The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Beer Retailers
Pennsylvania

 

Bethel Park

Chambersburg

Harrisburg

Lancaster

Norristown

Philadelphia

Reading

State College

Wilkes-Barre

York

 

Giant Eagle
7000 Oxford Drive
Bethel Park, PA
(412) 831-1480

Giant Eagle is a grocery store and beer venue in Bethel Park, Pa,
Giant Eagle has two locations in Bethel Park, a Pittsburgh suburb.
This retailer is unusual
in that it allows sales of both individual beers as well as draft beer in it's very large deli section.
But, to buy a draft beer, one is required to purchase food. However, a small, snack size bag of chips fills that requirement.
They have 6 beers on tap as well as several hundred other beers to choose from.
There are several booths as well as a patio seating area.

 

Friendly Greek
549 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA
717-393-6669

Friendly Greek looks just like another 6-pack shop from the outside, but the inside is a Questor's Eden.
Teddy, the second-generation proprietor, stocks over 600 different beers with the vast majority of them being microbrews.
The store consists of two rooms housing 4 long, glass coolers, offering 6-packs, bombers, and singles.
Friendly Greek also offers 6 - 8 taps for draft beers, and a number of tables at which you can drink them. A food menu is also available. And when Teddy gets his new refrigeration system, he will be offering growler fills.
I found a number of beers here which I had not encountered at any other location.
I will return to Friendly Greek the next time I am in Lancaster.

 

 

Brewers' Outlet
111 Butler Ave
Lancaster , PA 17601
(717) 392-6882

Though there are several outlets in the Lancaster area, I prefer this one, as we can jump off of Rt. 30 East and easily exit to Rt. 222 North to Adamstown. Brewer's Outlet has great beer, great prices, and great variety.

 

 

Krugel's Georgetown Deli and Beer
720 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
570-829-2337

With between 1100 and 1500 beers to choose from, Krugel's Georgetown Deli is not your typical Pennsylvania beer store. The store is very well organized with all of the 6-packs laid out by style. There is a wall dedicated to bombers and another wall dedicated to mix and match 6-packs. The mix & match 6-packs are a constant $11.99, no matter which 6 beers you choose. The staff was very friendly and somewhat knowledgeable about what was on hand and what was "good". Two things to be aware of...1. There have been reports of outdated beer here, so check dates if possible and 2. The prices are pretty high. That being said, the selection was amazing and being so close to Interstate 81, its worth the 30 second drive, even if it is out of the way.


 

Good - Ta - Go
1640 Orchard Drive
Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 446-0138

Good-Ta-Go is located right off of Main Street, just south of downtown Chambersburg, PA.
Good-Ta-Go is all about beer, sold for both on and off premise consumption. They offer 30 drafts which can be had by the pint or growler. The interior is dominated by two long walls of cooler, containing approximately 350 different bottles of beer. All beers can be purchased singly, which is extremely helpful for Questors. If you are thirsty, and none of the 30 taps struck your fancy, you can purchase a bottle, open it, and consume it at one of the numerous tables in the store. Or take it outside to a picnic table if weather permits.
What's that you say? Buying and drinking beer made you hungry? No problem...Good-Ta-Go can provide you with a variety of hot dogs and sandwiches that will take care of that.
They have free beer tastings every Wednesday from 5-7 PM.
I wish I lived closer to Good-Ta-Go. If you do, you're lucky.

 

Capone's Restaurant & Beer
224 W Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 279-4748

Capone's has been voted the #1 Beer Store in Pennsylvania, probably due to the reason that they have tucked 600 different brands into a very small outlet attached to the restaurant. They weren't cheap, as evidenced by the fact that I walked out with two boxes of beers for about $150, but there were some hard-to-find ones here. It's worth the effort if you're in Norristown.

 

Beer Mart
301 Morgantown Rd
Reading, PA 19611
(610) 376-7341

A place to stop for cases when you're in Reading. Only five minutes from Canal Street Pub! Excellent array of imports, macros, and micros. I've never seen so many microbrew variety cases...never bought so many, either.


 

 

Thirsty's Quick Stop
2914 E Market St.
York , PA
(717) 755-5969

Thirsty's is a bottle shop on the east side of York.
They stock about 450 different kinds of beer, any of which can be purchased as a single.
The employees were helpful, and a 10% discount is given for a 6-pack.
Thirsty's also has 6 taps for dispensing drafts, 5 of which rotate.
You can take your beer
into the adjoining sipping room and watch TV as you enjoy.

 

 

 

Quick 6 Beer Mart
1200 Mt. Rose Ave.
York, PA 17403

This was a nice find. About 200 different kinds of beer, in 6-packs and single bottles. The inside was mostly tables...you could buy a beer,open it up, and sit and talk. They made sandwiches, and I even saw a guy get a cold pitcher of beer. A great place for a Questor or anyone else to frequent.

 

 

 

Spry Beer & Soda
2426 S. Queen St.
York, PA 17402
717-741-6886

The first thing you need to know about a Pennsylvania Beer Distributor is that you have to buy a whole case. Having said that, Spry has hundreds of different beers to choose from, including many locals, micros, and imports. The prices are good, and the crowd is friendly. Stop in on your way up or down I-83.

 

Pletcher's Beer Distributor
330 West Aaron Drive
State College, PA 16803
Phone: 814.235.0899

Pletcher's offers the largest selection of beers in State College. Regionals, macros, micros, and imports, you won't be disappointed. They probably stock about 350 brands. The staff was friendly, numerous, and eager to help.

 

The Beer Centre
19 N. Progress Ave.
Harrisburg, PA
717-671-1119

I stumbled across this gem whilst searching for another distributor which must have closed. I'm glad the Beer Centre was open. Hundreds of beers available...some great Pennsylvania micros, imports, U.S. micros, and offbeat brews at great prices. Remember out-of-staters...you have to buy it by the case.