Our Favorite Hard-to-Find Craft Beer in Philadelphia

November 20th, 2017


Bell Beverage has developed a reputation for being Philly’s it place for hard-to-find beers. We pride ourselves in stocking the greatest craft beers available and we make sure to have flavors for every season – so you’ll always have something new to try.

5 Craft Beers for Every Season

Autumn | Cigar City Brewing & Russian River Brewing

In the most classic fall fashion, Southern Tier made the Pumking beer. This tasty beer is brewed with cinnamon, allspice, and clove. Drink it with dinner or as a dessert beer, this is liquid pumpkin pie for your palate.

For those of you who are tired of all the pumpkin spice latte versions of everything autumn, a fantastic spiced beer would be Consecration by Russian River. This sour beer is a dark ale aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels. Tasting notes are currents, tobacco, chocolate truffle, spice, and of course cabernet.

Winter | Firestone Walker Brewing

We can’t say enough about Firestone Walker Brewing. They are constantly impressing the beer world and this delightful winter brew is no exception. An oatmeal stout, the Velvet Merlin is a smooth, dry cocoa and espresso informed beer with the perfect dose of hoppy bitterness.

Spring | ABDIJ Der Trappisten van Westmalle

This Belgium brewery makes some of the most delicious beer we know. The Westmalle Tripel is a great beer for all seasons and occasions but is especially suited for Spring. Its dry, spicy flavors are reminiscent of banana bread accompanied by more light fruity sweetness.

Summer | Neshaminy Creek Brewing

There’s nothing better than a perfectly crisp and refreshing Summer beer. Sly Fox created just this when they crafted their Grissette beer. This is a light saison/farmhouse ale with subtle hints of hoppiness and floral aromas.

Pick up your favorite craft beer today!

Bell Beverage on the corner of Front & Oregon specializes in stocking those hard to find craft beers in Philadelphia. With a selection of over 500 beers, the best thing you can do for your palate is stop by and see for yourself! Call us at (215) 468-0222 for more information on our inventory.

Bell Beverage is Philly’s Craft Beer Finder

November 3rd, 2017

One Stop Beer Shop

Craft beer is all the rage these days. It’s made in small, independently owned microbreweries. These breweries focus all their energy into creating the most unique and delicious artisanal beers: think quality over quantity. Luckily for you, Bell Beverage loves craft beer too. In fact, we are the best craft beer finder in Philadelphia.

Craft Breweries

Craft brewing, or microbrewing, was revived in the U.S.A. around 1965. It was a movement away from mass production and towards ingenuity and creativity. It allowed Average Joes to start small businesses brewing whatever they cared about most. Fueling the American movement was centuries of inspiration from the UK, Germany, and Belgium. This is why Craft Brewing is the United States’s first real, grassroots beer tradition.

Philly is one of the best cities to find high quality local craft breweries. We’re near microbreweries like DogFish Head Craft Brewery, Yards Brewing Co., River Horse Brewery, Weyerbacher Brewery, and so many more. This is where Bell Beverage is your personal beer resource: we gather all of these great brews and bring them right to South Philly.

See What’s in Stock

On our website it’s easy to see what’s in stock and how to find the beer you’re looking for. You can easily search by brewer, style, and region. We provide seasonal recommendations all year round. Some of our autumn favorites right now are Lancaster Brewing Co.’s Baked Pumpkin Ale  and Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s Brown Shugga. Our specials are always changing and available to view online as well.

Stop By & See Our Inventory!

Bell Beverage is located in South Philly near the corner of Front & Oregon. It is our pride and joy to be giving Philadelphia locals access to over 500 different beers. Tailgate beers? We’ve got them. Seasonal Beers? We have those too. We’ve even developed a reputation for having those “hard to find” beers. Discover what’s currently in stock with a quick trip to our store or by calling (215) 468-0222.

Philadelphia’s One Stop Beer Shop | Bell Beverage

October 9th, 2017

One Stop Beer Shop

Bell Beverage has beers for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for local beer or specialty beer, we’ve got it. We pride ourselves on being the one stop Philadelphia beer shop for all your planning needs.

