Whole Foods Market
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev +1%
For a grocery store, albeit an organic one, this has a nice selection of beers. Unlike most stores, they don't take up a lot of space with macrobrewed beers. There's a fairly wide selection of English and Belgian beers. The service can be solid, but it's hit and miss. I suppose that's to be expected from a big store like this. Like most organic stores, Whole Foods is fairly pricey. Actually, pretty much everything in the store is pricey. This is a good place to buy beer if you happen to be there, though there are better places to go.
01-11-2008 15:27:25 | More by avalon07
3.15/5 rDev -17.3%
Actually stopped in for lunch believe it or not and just walked over to check out the section while I was there. Fairly standard for the establishment, which means actually fairly good. Lots of six packs from regional favorites as well as imports. A decently sized Belgian collection which believe it or not this is a grocery store primarily so I was slightly impressed. Decent amount of singles as well in mix and match six pack form. My only complaint would be tow much cold stuff, but again its a food store so you are probably looking to bring something home that is cold. But overall really not that bad at all and better then Earth Fare as far as selections. Unfortunately I was not able to stop in any of the smaller stores which probably have better selections due to being with co-workers, but next time I am down will have to go out and explore a bit more.
10-17-2007 23:08:44 | More by mikesgroove
2.9/5 rDev -23.9%
I have had to lower my rating due to a weakening selection and increased amount of macro beers. Twelve packs of Bud, nice selection of Michelob products... Hmmm... Not the path this place used to be on. Too bad. Still, there are a bunch of good beers, but it seems to be slipping.
No discounts for case purchases, difficult to even get a box. Going forward, I will make every effort to buy my beer at Ted's Butcherblock downtown or one of the other small stores that really care.
Below is my original review.
I have been purchasing beer at the Charleston Whole Foods for a while now and it is time for a review. The selection of craft beer in South Carolina, as many of you know, had been devastatingly limited until the very recent success of the "Pop the Cap SC" movement. Despite the challenge, Whole Foods always managed to do a very good job keeping their selection interesting and of largely high quality.
Most of the selection is kept cold, with only a few of the more specialty items (now including the high gravity selections) on a room temperature shelving unit. I have rarely had a problem with freshness of anything I purchased. While they don't carry the domestic destroyers of American beer culture (like AB, Coors, Miller, etc.), they do, unfortunately, give cooler space to the likes of Heineken, Amstel and such. It seems that space could be better used.
Service can be a bit hit or miss. It is usually hard to find someone to help you if you have questions or need assistance. However, if you do get ahold of somebody, they are very happy to be of help.
The selection overall is very good. They have a great assortment of domestic and imported craft beer. There is a singles beer cooler toward the front of the store where you can build your own mix a six. Unfortunately, if the single you want isn't there, they don't take kindly to breaking six packs from the regular section.
I definitely would encourage anyone to check this place out. So far, it is clearly in the top three or four stores in southeastern South Carolina.
06-19-2007 20:46:11 | More by softcough
4.85/5 rDev +27.3%
I was surprised at the selection of harder to find beers at this location. It was a huge plus for me that 95% of the beers were refrigerated. I found a few beers I was looking for for awhile, an Ayinger Brau-Weisse, Ayinger Marzen Oktoberfest, Flensburger, Schneider Weisse and a Gose. These are rare here in Charleston. The beer buyer was especially knowledgeable and helpful. Until they "pop the cap" here in SC, a combination of here and Total Wine will have to suffice, no Doppelbocks for me yet!!!
Update 5/11/07 So far this is the only place with high gravity beers since we popped the cap. Jen, the beer merchandiser is outstanding and a great source!
03-17-2007 19:35:09 | More by MarkSCCOT
4.3/5 rDev +12.9%
Now that the Mt. Pleasant area is starting to get more trendy and yuppified, it seems more and more of these "organic" markets are moving in. Though it is kind of funny, it is good for the beer life around here. These stores usually carry a great wine and beer assortment, each store trying to out do the other. This is good for me and other beer lovers in the area. This one has a nice selection of brews mainly from european countries, with a few small microbreweries from the states. They have a heavey assortment from Germany, France, and the UK mostly. Some stuff I've never heard of and haven't seen on this site yet. As soon as I get back to Chucktown, I'll have to go get some of the "newer" brews and bring them on the site. Go check it out, it's a fun little place with friendly/knowledgeable staff. Oh, they had a guy working just the beer and wine section who was very helpful.
12-24-2004 02:41:17 | More by JISurfer
Whole Foods Market in Mount Pleasant, SC
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.