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4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
This Acme is located in the Fairlawn area of Akron in the West Market Plaza near I-77. Being a grocery store, the parking lot is plenty spacious. It is also only a short distance from some other good beer spots like Mustard Seed Market, World Market, Thirsty Dog and Winking Lizard.
I was simply blown away by the beer selection here. The beer section is in the rear of the store and is unlike anything I have seen in a grocery store. You can find beers from GLBC, DFH, Stone (they had the 7th), Moylan's, Avery, Bell's, etc. They even had a section devoted to Beligians and another to German beers. Other countries like Serbia were even represented. Truly impressive. The prices were good as well.
Another pleasant surprise was the service here. There was a nice woman keeping the area tidy and it appeared her job is to handle just this area. Kind of a beer stewardess. I recommend this place highly for anyone traveling to Akron or passing by Rt 18 on I-77.
01-26-2004 02:40:07 | More by Dogbrick
3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
I stopped here on the way back to Columbus from Cleveland. It was a very convenient stop, just 2 miles or so from I-77.
For a grocery store the selection is very good. But not as good as most Whole Foods locations or other specialty grocery chains (Draegers on the west coast). The beer was mostly sold in 6-packs except for bombers and special Belgian or UK bottles. I saw some things I'd consider rare (Defumada from Brazil, Boon gueueze, several specialty Belgian bottles) so it's worth a stop just to look for rarities. And the prices were generally good, ranging from par-level for common beers to cheap for less common (at least 75 cents cheaper per bottle for St Bernardus than I currently find in Columbus).
I'll probably stop again sometime.
05-08-2008 05:30:54 | More by TurdFurgison
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Acme has the best beer selection of any supermarket that I have ever been in. I was very surprised to find the selection of beer that they had. The brands include Dogfish Head, Stone, Three Floyds, Victory, Rogue, Great Lakes and they even had imports, including select Belgians. The selection included over 150 craft selections. The quality of the beers were good. I did not notice any beers that had passed their drink by date. The grocery checkers were nice. The prices were reasonable when shopping by the bottle or by the six pack.
Overall this place is a must stop if in the Akron area, and is very close to both I-77 and to Thirsty Dog. If my fine legislators here in good old Pennsylvania would ever decide to allow sales in supermarkets, I would want my local supermarkets to be like Acme.
03-25-2004 06:14:29 | More by cupbeerman
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Quality/Selection: Acme had a fantastic selection of beers. The majority of beers were available in 6 packs, but there was a large selection of singles, both warm and cold. We found beers by Victory, Flying Dog, Stone, and the nearby Thirsty Dog, as well as several beers of the world. They also featured a premium rack with Belgian offerings (the Chouffe beers, Tripel Karmeliet, Abbaye des Rocs) along with quite a few Unibroues, the Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner and Aventinus. With about 250 beers, the selection and quantity were both worthwhile
Service: Well, the service is about what I'd expect from a grocery store. There wasn't anybody really working in the beer section. The check-out people seemed to know what they were doing, if that means anything. Nothing outstanding, but not horrible either.
Certainly one of the best selections I've ever seen in a grocery store. A worthwhile stop for anyone who took the trip up to Thirsty Dog for a little beer to take home. If I'm in the Cleveland area again, I would return here to pick up even more beer.
03-25-2004 05:30:04 | More by beergeek279
3.65/5 rDev -12%
This place has an excellent selection, especially for a grocery store. Unfortunately, they don't have very many singles and most of their stock was in six packs. Since I was shopping for new beers and had to fly home, I didn't want to buy a lot of six packs, but I was able to pick up several larger bottles of beers I had been looking for. If the traffic during my visit is any indication, they have good turnover and I'd expect the beer to usually be in good condition. This would be a regular stop for me if I lived in the area.
06-10-2004 04:01:10 | More by aracauna
4/5 rDev -3.6%
I walked through a massive assortment of wine and liquor before stumbling upon the beer aisle. You are flanked by two long coolers on the sides full of six packs and bombers. The middle of the aisle has four-sided islands with a wide assortment of Belgians, hard to find German beers, and quality American breweries like FFF and Alesmith. Overall, the selection was at least as good as West Point Market, if not better, and included some beers that I had yet to encounter. It seems that some of their beer sits for a bit, as some bottle shad some dust, and I was able to find some older seasonal beers (FFF Alpha Klaus and some pumpkin) and a 2002 J.W. Lee Harvest Ale. Prices are on par for the Akron area. I spent plenty of time in the beer aisle and was not asked for assistance, but there were plenty of employees in the immediate vicinity that were available if needed. This may be my new favorite beer store.
03-25-2006 16:53:19 | More by klewis
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
Wow! As far as groceries go, I usually go to Giant Eagle. However, I got a gift card to Acme for Christmas, and that's what brought me to this hidden trasure. Now I say hidden because it's not what I expect from a major grocere. I thought, I'll take my $25 gift card, pick up some lunch meat, bread, milk, etc. I take my cart, walk a lap around to check out the store checking out the grocery deals, and then as I turn the corner I was simply amazed! An absolutely amazing beer selecetion. They had a little bit of everything (Belgium, German, and American Micro's a plenty). While many grocers teem to carry a wide selection of wine, Acme took it to them, and step things up by offering an off the wall selection of beer for a grocery store. They even offer singles! However while they have an amazing selection for a grocery store, some brews are probably going to be tough to come by here, and even though they offer singles, most of them are bombers. Also, the workers are polite, but there did not seem to be a resident beer expert. Something that smaller stores often have. Very impressive and suprising, and perfect for the beer lover that does not have the time to hunt down the nearest hidden beer joint. Needless to say, all $25 of the gift card (plus more) went towards beer.
01-06-2005 02:38:17 | More by Bones54
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
One of my usual stops when I go up to Fairlawn. Walk straight back and there is a giant sign that you cannot miss. They definitely keep it well stocked. I actually walked in there today and was surprised to see Green Flash(Barley Wine, Grand Cru, Imperial IPA) and also they just stocked some of The Bruery as well. The singles selection is also pretty good with the usual Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, Bells, Founders, North Coast, Arcadia, Troegs, Victory, Brooklyn, Flying Dog, Breckenridge, Rogue, Dogfish Head, and more. Also Hoppin Frog was well represented including DORIS. The Acme up the road has a better selection of Belgian bombers and singles however. But overall this is still a worthy place that anyone should check out. Not too much in the way of service, but sometimes there is someone stocking beer when I go in and could be of assistance if need be. On the end of the cooler that houses the imports is where they keep the seasonals, and they are always up to date. When I went in last month they had plenty of Hopslam and also a couple Hopslam mini kegs at a good price. Definitely worth the stop if you are around.
02-21-2011 18:19:31 | More by superspak
Acme in Akron, OH
92 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.