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Hunger Mountain Coop
$$ - reasonable
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623 Stone Cutters Way
phone: (802) 223-8000
(Place added by: skivtjerry on 12-17-2006)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I come to Montpelier several times a year, but I just got around to coming to the Co-op this month. It's a little hard to find, as the road it sits on feels like an unmarked exit from something pinched between the river and railroad tracks. Once you find the one-way parking lot, though, you are happy. The Co-op is a great modern store with lots of fresh, local, organic foods and the quintessential Vermont vibe. Makes me wish I lived up here. The beer area is small but very distinguished. Thursdays they do growler fills from a specific brewery so check their website for updates. My friend got a 64 oz. growler fill of Founders Imperial Stout for $9 - I nearly fainted! The day I went they were featuring Trapp Brewery, which makes a great Trostenbier (dunkel with a touch of smoke). I also benefitted from good timing and scored some Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half. The Co-op carries Lawson's Finest, but there's a two-bottle limit. Heady Topper on sale here too. Hill Farmstead bottles sometimes make an appearance, but it pays to ask someone if they "have anything special out back," as they sometimes do. A must visit if you're in town, then get yourself over to Three Penny Taproom for the best beer experience in Vermont!
02-26-2012 01:35:53 |
More by ElGallo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is the standard Vermont style food coop. Lots of organic and natural foods, lots of hippies, a deli/cafeteria with very good but slightly overpriced food. An incredible cheese selection. The beer selection is small but well-chosen. Probably about 80 or so brews for sale. No macros (unless you wanna count Magic Hat). All Vermont beers are available (of course), including a small selection of McNeill's. The 'flatlander' selections lean toward Belgium and Britain. Boon, Chimay, Allaghash, Unibroue, Ommegang, Wychewood, Sam Smith's, Youngs, etc. Naturally (pun intended), just about all organic beers on the market are here, including some from Europe. This is not Halftime Beverage or Spirit Haus, but given the beer-starved nature of Montpelier (WHY is there no brewpub there??!?), it's pretty good. If you're passing through, you could do a lot worse than to grab some food and a couple of brews here.
Update: HMC have really stepped up their game in recent years, as has much of VT since we got rid of some archaic beer laws in 2008. As noted by others, beer is not the focus here but there is plenty of world class stuff on the shelves, and knowledgeable help working here. The 2nd best beer store in VT after Beverage warehouse.
12-20-2006 01:09:22 |
More by skivtjerry
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On my Vermont Beercation in October, 2011, I passed through Montpelier, and had this on my itinerary, as well as the Three Penny Taproom for lunch.
Hunger Mountain reminded me of a mini Whole Foods, but with a local flair, and a cool-collegy-alternative-uniqueness to it. Beer (Ommegang) samples and growler fills. Food samples and unique culinary selections.
As far as beer, my eyes got wide. Being from PA, we have awesome distribution. But there are some things we can't get. Like floor stacked cases of Maine Brewing Lunch, Peeper, and Zoe. Hill Farmstead Everett and Arthur. Heady Topper 4-packs, Acer Quercus, Rock Art varieties, all in the cooler. I dropped $200 here on awesome Vermont goodies.
Overall, a great place for beer selection, and although I didn't eat here, the food looked incredible.
05-11-2012 04:43:50 |
More by millerbuffoon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by en route to HF from Burlington.
Overall a very cool place, somewhat similar to Whole Foods. The craft beer selection is about quality, not quantity. One small aisle of beer with one side being a refrigerator and the other being a shelf. Good selection that included Heady Topper along with Maine Beer Co, Founders, Mikkeller, Allagash and others. Prices were reasonable. Staff was very friendly.
A cool little beer store that is worth stopping at if you ever make your way through Vermont.
07-28-2012 13:50:51 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
foremost this is a health food store at it's finest and it has a pretty impressive beer department. carring most locals and some really hard to get stuff. here is a small list of what is currently in stock at the coop.
Mikkeller/Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops IPA , Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast , Lawsons Finest Permagrin Rye Pale Ale,3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek, Liefmans Cuvée Brut, Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero,Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne, Mikkeller 1000 IBu, Lawsons Finest Black Hapi, Mikkeller Big Bad worse, Dogfish head Pearl Jam 20, Dogfish Head Noble Rot, Alchemist Heady Topper, Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot, Brooklyn brewery sorachi ace, 8 wired batch 31
for a tiny beer set there is alot of fantastic options. even the geekiest of beer geeks could find a couple things to take home.
04-30-2012 17:53:11 |
More by patrick802
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Off the main road, the road to this place looks like an entrance to a parking lot but is an actual street. The store itself is the typical organic food store. A bit maze-like and hectic as i seemed to be turning around in circles. The selection is amazing. Loads and loads of Belgians and other imports as well as many micros from in and around. Of course, the main attraction is you can get Lawson's here. Bottle limit of 2 per person ensures that you have a shot. Service was good as Patrick set a bottle of Lawson's aside for me. The only 2 things are that there didn't seem to be anyone around so they had to page someone and if you want singles, it STARTS at 3.99$ per bottle!
Still, this is the second best selection in VT after Winooski and is definitely worth a detour.
01-01-2012 20:39:27 |
More by papat444
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in on our way to Hill Farmstead. The store is mostly focused on organic grocery products, but there is a decent beer and wine selection. In the beer corner I was happy to find bottles of Lawson's (limit 2), Alchemist Heady Topper (limit 2), several Maine Beer offerings, a couple White Birch, and seemingly the full lineup from other VT breweries (Rock Art, Otter Creek/Wolavers, Long Trail). There was tons of Founders around as well (Double Trouble, FIS, regular 6 packs) which I imagine has something to do with them just entering the state. The end of the beer shelf had a good selection of Belgian/import bottles and I happily grabbed a 3F geuze.
Service was good. I was having trouble finding the Lawson's and must have looked confused as I was approached by a helpful employee who pointed me to the small beer cooler I had over looked. Prices seemed reasonable, basically in line with what I found elsewhere.
Overall a place I'd happily visit every week if I lived in the area.
04-15-2012 17:17:08 |
More by nh2032
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
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