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4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After Siciliano's Sweemzander and I navigated some one-way roads to make it to Martha's Vineyard on the corner of an intersection. The quaint little store was nicely designed and had a high-class but rustic feel to it from the front façade.
Once inside the depth and intelligence of the design continued on. From wood floors to exposed brick archways that loosely separated rooms, it was a very nice looking place.
We made our way straight in to the coolers which lined one of the walls. Almost all the beer was inside the coolers which was fantastic! Lots of local stuff like Bells, Founders, Arcadia, etc. A surprise to see was Kuhnhenn where I picked up a bottle of 4th Dementia for about $5.
There was a decent selection of imports and Belgian beers but almost all of it was the typical stuff you'd find in any beer store. One beer to make note of was Avery's Ten (10th Anniversary ale) which was something like $8 and bottled in 2003. A bit odd they would still have this.
Sweem grabbed it and asked the cashier who said he just had one recently and it was fantastic. While he was helpful and nice I'm not sure if he was just trying to get it off the shelf because I didn't think it was all that fantastic at all. Either way he was vocal about helping us with anything we needed, in addition based on what Sweem said about their service, generally, I was getting a good vibe about the place.
I also liked that they had what seemed to be a decent selection of meads and ciders too among an amazing wine selection upstairs (so I'm told from Sweem who is also a wine connoisseur).
A good stop for a few gems in Grand Rapids, especially with the majority of them being in coolers. I'd like to make it back to this location again!
04-27-2010 12:35:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped here while on a brewery tour of Grand Rapids on a tip that they may have some Kuhn Rapberry Eis-bock. Unfortunately I was too late. However they did have a very good selection of beers. I have access to most of them but they did have many local goodies that I was anxious to get my hands on.
Upon entrance they have some fantastic looking deli meats, cheeses, and sweets which all seem to made in house. Pretty crowded place but easily accessible.
The one thing that bothered me is the employees weren't really trying to win the friendly contest. When asking for the eis bock I just received a short answer no and the guy walked away. And then upon paying for my beers I bought the clerk was what I'd call a "prick" also.
Definitely worth checking out however. And if you're like me a must see for wine.
07-11-2006 18:12:18 | More by mcallister
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Martha's Vineyard is a bit hard to find, kind of inbetween downtown and east town. The place has one of the best selection of beers in GR. The Beast from Avery was there, Thomas Hardy was there, other breweries from the west that I haven't seen before. Very good selection, maybe a bit light in Belgian choices, that's it. I didn't ask for any service but didn't get any help either even though I was looking for awhile (maybe it's because I'm a college student). The guy seemed surprised by what I bought like he expected me to get Bud or some shit. A little snobby. But that being aside they seemed knowledgeable and helpful to others. Pricing was definitely on the high side. Also a deli that looked phenomenol and a good wine selection.
04-14-2004 14:37:53 | More by granger10
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I frequent Martha's due to the selection they have. Very unique to rare offerings with just about every local selection of beer made. Their prices are not the best, but usually you can find something very interesting depending on the season, or know that the place holds something no other place does.
Everything is stored in coolers, so you know that the beer cold and out of the hot sun. Decent service, but not totally happy with the non-friendliness of some of their employees.
An overall superb place to purchase rarities of both beer, wine, and spirits. The prices are not bad, but not great either. Stop in sometime; you wont regret it.
09-17-2009 21:43:23 | More by sweemzander
1.9/5 rDev -51%
quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
Here's the deal. I stopped in at Martha's Vineyard back in May for the first time. Cool atmosphere, solid selection of wine and beer, and a very nice gourmet cheese selection. I was checking out their lineup of Great Lakes (specifically the freshness dates for GL stuff - something I do everywhere as a GL geek) and they were all slightly out of date, some extremely old. The GL Anniversary Ale was outdated from 2003, and the Nosferatu was last year's batch, outdated in October '04.
So I called over the manager and told him about the GL beers. He was a good listener if nothing else and told me that they'd pull them immediately. OK.
Well, I was there again recently on my Founders trip (almost 3 months later), stopped in and....they're still there. The Anniversary Ale, Nosferatu, the entire outdated gang. Scumbags. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but Martha's Vineyard is the kind of store that doesn't do the craft beer business any damn good.
