Whole Foods Market
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The theme of this review is: It's a natural food store, what did you expect?
I didn't expect too much in the beer department. But after being impressed by the above average stock at the River Valley Market in nearby Northampton, I figured there was a good chance this place would be worth checking out. And it was.
Long refrigerated open cooler of sixpacks and bombers, with much of what any Massachusetts beer store could hope to offer. Plus a tall display case of better bombers, including some top notch Belgians, Stones, etc. At reasonable although not low prices. Finally, they have made an effort to attract the mixed-six sampler crowd (like me) with a rack of a few dozen singles and some empty cartons to fill. Unfortunately the selection sucked, except for one or two Dogfish that I had already tried. Plus if I remember correctly they wanted $3 each, and most of them were not worth it IMHO.
With three other good beer stores within three miles, one of which is a stone's (or should I say Stone's) throw away, Whole Foods comes in fourth in the Hadley/Amherst zone. But it is trying, and for any BA who likes to shop their food, the beer selection is a pretty fine bonus!
08-23-2013 03:54:31 | More by scotorum
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A usual stop for me when making what I like to call a "Route 9 beer trip" (Whole Foods, Four Seasons, Liquors 44 Hadley, Spirit Haus). Selection is on the small side but it is definitely good for what they have. Especially impressed with their selection of harder-to-find Belgians such as offerings from Fantome and De Struise, they apparently also have Cantillon in the back sometimes. They are one of the few stores in the area to have these and other highly sought out beers regularly and keep them on the shelves for longer than 10 seconds it seems. Stock always seems to be fresh, not much past it's prime. Prices are very reasonable as well.
11-18-2010 23:41:01 | More by Chico1985
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
It's a Whole Foods so it's focus is on food and since I am a natural foods kinda guy, that's good. The beer is in the center of the store along with a pretty damn good wine selection. Beer specials spread throughout the store with DFH Punkin' on sale at the time I was poking around. Beer is mostly cold (16 feet maybe?) of cooler space with about 60 warm selections off to the side with a couple Belgians and random Micros. In the cooler...Victory,North Coast,Founders,Southern Tier, Troegs, DFH,Stone along with New England local brews.
Local favorites Peoples Pint and Berkshire very well represented here along with growlers of a local that escapes me at the moment. I was asked if I needed any help choosing a beer so I am assuming that if needed I could get an answer. I got Founders Curmudgeon 4-pack and a Peoples Pint bomber for 20 bucks. Not bad. The selection is damn good for a grocery store but nothing compared to Table and Vine down the road in Springfield.
09-12-2009 02:08:25 | More by jeed
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Hit up this place on a recent trip to Hadley with my wife to visit family. Her aunt lives only 3 miles away and it's convenient right along Route 9. The beer section is situated in the center of the store with the bulk of it in the cold aisle but the imports and more hard to find American craft brews are off to the side. Not sure what the selection is like compared to other MA stores but this Whole Foods definitely carries a ton that you wouldn't find in the DC area. Lost Abbey, Pretty Things, and plenty more rounded out a solid selection. They even had Brasserie Ellezeloise Quintine Blonde which we couldn't believe we found (albeit very expensive).
Plenty of local beer too with Wachusett, Opa-Opa, The People's Pint, etc. Definitely worth a stop.
09-03-2009 15:53:23 | More by bernardus
4/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
For some reason I tend to forget that Whole Foods in Hadley has a pretty damn good beer selection, maybe its because it seems like we have one liquor store for every 15 people here in the Pioneer Valley.
Typical Whole Foods set up, one long open cooler/aisle that is chock full of the good stuff. Lots of growlers from OPA and BBC. They had the usual suspects from both US micros, Germans and Belgians. I grabbed a Long Trail Coffee Stout since it was only $4.99. Prices seemed pretty good actually.
Not a destination for me when it comes to beer since I don't want to fight through the food shoppers but if you're getting stuff to eat at WF, you can certainly find some good beers as well.
03-04-2009 14:55:52 | More by indiapaleale
Whole Foods Market in Hadley, MA
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.