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Downtown Produce

Not Rated.
Downtown ProduceDowntown Produce
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

7856 Ellis Rd
Melbourne, Florida, 32904-1111
United States
phone: (321) 308-0275

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(Place added by: beerogre on 05-28-2006)
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4/5  rDev -7%

jblain, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

VinsanityDiesel, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

I went here for the first time just after turning 21 in 2009, then came back a year later and have been a frequent customer ever since. This store opened up the universe of beer for me. Their linup has changed slightly over the years but I have found some very good beers here.

The atmosphere here is one of the coolest I have ever experienced in a beer store, because it isn't a beer store, it is an awesome market with a very well developed beer selection, better than any Publix, Ingles, Harris Teeter, or Farm Fresh. The owner's son is responsible for putting a hefty beer store in the corner of this market. The look of you surroundings are uplifting and festive, very open atmosphere overall and the beer section has an appropriate beer cave feel.

Quality is good across the board. The produce is very affordable and good quality, they have freshly prepared food which is also tastey, and the beer selection is large, several hundred unique beers. The selection is heavily American and Belgian with a British section, a German section, and various other countries, as well as a good selection of Mead. Sometimes you can find rarer beers from breweries that distribute to Florida. I have purchased several hundred unique beers from here over the past three years (I'll be 24 in just a few days). Some notable ones include 2003 Imperial Extra Double Stout, Barrel Aged BORIS, Marron Acidifie, Schlenkerla beers, Fullers Vintage series, Cigar City Either Or, many from Omegang, and a small selection of mini kegs including Yellow Snow IPA. And they have a glassware selection that slowly evolves. I learned what Weihenstephan, Belhaven, Meantime, Heavy Seas, and many others were here. The wine selection is also incredible.

Service depends on when you are there. They do a lot of good business, I have been there on days when the parking lot is totally full and people are parking in the street, in the middle of the week! The staff is friendly and sometimes you may be fortunate enough to talk to someone like the owner about the beers, his son does the ordering for this section of the store.

I have also purchased tons of food here. Whether it is fresh produce to cook at home or the food that they cook, it has all been good and affordable. The prices for everything are some of the best I have seen.

Doppelbockulus, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%

I've been to Downtown Produce twice in the last couple of weeks, and I feel like I've got a pretty good feel for it now.

The focus really seems to be on American craft and Belgians. American offerings: Cigar City (pretty much every seasonal that's out right now), Terrapin, Southampton, Weyerbacher, Oskar Blues, Hoppin' Frog, Stone, Kona, St. Somewhere, Tommyknocker, Full Sail, Red Brick, DFH, Lagunitas, a very few Smuttynose (maybe just the Maibock), Abita, and probably some others I'm forgetting. Prices are solid, possibly on the inexpensive side.

The Belgian selection is really nice for a store this size, with all the usual suspects reasonably well priced and things like Cantillon Classic Gueuze for $7.50, Girardin Gueuze, and Fantome Hiver for just $12, which seems like a good deal to me. There are a few English/Scottish/German offerings, but they're extremely limited.

Glassware selection is puzzling. They sell glasses, but as of right now they're stocking precisely two: Terrapin pints and Saison DuPont tumblers. On the plus side, they're only $3 each, so I picked up the DuPont. There are still quite a few holiday packs with glasses on the shelves, too.

I'm giving them a 2.5 for service only because I've been in there twice now, probably spent 20-30 minutes perusing the beer selection each time, and no one's ever offered to help me. The cashiers who have checked me out were friendly, though.

Overall: A lot to like about this place if you're looking for American craft or Belgians. They may not knock you down with helpfulness, but the selection is fairly nice and reasonably priced.

whartontallboy, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Mr3dPHD
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

Downtown Produce is a large establishment specializing in produce and meat, but they have slowly gained a great reputation for their extensive selection of beers. If you're looking for a good import, look no further! Their selection of Belgian ales, German brews, and beers from almost any place else you can imagine is unmatched in the Brevard County area. They also have a great craft brew selection, although there is a better selection at The Flying Corkscrew in Indian Harbor Beach.

Another great thing to look for at DP is their selection of homebrew supplies. It is the only local place I know of that sells both homebrew equipment and ingredients. They regularly get new ingredient kits in, and they always have an ample supply of individual ingredients as well. I bought their winemaking kit (the same as their beer brewing kit, only it includes a glass carboy) for about $89. It came with a bucket, carboy, racking equipment, airlock, corks & a corker, and some cleaning solution.

The guy that runs the beer selection is a pretty cool guy who knows a good amount about new releases, etc. Occasionally, they will have a beer tasting event, although last time I talked to the beer guy he told me that they may not be having them anymore because regular customers complained it was too crowded during the last event...bummer!

Mr3dPHD, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Schwab
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

I usually come here on a fairly regular base. Usually not weekly, but at least 1x per month. However, in recent months, I somewhat lost the appreciation they used to have there. While they still have a great selection of harder to find beers in this area, for the most part the focus has been on Belgium beers and a couple varieties of the kinds like Stone, DFH, Sam, etc. Even worse, it seems somewhat messy recently. Stuff is all over the place, sometimes even trash sitting around, single bottles are somewhere in the middle of the shelf where they don't belong to, etc. Not sure what's going on.

While it may sound negative, it is still a great place to buy, at least somewhat, unique beers in the Melbourne area.