We’ve Got You Covered

Beverages. Football season has just begun and in Philadelphia that means tailgating and house parties. At Bell Beverage, we want to be able to provide everything on your checklist. In addition to beer, we stock a variety of sodas, juice, water, and sports drinks. We even carry party mixers (lime juice, tonic, bloody mary, etc.) for your friends and guests who’ll pass on the beer and have a cocktail instead.

Snacks & Extras. We know just how important snacks are for your house party or tailgate. That’s why we save you an extra trip to the grocery store and stock pretzels, chips, and snack mixes on site. We also have cups, coolers, and ice (the necessities) for your convenience. Lastly, we have lotto tickets and vast cigarette selection with low prices and daily specials.

Beer. At Bell Beverage, bringing you a great beer selection is our number one priority. We have so many options that the best way to get a feel for our inventory is to stop by our store. We have everyday low prices on beers like Neshaminy Creek and Moosehead. We also sell kegs from breweries like Evil Genius Brewing Co., Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., and Magic Hat Brewing Co. Bell Beverage has every kind of beer for every kind of occasion: Bud Light, local microbreweries, European imports, Trappist beer, we’ve got it all.

Ready for the Game?

With over 500 different beers, we are more than equipped to meet your party or tailgate needs. Our great selection, customer service, and reputation for stocking those hard-to-find beers makes us the best shop in the city. Bell Beverage is located on the corner of Front & Oregon. Stop by soon and see for yourself!

Refreshing Philadelphia Pale Ale at Bell Beverage

September 21st, 2017


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At Bell Beverage, we can’t get enough of Yards Brewing Company’s Philadelphia Pale Ale. New York Times even named it one of the best pale ales in the country. If you love it as much as we do, we have some great recommendations for similar beers to try.

Who is Yards Brewing Company?

Yards Brewing Co. was established in 1994, but its story starts long before. It began in the 1980’s in a garage in Manayunk, PA, when two college buddies decided to try their hand at brewing beer. The operation grew until eventually, they ended up with the  brewery we know today in Northern Liberties.

Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale

This is one great pale ale and it has the resume to prove it. In 2004, it made New York Times’ Top Five Pale Ales in the Country list. In 2009, during Philly Beer week, it was awarded the Best Beer to Pair with a Cheesesteak. In 2012, it won the Best of Philly: Best Beer and the Atlantic City Beer Festival: Best Light Beer awards.

This hoppy pale ale is brewed with pilsner malt and has bright citrus notes. It pairs well with cheeses like feta, fontina, asiago, and parmesan. Bell Beverage stocks Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale it in 12 oz bottles, ⅙ keg, and ½ keg.

Similar Beers You Can Find At Bell Beverage

If you want to stick with what’s tried and true, we have plenty of Yards in stock. If you’re ready to branch out, however, we have some fantastic pale ales on queue.

Our Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is made from Cascade hops that create a floral flavor with extra spice. Although it’s more medium bodied, the Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale we carry is similarly crisp and refreshing with its Cascadian hops. Lastly, the Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale is a deliciously malty APA with tropical citrus notes.

Bell Beverage is located on the corner of  Front & Oregon and we are proud to supply Philadelphia with the best pale ales.

Beer Events in Philadelphia

September 7th, 2017

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Autumn is here and that means beer festivals! Specifically, the many Oktoberfest celebrations. If you’re in Philadelphia, you’re in a great place for craft beer, delicious food pairings and fun events and fests. Check out these beer events Philadelphia has to offer!

South Street Oktoberfest | September 16

The South Street Oktoberfest hosted by Brauhaus Schmitz is one of the most exciting fall beer events. For the 9th year in a row, the Bavarian restaurant will be celebrating on the 700 block of South Street. A Bavarian buffet will be open from 1 – 6 with 10 German beers available on draught.

Oktoberfest Elmwood Park Zoo | September 9

If you are an animal-lover looking for a craft beer event, then Oktoberfest at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown is where you want to be. Just a short distance away from Center City, there will be over 100 craft beers including everything from local breweries to some international selections. Beer pairings include live music, amazing animals exhibits, and great food! While it’s normally a great idea to bring the kiddos to the zoo, this event is 21+ only.

