Davis Food Co-op
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tony223366:
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
If you don't feel like going to the beer shoppe to buy your beer this is by far the next best place to go. They have a great selection. Most of your normal hits as well as some more rare stuff (Pliney). But the best part about the Co-op is that you can build your own six packs for practically nothing extra. I believe there's a very, very small extra cost but it's not much at all. I've been doing the beer tour in "The Naked Pint" and I've been able to do almost all of my shopping between the Co-Op and BevMo in Vacaville, CA.
The only detractor is that most of the people there don't know much about beer. However if you find the buyer you're in for a treat. They have a very hippy staff and feel throughout. Also they have a great food bar that is only $3.99 after 7:30pm. I frequently go there around 7:00pm, grab some food from the bar (it goes quickly!) and browse the beer aisle until 7:30pm!
10-17-2011 08:06:49 | More by tony223366
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4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Davis Food Co-op is almost certainly the best place to buy beer in Davis, though I would disagree with some of the other reviewers here on it being the best in the Sacramento area. (It does not have the variety or prices you'll find at Bevmo, for one.) For a grocery store, it's pretty remarkable.
Here you'll find a good selection from most of the usual Cali suspects: SN, Lagunitas, Anderson Valley, North Coast, Stone, Alesmith, Anchor, Green Flash, locals Sudwerk, Rubicon, Hoppy, and others. Surprisingly, they rarely have PtE (and I've never seen any other Russian River beers there) or 21st Amendment. But given their strong selection of imports and seasonals, and generally reasonable prices, they're the best in town.
Edit: The Co-op has upped its game in the months since I wrote the above review. Recent visits have found the shelves stocked with not only Pliny, but other RR products, as well as Sculpin IPA, and a variety of seasonals. Definitely check this place out if you're looking for beer in Davis.
11-18-2010 01:08:10 | More by MLucky
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
The Co-op is a good place to find a great selection of beers that can be found few other places in the greater Sacramento area, if any. Just like any Co-op (that I have been to at least), you need a membership to get the bottle price you see on the shelf. Otherwise it's an extra 5%.
The Co-op is also not a one stop shop for all my beer needs, but it is one of the spots I look forward to in my beer store rotation, and one I often turn to for new beer releases. The turnover rate on most of their beers is fairly quick, and I have never seen expired beer on the shelves. They are also always getting in new products, so you can go there once or twice a week and never be bored. For some reason they never have any PtE, which I find amusing, because while they sell out within a day or two of a shipment, the various Nugget markets in the area have it for at least a week or two. In fact, if they get anything exciting in they sell out really fast. I think Parabola was on the shelf less than a week (while it was at Whole Foods almost a month).
Like I said, the Co-op is a highly recommended beer store to check out for new and harder to find beers. There are numerous beers the Co-op doesn't carry that you can find a half hour away, but few beers that they do carry that you can't find anywhere else. If you're passing through check them out, and if you're from the area, buy a membership and start stocking up on beer!
07-24-2010 23:48:06 | More by scottfrie
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Co-Op stocks a good number of rarer beers that are difficult to come by elsewhere, especially in the Sacramento/Davis area. Easily the best selection in the area. Just last week they had a case of Angels Share Grand Cru come in (gone in a few days).
The staff is also very knowledgeable, puts the crew at BevMo to shame. Recently, they've event started throwing BA ratings up on some of the harder to come by stuff. Very interesting idea and makes shopping for new and interesting beers easier.
This is my go-to place for beer, and its always fun stopping in to see what else has come in recently. They certainly making a point of switching up the line-up from time to time.
04-24-2010 19:46:56 | More by IrieJackalope
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
For a small-town co-op store, the Davis Food Co-op has an excellent range of brews, from the big brewers all the way up to classic Belgian and other European imports, from six-packs through bombers, and even kegs.
I used to work for the beer department and got to know the beer buyer quite well. Not only is he always abreast of developments in the trade, he enjoys beer and is always willing to talk with you about recommendations and new products.
Turnover is brisk enough that beers aren't standing around on the shelves, although their backstock area is quite limited, so occasionally some of the more the popular beers are out for a short time.
I cannot say enough about the range. From the big boys of beer to the microbrews, from the Americas to all parts of Europe, it's all there, and what they don't have in stock they can frequently order - this goes for cases of beer to kegs.
I've seen a wide range of microbrews (local beers are frequently marked as such), and many of my own favourites from back home in England, and I don't just mean Guinness and Boddingtons, either.
The staff are in general pretty knowledgeable - certainly Tom (the buyer) is a real blessing to the beer-lover, and most of the volunteers who stock the shelves are willing to help, although with varying degrees of experience, it has to be said. They are, however friendly and willing, which makes a refreshing change.
09-23-2009 20:44:17 | More by wertperch
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Davis Co-Op is easily the best place in the greater Sacramento area in regards to selection. The folks working the beer stock are knowledgeable, kind and helpful. Each time I go into this place (and I go a number of times a week), it seems like they have added a new beer. There is no longer an empty space in the cooler, which can mean a lot of things in terms of continuing to add new brews. The co-op now has four Russian River brews (Pte, Blind Pig, Damnation and Collaboration not Litigation), Deschutes' latest seasonals and Bond Street series, a number of Belgian beers and much much more. This is definitely good news for BAs in the area! I recommend this place to everyone around.
Also, the co-op is incredibly receptive to feedback. If you want to see a beer there, it never hurts to simply write in and inquire.
03-02-2009 18:59:26 | More by washburnkid
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Great selection for a supermarket, with very reasonable prices. Along a ~40' wall at the rear of the store you can expect to see Russian River, Oskar Blues, Lagunitas, Fantome, Stone, DFH, a good range of Belgians, as well as most of the better stuff you would find at a BevMo or Total Wine.
Something to keep in mind is that there's a 10% surcharge for non-members, so out-of-towners will pay slightly more.
Being a grocery store, service is all but nonexistent, but the shelves are always well-stocked and organized. The quirky, hippy, and tasty Co-op is a must for me at least a few times a month.
01-18-2009 07:46:16 | More by ThirdLap
4/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I recently moved to Davis from the midwest and have found it to be a step back in terms of the number of locally available beers. Luckily the Co-op at least has a respectable selection, so i've become a member (non-members have to pay a 10% markup on everything). Its a sort of liberal/hippie supermarket place with raw milk, tempeh, quinoa, etc., etc., a little pricer than the other local markets, but a little crunchier too. Anyway, in the back is the beer, and that's what's important. A nice medium length wall of it, almost all of it cold. Nice selection of imports (Ola Dubh in a supermarket!?), CA beers (Green Flash, Stone, Sudwerk, Hemp), West coasters (Deschutes, Alaskan, more), and some other US (DFHead, etc.). A nice selection, not amazing, but like an oasis for me after my first month in town. I can;t beleive there's not Russian River here...the brewery is like an hour and a hald away!! Jeesus! Ok, so i recommend the Co-op for beer in Davis. The raw milk is good too.
10-09-2008 04:42:40 | More by aforbes10
Davis Food Co-op in Davis, CA
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