Central Market - Mill Creek

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41  (117) Kenmore, Washington | February 8, 2017
A friend of mine lives really close to here, and says it’s where he goes to pick up harder to find brews. I’m a little hesitant on this whole "every grocery store that sells craft beer is on the site" thing, but after finally stopping in here to check it out, these guys have quite a selection. Almost exclusively craft beer selection. A ton of single bombers and such, which a couple of surprises, as well as a wide selection of 4/6/12 packs of stuff that you just don’t see everywhere else. Not the cheapest place out there, but reasonable. I didn’t get the chance to chat with any staff from the beer department, other than the checker commenting on nice selections I made. Great if you are in the area, and want to swing in to see whats available, but not really a place I would ever travel to just to go there.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa  (8) Bothell, Washington | August 27, 2012
High end grocery store. The beer guys, at least the two I have met, are way more well versed in beer than you’ll find any any similar type of store. The selection is pretty good considering that they can only devote so much floor space to beer. There are some supermarkets that may have more selection but it tends to be skewed toward the lower end of the microbrew range. There are some beers that you will not find in supermarkets, but you will find at CM. The beer guys do watch out for the good, limited stuff and try to get a lot of it. The can’t compete with the better bottle shops, but they do quite well. You do have to ask if they have some of the harder to find brews because they do not always put it on the shelves (to avoid hoarding). I’m glad they’re there; they fill a lot of my beer-seeking efforts.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
JFParnell  (34) Washington | November 21, 2011| Updated May 29, 2012
Way overpriced, and a bit light on local beer selections. If you really want to get beer on the North End head to the Fred Meyer on 164th Street in North Lynnwood. Much better selection, and much better pricing.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
19Ei8hty  (85) Washington | March 28, 2011| Updated August 27, 2012
Relieved to find a nice grocery store that carries some great craft selections. Lots of Russian River available - more than most bottle shops in the area. The local selection is a bit anemic and is mostly available in bombers with very little sixers. The price points are on the higher end for just about everything. I wouldnt stock the fridge from this place but in a pinch you can grab a couple of really nice bottles to last the week.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
after4ever  (322) Mukilteo, Washington | February 1, 2010
You have to hand it to these guys, they really make an effort to hire beer guys to run their beer departments. The Mill Creek store is no exception--the guy has traveled the continent fairly extensively, he has tried a fair number of great belgians and other world classics right at the source. Mostly, he’s just easy to talk to and a cool guy. He makes an effort to get a lot of good stuff in, even if his market tends to be just a mix of whomever walks in. Tons of good west coast stuff, lots of good imports, especially germans and belgians. There’s a whole long aisle of beer, and usually a couple end caps, generally some good closeouts. Plus, even given the fact that the prices are pretty high, or maybe especially because of that, it’s one of the most amazing supermarkets in the area. Its only serious competition is Whole Foods. And Mill Creek is probably the biggest CM outside of Poulsbo, so you get a ton of specialty meats, cheeses, deli stuff, produce, beer, wine, etc.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
highibus  (18) Vail, Arizona | January 31, 2010
Okay, well this is my local since I don’t get down to Seattle all that often. For a guy coming from AZ this is the best of the grocery stores you could imagine from a beer perspective. Yes, AJ’s in Arizona is nice but the selection is the key. They even have a shelf of highly regarded and aged stuff. While I typically don’t grab that pricey stuff, even the regular/seasonal offerings are great. Helpful staff and prices just a bit higher than Fred Meyer so not too bad. Definitely worth going to.

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