Plum Market

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375 N Maple Rd
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103-2824
United States

(734) 827-5000 | map

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 24
Photo of chinchill
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Fine selection of local, national and international brews here. The intermationals seem to favor Germany and UK. Rare beers come thru: I just picked up a sixer of Shorts Strawberry Shorts Cake and a six pack of Greenbush Distorter. Very knowledgable beer guy mentioned KBS and some other rarities coming thru at other times. Founders Mango with habanero was on the shelf.

Given the volume and variety, the store has far too little shelf space devoted to beer, and the aisle was quite crowded with piles of cases in front of the beer coolers and shelves.

Value for beer actually seems good, but being from out of state it is hard to tell. As a reference, Unibroue bombers were $7.99. Most food items, on the other hand, are premium priced. This place almost makes Whole Foods look cheap. Hence the compromise $$$ rating.

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Photo of sugarcaneE
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Excellent selection & display. Staff is also helpful and go the extra distance to help you. For example, i was looking for a 4-pack of a specific item and they only had 3 bottles of it, so they substituted the would-be 4th item with something awesome. Also helps that they have great food available and are right off the highway.

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Photo of rsenters29
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great prices best selection around town, these guys here run the best store,let me tell you.Also just ask if you don't see something you want that isn't there and it can be ordered,service is amazing and let me tell you you couldn't go to a better place for the all around experience these guys here fulfill your need to know what you need to about Craft Beer if you are a beginner and looking to get started enjoying their fine selection!!!

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Photo of cratez
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

When I visited: March 2012.

What I bought: Bell’s Hop Slam and Hell Hath No Fury, Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial and Madrugada Obscura, Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2012, Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, Goose Island Fleur.

What I liked: Sizeable variety of bombers at fair prices. Good European selection with several rarities. Tons of refrigerated sixers and singles from Great Lakes, Lagunitas, Victory, North Peak, Short’s, and Flying Dog.

What I disliked: Less service-oriented than The Wine Seller, have to watch for out-of-code stock.

Would I go back? Definitely.

Overall Rating: 86

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

abanton showed me this place in a recent visit to Ann Arbor for the La Roja GR release.

This is a small, "Whole Foods" type market that from the outside you wouldn't expect a great craft selection. Adam led me over to the beer isle, and I was very impressed. A really nice range of beers from great German Hefe's to Belgian Quads like Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus Abt 12, and some a decent selection of Belgian sours. They have a very good Michigan craft selection, and fairly reasonably priced.

The next time I am in the area, I will be sure to stop in. Nice, clean, friendly place.

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Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

While visiting Ann Arbor this is a good place to make a stop for beer. They are strong on Michigan beers and lots of the stock is kept refrigerated. Everything I checked with a date on it was within code.

In the store there are two locations for beer. Along one wall with the refrigerated bottles of wine is a refrigerated case with a wide variety of singles if that is what you are looking for. Then more to the middle of the store there is a refrigerated case with six and four packs. They had the full range of Bell's, some Dragonmead, Arcadia, and even some stock from some quite small Michigan breweries, e.g., Mackinaw Summer Love Wheat.

On the other side of that same aisle there are several shelf units with a wide range of imports running from Belgians such as the Rocherfort beers and a variety of Lambics, Gueuzes and Krieks (e.g., Lindemans, Hanssens, Oud Beersel) on to some quite nice German beers (e.g., Wehenstephaner, etc.).

One of the clerks went out of her way to be of assistance and when I had a question she made it a point to introduce me to the beer manager so we could chat.

After I made my selection and got in line I was particularly impressed by the fact that one of the checkout clerks spotted us waiting and immediately came over and asked us if we wanted to check out using his register. Nice touch.

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Photo of sarro
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My beer store of choice in Ann Arbor and not just because it's a 3 minute drive!
There's a great selection of beer, half or more of which is refrigerated, and the prices are very reasonable.
Large varieties of mead, belgians (lambic included), regional and local craft beer offerings can be found at the store. Refrigerated singles & select 750's are available too, but are separated from the bulk of the beer. Several types of glassware fill in the shelves and informative tags + publications (Michigan Beer Guide) are on display as well.
Overrall, a great place I would recommend to any beer lover within SE Michigan, but grab stuff while you see it because it doesn't last long!

