Hy-Vee - Columbia #1
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This Hyvee use to be the only one in town but now there are 3 and this is probably the one that is furthest from my house. It still however has a pretty solid selection of beer and sometimes has stuff that the other Hyvee's do not. As with all of the Hyvees, the wine/liquor/beer is in it's own section of the store, so you don't have to wonder through the grocery part if you're just stopping in for beers. A majority of the beer at this particular Hyvee is NOT in coolers like the other stores. Again, they have decent selection of Missouri distribution (Bells, Founders, Firestone Walker, Stone, BLVD, Schlafly, Odell's, New Belgium) but not much in terms of Belgian or other European selections. The employees are very friendly and are more than willing to look up or even call if you they get a particular beer in stock.
05-05-2011 17:12:54 | More by given2flybrewing
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
The only thing that I thought was that great about this Hy-Vee's was the quality. Other than that I felt that it was worse than the other two Hy-Vee's I had been to in the past. I enjoyed them both. The area was smaller than the other two and that might have been a good reason as well. Selection was not as good it was pretty much just above corner liquor store. The mixer area was hard to find and the guy working there was a little rude when I asked where it was. The selection in the mixer sixer area was pretty low quality for the price. The prices were reasonable other than that.
05-09-2010 07:16:30 | More by MTNboy
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here before heading back to GA.
Quality is good. Wine and other spirits are located near the front of the store putting the beer at the back. I certainly saw a few older beers there but most of them benefitted from the age.
Service was OK - although I didn't really ask for much help. The checkout went fast enough and I didn't get a lot of guff for my out of state ID.
Selection is good. It definitely seemed as though they focused more on domestics and they had a decent amount of them - Boulevard and their Smokestack series, Schlafly and their Reserve series, Southern Tier and the Cuvee series, among others. I was hoping to find some rarer Odell's but I took what I could get.
Value is good. Prices seemed about average for what I saw around town.
Overall this was the only beer store I went to but I feel as though I didn't miss a whole lot by not hitting up the others. Worth a stop if you're in the area.
09-03-2009 03:06:32 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev +9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Every time I go to Columbia I stay at my friends house that is a stones throw away from HyVee which allows me to visit here a couple times every time I'm in town. HyVee is a more upscale type grocery store with a Liquor department that is somewhat separate from the rest of the grocery store. The left hand side and the back are beer coolers. They have a pretty good selection of sixers including Bells, Goose Island, Odell's, New Belgium, Boulevard, Schlafly, Rogue, and probably several others that I'm forgetting. Also they have a very good selection of bombers and imports. The selection is probably the second best in Columbia. The value is pretty reasonable. The prices are about the same that I pay in KC, maybe just a bit cheaper. Also I was rather excited to find some more Saison Brett there.
05-11-2009 03:26:52 | More by hwwty4
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Hy-Vee is not only my favorite grocery store in Columbia, it is also one of the best places to buy beer. They have a selection of ~30 bomber bottles stored cold including St. Bernandus 12, Westmalle tripel, duvel, Delirium, ayinger, Great divide's oak aged yeti, and several offerings from rogue, sammy smith, fullers, ommegang, youngs, and a few others. They have over 100 imports stored cold. They have expanded their selection of micro and craft six packs several times in the last few years and now virtually all of them are stored cold. Micro and craft six packs include offerings from Boulevard, Schlafly, NBB, Rogue, O'fallon, Bells, Spanish Peaks, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Pyramid, Odell, Leinenkugel, North Coast, Abita, Shiner, Unibroue, Great Divide, Blue Moon, Lemp, Berghoff, Red Hook, and Arcadia (I took a few notes during my last visit). Sales are frequent, but the price reduction is minimal. They get some of the best beers available in the area. If you can't find a beer here or at Arena Liquor, it probably isn't in Mid Missouri. In the last six months they began offering a make your own six pack. It was good to see, but leaves a lot to be desired. It has few beers to choose from, they're not cold, and its $9.99. Easily the worst make your own in Columbia, but hey, they're trying.
A note on service: I rated them average, but to be honest, I have rarely if ever asked for assistance. When I did talk beer, it became evident that I knew far more than they did.
EDIT: I have recently learned that you can actually put any beer in a make your own six if it is sold in a six-pack that's less than $9.99 (you're supposed to tell an employee so they can pull the sixers you've taken beer from and check the prices).
This greatly expands their selection and allows for cold offerings.
10-31-2007 03:33:52 | More by BradLikesBrew
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
UPDATE: Beer section has expanded. Added 4 beers from Ft. Collins Brewery, 2 from Shipyard, more from Arcadia and Flying Dog. And they've more more beer into the cooler.
Late Sept '07 - Great Divide products have arrived -- Hercules, Oak Aged Yeti and St. Bridgets.
Hy-Vee has one of the largest selections in any grocery store in Mid-Missoui. They have a huge walk-in cooler with many of the major domestics, including some that are a little more rare (Old Style, Hamm's, etc.).
They have a pretty good selection of American craft beers. Of course they have local favorites like new Belgium, Boulevard, Schlafly and O'Fallon. They also carry Anchor, Arcadia, Bell's, SN, O'Dells, RedHook, Mac's, Goose Island, Breckenridge, Leinie, etc. They also have Rogue and Ommegang.
The import selection is extensive, as well. Unibroue, Fuller's, Young's, Samuel Smith's, Peroni, many German's (Bitburger, Paulaner, Franzikaner, Ayinger, Hofbrau) and several Belgium beers (Grimbergen, Duvel, Lindeman's, Hoegaarden, Duchesse de Bourgogne), St. B's).
Hy-Vee also carries some beer from "rare" countries, like Israel (Layla), India (Taj Mahal), Brazil (Xingu), Peru (Cristal), Poland (Okocim) and Japan (Hitachino Nest -2).
So far everything I have purchased from Hy-Vee has been fresh. Overall, it is reasonably priced and has a great selection.
06-09-2006 20:14:58 | More by zeff80
Hy-Vee - Columbia #1 in Columbia, MO
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