3fourths (1528) Boulder, Colorado | April 16, 2007| Updated January 22, 2013
Great selection on a small aisle, and great prices as well, cheaper than Chevy Chase. Green Flash, Southampton, some high grav beer from Left Hand like Smoke Jumper, Legend Barley Wine, Firestone Walker, Bells, Avery, De Dolle, Cantillon etc. The new beer guy Jordan knows his stuff. Itís a bit of a drive for me but Iíll be back.
The beer is located in the center of the store near the cash registers. They also have a "bar" on the far right of the store which has 8 taps of craft for $4 a pint although youíre still in a Whole Foods. They have 2-3 coolers of sixers plus an aisle of bombers and a few singles. The selection is comparable to the Whole Foods in Reston but they have some serious turnover problems. You donít expect to find a 3-year old bottle of beer at a grocery store. Donít they have an inventory control system. I find the high ratings of this baffling. Itís decent if itís your local but I donít see this as any sort of destination place.
GT (672) Oceanside, California | November 27, 2012
Mid-range to lower end Whole Foods that happens to have a pretty decent beer bar and sizable beer selection. Lots of six packs and single bombers. Stuff that is not easy to find like Duvel Tripel Hop, odd Crispin ciders, lots of local beers and ciders from VA. Tap list at the bar had Old Rasputin, 21st Amendment, Peak Organic, Lost Rhino, Founders, etc. About 8-9 taps. Allows sample flights $6 for 4, pint pours, and growler fills. Very good prices for the growler fills. $12 for a fill of Old Rasputin O_O No staff on duty in the beer area. Food at the salad bar/hot bar was very inferior to most Whole Foods to the point where I was shocked at how bad it was. Nothing tasted good or tasted fresh. Very odd concoctions served that no one in their right mind would come up with (chicken salad with spinach and nicoise olives, old tasting overcooked tipalia, bland roasted vegetables in inedible giant pieces). Just garbage. They did have a custom sandwich counter so GO THERE for food since the hot/cold bar sucked. Bartender was nice, not sure if you tip them though (??). Let me do only three samples instead of four. Would definitely come back for growler fills.
Not a huge beer selection, and one with an interesting architectural feature in the middle, but they certainly do well with the space. One of the better beer selections at a Whole Foods, with lots of less common beers and a well rounded selection of American micros. This location rivals Short Pump and Fair Lakes for the best bottle beer selection at a Whole Foods in Virginia. Other than that, ambience is nice enough... typical urban WFM. Parking abjectly sucks, and traffic flow is astoundingly horrific. But thatís what you get in that part of the state.
Pretty much your average Whole Foods, right next to the W&OD Trail and 1-2 minutes away from Normís. Decent selection of beers with some gems I donít normally see. Good prices. Free parking in the lot, a bit of a strange parking layout.
Man, I would give my left testicle to have a beer selection like this in my grocery store. All bottles are nicely displayed on a wooden shelf. Six packs are in an open cooler. Domestics include Bells, Stone, Jolly Pumpkin, Green Flash, etc. Belgians included Cantillon and De Dolle! I did not see any singles for sale on my visit. If my grocery store had this kind of selection, I would be in the poor house.
Iíve seen larger selections, but this place had some (of what Iíd call) rare beers! Pretty great prices. I prefer Normís just down the street but I was happy to see beers and vintages I havenít seen elsewhere, ever in this area. Dropped a huge amount of money immediately and will be back again.
Itís a grocery store and a damn fine one. Jim Dorsch keeps a hefty and varied selection of Belgians on hand. Heíll set aside beers for you if you call in advance. The selection is excellent with lots of Three Floyds (no more for a while since their distrobution area no longer includes Virginia), local brews, Stone, Southampton, etc. While Iím there, I always find lots of great game meats, spices, coffee and breads.
Jim Dorsch has assembled a treasure trove of great beers -- all the Trappist breweries are here, as are a number of top regional brewers, good German and Belgian, Unibroue, and the list goes on. While the number of different beers may be less than some of the bigger places, the quality is unmatched by anywhere else I've seen on the East coast. Now if they could only get Alesmith and Bell's....