Follow This Step-By-Step Guide to Buying Beer in Philly

Shopping for beer can be tough, here are some tips I’ve picked up from doing it a few times:

The key to every beer shopping trip in Philly starts with one thing…leaving Philly. The tax on alcohol is insane (10%) and this drives the beer prices up, all over town. You don’t have to give an arm and a leg to get a six pack, but it’s pretty darn close.

…then there’s New Jersey, a 10 minute drive and a five dollar toll and you’re home free. While the prices in Philly don’t necessarily break the bank, they definitely make jumping town a viable option. And I do it…with regularity.

I’ve outlined a guide of sorts to help you through your next beer shopping extravaganza.

Let’s go!

Step one: Before starting your journey, MAKE A LIST. This is the biggest mistake I’ve heard people make (and I’ve made myself). No matter how much of a beer nerd you think you are, there will always be something new on the shelves. Make a list so you have some solid guidelines for yourself.

Next step: Set a budget. A few “good deals” into the shopping ordeal and you could find yourself digging through your pockets for change.

Your beer shopping trip should start before it starts. How? By picking a store with a wide selection of beers, obviously.

Next step: find some friends to go with. Carrying all that liquid back by yourself guarantees you a trip to the chiropractor.

Next step: make a semi-detailed list of what kind of beers you want to buy. The options at these warehouse-style stores are all but endless. Creating a short-list of sorts will help you narrow down what you’re willing to try. It’s easy to get lost in the noise if you don’t have a good idea of what you’re looking for.

Next step: Get in the car and go! Or train, or bus, or airplane, or sailboat. Whatever form of transportation you need to take is fine, just make sure you get there!

Yes, those are shopping carts.

Next step (this is a lot of steps, isn’t it?): Storm the castle and start filling up your cart! It’s very easy to go wild and bite off more than you can chew. Keep your trip quick (as hard as that may be), get what you need, check out.

Eight lines, whew!

Next step (and final, I hope): Get home and toss them in your refrigerator, stat. I usually only put about ¼-½ of my total beer supply in my fridge at any given time. Any more and you’ll have more liquid than solid in your fridge. Not good. While that seems like the dream, you still gotta eat your fruits and veggies.

The final product.


Were these tips helpful? I’m always looking for new beer shopping venues so if you know a good place, let me know!

Best of luck out there, cheers!

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