City Market / Onion River Co-op
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3.65/5 rDev 0%
As other BA's have pointed out, how best to describe this place is of a scaled-down version of Whole Foods (but with better advertised sales from what I've noticed). Conveniently located in the downtown core with ample parking available.
A lot of Vermont and NE staples are available in 6 and 12-packs in a long open cooler, with seasonal and mixed 12-packs a plenty (grabbed a Wolaver's mixed 12-pack last visit). On the endcap of this cooler is an area devoted to singles, with some pretty decent regional offerings (and acouple Belgian options) but nothing too rare or outstanding. I've picked up some Stone, Ommegang, Dogfish Head, and once found a reduced 4-pack of Old Rasputin.
Probably not necessarily worth a visit for the beer alone (better places in the area), but if you're into amazingly good and fresh sandwiches made-to-order in front of you or want a variety of lunch options, then I'd stop here.
10-16-2011 05:18:37 | More by Digimaika2
3.43/5 rDev -6%
This co-op style supermarket is fairly close to most of the attractions of Burlington. It has a feel of a more scaled-down and low key version of Whole Foods. Food seems to be of higher quality than your typical large grocer. But, the beer seems to be just above average in terms of selection. You can find a good variety of the major national brands and the larger VT brands. And a small # of US craft brewers are here. I was hoping for a bottle or two from the smaller brewers out of the state, maybe in the future, this will become a reality.
09-08-2011 00:19:24 | More by mltobin
4/5 rDev +9.6%
"Crunchy" food market, just a few blocks from the pedestrian mall in downtown Burlington (just a few more blocks to American Flatbread and the Vermont Pub). Has a mini whole foods feel to it. Great place to get a healthy bag of groceries or a bite to eat for lunch. Tons of cheeses, sandwedges, veggies, and of course all the Vermont locals and ample worthy (mostly domestic) others beer wise. They have a pleasant area to sit down and enjoy your meal, with windows out onto the bicycle riding, music playing, lovin life streets of great to visit Burlington. Always have a good time when I visit, and this place is well worth making a part of your day.
04-14-2010 00:15:12 | More by Billolick
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
City Mark-UP is right in the center of town and most things there are costly but good. The Beer is no different. I would not even begin to know were to ask for help with a selection because a large portion of the staff there are "co-op" members and work like 1 night a week. But if you know what you are looking for they have a good amount. Many cold 6-12 packs of local/new England stuff. There large bottle collection could be better but some could everyones in Vermont, it is a work in progress. I was happy to see that they had this years Big Foot (something pearl street didn't have) but when i tried to buy a case they made me open it up and scan each 6 pack individually. Overall good but if you are shopping for large amounts head some where elz!
05-31-2009 23:58:11 | More by TheRowan
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
City Market (also known as City mark-up) is Burlington's "whole foods" or co-op. The have all sorts of natural, organic, and local foods from VT and surrounding states. They also have a pretty good beer & wine selection for a grocery store. They do have BMC beer, but only about 1/10th or less of their beer is BMC (versus the other way around at most supermarkets).
They try and keep something from most Vermont breweries such as Magic Hat, Long Trail, Rock Art, McNeil's, Otter Creek, and a handful of others, as well as some larger craft breweries like Stone & Dogfish Head. If you're downtown it's your best place, but if you've got a car I'd head over to Winooski Beverage for more Beer.
I'm not a huge Wine drinker, but they do have a decent selection of Wines as well including local & organic ones as well.
05-26-2009 13:03:35 | More by kingcrowing
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
UPDATED: Bumping up a bit the selection score as it's not too bad. It seems to have gotten a bit better.
ORIGINAL REVIEW DECEMBER 2008: On my mini-trip to Burlington last weekend, i decided to visit the other beer stores in the area before going to the Winooski Beverage Warehouse to see how they stacked up.
As i walk in, it defintely has a Whole Foods vibe to it as their main focus seems to be the organic slant of things. A bit cramped but i like the decor.
