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Hunger Mountain Coop
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
623 Stone Cutters Way
phone: (802) 223-8000
(Place added by: skivtjerry on 12-17-2006)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Off the main road, the road to this place looks like an entrance to a parking lot but is an actual street. The store itself is the typical organic food store. A bit maze-like and hectic as i seemed to be turning around in circles. The selection is amazing. Loads and loads of Belgians and other imports as well as many micros from in and around. Of course, the main attraction is you can get Lawson's here. Bottle limit of 2 per person ensures that you have a shot. Service was good as Patrick set a bottle of Lawson's aside for me. The only 2 things are that there didn't seem to be anyone around so they had to page someone and if you want singles, it STARTS at 3.99$ per bottle!
Still, this is the second best selection in VT after Winooski and is definitely worth a detour.
01-01-2012 20:39:27 |
More by papat444
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
THE place to go in Montpelier for great Vermont beer.
A recent trip up found us heading back with Lawson's, Hill Farmstead, Maine Beer Co. and plenty of cold, fresh Heady Topper.
The beer guys are great, ask if they have anything else hiding in the back. I found 4 additional very special beers that way in just one trip.
Great other VT products as well. Organic maple syrup and locally made fresh maple candy. Great organic breads.
I love this place. I'll stop in again whenever I pass by. Not hard to find, check your map first.
12-18-2011 02:46:10 |
More by ghostwalker
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Made our way over here back in mid-July 2011 after a stop in at the 3 Penny Taproom. It proved worth the trek.
Quite a varied selection of Vermont offerings and also harder-to-find selections from quality American brewers. I seem to recall finding a number of selections from the east coast that I hadn't seen offered elsewhere in the region. A decent variety of belgians as well. Looked like a solid selection of wines too if you're into that. Prices didn't jump out at me and seemed appropriate for the area.
Didn't ask for any help while I was there, but seemed to be quite a few employees stocking shelves in the aisles. Not sure about their beer knowledge but they were definitely around.
Next time I'm in Montpelier I'll be making a point of stopping in here. Right after 3 Penny Taproom.
11-12-2011 03:51:15 |
More by Digimaika2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Thanks to Beer Advocate I learned that Hunger Mountain Co-op has a good selection of craft beers. I was hoping to find some Hill Farmstead beers and was not disappointed. They had 2 in the store. In addition, they had cans of Heady Topper and a new anniversary beer from Otter Creek. Maine Brewing Peeper, Zoe and Lunch was also available, as well as some Dogfish Head bombers and imports. The store doesn't have a ton of beer, but what they have is terrific.
Food wise the store is loaded with top quality vegetables, cheeses, wines, snacks, meats, etc. Lots of organic items, candles and beauty supplies are also available.
Prices were reasonable for the quality of their selections. For instance, One of the Hill Farmstead beers I bought was only $8.
I didn't really interact with any of the staff other than the cashier. She was pleasant enough and had no issues with anyone working there.
If you're in Montpelier and want to bring some craft beers home you should definitely check out the Co-op.
10-12-2011 01:28:49 |
More by WanderingFool
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Hunger Mountain is the place to get beer in northeast Vermont. I was up in St. Johnsbury for a week, tried several beer stores and no one else compared. It is worth the drive. It is first and foremost a great grocery store similar to Whole Foods in quality. Lots of fresh and exotic but wholseome food. Prices for beer were about what I would pay here in Massachusetts. Service was beyond friendly and helpful. They have a nice variety of bombers and six packs. Stone, Ommegang, several local Vermont beers, and if you are lucky, Hill farmstead. If I am doing anything in the area, this is the place to stop. This certainly does not compare with some mega stores I have been to but wow. I would come back here if I was staying in the area. Another great perk is that you can park right outside by the bike path and it is just a 5-10 minute walk to the heart of Montpelier.
08-11-2011 14:07:28 |
More by tigg924
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Things must have changed since previous reviews since I was MUCH more impressed with the selection at HMC than others have been--and it's not like I haven't been around the block a few times!
HMC is a co-op "grocery" store / farmers market, and what a place it is! Tons of fresh and local cheese, deli items, meats, breads and hand made food stuffs. The hot bar area is wonderful! We were more than able to stock up for an on the road lunch with the feature being locally made samosas from Samosaman in Montpelier.
In the HMC beer section I found Vermont microbreweries well-represented with Magic Hat, Long Trail, Wolaver, Otter Creek, McNeills, Rock Art and ocassional Lawson's Finest. In addition, notable New England breweries were offered with the star being 10 day old Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company! Also, they carry a nice selection of (mainly European) imports with an emphasis on Belgian breweries.
Overall the HMC is a great stop if you are looking to fill your cupboard and fill your frig with some quality craft beers. Is it a "true" beer store, no, but, it does not claim be. This being said, even the most picky craft beer folks will find a few things of interest here.
If you are in the area I wholeheartedly suggest a stop at the HMC.
06-17-2011 23:07:23 |
More by Deuane
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
If you are in the area, this place is worth a stop to stock up on some healthy food stuffs....not really worth a special trip for the beer...only excitement beer wise when I visited was a black IPA brewed as a collaboration between the COOP and Rock Art brewery, besides that one, everything else they stock is of the widely available variety...Modern, pleasant, clean, well stocked with tons of health food store food, decent prices, staffed by friendly Vermont folk, filled with that special oh so crunchy, community spirited, eco friendly Vermont athmosphere....which I love and wish I could find everywhere I go....really
10-21-2010 00:22:18 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is the standard Vermont style food coop. Lots of organic and natural foods, lots of hippies, a deli/cafeteria with very good but slightly overpriced food. An incredible cheese selection. The beer selection is small but well-chosen. Probably about 80 or so brews for sale. No macros (unless you wanna count Magic Hat). All Vermont beers are available (of course), including a small selection of McNeill's. The 'flatlander' selections lean toward Belgium and Britain. Boon, Chimay, Allaghash, Unibroue, Ommegang, Wychewood, Sam Smith's, Youngs, etc. Naturally (pun intended), just about all organic beers on the market are here, including some from Europe. This is not Halftime Beverage or Spirit Haus, but given the beer-starved nature of Montpelier (WHY is there no brewpub there??!?), it's pretty good. If you're passing through, you could do a lot worse than to grab some food and a couple of brews here.
Update: HMC have really stepped up their game in recent years, as has much of VT since we got rid of some archaic beer laws in 2008. As noted by others, beer is not the focus here but there is plenty of world class stuff on the shelves, and knowledgeable help working here. The 2nd best beer store in VT after Beverage warehouse.
12-20-2006 01:09:22 |
More by skivtjerry
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Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier, VT
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