Brattleboro Food Co-op
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4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
The Brattleboro Food Co-op is well worth the detour off I-91 and set in downtown Brattleboro. The downtown itself is worth a look, with some fine shops and restaurants and pedestrian friendly streets. A little bit of "city" in this scenic spot on the Connecticut River. The Co-op has one of the better beer selections I've seen in southern VT. All beers are available as singles, and prices for singles and packs alike are clearly marked. The staff is generally helpful and friendly, especially over in the beer and wine section. Their prepared foods are also numerous and what I've tried is pretty good. There's also a good selection of organic and local products in the store. I come through this area often and plan to make this store a regular stop.
12-24-2010 02:55:30 | More by Nordicsk8er
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
This is your best bet for beer selection in Brattleboro. You're in Southern Vermont, so don't plan on finding Heady Topper, but you'll still have access to beer from a number of Vermont brewers (Switchback, Long Trail, McNeill's, Rock Art, and Otter Creek are always here).
In addition to beer, the co-op also offers a great selection of Vermont cheeses that pair well with beer (or wine... or whatever you'd like). Do yourself a favor and pick up a few. My recommendations (any of these are great): Plymouth Artisan Cheese (Original Plymouth); Taylor Farm (Vermont Farmstead Gouda); West River Creamery (Farmhouse Jack); Crowley Cheese (garlic and chive); anything from Lazy Lady Farm; Cabot clothbound cheddar; any of the aged cheddars from Grafton Village.
08-19-2014 14:03:50 | More by huuvola
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
McNeils beers. They are here in abundance as well as many other VT micros just thrown in for good measure. The selection here is better than at the pub (even the tender at McNeils confirmed this fact) and on my last visit they had 14 different bombers on offer, all at the low low price of $3.39 a throw (maybe 3.89 for ringworm?). Service is good, clientele is varied, and selection for McNeils is the best you are gonna get anywhere! Worth a stop, to pick up some McNeils to go! I mean, sure you could weigh your cart down with some food, but why bother when you can just fill it up with biere!
06-10-2005 18:02:08 | More by francisweizen
4/5 rDev +5.5%
I was pleasantly surprised at the beer selection in this place. I was expecting a cheap food store, but there is a nice selection of beer. Most of the beer is refrigerated. Vermont beers are well represented here: Otter Creek, Magic Hat, Long Trail, Trout River. They have a bunch of 22oz and 750ml bottles as well, including most Berkshire Brewing Company beers and all of the year round Ommegangs. They also have most of the McNeill's Brewery beers available in 22oz bottles, which is why I went here in the first place. They do have offerings from non-Northeast breweries as well, including DFH, Stone and Sierra Nevada (12 packs of Celebration Ale). They do have a few imports (Chimay and Samuel Smith), but most of it is domestic, which is fine by me. They don't have the vast selection that a large beer store would have, but this is more of a grocery store than a beer store, so I can't hold that against them. What they did have though was top quality stuff. I had two very friendly store clerks ask if I needed help while I was deciding what to buy.
01-06-2009 18:11:06 | More by mtbbaboon
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Just a couple of miles off of and easy to find from Highway 91, this place is a better then decent spot for beer and food in the crunchy little southern Vermont town of Brattleboro. Beer highlights were limited to the full line of Rockart extreme bombers and plenty of McNiels selections, also in bombers. So some things to pick up beer wise. The food selections were more interesting, with artisinal and local rich choices in the bread, cheese, condiments, fruits and veggies departments. Organic is the hot word in this place. Support this well stocked, earthy, friendly and beer geek friendly spot.
09-24-2007 23:34:03 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +5.5%
We are here for one reason, and one reason only. Easy access to McNeill's brews. Walk in with my cart, head right to the right, where there are coolers along the wall. Empty McNeill's 22ozer cases stacked alongside the coolers for ease of filling. Discount for cases, 12 ea 22ozers for $38.xx.
