A well-known high-end health-food store with pretty cool beer selection. They donít have an enormously wide selection, but they have LOTS of rare top-shelf beers I canít find at regular grocery stores nor even many large liquor stores. A few local breweries even make special versions just for Whole Foods. Fair prices. Staff is helpful when you need them.
They have a unique selection of beers. Very friendly and helpful staff. There are a few beers that were created just for their stores, so well worth the visit.
Will definitely stop in when in the area.
phaleslu (534) Cincinnati, Ohio | August 19, 2010| Updated November 3, 2010
I originally got the location mixed up with the nearby Trader Joeís, but found my way over here because I heard the beer guy, Andy, was top notch. Turns out that is absoutely true (from later experience). He wasnít in when I first visited, but I was looking for something specific that was out of stock on shelves, and the other employees went and got it for me. The atmosphere and size of the beer section was like any other Whole Foods- upscale grocery supermarket. So the selection wasnít huge, but there wasnít much filler; all good stuff. Tons of New Belgium, Schlafly, and Southern Tier, and lots of locals. They even had a special Charleville brew made specially for this store that turned out to be a nice beer (St. Dorian Abbey Rye). Great place to stop in if youíre in the area, and better beer-wise than your typical Whole Foods.
This is always a fun place to stop in and this is especially true when Andy is there. It is a grocery store, etc. but Andy keeps a top notch beer section and works to get the latest offerings. My last visit there brought a Bells Hell Hath No Fury 6 pack, a Saison Brett by Boulevard, and several more excellent brews. Prices are never cheap for lower end stuff but can be great on the higher prices offerings. As well as great beer this is a great store to people watch.
Nice selection, but they donít mix sixers. I picked up a couple of 750s I hadnít had. Itís a good store to buy a six pack, but if you are flying through that doesnít work well. They had Bells. I couldnít buy 4 six packs - or at least I wouldnít. Overall, something of a disappointment, but not if I lived here.
I am consistently impressed with the fresh selection of beers here. They are keenly aware of limited releases and seasonals nationally and locally. If for some reason you donít see what youíre looking for just ask the Andy the beer manager and either he has it in the back or can direct you to a neighboring store. Heís also done a nice job making the absolute best use of space. I mean a to have a selection of beer glasses just above the open fridge...brilliant! This has just as good of a selection as any specialty shop in town.
This was my first time in this chain of stores and I was pretty much blown away. Lots of good food products all over the place and thier prices I felt were reasonable. The beer selection was much larger than I expected and had some rather interesting finds. For example, they had at least a case of Goose Island BCS priced at the normal price of 19.99. Definately worth a trip if you are in the area.
The cold beer is one half of one side of an aisle. Selection is back on the upswing, after bottoming out about a 18 months ago. Lots of Bellís (the seasonals as well as the regulars), locals Schlafly and OíFallon, and a nice mix of U.S. micros and imports. The selections seem to change with the seasons, and they are once again getting some nice Belgian and German stuff. The beers on special are stacked on the floor in big displays. I have not purchased any of these, so donít know if the warm storage has any ill effects.
The store has removed its warm shelf, and the overall selection is still not what it once was, but great strides are being made. The beer manager is implementing an expanded selection "in the back" with a list posted in the beer area.
The beer manager Andy (a ratebeer member) is a very passionate guy, who is genuinely excited about beer and his selection. Very helpful and fun to talk with.
vyvvy (26) Florissant, Missouri | November 11, 2006| Updated April 17, 2007
I just noticed I had not rated one of my main beer places in the St. Louis area. This is in one of the more affluant area of town so some of the customers give a bit of a snobby vibe, but you donít get that from the workers - all are helpful and friendly. For the amount of space given for the beer area it is quite nice. Good selection of imports, micros and local. Stock is one of the best rotated in the area and the presentation is always first class. The main beer guy, Andy, knows his beers and is always willing to talk beer. The store itself is a mostly organic grocery store and their food products, especially the fresh items, are excellent. This is definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.