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Hegedorn's Market

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Hegedorn's MarketHegedorn's Market
BA SCORE
96
world-class

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 10.18%
[ Store ]

964 Ridge Rd
Webster, New York, 14580-2555
United States
phone: (585) 671-4450

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Reviews by John:
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

Located in the ever-growing town of Webster (eastside suburb of Rochester) is Hegedorn’s market on Ridge Rd. (not to be mistaken with W. Ridge or E. Ridge Rd.). The folks here, particularly BA david23, have really stepped up to the plate and beefed up the beer selection. You want quality American micros? Well God bless America they got ‘em. Off the top off my head - Bear Republic, Stone, Smutty, Southern Tier, Ommegang, Ithaca, Victory, Shipyard, Cooperstown, Sea Dog, Lake Placid, Otter Creek, Wolavers, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, Left Hand, North Coast, Harpoon, Sprecher, MacTarnahan's, Riverhorse, Custom Brewcrafters and Rohrbach growlers and many more quality domestic and imported craft brews. The majority of which are stored in the cooler. The selection is geared toward domestic micros, which is fine by me. There are a few Belgians to be had (Duvel comes to mind). German and English brews and other imports tend to be mainstream with a few exceptions. Prices are very reasonable and certain selections are on special weekly. Unless David is there, those who need it probably won’t find someone there to help make a selection but they get service bonus points from me for actually listening to and utilizing customer suggestions regarding which brews to carry. On my last visit 1 June, there happened to be a space cleared out in the cooler for what I suspect might just be some more great beers. The local craft brew scene is particularly healthy at the moment and Hegedorn’s is a vital contributor. I recommend stopping by, making a purchase and helping the continued well being of the local craft beer cause. Travelers on NY route 104 should know this place is just a stone’s throw south of the Hard Rd. exit.

John, Jun 02, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

BeerBucks, Oct 09, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +4.8%

As stated by others, this place is a "sleeper". It is a locally owned grocery store with a great beer section and most importantly a great "beer guy"(david23). The great reviews are more because of the person than the business or the building. David keeps us aware of his new arrivals so that we can know when fresh beer is in town. He also will try to fill any special requests. I make the drive past many stores to shop here. Although it is not the largest selection in town, it has a higher percentage of good beer than most. It is also a pretty good family food store also. Give it a try sometime!!

mendonjoebeer, Jan 26, 2012
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4.66/5  rDev +5.4%

Hegedorn's is one of the best stops for beer shoppers in the Rochester area. Great selection, fresh beer, reasonable prices, and a beer manager who cares about the customers. Hegedorn's offers one of the widest selections of beer in the city at far more reasonable prices than the competition. If you're in the area looking for beer, including limited release craft beers, definitely check this place out, I can't recommend them enough, and you can even do your grocery shopping at the same time!

Homebrew42, Jan 01, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

You'd never know that Hegedorn's in Webster, NY is a great beer store just by driving past it but one should never judge a book by its cover. I sure never knew when I was growing up in Webster but when I finally checked it out I wasn't disappointed. Now I make it a point to stop in whenever I'm home.

Tucked away in this unassuming grocery store is a tremendous selection of beer. There are a myriad of six packs available from all the big boys and tons of bombers and single bottles as well. From Dogfish to Stone to Goose Island to Rochefort to Firestone Walker to Troegs to Southern Tier, this place has an absolutely great selection for the Rochester area. Their prices are also much better than Wegmans or BOTW. However, what makes this place so great is the beer manager Dave (David23 here on BA). Dave is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the beer being sold in his store. He has made many a solid recommendation to me when I'm in the mood to try something new. Also, Dave understands us BA's because he is one. He sends out beer mails whenever he is getting something special in because he shares the same passion as us. So I suggest you stop into Hegedorn's and ask for Dave or send him a BM. You won't be disappointed.

mark14580, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Having grown up in Rochester, and my grandparents living 2 miles from the middle of Webster, I shopped at Hegedorn's alot. When I got into craft beer, they joined into the growing trend and developed into one of the premiere places to get craft beer in Western New York.

Dave is always attentive to requests for certain beers. If they are available from the local distributors, he always does his best to fill them.

With Beers of the World having 2 locations, and Wegman's building a significant craft beer section in most of the larger stores, its nice to have another alternative. The staff is always very attentive and will answer what questions they can. They also destroy local competition's price.

Now that I've moved to Ohio, I always make a stop in to get the beers I can't get at home. Its never a disappointing stop.

RocPorterFanatic, Dec 18, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Having lived in Rochester most of my life, people would often tell me about how Hegedorn's was a nice alternative to the larger local grocery stores. It wasn't until I was contacted (through BA) by the person who manages the beer at the store that I took the time to check it out. It was worth the trip.

