Whole Foods Market - Vienna

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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
jasonp  (29) Ashburn, Virginia | May 15, 2004
One of the best brew selections anywhere. The main guy here is Jim Dorsch, who is a hell of a nice guy who’ll go out of his way to get stuff for you. If you aren’t already, he will offer to put you on his email distribution list to make you aware of what’s going on. A good selection of US micros/imports in 6 pack and bombers. The real highlight though is the wooden shelf of singles that consist of hard-to-find imports and US micros. The Belgian brew selection is so good that it makes me mad at myself for not liking them. The only downside (and I’m nitpicking here) is the ambiance. It is, after all, a douchey yuppie grocery store. But who gives a shit if they have the best beer on the planet.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
beerhugger  (9) Oshawa, Ontario | March 2, 2004
Jim, the beer guy, was off when I went but the person who came to help me was willing to phone him at home to answer my questions - nice of them. The selection is great with lots of individual bottles that you won't easily find anywhere else. I'll go back if I'm in the area for sure.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu  (237) Victoria, British Columbia | February 14, 2004
A great selection. I was astonished by ALL the imports. Knowledgeable staff when you find them - they also seem open to critiques and suggestions. Very whole-some place!
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
haddon90  (29) Newport Beach, California | February 3, 2004
The best beer selection I have ever seen. And Jim is one hell of a guy. You would never imagine so much beer in one aisle at a grocery store, but then again this is no ordinary grocery store. Jeremy (jgb9348) introduced me to this place and I always go there when I'm back in DC.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7  (21) Silver Spring, Maryland | January 28, 2004
When I first saw the selection I almost wept. Everywhere I looked there was another beer I had wanted but never thought I would actually find. There is more focus on having the best of the best beer then having a huge selection. The selection is large but it is not the type of place that carries Etheopian lagers just so that they can add another beer to there list. Its all the good stuff in one incrediable isle.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan  (20) Eagan, Minnesota | January 12, 2004
As for it being "a hike", hey, it's only a hike if you live in the wrong part of town. For some of us, it's local, so nyah nyah. Ambiance sucks, as it's a grocery store. Sort of a given that it's not that good, but ambiance really isn't relevant to package stores anyways. Service is great, as Jim's a darn good guy who's very friendly and helpful and will go out of his way to get good stuff in. Selection is near-legendary for a very good reason, as this place has hundreds of single bottles of various brews from all over the place. Jim gets in the rarest stuff and will hold it for the good beer geek. Sixer selection is a bit more limited, but that's not really a major issue as you can always hit Norm's for that. From just a rarities and selection perspective, it's hard to imagine a better place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
jeffc666  (93) Fairfax, Virginia | January 11, 2004
The best place to buy beer in the DC area, bar-none. Jim Dorsch has created a selection of beer that is simply unbelievable. The focus is primarily on Belgian beers, all six Trappist breweries are represented, typically 6 or 7 different Cantillon bottles, etc… This does not mean that American micros are not represented; this is where I have purchased Three Floyds, Stone, Midnight Sun, and more. The selection is always changing and it is always an event to visit the store. Jim Dorsch is always extremely helpful. Overall this is an experience not to be missed, which is sure to leave any beer geek’s wallet lighter.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod  (109) Newport News, Virginia | January 11, 2004
WOW! Went here with jeffc666. I had seen the pics posted in the forum, but it could not prepare me. AWESOME selection! Found so many things I have never seen before here. Met Jim Dorsch who was above and beyond friendly and helpful. I came out $283 poorer, but it was worth every cent. Make your way here, by any means necessary!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
argo0  (277) Washington DC | January 6, 2004
Jim Dorsch has assembled a treasure trove of great beers -- all the Trappist breweries are here, as are a number of top regional brewers, good German and Belgian, Unibroue, and the list goes on. While the number of different beers may be less than some of the bigger places, the quality is unmatched by anywhere else I've seen on the East coast. Now if they could only get Alesmith and Bell's....

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