08-14-2005 00:44:35 | More by olacub
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is an amazing resource for beer (and wine, tobacco, gourmet food & coffee, etc.) enthusiasts in Grand Rapids. They have the second best selection of bottled beer in the city (after Siciliano's) which is still a very impressive selection; it's pretty evenly split size-wise between three basic categories: Michigan, American microbrews, and European beers.
The staff is another strong suit for Martha's. Although I have not drilled any of them on their beer knowledge, I have picked up a couple tidbits from Martha's employees, and they were especially helpful when I had no clue what I was doing. But equally as important, they are all very friendly and make me laugh almost every time I stop in.
11-09-2008 01:00:35 | More by sarahspat
3.35/5 rDev -13.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I went to this place once. As far as selection, it had some things that other more patronized establishments in the area did not have. I went there to get some Devil Dancer out of season when the rest of the merchants had already been depleted of their stock. Hidden treasures as it were. They seemed to have a decent selection. As I recall they did have a bunch of Rogue selections. Most of the local fare was well represented along with Great Lakes and even some stuff I hadn't seen at my usual haunt. Rather limited but acceptable import stock which I really couldn't care less about anyway. They had a bunch of wine and some big deli cases with cheese and meat and dessert items. Overall a nice place. My buddy the Bogmonster bought some GL Locktender Lager that should have been put to death long before he purchased it, so I see where the previous reviewer ( olacub ) is coming from on that topic. I agree that they are not paying too close of attention to freshness on some of their stock ( it seems like I see old GL brews at other places I visit as well though ). I will most likely go to Martha's only to search for things that have disappeared from the other places. Treasure trove type stuff. On the DL. Not bad. Not the best.
11-29-2005 00:17:37 | More by SupaCelt
3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
There isn't anything that really stands out for me at Martha's with their beer selection, there wasn't anything that I could not find at another beer store in the area. With less then the normal places that I beer shop at. I was impressed with some of their other items i.e. their cured meats looked good.
Other then the hello when I walked in and normal small talk as I checked out I hand no interaction with the staff in the store.
Beer prices where very close to what you would pay at most beer stores around.
This would be a nice place to have right next door for the last second beer run, but it is a little too far from me.
01-14-2009 02:39:52 | More by Roeters
4/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This store was recommended by the bartender at Founders, when I inquired where to find some bottles of Shorts. A quick ride down the road and I was there.
A nice brick building has your typical corner market. Seems like a focus on wine in here, but the back wall is coolers of beer. Very shortly after I started perusing, one of the staff asked if he could be of any help. I told him I was traveling, and inquired about any 'cant miss' beers he might have. I had already seen the Dragonmead and Shorts selections on the shelf.
He took a good bit of time and walked down the coolers and pointed out a number of bottles. Most of these I could get at home, but there were a couple interesting things here, and his working knowledge, having actually drank these beers, was quite helpful.
I amassed my haul on the counter as I worked, and when it came time to check out, the same gentleman already had my two cases in his hands and ready to go out the door. Now THATs service. Maybe not the end-all selection, but I got what I came for, had a great experience, and will be back to patronize. Thanks so much, kind beer sir.
07-08-2009 16:58:01 | More by ShareANevada
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
The best thing about Martha's Vineyard is the staff. I always feel at home, and I am always welcomed. Prices can be a bit high, but the selection is pretty decent, with a good part of the store dedicated to Michigan beer. Beer seems to be well rotated, I have yet to pick up a dusty brew. (Though everything is kept in a cooler, other than one stack of sale beer) They always have a few beers on special, and good deals can be found. Staff is extremely knowledgeable, honest and attentive.
On more than one occasion, I have had the staff offer to carry out my beer. Whenever I experience a line, someone always pops up at another register to help out. Now, that's service!
Downfall is the price. Honestly, I've found Martha's to be slightly higher than many of the other specialty stores in Grand Rapids. On the plus side, they are open till midnight most nights, making them more convenient for late night stops. (Though I always rely on Smitty's in Eastown in a pinch, open till 2am with a better beverage selection than your average quick stop)
I recommend Martha's to anyone who lives or is visiting the downtown area of Grand Rapids. You can't beat the selection unless you travel out to Sicilianos or further.
02-15-2010 06:50:51 | More by sullenbee
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Martha's Vineyard in Grand Rapids, MI
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