Midtown Village Fall Festival | October 7

The Midtown Village Fall Festival draws thousands of people to Philly every year. It’s one of the city’s most popular fall events! This family friendly event includes entertainment, shopping, arts & crafts, as well as beer and food vendors.

Find More Beer Events at Bell Beverage

You don’t have to wait for a festival to find great beer events in Philadelphia. Bell Beverage regularly hosts beer tastings. Every Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 you can expect to see a brewery on our calendar. Coming up soon we have New Holland Brewing Co., Wyndridge Farms Beers & Ciders, and Terrapin Brewing Co.

Bell Beverage is on the corner of  Front & Oregon. With a selection of over 500 beers, we are proud to supply Philadelphia with endless options. Our offerings don’t stop at just beer, there’s soft drinks and juice, lotto tickets and more—we’re your one-stop party shop! Come by to see for yourself!

Fall & Winter Beers: Hard to Find Craft Beer in Philadelphia

August 29th, 2017

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If you’re looking for excellent craft beer in Philadelphia, Bell Beverage is the place to go. We pride ourselves in stocking the hard to find craft beers Philly loves with flavors for every season.

Craft Beers for Fall & Winter

Autumn | Ballast Point Brewing Co.
The weather is changing and so is our seasonal selection. As we prepare for beautiful Autumn weather and delightful fall flavors, we recommend that you check out New Ballast Point’s Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale. This is the beer you want to accompany all your favorite fall delicacies: pumpkin pie, carrot cake, gruyere, roasted poultry, etc.

You may also want to try Brooklyn Oktoberfest, which was introduced in 2000. True to the original German style, this beer is full-bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.

Winter | Russian River Brewing Co.
Craft beer by Russian River isn’t easy to find on the East Coast. So naturally, we make sure it’s available for you. This santa rosa brewery makes beers for every season, but our winter pick is Salvation. This aromatic beer brings to mind winter spices and banana. This dark ale is deliciously smooth and brewed only once a year every January.

Get it while you can!

Bring seasonal, limited-time beers to your holiday gatherings for some festive fun. Keep an eye on our ever-changing seasonal beer list to see what’s in stock—don’t miss out on your favorite beers!

Lastly, if you find yourself searching endlessly online for your favorite hard to find beers, search no more. Bell Beverage on the corner of Front & Oregon specializes in stocking those hard to find craft beers in Philadelphia. With a selection of over 500 beers, we guarantee you’ll find something you love. Call us at (215) 468-0222 or stop by to see for yourself!

Weekend Beer Tastings in Philadelphia

August 16th, 2017

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The work week has finally come to a close and it’s time to have some fun. At Bell Beverage, we’d argue there’s no better way to start your weekend than to hit up a beer tasting in Philadelphia.

Beer Tastings at Bell Beverage

We do beer tasting in South Philly every Friday and Saturday. The tastings start at 4:00 PM and will give you the chance to explore the different brands of beer we stock. Each weekend will be dedicated to one brand. So if there’s a beer you’ve been curious about, check our Event Calendar and stop by for a sample!

Mark it on your calendar

Here’s the brews we’ll be sampling during the next couple weekends:

August 18 & 19 – Empire Brewing Company

Empire Brewing Company has been crafting delicious brews from Syracuse since 1994. Their award winning ales and lagers are made from the finest and freshest local ingredients. As for their ales, they make a cream ale, apple harvest ale, and east coast style amber ale. One of their specialty beers is the Two Dragons. This unique beer utilizes brewing techniques from the Jing Wei Fu Tea producers in Southern China. This beer is aromatic with a rich earthy flavor and dry finish.

August 25 & 26 – Yards Brewing Company

Yards Brewing Company is an active part of the Philadelphia craft beer scene. What started in a Manayunk garage over a decade ago has found a secure place in the heart of Philadelphians. This company is committed to community and sustainability, all while making great beer. Some of their signature ales are the Philadelphia Pale Ale, the Yard’s Brawler, and their malted English barley Yard’s IPA.

