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Reviews by RocPorterFanatic:
5/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Having grown up in Rochester, and my grandparents living 2 miles from the middle of Webster, I shopped at Hegedorn's alot. When I got into craft beer, they joined into the growing trend and developed into one of the premiere places to get craft beer in Western New York.
Dave is always attentive to requests for certain beers. If they are available from the local distributors, he always does his best to fill them.
With Beers of the World having 2 locations, and Wegman's building a significant craft beer section in most of the larger stores, its nice to have another alternative. The staff is always very attentive and will answer what questions they can. They also destroy local competition's price.
Now that I've moved to Ohio, I always make a stop in to get the beers I can't get at home. Its never a disappointing stop.
12-18-2011 18:24:30 | More by RocPorterFanatic
More User Reviews:
4.63/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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!!
01-26-2012 20:31:19 | More by mendonjoebeer
4.66/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Hegedorn's is one of the best stops for beer shoppers in the Rochester area. Great selection, fresh beer, reasonable prices, and a beer manager who cares about the customers. Hegedorn's offers one of the widest selections of beer in the city at far more reasonable prices than the competition. If you're in the area looking for beer, including limited release craft beers, definitely check this place out, I can't recommend them enough, and you can even do your grocery shopping at the same time!
01-01-2012 21:58:25 | More by Homebrew42
4.8/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
You'd never know that Hegedorn's in Webster, NY is a great beer store just by driving past it but one should never judge a book by its cover. I sure never knew when I was growing up in Webster but when I finally checked it out I wasn't disappointed. Now I make it a point to stop in whenever I'm home.
Tucked away in this unassuming grocery store is a tremendous selection of beer. There are a myriad of six packs available from all the big boys and tons of bombers and single bottles as well. From Dogfish to Stone to Goose Island to Rochefort to Firestone Walker to Troegs to Southern Tier, this place has an absolutely great selection for the Rochester area. Their prices are also much better than Wegmans or BOTW. However, what makes this place so great is the beer manager Dave (David23 here on BA). Dave is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the beer being sold in his store. He has made many a solid recommendation to me when I'm in the mood to try something new. Also, Dave understands us BA's because he is one. He sends out beer mails whenever he is getting something special in because he shares the same passion as us. So I suggest you stop into Hegedorn's and ask for Dave or send him a BM. You won't be disappointed.
12-19-2011 15:51:14 | More by mark14580
4.8/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-18-2011 16:57:40 | More by mjtiernan
4.83/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
First and foremost, Hegedorn's is my favorite beer spot in Rochester. It's a grocery store with a hugely impressive beer selection. Yes, we have two Beers of the World stores here but Hegedorn's has better prices AND has new releases out on the selling floor so much faster.
The beer manager David (david23) really, seriously cares about the selection in the department and it really shows. He keeps people on BA up-to-date with what's coming in and when; how awesome is that? I've never experienced service that great!
I've found some excellent gems at Hegedorn's, very likely because it's a little off the beaten path. There is a great selection of Belgian beers (including the best price I've ever seen for Rochefort 10 outside of Belgium) and an even larger selection from domestic craft breweries.
Do yourself a favor and visit Hegedorn's!!!
12-18-2011 15:15:44 | More by akukucka
4.78/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
12-18-2011 14:38:52 | More by SteelersX
4.01/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
06-03-2011 03:14:52 | More by hotmanflab666
3.55/5 rDev -19.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
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.
12-27-2010 09:03:04 | More by codewarrior
Hegedorn's Market in Webster, NY
96 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.