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Hunger Mountain Coop
$$ - reasonable
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623 Stone Cutters Way
phone: (802) 223-8000
(Place added by: skivtjerry on 12-17-2006)
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quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Made a stop in here based on BA ratings, after a trip to the Montpelier Farmers Market. It's basically a granola, flannel, and metrosexual type food market comparable to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, that has some organic food selections, and good local foodstuffs, but nothing that can satiate a normal person's entire shopping list. I was hoping for a good beer selection, but was pretty let down. There were good local options, but overall the selection was pretty mundane. I suppose they may get Lawson's and Hill Farmstead bottles when they're in season, and I suppose that outside of Burlington, this is probably as good as it gets for a small town, so I can't say it's all bad. But as a "visitor," I really have no reason going out of my way to come here unless I'm in the area for a reason--which during this trip was the farmers market and Hill Farmstead, and Montpelier is about a halfway point between Burlington and HF, if you take a slightly roundabout route. On the plus side, I believe I ran into the beer guru of the store, who was eager to offer his assistance, had I required it.
So yeah, basically a good stop for locals, and a possible location for HF and Lawson's wares, if you're lucky enough to be there at the right time. But that's about it. If you're in Burlington and have no other reason to travel out this way, stick with the Winooski Beverage Warehouse.
04-24-2012 06:29:57 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Off the main road, the road to this place looks like an entrance to a parking lot but is an actual street. The store itself is the typical organic food store. A bit maze-like and hectic as i seemed to be turning around in circles. The selection is amazing. Loads and loads of Belgians and other imports as well as many micros from in and around. Of course, the main attraction is you can get Lawson's here. Bottle limit of 2 per person ensures that you have a shot. Service was good as Patrick set a bottle of Lawson's aside for me. The only 2 things are that there didn't seem to be anyone around so they had to page someone and if you want singles, it STARTS at 3.99$ per bottle!
Still, this is the second best selection in VT after Winooski and is definitely worth a detour.
01-01-2012 20:39:27 |
More by papat444
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Hunger Mountain is the place to get beer in northeast Vermont. I was up in St. Johnsbury for a week, tried several beer stores and no one else compared. It is worth the drive. It is first and foremost a great grocery store similar to Whole Foods in quality. Lots of fresh and exotic but wholseome food. Prices for beer were about what I would pay here in Massachusetts. Service was beyond friendly and helpful. They have a nice variety of bombers and six packs. Stone, Ommegang, several local Vermont beers, and if you are lucky, Hill farmstead. If I am doing anything in the area, this is the place to stop. This certainly does not compare with some mega stores I have been to but wow. I would come back here if I was staying in the area. Another great perk is that you can park right outside by the bike path and it is just a 5-10 minute walk to the heart of Montpelier.
08-11-2011 14:07:28 |
More by tigg924
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here to start my second day in Vermont. I was really surprised by the size of this place, it really feels big once you get inside. Tons of people all over the place doing their daily shopping and eating in the cafe area. Everything in the store feels like it is top quality and the staff was very helpful and offered some suggestions on which beers to get and when the new ones would be arriving. I wish I hadn't eaten breakfast yet, I would have just eaten here since the food looked really good.
I actually missed the beer area the first time I made my rounds, once I found it I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't picked clean yet. They had 4-5 different Hill Farmsteads, a few different Lawson's, some four packs of Heady Topper and even some Belgian Lambic's too boot. I picked up a few bottles and was very happy with the prices. Overall a really nice place to stop and get some bottles while you are in the area, I will definitely return in the future.
10-24-2012 17:45:34 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 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
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