Earth Fare

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Earth FareEarth Fare

Type: Store

2965 Battleground Ave
Greensboro, North Carolina, 27408-2705
United States

(336) 369-0190 | map

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by ncbeermonger:
Photo of ncbeermonger
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

this place sometimes has a great vibe, and sometimes it has a (for lack of a better word) snooty vibe. On this afternoon it had a decent enough vibe, and my hope was it would cary along into the trying of new beers.

The quality of this place is usually pretty good, today I picked a bottle that could have been pretty old though, there was no freshness date, but it tasted far from fresh

the selection is pretty good, especially for a grocerie store! There were lots of 6 packs, and lots of larger bottles to choose from

the cashieer was less than enthusiastic which is not the norm here, but perhaps I caught her on a bad day.

They still had the Avery Maharajah, the one I bought was made in May...its the middle of October! This beer can take it though its full of hops, some of their other beers though...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

This is an organic grocery, not dissimilar to Whole Foods but smaller (in both corporate size and individual store sizes) which is clean and has a fairly decent little beer section - by the cheese and cured meats. Not much of a vibe, it is a grocery store, but the folks shopping and working were all pretty friendly.

The beers were about 95% stored cold with a only a couple of seasonal 6-packs not stored in the coolers. There were a few older seasonal beers there but the majority were in code and within the expiration dates.

The staff at the grocery store was quite friendly and helpful in seeing if there was anything they could help me find or recommend to me - mostly a 20 something woman working in the beer section. I did not need any help but I was glad they asked.

The selection is certainly not huge but they did have a couple of options that I do not frequently see at other places. I personally found an interesting gluten free German beer.

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Photo of Dmaradei
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Hopcycle
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Very easy to find as it was right across the street from total wine, literally as you cross over the street. Typical organic grocer. Lots of food choices bombard you as you walk in. Great coffee today BTW. Back wall has a decent beer selection. Not as big as I would have hoped, but decent. Nice selection of belgians and a few german imports, decent amount of american craft, but again nothing really sticking out at me. About what I would expect it to be as they are really about the same as they are at home. Great place for groceries, not so great for beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

Stopped in here when in the area. It looks like a minor-version of Whole Foods when I walked in. The beer area is on the right side of the store when you walk in. Everything is in a cooler. They carried a good number of bombers like Rogue, French Broad, Ommegang, Lagunitas, etc. A few single 12 oz brews as well. Not sure if they have a deal to make a mixed-sixer or not. Saw selections from Duck Rabbit, Highland, Bell's, DFH, SN, SA, Victory, Stoudt's, etc. Also had a decent amount of Belgian and other European brews. This was not a bad place for beer by any means. I'd stop in and grab a brew or two if I was in the area more. Check it out.

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Photo of MrStark
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

I recently stopped in here after I was told by another member that they carried a particular beer I had been looking for all over. I honestly wouldn't have thought I'd go into a health food store and find beer but go figure.

When I first walked in, I noticed that it was a nice looking clean store. I turned to my right and saw a small wall of cold beers. There was also a couple of small table displays in front of it with seasonal beer 6-packs on them. They had a few of the usual suspects, but they also had a decent selection of micro brews and imports. Quite a few bombers of Rogue brews and they like. Prices seamed a little higher than other places, but nothing too crazy.

The staff seams pretty nice however nobody spoke to me until I got to the counter. But sometimes I prefer that! The cashier that rang me up was quite friendly and actually started a conversation with me about beer!

Overall it seamed like a good place to pick up an odd & end brew now and then. I'll probably be stopping in again.

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Photo of cbros
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

I came in here after my wife had shopped there previously and mentioned that they had a vast beer selection. As you walk in you must first pass the registers/sitting area up front and head past the produce and WHAM there on your right are the beers. Good selection for a chain grocery store. They had a few gluten free and organic beers that you would not find in regular chains, and since it is a health food store that was not suprising. They had a nice selection of local stuff from Highlands, Natty Greenes and Duck-Rabbit. What I found suprising was that they had 64 ounce bottle/growlers of Highland Winter Warmer, hadn't seen that anywhere else. They had a few offerings from Rogue that I had not seen elsewhere either.

