Decided to stop in here on my mile and a half walk back from Churchkey to the place I was staying. I couldn’t buy 95 percent of what I wanted since I didn’t have a car. Great selection, after careful deliberation I chose to buy New Holland Farmhouse Hatter.
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.
One of the best Whole Foods I’ve seen for beer but in no way shape or form is even close to the Bowery Place Whole Foods in NYC. They have remodeled the entire store so now beer is not in three different places. The selection of single bottles is quite extensive and is your best bet to pick up DuClaw and Stillwater bombers. Sometimes they have some odd Italian beers. Staff here is pretty smart and helpful. They have an actual beer buyer who gets in special release beers, but they never put these on the shelf and you have to know someone to get an "in" on this special release beers. KBS, Vanilla BCS, etc all came to this store but never were put officially on sale. So, their practices are pretty lame. Best bet is to make a relationship with one of the staff and just know through the grapevine when a special release beer is possibly in stock and then pretty please them. Definitely worth stopping in after an afternoon spent at Churchkey around the corner. Food is actually pretty good if you are getting buffet but best bet is to go in the afternoon when random people sell grilled hotdogs and hamburgers out front for $5. Beware, around 6PM on weekdays this place is a fucking madhouse with half of DC’s elite shopping for overpriced groceries.
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.
This is one of the busiest WFM locations, and certainly the busiest in several states. Nice store... my food from the hot bar was good. The employees were disinterested. Competitive prices on beer, and a nice selection, with some less common stuff.
The closest and best place to buy beers for me in DC. They got relatively good stuff (some of it is absurdly overpriced like $15 for a Rochefort). However, they got pretty good prices on micros like Full Sail and 21st Amendment. Beer Geek Breakfast is $10 bucks... etc... Widmer is super cheap there as well. I trust their beer to be pretty fresh because the place is crawling with yuppies who will buy a fancy shmancy beer to look all fancy shmancy. Have yet to compare it to the higher rated beer joints. Oh and while you are there you can always pick up some tasty cheese (or sample the free sushi).
Good selection if you are visiting from out of state and are also looking at buying some local produces, such as cheeses.
Decent price, place was under construction, they don’t break six packs.
Service is just that of a national chain.
As is the case around DC, parking is a hassle, so better bring some bags.
Beer is stored in at least four different locations, so it can be a bit confusing. Some of the shelf bottles are covered in dust, but the 4 and 6 packs seemed OK, and the fridge beers seemed good. Pretty good selection, including some well chosen and interesting stuff. Worth trying if you’re in the area.
Convenient spot if you are staying in the area (which I usually do when in town) and one of the better beer store options in central DC. Mainly six packs, which you cannot split (not sure anywhere in DC is supposed to now, but Cairo Liquors a couple of blocks away still does apparently) but I found a few decent bombers for drinking back in the hotel room post bar/restaurant. Nothing super rare but a decent selection.
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.