To be honest, my expectations were pretty low. It was a small store and I never imagined they would reserve much shelf space for craft beer. In fact, they have an entire aisle dedicated to beer (both BMC and craft) plus a couple of large end caps, and numerous displays/stacks in the general area.

You can tell by looking at the selection that the beer manager David cares about what he stocks. I can appreciate that the larger grocery stores have craft available, but the selection is predictable and I am rarely surprised by what I find on the shelf. The prices are almost always better at Hegedorn's as well. There's no markup for rarity either.

Since I've dealt with David I can see the difference is that he knows what to ask for and is willing to fight to get the few cases of limited releases that we usually get in this area...and he is often successful. I used to think that Rochester didn't get the limited stuff, so finding Hegedorn's has been an eye-opening experience.

I recommend that you check it out yourself and say hi to David while you're there.

mjtiernan, Dec 18, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +9.3%

First and foremost, Hegedorn's is my favorite beer spot in Rochester. It's a grocery store with a hugely impressive beer selection. Yes, we have two Beers of the World stores here but Hegedorn's has better prices AND has new releases out on the selling floor so much faster.

The beer manager David (david23) really, seriously cares about the selection in the department and it really shows. He keeps people on BA up-to-date with what's coming in and when; how awesome is that? I've never experienced service that great!

I've found some excellent gems at Hegedorn's, very likely because it's a little off the beaten path. There is a great selection of Belgian beers (including the best price I've ever seen for Rochefort 10 outside of Belgium) and an even larger selection from domestic craft breweries.

Do yourself a favor and visit Hegedorn's!!!

akukucka, Dec 18, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +8.1%

This is a beer destination if your's in Rochester. It's a grocery store with a beer manager who cares about the customer and loves good beer.

Dave always keeps BA Buddies up to day on whats on the shelf and whats coming in and charges everyone fairly for the products.
He even will take names for some of the "rarer" offerings.

It's also right off the expressway which makes it a quick stop for a sixer or something to drink for the evening. Also grab a steak or some produce while your's there :)

Cheers to Hegadorns.

SteelersX, Dec 18, 2011
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4.01/5  rDev -9.3%

this is a very good store, cheaper than the other alternative in rochester ny, hegedorns is a grocery store with a very decent selection, needed help finding something and the manager came out and helped me immediately and stuck around so we could talk beer for bit, great place to find vintages because nothing there moves too fast(in a good way), markups are very reasonable,the local distributors seem to hold this place high for good reason. very nice place but should expand the selection a bit more

hotmanflab666, Jun 03, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -19.7%

So, let it be said right out of the gate that this is first and foremost a supermarket, a supermarket that is being reviewed against dedicated bottle-shops with dedicated beer staff.

Having said that, this is a pretty phenomenal supermarket when it comes to beer. The beer aisle is right in the middle, unlike other supermarkets that put beer in the back corner somewhere, Hegedorn's puts it right at the center of attention, and it's selection is attention worthy.

Good collection of domestics, including 2008 Old Ruffian (i would highly recommend some Rochester native snag this at $7 a pop), 2009 Bourbon County, 2010 Black Ops and BCS, Victory Twelve, Avery Sixteen, 2008 and 2009 Collaboration not Litigation (Avery and RR), and plenty of others.

The imports were actually pretty staggering by non-dedicated bottle shop standards, Rochefort 6, 8 and 10, Orval, J.W. Lees Barrel Aged vintages from 2008 and 2009 in all available varieties, Lindeman's Grand Cru, and a few other notable bottles.

As far as the service goes, we were there the day after Christmas, so it's hard to tell if the 25 or so minutes we spent lingering in the beer isle without so much as a "can I help you" was normal or not, but in general supermarkets tend not to have a level of service dedicated to beer that is appropriate, but then again this shop didn't have a selection warranting a dedicated staff of that nature.

So, here's the final verdict on this place for me: best supermarket for beer, possibly ever and certainly in Western New York. There is absolutely no question that this place destroys any Wegmans on price and selection, and considering the space that Wegmans has devoted to craft ... Wegmans could do a lot better with a buyer who knew what they were doing. Anyway, I digress, outside of the Black Ops (first time i've seen it in Rochester, but widely available in the state elsewhere) there was nothing awe-inspiring or panty-dropping in the store. This store could go a long-way in my book by getting hooked up with their regional Shelton Brothers distributor ... a few Cantillon, Fantome and De Struise bottles on the shelves would go a long way towards getting this place into world-class territory.