One of the good things about this store was after you look over the sixers you come to the end and see a good wide selection of singles as well. Prices where reasonable and if you go thre you should not expect any type of service. You have to know what you are looking for and go there to see if they carry it.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

I go here from time to time to find exotic foods, unusual produce or fresh herbs, and while I've picked up beer here in a pinch I'd never really paid attention to their selection until this afternoon.

I'm assuming the quality is average because so many beers don't have freshness dates on them, and I'm not going to be the one to pick up every bottle and note the freshness date in the middle of the senior citizen mid-afternoon rush. I did notice Sam Smith's Winter Warmer on the shelves, which I had my doubts about, but there were also a lot of spring and summer seasonals, leading me to believe that the stock is kept up at least somewhat. All of their beer is cold which will hopefully stave off spoilage for a while.

I suppose the service was alright, the employees were friendly but there was a man standing behind me with wine samples (who had no visitors mind you) who didn't even say a word to be as I perused the beers for 10-15 minutes. It is afterall still just a grocery store.

I was quite pleased with the selection. Aside from Mexican imports and stuff like Michelob and Rolling Rock it was full of mostly microbrew stuff with some imports. Lots of Rogue, Dogfish Head, Sam Smiths, Avery, etc. One of the few places in Greensboro I've seen Young's Oatmeal Stout and the only place I've been able to find St. Bernardus Abt 12. A few Rogue offerings I haven't seen elsewhere also. Aecht Rauchbier Marzen and Helles Lager available too.

Most of what Earth Fare has that can be found elsewhere can also be found cheaper. Seems like a $0.50 to $1.00 markup depending on the beer's price. Not a huge deal but noticably pricier.

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Photo of bboven
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

I started frequenting this place because they had good beer that they kept cold, which is rare and I appreciated since I am usually impatient when waiting to try and review a new beer that I first have to chill. The selection is good since excepting token BMC products, the entire section is micro. It's either run-of the mill for the type of selection(flying dog, Dogfish Head, Rogue, etc) or high-end, $10-15 a bottle DFH, Chimay, so on and so forth. They were the first store in town to introduce Bell's, a brewery from my home state and my introduction to BA ethics in college, so props for that. That all being said, the freshness is questionable at best. They get new beer in, but only when they sell the last of the old. They still have Bell's Oberon, a summer seasonal, in full stock mid-December. I reviewed a Butte Creek Double IPA a while back only to discover that it was a yearly release. It was the tenth in the DIPA series and they were already at the tail-end of next year's (the 11) batch. This particular bottle was $5.99 and very oxidized. I brought this to the attention of the beer buyer (via telephone) and they got the 11 in stock. But--Only after my next three or four visits once all the 10 was gone. I go there enough to know what's brand-new, but I wouldn't risk a $10 sixer or $7 bomber on your first time.

Service is fast and friendly, yadda yadda yadda, but there are much more knowledgeable beer stores in town.

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Photo of Neehan
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

I enjoy this place for several reasons, it's beer selection being toward the top of the list. The quantity of the selection won't blow you away but what they have is of very good quality. You won't find a cheap macro brew here, and there is a nice selection between domestic micros and imports. They also seem to get a nice variety of seasonals when the time of year is right. Not everyone, but certainly a few of the staff members seem to be knowedgable and enthusiastic about their beer selection, and they are all very friendly. Prices are a hit or miss, some choices more expensive than other stores but if you shop around a bit you can get a better deal here on some selections than you could at a few of the other local stores. All-in-all a good place to buy beer as I have found a few beers here that I haven't seen in other stores in the GSO area (St. Bernardus Apt 12) to name one... maybe I'm just missing it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Unlike some other reviewers, I haven't had any problems with dead/expired beers at this Greensboro location. I've been pretty happy with the selection, which has grown over the years. It's a bit pricey, but there's plenty to choose from. Most beers are in the cooled section, but there's a shelf across from that displaying room-temperature 4/6 packs.

Last time I was there I saw 6 packs of Dogfish Head 60 and 90 min. IPA. There's always a decent Belgian selection, and for quite a while they had that great Living Beers 6-pack from Global Beer Network: Gulden Draak, Bruegel, Dubbel and Tripel Bornem, Piraat and Augustijn. The US micro selection has really grown since the Pop the Cap was passed in mid-2005: DFH, Rogue, Bison, Great Divide, many more. Cool local NC stuff like Edenton, Cottonwood and Duck-Rabbit. And plenty of German and English/Scottish selections too.