Plan Your Own Beer Tasting

Not sure about our next few tastings? Planning your own tasting is always a great option! Swing by our store at the corner of Front & Oregon, talk with our expert staff, and put together an awesome selection for your home tasting party. With over 500 different beers in stock, we have everything on the spectrum. Stop by and start your weekend with Bell Beverage!

Beer Menus for Every Philadelphian | Bell Beverage

July 28th, 2017

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Perhaps you’re in the mood for a tried and true brew. Or maybe you’re looking for the next great beer in your life. Either way, at Bell Beverage we are proud to share with you our diverse Philadelphia beer menus! We stock seasonal beersspecialty beers, and adventurous variety packs. Let’s take a look at a few of our menu selections.

Seasonal Beer Menus

Bell’s Oberon Ale is an American wheat ale brewed and bottled by Bell’s Brewery in Michigan. It’s made with European ingredients; Belgium wheat malt and Czech Saaz hops create a spicy, fruity balance.

Dogfish Head Festina Peche is a refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse fermented with delightful peaches. It’s brewed at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in nearby Delaware. Cool off this summer with our seasonal brews, and then check out our new selections once autumn arrives!

Specialty Beer Menus

Neshaminy Creek Juicy Ale With Nugget (J.A.W.N.) is a shout out to Philadelphia by a local microbrewery, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company. It’s an American pale ale with nugget hops that would pair well with barbeque, pork chops, poultry, and spicy foods. This beer is available in 12 oz cans.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro comes all the way from Birra Peroni Industriale in Italy. This beer is delicate and aromatic with a balanced and sparkling taste. It is sold in 12 oz bottles. Please inquire about availability.

Variety Packs

We also carry 12 oz bottle variety packs from breweries like Coney Island Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Co., New Belgium Folly Brewing Co., and Sweetwater Brewing Co. This is a great option if you are looking to be adventurous and try something new. It’s also a good way to wrap your mind around a specific brewing company’s palate and style.

Swing by our store in South Philly!

Whether you’re planning a party or looking for the perfect casual summer beer, Bell Beverage has you covered. We have everything from Bud Light to local microbreweries to European imports. Whatever the occasion, whatever your taste, you’re guaranteed to find something great. Swing by our store and see for yourself at the corner of Front & Oregon.

Bell Beverage Stocks the Best Beer in Philadelphia

July 21st, 2017

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Are you looking for a great local brew? Good news: Bell Beverage stocks the best beer in Philadelphia. We’ve been in the neighborhood for over 50 years and are glad to share some of our favorite tried and true local brewing companies.

5 Philadelphia Beers To Try If You Haven’t Yet

  • Victory. Victory Brewing Co. makes beer that is unique and flavorful. They use German malted barley, European and American hops, and 45 different yeast strains. They are also one of the few brewing companies that uses whole flower hops in their brewing process. Lastly, you can feel good about your purchase: Victory is committed to sustainability, donating their spent grain to be used as pig and cow feed at local farms and animal sanctuaries.
  • Troegs. The first thing you need to know about Troegs is that they have a diverse flavor palette. They have bright and redolent IPAs, red ales, and a mean chocolate stout, to name a few. Troegs is a family affair, started by brothers Chris and John Trogner. In fact, their company name is a combination of their last name and the Flemish word for pub, Kroeg.
  • Evil Genius. Evil Genius Beer Company brews straight out of Philadelphia. They produce a variety of classic American IPAs, Saison / Farmhouse Ales, and even a few specialty spiced beers. Known for giving brews eccentric names like Naughty or Nice, Hold Me Closer Tony Danza, or Bye Felicia, quirky creativity is an essential ingredient.
  • Neshaminy Creek. Aptly named, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Companyuses Neshaminy Creek water in all their brews. This Bucks County company has been crafting high quality brews since they first opened in 2012. We recommend that you try their award-winning Vienna lager. However, if that’s not your style, they have hoppy IPAs as well as a malt and citrus-flavored American Pale Ale named in tribute to Philadelphia, J.A.W.N. (Jule Ale with Nugget).
  • Yards. You can’t go wrong with Yards Brewing Company. They’ve been brewing in Philadelphia since 1994 and are one of the best hometown brews in the area. If you love malt forward beers with rich toffee undertones, try Yard’s Brawler Pugilist Style Ale. It’s a beer for any occasion. Plus, The Alström Bros on Beer Advocate rated it an outstanding 91/100.

