Hunger Mountain Coop
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
4.26/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A health food store with a good beer selection. We stopped here hoping to pick up some Lawson's, but we should have known better. The selection otherwise was very solid, great international selections I had never seen before. Didn't check out the regular grocery store area that much, however I ordered a burrito that was very tasty. Clientele was varied, but with most being the dreadlocks/patchouli/Subaru crowd. Recommended stop, but if you're looking for the "prized" stuff, make sure to come at the right time.
01-27-2014 05:32:46 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Our last stop on Vermont Beer Odyssey 2013, August 17th to be exact. Had heard this is one of three stores to go to to have a chance in Northeast Kingdom Hell of finding any of the Big Three's stuff (The Alchemist, Lawson's and Hill Farmstead) on a weekend, especially in summer.
Medium to large health food store (officially a co-op, but the emphasis is on more "natural" foods) with a healthy-sized beer section.
From the parking lot entrance you have to navigate back and forth all the way to the far right. There you are impressed by the selection, which is better than my local Whole Foods store's. That is saying more than you might think, because my local Whole Foods has a well above average beer selection.
I was there on a Saturday, early evening, so I was not expecting to find any of the Big Three's products. But I was hoping maybe an odd bottle of Hill Farmstead which had somehow managed to escape the clutches of an overeager beer drinker/trader/hoarder... Nope. Best I could do is pick out a small 6 ounce Lawson's pilsener glass, which magically appreciated from $5 to $7 at the checkout. I put it back. Too much for too little. There was a stack of half a dozen cases of HF's collaboration Grassroots Arctic Saison, but I had already picked up a bottle at Warren Store earlier that day.
Definitely worth the slightly off the beaten I-89 path detour if you are headed that way. But if it's not Tuesday through Thursday, or at least Friday before 5, don't expect to find anything local that you can't find at home other than maybe Rock Art or some different Wolaver's/Otter Creek. Not even Fiddlehead. You might, but I tend to doubt it. The great local stuff goes so fast, you almost have to be waiting for it to arrive off the truck to be sure to get some. Best bet, which unfortunately I did not have time to do, is visit the Hill Farmstead store about forty miles north of Montpelier. Except they are closed Sundays and certain Saturdays.
09-25-2013 02:12:27 | More by scotorum
4.09/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A medium sized, local/organic/natural food co-op, with a small food bar/cafeteria area to eat, and a above average selection of beers for a grocery store.
Like me, you may end up here hoping to catch a few bottles of Lawson's or HF, but alas, there were none at the time (check their delivery schedules, I think they get Lawson's on a Friday or something...) On the plus side though, as mentioned they do have a pretty decent selection of beer from around Vermont and other States and European Imports... Good mix of styles, more selection in bomber singles on the shelf, with most cold refrigerated ones being 4 or 6 packs. Didn't look like many people were buying singles since it seemed like a premium on their price (or maybe just $/4?) They were around 4$/single.. for a 12oz.... Overall prices seemed a bit high, but if you didn't feel like driving to the breweries then I guess not a bad option. (think a 4 pack of Heady was 13.50? instead of 12$)
And if you were looking for some good food to go with your recently purchased beer this store has a really nice selection of organic products, though like Whole Foods, you will pay a premium for it and it is not cheap there....
Worth a stop by though if you're passing through or heading back on your journey.
05-18-2013 20:43:21 | More by 4ster
4.11/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
A relatively large market situated just off the main drag towards the city's entrance. The beer selection is located a bit up and to the right of the store's entrance and occupies a pretty decent space. There are approximately 4 cooler shelves approximately 12 feet long, mostly housing local, regional, and some national four/six packs...yup, they have Heady Topper and Lawson's...although both move quick. Directly to the right of the refrigerated section is a section of warm import singles that go about 4-5 shelves high and 6 feet long. Notable offerings include Fantome, Mikkeller, Trappists, etc. If you turn completely around from the cooler and import section, you will find a section of approximately 6-7 shelves high and 8 feet long of warm domestic singles. A nice range of VT, regional, and national domestics stock this area. Notable offerings in this section include: Rock Art, Stone, Founders, Smuttynose, DFH, etc. Arguably the best quality/selection for a store in VT. A must stop if you're in the area or passing up to Burlington.
04-30-2013 18:27:16 | More by NEhophead
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here to start my second day in Vermont. I was really surprised by the size of this place, it really feels big once you get inside. Tons of people all over the place doing their daily shopping and eating in the cafe area. Everything in the store feels like it is top quality and the staff was very helpful and offered some suggestions on which beers to get and when the new ones would be arriving. I wish I hadn't eaten breakfast yet, I would have just eaten here since the food looked really good.
