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3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-07-2014 05:44:30 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
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
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
07-11-2006 18:12:18 | More by mcallister
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
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
09-17-2009 21:43:23 | More by sweemzander
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
4.45/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
11-09-2008 01:00:35 | More by sarahspat
Martha's Vineyard in Grand Rapids, MI
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.