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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Don't know why I never reviewed this place, as I'm there almost weekly. If you're not familiar with the CM chain, it's a southwest high-end grocery store owned by HEB and modeled after the Whole Foods Markets. Specialty foods, international foods, organic produce and meats, that sort of stuff.
Included in that mix is the beer and wine selection, which I won't rate as the absolute top in this area but it's not far off. Most of the beer is in one long open cooler with a few cases sprinkled in other aisles for product placement. Staff is adequately knowledgeable (there's a dedicated employee for this section) and the beer stays fresh as it rotates often.
There are two reasons why I recommend CM to visitors over some other beer stores. First: price. They make their money off their groceries, not necessarily their alcohol. Buying singles is encouraged; you can even grab an empty carton and build your own six-pack. Bottles are priced individually, usually in the $1-$3 range depending on what it is.
Second: convenience. It's centrally located. It's next to an interstate. It has a huge parking lot. It's open "normal" hours (liquor stores have hours controlled by the state), including Sundays. Other places beat them in selection but CM carries all the micros and locals you could ever want. And if you want to grab a sandwich or a quart of milk, you can do that too.
Included is an in-store cafe with seating, and they often have bands and cookouts on the patio on weekend evenings (purchasing singles to drink outside is OK). If you want to drive further and pay more, there are a couple of other places to check out -- but if you're just in town for a few days, at least one stop to CM will cover most everything.
08-20-2006 16:15:30 | More by assurbanipaul
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4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The real nice thing here is the grolwer filling station. Not the largest selection of taps, but almost always a few hidden gems. I just wish they had a twitter or facebook feed that had an updated list (or close to) of whatever beers are on tap.
The beer selection itself is pretty decent, though the Specs just down Hulen and Total Wine are a little better. The ability to create your six pack does give Central Market a nice advantage over Specs. If you are lucky, you can sometimes find harder to releases just sitting on the shelf, found three Abyss just sitting on the shelf, where as everywhere else had sold out of it already.
01-05-2014 15:45:30 | More by thereal_adam
4.58/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Central Market is the best place for me and my wife. We go here all the time to get food and quality beer. They make some of the best subs and nothing better but a good quality beer with that.
The beer selection here is the best I have found. I have spent so much money on the mix and match six packs that I am suprised that I have any money left. The beer variety is just amazing. it is beyond easy to drop 40 dollars here without a problem. I love trying new beers and if you feel the same, go here.
09-19-2011 07:52:33 | More by gtermi
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a busy place, and if you haven't been there before and don't know about the little passageways through some of the walls you will be walking all around the maze set-up of the store until you get to the beer and wine section like I did. Awesome selection of beers, especially local ones. Also, the staff (especially JR) was extremely helpful, and willing to make phone calls to reps and distributors if they couldn't answer a question. Like I said before, great selection of brews. Also, they have the availability of doing mix and match 6-packs, which is always helpful if you are uncertain of what you want, or if you are trying to sample the local fare. Prices were not that bad compared to other places I've been to purchase loose bottles. Definitely a safe stop if you are looking for Texas brews.
04-29-2011 21:56:11 | More by GarthDanielson
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I rated the atmosphere low because of how insanely crowded CM can get. But, they have decent live music here on the weekends and good tastings and events. Always a go-to for Gelato after a good, spicy meal.
The food is of high quality,and the beer quality is good. They take care to keep fresh beers on the shelves and craft beers with great reputations.
The service is absolutely exceptional. They stay out of your way unless you look thoroughly confused or ask. Once you ask, they have a good knowledge of parings and the beer or wine itself.
The selection is good. Nothing outstanding. Always good Texas beer available as well as international and U.S. craft brews. No Sam Adams at all, though.
The food is good. It's easy to find a good paring for your beer and sit and chill with your selections.
Value is a bit pricey, but nothing out of sight. They seem to aim for the middle of the road craft sector. Very little BMC or rare/special brews.
04-03-2011 17:34:51 | More by videofrog
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Have been to this CM and the one in Austin many times over the years. It is our go to beer place primarily because we can also get other 'foodie' (damn I hate that term) items at the same time (e.g. various fresh baked bread, parmesan, high dollar cuts of meat).
Service is helpful if you ask, unobtrusive if you don't need it.
Selection is good but seems slightly less than what is available at the Austin location. Today found Southern Star Buried Hatchet, Gubna and Ten Fidy (but $15/4pk, damn), St. Arnolds, various Magic Hat (which A likes for some odd reason), Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn and even a couple of Mikkeller.
05-09-2010 05:08:00 | More by htomsirveaux
3.7/5 rDev -13.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Central Market is a great place for all types of nice food, so I was expecting a great beer selection.
It had some nice qualities, but not great.
The best thing about Central Market is that you can take one beer from any 6 pick you can truly create your own 6 packs. This is aweseome!
However, there are a bunch of downsides. All the beers are in a cooler, which to me is a big no-no.
Secondly, the selection and quality weren't that good. They had a ton of beers but they were all pretty widely available, nothing that was high quality craft, and only a few local Texas beers.
Great, idea, but not executed well.
03-21-2010 22:48:10 | More by jrallen34
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Compared to the Central Market in Plano it seemed to have the same amount of diversity as that one in beers, but the only added difference is the ability to make your own 6 pack. It's a nice perk compared to the other store. Other than that I still have the same complaint as the other store. I feel cramped with the small amount of space available to maneuver because of the wide selection of wines. Another thing was this store seems more busy and with the limited space it made it even harder to maneuver! Even with these complaints, I am just nit picking and I enjoy shopping at their establishment.
01-29-2010 03:43:02 | More by fjordhook
Central Market in Fort Worth, TX
94 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.