City Market / Onion River Co-op
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
this place is basically burlington's answer to whole foods.
its a pretty cool supermarket with a mix of specialty/gourmet foods and reg groceries
oh and they sell beer
the beer is pretty reasonable
they sell most vt brews, and alot of them. They have all the up to date seasonals and go across the board for most vt breweries.
they sell 6 packs, 12 packs , even some growlers and singles
the prices are fair, not great. The people that work there are nice, but I have never met someone there who seemed to know a whole lot about beer
they sometimes heavily discount beers in a bin, and there can be some good deals to be found
in addition to vt beers they have some good domestics and some foreigns including some Uk beers and CA beers (like unibroue!)
worth checking out
the bakery is good too, get a peanut butter brownie you wont be dissapointed
12-06-2008 21:38:35 | More by gdfan47
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
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
3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
City Mark-UP is right in the center of town and most things there are costly but good. The Beer is no different. I would not even begin to know were to ask for help with a selection because a large portion of the staff there are "co-op" members and work like 1 night a week. But if you know what you are looking for they have a good amount. Many cold 6-12 packs of local/new England stuff. There large bottle collection could be better but some could everyones in Vermont, it is a work in progress. I was happy to see that they had this years Big Foot (something pearl street didn't have) but when i tried to buy a case they made me open it up and scan each 6 pack individually. Overall good but if you are shopping for large amounts head some where elz!
05-31-2009 23:58:11 | More by TheRowan
3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
11-09-2005 13:08:05 | More by Sammy
3.28/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | $$
The grocery store itself is really cool, but the beer department leaves a lot to be desired. The selection was fairly limited and the selection of interesting or harder to find beers was almost non-existent. You can literally see every beer they have in 2 minutes with only a single wall of bombers and a few shelves of 4/6/12 packs. Was very disappointed overall in the beer department here.
07-02-2013 19:03:56 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
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
3.43/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This co-op style supermarket is fairly close to most of the attractions of Burlington. It has a feel of a more scaled-down and low key version of Whole Foods. Food seems to be of higher quality than your typical large grocer. But, the beer seems to be just above average in terms of selection. You can find a good variety of the major national brands and the larger VT brands. And a small # of US craft brewers are here. I was hoping for a bottle or two from the smaller brewers out of the state, maybe in the future, this will become a reality.
09-08-2011 00:19:24 | More by mltobin
3.53/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Pretty solid location right downtown. The store itself, as others have accurately described, is a mini-"Whole Foods" co-op with a decent vibe. The beer section seemed mostly devoted to 6 and 12-packs of some of the larger somewhat craft options. There was also a smaller end cap featuring various singles, including a few imports and larger US craft breweries. The prices for beer were pretty much on par to a few other spots I checked out in Burlington. The best aspect of City Market for myself and the wife was the excellent fresh food available for take out.
01-22-2012 06:14:55 | More by MattyV
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
City Market / Onion River Co-op in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.