I’m quite used to going to breweries, tap rooms, bars, and even comic book stores to enjoy a good beer. Grocery shopping, on the other hand, seems like the kind of thing you do to earn the beer you drink at home. When I heard a bout a new grocery store in my area where you can get a draft beer to take with you while you shop, I was definitely intrigued.
Lucky’s Market in Orlando has a selection of products similar to a Whole Foods. High end stuff that is supposed to be good for you, although I’m sure I could get just as fat on high end ice cream, meats, and cheeses as I can on the cheap stuff. The main difference at Lucky’s is the bar at the front of the store.
They have a reasonable selection of good beer at bargain prices. I got a pint of Terrapin – Sound Czech for $1.50 (Thursday night special). You can also get growlers to take home with you.
Then you get a cup holder that attaches to your shopping cart, and off you go.
I wandered through aisles of bulk food with names like “Forbidden Black Rice” and more types of jams and jellies than you can shake a stick at. There was even a meat department where you can get beer brats made with beer from their shelves.
But the really important question for any store is always “what is their beer selection like?” Turns out it’s pretty damn good.
Only one gripe. I’m not sure how well they really understand brewing or the lifespan of a growler/crowler (few days, tops) and the one in the picture here looked like it had been there a while.
Both sides of an aisle full of craft 6 packs, with breweries and beers that I usually only see at an ABC or Total Wine. But I didn’t see any singles and it didn’t look like any 6 packs were broken up. Damn. Then I turned the corner to the next aisle.
Jackpot! Singles out the yin yang. Shopping for beer while drinking beer. How could life get any more Lucky?