I remain a moderate fan of Whole Foods in general, for its foods and (where available) its beer choices. In some places itís really the only decent place to get good beer, which is not true of almost any other national grocery store chain. The one in downtown Portland is wonderful. And the store consistently has great food options for vegans, so yeah...I have never gotten onto the Whole Foods Hate bandwagon. This location is as solid as any other in the beer department...a good selection for sure, although certainly not approaching the best beer/wine/liquor stores. Given the lackluster options on tap at Brewsterís the one night I stayed near LAX last month, I decided to come here and get some bottles to sample in my hotel room...worked purty good.
A bigger and newer Whole Foods that has some beers on tap. Tap selection is pretty decent for a SoCal Whole Foods. Food is pretty standard. They do get RR beers if that is something you are searching for. Not a bad choice of place to get beers. Parking gets busy on the weekends.
Pretty damn big Whole Paycheck. You have to make your way through a rather highly trafficked parking lot, so beware. Beer selection has the usual suspects in terms of Belgian, German, UK imports. Some Japanese beers as well as some Mikkeller stuff. Lots of California, specifically SoCal beers. Some random things I canít really recall seeing before, but wasnít interested in $6 ticks. Some singles (mostly specialty bottles) and six packs. Donít seem to let you break up sixers, which seems standard for Whole Paycheck.
Pretty good selection for a supermarket in Los Angeles. Especially good for micros and not-so-mirros. A small shelf of European (Brit/Ger/Belg) beers and a number of Japanese micros, too. Sx-packs of recent releases stacked here and there. Limited number of singles. There are two sections: one the right and left sides near the back of the store. . Prices are medium to somewhat high -- my son says his friends call Whole Foods, "Whole Paycheck." Not the best of Whole Foods (compared to the Bay Area or Portland), but very good for LA
Rather large selection for a supermarket. They had many of the locals separated and on display as you walk into the produce. Diverse selection of European, Japanese, and many other countries. Prices seemed rather reasonable as well. Staff was very interactive with seeing if I needed any assistance.
Nice selection of rarer bombers over by the smokehouse/mexican food place, so be sure that you donít overlook it. Prices are high, but it is worth it for the good selection. Lots of great Cali beers, but also a nice amount of belgians and german hefes. They always have a great selection of Mikkeller that changes often. This location also has a bar with 6 taps as has frequent tastings. They had Deschutes Abyss on tap today. Great food as always.
MattH (67) California | September 22, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
I am not really a fan of Whole Foods because of their high prices. With that being said this branch has a great selection of hard to find excellent quality beers. As previous posters have stated the beer is strewn throughout the store in various locations, so you have to really search to see their entire beer inventory. There are also at least three areas to get beer on tap, each with around 4 to 5 taps. So far I have had Festina Peche and Ephemere Cassis on tap. The Happy Hour price for beer is $3, while the regular price is $7.
I was pissed of the last time I came here. I was looking for some beer but didnt really found anything that would wow me. There janitor came to me and said "a lot of beer huh" I replied yeah. But typical stuff. Then he points out another worker that I believe works in there tapas bar. He was passing by. The Janitos is like "this guy knows a lot about beer. So I start speaking to him. He tells me to check out there smokehouse area which is where they have there seasonal and rare brews. Which I havent done and didnt even know they had beer there. So I go, and what do I found. Like 10 bottles of Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, some hair of the dog, like 10 diffrent Rogue bottles. My God, Ive been coming here for more then a month and didnt even know about this area. I bought close to 100 bucks of beer. Overall nice place. Clean, with food everywhere. Restroms you can use. And I like the fact that they have signs pointing out the local brews so you can support.