Chandler is about 30 minutes from downtown PHX, so seeing the ratings, I figured I had to come, but did not leave particularly impressed. Good Whole Foods selection, not sure itís better than other Whole Foods Iíve been in and definitely not sure Iíd make a big detour to visit that one versus other stores in the PHX area to seek bottles.
Typical Whole Foods, if youíve been in one. Solid amount of locals and lots and lots of beer from places other than AZ. This place is rated kind of highly in my opinion, but had to check it out as I was in the area.
Good selection for the Greater Phoenix area. Reasonable selection of bottles, though almost nothing from AZ, so donít expect that. I donít get how this is the top rated place in the area; Sun Devil is superior - go there instead.
Ok, when the highest rated bottle shop in an area is a Whole Foods, it is worth checking out. I will say that this is a super nice Whole Foods. Clean, well layed out, lots and lots of cool shit inside. They had about 4 Superstition meads in the wine section, which is nice. Beer selection was about standard for a whole foods in my experience. Nothing Earth shattering, but a good selection of bombers, mostly refrigerated. It did not appear that multi-packs were breakable. So far, about par for the course for a WF. Now the bar. That is a nice touch. We just got our first in Silicon Valley, and it is a much toned down affair to the 32 tap behemoth that presented itself. Nothing outlandish on tap, but a solid list. I canít see myself coming to whole foods to drink, but a beer while shopping seems like a perfectly fine idea. Is this place a 95? No. Is it solid? Yes.
I donít really know how to rate the ambiance, since it is a grocery store, but it is impressive to have a bar with such a good selection of beer on tap. The fact that it is in a grocery store makes it pretty cool. Most in Ohio have 4-6 taps, but nothing like this. Lots of California and Arizona beer, plus Amager, Dieu Du Ciel and Belgians occasionally on tap. A little more expensive than bars, but nothing extreme. The bottle selection in the grocery store part is very good too.
Very nice selection for a grocery store. And they had a bar with like 30 beers on tap! You donít see that in many states. I ended up doing most of my beer shopping at Total Wine because of the incredible amount of singles available I hadnít tried. Definitely worth a stop here too though!