The service is usually good, and the food (deli and grocery shelves) is excellent, so even though it's not the greatest beer selection in the world, and even though it leans on the pricey side, I love to buy beer here as the environment and food is also agreeable.

[6/29/11: okay, five years and quite a few visits later, I notice two things: 1) they do not in fact rotate their selection very much...despite lots of good stuff, they hardly seem concerned with expanding on changing up their selection, and 2) lots of beers sit there long after their freshness date. I've adjusted my rankings to reflect all this.]

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Photo of AlexJ
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

We stop by here from time to time while visiting friends to pick up beer. While not the largest selection, it is certainly better that most grocery stores in NC. Among the beers I saw: St. Bernardus Wit, Troublette Wit, Blanch De Chamblay, Val dieu Blonde, Ephimere Apple, Fuller's, Avery, Dogfish Head, Wolever's, Butte Creek, and a few others. Avery & Dogfish is what i bought and the prices were average, 7.50-8.00 a sixer. The Chamblay and Ephimere were like 9 or 10 for a 4 pack. I'm used to paying that for a four pack of Trois Pistoles of Maudite, but not these. Troublette and the Bernardus Wit were 12 a sixer, also pricey. So, buy at your discression. Note: they also have a KILLER selection of rare and gourmet cheeses to go w/ your beer!

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Photo of oberon
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

I used to frequent this hippie laden place alot until I noticed the freshness of alot of my bottles were way off and just plain old.The selection for the area is quite good for the area mind you but pretty steep in price when I can go somewhere else around town and usually find what they have alot cheaper.There always is a funky herbal-like smell when I walk in this place that makes me wanna get in and get out,You will find a decent amount of Micros and a decent amount of German beers with a smattering of some UK ales,but they may have been sitting there for some time.I dont go here as often as I used to but I make a run there about once a month and usually find something worth buying.

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Photo of Stoo333
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

It's always nice to have a place to shop for groceries w/out fearing scary ingredients. You'll find no MSG/artificial preservatives/hydrogenated oils here. It's even better if they have a good beer selection.

The selection has even changed a bit more in the past few weeks. I've recently been picking up some Belhaven Scottish Ale and Fuller's London Porter here, in addition to some of the other goodies previously available--Sam Smith stuff, selected Rogue bottles, local Cottonwood's low down brown/endo IPA, and Highland Brewing's oatmeal porter, ales, and IPA.

The stuff here that I've seen elsewhere does seem a little bit more expensive on some items. Although I don't really feel so bad about spending a couple extra quarters to support a business that goes out of its way to find quality products.

Good stuff... one of the better selections I know of around Greensboro.


Re-review: The quality has gone downhill. I swear some of the same singles are still there from when they opened. I gave up buying beer here after having bad products from fullers, lost coast, and rogue. It's been a couple months and I still haven't seen the selection change much here, and some of the same dusty bottles are still sitting around. I wouldn't dare buy any beer unless I had reason to believe it just got in...

Also for what it is worth, they opted not to hang a poster for a Pop the Cap event on their PETA supporting and yoga-seminar filled bulletin board. I might not have bought any more beer after that as a matter of principle...

Thankfully, you can still buy good food here and drop by GSO Wine Warehouse for beer-- it's only about 90 seconds away.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev +15%

I stopped into Earth Fare and was not sure what to expect. I got a very clean store with wide aisles. I looked around for the warm beer aisle and no dice. All the beer is located in a cold case on the back wall.

The quality appears to be good and the selection at first looks a little sparse, but then you realize other than Corona or a little Rolling Rock there is no BMC beer in site. They even had beer from a US brewery I had never heard of. No one asked if I needed assistance, but with a compact yet well appointed beer selection it really wasn't necessary. The lines at the front were moving, so I think the service was above average.

Another stop on the Greensboro Beer Run.

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Earth Fare in Greensboro, NC
Place rating: 12.5% out of 100 with 16 ratings
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