Brattleboro Food Co-op
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
Missed the co-op last time we were through, as instincts were to hit McNeill's first and the beer store an afterthought, well closed by the time we got around to it. Supposedly the keeper of more McNeill's bombers than McNeill's has in their corner cooler, I guess I would need to see to know for sure. Caught a pint around the corner and now it's time to hit the co-op for bombers, before we head west across Vermont and out to Albany; Trouble's got a train to catch...
Big old food store on the bend. You don't have to get too far in, as the beer and wine are real easy to find on entry, just off to the right in coolers mostly. Nearly a dozen McNeill's bombers types, and a half dozen BBC bombers, too. Beyond that, a good selection of Vermont beers (Magic Hat, Orlio, Long Trail, Otter Creek, Wolavers, Trout Brook, Rock Art), a few regionals from New England (Gritty's, Peak, Stone Coast, Geary's, Smuttynose), and a little further out (Ommegang, DogFishHead), and then micros from elsewhere (Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog). Also a few imports (Chimay, Sam Smith, Rodenbach, St Peters, DuPont). A place like this, you should in no way be surprised by the number of organic selections (Orlio, Wolavers, Peak, Sam Smith) sold here. Didn't find the bombers we were looking for (I shoulda had her get 'em when she saw 'em 2 days before), but this was our best bet in town.
Still, easy, one stop shopping in Brattleboro for all your beering needs.
09-08-2007 16:17:50 | More by slander
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
3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
A small selection of beer, though all of the recent and basic 4 offerings of
McNeill(which you can get at the Burlington Co-Op) Be sure to buy additional choices at the pub itself (and take the car). Good selection of food accompaniments for beer. Almost everything in the cooler. Almost all, local selection. Below average for a Whole Foods these days. If you are in the area and need some beer, this is the place. Closed at 9 pm. Parking no problem. Nonexistent service as you wouldn't have expectations in a grocery or supermarket.
07-12-2007 03:13:01 | More by Sammy
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
A nice place, sort of a rural version of Whole Foods, of course less corporate than that. Big selection of Vermont craft beer, Rock Art, McNeills, Long Trail, etc. Lots of more limited distribution stuff from Rock Art in particular. Prices were very low, and maybe lower if you're a shareholder (I think, at least I got that impression as I checked out.
Tons of food options here too, ranging from the selection of an organic grocery store through the prepared boxes, a deli, and more. I spent a good 10-15 minutes looking through the beer options and another 10th minutes on food. Happy I stopped here.
05-06-2011 17:24:29 | More by TurdFurgison
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
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
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
Located right down the street from McNeills and off of Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. This is your typical health food Co-op store. Great selection of fresh produce, herbs, health food supplies, teas, vitamins and organic offerings available. There is a focus on quality products with environmental preservation consciousnesses. This place supports the local farmer and in this case, the local brewer. I noticed couple of posters throughout the store showcasing Ray McNeill and his brewery, which I thought was cool.
Anyways, on to the main reason why any of us would directly come here the beer selection. As other BAs have noted, there is a really good representation of Vermont breweries such as Long Trail, Otter Creek, Magic Hat and Trout River. The McNeills selection is excellent. This is what they had on the shelves and coolers during my recent visit; Alle Tage Altbier, Champ Ale, Ducks Breath Bitter, Tarton Export, Firehouse Ale, Old Ringworm, Ruby Ale, Pullmans Porter, Imperial Stout and others. 22 oz brown bombers were $3.99 each.
If you find yourself in Brattleboro, you might as well stop here and stock up. If you have an appreciation for organic and health food stores, youll leave twice as happy.
02-19-2006 22:43:30 | More by Hibernator
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
Quaint little hippie Coop in a quaint little hippie town. Id love to have a grocery store like this in my neighborhood. Beer selection is basically an all-Vermont lineup, not too many of which are worth it or are widely available elsewhere, and the McNeills section was exactly the same as at the pub two blocks away. We did stop there for a quick lunch, though. We werent allowed to drink any Beer in the seating area but we did enjoy the food there. Who says Americans dont eat well? I ate more organic food in one meal here than in the past month at home!!
If youre going to make the detour to have a pint at McNeills, you might as well stop by here on the way in just to take a look. As mentioned below, parking seems to be scarce in this town, so watch out for meters or customers only signs.
07-19-2005 18:17:25 | More by Goldorak
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%
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
Brattleboro Food Co-op in Brattleboro, VT
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