This store was packed with shoppers. The beer selection was pretty good with one large cooler and one long shelf. Most of the beer was stuff available in my region but some NE stuff like Duclaw and some MD beers were available. There wasn’t anything super rare or necessarily must-buy but the selection was extensive enough to make for a pleasant beer shopping experience. I was surprised that the prices were reasonable. It seems most everything in DC costs more than back home in the southeast but the beer at Whole Foods wasn’t too bad.
Visited 05-MAY-2014. For a european a fantastic selection. Unfortunately this crazy American idea of six-packs. Large bottles are nice and plenty. Food is as always extraordinary.
Must visit place. I will return.
I was walking back to my hotel from Birch & Barley and this place was still open. Stopped in on a whim. I am amazed at the low scores given the selection I saw. There were a lot of impressive beers in the coolers, and I found a couple of Cantillons that I would consider rare in my neck of the woods.
GenDV138 (386) Falls Church, Virginia | April 3, 2014| Updated May 14, 2016
Usually stop by after ChurchKey to see what’s new on the beer shelves. Just a few minutes walk from ChurchKey so it’s a good stop to see what beers are in. Decent growler fill selection located at the small coffee/tea bar between the entrance and checkout aisles. Beer aisle has one side of refrigerated beer/cider bombers and packs, a side of unrefrigerated packs, and an endcap of unrefrigerated meads and beers. Good amount of seasonals and staples along with occasional gems. Beer aisle can get a bit cramped when it’s busier. Checkout line can be long but moves fairly quickly and efficiently.
Pretty good selection that was, more importantly, easily accessible after my visit to Birch & Barley / Churchkey. They had the one thing I really wanted to find (Stillwater Saison), plus I was able to grab 9 other east coast bombers that I haven’t had yet. The selection was not the most extensive for a Wholefoods, but was top notch stuff that I was quite happy to get a hold of. They also had lots of 6 packs that I wish I could have grabbed singles of too.
In the end the selection was much better than I was expecting & was actually good enough that I don’t feel it is necessary to make the trek out to Chevy Chase.
thome50 (34) Morro Bay via Orange County, California | May 7, 2014
One of the only good bottle shops in DC proper that I found. Very small beer selection for a whole foods, even the size it is. Nice that most is in the cooler. Lots of cans which is awesome and almost everything was super fresh. 1 week old DC Brau! Food is like every whole foods, good but not cheap. Worth it to use this as a dinner while at a conference and take some beer home on my dime.
Thursday morning is not the best time to find good beers in Washington DC... most of the beer stores are closed but then thank god (or somebody else) there is the Whole Foods! Very nice selection of bombers and almost all in cold. I was looking for some imperial stouts and voilà... I found more than I needed. Thank you Whole Foods... you saved my day!
gsmitty80 (202) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | October 1, 2008| Updated October 29, 2013
Great selection of seasonals and micro brews. Typical of Whole Foods markets that you go to around the country.. Does not let you create your own 6-pack.
Edit* Much bigger selection and has a ton more single specialty bottles.
One of my favorite places to hit up in the city since it’s so close to Churchkey. It’s always easy to swing by and get a bottle or two on the way to or from the bar.
Atmosphere isn’t much to speak of. There’s an aisle to the left when you walk into the store. Sometimes there’ll be a few cases of things further into the deli section, like when they got New Belgium in. Service is good in terms of them answering whether they have things in, etc, though I’ve never really asked more-detailed questions than that.
Selection is a good sampling of pretty much all the breweries -- at least in terms of six-packs -- that are distributed here. Plenty of larger-format bottles as well. One irritating thing is that they’re the only place to tape together two individual small bottles, e.g. Rochefort and Orval. I think this has to do with some D.C. regulation on size of to-go sales, but no one else seems to observe it.
Overall, a good spot in a nice location, though nothing mind-blowing. Worth a stop if you’re looking for bottles and are heading to Churchkey anyhow.
They have put in a cafe with beer and wine. Sample racks and really unique and nice beers. Most people dont even seem to find it. At te end of an aisle so not ggreat ambiance but friendly and informed. Plenty of foods at their deli.