Drake (720) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | October 7, 2008| Updated January 29, 2013
Not sure how the geography works, but though the address is Glen Allen, it is considered a Short Pump location.
New Whole Foods. Parking was a freaking nightmare, but there are plenty of spots and there was a festival taking up some of them, so hopefully itís better. I hear they have parking attendants on weekends to ease the flow.
Ambience is typical Whole Foods. Customer service is efficient and helpful, above the curve for some other Whole Foods locations.
The specialty section (cheese, wine, beer, coffee, etc.) is MASSIVE compared to other stores, with an entire aisle dedicated to beer, with minimal macros and an inspired collection for a grocery store, one of the better Iíve seen at a Whole Foods. Definitely worth a stop if youíre in the Short Pump area.
A fairly typical WF with probably a slightly better than average beer selection for the chain. WF gives their employees a decent amount of autonomy when it comes to stocking products, so itís always fun to see what theyíre carrying here compared to the store in Charlottesville. The 8 taps featured a nice mix of local and national craft. The bottle selectionís relatively large and prominently features a lot of regional producers. A 32oz bottle of Lagunitas Sucks was calling my name, but I refrained from making any purchases on this occasion. Service is very friendly. The beer buyer at this locationsí a pretty well-known character in the local beer scene, so Iím always confident in the quality of product being sold here. Overall, not a bad stop if youíre in the area.
Big dedicated parking lot. Typical Whole Foods. Different selection than I would expect at a typical beer store. Beer is in the back center in a refrigerated case. Found a beer I have been looking for, so that is a plus.
One of the best beer selections Iíve seen at a Whole Foods. Nice long aisle of chilled beers along with a few more bottles on the other side. Some good local beer selections. Nice selection of taps for on-site consumption and growler fills. Friendly beer staff. Definitely worth a stop if youíre in the Richmond area.
Nice selection of quality brews. Not the largest, but definitely has a very cool availability of growlers to go and some bottles you wonít be able to get anywhere else. I guess they just move enough volume to get preferential treatment when it comes to certain releases. Decent pricing too. Iíd definitely shop here more often if I lived out this way.
Itís nice for a grocery store. The stock people actually approached us a couple of times and asked if we needed help- usually you have to rove aisle upon aisle to find anyone who will help. Good selection. Pretty good prices. A few taps for growlers an on-site "sampling."
TheBeerGod (109) Newport News, Virginia | September 25, 2011| Updated September 28, 2011
Went here on 9/24/2011 when visiting a friend in Richmond. Decent selection of draft beers for growler fills. They had Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin on draft. That was the only thing out of the ordinary. Was able to get the latest Terrapin Reunion beer and the Traquiar 2020 beer (last bottles of each). However, both seemed high priced. I bought those and a Pumking and the total was $27! The Pumking was $6.99, if I recall correctly. Otherwise, nice selection. Will go back if in the area.
Nice selection of bottles, singles, mix-a-six, small but nice draft list that rotates frequently. They fill 64 and 32 ounce growlers. beer staff is knowledgeable and friendly. atmosphere is..well, itís a grocery store but there is seating so you can enjoy a pint or glass of wine there. fair prices.
Very nice beer selection and plenty of cheese to pair with it. This is a huge store and being in Short Pump it can be a miserable place to try to get to. The place can get a bit crowded, but itís hard to avoid a crowd in the area.