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Grassroots Natural Market
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
2007 Park St
phone: (904) 384-4474
(Place added by: nickfl on 05-05-2008)
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quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
On Ding's advice, I visited Grassroots for the very first time today and met one of the owners of the store, James. It was morning and the staff was busy adding fresh inventory to the shelves and in the produce section with a delivery from Albertson's fresh organics.
Grassroots has a really decent selection of mix-and-match beers in mixed sizes as well as a smaller selection of six packs, cases and cold beverages. I want to say they have about six or seven 8'x8' displays of single bottle mix-and match alone. Pretty impressive for an organic health food store.
The dry bottles selection is pretty great for our area. They're definitely worth the visit. While browsing through and picking and choosing some new-to-me beers, James took the time to stop stocking shelves, introduce himself, and help me find a few rarities i'd been searching the area for. Their website announces new arrivals for the week with updates on Fridays (just in time for the weekend, woohoo).
While discussing the availability of Sierra Navada Bigfoot, James explained to me that they purchase their stock from five local distributors and are usually able to procure special requests when they're available. James also confessed to me that they're usually after the more unique and novel beers and will usually pick up a new beer just to try it (if they like it, others will follow).
Grassroots is also unafraid to find a BA review for you if you're on the fence about trying out a particular beer.
All in all, a very good store and i'm quite sure i'll be a regular visitor.
02-07-2011 17:46:59 |
More by Aiptasia
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What a great little beer gem hidden away in Riverside, which is quickly becoming the heart for good beer in Jacksonville. I have been hearing about this place for several months, and decided I must check it out during my search for Cigar City beers. As soon as you walk in the door, turn left and BAM - there are the beers. Two aisles including end caps dedicated to craft and micro beers. You won't find any Bud Light in this place!!! I did find the CCB beer I was looking for, plus a great selection of just about everything the distributors are bringing to Jax. The fact that it's in Riverside only helps it's cause. Check this place out on your way to Kickbacks or Bold City. You don't be disappointed.
08-10-2010 13:57:13 |
More by cbak999
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is a small yet quality health food & speciality beer shop. Full line of quality vitamins, produce, cheeses, wheatgrass and juice bar. Cool place with very friendly staff, knowledgable yet casual and apporachable. Best wheatgrass juice I have enjoyed to date.
Now on to the beer...
Excellent selection of some very rare stuff for our Jacksonville market. The brothers who own this store (Jack & James) are passionate about their beer choices and variety. Rare stuff for our market (Gose, Guezes, unique Saisons) all in big & small sized individual bottles. Recently landed a Cigar City 110k batch 3, Leipziger Gose, and Peche Mortel which are all pretty tough to find in my area. One of the top 3 beer stores in the Jacksonville area for sure. Possibly one of the best given the knowledgable staff and model customer service.
On my first visit I called and the shop owner (James) answered. He informed me they were closed and had been for about an hour. I informed I learned of his shop through BA and was looking for a Peche Mortel. I could hear his smile through the phone and he welcomed my wife and I to come anyway, knock on the door and he would allow us to shop. This was an exciting surprise as we live about an hour away. He won over another loyal customer and beer geek, and I hope to spread the word so others can support this fine shop and the beers they offer.
Keep up the great work Grassroots! I tip my Sorachi Ace glass in your direction and hope to send you plenty of ongoing business.
07-07-2010 20:09:04 |
More by unclejimbay
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my home beer shop. Grassroots has a whole aisle plus a fridge full of beer. Lots of one-offs and seasonals from Terrapin, Victory and other market breweries. Great selection of import craft with a nice focus on Saisons and Sours. Price can vary between cheap and steep. 4 packs of wake and bake are 10.99 (awesome value) while some Cigar Cities beers are almost 3 dollars more than the competition. I would still rather buy from these guys, even if I am paying more, because they really try to make a beer geek happy and give EXCELLENT service. You always get asked if you need help and they will always point out whats new. Grab some cheese while you are there and do pairings. Vegetarian sandwiches are the best in town which is a BIG plus for me. These guys really want to succeed and do everything they can to make a fulfilling and exciting experience.
06-18-2010 17:43:13 |
More by jf60657
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great Selection for your local natural foods market! An entire aisle has been dedicated to nothing but micro-brews and imports. They claim to have over 300 beers and I certainly wouldn't doubt it. Both the owners and a portion of the staff seem very knowledgeable and more than eager to talk beer with you.
