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City Market / Onion River Co-op

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City Market / Onion River Co-opCity Market / Onion River Co-op
BA SCORE
85
very good

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 8.47%
[ Store ]

82 S Winooski Ave
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-7407
United States
phone: (802) 863-3659

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @citymarket

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Photo of dirkchivers
3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

Photo of gdfan47
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%

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

Photo of scottg
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

A good selection of Vermonts particularly McNeills. Not much in imports. There were some Rogues as well. As this is not the biggest supermarket, the beer selection is a significant portion of the store. Lots and lots of 12-paks boxes and some growlers. Staff were not beer knowledgeable they just work here. Good long hours and convenient downtown location, so a sure stop ifyou are passing through this beautiful small city. What I liked best in Vermont was here, the emphasis on the local craft everythin industry, and the minimum in macro selection.

Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Located right in downtown Burlinton, this place is a nice alternative to the usual Super-grocery stores you can find anywhere. There is a bakery on site, loads of fresh produce, and a great selection of organic products as well, not to mention the beer. The beer selection includes: almost anything brewed in VT (Rock Art, Hornpout, Long Trail, Magic Hat, McNeil's, Trout River, Otter Creek and a few others that are usually a little tough to find); they also offer brews from Anchor and few other micros from around the country. Maybe I was lucky, or if it's policy, but I didn't happen to see any macros at this market. Woo-hoo! A nice little surprise in the middle of Burlington.

Photo of Goldorak
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

We were there at around 10am on a Saturday morning, just before heading down to the Brewer's festival.

Plenty of free parking, quite surprising in the parking-meter infested Burlington dowtown core. This place seems fairly new, I've been to Burlington many times and never noticed it before. Looks very clean, lots of vegetarian/organic/environmentally friendly fare. If I had a store like this in my neck of the woods, I'd probably do my weekly groceries there. Too bad we were stressed for time, I would have enjoyed browsing through the isles a bit.

The Beer fridges are at the back end of the store, next to the wine and snackbar. Apparently, visitors here in town for the Brewer's festival pretty much bought everything out, and the store didn't have time to restock their shelves. A cart with cases next to the isle suggested that they were about to get to it, but no store clerk was in sight. They still had a few McNeil's bombers, but not too many. A couple of Rogues, but only the ones I'm not too interested in shelling out 4 bucks to try out. They still had plenty of Rock Art growlers, and the most common NE breweries (Magic Hat, Long Trail, Harpoon, etc.) were well represented. The Beers looked nice and fresh, even the McNeil's, with their ultra cheap, half unglued labels didn't seem like they were sitting there for months, as I suspect is the case at other places in the area.

***Edit, July 2005***

Finally had a chance to check out the isles a bit, I really liked everything I saw. Great cheeze selection, I also liked the bulk section that had a lot of teas. Beer selection is similar to my last visit, and I was a bit dissapointed that little to no ciders were available. I did get a bottle of Dupont's Foret, the organic saison.

Photo of UnionMade
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Located somewhat in downtown Burlington, this is pretty much a fancy grocery store featuring a lot of vegan, organic and crunchy food. I'd kill to have one of these places around me. It's pretty easy to find, as Burlington is not too congested or complicated a town to drive in, and the parking lot is fairly spacious. The beer selection takes up a short aisle near the deli area, with an impressive selection for just a supermarket. The selection is mostly craft beer, with lots of locally made stuff, and pretty much just a token macro beer selection. Right in front is a big selection of single bottles in larger sizes, mainly bombers and 750ml sizes. Some McNeill's, Allagash, etc. A small selection of singles lines the bottom. The six packs are displayed around the rest of the aisle. The pricing is pretty good, about average for anywhere else. The stock seems to be well rotated, and I wasn't afraid of accidentally getting anything old. The employees are friendly and a little crunchy, which is endearing to me. I was actually asked if I needed any help whilst making some McNeill's selections.
A great stop for take home beer if you find yourself driving up to Burlington for a beer adventure. I'd recommend this place, for sure. Lots of tasty food in the deli area, as well.

Photo of scottum
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

They have a nice selection of McNeill's! Also available are Magic Hat, Trout River, Rock Art, Otter Creek, and Long Trail. Growlers of Rock Art and Shed Mountain Ale. Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Smuttynose, Shipyard, Woodchuck, and more! A solid place to stock up on beer when in burlington area. Certainly on par with Pearl Street Beverage. The selection at Winooski Discount Beverage is a touch better though. I love seeing McNeill's Imperial Stout and Old Ringworm at a low low $3.25 after deposit per bomber. Worth a stop when in town!

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City Market / Onion River Co-op in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.