Still ... great supermarket.

codewarrior, Dec 27, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Hegedorn's is quickly becoming the best place in Monroe County to get quality craft beer. They might not be a craft beer store per se, but their selection is incredible for a supermarket. Dave, the store's beer guy, is an amazing beer advocate and keeps all the Monroe County BAs updated on current inventory via beer mail. If upstate NY is getting a limited beer release, expect Dave to make sure that Hegedorn's is getting a fair share of it. Beers of the World used to be my primary beer stop in Rochester, but over the past year Hegedorn's is just about the only place I go for beer when I am in town. Expect a great selection of six packs and single bottles, including a good selection of Belgian beer at the end of the beer aisle. I am writing this review on December 18, 2011 - just the other day I picked up two bottles of Victory Dark Intrigue and a bottle of GI King Henry. If you're in the area be sure to stop in, say hi to Dave, and buy some bottles.

MrDanno96, Nov 23, 2009
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4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Updated review: (11/9/09)
So I've been coming here more often and met with the man in charge, David. A really nice guy and extremely knowledgeable on all things beer. Don't forget to say hi to him if you're ever around.

A closer look on the selection proved my earlier review wrong. They have a better selection (come on, you can't find Mad Elf or Rochefort 10 at Wegman's) and prices are comparable or less. And since the stupid prices at Wegman's increased, Hegedorns has retained their excellent prices. No question where I'm going to shop when I need beer.

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1/13/09
Ok so don't let the "Inexpensive" marking throw you off. You're still paying for what you get, but it's usually a tad cheaper than Beers of the World and around the same as Wegmans. However, Hegedorns had one of the best selections of beer besides Beers of the World around Rochester.... until Wegmans started to expand their craft selection as well. However, Hegedorns is the go-to place if you're looking for a few Belgians. For $5.99 per bottle of Rochie 10 or 4.99 for Rochie 8 or Delirium Tremens, come on you can't get any better than that. A bomber of Double Bastard for 5.99? Dude this is phenomenal. Ok, so there's no one standing around there saying "may I help you?" but it's a grocery store, not a specialty beer store. Their selection isn't anywhere as extensive as Beers of the World but damn, that's still some good beer they have. DFH, Brooklyn, Duvel, Unibroue, Sierra Nevada, a number of English brews, Troegs, etc... I'm so glad Rochester finally accepted craft beer and sprouted up these great places.

DmanGTR, Nov 06, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -8.4%

Hegedorn's is the first grocery store I remember going to. Before they opened the Wegmans on Holt Road (not too long before the ice storm of '91, I think) this was our regular grocery store. I live out in California for over a decade and while I was gone, something wonderful happened to Heggies. This has the best beer selection of any grocery store ever. It's only possibly rivaled by Berkeley Bowl. I like that they have plenty of 22s to choose from, because I often don't feel like making the commitment of a 6-pack. Speaking of six packs, I like that sometimes you can find mixed six packs-- often when seasonals come out. Earlier this year they expanded beyond the aisle, so head all the way back when you go there. The prices are always great. Always better than Wegmans and _much_ cheaper than Beers of the World. There is a really good selection of hot sauce here. For a long time, Wegmans didn't carry Cholula, so I had to go here just so I could eat my tacos at home. Once Wegmans started carrying Cholula, Hegedorns upped it and started carrying the Chili Lime and the Garlic variations. They also carry a lot of local foods, like Hertzauce. All of the slow-moving old folks in the aisles and 13-year-old girls at the checkout may look at you like you're in the wrong store but, believe me, you're not.

yesyouam, Dec 15, 2008
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Wow.

I've been going to Hegedorn's since I was a little kid, which is probably why I never thought to look there for my exotic beer cravings. I was always under the impression that if I needed something other than Bud, Sam Adams, or any of the other big names, that I would have to go to Beers of the World.

Wrong. The friend who helped get me into the world of beer called me one day and let me know that he thought Hegedorns had a good selection. Definitely right. They have an entire aisle devoted to it, and I'm not talking short, convience store aisle. In May ('08), they added two more shelves (about five feet wide and six bottles high) to further expand the selection. Along with your big names, you've got stuff like Unibrou, Weyerbacher, along with Stone favorites like Double Bastard, and too many others to even begin listing. The prices are generally about the same as you'd expect to pay at a grocery store, and the 22oz bottles from Stone, etc. are usually a good 10-20% less than Beers of the World.

Best of all, they're easy biking distance from my house. Okay, so that doesn't help most of you...sorry. But even if you have to drive there, it's a great alternative if it's closer than Beers of the World, or if you're buying a large quantity of bigger bottles.

pitweasel, Feb 18, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

I grew up in Webster and my mom used to do all of her grocery shopping at Hegedorn's. I don't remember them having anything but cheap beer back then, although I can't say that I was looking. I was surprised a year or two ago when I was back visiting and found that they carry a lot of good stuff now. You'll find lots of US micros, primarily in 6 packs but in bombers, 750s and growlers too. They have Victory, Southern Tier, Stone, Rogue, Brooklyn, Middle Ages, Weyerbacher, Bear Republic, Avery, etc. They have a lesser selection of imports, but still a few Belgians can be found, and quite a bit from Unibroue and Ommegang. You probably won't find anything here that you can't find at Beers of the World, but the prices are cheaper (for the most part VERY reasonable), and at least for me when I am visiting my parents it's a lot closer. I've seen the guy who orders the beer wandering around and offering help many times, so service is there if you need it. Overall Hegedorn's is a surprisingly good place to find some quality brews.

