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City Market / Onion River Co-op

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City Market / Onion River Co-opCity Market / Onion River Co-op
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Type: Store

82 S Winooski Ave
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-7407
United States

(802) 863-3659 | map
citymarket.coop

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20
Ratings:
43
pDev:
9.43%
 
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Photo of rodmanfor3
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4

This place gets Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine regularly. Difficult to find a parking spot and the aisles are narrow and hard to navigate.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

this place is basically burlington's answer to whole foods.

its a pretty cool supermarket with a mix of specialty/gourmet foods and reg groceries

oh and they sell beer

the beer is pretty reasonable

they sell most vt brews, and alot of them. They have all the up to date seasonals and go across the board for most vt breweries.

they sell 6 packs, 12 packs , even some growlers and singles

the prices are fair, not great. The people that work there are nice, but I have never met someone there who seemed to know a whole lot about beer

they sometimes heavily discount beers in a bin, and there can be some good deals to be found

in addition to vt beers they have some good domestics and some foreigns including some Uk beers and CA beers (like unibroue!)

worth checking out

the bakery is good too, get a peanut butter brownie you wont be dissapointed

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Photo of papat444
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

UPDATED: Bumping up a bit the selection score as it's not too bad. It seems to have gotten a bit better.

ORIGINAL REVIEW DECEMBER 2008: On my mini-trip to Burlington last weekend, i decided to visit the other beer stores in the area before going to the Winooski Beverage Warehouse to see how they stacked up.

As i walk in, it defintely has a Whole Foods vibe to it as their main focus seems to be the organic slant of things. A bit cramped but i like the decor.

Quality seems good and service was nice, quick and efficient. But there are 2 major problems with this store:

Problem #1: Selection is borderline pathetic (compared to other beer stores in the vicinity). They have a couple of Belgians and English ales (note, i said a couple) but they are REALLY lacking in different beers. You have the locals plus SN, Dogfish, Stone, Rogue, Allagash, you see where i'm going, just large micros. Yes, it has a good selection for a grocery store but with Pearl Street Beverage just a stone's throw away there is really no excuse of this lack of selection.

Problem #2: You can't break up 6packs. Now i don't know if there's a law for grocery stores that prohibits them from doing it. If there is, then i will retract this criticism and adjust my rating accordingly but if not, then there is no excuse. All beer stores i have been in VT allow it. They have a few singles loose which the employee said was because "something happened to it" but upon closer inspection, they looked old and i think they were trying to get rid of old stock, not cool. I bought a single bottle of Wolaver's Pale Ale but not the ones in the singles basket (bottled in July) but from a 6pack (bottled in November, that's better). They do have single bottles of the imports though but no U.S. micros. Of course, when i talk about singles, i mean 12oz. bottles.

Overall, i won't be coming here again and i don't recommend it unless you happen to be here for your groceries and want to pick up some beer at the same time. Even then though, you can take a 5 minute walk to Pearl Street with a way better selection than here.

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Photo of TheRowan
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

City Mark-UP is right in the center of town and most things there are costly but good. The Beer is no different. I would not even begin to know were to ask for help with a selection because a large portion of the staff there are "co-op" members and work like 1 night a week. But if you know what you are looking for they have a good amount. Many cold 6-12 packs of local/new England stuff. There large bottle collection could be better but some could everyones in Vermont, it is a work in progress. I was happy to see that they had this years Big Foot (something pearl street didn't have) but when i tried to buy a case they made me open it up and scan each 6 pack individually. Overall good but if you are shopping for large amounts head some where elz!

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

A good selection of Vermonts particularly McNeills. Not much in imports. There were some Rogues as well. As this is not the biggest supermarket, the beer selection is a significant portion of the store. Lots and lots of 12-paks boxes and some growlers. Staff were not beer knowledgeable they just work here. Good long hours and convenient downtown location, so a sure stop ifyou are passing through this beautiful small city. What I liked best in Vermont was here, the emphasis on the local craft everythin industry, and the minimum in macro selection.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

The grocery store itself is really cool, but the beer department leaves a lot to be desired. The selection was fairly limited and the selection of interesting or harder to find beers was almost non-existent. You can literally see every beer they have in 2 minutes with only a single wall of bombers and a few shelves of 4/6/12 packs. Was very disappointed overall in the beer department here.

