Whole Foods Market
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4.15/5 rDev -9%
Located basically at the corner of Slater/Segerstrom/Dyer/Barranca and Jamboree in South Tustin, the Whole Foods in Irvine is certainly the biggest Whole Foods I've been in, it's at least 3 times as large as the locations in Long Beach and Westwood. Went here twice, once to get a turkey for Thanksgiving, and a second time to get a turkey for Christmas. What sets this place apart from the other locations that I've been to is that they have a beer and wine bar in the establishment, where you can take a break while you're shopping. While they only have 5 beers on-tap at a time, none are macros, I had a Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from the Chouffe brewery while there in November, also saw Arrogant Bastard on-tap and Franzikaner. Bottle selection is quite good, lots of CA micros (Stone, Bear Republic, North Coast, etc., all the usual suspects), along with a great Belgain selection - Achel, Dupont, Rochefort, Orval, Koningshoeven, Westmalle, Duvel, lots of stuff, also had the rare Samichlaus Helles. Not a place I'd go to just for the beer or the on-tap selection, but if I'm going there for food shopping, the beer selection is just an added plus.
01-14-2008 07:03:12 | More by Halcyondays
4.35/5 rDev -4.6%
Stopped in with kentuckyfriedchickencantsail January 2011.
While they dont have the largest beer selection in the world the have some quality beer as well as some obscure ticks. I saw a couple beers that arent available anywhere else anymore. They also have a large selection of cheap beer for a buck a piece including a good portion of the bottom 100 for the die hard tickers.
Didnt interact with the help much but someone did come up to me promptly and ask if I needed help.
I guess there are some taps but I didnt pay attention.
Good place, will return.
01-30-2011 07:36:40 | More by t0rin0
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
Damn, I gotta move to Tustin! Whole Foods right off of the 5, with Total Wine right down the street. Must be nice!
Anyhow, I visited this place on a Wednesday afternoon while checking out some of the better beer spots in beautiful Southern Orange County! All the way towards the back left corner of the store is where beer geeks will find what they are looking for. Most of the beer is in the cooler, while there is another couple racks of beer in front of the bar area. The coolers are filled with all of the standard American micros that you would expect to find, including very fresh Pliny the Elder's! On the racks in front of the bar is where you will find most of the Belgians. Next to these is a bucket o' singles, which I originally thought were for mixer sixers. Turns out they are sold for $1.99/piece, which is kind of ridiculous considering what's in there. Mixer sixers would have been awesome! As for the special releases, they had 08 Decadence, Summer Yulesmith, Brandy Angel's Share, Cuvee De Tomme, HotD Blue Dot Spring 2009, La Folie, and others.
Be sure to ask for Chris, a fellow BA (beerman4). He is an extremely friendly guy who, obviously, takes a lot of pride in his beer section. He took the time to chat it up with me for at least 30 minutes or so, and was kind enough to share some information with me in regards to the dates of upcoming releases. Even though they don't have the physical license to open up the taps, they are offering a flight of tasters. I ended up getting a pour of Curieux and Mirror Mirror, but GF West Coast IPA was available as well. This is a great spot for grabbing some good bottles of craft, and will be even better once the taps are fully up and running. Prices aren't bad, but there is some seriously stiff competition with Total Wine being just down the street. Big thanks go out to Chris for his tremendous hospitality!
07-09-2009 04:49:53 | More by sweetbrew82
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
I stopped by Tustin Whole Foods for the first time to pick up a bottle of Alesmith's 2008 Decadence, but I left with a few other great bottles thanks to Chris, who I'm assuming is the main beer guy at this particular location based on his knowledge and enthusiasm. The beer selection is excellent. They had the full line-up from all the major craft breweries, but Chris informed me that they had Cuvee de Tomme and fresh bottles of Sculpin in the back. I also grabbed a bottle of Summer Yulesmith. They have a very nice selection of Belgians and the whole beer section is extremely neat and well-maintained. Plus, they have a bar area with lots of great stuff on tap such as Mirror Mirror and Green Flash IPA. Chris also informed me that they'll be pouring full pints as soon as they get the proper license to do so. Overall, this is a cool new beer destination that I wish I lived closer to. Great service and great selection.
06-28-2009 06:51:28 | More by Tdizzle
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
One of the new enormous Whole Foods that are sprouting up all over the place. It has a large beer selection to go along with the large selection of everything else. I chatted with what must have been their "beer guy" for a minute. Very nice and helpful guy. Also very knowledgeable. He told me that very soon they would pouring beer on-tap in the store. The beer selection was great. All the local stuff, tons of belgians. Lots of rarities as well, including Cuvee de Tomme and Angel's Share.
08-08-2009 03:39:53 | More by willjschmidt
4.55/5 rDev -0.2%
Nice selection with all the major breweries represented. The head beer buyer is a BA (beerman4) and knows his stuff. The good stuff is allocated in small quantities so it lasts a while - sucks for a hoarder like me but its for the good of the community.
Typical whole food prices. there are a couple taps in the beer section and employees are always happy to hang out with you while you drink beer. Lots of Belgian beers that are kept refridgerated.
This is one of the larger Whole foods I know of. Nothing super rare or vintage here but a good place overall.
03-19-2011 00:43:09 | More by drewmprs
4.65/5 rDev +2%
I had heard this was a great place to pick up bottles, so I decided to drive the rest of the way down yesterday after I went to drop some stuff off with my girlfriend in Fullerton.
Only a few moments after arriving in the beer aisle, Chris came over to ask if I had any questions and if I was looking for anything in particular. He let me know he had some other stuff in the back and ran through a pretty impressive list. Amazing service and very friendly guy. Definitely talk to him if you're there and even thinking about beer.
The selection was quite good, I ended up walking out with a HotD Blue Dot, HotD Adam, Lagunitas 13th, and a Duchesse De Bourgogne, but there were plenty of other beers I cold have picked up. Plenty of Blind Pig and Pliny, and apparently a decent stock of Consecration kept in the back. Lots of Lost Abbey, Stone, Lagunitas, Moylans, HotD, and many more from CA breweries. A good selection of Belgians too, Rochefort, Chimay, Achel, and a bunch of others that I can't remember off-hand.
Prices are what you would expect to find anywhere, so I have no complaints there.
07-18-2009 18:24:58 | More by womencantsail
Whole Foods Market in Tustin, CA
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