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Mike's Food Mart

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5 Ratings
Ratings: 5
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.62%
$$$ - a bit pricey


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1050 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22804
United States
phone: (540) 434-7444
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by mmmbeer:
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -19%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Mike's is essentially a gas station that stopped selling gas and beefed up their beer selection - it has the biggest selection in Harrisonburg hands down. There are 2 other stores in town with impressive, though smaller selections, but Mike's has almost cornered the market, resulting in higher prices on pretty much all their beer except kegs. Kegs of macros are less than $40 and they usually have 5-10 selections of both macro and craft kegs, ranging in size from 1/6 to 1/2 keg. They have a fridge for craft brewed 22 oz., half-liter, and 750 mL bottles and another for the macro bombers and 40s. They have 5 or 6 fridges full of domestic and imported four and six-packs, mostly craft brewed, with another couple for macro cases. There are many, many stacks of beer boxes next to the fridges and you may find some beers there that aren't displayed (which is where I found the 2005 Old Guardian). Again, except for the kegs, all the beer is overpriced by as much as $1.50 a bomber and $2-3 per six pack, but you are paying for the selection, not the value. There are also the usual gas station snacks and drinks and cigarettes but the beer selection is the major draw. However the staff does not know too much about their beer - the owner doesn't drink and tried to tell me to put the 2005 back in the box because the same beer (in reality the 2004 OG) was already in the fridge. Some of the beers have a low turnover rate because of drastic overstocking - they still have a few sixes of 1998 Brimstone Big Ale and 2003 Celebration Ale laying around. Despite all this you won't find as big a selection anywhere around Harrisonburg so you either have to suck it up and pay the few dollars extra or go somewhere else.

03-11-2005 22:32:35 | More by mmmbeer
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deaconsmith

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Mikes mart is a block from campus (JMU) and independently owned. It has a very nice selection of beer..maybe 40-50 micro/import. it is a small store and they deal primarily in kegs. I would recomend hitting it up if your ever close by..I am always finding something new there..the beer is always fresh and not too pricy. service is usually cheerfull, and the staff seems to enjoy good beer as well. its a fairly popular spot so sometime the line can be very long. But over all its a pretty cool hole.

09-24-2008 11:51:30 | More by deaconsmith
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CigarMatt

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

I have been frequenting Mike's Mart since the age of 15. They are known for most people not carding much.

As for their selection, they are the best place in town to get kegs for the weekend bash, they also have a wonderful selection (though not the best) of beers that you can't find elsewhere in town.

There prices are a bit high, but that's in part because of the fact that they know they carry the best selection in town and can afford to raise the prices a bit due to demand. I always have visited Mikes, and will continue to do so.

10-09-2006 19:55:40 | More by CigarMatt
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tattooedtolley

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Like some others said Mike's is a gas station with a fairly large selection of beer. They definitely have a decent selection but the prices are a bit high on the craft brews.

Being right next to a college Mike's obviously banks on the fact that many college kids have money to burn; some on kegs of macro and some on decent craft brews.

I like the selection and go to Mike's when I am in the area and have the thirst for something I can't find elsewhere.

Eventhough they can get packed, I have never went into Mike's and not found something good to take home. They always keep decently stocked up.

02-22-2006 21:59:50 | More by tattooedtolley
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TinusTime

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Mikes (I believe as I never really new its real name- I just always called it the Quik Mart or something like that). Is located right next to the JMU campus. It is in convience gas store type building and it indeed is a convience store and gas station. It is one of the few places that you can get decent beer in Harrisonburg. 3 years ago when I was in grad school there this place saved my butt. I had walked in to get a soda and saw the nice selections of not only bottles but kegs they could get. The store is a bit crowded but thats OK . Service is good and usually worked by a student or someone that was a student and found Harrisonburg to fun to live in to leave.

One will find most of the larger micros and good imports and a good amount of local Virginia Brews as well. It may not be the grandest of stores but for that area you wont do much better. Whenever I go back to visit my friends in the 'Burg I always make sure to stop in Mike's on my way into town and load up on beer for the weekend. So if your ever in the area and need to buy some beer this is about the only place to go.

08-03-2004 17:34:59 | More by TinusTime
Mike's Food Mart in Harrisonburg, VA
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