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1.9/5 rDev -51.2%
Here's the deal. I stopped in at Martha's Vineyard back in May for the first time. Cool atmosphere, solid selection of wine and beer, and a very nice gourmet cheese selection. I was checking out their lineup of Great Lakes (specifically the freshness dates for GL stuff - something I do everywhere as a GL geek) and they were all slightly out of date, some extremely old. The GL Anniversary Ale was outdated from 2003, and the Nosferatu was last year's batch, outdated in October '04.
So I called over the manager and told him about the GL beers. He was a good listener if nothing else and told me that they'd pull them immediately. OK.
Well, I was there again recently on my Founders trip (almost 3 months later), stopped in and....they're still there. The Anniversary Ale, Nosferatu, the entire outdated gang. Scumbags. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but Martha's Vineyard is the kind of store that doesn't do the craft beer business any damn good.
08-14-2005 00:44:35 | More by olacub
3/5 rDev -22.9%
This a very beautiful decorated store and an excellent place to go if you are in search of a gourmet goodies, weather its for beer, wine, cheese, snacks or pastries. My mouth was watering when I walked in and had a gander at all the delicious looking goodies in the front of the store. Being from out of town we were looking for some specific beers we cant get in Dayton, none of which we found, but we were able to pick up a few interesting Michigan beers we cant get. Ill have to say I was immediately turned off by the place when I walked up to the register. The clerk (or perhaps he was the owner?) was a snobby older man who literally acted like he didnt even want us in his store. Whats up with people like that? Ill never understand, but if I lived nearby I dont think Id be returning to help his snobby arse profit.
07-11-2006 19:36:59 | More by pixel
3.15/5 rDev -19%
Martha's has a nice array of beers (well, for the area), all stored in coolers at the back of the store. A handful of beers are available as singles, including most offerings from Bells, New Holland, and Founders. Has a handful of Belgians including Gouden Carolus, several Unibroue, and Dupont Avec les bons Vouex. Other micros include Dogfish Head, Rogue (very nice selection), and other standards for the area. Not as many rare beers show up here than at a couple other local stores, but the stock tends to move more slowly here (perhaps the pricing has something to do with this), leaving a few nice finds on the shelves long after they're sold out elsewhere. The store also offers a variety of deli foods, wines, liquors, and even ice cream. Classy place, but probably a #3 or #4 option when seeking beer in Grand Rapids.
01-17-2005 05:06:22 | More by Silphium
3.35/5 rDev -13.9%
I went to this place once. As far as selection, it had some things that other more patronized establishments in the area did not have. I went there to get some Devil Dancer out of season when the rest of the merchants had already been depleted of their stock. Hidden treasures as it were. They seemed to have a decent selection. As I recall they did have a bunch of Rogue selections. Most of the local fare was well represented along with Great Lakes and even some stuff I hadn't seen at my usual haunt. Rather limited but acceptable import stock which I really couldn't care less about anyway. They had a bunch of wine and some big deli cases with cheese and meat and dessert items. Overall a nice place. My buddy the Bogmonster bought some GL Locktender Lager that should have been put to death long before he purchased it, so I see where the previous reviewer ( olacub ) is coming from on that topic. I agree that they are not paying too close of attention to freshness on some of their stock ( it seems like I see old GL brews at other places I visit as well though ). I will most likely go to Martha's only to search for things that have disappeared from the other places. Treasure trove type stuff. On the DL. Not bad. Not the best.
11-29-2005 00:17:37 | More by SupaCelt
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
There isn't anything that really stands out for me at Martha's with their beer selection, there wasn't anything that I could not find at another beer store in the area. With less then the normal places that I beer shop at. I was impressed with some of their other items i.e. their cured meats looked good.
Other then the hello when I walked in and normal small talk as I checked out I hand no interaction with the staff in the store.
Beer prices where very close to what you would pay at most beer stores around.
This would be a nice place to have right next door for the last second beer run, but it is a little too far from me.
01-14-2009 02:39:52 | More by Roeters
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
This place is also a deli with sandwiches, cheeses and lots of cheesecake. The beer is on a wall about 30-40 feet long all of it in coolers. They run the gammet from PBR to Bells to Duvel. The Rogue (just a few) and Jolly Pumpkin (only 2) selections are not too good. Nice selections of imports that are separated by country in each cooler, makes it easy to choose. Many micros from the US and locally. The sevice is a toss up. It really depends on what time you go and on what day. I have walked in and been ignored with just one word comments, and other times it has been quite nice. Some of the people know about wine others know about beer, depends on who you get to help you. Nice place to shop for the most part. I go there frequently mostly cause it is close to where I live.
12-05-2004 14:58:18 | More by trumick
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
Martha's Vineyard is a bit hard to find, kind of inbetween downtown and east town. The place has one of the best selection of beers in GR. The Beast from Avery was there, Thomas Hardy was there, other breweries from the west that I haven't seen before. Very good selection, maybe a bit light in Belgian choices, that's it. I didn't ask for any service but didn't get any help either even though I was looking for awhile (maybe it's because I'm a college student). The guy seemed surprised by what I bought like he expected me to get Bud or some shit. A little snobby. But that being aside they seemed knowledgeable and helpful to others. Pricing was definitely on the high side. Also a deli that looked phenomenol and a good wine selection.
04-14-2004 14:37:53 | More by granger10
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
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
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
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
Martha's Vineyard in Grand Rapids, MI
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.