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Photo of Miccal
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

City Market (also known as City mark-up) is Burlington's "whole foods" or co-op. The have all sorts of natural, organic, and local foods from VT and surrounding states. They also have a pretty good beer & wine selection for a grocery store. They do have BMC beer, but only about 1/10th or less of their beer is BMC (versus the other way around at most supermarkets).

They try and keep something from most Vermont breweries such as Magic Hat, Long Trail, Rock Art, McNeil's, Otter Creek, and a handful of others, as well as some larger craft breweries like Stone & Dogfish Head. If you're downtown it's your best place, but if you've got a car I'd head over to Winooski Beverage for more Beer.

I'm not a huge Wine drinker, but they do have a decent selection of Wines as well including local & organic ones as well.

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Photo of mltobin
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This co-op style supermarket is fairly close to most of the attractions of Burlington. It has a feel of a more scaled-down and low key version of Whole Foods. Food seems to be of higher quality than your typical large grocer. But, the beer seems to be just above average in terms of selection. You can find a good variety of the major national brands and the larger VT brands. And a small # of US craft brewers are here. I was hoping for a bottle or two from the smaller brewers out of the state, maybe in the future, this will become a reality.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of richobrien
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of vtbeerandbud
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MattyV
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Pretty solid location right downtown. The store itself, as others have accurately described, is a mini-"Whole Foods" co-op with a decent vibe. The beer section seemed mostly devoted to 6 and 12-packs of some of the larger somewhat craft options. There was also a smaller end cap featuring various singles, including a few imports and larger US craft breweries. The prices for beer were pretty much on par to a few other spots I checked out in Burlington. The best aspect of City Market for myself and the wife was the excellent fresh food available for take out.

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Photo of dirkchivers
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

They have the best selection i have seen available at a supermarket, but the prices definitively separate this place from other supermarkets. There are cheaper places to buy brews in town and those places have larger stocks. But is one is pressed for time picking up groceries, then ease is on your side at City Market, assuming you have the money for it. Most everything they have stocked which is of decent quality and in a size larger than would fit in a sixer (i.e. bombers and tallboys) is in a cooler, just an FYI.

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Photo of Ajlvt
3.56/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Little bit of one those "hippie/tree hugger" type of stores, grocery store, well, it does the trick if you're in the area, you won't be amazed by their selection. It's clean, and the store is always crowded whenever I'm in here. Service is decent. They get Heady on Wednesdays.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

As other BA's have pointed out, how best to describe this place is of a scaled-down version of Whole Foods (but with better advertised sales from what I've noticed). Conveniently located in the downtown core with ample parking available.

A lot of Vermont and NE staples are available in 6 and 12-packs in a long open cooler, with seasonal and mixed 12-packs a plenty (grabbed a Wolaver's mixed 12-pack last visit). On the endcap of this cooler is an area devoted to singles, with some pretty decent regional offerings (and acouple Belgian options) but nothing too rare or outstanding. I've picked up some Stone, Ommegang, Dogfish Head, and once found a reduced 4-pack of Old Rasputin.

Probably not necessarily worth a visit for the beer alone (better places in the area), but if you're into amazingly good and fresh sandwiches made-to-order in front of you or want a variety of lunch options, then I'd stop here.

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Photo of bobv
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of scottg
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

City Market has a great selection of local and organic veggies, bread, cheese, etc. as well as a deli and prepared food bar and is conviently located one block east from Church Street, the pedestrian mall.

The beer is all the way at the far end of the store. All of the major VT breweries are well represented in six pack and 12 packs as well as others including Brooklyn & Shipyard, refrigerated and at room temp. They have growlers of Shed and Rock Art and a solid selection of 22s-lots of McNeils, Stone, Rogue, Berkshire, etc. They also have a couple of Unibrou on rotation. In addition they also carrying local mead and hard cider and have one of the best selections of wine in the city.

Prices are on par with others in the area. The staff is usually friendly, but their beer knowledge isn't great, although not terrible considering this is a full market and lots of the staff are members.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Located right in downtown Burlinton, this place is a nice alternative to the usual Super-grocery stores you can find anywhere. There is a bakery on site, loads of fresh produce, and a great selection of organic products as well, not to mention the beer. The beer selection includes: almost anything brewed in VT (Rock Art, Hornpout, Long Trail, Magic Hat, McNeil's, Trout River, Otter Creek and a few others that are usually a little tough to find); they also offer brews from Anchor and few other micros from around the country. Maybe I was lucky, or if it's policy, but I didn't happen to see any macros at this market. Woo-hoo! A nice little surprise in the middle of Burlington.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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