Forest Hills Foods

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4668 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546-3718
United States

(616) 949-0240 | map

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 04-21-2010

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3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

The morning after Founders Black Party Sweemzander and I decided to hit a few more locations on our way back to Illinois. This was the first stop, just down the road from his parent's house. He said he shops there all the time due to it's close location and I can see why. I'm always a fan of grocery stores cause they usually have a little something nice tucked away when you'd least expect it.

Forrest Hills doesn't stray from that general rule of thumb. Inside, the place looks pretty nice. Cream colors and wood paneling give it a warm, fairly classy appearance.

We walked in straight ahead about twenty feet to the liquor section where the majority of beer was stored in open-faced coolers that spanned the length of the isle. One side contained the craft and import bottles like Arcadia, Founders, New Holland, Shorts, Great Lakes, Left Hand, Point, Stone, Goose Island, Flying Dog, Widmer, Victory, Breckenridge, and Samuel Adams to start with. The imports included Unibroue, Fullers, Samuel Smith's, Young's, and a number of other typicals. The other side of the cooler isle was all BMC stuff and macro imports.

Further down the isle was an end cap which held a small singles section with a number of things I hadn't seen else where like Tri-City Brewing and a handful of other small craft offerings. DFH, Rogue bombers, Lindeman's, Saison DuPont, Duvel, Ommegang, and a number of other larger bottles were located here too as well as just around the corner in the craft cooler. Just on the other side is an end cap that, if you don't look at carefully, you'll miss the seasonal section.

The single bottles were a few cents more than a typical mix-pack selection but all the prices on everything else were pretty much on par.

A sign by the singles said that there were more 750 ml bottles in the wine cooler. Unfortunately the bottles in the wine cooler, which is no where near the beer, are suspect. Having been there for quite some time, the quality may not be the best but at least they're in a cooler.

Unfortunately, the worst part of the visit to Forest Hills was the fact that no one was around the area to ask if we had questions (typical for a grocery store), but when it came time for the cashier to provide customer service, he had an epic fail. Not only did he not greet me, but he didn't say anything to me besides my total.

Not a necessary stop in Grand Rapids but one that if in the area, it's not a bad place to go.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Valmolina
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Shaskins80
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of andrewengler
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

It's a grocery store first, bear that in mind. Their beer selection is minimal at best but they do stock the typical seasonal beers. The cooler is 90% domestic beers and 10% import or specialty beers along with liqours opposite of the coolers. Sometimes they have some nicer imports but they have a large selection on the domestic side and then the seasonals like Samuel Adams, Founders and Bells.

Good place but not my first place to stop for beer. If you're there for food or wine though this opens up a few more doors for you. The beer and wine is located in the far right corner of the store from either of the entrances.

Be sure to checkout their new deli. It's pretty nice.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

I always like frequenting this grocery store for several reasons.
(A)- It is just down the street from the parents house so it is ridiculously convenient when I have a beer craving.
(B)- They usually always get in the newest seasonal offerings in the greater Michigan area: Founders/Bells/NewHolland/etc. I even found Nemesis & KBS here!
(C)- Their prices are fair and they even get in a decent amount of imports that you do not usually see in a normal grocery store.

So really, overall, it is not a store I frequently purchase beer at, but when I do it is just on a whim and I usually find surprises here and there when I least expect it. Not too many grocery stores also sell singles, but Forest Hills does.

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Forest Hills Foods in Grand Rapids, MI
Place rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 5 ratings