6-Pack or Case?

Either way, we have a variety of options that are guaranteed to meet your party or tailgate needs. Located in South Philly near the corner of Front & Oregon, Bell Beverage provides the best beer in Philadelphia. Our extensive collection gives locals access to over 500 different beers. We’ve even developed a reputation in the tri-state area for stocking those “hard to find” beers. Stop by and see for yourself!

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Bell Beverage Nominated for Best Distributor in Philadelphia

April 19th, 2013

Bell Beverage has been nominated for Best Distributor in Philadelphia for the Best of Philly Beer Scene Awards. This is the second year for the awards, and we’re honored to be a part of it. Now we need your help to win the award. Go to Beer Scene Awards and cast your vote for Bell Beverage.

Other categories include Brewery of the Year, Brewpub of the Year, Best Bar in Philadelphia, Best Beer Event and many more. You can share your voice and vote now for your favorites in each category.

The award ceremony is being held on May 22nd, at World Café Live from 7pm to 11pm. Tickets available to the public are limited (only fifty), so be sure to grab them early. It’s a black tie affair, so don your best for this annual event. There are also two Golden VIP Tickets for the event, hidden in two cases of Victory Headwaters Pale Ale. With one of these tickets, you can bring a friend, your beer for the night is all paid for, and you get to present an award on stage with Bill Covaleski. As if that weren’t enough, you also get a private tour of the Victory Brewery. As of writing this, both tickets are still out there, so now’s your chance to find one.

So be sure to go cast your vote for Bell Beverage, and stop by to get a case of Headwaters for your chance to win a Golden Ticket. Voting ends Tuesday, April 30th.


December 18th, 2012

So, the holiday is fast approaching and you need beer to entertain your friends for parties and family gatherings alike. Here’s our list of awesome Christmas beers which are fitting for any event.

Abita Christmas Ale – A Lousiana Christmas in a bottle, the brown ale is mild at 5.5% ABV making it a nice easy going treat for anyone.

Affligem Noel Christmas Ale – You don’t need a fire to keep you warm with this 9%ABV Dark Belgian style ale. The beer pairs wonderfully with sharp and funky cheeses or makes a wonderful dessert.

Bell’s Christmas Ale – A 5.4% ABV Scottish Ale that is sweet and malty perfect for the non-hop-head beer lover yet still rich.

Coresendonk Christmas Ale – Another Belgian Strong Ale which is a Christmas time classic. Filled with smoke, spice, and subtle notes of citrus, the beer is great with desserts.

Goose Island Christmas – A strong brown ale, this years edition features aromas of dried fruits with spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.

Harpoon Winter Warmer – A full-bodied rich ale that uses a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to achieve its spirited flavor.

Long Trail Hibernator – A rich and malty, slightly sweet Winter Ale which uses brown sugar and honey to give the beer complex flavors that makes it go wonderfully with chocolate or cheese.

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness – Don’t let the name fool you, this winter beer is an awesome Oatmeal stout with notes of bittersweet chocolate.

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve – This beer stars out as the Rogue classic, St. Rogue Red and then for the holidays is hopped up with an intense amount of Chinook, Centennial, and “Rudolph” hops.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale – A holiday IPA, this beer is rich with malt giving it a very rich and hearty flavor for the season.Starr Hill The Gift – A great beer that’s not overwhelming, The Gift is very much a traditional style Heller Bock making it great for anyone.

Troegs Mad Elf – No list would be complete without Troeg’s Mad Elf, a cherry and honey flavored strong ale in the Belgian Tradition.