number1bum, Nov 26, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev -16.3%

I grew up in Webster only 10min from Hegedorn's and would go there once in a while when I was younger. Unfortinuatly I moved to another town before I was 21 and could actually appreciate the beer selection this place has to offer. It is definatly pretty amazing that a little supermarket actually has a beer selection like this. True any supermarket would has to carry Bud, Labatt, Miller... etc, but this supermarket actually carries beer that is actually worth buying. I'm not a beer snob but I definatly appreciate when a store takes the time and picks out a good selection of beer in stead of just selling what light beers that the masses will buy. If you're ever over in the Webster area and are looking to pick up something different, then I'd suggest giving this place a try.

iceball585, Aug 11, 2007
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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%

I live about the same distance from Hegedorn's as I do from Beers of the World and, unless I'm looking for somthing Imported, I usually go to Hegedorn's. The selection is pretty much whatd you want. Typically I drink American micros, and they've got you covered there. Smuttynose, Stone, Ommegang, Southern Tier, Anderson Valley, etc. They have a few Imports, off hand all I can recall is Unibroue and Duvel. The prices are the best you can get in the area, usually about a buck cheaper than BOTW. They also got BA shelf talkers up, always a plus! On my last visit, one of the workers (an bit older, maybe the owner, im not sure) was stocking the shelf down the isle from me and came down to ask if I had any questions. He was real helpful and defenitly knew his beer. If you get the chance, check this place out.

Top notch!

dick783, Oct 12, 2005
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Good luck finding the place. I had no idea that there were two Ridge Roads in Webster. I almost gave up and went to Wegmans (on Ridge Road) instead, but my inner male said keep on going and lets get really lost. Then there it was, in the horizon, slowly unfolding, what I was driving aimlessly looking for: beer.

Cheers: Love the "retro- throwback" exterior and decor. An awful lot of hot underage girls seem to work here. Hmmm. Thats one way to build customer loyalty. I dug the shirt and tie thing on the ladies, then realized I was being deviant (again). Nice selection of NY, New England, and Mid-Atlantic micros. A couple of Cali concotions and some Mid West brews in case you're somehow bored with anything east of the Miss. Good brews were positioned at the beginning of the case, swill at the far end. Prices were swell, very affordable. Everything is cold, making the prospect of road sodas a possibility. I love stores where one can plan a night of fun: frozen pizza, lighter fluid, rubber bands, Cigs, and Lysol can be purchased. True one stop shopping. I would need to compare the prices to Save Alot and would love to support them, but lets face it: I'm a cheap ass when it comes to food. That way I can afford great beer.

Jeers: The area is being taken over by Benderson and his big box stores. The cashier that winked at you and gave you the come hither look really is an undercover Webster cop who is going to bust you and make your name front page news for the Democrat and Chronicle. Could really use some arrows painted on the floor directing one towards the beer, this way I don't have to waste time walking through the cards and candles section (I'm allergic to cards and candles, ask my g/f).

wailingwench, Sep 21, 2005
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3.6/5  rDev -18.6%

This place lives up to its nickname, the east side beers of the world. Although the selection is significantly smaller than BOTW, you can still find many great micros. Best of all, most brews here are cheaper than its big brother rival. They even have a few micros that BOTW does not carry and there selection blows Wegmans away.

The downside is that there is no service. Most of the workers there are not even old enough to drink, so if you have questions, you will be talking to yourself. Although the lack of knowledgeable staff is an issue, if you put in a request, they do there best to satisfy your wishes.

Another great feature of Hegedorn’s is that you do not need to travel to the back of the store to find the beer. It is literally the first thing that you will find and if you turn around, all your beer munchies are right there as well. Great placement of the beer and snacks.

Although this is not my primary supplier of beer, it is of great convenience (I live about .75 miles away) for those times I just don’t feel like traveling to Brighton.

Another great addition to the Rochester beer selection.

Naes, Jun 13, 2005
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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

As you drive down Empire in Webster you will come across Hegedorn's. Hands down the best beer selection of any grocer in the Rochester area. I went in to see what all the hub bub about it was all about and came out with a couple sixers of several great micros. They carry Smuttynose, CustomBrewCrafters, Brewery Ommegang, and just hordes and hordes of other great brews. If you want to have a beer tasting, this is your one stop store. They also have a pretty cool selection of brewery swag. I'm a big fan. Goodbye Wegman's, hello Hegedorn's.

CBFanWish, Apr 06, 2004
Hegedorn's Market in Webster, NY
96 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.