Whole Foods Market - Georgetown
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.4/5 rDev -12.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
While the selection may not be as big as I would have hoped (P Street DC and Vienna locations boasts a better selection of brews) there was still a decent assortment of sixes, especially for a grocery store chain, a bit too mainstream for me (Brooklyn, Bell's, St. Bernardus 12, etc.). I doubt most people are coming here solely for the beer. I was able to score a case of Great Lakes Christmas around the time it came in - but I had to ASK management to check the back of the store. Good grocery store though, like all other Whole Foods. I'll just come here to pick up Great Lakes beers because they're not offered at the Arlington Whole Foods in Clarendon.
02-17-2011 20:59:15 | More by CuriousMonk
4/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
hadn't made it to this WF yet as another has always been more convenient, dropped in to pick up something to accompany takeout from Paradiso
solid selection for a grocery, if not exceptional among the chain, nice range of styles and formats, found DuClaw here which I hadn't seen elsewhere in the city, hadn't seen Monk's Blood in a few months either, probably not too many rarities lurking here but at the very least an easy place to pick up a six pack, came across Brooklyn Sorachi Ace and left with a 750
service was fine, beer guy popped around the corner as I was staring at the bottle of Soriachi to relay the price, as it had just arrived and hadn't been labeled yet
no quality issues, rotation tends to be good in high-traffic places like this
prices high, even for the area, and even within the WF chain
05-23-2010 03:31:25 | More by blackie
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
First time visiting this spot after all my years in town. It's kind of in an odd spot for most of my routes. P St. may remain the largest Whole Foods in town but this one is a close second, both in size and beer variety.
Again I understand that each Whole Foods has a different manager for wine and beer, and being on first quick visit I had not had a chance to meet or encounter any beer related stuff, although to be fair I was floating for a bit around the beer shelves. I´ll rank service average to be fair until I have a better opinion in further visits.
Good and eclectic collection, again a diverse showing with some Whole Foods commonalities but with quite a few takes of their own. Fairly broad eclectic cold selection with a larger shelved range. About 130 different bottle offerings and maybe 15 cans? with mostly US craft, with some rarities and a few seasonal brews, and quite a few imports with a strong highlight around Belgium stuff. And maybe a couple of offers around organic six-packs, mostly Peak Organic.
Worth the visit in terms of checking out a different selection and not so much in terms of a particularly interesting pricing. Prices are all over the place leaning on the expensive side, and while they have some decent offers some brews are certainly overpriced (For instance an 09 Vertical Epic for about $14 when you can find it further up Wisconsin Av for $8) so it is important to check out what you are after. Worth the visit back I think in any case.
09-24-2009 01:21:49 | More by Daniellobo
4.5/5 rDev +16%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I agree with nearly everything that has been said and just wanted to add two things: first, this store does a great job of changing their seasonal selections; second, if there is a particular brew that they don't carry, the beer dude (who is totally awesome and worth getting to know, by the way) is often able to have his distributor send you some in the next order. It's tough to say that this Whole Foods is flat out expensive because they're always having several beers on sale at significant markdowns and also tend to undervalue many beers when they very first come in. The trick is to be a frequent visitor.
11-22-2008 06:31:13 | More by droomyster
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
The Glover Park (aka Georgetown) Whole Foods almost always comes through for the standards and regularly has nice surprises. Dan, the beer buyer, is friendly, knowledgeable, and will help you out if you need to order or if you just suggest something that you'd like to see him carry. Ask him if he has anything interesting in the back that he hasn't had a chance to put out on the shelves!
Unfortunately, Whole Foods at this location cut their beer shelf space in 2007 by about 20 percent (at the expense of wine, it seems, but I still go to Pearson's for wine). The selection of esoteric Germans and UK beers suffered a fair amount and the Belgians a little bit.
But there's still a very good selection. Always some Lagunitas, Smuttynose, Green Flash, Bell's, Avery, DFH, Allagash, and other standard bearers of excellence in US brewing. Good seasonals and interesting releases from Allagash (Fluxus), Jolly Pumpkin, or Southampton.
Whole Foods is in general pricey (though some things there are cheaper than Safeway), but for DC, the beer is competitive with anywhere else in town. Sometimes they don't put a full markup on the more expensive limited releases, which is appreciated. These days, the good stuff ain't cheap anywhere.
