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Hop City Craft Beer & Wine
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
1000 Marietta St
phone: (404) 350-9998
(Place added by: jophish17 on 04-24-2009)
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quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Just west of GA Tech, next to a Five Points brewpub. This is among the top tiers of beer stores that I've been to in GA. The stocker told me they have about 1600 beers to choose from. I can't say it seemed like that to me when browsing, more like 1200 or so.
Beers seem separated by style AND country, not brewery, making it a little hard to navigate if you're looking for a certain brewery. The prices are about on par with Greens, only certain 12oz bottles are available as singles, tons of bombers though. The only thing that worries me about this store is all the sunlight radiating onto the bottles. I'd recommend choosing a bottle from the back of the shelf.
EDIT: Got an e-mail from mavajo, stating "Just FYI, the windows at Hop City are UV treated, so you don't have to worry about the beer getting lightstruck."
11-13-2009 18:23:31 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This was the first place i stopped in Atlanta, it is only a few minutes form my friend's house. It has a parking lot in back.
Inside there are about 5 double sided rows stack high of craft imports, ect... They are arranged by style which is very nice. They have some oddball imports that interested me as well as many GA and south-only beers. They seemed to have just about everything you can get in Georgia craft-wise.
Kraig, the owner is a very nice guy, when he talks to you you know that beer is his passion. He offered me some interesting suggestions and seemed to know his way around everything.
The prices seemed pretty decent, but it seemed like a lot of the beers were cheaper at Greens, especially when paying with cash.
I didn't really have a chance to look at the homebrewing stuff but it did seem a bit cramped.
There was dust on some of the beers, but overall the quality was nice, though the amount of light scares me, I'm hoping the windows had some kind of UV filter.
Overall a very nice place.advocates.
03-03-2011 18:35:27 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
A wonderful and needed addition to the Atlanta beer store scene.
Wonderful selection, with multiple rows sorted mostly by style, a large refrigerated section in back, a slightly separated large Belgian section up front, and a small mix-6 section with 12oz bottles on the side wall. There's a pretty nice mix of bombers, 6-packs, etc. In addition to top-notch brews, I noticed an emphasis on random international beers (for example, they had Mythos from Greece... crappy beer, but impressive that they'd have it). I wish there was slightly more attention paid to local brews. Don't get me wrong, they had a great selection, but Sweetwater, Terrapin and the like were slightly under-represented as compared to Greens. Friendly service, although I didn't have any specific questions. Prices were just a tad high.
I really hope this place does well and sticks around. If you happen to be driving through Atlanta on 75/85, take the 10th street exit and get your butt over to Hop City.
Hop city started great and has only gotten better. The addition (and now expansion) of growlers has added to the already impressive selection, and provides access to a lot of local and regional beers that aren't bottled or are hard to find. The owner and all of the employees are helpful and knowledgeable. I do believe Hop City is now the best beer store in the Southeastern US.
08-09-2009 02:04:34 |
More by shivtim
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I've been over here a few times now and it gets better and better.
Quality is good. There are a lot of windows in the place which may be a detriment but that will remain to be seen. Obviously there are no bottles past their prime as it's been open for a bit over a month.
Service is good. Everyone there has been attentive, though I've yet to ask for anything specific as I've found all the information I need on their shelves or on the BA forum.
Selection is good. I saw Victory's Wild Devil there first, as well as Nogne's Dobbel IPA which I've yet to see at Green's or Tower. Other more obscure beers also show up there, though they've also shown up at Green's and Tower. There certainly seems to be hardly anything lacking here.
Value is good, though it's just a tad pricier than other big stores. Hopefully the prices will fall in line as business increases.
Overall this is a very nice addition, though I have to say I wouldn't stop by as much if it wasn't adjacent to Five Seasons as Green's on Ponce and Tower on Piedmont are much closer to me. This is a nice addition to the beer scene and I wish the owners the best.
06-03-2009 21:27:07 |
More by glid02
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Mind blown and wallet empty, this store epidomizes what's best about America's craft beer scene. Occupying a storefront on a newly built mixed-use complex of stores, offices, and common spaces Hop City seems to comfortably nestle into the adult beverage-friendly area. With a brewery and solid beer bar in the vacinity, this Five Points district is one-stop shopping for any craft beer enthusiast.
Stepping into the store, a Dr. Jeckel/Mr. Hyde schizophrenic set of personalities arise with exclusive craft beers on the left, and other things in bottles to the right. (I never went to the right side of the store). Just past the counter starts the rows of metal shelving that houses all of the beers, separated and organized by styles rather than by breweries. A vast array of 22oz bottles are predominant, as well as various six-packs that my be separated and sold as singles with the help of staff or by selecting singles off of a side-shelf.
The highlights of my purchases were: Mikkeller Black, Single Hop Bravo and Citra, Rodenbach Vintage '07, Lost Abbey Serpent Stout, Port Mongo and Wipeout, Hoppin' Frog DORIS, 21st Ammendment Brew Free or Die, and Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Generally, the prices of beers were slightly cheaper than the same ones offered in Kentucky.
