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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by IntriqKen:
4/5 rDev +11.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
While visiting Salem I started to think I was in a beer waste-land. I actually only found one 'liquor store' and discovered that liquor stores don't sell beer...just liquor. Go figure.
Anyway some readily available brews from Widmer and Bridgeport kept me smiling as they are world class, but I really was hoping to find and try something new and different.
What can I say....over 100 different brews...several beliguims and a whole lot of American Crafts...wonderful selection....it was hard to stop at $80 but I still had to buy gas for the trip home to Southern California.
The store is small and not pretty at all to look at...either inside or out, but the two working the counter (owners, I am guessing) were very pleasant and helpful and besides a great selection of brews, they also allow you to mix and match your own 6 packs which gives you an opportunity to try lots of beers without making a major commitment.
If you should find yourself in Salem, do yourself a BIG favor of checking this place out even before you settle into your hotel room.
08-05-2007 00:12:45 | More by IntriqKen
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3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
what used to be a dive when i was a kid turned into a decent local stop for whatever you wanted, brew-wise, and the older couple who owned it were pleasant enough, if not a bit on the quiet side. today i bumped into their son, and he is a cross between a beer geek and a pleasant, knowledgeable sales person.
04-09-2013 01:20:42 | More by lighthabit
3.96/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Good prices, good selection and great customer service.
I am visiting Salem from Texas for work. I stopped in the Capital Market after work today. They really have a nice selection of beers. While I was looking Mike came over to talk to me. He is a homebrewer like me so we had a fun conversation. I told him what I was looking for. He said he would see if he can pick some up for me. I gave him my card and told him to email me if can find some as I will be back next week.
He responded later this evening to tell me someone else in town that has the beer in stock and that he was still going to see if he can get some.
So if they don't have what you are looking for ask for Mike. Maybe he can get it.
03-27-2013 04:31:38 | More by badleroybrown
2.28/5 rDev -36.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been going to capital market for years, since I had a buddy that lived like a block away. They have a great selection (for salem at least which isn't saying much), however I agree with many others in the question of some of the freshness. I don't know if I'd say it's a shady place, other than the rack of porn next to the cash register. It is an old neighborhood grocery store that happens to carry a lot of beers from around the northwest and the world. The prices are reasonable if you're getting something that you can't buy anywhere else in Salem, but more expensive than if you can find them in any other store in town. If you are thirsty for something new check them out, or if you are up for the drive head to John's Market in Tigard.
06-16-2011 22:23:29 | More by beerdedpunk
3.34/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For those living in or travelling through Salem (a.k.a. The Great Oregon Beer Desert), this is one of the few sanctuaries for beer geeks in town. The selection is far and away the best in the area, and the prices are reasonable. You'll find lots of local Northwest offerings, as well as a decent selection of Belgian, German and other European imports.
The location of the store is often described as "sketchy," although being a longtime resident of Chicago before moving to Salem, "sketchy" is relative. I don't find it to be particularly sketchy, but you will run into some shady characters in/around this place from time to time. That being said, I've never felt like I was in danger, even at night.
As for the store itself, it's a cavernous, old "supermarket," so there's a lot more than just beer in this place, although I would never consider buying anything BUT beer here. The beer is located in a long wall of coolers, with warm duplicates on shelves.
This place doesn't seem to have high turnover, so you have to be careful with freshness. IPAs and other date-sensitive beers could be past their prime, so be sure to check freshness dates if available. They also get some seasonals and a few harder-to-get beers, but it's hit-and-miss.
Don't expect much in the way of customer service. The owner will chat about beer, but I'm not sure how extensive his knowledge is. He will, however, try to get beers in if you request them (he ordered RR Temptation for me). But if you need info about a certain beer or buying advice, forget it.
In general, this is a good beer store. Relative to the offerings in Salem, it's a GREAT beer store. Prices are reasonable and you'll usually find something worth picking up, especially if you're looking for something the chain supermarkets or c-stores don't carry. However, if you're going to buy a widely available six pack or bomber, go to elsewhere. The price will almost definitely be better. Regardless, this is my go-to beer place when I don't feel like driving up to Portland.
