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Hunger Mountain Coop

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Hunger Mountain CoopHunger Mountain Coop
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

23 Reviews
Reviews: 23
Visits: 100
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

623 Stone Cutters Way
Montpelier, Vermont, 05602-3635
United States
phone: (802) 223-8000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hungermtncoop

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

These are the places Iove to shop for beer. Good sized, not too large and not too big.

Really well diversified selection and stock of items. Locals, other nearby great brews from Mass and elsewhere. Excellent stocked shelves and really good prices. A 25 dollar bottle of Eclipse?! Why yes thank you very much.

Staff are also real knowledgeable, one guy brewed for about 12 years and could answer any questions I had about availability or stock of any product I was looking for. Good amounts of cold storage here too.

Definitely a must stop when beer shopping in Vermont. (580 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
1.83/5  rDev -54.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4

The beer guy at Hunger Mountain Coop is one of the worst human beings I have ever encountered.

This spot gets great beer with their weekly Alchemist and Lawson's selections, occasional Backacre, and other limited release bottles.

If you can stomach the lousy service, you will walk out with some quality beers. (314 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The place to get Vermont beer. Only real complaint is that they never seem to have Heady Topper available when I visit Vermont. For that, I go elsewhere where they limit sales to one four pack per person. (206 characters)

Photo of Stevecarini
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

"I went on the Vermont pilgrimage" were my words but the beer department gentlemen called it the "Rubber Band Effect" -we stayed the night in Montpelier Wednesday night to hit the Hunger Mountain Co-op Thursday morning Heady delivery-then headed up to Hill Farmstead but back to Hunger Mountain for the Lawson's Sip of Sunshine 1pm release. It was an epic trip to say the least. I spent another C-note just walking around the Hunger Mountain grocery store. They have some incredible cheese and an array of organic products-Thumbs up to them! (542 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,963 characters)

Photo of 4ster
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,267 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of patrick802
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (1,384 characters)

Photo of nh2032
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of ElGallo
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I come to Montpelier several times a year, but I just got around to coming to the Co-op this month. It's a little hard to find, as the road it sits on feels like an unmarked exit from something pinched between the river and railroad tracks. Once you find the one-way parking lot, though, you are happy. The Co-op is a great modern store with lots of fresh, local, organic foods and the quintessential Vermont vibe. Makes me wish I lived up here. The beer area is small but very distinguished. Thursdays they do growler fills from a specific brewery so check their website for updates. My friend got a 64 oz. growler fill of Founders Imperial Stout for $9 - I nearly fainted! The day I went they were featuring Trapp Brewery, which makes a great Trostenbier (dunkel with a touch of smoke). I also benefitted from good timing and scored some Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half. The Co-op carries Lawson's Finest, but there's a two-bottle limit. Heady Topper on sale here too. Hill Farmstead bottles sometimes make an appearance, but it pays to ask someone if they "have anything special out back," as they sometimes do. A must visit if you're in town, then get yourself over to Three Penny Taproom for the best beer experience in Vermont! (1,235 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Off the main road, the road to this place looks like an entrance to a parking lot but is an actual street. The store itself is the typical organic food store. A bit maze-like and hectic as i seemed to be turning around in circles. The selection is amazing. Loads and loads of Belgians and other imports as well as many micros from in and around. Of course, the main attraction is you can get Lawson's here. Bottle limit of 2 per person ensures that you have a shot. Service was good as Patrick set a bottle of Lawson's aside for me. The only 2 things are that there didn't seem to be anyone around so they had to page someone and if you want singles, it STARTS at 3.99$ per bottle!

Still, this is the second best selection in VT after Winooski and is definitely worth a detour. (778 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

THE place to go in Montpelier for great Vermont beer.

A recent trip up found us heading back with Lawson's, Hill Farmstead, Maine Beer Co. and plenty of cold, fresh Heady Topper.

The beer guys are great, ask if they have anything else hiding in the back. I found 4 additional very special beers that way in just one trip.

Great other VT products as well. Organic maple syrup and locally made fresh maple candy. Great organic breads.

I love this place. I'll stop in again whenever I pass by. Not hard to find, check your map first. (535 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Made our way over here back in mid-July 2011 after a stop in at the 3 Penny Taproom. It proved worth the trek.

Quite a varied selection of Vermont offerings and also harder-to-find selections from quality American brewers. I seem to recall finding a number of selections from the east coast that I hadn't seen offered elsewhere in the region. A decent variety of belgians as well. Looked like a solid selection of wines too if you're into that. Prices didn't jump out at me and seemed appropriate for the area.