I visited the store on 2/20/10 and was very surprised/excited to see that they had literally just added an entire wall of singles. The prices seem to be competitive with Total Wine from what I can tell. The overall experience was enjoyable and I know that I will be going back frequently.
02-22-2010 23:24:47 |
More by Presticle
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Review edited 6/13/10.
Have been to Grassroots many times since my initial review, so I am re-reviewing because this place deserves it.
Everytime I go in, I am greeted and asked if they can help me find anything. The selection seems to improve every week, and it is quality stuff. I went to Grassroots one day and TW the next and I think the selection at Grassroots may not quite be up to TW in terms of volume, but in terms of quality, Grassroots is giving them a run for their money. As far as price (I know this for a fact, because I checked), Grassroots is CHEAPER than TW on many things. For example, Southern Tier Mokah was $6.99 at Grassroots and $8.49 at TW. What can I say other than they have done an outstanding job improving the whole beer department from selection to price.
Grassroots has done a great job and is a real credit to the Jax Craft Beer community.
Do yourself a favor and stop by.
01-02-2010 17:13:45 |
More by Lerxst
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Selection here continues to improve and they now offer everything as singles so that you can make your own six pack (which is a serious improvement). Broudys at the beach has really gone downhill in the last couple of months, and I would now consider Grassroots neck and neck with Total Wine for best selection in Jacksonville. Since I deeply dislike TW, this is now my go to beer store despite the fact that I only find myself on their side of town a couple of times a week. If you haven't been to Grassroots, or haven't been there in the last six months, do yourself a favor and check them out. They can't compare to the selection of stores in some other parts of the country, but they are exceptional for a store in Jacksonville.
There is a good selection here, especially for a neighborhood grocery store. They have devoted almost an entire aisle to beer, and have a good sampling of what is available in Jacksonville. They haven't wasted any of their limited space with BMC or other lackluster beers, so that is a plus. The selection, especially the Belgians, has improved significantly in the last couple of months and they now carry a few beers that (as far as I know) neither Broudys or TW have.
The beer seems to be well maintained, and they have a small selection of the more popular singles and six-packs in a cooler if you are in a hurry to crack one open. I have noticed that the shelves are always well stocked and fronted, which implies to me that they are at least giving a good faith effort to treat the beer right and check dates (which is a hell of a lot more than I can say for Total Wine).
The service is hit or miss; one of the owners and one or two of the employees are fairly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about craft beer, but the rest of the staff is much better versed in wheat grass. This might be a problem for some customers, but I really can't see why it would matter to most people who frequent this site; I, for one, don't generally rely on liquor store clerks to help me pick out my beer.
This is probably the third best selection in Jacksonville, and they do have a few rarities that even Broudys and TW don't carry. If you are on this side of town, Grassroots is definitely your best bet.
11-18-2008 06:15:47 |
More by nickfl
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
I went by here, thank goodness for GPS, hard to find it the on the first pass. They had a row of beers about 20 foot long, with a decent selection, but a bit pricey. Its mainly an organic grocery store, but I just wanted some beer like I could find a green's sadly this is not even close. Nice folks though, and 1 even knew what beer was. But seriously they were freindly and took the time to chat.lol
ITs close to Bold City brewing so I had to check it out. ok its off to Total Wine. wow the comment length thing is a royal pain, ROFL.
10-25-2008 15:27:25 |
More by boldcity2008
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
rescroe again. This place is getting awesome
rescoring. This place has improved alot. Just got some Cigar City, Theobroma, and other hard to find beers. Definitly a good destination.
I stopped by and they have a decent selection. Not much better than a Publix. They had all the great craft brews like Dogfish, Sam Adams, and Brooklyn. The prices were normal.
quality - good, lost of organic and health food selections
service- nothing horrbile about it, the store it small so everythign is easy to find
selection- adequate, nothing to jump up and down about, but they seem to get new releases quickly
value- average prices that most stores have most in Jacksonvilel are the same.
10-20-2008 19:56:39 |
More by CampusCrew
quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
at one time this store had promise, but the stock is deteriorating and, unfortunately, so is the service. despite having bought mixed sixes and singles multiple times with no problems (they even had prices for individual bottles programmed into the computer), recently i was told they "have never allowed splitting up six-packs" and the people at the counter were even rude about it, essentially calling me a liar! if a store is going to treat you that way, it doesn't deserve to stay in business.
08-26-2008 18:49:13 |
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