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Hop City Craft Beer & Wine
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
1000 Marietta St
phone: (404) 350-9998
(Place added by: jophish17 on 04-24-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 81 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been to this spectacular location about half a dozen times in the past three months; although it's out of the way I've gladly gone down to Midtown just for the selection and price. The store is basically split into half beer and half wine. Even then, the products are nicely arranged by style so everything is easy to find. Not only that, but it's situated conveniently next to Five Seasons Westside, which is another happy story in itself.
The staff is friendly and their idea of monthly events and tastings suits me well; they even have a homebrewing section that is nicely stocked.
08-08-2009 03:14:43 |
More by zplug123
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is great and it is right next door to a brew pub, 5 Seasons. I was told it is really new. The selection is excellent with a lot available, I think half the store was just beer. Many belgian and other imports available. They also have brewing equipment and supplies for all you homebrewers. Great idea and wish I had a store near me that did that so I could get homebrewing stuff and beer in the same place. The staff seemed friendly in the short time we were there. I definitely recommend this as you can pick up some great beer to take home and stop in at 5 Seasons next door to have a beer.
08-06-2009 20:25:34 |
More by Blazer06
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Read about Hop City here and knew it would be a must-visit next time I was in that part of ATL.
It's in a developing part of town, currently landmarked by 5 Seasons Westside, and not too far from Atlantic Station and Ikea. For me and others who live west of ATL, this is a more convenient location and easier to travel to than Greens.
Upon entering, was met by Kraig, a most friendly fellow and definitely one who doesn't mind talking beer with you. Noticed all beer is on the left side of the store, wine on the right, homebrew supplies on the right front, and coolers along the back.
As mentioned, beer is arranged by style, not brewing company... and I like that because I think it helps bring forward a few brands that may get otherwise "lost" when browsing by brewery.
Hop City also offers a "mix-six" which I feel could offer a slightly better selection, but if they rotate brews, I may have just been there when the selection was simply just not that appealing to me, but I did pick up a few brews I wanted to try.
The Hop City Express card is a nice perk and conversation starter, and even though I signed up for it, wasn't quite sure what benefits I would receive... however this is spelled out on the website, which is still under development. Upon checking out and asking about the website, the cashier said it is on a very long "do-list."
I think Hop City definitely has plenty of room to grow, but even now its a great addition to craft beer shopping in the ATL area. The surrounding shopping/dining attractions make it well worth the drive.
06-30-2009 11:55:56 |
More by jocosa
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Yesterday afternoon, I made my 4th visit to Hop City and felt that it was time to write a short review.
Organization of the beer - The first thing that you notice when you walk in the store is how the beer is organized. Unlike most stores, beer is displayed by style and not by brand. While this has been the way wine has been sold forever, it is the first time that I have seen beer displayed in such a way. As a person that is partially to pale ales and IPA's, I find this way of organization very useful and time saving (not that I am in a hurry to leave Hop City.
Selection - Hop City clearly makes an effort to be first to market with new brands to Georgia. They also seem to carry more of the full lines that are offered by brands (they have all 7 of the Bell's offerings instock). If it is available in Georgia, you will find it at Hop City.
Knowledgeable Staff - While other stores in town carry selections that are close to Hop City's, I have not visited a store that provides such quality hands on customer service. Kraig (the owner) clearly loves beer and enjoys taking time to talk to his customers about his passion. Yesterday, I asked him to recommend a good sour ale and lambic ale and he was more than happy to help.
I would strongly encourage any beer lover in proximity to Hop City to give them a try. There are a few places in town that all beer lovers should support (5 Seasons, Muss & Turners) and Hop City definitely falls into that category.
Cheers to Kraig and his team!!!
06-11-2009 13:02:13 |
More by rpjonesga
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I've been over here a few times now and it gets better and better.
Quality is good. There are a lot of windows in the place which may be a detriment but that will remain to be seen. Obviously there are no bottles past their prime as it's been open for a bit over a month.
Service is good. Everyone there has been attentive, though I've yet to ask for anything specific as I've found all the information I need on their shelves or on the BA forum.
Selection is good. I saw Victory's Wild Devil there first, as well as Nogne's Dobbel IPA which I've yet to see at Green's or Tower. Other more obscure beers also show up there, though they've also shown up at Green's and Tower. There certainly seems to be hardly anything lacking here.
Value is good, though it's just a tad pricier than other big stores. Hopefully the prices will fall in line as business increases.
Overall this is a very nice addition, though I have to say I wouldn't stop by as much if it wasn't adjacent to Five Seasons as Green's on Ponce and Tower on Piedmont are much closer to me. This is a nice addition to the beer scene and I wish the owners the best.
06-03-2009 21:27:07 |
More by glid02
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went here to check out what all the buzz was about. Hop City sits in a seemingly redeveloped area of Atlanta with trendy shops and restaurants surrounding some nice lofts and condos. Right next door to the new 5 Seasons location which is amazing, but we will get to that in a different review.
About half the shop is devoted to brew, and a lot of brew. Everything is arranged by style and it takes a few walk throughs to get your bearings. It works but it is a bit of pain if you are just looking for stuff from one two breweries. Its just a bit different, but I think it works. I came to find out they had the rotating seasonals and one offs on the front shelves right next to the register, and that is very convenient. Saw a lot of stuff I hadn't seen before in other stores around here and Atlanta, but that may also be because of the level of organization in Hop City. Really nice and large Belgian area is seperated and easily accessible. The mixed six area was up and running when I was there. It was pretty much locals and such, but it would be nice if I lived in the area and wanted to mix it up. **Update** A few weeks have gone by since my last visit. When they first opened some of the shelves had empty rows in places but now it seems the shelves are jam packed with new beer. Very exciting.