Didn't ask for any help while I was there, but seemed to be quite a few employees stocking shelves in the aisles. Not sure about their beer knowledge but they were definitely around.

Next time I'm in Montpelier I'll be making a point of stopping in here. Right after 3 Penny Taproom. (797 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Thanks to Beer Advocate I learned that Hunger Mountain Co-op has a good selection of craft beers. I was hoping to find some Hill Farmstead beers and was not disappointed. They had 2 in the store. In addition, they had cans of Heady Topper and a new anniversary beer from Otter Creek. Maine Brewing Peeper, Zoe and Lunch was also available, as well as some Dogfish Head bombers and imports. The store doesn't have a ton of beer, but what they have is terrific.

Food wise the store is loaded with top quality vegetables, cheeses, wines, snacks, meats, etc. Lots of organic items, candles and beauty supplies are also available.

Prices were reasonable for the quality of their selections. For instance, One of the Hill Farmstead beers I bought was only $8.

I didn't really interact with any of the staff other than the cashier. She was pleasant enough and had no issues with anyone working there.

If you're in Montpelier and want to bring some craft beers home you should definitely check out the Co-op. (1,004 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hunger Mountain is the place to get beer in northeast Vermont. I was up in St. Johnsbury for a week, tried several beer stores and no one else compared. It is worth the drive. It is first and foremost a great grocery store similar to Whole Foods in quality. Lots of fresh and exotic but wholseome food. Prices for beer were about what I would pay here in Massachusetts. Service was beyond friendly and helpful. They have a nice variety of bombers and six packs. Stone, Ommegang, several local Vermont beers, and if you are lucky, Hill farmstead. If I am doing anything in the area, this is the place to stop. This certainly does not compare with some mega stores I have been to but wow. I would come back here if I was staying in the area. Another great perk is that you can park right outside by the bike path and it is just a 5-10 minute walk to the heart of Montpelier. (872 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Things must have changed since previous reviews since I was MUCH more impressed with the selection at HMC than others have been--and it's not like I haven't been around the block a few times!

HMC is a co-op "grocery" store / farmers market, and what a place it is! Tons of fresh and local cheese, deli items, meats, breads and hand made food stuffs. The hot bar area is wonderful! We were more than able to stock up for an on the road lunch with the feature being locally made samosas from Samosaman in Montpelier.

In the HMC beer section I found Vermont microbreweries well-represented with Magic Hat, Long Trail, Wolaver, Otter Creek, McNeills, Rock Art and ocassional Lawson's Finest. In addition, notable New England breweries were offered with the star being 10 day old Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company! Also, they carry a nice selection of (mainly European) imports with an emphasis on Belgian breweries.

Overall the HMC is a great stop if you are looking to fill your cupboard and fill your frig with some quality craft beers. Is it a "true" beer store, no, but, it does not claim be. This being said, even the most picky craft beer folks will find a few things of interest here.

If you are in the area I wholeheartedly suggest a stop at the HMC. (1,259 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

If you are in the area, this place is worth a stop to stock up on some healthy food stuffs....not really worth a special trip for the beer...only excitement beer wise when I visited was a black IPA brewed as a collaboration between the COOP and Rock Art brewery, besides that one, everything else they stock is of the widely available variety...Modern, pleasant, clean, well stocked with tons of health food store food, decent prices, staffed by friendly Vermont folk, filled with that special oh so crunchy, community spirited, eco friendly Vermont athmosphere....which I love and wish I could find everywhere I go....really (625 characters)

Photo of skivtjerry
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is the standard Vermont style food coop. Lots of organic and natural foods, lots of hippies, a deli/cafeteria with very good but slightly overpriced food. An incredible cheese selection. The beer selection is small but well-chosen. Probably about 80 or so brews for sale. No macros (unless you wanna count Magic Hat). All Vermont beers are available (of course), including a small selection of McNeill's. The 'flatlander' selections lean toward Belgium and Britain. Boon, Chimay, Allaghash, Unibroue, Ommegang, Wychewood, Sam Smith's, Youngs, etc. Naturally (pun intended), just about all organic beers on the market are here, including some from Europe. This is not Halftime Beverage or Spirit Haus, but given the beer-starved nature of Montpelier (WHY is there no brewpub there??!?), it's pretty good. If you're passing through, you could do a lot worse than to grab some food and a couple of brews here.

Update: HMC have really stepped up their game in recent years, as has much of VT since we got rid of some archaic beer laws in 2008. As noted by others, beer is not the focus here but there is plenty of world class stuff on the shelves, and knowledgeable help working here. The 2nd best beer store in VT after Beverage warehouse. (1,248 characters)

Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier, VT
91 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.