For a grocery store, albeit a higher end one, they have an absolutely amazing selection of craft beer covering a whole aisle from one end to the other - aptly called "the beer wall." Their newly remodeled Wine and Tapas bar now seats over 50 people comfortably and they have 30 taps where they feature craft beer and seasonals throughout the year that are available for purchase in the store. They even do flights of both beer and wine so you can taste before you commit to buying AND if they don’t have the beer you want to drink on tap, but have it bottled, you can purchase your beer and take it back to the restaurant to drink. Not to mention, every Friday they host a free beer class that varies from week to week.
This is the most amazing Whole Foods I’ve been to in my life. However, we learned not to get there at 8 PM, when all the food bits close (was looking forward to the smokehouse), and when they’ve run out of most beers. And they do have an odd and complex system of ordering, but they did skirt it for us, since the crowd was thin. Even so, 29 taps at a grocery store?? Holy cow. A must-visit kind of place.
The beer selection is awesome and in coolers. The best selection at a Whole Foods in the valley. They have 29 taps at their wine/beer bar. Most of the beer are ho-hum. They did list Avery’s Beast and Bruery Coton, but they were out. Best beers available were St. Feuillien/Green Flash Biere de l’Amitie and Bruery Autumn Maple. They had PBR....
Good lord what a beer selection. Best whole foods beer selection I have ever seen! And I got some great service. Cool beer chicks at this one! HELL YEAH!
DuffMan (335) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | January 27, 2010
By far the best selection and variety of micro and imported beers in a specialty grocery store that I have yet come across. Well worth the drive across town. And who can resist the fresh sushi bar and the unbelievably aromatic smokehouse in the middle of the store? A smokehouse? C’MON!!
This is a grocery store, so I was somewhat surprised to find such a great selection. I found a couple of beers that I had not even seen anywhere else in the Phoenix area. They have a sushi bar that is quite nice as well.
ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | December 24, 2009
Maybe the best WF I have visited - and I am including everything in LA and Portland. Selection is full of breweries and across their lineup - Alaskan, Ballast, Stone, Great Divide, Alesmith plus a few Fantome and Cantillon. Plus it’s a Whole Foods so there is a ton of other stuff going on. Boss.
The best Whole Foods ever! They have a massive beer selection of hard to find beers and specials from all. The beer is all kept cold and up to date. They have several food stations where you can have a beer with your meal. 8 taps rotate yummy specials as they get them in. Over the past couple months, selections have included lost abbey 10 commandments, Green Flash IPA, Full Sail fresh hop, Dales pale, 120 min, the Bruery autum maple, several I am forgetting and some locals. You can order food from the smoke house grill, the asian express, the sushi bar or get a plate from a number of self serve areas and go eat at the wine and tapas bar whils drinking any draft or bottle they have in the store. They host beer and tapas diners where they feature a brewery and bring in the brewer to host the tasting. Amazing place with knowedgable friendly staff. Yes, some 750s are a buck more than AJs or Bevmo but when buying an expensive 750, I am willing to pay the extra buck to ensure that it has been handled properly.
I really enjoy this store. Mikal has really done a good job with the beer selection at this whole foods location, he has recently left the store but Millie has taken over and is working hard to make sure things stay awesome. They also have a bar with a couple taps with something interesting always pouring. I suggest you hit the smokehouse and then the bar. You will not be disappointed.
When it comes to buying better beer in southeast Phoenix, this is the place. Mikal and the folks at Whole Foods have done an awesome job that will not disappoint you. The aisle of beer is something to behold -- not to mention the taps, too! Plus, you can eat and have a beer at any of the mini restaurants in the section.