I was asked by several of the employees if I needed assistance, showing their helpfulness and accomodating attitude. A 15 minute conversation with Cheif Hophead, Kraig resulted in an insightful conversation about the beer offerings here versus my hometown in Kentucky. It seems that all the employees are something of a beer "expert" according to Kraig, and I saw nothing that indicated otherwise.
Homebrewers would be happy that there's a dedicated section of ingredients and supples available, however I didn't see much hombrewing equipment for purchase. Homebrewing demonstrations are given in the commons area periodically.
The back of the store is lined with multiple refrigerators of seemingly the more popular beers for quick consumption, along with new and pending growler set-up that wasn't quite in operation at the time of my visit. The front of the store also has a quick-chiller for bottles that need to be cooled immediately.
This is the kind of place that you just don't want to leave. Add a bar and I've got an excuse to stay in Atlanta!
09-24-2011 19:04:58 |
More by BEERchitect
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located a very short drive from the GA aquarium, just to the west of GaTech campus. Ample parking and right next door to Five Seasons Westside - makes for a nice 1-2 punch.
Beers are organized by style, with new arrivals up front facing the registers and a solid cooler section in the back of the store. Found everything I was looking for, including Double Trouble which had been doing it's best to elude me this spring. Big selection from Port and Lost Abbey.
Well worth seeking out if you are in the area.
03-14-2011 02:15:08 |
More by beer2day
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Walking in is like being a kid in a candy store. Visited on a Saturday after a completely miserable experience at Five Seasons next door. The place looks to be about half beer and half wine, with a little of the beer section taken up by home brewing items.
The atmosphere of the place was good for an afternoon, there were several customers in and there was a good buzz, lots of beer talk. Staff seemed to be very knowledgeable about the selection and friendly and willing to help and the prices seemed to be reasonable.
The place appeared to be arranged by style with a very nice selection of breweries within each style. I am not sure, but I think that the selection may rival Green's, or it could just be that it was so packed in, but nonetheless, an excellent selection.
Given that the establishment is considerably farther from my house than Green's is, I will probably one hit it up every once in a while, but you can bet that I am going to load up when I do. Highly recommend to any BA.
04-26-2011 19:59:11 |
More by PhillyStyle
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I don't know a lot about Atlanta, but the area that Hop City is in seems like a former war zone being completely gutted and rebuilt as a future hipster community (condos, boutiques, coffee shops, etc.). Didn't really like the feel of the area -- probably just transitional state it's in -- but once in the doors of this place, I felt like I was entering the gates of beer heaven.
I like that the Belgian beer is up front and center. They have an amazing selection of that country's beers, one of the best I've ever seen (outside of Belgium). Then you get about 8 long shelves absolutely packed with stuff from the U.S., Germany, UK & elsewhere, presented nice and neat and clearly priced (and the prices are quite fair). There's a long cooler stretching across the back wall too.
After browsing a few aisles, I finally realized why I was continually running into Stone stuff, Rogue stuff, DFH stuff, etc.: everything is arranged according to style, not region or brewer. That's pretty cool, and something I don't recall having seen before. The aisle space is a little tight, so you can't easily check out stuff on the lower shelf without doing some beginner acrobatics.
There's a ton of wine too, and they even have equipment and staff who help you brew your own beer, and lots of home brewing supplies too. The staff seemed very cool, except for one dude who came off like a bit of an ass, but whatever, I can't judge someone on a brief encounter, as I pretty much gathered up my purchases and left with a big smile on my face. I would definitely go back to Hop City next time I'm in Atlanta.
09-13-2009 23:27:09 |
More by Metalmonk
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is THE place to buy beer in Atlanta! Beers are arranged by type so you can easily find what sort you like best - stouts, IPAs or whatever. They have a lot of beers that I have never seen anywhere else in the Atlanta area. The employees are very helpful and well trained but not intrusive, and will quickly guide you to the sort of brews you are seeking. They are also very efficient at the cash register, and you can join a free club to get discounts on your purchases. Finally, parking is plentiful and they are easy to find. I will visit this place again and again and again.
08-11-2009 02:19:29 |
More by Cyberkedi
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here after visiting 5 seasons. We almost didn't bother because we were going to be in Athens the next day and figured it couldn't compare to 5 points bottle shop. We couldn't have been more wrong!
The selection was incredible. They clearly had everything they could possibly get their hands on. The beer was well cared for and properly organized. They seemed to have things sorted by style, which is a little disorienting to me. I would prefer things to be organized by brewery, but I see what they were going for and I imagine it works for some people.
The service was extreme. These people are very passionate about beer and very enthusiastic. If you want to talk about beer or get suggestions about what you might like, they will indulge you (and themselves) to no end.
This place is well worth a visit, and will from now on be my only bottle shop stop in Atlanta. They don't quite measure up to 5 points bottle shop in Athens (5 points had a few crazy rarities that hop city didn't), but they blow Greens out of the water and well up there with the best beer stores I have been to anywhere.
08-25-2009 04:18:29 |
More by nickfl
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