My only gripe is that the rows are a bit narrow and it was busy when I was there. A bunch of big guys running around with buggies full of beer isn't ideal for the shop. Spent a lot of time waiting at the end of an aisle for it to clear so I could get in. Good news for the shop, just a bit annoying to the consumer.
The guys who worked there seemed very knowledgeable and were more than ready to talk beer and help out. That was very nice. I realized once I left I didn't get a Hop City Card, but I will just have to pick one up next time. **Update** Since I drive so far to get into Atlanta, I emailed Hop City for info on the Donkey Punch release. Victoria was incredibly kind and went back and forth with me on the emails keeping me up to date on when it would be released and informing me about all the great additions to HC. This store is incredibly focused on customer service!
Overall, a cool store with a good staff that really seems to have it together. Prices seemed very competitive with the other shops in ATL. I will absolutely be making this a stop on my beer runs from now on.
05-24-2009 20:37:29 |
More by everetends
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Tons of shelves dedicated to good stuff. They carry almost every beer you can get in GA, save the really niche stuff or brews subject to GA's bss aackwards blue laws. The Belgians are in their own corner; following that trend, all beers are arranged by type. The coolers don't carry as much of the smaller labels, but they have the locals and, yes, the macros. Overall, the only thing that Green's (Ponce) has on this place is the Belgian cellar (awesome in the summer, by the way) and maybe prices. More on that later.
Kraig really knows his beer. I didn't try out his wine knowledge, but he's spot-on with beer. He'll even go as far as recommending something within the style that he likes.
I went on opening day, and it took a little while to check out. I didn't mind because it was after April 15th. I returned the day the new 5 Seasons opened (an interesting evening in its own right), and it was worlds more efficient. Growing pains, I suppose.
It looks like they've added some shelving for home brewers' supplies since they've opened.
My only gripe is that they don't have many prices on things, but I also attribute this to growing pains. I suspect that they'll add price labels to things soon. From what I can tell, prices might be anywhere from 5 cents to a dollar more than at Green's.
The loyalty card program seems pretty cool.
Overall, I expect to make this my number one stop because it's closer to work than Green's and I can beer geek-out with the staff.
05-12-2009 19:28:38 |
More by promark420
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I'll start by saying that it's much more convenient for me to go to Green's on Ponce. Having said that, I finally made it into the place a few days ago and really enjoyed the selection and will be back often. Definitely some selections I hadn't seen elsewhere, for instance I thought their Mikkeller selection was broader than any place else in the city I'd seen.
The prices still hadn't been tagged so it's hard for me to figure out right now what's well priced and what's not. The things I got seemed fair.
And let me tell you, I was very happy that I could also pick up a bag of Belgian Aromatic that I needed that night for a homebrew and which otherwise I would've had to scramble or delayed the batch for.
As a wine guy, I think the wine selection needs a lot of work. The same passion and carefullness they've put towards the beer selection seems to have been left out of the wine equation and it shows. I suggest you go look at the model from Ansley Wine Merchants or Murphy's and what they've done to get a loyal and dedicated following. The selection is dominated by the big's of the wine world, the price points are too narrow (90% sub $20 similar to a supermarket selection), the selection too US focused for the price point band (so many great deals outside the US), the varietal focus too narrow as well. I fail to see an identity here like I see on the beer side or any reason to go out of my way to go here for wine. I'd consider this a work in progress, but they've dedicated so much floor space and inventory costs to this that I hope they ratchet that part up to equal the beer side's level.
05-11-2009 16:11:22 |
More by ivanwho
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Finally open, Hop City has gotten quite a lot of buzz over the local blogs. And overall, this place is pretty damn cool. It's located right next to the new 5 Seasons Westside and across from Octane at the intersection of Howell Mill and Marietta Street in West Midtown.
The store is newly built, but has a vintage feel with the exposed washed brick and older looking cedar posts. Beer takes up half of the store, while wine takes all of the right-side. Hop City will be selling homebrewing equipment, and I saw many boxes on the front-right of the store waiting to be opened.
All of the Belgians were in the front-left corner. I looked for something that I had not seen before, but didn't really see anything. The craft beer and imports comprise rows all the way to back, where 8 or so cooler doors are.
All of the 6-packs and bigger bottles are nicely displayed and they seemed to have everything that is available in this market. However, they are still continuing to open up boxes so this will continue to be a "work in progress."
I bought a couple of French Broad bombers for $9 something and the owner, Kraig, was very nice and attentive.
04-29-2009 18:20:52 |
More by RustyDiamond
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Found out that this place was open yesterday, so I dragged my better half down to Marietta Street to check the store out. It's located proximate the Brickworks development. Very nice looking store. Coolers are along the back wall and include a mixture of macros and micros. The shelves between the register and the beer selection are stocked full of beer and are organized by type of beer. Since the shop has only been open for a couple of days, there are some bald spots on the shelves. The owner indicated that 1/3 of his stock was located in the back room. Regardless, this place has a lot of promise. While they weren't out yet, I was told that beer glasses were going to be sold and would have their own separate shelf. Maybe some homebrewing stuff as well? Solid wine selection as well. The only thing I saw that might be a problem was they displayed the Belgians at the front of the store right next to the window, which could affect their quality. Overall, this place has alot of promise. I hope they can make it in this rough economy.
04-25-2009 21:21:56 |
More by jdubjacket
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