some of their famous wings to really complete the experience.

Manager Chris Ward says, “I think we do a great job of getting in tune with our customers. I put a lot of time and research into which beers are popular and I like to reach out to our customers to find out what they like and want more of. We do our best to ensure everyone has a positive and personal experience while they’re here.”

   

Candlewyck Bar & Grill Doylestown
Candlewyck Bar & Grill, located on the edge of Doylestown, has been catering to locals since the ‘70s. With a selection of nearly 1,000 different bottles, Candlewyck is sure to have what you’re looking for. We not only recommend this bottle shop for their killer variety, but also for their uncanny ability to spot hot trends. And don’t overlook their impressive import selection – the assortment of Belgian beers can’t be beat. The store also offers a great variety of seltzers, ciders and gluten-free options conveniently located in the first cooler door, while right next to the cash register is a display of the latest seasonals and limited releases. We love how shoppable this store is, thanks to its well-placed displays and spot-on organization.

“Candlewyck is an institution in the Bucks County area,” says owner Dan Carey. “We offer a diverse portfolio of beers but always try to stay on top of what’s fresh. Some of the people who come in here are third generation customers, people who grew up coming here with their parents or grandparents, and now they rely on us for their beer needs. It’s something we are very proud of.”

   

Delaware County 

Pinnochio’s Restaurant Media
Known for its stellar pizza, Pinnochio’s was the first establishment in Media to allow customers to create their own six-pack. This bottle shop within a pizzeria offers customers over 1,000 bottled/canned beers and 7 taps for growler & crowler fills. They put great emphasis on their lineup of specialty and very limited one-off beers on draught.

Store manager Tim Volikas says, “Our space is small and intimate, which makes things seem a little crammed on a busy night, but it also creates a great ambiance. Locals love to hang out and enjoy some pizza with a brew or two. They talk beer and check out what everyone else is drinking. We have a great atmosphere thanks to our customers, who are conversational, friendly and love offering suggestions to each other.”

   

Boccella’s Deli Havertown
Havertown is home to Boccella’s Deli. With 400 different bottle/can selections and 7 rotating taps, this small store offers a big selection. Boccella’s presents ultra-craft options on draught, while their coolers are filled with a plethora of high-end selections. This neighborhood hot spot stands out thanks to the warm and inviting atmosphere created by the employees. They encourage customers to not only enjoy a delicious sandwich and a beer at the deli, but also to browse the significant bottle selection to curate their own 6-pack before heading out. Out-of-towners are always surprised by Boccella’s selection of super-limited beers, but you my friend, are now in the know.

   

Mongtomery County

Greeks Next Door Narbeth
Greeks Next Door of Narbeth has been around since 2012 and offers over 1,000 bottle and can options, as well as growler and crowler fills from their 18 taps. Their large cooler section is nicely organized and easy to navigate, with each door labeled by region of origin or beer style. On the opposing wall is a huge variety of limited releases from notable breweries.

Manager Meredith Jones says, “I think we have the best variety around, and we do a lot to encourage community involvement. We offer half-off growler and crowler fills on Mondays, hold lots of beer events, highlight special releases and we’re dog friendly! We don’t want to give customers any reason to not check out our store, whether they’re locals or just visiting.”

   

The Beer Shoppe Ardmore
Ardmore’s Beer Shoppe offers a selection of 900 beers neatly arranged across 12 cooler doors. Their assortment of bottles and cans appeals to a mixed clientele, and their 16 draught options for growler fills to-go is impressive. The employees pride themselves on the community vibe they have established. From the comfy couch in the store’s sitting area, to the bar in the back, employees describe their shop as a “social” tasting room where people can build relationships around the enjoyment of great beer. The store almost always seems to have a crowd of regulars and out-of-towners, who are all encouraged to stay awhile and enjoy a beer on the premises. And nobody should leave without trying one of Ardmore Beer Shoppe’s signature Chicago Dogs (yes, the ingredients are all sourced from Chicago).

   

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