Decent selection, but after having been in Austin for four months now - I have been through almost everything. Must have the same distributor as Grapevine - if on the south side of Austin - go here in stead of traveling north to Grapevine. All of your common Belgiums, Germans and Brits are here with a fewwest coast gems and some Texas Brewers. Displayed nicely and plenty of room.
an ok place in a sea of other good places. I did however find bottles of the Ranger Creek sour beer so i cant slam the place that bad. crowd seem pretentious and granola. Not a fan of that. prices were fair but selection seemed to be missing key elements of the central texas market.
fly (269) austin, Tejas, Texas | February 11, 2004
Most of the staff seems more dedicated to wine (profitability?) although the former Beer & Wine person at the south store (now at HEB @ Hancock, I believe) was very much into beer. It is convenient for me to pop in and they often have a decent sale item or two or three. You can get deli food or from their cafe (not great, not bad and a tad pricey when you consider they provide their own damn ingredients) and do a "fly" - buy beer from beer section, grab some food, and eat in cafe or out on patio. Not exactly kosher, but haven't been stopped yet.
A large organic and local produce supermarket, but that doesn’t only mean there isn’t much of a service. It also means very reasonable prices and a selection ranging from macro to local micros. And this one has very nice Texas offerings as well as some lesser available (yet not quite rare) national ones. For me, as a non local, lots of niceties to choose from. I don’t complain, but it won’t be your go to shop if you live in the area, I bet.
A nice store, with lots of over price hippy stuff. BUT, when it comes to the Beer selection, is very good. Lots of belgians and a nice selection of texan brews (nice to see that!) ... The prices can be high but seeing some of the beers they bring in and it being Austin, not that unreasonable... Have also have a great wine selection and some expensive good food ... went with Hans + Ans....
Overall feeling on my visit: Like others have said, Is like most other Central Market stores and being based in Austin this store gets a good selection of brews that should not disappoint any true beer lover!
North Lamar location: Typical Central Market selection...lots of bottles, but nothing I did not expect...they did have very fresh Orval however...I couldn’t find anyone there to help me with beer or sake questions though...great cheese selection though...
This is a very nice grocery store (like a Sendik’s here in WI or a Wegman’s in DC) with quite a nice beer selection. There was a good representation of TX craft beers, some other gems (like Stone, which we don’t have here in WI), and quite a few imports. The selection was pretty big, but I wasn’t all that interested in most of the selection...there just wasn’t much that was unusual or out of the ordinary here.
I didn’t try to pull singles out of six-packs at this store. I didn’t see any other shoppers doing this, there weren’t any empty six-pack carriers hanging around, and all the six-packs present were whole (they all had six beers in them). There weren’t a lot of singles here a few 22oz bottles and half-liters which were mostly imports and this left me a bit disappointed.
The store is immaculate, had a lot of hot food ready to go in a cafe setting (I visited during lunchtime and this was very popular). Quite a nice store, but wouldn’t necessarily be my first stop for craft beer shopping.
Giant supermarket with a great selection of just about everything, including some good beer. Since this is the only beer store I saw in the state, I can’t really vouch for their relative selection, but it appeared to be pretty solid. Prices are typical; no grocery store savings. Decent.
joet (105) Santa Rosa, California | January 4, 2004
Service makes a difference here. If selection is about the same for Grapevine and Central Market the big difference in my book is that Grapevine has people that will ask what I'm looking for, make phone calls for me and point out new offerings.
slimchill (88) Austin, Texas | June 2, 2008| Updated September 15, 2008
Pretty solid selection, a bit disorganized but comprehensive. I’ve never been helped by anyone but I assume that they have solid customer service. Nice glassware selection and great prices.