Hunger Mountain Coop

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25 Reviews
Hunger Mountain CoopHunger Mountain Coop
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

623 Stone Cutters Way
Montpelier, Vermont, 05602-3635
United States

(802) 223-8000 | map
www.hungermountain.com

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Added by skivtjerry on 12-17-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
113
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
6.13%
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Reviews by ElGallo:
Photo of ElGallo
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I come to Montpelier several times a year, but I just got around to coming to the Co-op this month. It's a little hard to find, as the road it sits on feels like an unmarked exit from something pinched between the river and railroad tracks. Once you find the one-way parking lot, though, you are happy. The Co-op is a great modern store with lots of fresh, local, organic foods and the quintessential Vermont vibe. Makes me wish I lived up here. The beer area is small but very distinguished. Thursdays they do growler fills from a specific brewery so check their website for updates. My friend got a 64 oz. growler fill of Founders Imperial Stout for $9 - I nearly fainted! The day I went they were featuring Trapp Brewery, which makes a great Trostenbier (dunkel with a touch of smoke). I also benefitted from good timing and scored some Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half. The Co-op carries Lawson's Finest, but there's a two-bottle limit. Heady Topper on sale here too. Hill Farmstead bottles sometimes make an appearance, but it pays to ask someone if they "have anything special out back," as they sometimes do. A must visit if you're in town, then get yourself over to Three Penny Taproom for the best beer experience in Vermont!

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Photo of mynie
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

They did Heady case releases during the 2-ish year period when Alchemist wasn't open to the public. They still get Alchemist in now, only less of it, since the brewery is focusing on being able to sell cases direct.

Nonetheless, when they did do case releases, they handled them fantastically. The lines were ticketed and orderly and the staff was very, very friendly. Any time Hunger Mountain organizes any special even, you know they're going to do a courteous and professional job of it.

Anyhow, the place is just a nice, big food co-op: lots of local produce and meat, lots of organic packaged groceries, and lots of already prepared food. The already prepared food is wonderful.

The beer selection is also wonderful. VT's beer scene is huge and constantly expanding, and Hunger Mountain seems to get in at least a little something from everywhere. You don't have time to stop at *every* VT brewery, and Hunger Mountain is the best place to grab stuff from the places you couldn't make it to.

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Photo of byronic
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of CayseyW
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SveNss0N
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ScottP
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Brian29
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of emottram
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Tmyhre802
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of KGilmour
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I'm generally not a fan of this place. My wife has a membership, but they don;t have a Family membership option, so when I go in (on rare occasions), they always ask for my member number. As soon as I explain that I'm not a member, I get a dirty look. Others have also commented on the almost cult-like air of the place where the "You are Not One of Us" vibe is practically forcefully projected onto browsers.

All that said, they have a great selection of beers, heavy on the Vermont breweries. Great prices on Eclipse ($26), a broad selection of styles. Picked up a Rock Art Vermont Spruce Stout and the 2015 W00tstout.

Some beers chilled. I'm not a Heady Topper fan, but I understand it's possible to get it here if you show up on the correct day.

Worth a look for a co-op/health food place. Surprising craft beer variety.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

These are the places Iove to shop for beer. Good sized, not too large and not too big.

Really well diversified selection and stock of items. Locals, other nearby great brews from Mass and elsewhere. Excellent stocked shelves and really good prices. A 25 dollar bottle of Eclipse?! Why yes thank you very much.

Staff are also real knowledgeable, one guy brewed for about 12 years and could answer any questions I had about availability or stock of any product I was looking for. Good amounts of cold storage here too.

Definitely a must stop when beer shopping in Vermont.

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Photo of SRBush1974
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of JArt
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of RichD
4.53/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
1.83/5  rDev -55.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4

The beer guy at Hunger Mountain Coop is one of the worst human beings I have ever encountered.

This spot gets great beer with their weekly Alchemist and Lawson's selections, occasional Backacre, and other limited release bottles.

If you can stomach the lousy service, you will walk out with some quality beers.

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Photo of seanchai
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier, VT
91 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.
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