Market of Choice
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3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | $$
As MofC's go, this one is fairly small, with a beer selection to match. It's still pretty decent, with most selections contained in a large cold box area. On the day I stopped by, they had a nice selection of FW stuff (various BA and limited release selections), a good selection of Alesmith (including Speedway bombers), some HOTD (including bottles of the just released Otto), and even a single, forlorn bottle of RR redemption. The selection here doesn't compare to some of the other MofC's in town (the one in West Linn has a nice selection of Cascade and Logsdon, stuff I don't recall seeeing here), but it's still pretty good, and my guess is you can probably find the occasional limited release beer here well after it's sold out every place else in town.
So, as far as service and atmosphere go, what can I say? This is a grocery store, and a small one at that. I have no idea if they have a beer or wine service rep on the staff, as certainly no one came by to see if I needed any help during my visit. As always though, the staff were otherwise very friendly (a hallmark of all MofC stores), and my guess is that if you just had some basic question (as in "um, can you tell me where the beer selection is located"), I'm sure they'd probably walk you over there (it's around the back, a bit to the left).
Prices are the PDX norm, which is typical of MofC stores in town.
Probably the least impressive MofC I've been to, but this place still has a more than decent selection, and is something to keep in mind if you happen to be in the area.
11-22-2013 16:55:25 | More by John_M
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Like Kris mentioned, its only fitting that this place have a good beer selection, residing on a beer burial ground as it were.
Aside from the impressive choices in just about everything, the beer selection is even better than the rest of the store. The gamut runs from Coors light to some pretty rare Belgians, French, and even domestic finds. Adding to the impressive collection, which has a pretty heavy load of regionals and an nearly equal selection of single bottles of imports from all over, there are a lot of good deals. If you shop based on sales, there's a pretty good rotating selection of sale items.
The person who selects and stocks the beer does an excellent job, and leaves little notes on some beers to help, or suggest checking the special rack if you liked this particular beer. I've never encountered the person, so I can only comment on the service in the rest of the shop, which is pretty good.
I'm quite pleased with the beer I've bought here, and pleased that something has filled the galactic void that the Burlingame's uncouth departure left.
07-30-2004 21:27:31 | More by freed
3.7/5 rDev -7.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
When Burlingame went up in smoke, Market of Choice attempted to fill the void. Although the void was a relatively compact space... and Market of Choice tried to cram their typical Eugene style store into the aforementioned space, yielding a fairly cramped and confusing store with fairly limited shelf space. That being said, the beer selection isn't bad, and they have a few things that I haven't seen anywhere else in town.
They've got a fair selection of regional six packs and a nice selection of singles. Prices follow the Market of Choice trend of unpredictability, with some sale beers below cheap, and others inexplicably overpriced.
The selection doesn't really compare to the bottle shops in town, but then again, it is a grocery. I've found a few brews like Doggie Claws that have been long-gone at other shops, most likely hidden away in the back. Worth scouring over if you're searching. But you're pretty much on your own, as customer service seems minimal at best.
11-09-2008 20:20:20 | More by djeucalyptus
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Market of Choice is a small high end grocery store that took the location of the ill-fated Burilingame Grocery, which was burned to a husk, taking with it a large stock of excellent beer. In the end though, it was a good thing as the current store is very good, maintaining a quality selection of beer, wine, and food. Although the space is limited, I found a large and diverse collection of beer ranging from sixers and cases of the expected local and more well traveled national microbreweries, to dozens of well selected bombers (such as Hop Rod Rye), and a large host of Belgian bottles (eg. Rochefort, Dupont, Fantome, De Dolle, ect.). On a recent visit, I was looking for a certain special something which was apparently sold out, but had a place on the shelf. I found the assistance of the wine/beverage manager, Neil. He was very helpful and found what I was looking for in the basement stock room. I had other questions and found him to be knowledgable and willing to try his best to accommadate my requests for beers they didnt carry as of yet. He also seemed to have an inside scoop on some of the limited special kegs coming to Portland (like Racer X), to be tapped at a few of the better pubs. The prices were also pretty good, especially the items on sale, whcih I found to be numerous. Overall a somewhat liimited but well-selected collection of beer that is constantly being worked on and improved by Neil. Check it out.
02-23-2004 01:45:04 | More by HiroProtagonist
4/5 rDev 0%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Even though this market had a good selection and well kept, I was really disappointed based on my expectations set by the Eugene locations, which are fantastic when it comes to selection and price. Good selection of harder to find Belgians, decent selection of American, a couple of meads. They have a rack of "vintage brews" that weren't really vintage at all. Mostly Christmas beers: I wouldn't consider these to count.
The prices were generally higher than other markets that carry the same beers. However, if you live in the neighborhood, this would be a nice stop; of course, John's Marketplace is only about 1.5 miles away.... Hmmm.... not much of a contest.
08-25-2005 22:57:49 | More by unklesyd
Market of Choice in Portland, OR
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