Iíve been to many a Whole Foods in the last few years - this one probably rivals Austin as having the best beer selections so far. Dozens of east coast micros - even found DFH Raison DíExtra - first time seeing this. Dozens of bombers and lots of Belgiums. Could have a few more single 12 ozers - but the world does not revolve around us beer geeks I realize. Quick jaunt from the King St Metro stop - hint - head to the left and look for Duke St.
A great place to go for some good beer. On a side note, the food selection is incredible. Whenever I have chatted with their beer rep, he was very friendly and willing to help. I think itís important to note that itís a grocery store, so thereís not necessarily a beer representative always hanging out. There is always a great variety of styles from which to choose, including saisons, gueuzes & lambics, imperial stouts, DIPA, Belgian ales, rauchbier, and many more. They carry virtually the whole lineup of Bellís and Dogfish Head. In the shelf (not cold) section, you can find World Wide Stout, various trappist ales, special editions, rarities, etc. This is a great store to get your seasonal releases (Nugget Nectar, Hopslam, etc.), as they often get many cases and impose no limits. Highly recommended.
millysdaddy (1) Alexandria, Virginia | January 1, 2007| Updated January 6, 2007
Best beer selection in the area that Iíve found. Regularly stocks new and seasonal brews. Few if any single 12 ouncers for sale. Easy access from metro and free parking in under-store garage.
Since Jim works here now, this store has become the Va. flagship store for beer. Jim is always courteous and willing to help. Selection is better than most any other Whole Foods. Iíll be going back on a regular now that Jim works there.
Overall, one of the larger Whole Foods in the metro DC area. This one boasts at least 5 beers on draught and ready to go in growlers. The singles selection is thoughtful yet pricier than other places nearby. The staff is eager to help, just as with almost any Whole Foods.
Very helpful service. Person stocking checked in the back for any six packs that he had that were not cold as I was traveling. He did not have what I wanted warm, but helpful nevertheless. Decent selection of good beers. Great Bells selection.
Decent selection, but even the cheaper, regular grocery stores in the area are starting to stock many of the beers they have here. Service was good, as a person stocking the area asked if I needed any help. Clean.
Stopped here to get some beers for my hotel room. For a whole foods, this had a pretty disappointing selection. No singles either. Parking is free though. I would not go out of your way for this location.
I was in Alexandria for a conference and my hotel was two blocks away, so I skipped lunch and decided to check it out. Iím a big fan of this type of grocery store and deplore their scarcity in my neck of the woods.
I still remember my first visit to WFM in Vienna a couple of years ago and how I was flabbergasted by the selection. This store didnít come close to that experience, in fact, nothing really popped out and made me go Ďwowí, but there were plenty of old favorites I was more than happy to get to know again, like Stone, Bear Republic and Ommegang. I was disappointed that there was no Cantillon to be found, but not as much as my work colleague that joined me, who recently had his first taste of lambic and was dying for more. Some interesting imports were a tad pricey. Six dollar Orval is double what I pay back home. But the US micros were in the usual price range. For what itís worth, there were a few interesting wines in that isle too, but I decided to stick to Beer.
While this location doesnít merit to make a 20-mile detour to visit, itsí central location is great if youíre ever in this picturesque town.
Stopped here on a Wednesday afternoon. Located near the GW Masonic monument in old town. This Whole Foods is similar to others I have been to, with the Vienna location being closest as far as beer selection goes. It lacks the special/vintage beers (w/the exception of JW Lees) that the Fairfax location has, and overall has a little less to pick from, but still is pretty solid. Pricing is a little expensive, as the other Whole Foods are, and most of the products are only in 6 pack form. They had a warm shelf area, like Vienna only smaller, with some singles (mostly bombers/750s) that you can pick from, to go along with the stuff in the coolers. Worth a stop if in the area, but falls short of some other places in NoVA.