02-25-2011 20:04:00 | More by guajolote
2.8/5 rDev -22.2%
quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I have been going to Capital Market for the past 6 months to get the hard to find microbrews from around the country. Up until the last visit it had been everything everyone described such as somewhat sketchy clientele, location you wouldnt want to hang around late at night, funky smell, and not the most savvy workers. I had been able to get by that for the past 6 months because they have amazing selection on things you just cant get without an hour drive to Portland.
That all changed, last week I went in there with my wife as she had found a style of beer she liked. Good times. The reason i go to Capital Market was to get individual bottles or bombers of brews i wanted to try out before committing to an entire 6-pack of which I might only have 1.
So I am there with my wife and we walk up to the counter with 2-3 bombers and 4-5 different individual bottles, some from broken 6-packs on the shelf and some from six packs that were full in the cooler. The past dozen times I had been there the people just charge per bottle, but this time, the owner wouldn't let us break any six pack containers. He said they have too many out there. I tried talking with him and he insisted that this is his new policy.
With the option of no individual bottles now out, I probably won't be going back unless I know there is a hard to find bomber or six pack that I can't get elsewhere. I will probably just be stocking up anytime I am near John's in Multnomah Village.
03-22-2010 00:45:21 | More by Pemba
2.88/5 rDev -20%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
This place must get very overlooked, honestly in some of the selection and finds, i think this might be a bit better than belmont.
Im not a snooty dressed person, hell when I walked up to the counter with stone imperial from 08, and a bottle of abyss, the guy looked at me as if he was wondering where the keystone was. because honestly, that is the average person coming into this place, someone who wants to drink to get drunk.
the store has a great selection, very low key, dirty, but fuck it this place just feels right to me, prices are good as well.
September 2011 Re-review
Basically this is one of the first stops I always hit up when going through salem. Lately quality of selection has gone down, and prices have gone up. It once was a place where I could find rare brews that even my higher end stores in Bend didnt always have.
Now rarities are not as present, and more of the easily accecables are filling the shelf. Prices are also about 10 percent or more higher than they were a year or so ago, yet at other retail locations are about the same.
Along with that, they keep are large amount of beers right out in open, ambient tempature, with light staring down at them. That is until they can put them in the cooler. This has made me purchase a few beers that I know are great, but almost undrinkable after sitting in a hot convenience store under light for a whole summer.
Overall, if you live in salem, this is a great place. But if your from somewhere else, it might not be worth your time.
03-10-2010 03:37:51 | More by Elimination
4.2/5 rDev +16.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
So, I traveled out to Salem for work. (I'm from Wisconsin.) I had anticipated Capital Market to be a small liquor store with limited space and an even greater limit on the beer selection. That was not the case.
As you walk in you'll discover the largest liquor store you've likely ever been in. It is in fact a converted grociery store. The beer selection is great. There are full size coolers lining one entire wall that stretches a good 75 feet. You'll have a selection of beers from all over the world. Each cooler is labeled accordingly; Belgium, California, Oregon, etc.
I was extremely pleased to find bombers of some very highly rated Oregon-brewed beers. I stocked up with a six pack of some local IPA and another 6 individual bombers. Just enough to fill my backpack for the 1 mile walk back to my hotel.
The service was cordial and they take Amex, what more can you ask for?
02-11-2010 23:45:37 | More by cdkrenz
2.8/5 rDev -22.2%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have been to this store four or five times now and, sadly, Capital Market has the best beer selection in Salem, OR. This is the only favorable attribute. Not a place to go with my wife (see other reviewer comments). Thankfully, many of my favorite beers are available at other places. I am very concerned about freshness, as I have seen some very old beers, particularly in their unrefrigerated aisles. I only go there when I want something I have not tried before, but I will probably be postponing these types of purchases for when I am traveling to Portland, Bend, or parts in Northern California when I am on vacation next month and know I can get fresher product. Prices are higher for many of their beers that are also available at large grocery stores with decent beer selection. Service is virtually nonexistent.
06-29-2009 19:23:04 | More by velosuds
Capital Market in Salem, OR
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.