Hy-Vee - West Des Moines #3
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
3.3/5 rDev -7.6%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
This is not a good HyVee for beer - the 42nd street location is far superior.
Average amount of grocery store six packs and cases. Where other stores may have 5 Bell's styles or even 6, this store had 3. Same story with Boulevard, Sam Adams, et. al. Basically pretty stripped down, best-sellers type stuff.
The guy working the counter seemed nice, and respectable compared to the sullen high schooler usually working the HyVee counters. Points to WDM for that.
The pick-a-six selection is really poor, just a couple of small shelves, with nothing good to choose from. When you don't have good bombers or six packs, you really ought to have a wide selection for a mixed six!
There was one bright spot in the fridge, with one window in the cooler opened to some classics like Sam Smiths, Celebrator, some Rogues, yada yada. This stuff is de rigeur and shouldn't be considered a highlight.
12-31-2008 01:36:03 | More by BretSikkink
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a beer/wine/liquor store stuck onto the side of my usual grocery store so it's very convenient for me and is where I get a lot of my beer. It's connected internally to the grocery, but has it's own seperate outside entrance as well.
The beer is on one side of a medium-long row, in a long open cooler, in a small glass-fronted cooler and in (rotating) singles on a small wooden rack. The open cooler contains the usual macro suspects, but also has a few very good micros and a bunch of "mid-level" micros. Selections include Rogue, Goose Island, Fullers, Samuel Smiths, Capital, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Pyramid, Breckenridge, Samuel Adams, Left Hand, Millstream, etc. as well as a fair number of standard German and English offerings and a few from Japan. The open shelf has a similar selection, more than I can recall at the moment. The other cooler has "bombers" of Samuel Smith, Newcastle Brown, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Bad Elf (in season), etc. The wooden rack is kept full of $1.50 singles, $7.50 per mixed sixer. Many of the singles are macros, but I've also scored Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Porter, Fuller's London Porter and Samuel Adams seasonals. The two guys who work there most often are pleasant, but I've never had occasion to find out the depth of their beer knowledge. I plan to ask if they'll start stocking Goose Island IPA so I'll get a good sense of their willingness to "go the extra mile". (edit: selection is determined by the distributor; I should have known that).
This is a solid beer store for this city. Not quite the quality selection of Ingersoll, but good nonetheless. They stock a lot of beer here and it will take me a while to sample it all.
02-07-2004 01:58:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
Hy-Vee - West Des Moines #3 in West Des Moines, IA
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.