Hunger Mountain Coop
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Reviews by Deuane:
3.75/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Things must have changed since previous reviews since I was MUCH more impressed with the selection at HMC than others have been--and it's not like I haven't been around the block a few times!
HMC is a co-op "grocery" store / farmers market, and what a place it is! Tons of fresh and local cheese, deli items, meats, breads and hand made food stuffs. The hot bar area is wonderful! We were more than able to stock up for an on the road lunch with the feature being locally made samosas from Samosaman in Montpelier.
In the HMC beer section I found Vermont microbreweries well-represented with Magic Hat, Long Trail, Wolaver, Otter Creek, McNeills, Rock Art and ocassional Lawson's Finest. In addition, notable New England breweries were offered with the star being 10 day old Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company! Also, they carry a nice selection of (mainly European) imports with an emphasis on Belgian breweries.
Overall the HMC is a great stop if you are looking to fill your cupboard and fill your frig with some quality craft beers. Is it a "true" beer store, no, but, it does not claim be. This being said, even the most picky craft beer folks will find a few things of interest here.
If you are in the area I wholeheartedly suggest a stop at the HMC.
06-17-2011 23:07:23 | More by Deuane
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3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Our last stop on Vermont Beer Odyssey 2013, August 17th to be exact. Had heard this is one of three stores to go to to have a chance in Northeast Kingdom Hell of finding any of the Big Three's stuff (The Alchemist, Lawson's and Hill Farmstead) on a weekend, especially in summer.
Medium to large health food store (officially a co-op, but the emphasis is on more "natural" foods) with a healthy-sized beer section.
From the parking lot entrance you have to navigate back and forth all the way to the far right. There you are impressed by the selection, which is better than my local Whole Foods store's. That is saying more than you might think, because my local Whole Foods has a well above average beer selection.
I was there on a Saturday, early evening, so I was not expecting to find any of the Big Three's products. But I was hoping maybe an odd bottle of Hill Farmstead which had somehow managed to escape the clutches of an overeager beer drinker/trader/hoarder... Nope. Best I could do is pick out a small 6 ounce Lawson's pilsener glass, which magically appreciated from $5 to $7 at the checkout. I put it back. Too much for too little. There was a stack of half a dozen cases of HF's collaboration Grassroots Arctic Saison, but I had already picked up a bottle at Warren Store earlier that day.
Definitely worth the slightly off the beaten I-89 path detour if you are headed that way. But if it's not Tuesday through Thursday, or at least Friday before 5, don't expect to find anything local that you can't find at home other than maybe Rock Art or some different Wolaver's/Otter Creek. Not even Fiddlehead. You might, but I tend to doubt it. The great local stuff goes so fast, you almost have to be waiting for it to arrive off the truck to be sure to get some. Best bet, which unfortunately I did not have time to do, is visit the Hill Farmstead store about forty miles north of Montpelier. Except they are closed Sundays and certain Saturdays.
09-25-2013 02:12:27 | More by scotorum
4.09/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A medium sized, local/organic/natural food co-op, with a small food bar/cafeteria area to eat, and a above average selection of beers for a grocery store.
Like me, you may end up here hoping to catch a few bottles of Lawson's or HF, but alas, there were none at the time (check their delivery schedules, I think they get Lawson's on a Friday or something...) On the plus side though, as mentioned they do have a pretty decent selection of beer from around Vermont and other States and European Imports... Good mix of styles, more selection in bomber singles on the shelf, with most cold refrigerated ones being 4 or 6 packs. Didn't look like many people were buying singles since it seemed like a premium on their price (or maybe just $/4?) They were around 4$/single.. for a 12oz.... Overall prices seemed a bit high, but if you didn't feel like driving to the breweries then I guess not a bad option. (think a 4 pack of Heady was 13.50? instead of 12$)
And if you were looking for some good food to go with your recently purchased beer this store has a really nice selection of organic products, though like Whole Foods, you will pay a premium for it and it is not cheap there....
Worth a stop by though if you're passing through or heading back on your journey.
05-18-2013 20:43:21 | More by 4ster
4.11/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
A relatively large market situated just off the main drag towards the city's entrance. The beer selection is located a bit up and to the right of the store's entrance and occupies a pretty decent space. There are approximately 4 cooler shelves approximately 12 feet long, mostly housing local, regional, and some national four/six packs...yup, they have Heady Topper and Lawson's...although both move quick. Directly to the right of the refrigerated section is a section of warm import singles that go about 4-5 shelves high and 6 feet long. Notable offerings include Fantome, Mikkeller, Trappists, etc. If you turn completely around from the cooler and import section, you will find a section of approximately 6-7 shelves high and 8 feet long of warm domestic singles. A nice range of VT, regional, and national domestics stock this area. Notable offerings in this section include: Rock Art, Stone, Founders, Smuttynose, DFH, etc. Arguably the best quality/selection for a store in VT. A must stop if you're in the area or passing up to Burlington.
04-30-2013 18:27:16 | More by NEhophead
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here to start my second day in Vermont. I was really surprised by the size of this place, it really feels big once you get inside. Tons of people all over the place doing their daily shopping and eating in the cafe area. Everything in the store feels like it is top quality and the staff was very helpful and offered some suggestions on which beers to get and when the new ones would be arriving. I wish I hadn't eaten breakfast yet, I would have just eaten here since the food looked really good.
I actually missed the beer area the first time I made my rounds, once I found it I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't picked clean yet. They had 4-5 different Hill Farmsteads, a few different Lawson's, some four packs of Heady Topper and even some Belgian Lambic's too boot. I picked up a few bottles and was very happy with the prices. Overall a really nice place to stop and get some bottles while you are in the area, I will definitely return in the future.
10-24-2012 17:45:34 | More by orangesol
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Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier, VT
92 out of 100 based on 23 user ratings.