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Acme at 19th and Oregon unveils beer section with frosted mugs

There’s finally an explanation for that orange liquor license application at the 19th and Oregon Acme that we reported about way back in October — it’s a beer cafe and six-pack shop, the first that we know of in the city.

Dan Croce, Acme’s vice president of operations, told us they’re selling about 400 varieties of beer, of which you can buy up to two six packs at a time (just like takeout beer at a bar). Or you can have a seat at the new cafe with a frosted mug and grub from the grocery store or a small menu.

After a refurbishment this winter, the Acme at 10th and Reed neglected to include such an amenity. Croce said that store’s set-up made incorporating a cafe difficult because they need to put any beer cafe next to the deli, which is at the back. Acme also just launched a beer cafe in Flourtown.

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One thing Croce cleared up for us was about the mention of outside seating on the liquor license. They don’t have it now but decided to include it in the application so they could have the option to do so in the future.

The move has gotten at least one good early review, from our faithful reader, @MarkyBeee:

In the meantime, has anyone besides our helpful Twitter tipster seen the improvements to that shop?

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20 Responses to Acme at 19th and Oregon unveils beer section with frosted mugs

  1. mjg September 15, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    interesting. can someone explain how Beer Heaven works on Columbus Ave? It sells six packs but doesn’t have a cafe or sell food (other than candy). Why don’t more of these open up or are they operating in a gray area?

  2. AnthonyG September 15, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    @mjg – nothing gray about it. They have a retail take-out only license. There are already two others, the Bottle Shop and Bru. They’re not making money selling a billion 12 packs of Bud. It’s about smaller quantities of high dollar beers.

  3. InquiringMindsWantToKnow September 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Actually, I’ve wondered about Beer Heaven too. The “Eating Place Retail Dispenser” license – type E, that most bottle shops operate under require you to still serve food and having seating for 30 – neither of which the Beer Heaven has. The Bottle Shop on Passyunk actually has a full restaurant liquor license (or so Ive heard), so they’re not limited by the E license restrictions. Looks like Acme did the same (got the full R license), but that seems to be a new trend…

    • AnthonyG September 16, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      I think Pho Saigon is the answer to your question.

      • InquiringMindsWantToKnow September 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

        Pho Saigon is a separate establishment with no connection between the two stores, so legally at least, there’s no way Pho Saigon would help them with the license requirements.

        • AnthonyG September 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

          Are you positive it’s a seperate business? There’s an active license and an inactive license for Beer Heaven, both are straight R. The corporate names semm a little too familiar.

          • IInquiringMindsWantToKnow September 17, 2014 at 9:52 am #

            I mean, there is no physical connection between the stores – if they were sharing a liquor license, the two businesses would have to be in the same establishment. So considering there are is a wall and two separate entrances, they cannot share a license. That being said, if Beer Heaven has an active R license, then the whole seating for 30 seems like a moot point.

            • AnthonyG September 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

              From reading the LCB page, it seems they wouldn’t have to share anything, in fact there must be a permanent barrier between the two, and seperate storage areas. My thought it was an “overkill” loophole.

  4. Rebecca September 16, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    It’s real, and it’s spectacular.

    • ProvWitout October 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      I agree!

  5. Kernel September 16, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Stopped by ACME before the game last night and picked up beer. I am actually pretty surprised how good the selection is. I was not expecting so much craft beer at an ACME. My favorite part was the large selection of half cases of seasonal variety packs available.

    The only other person in line with me was buying a half case of Budwieser. I really hope the beer selection does not eventually go completely Anheuser, Miller, and Heineken.

    • Steve September 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      I think the big question though is how are the prices? I would love to get a half case of a good craft beer, but I don’t want to pay the same amount that I would pay for a full case at a distributor!

      • ProvWitout September 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

        Good point

        • AnthonyG September 18, 2014 at 8:21 am #

          So you would rather drive to Acme than purchase beer from your local neighborhood beer distributor??

          • ProvWitout September 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

            The beer distributor is an eye sore.

            • AnthonyG September 19, 2014 at 9:40 am #

              So says you. Many people find red velvet wallpaper and gold glitter on the ceiling to be an “eye sore”….

              • ProvWitout September 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

                Yeah that is an eye sore… I don’t have that, if thats what you’re implying. And if that is what your were implying and it was meant as an insult, thats really classy of ya. Hope you’re proud of that.

      • Kernel September 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

        The prices for the seasonal half cases were around $20 – about roughly half of what it would cost for a full case at a distributor.

  6. ProvWitout September 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    I like their selection! And they sell cigars too? This is such a come up. I don’t see how anybody could have any complaints. Other than some price points on some specific brands, its a pretty solid move by Acme.

  7. AnthonyG October 3, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    badda-bing! pickup a crappy Peroni and a Blunt, and it’s sittin’ on the steps time, Joey Pots-n-Pans…

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