3fourths (1569) 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.
This is the original Whole Foods and it is massive. They have a bar inside so you can drink some brews and shop. I love the Whole Foods with that feature. The beer is almost exclusively kept in a walk in cooler, which is another big plus. I only went to one other bottle shop in Austin, so I’m not sure how the selection measures up to the rest of the city. But it had more than adequate selection of local, regional and import stuff. Prices are great, but I think that’s just Texas in general. This is right downtown, so that’s another bonus.
Flagship Whole Foods store in Austin. Huge place, kind of tough to navigate the parking lot. Staff was friendly but didn’t know much. Solid selection but most of it is in a cooler, which I didn’t need because I was traveling with it. Prices for beer were fair but everything else is overpriced. I guess it’s worth a stop for bottles but I’d rather go to Whip In if possible.
Rerate Visited here again after a 10 year break. The Beer Cave has really picked up, hundreds of singles to choose from and they have added a bar with about 8 or so taps and plenty of lively conversation. Great to revisit again. Original 74 Visited again While working in Austin for a few months, this is my weekly visit to stock up for the week. They have a good selection of locals, a few western micros and a great selection of Belgians- rough guess about 50 different ones in the cooler. Don’t just look in the cooler, turn around, over by the wine is a shelf with about 20 Belgians, mostly in 750 ml bottles. Also have sake’, meads and ciders. The take out food is pretty good in the deli and the service is quick and friendly and very "earthy".
We visited the place where it all started (or at least the current location near where it all started) today. This place has a nice bar (only 6 beers on tap when I visited, not the 8 listed in the description), and a really nice selection of bottles in the walk-in fridge area. It was a pretty cool set-up, and we enjoyed a beer from the tap while we perused the selection in the fridge. If I lived near by I’d definitely be back here for the some combination shopping and drinking.
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.
Least impressive beer seelction of any WF I’ve been to, I think. Few regular rows of shelving with a selection of 6 packs with few if any singles to chose from. Reasonably few bombers. Just didn’t do it for me.
SudsMcDuff (190) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | April 17, 2006| Updated February 6, 2012
Had some good somewhat rare beers, a tad pricey but you get quality...i love the cooler