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Photo of buffs9
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I love and miss the Plum Market. I lived in MI for the past year, but have recently moved away. I used to drive an hour to Plum Market about once a month to check out what they had. It was the one store that held a bottle of BA 4D for me and I was always impressed w/ their selection. All the stantard MI beers were there, along w/ many harder to find beers, like Kuhnhenn's, Raison D'Extra, Hitachino, etc... They also stocked a good amount of BCBS, which is the only place I'd seen that had any. Great selection and very friendly people in the beer/wine department. The store itself is similar to Whole Foods and had some tasty food, including deli sandwiches made w/ Zingerman's bread

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Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

We stopped in here over the Xmas holidays on our way downtown to hit a couple of pubs. The beer section is oddly split in two, The majority of the bottles are in the center of the store (near the wine) and comprised 4&6 packs stored in coolers as well as room temperature singles. For cold singles, there is a cooler near the sushi counter -- if you buy 6 singles you get 10% off. There is a nice selection of Michigan brews including Shorts, Bell's, Founders, New Holland, Arcadia, as well as a bunch of smaller brewers (like Arbor Brewing) that are rarely heard of out of state. Plenty of foreign and regional/national stuff to keep you interested too, lots of Belgians, Dieu du Ciel, Dogfish, Stone, etc. We had no interaction with staff during our visit, which didn't surprise us since this is primarily a grocery store. Still, the checkout clerk was friendly enough. We didn't find the selection overwhelming, but everyone in my party found something they were excited to purchase, and overall the prices were fair.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

I wasnt sure what to expect here, Ive never heard of a Plum Market. It turned out to be a Whole Foods kinda place.

The beer was hard to find. I wandered around the store before I saw a display of the run of the mill Jolly Pumpkin stuff. I thought I must be close to the beer but it was still half way across the store.

Anyway, once I found where they keep the beer, I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of bombers with a nice representation of MI stuff. Arbor, Arcadia, Kuhnhenn (but only Imperial Olde Brune), Short's and Belgians like Cantillon are segregated. The nice thing is that they have lots of nice glassware that is all set out next to its respective brewery. There were also amazing Weihenstephan ceramic steins, Tripel Karmeliet tulips (which are very impressive I might add), lots of various Unibroue glasses and some others peppered in the shelf.

Then, further down, there is an open produce style cooler that holds all 12 oz singles for mix and matching.

Prices seemed low. Much lower than Whole Foods. The price tags show list price and then how much they charge.

This place is worth visiting. If not for the good beer then for the great selection of elegant glassware.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Plum Market, located on the western outskirts of Ann Arbor. We maneuvered our way their en route to the downtown brewpub scene.

Quality: The store is laid out nicely, dumping all shoppers into the produce section. That segues into the butcher area, follwed by the beer and wine area. Wine gets more attention, much more, but there is an aisle dedicated to the barley. Also, near the sushi bar, a singles cooler is loaded.

Service: No service sought out, until checkout. I didn't see anyone wandering around.

Selection: At first I stocked up on sikpacks of everything, only to engage in a walk of shame as I carried them back after spotting the singles area. Shorts beers are in abundance, including Huma Lupa, Bellaire Brown, Pandemonium, and Anniversary Wheat Wine (I'll take a sixer of that blood orange wheatwine, thank you). I also grabbed some Bourbon County Stout, Lake Erie Monster, and an Arbor wild ale. A great haul.

If you are visiting the AA area, Plum Market should be your first and last stop.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

This is kind of a Whole Foods wanna-be, actually more similar in size and scope to a Trader Joes perhaps. They stock a good selection of beers, wide enough to find something for any taste but nothing TOO hard to find elsewhere (Detroit). A goodly number of MI beers (Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, Bells, Founders, Shorts, etc), no Kuhnhenns when I stopped by unfortunately. A lot of Belgians, some bordering on obscure.

The prices were a bit higher than Whole Foods in general, by about $1 per sixer. But also lots of MI beers were on sale, bringing the price on those to just a little lower than competitors.

I miss Bello Vino. In its absence Plum Market will have to do.

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Photo of Shumista
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Plum market is my new favorite place to go grocery shopping because I get to spend 15-20 minutes perusing the beer section each time. It's a lot like Whole Foods with less of an arrogant uppity feel to it in my opinion.

