Hyde Park Market

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Hyde Park MarketHyde Park Market
BA SCORE
86
very good

13 Reviews
Reviews: 13
Visits: 20
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: n/a
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4429 Duval St
Austin, Texas, 78751-3917
United States
phone: (512) 524-4217

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Reviews: 13 | Visits: 20
Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev +15%

Don't let the outside looks of the place fool you- its packed with great beer inside. While all the beer is not located in a single area, its not hard to find if you're indeed looking for more beer. If you're not looking for 300+ bottles of beer, you might mistake one of its 4 different beer display areas as its only beer display.

This little place seriously has the best selection in the area (beats the Hancock HEB and the new Twin market thing). You have to go to Central Market on Lamar to equal the selection here. The prices aren't as good as Central Market either, but they are not outrageous (some items worse than others). This place carries most of the more obscure beers from the smaller distributors in the area as well as the usuals.

Some stuff I remember: DeProef Collabos (Tomme Arthur and Allagash $17.99ea), Pike (5 kinds $7.99 And Old Bawdy $13.99), Brass. Des Rocs, Meantime, Boulevard (all 4 smokestacks $10.?9ea).

Not sure how much the employees knew or cared about the beer, but its obvious someone here cares. I made some comments about the big beer selection and the two at the counter just nodded. Will definitely stop by here again. (1,164 characters)

Photo of mflkb4
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

While I am wildly biased towards this place because it is across the street from me, I will admit straight off the bat that, yes, they are overpriced and yes, it's hard to find a staff member who knows what they're talking about. Most people tend not to compare prices of their craft ale, so they get away with charging $24 for the Great Divide Grand Cru I saw last night whereas more knowledgeable shops are charging $18.

BUT! I love it. It feels like a home to me. The owners parents who are always working behind the counter both have great, dry senses of humor. The mom even smiles a little when she sees me which I don't think she does for many people. The owner has a crush on my roommate and I laugh about this fact every time I go in. The store is claustrophobic - I think they just sell whatever and see what sticks, so I have also picked up things like a plunger or toothpaste while buying beer. As for the selection, I guess they just order the whole slate available in town. I have bought things here that I thought were all bought up in the whole Austin area - Real Ale Peach Sour, Jester King Ambree, Prairie Ale Christmas Bomb! because I think it just takes so long for them to rotate stock.

I love Hyde Park Market (aka Flag Store) forever and always. (1,269 characters)

Photo of JamLand
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I'll pretty much echo the sentiment already reviewed here. One of, if not the best selection in the city. However, this is probably the most expensive bottle shop in Austin.

Now being the most expensive actually does bring some advantages. This is the place to go if you missed out on a new release because of all the truck chasers and hoarders. Look some of us have jobs and it's nice to get off work and still be able to go pick up the latest release.

Tony is also great to talk beer with, he's quick to help, he's quick to let you know if anything new will be coming in soon. He'll also save stuff for his regulars, which again is nice if you don't want to have to leave work early or call in sick to pick up the latest beer. Now, if he isn't in the store, everyone else is very friendly, but they know nothing about beer or when a beer should be coming into the store. (875 characters)

Hyde Park Market in Austin, TX
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.