One downer this visit was that when my cashier checked on the discounted case price, she was told by her higher-up that all the McNeill's are the same price now, the previous problem situation had been taken care of. This apparently meant that the bigger ie more expensive beers weren't available. Hopefully this was just a temporary situation. Means I needed to go the brewpub to get those, but decided my ever-suffering wife had been good humored enough this visit, so the biguns will wait until next time. But I digress...
Also a reasonable cross-section of other local and micro brews, if that's what you want, but as noted before, that was not today's purpose. Parking was ample, even though there was some construction ongoing and many yellow tapes spread around.
Serves it's purpose as a good McNeill's source with aplomb. Check it out when passing through.
<edit> Revisited 4/30/06, all is more or less the same. Still no high octane McNeill's brews. Prices up quite a bit, forty-something for a mixed case of bombers now. Oh well, least you know they are fresh, since you can throw a rock and hit McNeill's. Worth noting that the earthy-crunchy staff didn't even question buying beer before noon on a Sunday. Not sure if VT has a law or not, but even if they did, I think this place wouldn't care.
05-01-2006 12:27:31 | More by ppoitras
4/5 rDev +5.5%
The Food Co-Op is a natural foods grocery store with a good beer selection. If you are looking to snag some McNeil`s, they have plenty of it. They also carry Rock Art, Otter Creek, Trout River, Smutty and some other local/regional beers. Stone, Rogue, Stillwater, DFH are some of beers that they also carry. Service is friendly and helpful. Aside from the beer, they carry some local cheese, maple syrup, sausage and various other food products. I opted to pick up some local cheddar cheese and salsa. The Food Co-Op is a small detour for those traveling along I-91, but is very much worth checking out.
12-12-2010 16:44:09 | More by mltobin
4/5 rDev +5.5%
They built a new co-op and the old one is just a memory. The beer department has a pretty good beer selection. If passing thru, this is the only place in the area worth stopping at for beer to go- but not worth a visit just to go there.
Update (6/14): They keep improving the beer selection, a great place for fresh as heck Maine Beer Company at a reasonable price and always a few surprises in the cooler (like Lawsons once). They now have excellent choices for growlers fills at a good price (FBS, MBC Lunch).
Now with Flat Street, the legendary McNeills and the recent addition Whetstone nearby things are looking up in the area.
06-11-2014 21:09:45 | More by Flashy
4/5 rDev +5.5%
We stopped in here while we were heading home to grab some things to grill and I am glad we did.
Walk in and beer is on the right. I caught that immediately upon entering to which my wife said "Don't take forever!".
They had a ton of good stuff for cheap (in my opinion). Lots of Vt stuff I don't see in MA all the time. They had lots of McNeill's for only $2.99 a bottle as well as a good deal of Rock Art for $3.99.
I grabbed a Smutty Baltic Porter, Otter Creek Imperial IPA, McNeill's Champ Ale and a Rock Art Belvedere IPA. All were VERY well priced. I also noticed they still had some bottles of Otter Creek RIS and a few bottles of Smutty's Quad.
Great place, the food selection is great. I got some great local produce and some fresh hamburger that was amazing on the grill.
This is THE place to stop for beer if you are in town.
07-13-2009 01:59:05 | More by indiapaleale
3.97/5 rDev +4.7%
Swung by yesterday (10AUG13) with Artied2. Fairly modern, one-story building in the center of town. Entering off the parking lot, an overhead sign directed you to all your needs, with bier being straight ahead. Has extensive shelves of warm bier, plus a decent sized cooler as well. A solid selection of local VT brews, plus a solid New England array, and some stuff from afar I had never heard of... Attendants roaming the aisles were courteous and offered assistance readily. Prices seemed pretty fair, overall. Would stop by again if nearby... Prosit!
3.97/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
08-11-2013 16:51:05 | More by Bierman9
Brattleboro Food Co-op in Brattleboro, VT
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.