Overall the quality and selection is pretty good, and great for a grocery store. Lots of local Michigan Microbrews (Founder's, Bell's, Dark Horse, Arbor Brewing, New Holland, Arcadia etc. and even some Dragonmead, in both six packs and in the singles cooler. Behind you on a warm shelf is an excellent selection of single bomber and magnum bottles including all the usual suspects. One that really stood out to me here was that they had North Coast's Brother Thelonius, which I have not seen anywhere else in town.

One of my only complaints is that I wish the singles cooler had more to choose from. It's a quality selection of singles, don't get me wrong, but I would like to see more of the 6 packs they sell represented.

The service is excellent, each time I've been in there, the beer guy at the store has noticed how much time I spend in the beer aisle and asked if I have any questions. One thing that impressed me on our last visit was when my girlfriend accidentally knocked over and broke a bomber of ST Choklat Imperial Stout (I had a serious talk with her later about what she had done) they were totally cool about it and cleaned it up without charging us for the bottle. On a side note, it smelled so good I decided to pick one up next time I go in.

Prices are great, especially if you look for the deals. The last time I went in they had Brooklyn BCS at 6.99 a 4 pack, SN Anniversary Ale at 12.99 a 12 pack, and DFH Indian Brown, 60 minute and 90 minute for 8.99 a sixer and 4 pack (the 90), respectively. To be fair these were all sales but still, I've never seen prices like those for DFH or SN anywhere really.

Overall definitely worth checking out if you are in the Ann Arbor area.

Edit 10-30-09: The last time I went in they had expanded their singles cooler to include almost all of their six packs, an excellent decision in my opinion. Plum market is quickly becoming my go to beer stop.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

This is a well-designed newish supermarket, similar in feel to Whole Foods Market. Beer is past the registers, center aisle to the left, then mostly on the right-hand side with warm shelves and micros in the cooler. Imports were in a separate cooler, near the wine. The beer aisle was clean and well lit, with a humongous fan rotating overhead. This seemed to be one of the better micro selections in the area, with full lines of Jolly Pumpkin, Bells, Dark Horse, Arbor, Founders, Arcadia, etc. Even some limited Arbor beers and JP/Stone/Nogne bottles. Focus on local and organic products. Some interesting Belgians on the warm shelves, typical imports in the cooler. Even some interesting locally produced meads from B. Nektar (buckwheat, vanilla cinnamon). Prices were about the lowest of the 3 stores we visited in town. Cases of fresh 2 Hearted were stacked on the floor, on sale for $8/six, were too good to pass up. A clerk was on the floor and asked us if we needed any specific help. Checkout was fast and friendly. Recommended stop, close to 94.

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Photo of botham
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

possibly a diamond in the rough, this upscale-ish grocery hides a decent selection of good beer, clean conditions, and modest prices. the shelves are nicely organised and clean, with minimal dust on low-selling bottles, and quite a few local offerings from the area.

service is what one would expect from a grocery store; the occasional clerk with the standard inquiries.

selection is good for a grocery store, with attention paid to local offerings and a nice selection of Belgians, as well as English brews.

overall, worth a stop for people in the area, or those looking for local offerings.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Plum Market opened in February 2008, and I have probably visited this upscale grocery store at least 25 times. It helps that it is only a 3 minute walk from my house! So very glad to have this place close by. Great grocery store features lots of organic, local, specialty, and gourmet food. Large wine and cheese selection, and a pretty decent sized beer collection as well.

They have two aisle-length, open coolers devoted to beer, and 1 room-temp. aisle-length shelf. The good cooler is filled with lots of Michigan six and 12 packs (Bells, Founders, Dark Horse, Atwater, ABC, MBC, New Holland, Arcadia, etc.), and also a decent selection of other American craft brews (Victory, Clipper City, SN, SA, DFH, etc.). The other cooler has some US macros, and a bunch of Euro macros (Guiness, Newcastle, Carlsberg, etc.). The room-temp. shelf has a lot of nice single bottle varieties, ranging from Jolly Pumpkin, Stone, Rogue, ST, Allagash, to a good number of Belgian, German, and English imports (Rochefort 8, 10, Plank, etc.). Unfortunately, they do not break up six-packs, but the service is pretty friendly and helpful. They seem to get most of the special releases in (for the breweries they carry). Decent prices for Ann Arbor.

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Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 24 ratings