North Coast Co-op

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811 I St
Arcata, California, 95521-6123
United States

(707) 822-5947 | map

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Reviews by flexabull:
Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Best place I have found for bottles on the North Coast.

Quality is good, locals are well represented, as well as a pretty fine selection of Belgians. They have a whole half side of an aisle devoted to quality brews, in fact, I don't remember seeing very many macros, if there were there, they were certainly not the focus here.

Service is kind of non existent, this is a grocery store, but the guy who worked the register was quite friendly.

Prices were very fair. If you want to shop for bottles in Humboldt, check this place out.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.86/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.86/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Dropped in here on 30 Aug 2012 hoping to find some bottles from local breweries that we didn't get a chance to get to.

First off, Berkeley's got nothin on hippies compared to Humboldt. Just in case you didn't know that. Unwashed hippies sporting white dude dreads are lurking around every aisle. If you need anything organic, free range, cruelty free, or hemp based, I'm sure you can find it here.

Beer wall is towards the left as you walk in. Pretty good beer selection, not as many locals as I'd hoped but I suspect that's because not many of the local breweries bottle and/or distribute much. Lost Coast, North Coast, Mad River, 6 River all have several varieties on the shelf. Nice Belgian selection as well.

A hippie accused me of being rich because I was buying a 4 pack and half dozen bombers... Friendly checkout guy, but no assistance in the beer department.

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Photo of biancasaur
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

The beer wall of the Arcata Co-Op is the place to go for beer in Arcata. Plenty of different styles, and craft beer takes up the majority of the space (there are macros, ciders, meads and imports too). Local and organically brewed beers are helpfully labeled, and there's always hemp ale and gluten-free ale (it is the Co-Op, after all!)

Humboldt often gets the latest beer a little later than most places, but the Co-Op is the place that'll have it if it's up here, as they seem to have a knowledgable beer buyer.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Edit: My prevous score was a 3.45. I must say, over the 3 months that I've lived near this coop, their beer has improved drastically. They have some cantillon now, which is amazing, and some other excellent belgian brews in. Whoever stocks their beer wall, and it is a long wall, knows what he/she's doing and istn't messing around. As soon as I get some more money, I'm going to go and spend it there. The quality seems alright, and I haven't been disappointed yet, but I think they hold onto some beers too long. The alaskan 06 definitely lost something by the time I had it last, and they had Santa's Private Reserve from rogue out late october, and I don't think it has been released yet. For the hoppiness in that beer, I think that may have been a bad decision.

So now that I've moved into the area, I've found the co-op to be the best place to get bottles. They have a good selection of everything local, a couple belgian style and belgian brews, 1-2 german imports and a few of the more common british imports. Their cider selection is great, but I don't drink cider so much. What makes their selection special is their occasional rare beer that they've held onto much longer than they should have... for example I recently picked up the 06 alaskan smoked porter... while the 07 should be out in 2-3 months. They also have quite a few varities of mead, probably the most I've seen in one place, in two seperate parts of their wine area. Another added bonus to the co-op is that it's the only place in the area (that I've found) that sells homebrewing supplies. They have bags of precracked grain and bulk grain, along with carboys, caps, hydrometers, books, organic whole hops, hop pellets, liquid and dry yeast... they have a little bit of all the essentials. Not a great selection, but enough for me to get by. Overall: a nice store that's doing some things right.

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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev +1.5%

You'll find an entire wall of beer at the North Coast Co-op, everything from local legends like Lost Coast's Indica to rare Belgian seasonals, and a wonderful array of everything between. Scott, "the beer guy," does a great job of keeping that wall stocked with interesting beer. The few times that I talked to Scott on the phone, it was obvious how much he loves beer and loves providing great beer to this end of the Redwood Coast.

The Eureka location of the North Coast Co-op is much smaller than Arcata's, but you'll still find a wide variety of beer within the small cluster of fridge cases toward the back of the store.

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North Coast Co-op in Arcata, CA
Place rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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