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Plum Market

Plum MarketPlum Market
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.66%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

375 N Maple Rd
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103-2824
United States
phone: (734) 827-5000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @plummarket

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(Place added by: knight84 on 06-29-2008)
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Fine selection of local, national and international brews here. The intermationals seem to favor Germany and UK. Rare beers come thru: I just picked up a sixer of Shorts Strawberry Shorts Cake and a six pack of Greenbush Distorter. Very knowledgable beer guy mentioned KBS and some other rarities coming thru at other times. Founders Mango with habanero was on the shelf.

Given the volume and variety, the store has far too little shelf space devoted to beer, and the aisle was quite crowded with piles of cases in front of the beer coolers and shelves.

Value for beer actually seems good, but being from out of state it is hard to tell. As a reference, Unibroue bombers were $7.99. Most food items, on the other hand, are premium priced. This place almost makes Whole Foods look cheap. Hence the compromise $$$ rating.

08-06-2013 18:11:42 | More by chinchill
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sugarcaneE

Oregon

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

Excellent selection & display. Staff is also helpful and go the extra distance to help you. For example, i was looking for a 4-pack of a specific item and they only had 3 bottles of it, so they substituted the would-be 4th item with something awesome. Also helps that they have great food available and are right off the highway.

06-27-2013 16:23:37 | More by sugarcaneE
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rsenters29

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

Great prices best selection around town, these guys here run the best store,let me tell you.Also just ask if you don't see something you want that isn't there and it can be ordered,service is amazing and let me tell you you couldn't go to a better place for the all around experience these guys here fulfill your need to know what you need to about Craft Beer if you are a beginner and looking to get started enjoying their fine selection!!!

04-21-2013 18:12:32 | More by rsenters29
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

When I visited: March 2012.

What I bought: Bell’s Hop Slam and Hell Hath No Fury, Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial and Madrugada Obscura, Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2012, Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, Goose Island Fleur.

What I liked: Sizeable variety of bombers at fair prices. Good European selection with several rarities. Tons of refrigerated sixers and singles from Great Lakes, Lagunitas, Victory, North Peak, Short’s, and Flying Dog.

What I disliked: Less service-oriented than The Wine Seller, have to watch for out-of-code stock.

Would I go back? Definitely.

Overall Rating: 86

07-22-2012 18:30:29 | More by cratez
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

abanton showed me this place in a recent visit to Ann Arbor for the La Roja GR release.

This is a small, "Whole Foods" type market that from the outside you wouldn't expect a great craft selection. Adam led me over to the beer isle, and I was very impressed. A really nice range of beers from great German Hefe's to Belgian Quads like Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus Abt 12, and some a decent selection of Belgian sours. They have a very good Michigan craft selection, and fairly reasonably priced.

The next time I am in the area, I will be sure to stop in. Nice, clean, friendly place.

12-22-2011 15:37:41 | More by MarcatGSB
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

While visiting Ann Arbor this is a good place to make a stop for beer. They are strong on Michigan beers and lots of the stock is kept refrigerated. Everything I checked with a date on it was within code.

In the store there are two locations for beer. Along one wall with the refrigerated bottles of wine is a refrigerated case with a wide variety of singles if that is what you are looking for. Then more to the middle of the store there is a refrigerated case with six and four packs. They had the full range of Bell's, some Dragonmead, Arcadia, and even some stock from some quite small Michigan breweries, e.g., Mackinaw Summer Love Wheat.

On the other side of that same aisle there are several shelf units with a wide range of imports running from Belgians such as the Rocherfort beers and a variety of Lambics, Gueuzes and Krieks (e.g., Lindemans, Hanssens, Oud Beersel) on to some quite nice German beers (e.g., Wehenstephaner, etc.).

One of the clerks went out of her way to be of assistance and when I had a question she made it a point to introduce me to the beer manager so we could chat.

After I made my selection and got in line I was particularly impressed by the fact that one of the checkout clerks spotted us waiting and immediately came over and asked us if we wanted to check out using his register. Nice touch.

07-30-2011 18:38:37 | More by drtth
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sarro

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

My beer store of choice in Ann Arbor and not just because it's a 3 minute drive!
There's a great selection of beer, half or more of which is refrigerated, and the prices are very reasonable.
Large varieties of mead, belgians (lambic included), regional and local craft beer offerings can be found at the store. Refrigerated singles & select 750's are available too, but are separated from the bulk of the beer. Several types of glassware fill in the shelves and informative tags + publications (Michigan Beer Guide) are on display as well.
Overrall, a great place I would recommend to any beer lover within SE Michigan, but grab stuff while you see it because it doesn't last long!

05-11-2011 23:23:35 | More by sarro
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buffs9

Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

I love and miss the Plum Market. I lived in MI for the past year, but have recently moved away. I used to drive an hour to Plum Market about once a month to check out what they had. It was the one store that held a bottle of BA 4D for me and I was always impressed w/ their selection. All the stantard MI beers were there, along w/ many harder to find beers, like Kuhnhenn's, Raison D'Extra, Hitachino, etc... They also stocked a good amount of BCBS, which is the only place I'd seen that had any. Great selection and very friendly people in the beer/wine department. The store itself is similar to Whole Foods and had some tasty food, including deli sandwiches made w/ Zingerman's bread

05-11-2011 16:46:52 | More by buffs9
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

We stopped in here over the Xmas holidays on our way downtown to hit a couple of pubs. The beer section is oddly split in two, The majority of the bottles are in the center of the store (near the wine) and comprised 4&6 packs stored in coolers as well as room temperature singles. For cold singles, there is a cooler near the sushi counter -- if you buy 6 singles you get 10% off. There is a nice selection of Michigan brews including Shorts, Bell's, Founders, New Holland, Arcadia, as well as a bunch of smaller brewers (like Arbor Brewing) that are rarely heard of out of state. Plenty of foreign and regional/national stuff to keep you interested too, lots of Belgians, Dieu du Ciel, Dogfish, Stone, etc. We had no interaction with staff during our visit, which didn't surprise us since this is primarily a grocery store. Still, the checkout clerk was friendly enough. We didn't find the selection overwhelming, but everyone in my party found something they were excited to purchase, and overall the prices were fair.

01-12-2011 21:26:52 | More by DrJay
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $

I wasnt sure what to expect here, Ive never heard of a Plum Market. It turned out to be a Whole Foods kinda place.

The beer was hard to find. I wandered around the store before I saw a display of the run of the mill Jolly Pumpkin stuff. I thought I must be close to the beer but it was still half way across the store.

Anyway, once I found where they keep the beer, I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of bombers with a nice representation of MI stuff. Arbor, Arcadia, Kuhnhenn (but only Imperial Olde Brune), Short's and Belgians like Cantillon are segregated. The nice thing is that they have lots of nice glassware that is all set out next to its respective brewery. There were also amazing Weihenstephan ceramic steins, Tripel Karmeliet tulips (which are very impressive I might add), lots of various Unibroue glasses and some others peppered in the shelf.

Then, further down, there is an open produce style cooler that holds all 12 oz singles for mix and matching.

Prices seemed low. Much lower than Whole Foods. The price tags show list price and then how much they charge.

This place is worth visiting. If not for the good beer then for the great selection of elegant glassware.

07-26-2010 01:19:27 | More by MbpBugeye
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Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI
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