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Martha's Vineyard

Martha's VineyardMartha's Vineyard
BA SCORE
88
very good

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
$$$ - a bit pricey


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200 Union Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503-3451
United States
phone: (616) 459-0911

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JDizzle

Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

This is a gem if you want to spend just a bit more than normal. They have a great selection in the GR area. They seem to always have a few beers that have sold out like Hopslam, even out of date a bit, they still offer it. I bought a bomber of Old Guardian 09' for $3 on close out that made me smile like a MF'r. I also bought a 10' at the same price and enjoyed them.

I will always stop by when in town.

08-23-2013 04:25:31 | More by JDizzle
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TimRoss41

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$

Martha's is my go-to place to buy beer, and the reason why I put up with it being a bit pricey is the service. These guys are great. They genuinely love beer, and always have great suggestions and recommendations. Great atmosphere and vibe to the place, with an ok deli and grocery. It's paired with a really great bakery next door, and you can knock out some specialty shopping all in one trip. I really can't say enough about the service. I've had quick trips turn into 45 minute detours because I've been engaged in really great conversations with the staff about what to try, and even get suggestions for other places in town to look for new things.

12-10-2012 03:54:12 | More by TimRoss41
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GRBrew

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$

I have to say I don't frequent this place often for beer because the selection has never been great and they are a bit pricey. I have never walked in there and found anything extraordinary or rare. They are geared more to selling the common craft beers rather than more unique beers. They do sell a good amount of Jolly Pumpkin.

Everything they sell is in coolers which is alway off putting to me. The staff is very helpful but seem to be more knowledgable on wine.

Their liquor selection is pretty nice and worth the trip.

10-08-2011 02:09:36 | More by GRBrew
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JimboHD2005

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I stop in every time I make my way through Grand Rapids. Very nice selection of craft and Michigan beers and staff have always been helpful and prices are reasonable. Store feels small but has more room than it looks from the outside. Not a ton of beer cold but they have a good amount of beer on the floor as well. Last trip picked up some Shorts, Bells and Founders. I would recommend hitting this place up whether just passing through or staying for a trip in Grand Rapids. Not too far from the downtown area as well.

03-25-2011 20:35:18 | More by JimboHD2005
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otto251068

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

Atmosphere: Friendly staff, a little crowded, but warm and inviting. Besides the beer, there is a lot of specialty items to check out.

Quality: Most of the beers at this store are in the cooler which is great, and there is plenty of cooler space. The beer that is not in the cooler is in cases that are stacked on the floor, but it looks like you can at least find a six pack of every beer there in the cooler. Most of the beer there looks pretty up to date, with lots of new releases.

Service: Not too much service to speak of. This store has lots of gourmet items and the staff seemed really busy just being behind the counter. Not much service is needed most of the time (for me anyway): here is the beer, look through it and buy what you want.

Selection: Very good. Obvious priority on locals, and there was a TON of new Shorts and Bells there. Very impressed by all the Michigan beers here. Also a great selection of Dogfish Head that is harder to find in the area. All in all, there were a lot of beers here that I have never seen in the area. That being said, I can find a greater selection at other stores.

Value: Prices here look to be on par with other stores in the Grand Rapids area. Good, not great.

01-31-2011 13:04:38 | More by otto251068
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MrOH

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

I used to live a block away, so it was always my stopping point on the way home from work. This was a double edged sword, as it had a ton of great gourmet foods that couldn't easily be found elsewhere in the city, and the beer selection was pretty dang good, as well as liquor. However, pricing was a bit steep across the board. If I had the time/will to go elsewhere to pick up cheese/whisky/cigars/beer, I would, and would get better prices and selection, but for a quick stop on the way home, it really couldn't be beat.

07-24-2010 16:47:24 | More by MrOH
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DuffManOhYeah

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Martha's Vineyard is a good place to go for anyone near the downtown GR area. It's a very homey and warm atmosphere and the long coolers that line the wall are stocked with all kinds of single beers from all over the world. I know it takes good money to buy good beer, but I've found the same quality beers and better selections at other places in town who sell singles for less than Martha's. That being said, the place is still worthwhile to check for a beer you might not be able to find somewhere else. I generally enjoy and respect Martha's, but I've never been exceptionally impressed going there. Therefore, I can only give them "good"s for most of the review, but their selection is near exceptional.

06-23-2010 00:06:07 | More by DuffManOhYeah
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

The second you walk into Martha's, it is hard not to be excited. A glass case full of sweets and cheeses greats you to the left. A wall of liqours to the right. The best awaits you at the back of the store...a wall of refrigerated beer that is likely 75-100 feet long. The selection is great with a wide selection of singles. There is also a vast selection of wines and snacks. The only gripe I have about Martha's, is the price. For most singles and 6-packs, expect to pay an extra buck or two compared to other places around town.

05-01-2010 23:25:11 | More by TCgoalie
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

After Siciliano's Sweemzander and I navigated some one-way roads to make it to Martha's Vineyard on the corner of an intersection. The quaint little store was nicely designed and had a high-class but rustic feel to it from the front façade.

Once inside the depth and intelligence of the design continued on. From wood floors to exposed brick archways that loosely separated rooms, it was a very nice looking place.

We made our way straight in to the coolers which lined one of the walls. Almost all the beer was inside the coolers which was fantastic! Lots of local stuff like Bells, Founders, Arcadia, etc. A surprise to see was Kuhnhenn where I picked up a bottle of 4th Dementia for about $5.

There was a decent selection of imports and Belgian beers but almost all of it was the typical stuff you'd find in any beer store. One beer to make note of was Avery's Ten (10th Anniversary ale) which was something like $8 and bottled in 2003. A bit odd they would still have this.

Sweem grabbed it and asked the cashier who said he just had one recently and it was fantastic. While he was helpful and nice I'm not sure if he was just trying to get it off the shelf because I didn't think it was all that fantastic at all. Either way he was vocal about helping us with anything we needed, in addition based on what Sweem said about their service, generally, I was getting a good vibe about the place.

I also liked that they had what seemed to be a decent selection of meads and ciders too among an amazing wine selection upstairs (so I'm told from Sweem who is also a wine connoisseur).

A good stop for a few gems in Grand Rapids, especially with the majority of them being in coolers. I'd like to make it back to this location again!

04-27-2010 12:35:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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sullenbee

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$

The best thing about Martha's Vineyard is the staff. I always feel at home, and I am always welcomed. Prices can be a bit high, but the selection is pretty decent, with a good part of the store dedicated to Michigan beer. Beer seems to be well rotated, I have yet to pick up a dusty brew. (Though everything is kept in a cooler, other than one stack of sale beer) They always have a few beers on special, and good deals can be found. Staff is extremely knowledgeable, honest and attentive.

On more than one occasion, I have had the staff offer to carry out my beer. Whenever I experience a line, someone always pops up at another register to help out. Now, that's service!

Downfall is the price. Honestly, I've found Martha's to be slightly higher than many of the other specialty stores in Grand Rapids. On the plus side, they are open till midnight most nights, making them more convenient for late night stops. (Though I always rely on Smitty's in Eastown in a pinch, open till 2am with a better beverage selection than your average quick stop)

I recommend Martha's to anyone who lives or is visiting the downtown area of Grand Rapids. You can't beat the selection unless you travel out to Sicilianos or further.

02-15-2010 06:50:51 | More by sullenbee
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Martha's Vineyard in Grand Rapids, MI
88 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.