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Martha's Vineyard

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Martha's VineyardMartha's Vineyard
BA SCORE
89
very good

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of jjshutty
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%

This is the greatest store on the planet when it comes to calorie laden food stuffs. As a cook/caterer/brewer/beer and wine drinker Martha's is never outdone in the quality and quantity of their foods and drinks. Everything is perfect.

The staff is always eager to assist in your shopping needs, no matter how little or how large. Even if you have no idea what you are looking for, they will help.

If you have never been upstairs I recommend you ask to see , there is over a million dollars of wine up there at any given time. I have been up ther twice now and have always left a little poorer.

jjshutty, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Kave_Drenz
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%

Kave_Drenz, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of JohnParadee
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

JohnParadee, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of sarahspat
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

This is an amazing resource for beer (and wine, tobacco, gourmet food & coffee, etc.) enthusiasts in Grand Rapids. They have the second best selection of bottled beer in the city (after Siciliano's) which is still a very impressive selection; it's pretty evenly split size-wise between three basic categories: Michigan, American microbrews, and European beers.

The staff is another strong suit for Martha's. Although I have not drilled any of them on their beer knowledge, I have picked up a couple tidbits from Martha's employees, and they were especially helpful when I had no clue what I was doing. But equally as important, they are all very friendly and make me laugh almost every time I stop in.

sarahspat, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of JDizzle
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%

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 They seem to always have a few beers that have sold out like Hopslam, even out of date a bit, they still offer it.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.

JDizzle, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +11%

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!

BeerFMAndy, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of sullenbee
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

sullenbee, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

TCgoalie, May 02, 2010
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

After years of being told to come here I finally did. I was visiting my brother who lives about fifty yards away, and decided to take the plunge.

There was a better selection of beers here then the beer/wine store by my house on the western side of the Grand Rapids area. Great selections from Stone, Rouge, Dogfish Head and a fairly decent selection of Michigan goodies. Lots of bombers! A decent mix from breweries around the states. A very good selection of Trappist, in fact I am enjoying an Orval right now thanks to them. I didn't receive any help but it did seem busy. Their prices are a little higher that my regular specialty store but for the great selection of bombers and Belgians I'll gladly pay a little extra.

Aside from that there seems to be much wine and health foods. I was kind of sad because I brought along my four year old daughter who wanted some candy, but they didn't have any:( But even better they had ice cream.

JordanEllwanger, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of DiscGolfGod
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

DiscGolfGod, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of TimRoss41
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

TimRoss41, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of MrOH
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

MrOH, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of DuffManOhYeah
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

DuffManOhYeah, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of JimboHD2005
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

JimboHD2005, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of ShareANevada
4/5  rDev +2%

This store was recommended by the bartender at Founders, when I inquired where to find some bottles of Shorts. A quick ride down the road and I was there.

A nice brick building has your typical corner market. Seems like a focus on wine in here, but the back wall is coolers of beer. Very shortly after I started perusing, one of the staff asked if he could be of any help. I told him I was traveling, and inquired about any 'cant miss' beers he might have. I had already seen the Dragonmead and Shorts selections on the shelf.

He took a good bit of time and walked down the coolers and pointed out a number of bottles. Most of these I could get at home, but there were a couple interesting things here, and his working knowledge, having actually drank these beers, was quite helpful.

I amassed my haul on the counter as I worked, and when it came time to check out, the same gentleman already had my two cases in his hands and ready to go out the door. Now THATs service. Maybe not the end-all selection, but I got what I came for, had a great experience, and will be back to patronize. Thanks so much, kind beer sir.

ShareANevada, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Jordy777
4/5  rDev +2%

Jordy777, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +2%

Bung, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of _morandi_
4/5  rDev +2%

_morandi_, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of mcrawford
4/5  rDev +2%

mcrawford, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

I frequent Martha's due to the selection they have. Very unique to rare offerings with just about every local selection of beer made. Their prices are not the best, but usually you can find something very interesting depending on the season, or know that the place holds something no other place does.

Everything is stored in coolers, so you know that the beer cold and out of the hot sun. Decent service, but not totally happy with the non-friendliness of some of their employees.

An overall superb place to purchase rarities of both beer, wine, and spirits. The prices are not bad, but not great either. Stop in sometime; you wont regret it.

sweemzander, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

While the wife napped away at a fancy bed-and-breakfast hotel, I decided to drive a mile or so over to Martha's Vineyard.

This place (and the 'hood) reminds me of Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon. A cool gourmet market with cheese, charcuterie, wine, spirits and the works, plus a large selection of craft beer, mostly cooled. They have ciders, BMC, the singles (a lot of them), Belgians, Germans, bombers, six-packs... you name it.

Clown Shoes, Evil Twin, Stillwater, Goose Island, Dogfish, Southern Tier, Rogue... and a lot of Michigan beer. Seriously a lot. Local pride here.

I didn't see anything outrageous or unique, but there certainly is a ton of good beer here. Service is pretty nice, I was asked if I needed help more than once. Prices are a lil' high overall (the spirits, cheese and prepared foods struck me as pretty pricey indeed) but I guess you're paying for the convenience of having it all under one roof.

DoubleSimcoe, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of GRBrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

GRBrew, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Stopped here while on a brewery tour of Grand Rapids on a tip that they may have some Kuhn Rapberry Eis-bock. Unfortunately I was too late. However they did have a very good selection of beers. I have access to most of them but they did have many local goodies that I was anxious to get my hands on.

Upon entrance they have some fantastic looking deli meats, cheeses, and sweets which all seem to made in house. Pretty crowded place but easily accessible.

The one thing that bothered me is the employees weren't really trying to win the friendly contest. When asking for the eis bock I just received a short answer no and the guy walked away. And then upon paying for my beers I bought the clerk was what I'd call a "prick" also.

Definitely worth checking out however. And if you're like me a must see for wine.

mcallister, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of ExNihilo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ExNihilo, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of otto251068
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

otto251068, Jan 31, 2011
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Martha's Vineyard in Grand Rapids, MI
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.