University Market

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Type: Store

1149 NW Van Buren Ave
Corvallis, Oregon, 97330-6038
United States

(541) 753-7391 | map

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Added by bultrey on 01-18-2006

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Photo of Strangestbrewer
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Lived near by for many years...

Great Selection, shame the owner doesn't give two shits about inventory management. I found a can of Big Sky IPA that was a year and a half old. Caldera IPA that was a year old. Both tasted terrible. ( Found out the date after purchase.) The vast selection is only worth it if you visit frequently so you know how long certain items have been around.

Edit: However, finds of year old Abyss or 120 Minute IPA or other beers in the same like are likely, so that is nice I guess.

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Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Matthewmaurice
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of MagyarPuska
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

I went into University Market looking for Russian River beers, along with other regional beers but didn't find any. What I did find was an impressive selection of local beers along with beers from all over the States. They have three primary areas of beer, 1) An isle of import beers, nothing too impressive, 2) An isle of specialty/craft beers that was more than impressive, 3) A wall of coolers that had an even larger selection of beers than the other two. Bombers of Ninkasi and other breweries were scattered on end-caps along all areas of the beer dept. I left here with a full box of goodies that were to make their way back to Ohio with me, and a smile on my face for stumbling across all of the other beers. The staff were younger, but quite knowledgeable about their selection of beers and did point me in the direction of Russian River brews at other stores. Even though beer is their primary focus, they also had a selection of other convenience store items that would satisfy most junk-food-junkies' appetites.

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Photo of velosuds
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

This is a college town convenience store - meaning close to the OSU campus and well stocked with college life drinking essentials. Actually the store has one of the better beer selections in the Mid-Willamette Valley. And, it is open daily. Very good selection of Oregon and West Coast craft brews in 12 oz. singles and bombers, all individually priced and available in well kept coolers. This was very positive. I was hoping they still had some of The Abyss, but they ran out about a month ago. But, they had Mirror Mirror (now well aged) and Jubel 2010. Also, very complete array of offerings from Stone, Bear Republic, and Sierra Nevada. But, didn't see any Russian River.

The import section was not nearly as impressive. Some local grocery stores have better import selections. I suspect this has something to do with the store's primary repeat patrons being college kids. Buy American, and all that.

I was somewhat disappointed that nearly all the six-packs (also a large selection) were stocked in the store's aisles unrefrigerated.

Best thing about this store is the ability buy 12 oz. singles. I brought home several different Oskar Blues varieties to try.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Stopped here to find some Oregon gems and found lots of great stuff. Basically every Deschutes offering, Lagunitas, Full Sail, Dogfishead a ton of local offerings and more than I could take in in one visit. I could easily drop some serious coin here if I was going to be here longer. Tons of bombers and singles and a very impressive cooler lineup. They have more in coolers than available outside of the coolers. Everything in singles are available in sixers as well. Couple college kids running the place and it seems like this is where OSU students go to get thier good beer fix. Worth the stop if you are in Corvallis and looking for some awesome beers.

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Photo of Muddybuddy
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

This is one of, if not the, largest beer stores in the area. They have a very wide selection that is unrivaled in Corvallis, except for some rare brews that you can only get elsewhere. As far as price goes, there is a little to be desired, but they really can't compete with local grocers on sale prices all the time, can they? They have an interesting per bottle price system unless you buy six bottles of the same brewery at the same price, then you usually get a six pack price. It would be slightly more conducive to someone like myself that likes to sample many beers to get a discount on mixed sixes or mixed half-racks. Overall they have the best selection, including many hard to find beers like the more expensive Alesmith beers and lots of seasonals, but not the best prices in town. While some of the people there do know what they are talking about, the atmosphere is more of a college based convenience store in spite of their massive focus on beer and wine. Reminds me a lot of the movie "Clerks". One major thing to note is that they have a massive amount of refrigeration, ensuring that the beer you buy has almost always been stored properly. I really only go here for selection though, as the atmosphere is just a kind of get in/get out situation.

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