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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
4.4/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Stopped here on a recent business trip. I was hoping for some Jester King, and my heart skipped a beat when I saw a bottle, but alas, it was empty from a tasting. More on that later...
Very good selection, though not very broad. Almost all of their beer is located in an open-front cooler. Nothing terribly rare (though they do have some Brew Dog and Mikkeller, among other imports and a decent selection of locals), but a solid, well-curated selection. If I was grocery shopping and wanted a six-pack, I'd feel completely comfortable knowing they'd have some tasty brews to go with their excellent food. I bought a sandwich from them for lunch, it was outstanding.
They do have a very small section amongst their wines of limited beers. Having seen the bottle of Jester King earlier, I was hopefully that there would be more. No dice. I found an employee and asked if there were any more. She explained to me that they'd only received one case and didn't shelve it. She disappeared into the back to look for more, but came back empty handed. I thought it was very nice of her to go out of her way (way out of her way, this place is huge and labyrinthine) to look for me.
One other note: I had stopped here a couple months earlier and saw bottles of Tokio* from BrewDog for $5 and snagged one, not realizing what a huge discount that was. This time around, the price was up to $12.
Very good, but I'd only go back as part of a grocery trip for high-quality foods.
04-21-2011 03:15:07 | More by myspoonistoobig
3.65/5 rDev -12%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This might be the biggest grocery store I have ever been in. It takes a little maneuvering to get to the beer isle, and the place is packed with people. The isle is a long cooler stocked to the gills with a wide variety of beer. Lots of Texas crafts like Southern Star, Saint Arnolds, Real Ale, ect. Plenty of other US micros as well. Dogfishhead, Ska, Rogue, Sierra Nevada. A large section for imports as well. Overall, your typical HEB selection plus some more. The service is not bad for a grocery store. Though it is still grocery store service. If you need help it will take a while to flag down someone. Prices seem reasonable, and a little cheaper than Specs. A good place to pick up a sixer or two if you happen to be shopping there, but not a place to browse around for the latest and greatest releases.
07-17-2009 22:24:29 | More by champ103
4/5 rDev -3.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Based on one visit, I would most easily compare Central Market with Whole Foods. An upscale grocery store located in an upscale shopping district with a well thought out selection of beer and wine. The beer is all displayed in an open cooler, mostly USA craft beers (I guess about 100 with a strong showing from local breweries such as Real Ale and St. Arnold). Probably also around 40-50 Belgian beers, 20-30 German beers, and 15-20 from the UK. Prices were OK, a little steeper than Spec's but not that bad. Overall a great stop if you're in the area, but otherwise I'd make a move for Spec's as a higher priority.
02-24-2009 18:51:09 | More by TurdFurgison
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
IMO central market has the best beer selection in houston, with the exception of spec's of course. They seem to stay on top of getting new and seasonal beers in.
I love to go here on saturday afternoons for lunch. They have a live band and bring out a grill and grill burgers, fish, and vegetables. My favorite is the asian grilled salmon sandwich. They do sale some beer outside as well, but last time me and a buddy just went in and got a 6pack of brooklyn brown all and drank it outside with our food.
11-13-2008 21:18:32 | More by ottovon
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On top of them having a huge grocery supply of exotic foods like cheeses, meats, grains, produce, they have a nice big beer department. And I think one thing that I like about Central Market even more than their big beer selection, is that they don't carry Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors, or anything Miller! Although I wouldn't mind if they wanted to carry Miller 1855 beer if that ever released again. They always have up to date stock on the newest beers to the market. The employees that work that department are really cool and helpful, except for this one balding older guy with thick glasses. He's kinda rude. Other than that, go H.E.Butts!
09-04-2008 05:15:34 | More by stumac
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Dropped by while I was in town for the weekend and picked up some nice stuff I cant get in Tennessee. Big long cooler in the same area as their ratehr expansive wine selection. All the locals including St Arnolds, Real Ale, and Southern Star. Also grabbed some Lagunitas and Bear Republic. They also have a good selection of imports including Ayinger, Chimay, Orval, Samuel Smiths, and many more. Wasnt anybody around to ask questions to but it was getting a little late on a Sunday night. Definitely worth the stop.
09-02-2008 19:01:54 | More by ckeegan04
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is brilliant. I always spend at least 30 mins just pacing up and down the beer section in awe, while my girl shops for groceries. The beer has always been fresh and the food is of the highest quality. And is it just me, or is every employee at Central Market extremely friendly and helpful? A huge selection of micros and imports. One of the best I've seen. For a gourmet store, the beer prices are very reasonable. The outside patio at Central Market is also really cool with the occasional live music. You can grab a beer and pick up an awesome lunch and just sit outside and relax. I love this place.
09-01-2008 00:39:30 | More by itcomesnpints
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
So you want to go grab some quality craft beer while your wife/girlfriend/children/significant other etc... grabs the groceries? Go to Central Market. Pretty identical selection as Spec's downtown but add a bad ass grocery store to the mix and you get Central Market. The gentlemen I spoke with certainly knew his beer and helped me find a couple things not on the shelves. They carry all the major Texas crafts that bottle/can, and have a good rotation to keep old beer off the shelves. I have found it a bit easier to secure some of the harder to find items at Central Market as they will sell out quickly at Spec's downtown.
06-19-2008 23:40:35 | More by RickSawyer
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The first thing you notice about this store is that its a freakn maze. I felt like a lab rat trying to find my way to the beer section I found a hole in the wall that led me straight to it though. While the selection is not as big as Specs downtown the quality is just as good. They have a good selection of bombers in their cooler which is nice. Actually the majority of their beer is kept in the cooler. The people in the beer and wine section were nice and helpful when I was looking for beer. It is a grocery store first with a good beer section so don't expect to find every beer here.
06-13-2008 20:11:36 | More by armock
3.9/5 rDev -6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
My advice, come here for hard to find groceries, not beer. While I really like the store, I never spend much time with their beer selection, which I would characterize as only slightly better than my neighborhood grocery store.
On the plus side, they have a vast array of foods, including several types of sausage made in store, as well as the best selection of cheeses in town. This is a good place to come if you want some fine foods to go with your beer. I suppose you could call it a one-stop-shop if they happen to carry the beer you want.
01-02-2008 23:37:04 | More by skittlebrau
Central Market in Houston, TX
92 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.