Keweenaw Co-op

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Type: Homebrew, Beer-to-go

1035 Ethel Ave
Hancock, Michigan, 49930-1365
United States

(906) 482-2030 | map

They will sell to you even if you do not have a coop membership.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-02-2006

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wow, last review from 5 years ago.

I want to note that turnover is indeed a slight problem at the Co-Op. It has gotten better in the last 5 years, but you have to be picky with what you are buying. Check dates if possible.

Now onto the selection of beer. Fantastic. Just within the last 6 months, the Co-Op has stepped their game up. The only place in the Keweenaw where you can find Shorts (and a pretty impressive collection, usually around 10 varieties), Rogue, Stone, Moylans, Anderson Valley, and Ommegang. They have recently hooked up with a distro out of Kalamazoo MI which makes bi-weekly trips, so we are seeing some products new to the area show up.

I'm so happy with the addition of Shorts. It was a shame that for so long there was quality brew like Shorts only 350 miles away in the same state, and I couldn't purchase it. I've been getting my fill. And if you travel up this way, stop in because they may have some interesting Shorts sitting around that are long gone elsewhere, such as Mystery Stout, Cup o Joe Creme Stout, Hanging Frank IPA...

Your best bet for beer in the Keweenaw.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stevoj
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

For the area, a decent selection. Props for supplying this outlying community with some decent beer. Good selection of Michigan beers and some other NW beers.

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Photo of atone315
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This my go to spot for Shorts when I am visiting the Keweenaw. They have a terrific variety of MI beers, my only complaint is some of their stock is old. I would suggest you check bottling dates and/or have a general knowledge of when the beer was released as I have seen IPA/ IIPA on their shelf that I knew were released 5-6 months ago. For this same reason, you can find beers on their shelf that are long gone at other spots. I saw last year's Bigfoot and Bell's Expedition from November 2012 on the shelf on my most recent visit yesterday.

Although I am not a home brewer (yet), this appears to be an awesome spot for brewers in the area. Tons of grain and multiple shelves of brewing supplies, it appears they have everything one would need to get started/ continue brewing.

My one MAJOR complaint about this place....the service is SLOWWW. Not a "run in and grab a sixer" type of stop, it seems there is always someone checking out in front of me and it usually takes them some time to get rung up. With only 2 checkouts, things can get bottle necked fairly quickly. Not a major issue, but it is a consistent one.

If you are in the area, definitely stop. Only a few blocks off 41, not out of the way at all. Just look for the sign on the left as you are coming up the hill from the bridge.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.25/5  rDev -16%

tr said about all that needs to be said for this place. It's the only place in the area to get Belgians and other import micros. There are other places in town that carry better selections of Michigan micros, but the Co-op has a better rounded selection (and the only JP). It also will be the only place to carry limited releases for places like Founders or New Holland.

Here's the big drawback, as tr had suspected. Turnover here is horrible. Half of the beer sits in a big florescent lit cooler and stays there for a long, long time. I've had some really badly light struck beers and beers where a long sit in a refridgerator has really ruined them. Not long ago, there was a sixer of the original Founders Imperial Stout (with the label pasted on a white sixer; a beer I was told was from 2000).

I've had Traquair Jacobite, Orval, and Rochefort from here that have all been severely affected, while other beers have been fine. You may want to ask what has been a recent arrival. Generally the beers sitting in the center isle next to the coolers are recent arrivals. The expensive Belgian 750s sit the longest, in my experience. There aren't many people in the area with the taste to drop money for these beers, unfortunately. So, a lot of it ends up sitting. Or, if you're in doubt, drop me a note.

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Keweenaw Co-op in Hancock, MI
3.87 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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