I actually missed the beer area the first time I made my rounds, once I found it I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't picked clean yet. They had 4-5 different Hill Farmsteads, a few different Lawson's, some four packs of Heady Topper and even some Belgian Lambic's too boot. I picked up a few bottles and was very happy with the prices. Overall a really nice place to stop and get some bottles while you are in the area, I will definitely return in the future.
10-24-2012 17:45:34 | More by orangesol
4.23/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by en route to HF from Burlington.
Overall a very cool place, somewhat similar to Whole Foods. The craft beer selection is about quality, not quantity. One small aisle of beer with one side being a refrigerator and the other being a shelf. Good selection that included Heady Topper along with Maine Beer Co, Founders, Mikkeller, Allagash and others. Prices were reasonable. Staff was very friendly.
A cool little beer store that is worth stopping at if you ever make your way through Vermont.
07-28-2012 13:50:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On my Vermont Beercation in October, 2011, I passed through Montpelier, and had this on my itinerary, as well as the Three Penny Taproom for lunch.
Hunger Mountain reminded me of a mini Whole Foods, but with a local flair, and a cool-collegy-alternative-uniqueness to it. Beer (Ommegang) samples and growler fills. Food samples and unique culinary selections.
As far as beer, my eyes got wide. Being from PA, we have awesome distribution. But there are some things we can't get. Like floor stacked cases of Maine Brewing Lunch, Peeper, and Zoe. Hill Farmstead Everett and Arthur. Heady Topper 4-packs, Acer Quercus, Rock Art varieties, all in the cooler. I dropped $200 here on awesome Vermont goodies.
Overall, a great place for beer selection, and although I didn't eat here, the food looked incredible.
05-11-2012 04:43:50 | More by millerbuffoon
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
foremost this is a health food store at it's finest and it has a pretty impressive beer department. carring most locals and some really hard to get stuff. here is a small list of what is currently in stock at the coop.
Mikkeller/Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops IPA , Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast , Lawsons Finest Permagrin Rye Pale Ale,3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek, Liefmans Cuvée Brut, Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero,Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne, Mikkeller 1000 IBu, Lawsons Finest Black Hapi, Mikkeller Big Bad worse, Dogfish head Pearl Jam 20, Dogfish Head Noble Rot, Alchemist Heady Topper, Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot, Brooklyn brewery sorachi ace, 8 wired batch 31
for a tiny beer set there is alot of fantastic options. even the geekiest of beer geeks could find a couple things to take home.
04-30-2012 17:53:11 | More by patrick802
3.38/5 rDev -20.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Made a stop in here based on BA ratings, after a trip to the Montpelier Farmers Market. It's basically a granola, flannel, and metrosexual type food market comparable to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, that has some organic food selections, and good local foodstuffs, but nothing that can satiate a normal person's entire shopping list. I was hoping for a good beer selection, but was pretty let down. There were good local options, but overall the selection was pretty mundane. I suppose they may get Lawson's and Hill Farmstead bottles when they're in season, and I suppose that outside of Burlington, this is probably as good as it gets for a small town, so I can't say it's all bad. But as a "visitor," I really have no reason going out of my way to come here unless I'm in the area for a reason--which during this trip was the farmers market and Hill Farmstead, and Montpelier is about a halfway point between Burlington and HF, if you take a slightly roundabout route. On the plus side, I believe I ran into the beer guru of the store, who was eager to offer his assistance, had I required it.
So yeah, basically a good stop for locals, and a possible location for HF and Lawson's wares, if you're lucky enough to be there at the right time. But that's about it. If you're in Burlington and have no other reason to travel out this way, stick with the Winooski Beverage Warehouse.
04-24-2012 06:29:57 | More by Rifugium
4.16/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in on our way to Hill Farmstead. The store is mostly focused on organic grocery products, but there is a decent beer and wine selection. In the beer corner I was happy to find bottles of Lawson's (limit 2), Alchemist Heady Topper (limit 2), several Maine Beer offerings, a couple White Birch, and seemingly the full lineup from other VT breweries (Rock Art, Otter Creek/Wolavers, Long Trail). There was tons of Founders around as well (Double Trouble, FIS, regular 6 packs) which I imagine has something to do with them just entering the state. The end of the beer shelf had a good selection of Belgian/import bottles and I happily grabbed a 3F geuze.
Service was good. I was having trouble finding the Lawson's and must have looked confused as I was approached by a helpful employee who pointed me to the small beer cooler I had over looked. Prices seemed reasonable, basically in line with what I found elsewhere.
Overall a place I'd happily visit every week if I lived in the area.
04-15-2012 17:17:08 | More by nh2032
Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier, VT
93 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.