Best of the River Wards 2012: Best Beer Distributor

Win­ner: Phil­adelphia Beer Com­pany at 2525 York St.

Throughout the River Wards, beer dis­trib­ut­ors seem to come a dime a dozen. There’s one on al­most every block.

That means Phil­adelphia Beer Com­pany had to over­come a lot of com­pet­i­tion to be named “Best Beer Dis­trib­ut­or.” What led to its win?

Own­er Jim Lee said that he be­lieves the win­ning qual­it­ies are the friendly staff, fo­cus on cus­tom­er ser­vice and, of course, a wide se­lec­tion of beers—from loc­al fa­vor­ites to beers brewed in Europe and Hawaii.

“There are so many dif­fer­ent beers across the coun­try… we are al­ways try­ing to bring in something dif­fer­ent and I think our cus­tom­ers ap­pre­ci­ate that,” he said.

Lee ad­ded that he is thank­ful for the sup­port from the loc­al com­munity.

“This is a great neigh­bor­hood. I couldn’t do this without such great neigh­bors,” he said.

In the nine years the beer dis­trib­ut­or has been in place on York Street, Lee said he’s tried to provide a wide vari­ety of beers, while sup­port­ing loc­al brew­er­ies like Phil­adelphia Brew­ing Com­pany and Yards Brew­ing Com­pany.

“Loc­al beers are something we do really well,” he said. “This really is one of the best neigh­bor­hoods I know.”

To check out the wide se­lec­tion of beers avail­able at Phil­adelphia Beer Com­pany, vis­it the store at 2525 York St. or call 215-426-8113.

-Hay­den Mit­man

Run­ner Up: Cam­iel’s at 2619 Ara­mingo Ave.

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