For Austin, I think this Whole Foods almost ties Central Market, but not quite, for selection. Nice atmosphere, though, and the focus is, as Julrey said, whittled down very slightly from what Central Market has, yet focuses on the better beers. Very cold in the arctic beer room.
I was a little disappointed the first time I visited the new Whole Foods as they’d made the mistake of advertising a selection of 800 beers prior to the store opening. I knew that you couldn’t get that kind of selection in Texas, but figured they’d at least carry everything that you could get. This didn’t turn out to be the case, but on further explorations I think my initial impression was a bit off base. You can tell by the size of their walk in cooler ("Beer Alley") that they can’t possibly stock as much beer as Central Market or the Whip In, but it seems Whole Foods has weeded out many of the mediocre American micros rather than going for the whole enchilada. There’s a lot to be said for a complete selection, but I can’t fault them too much for lacking beers that I probably wouldn’t have bought anyway. Finally, it should be mentioned that Whole Foods does do sales on full cases, something no other store in Austin does to the best of my knowledge.
Great new store!! Great selection with its’ two sided "beer room".
3fourths (1528) Boulder, Colorado | February 22, 2005| Updated January 22, 2013
A good place to buy beer in Austin on Sunday, just have to hit it after noon. Not as many locals as Grapevine, but they did have more Belgians it appeared. I picked up a Duvel 4-pack + glass for $11, so I’m quite happy. There’s a new Whole Foods building going in across 6th street from the current location.
Wish there was a means of adding where in took into account multiple stores. This one tends to have more & better than north store, but not always. BIG NEW store coming which will likely have a HUGE impact on beer & with any luck a very positive one. Occasionally have great sales.