Quality seems good and service was nice, quick and efficient. But there are 2 major problems with this store:
Problem #1: Selection is borderline pathetic (compared to other beer stores in the vicinity). They have a couple of Belgians and English ales (note, i said a couple) but they are REALLY lacking in different beers. You have the locals plus SN, Dogfish, Stone, Rogue, Allagash, you see where i'm going, just large micros. Yes, it has a good selection for a grocery store but with Pearl Street Beverage just a stone's throw away there is really no excuse of this lack of selection.
Problem #2: You can't break up 6packs. Now i don't know if there's a law for grocery stores that prohibits them from doing it. If there is, then i will retract this criticism and adjust my rating accordingly but if not, then there is no excuse. All beer stores i have been in VT allow it. They have a few singles loose which the employee said was because "something happened to it" but upon closer inspection, they looked old and i think they were trying to get rid of old stock, not cool. I bought a single bottle of Wolaver's Pale Ale but not the ones in the singles basket (bottled in July) but from a 6pack (bottled in November, that's better). They do have single bottles of the imports though but no U.S. micros. Of course, when i talk about singles, i mean 12oz. bottles.
Overall, i won't be coming here again and i don't recommend it unless you happen to be here for your groceries and want to pick up some beer at the same time. Even then though, you can take a 5 minute walk to Pearl Street with a way better selection than here.
05-04-2009 20:00:48 | More by papat444
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
They have the best selection i have seen available at a supermarket, but the prices definitively separate this place from other supermarkets. There are cheaper places to buy brews in town and those places have larger stocks. But is one is pressed for time picking up groceries, then ease is on your side at City Market, assuming you have the money for it. Most everything they have stocked which is of decent quality and in a size larger than would fit in a sixer (i.e. bombers and tallboys) is in a cooler, just an FYI.
04-27-2009 09:05:58 | More by dirkchivers
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
this place is basically burlington's answer to whole foods.
its a pretty cool supermarket with a mix of specialty/gourmet foods and reg groceries
oh and they sell beer
the beer is pretty reasonable
they sell most vt brews, and alot of them. They have all the up to date seasonals and go across the board for most vt breweries.
they sell 6 packs, 12 packs , even some growlers and singles
the prices are fair, not great. The people that work there are nice, but I have never met someone there who seemed to know a whole lot about beer
they sometimes heavily discount beers in a bin, and there can be some good deals to be found
in addition to vt beers they have some good domestics and some foreigns including some Uk beers and CA beers (like unibroue!)
worth checking out
the bakery is good too, get a peanut butter brownie you wont be dissapointed
12-06-2008 21:38:35 | More by gdfan47
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
City Market has a great selection of local and organic veggies, bread, cheese, etc. as well as a deli and prepared food bar and is conviently located one block east from Church Street, the pedestrian mall.
The beer is all the way at the far end of the store. All of the major VT breweries are well represented in six pack and 12 packs as well as others including Brooklyn & Shipyard, refrigerated and at room temp. They have growlers of Shed and Rock Art and a solid selection of 22s-lots of McNeils, Stone, Rogue, Berkshire, etc. They also have a couple of Unibrou on rotation. In addition they also carrying local mead and hard cider and have one of the best selections of wine in the city.
Prices are on par with others in the area. The staff is usually friendly, but their beer knowledge isn't great, although not terrible considering this is a full market and lots of the staff are members.
05-03-2008 19:44:26 | More by scottg
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
The City Market / Onion River Co-op fits right in with the hippie vibe of Burlington. It's kind of like a Whole Foods, and they have a lot of organic items. They concentrate on local items. It is a small store, and it's kind of beat up, but I'd rather shop here than at a larger grocery chain. At the very least they have a great selection of cheese that you won't find in the bigger places. They're currently open from 7 - 11 daily. But on to the beer. Roughly 32 feet of space is alloted to beer, with a few free-standing displays as well. The selection is based in local beers, and as such changes. They didn't have any beer from The 3 Needs, for example, on my last visit. And the growlers from other breweries varies as well, obviously due in part to the season. There's a pretty wide selection of 22 ouncers as well, but most of it's six-packs (as would be expected). Every Vermont brewery is represented, and a few from the surrounding states as well. It's certainly worth visiting.
07-08-2006 01:44:40 | More by NeroFiddled
City Market / Onion River Co-op in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.