Whole Foods Market - La Jolla

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Beer entered at Whole Foods Market - La Jolla

NameABV
Crux Cast Out (formerly Outcast) IPA8%12/29/2015
Crux Half Hitch Imperial IPA9.5%12/29/2015
Belching Beaver Hop Highway IPA7.3%12/15/2015
Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout5.3%12/15/2015
Belching Beaver Horchata Imperial Stout9%12/15/2015
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve Barrel11.9%12/15/2015
Paradox Beer Skully Barrel No. 257.6%12/15/2015
Paradox Beer Skully Barrel No. 308.9%12/15/2015
AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .3946%12/14/2015
AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - Barrel Aged 5%12/14/2015
AleSmith Double Red IPA8.5%12/14/2015
AleSmith Anvil ESB5.5%12/14/2015
Propolis Sahti (18/14) 7.5%12/14/2015
Bells Two Hearted Ale7%12/14/2015
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin7%12/14/2015
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale5.5%12/14/2015
Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA10%12/14/2015
Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale5.5%12/14/2015
Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter6%12/14/2015
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA7%12/14/2015
Green Flash Le Freak9.2%12/14/2015
Amager / Prairie Tulsa Twister7.5%12/14/2015
Prairie Bomb!13%12/14/2015
Alpine Beer Company Pure Hoppiness8%12/14/2015
Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday5.25%12/14/2015
Deschutes Black Butte Porter5.2%12/14/2015
Avery Hog Heaven9.2%7/18/2015
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA6.4%7/18/2015
New English Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout 9.3%7/18/2015
Epic Utah Sage Saison 7.5%7/18/2015
The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel8%7/18/2015
Avery The Reverend10%7/18/2015
Bruery Terreux Saison Rue8.5%7/18/2015
Elysian Dragonstooth Stout7.5%7/18/2015
Acoustic Ales Run for the Hills Double IPA8%7/18/2015
Straffe Hendrik Wild9%7/15/2015
Ironfire Vicious Disposition Imperial Porter9%7/15/2015
Ironfire Six Killer Stout6%7/15/2015
Smuttynose Big Beer Series: Kindest Find9%7/15/2015
Elysian Dayglow IPA6.5%7/15/2015
Boulevard Smokestack Series - The Sixth Glass Quadrupel10.5%7/15/2015
El Segundo Two-5 Left Double IPA8.5%6/23/2015
El Segundo Hop Tanker9.2%6/23/2015
El Segundo Hammerland DIPA8.6%6/23/2015
El Segundo Mayberry IPA7.1%6/23/2015
Mother Earth Sin-Tax (Sintax) Imperial Stout 8.1%6/23/2015
El Segundo Citra Pale Ale5.5%6/23/2015
Deschutes Pinedrops IPA6.5%6/23/2015
Belching Beaver Rabid Beaver Bite Rye IPA7%6/23/2015
Belching Beaver Beavers Milk5.3%6/23/2015
Stone / Ecliptic / Wicked Weed Points Unknown IPA9.5%6/23/2015
Stone Spotlight Series: Drew & Steve’s Imperial Mutt Brown Ale9%6/23/2015
Jolly Pumpkin Bière de Mars7%6/23/2015
Ballast Point Victory at Sea 10%6/12/2015
Drakes Drakonic Imperial Stout8.75%6/10/2015
21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA7%5/25/2015
21st Amendment Back in Black6.8%5/25/2015
Left Hand Milk Stout6%5/25/2015
Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout16.9%4/4/2015
Coronado Stupid Stout - Barrel Aged10%4/2/2015
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2  (889) San Diego, California | November 4, 2015
This Whole Foods seems a little dated from the exterior and it is smaller than most but packs an adequate amount of craft beer at good prices. There is a growler and bar area serving food. Typical WFM service.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Marheb  (315) San Diego, California | August 30, 2015
Excellente sélection un peu bric à brac autant pour les bières de base que certaines raretés ou spécialités. Le bar Torrey Pints, à l’entrée, vaut également le détour.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1228) San Leandro, California | August 27, 2014
Right off of I5 and not too far from the Rock Bottom. As far as Whole Foods go, this isn’t the biggest or most extravagant location, but it’s pretty typical once you’re inside in terms of the layout and the products.

