Hiller's Market

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3615 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104-5250
United States

(734) 677-2370 | map

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Added by CortexBomb on 04-11-2006

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Heads up...this place is now a Kroger supermarket...

Go for the food, pick up some better then decent beer....large selection of the usual suspects..more then typical amount of 12 beer boxes available...plenty of quality locals....nothing special.....just a huge market with tons of quality options

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Photo of loganburgh
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jtosch
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Brenden
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Well, it's a supermarket, but it does have a fairly impressive selection considering. It's a good store overall, and it's nice to be able to find some good beer. That said, I don't expect any less in this particular town. The service is about average; the workers are helpful and don't shy away from it, but there's not a whole lot of knowledge or much ability to provide helpful suggestions. Quality is a mix, but they do carry a majority of craft along with all the other stuff they carry. There's not a whole lot of stuff I can't find elsewhere in Ann Arbor, but the prices here are good overall and I understand they do every once in a great while get some rare stuff in. One nice thing is that almost all of the beers is coolers, and there's a pretty big walk-in cooler.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I have never seen such a great beer selection at a grocery store. Very similar to Whole Foods selection, but was able to get both Dogfish 120 and World Wide Stout here. Lots of other gems, and really a high quality grocery store if you're tired of Meijer and Kroger.

Usually I head to Wine Seller since it's right up the street from me, but Hiller's has nothing but impressed me this past week with their beer selection and special releases from Dogfish Head. They've got all the big Michigan Beers (including Arcadia, North Peak, Founders, Bell's, New Holland, etc.) and keep the big beers that I mention above back behind the service desk. Only knock is that the special beers from Dogfish are limited to 2 per customer...though given the $10 per bottle price tag and 18% abv. I probably shouldn't be buying more than 2 anyway.

Definitely check out Hiller's for beer, wine and a nice dinner if you're in that part of town.

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Photo of lamarr04
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Hiller's is the place to go for a reasonably priced reasonably extensive beer selection. for a grocery store they have quite a large selection which focuses mostly on locals and with a large shelving unit dedicated to local and national seasonal releases. They also have several fridge units dedicated to singles and a walk in cooler. The real reason to go to hiller's, though, is not the selection, it's the price. With prices much less expensive than the bottle shops in town, and with frequent sales on quality craft beer, there is always a good deal to be had.

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Photo of macpapi
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Hiller's is commonly recognized as Ann Arbor's best grocery store. A cross between Whole Foods and Kroger, with pleny of organic and unique type items, as well as basic brand name products, all for reasonable prices. Their beer section is located toward the right-front section of the store as you walk in the door. Just about all beers in stock are refrigerated, with a pretty large, walk-in refrigerator containing extra six-packs of everything located behind glass-door coolers (and sometimes a few goodies not found in stock on the shelves.)

Selection is a mix between American micros--mostly six packs--and foreign sixers and single 750s. There is also a pretty decent smattering of 'big beers' from American craft brewers. The stock is heavy on locals like Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, Michigan Brewing, etc. There is also a pretty nice run of other American styles. For a grocery store, I would say the selection is very good. Belgians, Germans, British beers are all pretty well represented as well. Prices are comprable to other similar type stores. There is always something good on sale in a six-pack. Seasonal rotation is also pretty impressive. This store seems to get seasonals in as early as any place in Ann Arbor. Service in the beer department is nearly non-existent, though the employees seem pretty friendly and do try to help when possible. On the whole, the largest draw to Hiller's is the combination of good food, unique stock and good beer selection. It is a great one-stop shopping experience. If you're in the market for really unique beers alone, though, you'd be better off fighting for a parking spot right nextdoor at Whole Foods or, better yet, heading the three miles up Huron River to Bello Vino.

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Photo of CortexBomb
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%

Hiller's a small local grocery store chain. I'm only familiar with this one, at Arborland, but I believe there are others in the Detroit area. Similar to Whole Foods, the idea is upscale, bourgeoisie grocery shopping with some oddities. This means that most of their food is overpriced or outright ridiculous (i.e.: how about some kangaroo from the "wild game meat locker"?) but the beer section is actually pretty good.

While they carry the standards, larger and more prominent space is given to the micros. Mostly I'm talking about locals, that being Jolly Pumpkin 750's (almost the full line), Bell's (as of this review about 10 kinds), the various Detroit area breweries (i.e.: Dragonmead) as well as some Founders. They also carry Great Lakes, Unibroue, Victory, Rogue and some of the basic foreign offerings like Saint Bernadus, Samuel Smith, the Spaten brands, and so forth. Prices on the above are generally quite good, or at least competitive given the price of beer in Ann Arbor.

They also seem good about getting in at least a smattering of the rarer local beers such as Kuhnhenn's Fourth Dementia, the Bell's Batch series, or Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout to name a few.

I can still only give the selection an average mark though, because on any given day, they only have a decent variety of the above stuff. I used to work near the store, and I would pop in every day at lunch to grab some food. With that kind of arrangement, it was easy for me to pick up the rare beers when they showed up, but those rarities never stick around for long, and anyone who isn't on the "drop by every day" routine is not going to run into much of the special stuff because it cycles so fast.

Service is abyssmal, I have yet to meet anyone at the store who knows anything about beer, apprently just the person ordering for them does, and they don't seem to be on the floor.

Beer does seem to cycle pretty quickly though...the clientele seems to at least be somewhat familiar with a lot of the brands, and the rare stuff usually is gone within a week of showing up.

Overall, they don't usually have anything that you couldn't find at another micro beer carrying store, but if you're in the area (such as myself, since I'm just down the street) then you can do a lot worse than stopping by and browsing around every once in a while.

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Hiller's Market in Ann Arbor, MI
Place rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 8 ratings