And a note on light: indoor light does not generate the kinds of UV rays that the sun does that harm beer. So while it is well lit, the beer is not under heat lamps, so I wouldn't worry.
03-05-2008 04:39:58 | More by Chinookie
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Having worked for the company for 8 years, I guess I'm a bit biased.. but I think this store (the Vienna one in particular) has one of the best beer selections of any in the area. They carry tons of domestics and imported brews, and they are all(most) all microbrews.
Also, they have a lot of rare Belgian varieties (Orval for example) and they sell a lot of these as singles. They also offer a "create- your-own six pack" option, allowing you to pick and choose, mixing and matching the ones that you really want to try.
02-16-2008 03:17:56 | More by alysmith4
District of Columbia
3.35/5 rDev -13.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Whole Foods is my standard destination for beer primarily because it's the closest place that doesn't sell mostly crap. They have a fairly decent selection considering that it's a grocery store. Obviously they aren't going to have as much as a store dedicated entirely to beer/liquor, but solid nonetheless.
I can't really comment on service per se, as I've never asked for help with the beer. At the times that I usually go the checkout lines are fairly minimal and the cashiers efficient.
The only major issue I find is storage. Most of the beer is kept warm, and is sitting under fairly bright lighting. So far though I haven't gotten anything that's been damaged.
02-06-2008 04:21:18 | More by fightindaman
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Whole Foods proved to be an excellent find for craft brews in the DC area. This specialty foods store provides yet another option for quality beer from the US and abroad. The selection included such domestic breweries as Victory, Stone, Brooklyn, Ommegang, Anchor, Rogue, Smuttynose, DFH, and various others. Imports like Samuel Smith, Fuller's, Unibroue, Trappist Rochefort, and St. Bernardus also graced their shelves. I was pleasantly surprised by the selection, especially considering the American macros were nowhere to be found. An associate was on hand in the beer aisle to offer advice and recommendations. I found him eager to help and quite convenient. Overall, Whole Foods impressed me as solid craft brew retailer. My only concern is that this chain only carries craft brews in order to cater to its bourgeois clientele. I reject any notion that craft brew only appeals to the well-to-do.
12-16-2005 21:12:05 | More by clabaugh
4/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Whole Foods. What comes to mind? Overpriced cheese, organic anything and everything, and a bunch of stuck up shoppers. Hey, maybe thats true, I wasn't paying any attention to all that stuff as I rummaged back to the beer aisles. $1.25 each way on the 32 bus drops you right outside of this establishment.
The organization of the beer at first seemed a mystery. But after being in there twice I've determined their system. Cold beer is attempted to be stored by brewery, but not necessarily alphabetical. Warm beer is stored on a huge shelving display. I don't know though, something tells me those bottles of Rochefort 8 and St. Bernardus 12 would be better suited to not be under the glare of straight light all day. Regardless, one side has domestics, even offerings from Russian River (Supplication). Also, Stone and Rogue bombers, as well as Victory, North Coast, Anchor, and other offerings. All the victory stuff was on sale that day, $3 off certain six packs... a great deal.
The other side of the display offers you international flavour. Fullers (Porter was on sale, $6 for a 6pack), Unibroue (a few kinds), St. Peter's, St. Bernardus abt 12, Trappiste Rochefort 8, Young's, Duvel, Chimay?, Abbaye Des Rocs, Dupont, and others. Big bottles, and 6 packs.
Unfortunately, but as you'd expect from a large establishment, no mix and match 6 packs, as it says on the sign. However, there was a gentlemen restocking shelves that was pretty knowladgable and attempted to help us find the perfect beer.
Left with: Victory Hop Wallop, Unibroue's La Fin du Monde, St. Bernardus abt 12, and North Coast's Old Rasputin Stout.
Will certainly be back for more, and would suggest this as a good place to stock up on some beer, but deffinitly wouldn't expect to find a very rare or hard to find beer here. All in all, a worth while trip, and especially with the sales, the prices weren't that bad.
12-09-2005 19:07:45 | More by jslot38
Whole Foods Market - Georgetown in Washington, DC
89 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.