Market Of Choice

Market Of ChoiceMarket Of Choice
7 Ratings
Market Of ChoiceMarket Of Choice

Type: Store

5639 Hood Street
West Linn, Oregon, 97068
United States

(503) 594-2901 | map

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Added by John_M on 06-29-2008

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by djeucalyptus:
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

This Market of Choice is an interesting one... it's secluded, tucked away from the street in the former spot of an old Thriftway. It's close to 205 and just off hwy 43 so not too hard to get to. The store is almost always quite and beer browsing can be conducted without having to stumble over people. always a plus.

The selection is wide if not somewhat haphazard. A fair selection of local bombers (occasionally a few that aren't available anywhere else in the PDX area) and some interesting imports and bombers from other parts of the states. Prices are pretty average for the area, with occasional surprising deals and occasional questionably high prices. A long open cooler for single, several closed-door coolers for six packs, and another open cooler for macros. They usually have a weekly special on a few six packs that's cheaper than most places. Definitely a plus.

**Be sure to check the dates on bottles, as I almost grabbed an Echt Kriekenbier until i noticed it was over a year past-date. Lots of selection, but also lots of bottles that don't move too quickly.

Customer service is iffy. There have been times I've been approached by the beer/wine stewards, and once even had a conversation about some of the new bottles they were getting in, although it was obvious he was a wine guy with minimal beer knowledge. Other times, I've had to struggle to ask a question several times, as the wine aisles are obviously the anchor of the beer/wine section at this MOC.

On the whole, one of the better west-side grocery store selections. Definitely a good stop if you're searching for some new brews, or that hard to find bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kamikazeokami
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brywhite
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of StogiesandBrews
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is my favorite place to go for a good brew.

Atmosphere: Clean and well kept. It's a lot nicer than most other places to get a rare brew.

Quality: They keep the shelves rotating and have older brews either in a discount box or in back. That is a HUGE deal for me. Many beer stores I go to I find a lot a beers that have been on the shelf for years that should be. They keep the shelves well stocked aswell which is nice.

Service: This is where they shine. The beer guy, Brian, is really knowledgeable and friendly. We talk beer for an hour or so whenever I go in.

Selection: The best selection for a grocery store I've ever seen. Tons of singles and a good selection of sick packs. They keep the seasonals in rotation so the selection is updated frequently.

Overall I love going to the store and chatting with Brian and sampling some beers when they do a sampling which is usually on saturdays or sundays they sample wines or beers. Mostly beers. Its a great place to go that is right in my neighborhood.

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Photo of Spikester
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Easy access from I-205 makes this a good stop for me. Very classy store with a modest amount of beer choices. It looked to be about 50/50 split between world beers and West Coast micros. Of the fairly limited supply were some very fine beers at normal (for the area) prices. They had a pretty fair selection of harder to find micros in the bomber size. Another plus is you can do your grocery or deli shopping at the same time.
I still prefer John's Marketplace for their wider selection of beers and the ability to purchase singles.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Located just north of Exit 8, I-205; I make it a point to visit this store whenever I'm in the West Linn/Oregon City area. There are many groceries in the Portland area with well-stocked, diverse beer/wine departments (New Seasons, Whole Foods, etc.), but MoC may have the best selection of all of them.

On my last visit (yesterday) I stopped counting at 300 different single bottles in the open-shelved cooler; there are also well over 100 different six-packs to choose from, displayed behind several glass reach-ins. All those numbers do NOT include the macro/mass-produced beers, which have their own separate (smaller) cooler.

Most recently I picked up some Black Butte XX and HotD Adam, but have found everything from Alaskan Smoked Porter (a steal for $4.50/bottle), Carnegie Porter, Berliner Kindlweisse (NEVER seen this sold anywhere else), and a few obscure Oregon brewers (Wild River's Imperial Stout comes to mind). The overall selection has a NW/West Coast focus, but includes and excellent array of Belgian, UK, German, Eastern European and Asian labels. Prices seem right in line with the other specialty groceries.

Service only scores average because: a) I've never seen a beer/wine steward or anyone working the department (I've visited at least a half dozen, usually on Saturday afternoons), b) check-out clerks have a propensity for laying bottles down side-by-side (not a good idea with bottle-conditioned/yeasty beers).

All in all, a very good store for beer shopping. Recommended when in the area.

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Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Update from 8/5/08. One thing I've noticed about this particular MoC is that they're not very good about rotating their stock (hence I reduced the score I previously gave for service). The Blue Dot they have available was brewed last fall and a recent bottle of Ninkasi Tricerahops clearly showed the effects of sitting around too long on the shelf before I opened it. Everything is refrigerated here, so this is a not a huge problem for most of the beer MoC carries, but for hoppy IPA's and DIPA's it's a decided problem. So exercise care when you buy beer from this otherwise excellent store. End of update.

High end grocery stores such as Market of Choice seem to becoming more and more popular in the Portland area. This particular MofC is my "home" grocery store in the Portland area, just a mile down the street from my condo in West Linn.

From what I can tell, MofC strives to carry high end products across the board. There is also an emphasis on local and organic products, with an outstanding deli area and cafe as well. In keeping with the high quality everything theme, MofC has a surprisingly outstanding wine and beer selection. Yes, they have your usual BMC macro crap, but most of the beer selection area is devoted to craft beer and imports. There's a nice Belgian selection in the store, as well as a considerable selection of beers from local breweries in the NW. Pretty much everything is kept cold, and the selection is surprisingly sizeable for what I normally see in a grocery store. Prices here are comparable to what you'll pay pretty much every place else in the city.

As for service, it's difficult for me to comment. The store has a wine sommelier, but he'll also answer any questions about beer if you have them. The staff here pretty much leave you to yourself if you're checking out the beer selection. If you have a question or a problem, it's typically up to you to flag someone down to get service. On the other hand, the people working here are invariably quite friendly and helpful.

This is a very solid place with an above average selection of craft brew and imports. It's well worth a visit if you happen to be in the West Linn/Lake Oswego part of town.

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Market Of Choice in West Linn, OR
Place rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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