Schwab, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

This is THE place for craft beer on the Space Coast. Stone, Bells, Avery, Ommegang, DFH, St Somewhere, Cigar City, to name a few, and not just the standards by these guys, but lots of depth off the bench here. Good selection of imports as well., with Belgians well represented here. Their selection is always changing, so I stop by on a weekly basis. They have a singles section in the cooler, which is nice and if you ever want to try a single of anything they have.. If they don't have a single in the singles section, just find the young beer dude that runs the beer dept and he will price one for you.

This place also has a great wine selection as well if you need to pick up a bottle for the wife...

FLBeerGuy, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of eyefeelgood
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

Selection is comparable to or better than most of the beer stores in the mid-Atlantic. Not quite the overall selection I find at Wells in Baltimore but pretty close. Nice mix of crafts and imports that changes regularly. If you're a Dogfish Head fan, they probably have it in stock, same with Trappistes. Staff is willing to order if needed. Its a little cramped and tough to browse the selection but, by far, this is the best place for quality beer on the Space Coast. The food selection is almost as good as the beer selection.

eyefeelgood, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of jvwgtr
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

This is my favorite place to pick up beers - I've spent hours browsing through their huge selection of fine beers, mostly organized by country and style. I usually end up here about once a week.

The staff seems to have changed a little bit in the past few months - the extremely knowledgeable "beer guy" doesn't work there anymore, from what I've heard, and the department is run by some younger, friendly guys who are pretty helpful. They usually have several beers open in the cooler, and hand out samples.

Recently, they've expanded their inventory to include homebrewing supplies - something greatly needed for this area. If you haven't been in yet, it's a great store with an unrivaled selection in the Melbourne area.

jvwgtr, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of ScoPi
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Within the past couple of months, this place has gone from offering a very nice selection of mainly great American microbrews to an astounding selection of stuff from everywhere, including significant offerings from Belgium. Basically, they've added a whole new 4- or 5-shelf rack full of imports, and my understanding from speaking with the "beer guy" there is that they intend to keep expanding. This essentially means that there is finally something in Brevard County to rival that of some great places in Orlando like Whole Foods Market, Knightly Spirits, and Big C Liquors.

ScoPi, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Downtown Produce really kind of surprised me. I wasn't really expecting the selection of good beer that they have, given that they specialize in produce. They also have a nice deli counter and bakery counter. But the beer is why we are all on this site, so let's talk beer. I was talking to one of the guys who seemed like he manages the beer and he told me they had plans on being one of the biggest selections in Florida. They aren't quite there yet, but they have expanded their selection noticeably in the past few months. They have some top notch beers, I've bought two types of Fantome there, Pinkus Ur Pils, Paulaner Oktoberfest in a 5L mini keg, several types of Dunedin, and numberous other beers. Definitely a good place to check on, particularly if they keep expanding the beer section. Next up may be the Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus I was eyeing there.

Drew966, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of beerogre
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

Yet another craft beer outlet opens in this area...When I came here 18 months ago there was absolutely nowhere that you could buy good beer, but now we have four places to shop.

I discovered Downtown Market quite by chance a couple of months ago. It is tucked away on the north side of Ellis Rd, (which runs from Wickham Rd to John Rodes Blvd) between Greenboro Dr and Technology Dr on the opposite side.

It is one of those places that sells all kinds of gourmet foods, speciality cheeses, Indian curry sauces etc (a bit like Central Market in Texas, except nowhere near as big) and has a good selection of wines and craft beers. At first glance there doesn't seem to be a large selection - but look again, because there is.

Today, I bought Sam Smiths Imperial Stout (my favourite Imp St), St Bernardus Abt 12 (at the unbelievably great price of $7.99 for a 750 ml bottle - I normally have to shell out $9.75 for this at my local beer store) and then decided to try two interesting Avery offerings: Salvation and The Reverend - the former of which I am drinking as I write this review. I think these two were $6.95 each.

They also had Hog Heaven, The Czar and some others from the Avery camp. Rogue was very well represented. Dogfish Head, Chimay, Duvel, Stoudts, Ommegang, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, were in there too, along with Delirium Tremens and Nocturnum, Thomas Hardy Barley Wine, Trappistes Rochefort 10, Nostradamus, O'Hanlons Wheat Beer (which I've always wanted to try) and so the list goes on and on. There's a lot of good beer here -not huge amounts of the same brands, but a few packs or bottles of different beers.

Check it out, there's something for everyone here. I was very impressed.

Since my original review some 3 months ago, Downtown Produce have expanded their beer section just in the last couple of weeks and now have an even greater selection than before. I was in there after work yesterday wishing I had internet access with me, so I could check out some of the beers on display on Beer Advocate, as there were quite a few I had never heard of. I have to say that the prices are considerabley cheaper than the local competition also - I mentioned St Bernardus after my first visit above, another example is Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer, priced here at $8.99, but $12 elsewhere - that's a significant difference.

So all in all, extremely interesting times are forecast here. Top Marks to the beer buyer. I would ask all Beer Advocates living in the area to go reward this guy's endeavours, as I suspect that as an employee, his bosses will be looking for results after he suggested buying all this beer in!

beerogre, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Located in a produce market with a pretty good gourmet sauce and spice selection. Plenty of wines, too. It's located on Ellis Road, half way between Wickham and John Rhodes Blvd. It's hard to miss. Look for a big white building on the North side of the road.

But beer's why you came here, isn't it?
Downtown Produce won't disappoint.

Fantastic beer selection and spot-on service. I was even given samples of a few beers, including a Stone Ruination (yup).
They have the full range of Rogues, a few Jolly Pumpkins, the Flying Dog and Dogfish beers, as well as a comprehensive Belgian selection. Check them out.

DaveFL1976, Sep 03, 2006
Downtown Produce in Melbourne, FL
93 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.