Beer selection is average for a Southern California, and particularly San Diego store. As one would expect, all the big players such as Alesmith, Stone, Ballast Point, Firestone, Green Flash...they also have some of the more regionally recognized breweries like New English, Coronado, Rough Draft, Julian Cider, what have you.

The one thing that does set this place apart is that there is a bar inside. This seems to be a bit of a trend with some of the SoCal Whole Paychecks (I know of at least two or three others that have this set up). Kind of cool, though I don’t know why you would want to come to a grocery store to drink beer unless you’re waiting for your wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend/mom/whoever or maybe it’s near where you work.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 9, 2013
Visited December 8, 2013.

This is a convenient stop right off of I-5. The selection isn’t bad but it’s kind of middle of the road for a Whole Foods. They have a large selection but a lot of it is 6 packs which makes it look larger than it is. I saw some neat stuff that I hadn’t seen before like 6-packs of Rodenbach. I also saw the new Rodenbach Vintage (2011 is the current one).

The point I should have started with is the fact that there is a bar right up front. I’m not sure if it’s actually part of the Whole Foods or if it’s separate. On the inside it’s called Torrey Pints and on the outside is a sign that says Mrs Gooch’s Bar. It’s an (comically) unfortunate name. The selection is pretty solid though, featuring mostly southern California beers. I didn’t check the prices at the bar as I wasn’t interested in a pint but it could be a nice place to hang out and have a beer before or after spending $300 on groceries. That comment aside the beer prices on the shelves aren’t terrible.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff  (192) , Sweden | August 29, 2013
First time I visited a Whole Foods store. What a great concept having a bar in the grocery store. And what a bar, great selection of craft beers available, staff seems to bknow their beers and service was fast and friendly.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
vegasadamtya  (10) las vegas, Nevada | October 25, 2010
great food great selection
62
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DeadGirl  (76) San Diego, California | March 2, 2010
I don’t understand all the negative ratings. Yes, the parking lot is crowded. Every strip mall parking lot is crowded in Southern California. And yes, be prepared to spend 20% more on your grocery food bill. But the beer selection is okay. I was there just this past week and there were tons of AleSmith, Bruery Trade Winds, and Old Rasputin 12th Anniversary, among others. And the cheese stand is right there for nice pairings. And I know I can save about $2 on each bottle rather than if I headed to a particular beer store in the area. I live only three minutes away from this place, so while I won’t come here solely to expand my beer cellar, I will buy a few bottles that I haven’t already tried while shopping for dinner. Overall: Crowded, but for the distance, it’s worth it, for me at least. Return: Yes. #45 on 02032010, DG.
56
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1  (66) San Diego, California | December 16, 2009
This place is 5 steps down from the hillcrest wholefoods when it comes to beer selection. In fact, as I shop at the hillcrest wholefoods almost daily, i dont even like to come into this store because everything is backwards and out of place...even more crowded...the beer selection never has anything interesting and who the hell even knows who the buy guy is here...i dont. Good thing the hillcrest wholefoods is a 3 min drive from my house and the la jolla one is no where near me.
58
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
blutt59  (171) Dallas, Texas | March 21, 2009
Parking is toough but beats the drive to Bevmo if your staying nearby, 3-4 Alesmith, Ballast Point, Coronado, Port and 6-7 Lost Abbey, mostly six packs but some good finds
30
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 3/10
  • VALUE 1/10
  • OVERALL 1/20
cazort  (25) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | September 3, 2008
This is one of the most horribly overpriced and unpleasant to navigate supermarkets I’ve ever been in. The parking lot must have been designed either by an idiot, or a sadistic genius wanting to inflict pain on shoppers. The store is always crowded. The prices are through the roof. Beer selection? Good, but not great, and certainly not good enough to bring me in the door given all the negatives about this supermarket.

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