Echoing some of the other reviews - it’s a dingy little grocery store with a deli (fryer) up front. Never tried the food, wouldn’t recommend it, either. The beer selection, however, is great. Henry does a good job getting seasonals, limited releases, and one-offs. He takes requests, and if he recognizes you, won’t hesitate to drag you over to the cooler to point out new arrivals. Long cooler line of foreign and micros with a couple aisles for the overstock and single 12 ozs. Best selection in the area and sure beats the 2 hour round trip up to John’s in Portland.
Really the only thing that matters to me about a beer store is selection. I can deal with the ghetto convenience store atmosphere, and the fact that the only food they serve is ugly looking hot dogs and stale fried whatchamacallits. While nothing in Salem even approaches the awesomeness of the selection in Portland, I was really impressed with the wide selection of beers this place had in stock. I come from Ohio and back there, this place would be considered top of the line. So yeah, definitely worth a stop if you’re in Salem.
Good sized beer store. Like a small market really. Was pretty surprised at the amount of brews here. Huge selection. Thing seem fairly fresh, but can’t be positive on some of the stuff. Opens at 7am. Just an old man behind the counter whenever I go. I guess he’s the owner. Decent prices. Great selection. No singles. Nice to support a small local place.
Appearances can be deceiving! Looks just like another mom & pop corner mart, but Capital Market holds the largest and widest beer selection in the Salem/Keizer area. The selection is always consistently large and sometimes surprising with a few rare finds. A wall of refridgerators categorize beer by country or state, while the two aisles aren’t very organized. Overall, the best place to buy bottled beer in Salem.
spikester (11) Salem, Oregon | February 5, 2008| Updated March 2, 2009
Good daytime foreray. After 7:00PM most customers are drunks. Nice selection of micros, fair selection of singles. Henry is trying, but hard to be too great given the location and clientele.
Update 3/02/2009: All new coolers and much nicer looking than before. Most of the beers are now refrigerated and when I visited the display lights were off. Much cleaner and better organized than previously. The 12 ounce singles are still on room temperature shelves and under flourescent lighting. I have often found the 12 ounce singles can be fairly old so watch out. Otherwise a gem in a town that doesn’t have many alternatives.
Reminds me of a place in my hometown. Hole in the wall convenience store, except for the fact that they have a remarkable beer selection. They do try to cater to both the craft beer drinker as well as the macro drinker, so you’ll see a lot of 6/12/24 packs and macros. But the craft selection is nice, and you can find several new things you haven’t seen before. If you’re in Salem for a trip, this is a great place to stop to pick up some bottles.
Ok this may seem like a ow score but its a different kind of place. I havnt ask the checker about whats good so i dont know if he knows anything so thats why i gave it a five. for the record they are real nice, The reason the for the low ambiance is that its kind of downtown which isnt good for Salem, ghetto. but its great even if you look homeless like me they wont care. prices seem ok not bad but the selection makes up for the couple of extra pennies you spend. good place to buy beer in Salem. Defiantly check it out.
Reid (57) Salem, Oregon | January 30, 2005| Updated May 22, 2008
An old Grocery store,looks like it hasn’t changed since 1950. Near Williamette University.
Has a pretty good selection( for Salem) of NW micros, plus a nice selection of imports, including Thomas Hardy 2004 ($20.99) a four pack.
A recent turn of events. The owner now discourages singles, so im reducing the score further.
This store really isnt worth the bother, even in Salem.
Re-evaluation.Now sells singles and the beer line up has increased drastically.
Guy is really trying to make a go of it.
Got to give him kudos and custom in the hellish neighbourhood he inhabits.
Visit this place if in Salem