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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 9
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
For an affluent little community like Reston, you wouldn't really expect there to be much of a craft beer scene. Fortunately, Whole Foods seems to fill that niche somewhat with their beer selections. Most Whole Foods supermarkets carry a line of good beers, and this one is no different.
Nestled in the lefthand corner of the store along with the wine and spirits, the craft beer section takes up about two shelves to the ceiling, plus a few coolers off to the side. There's also a growler filling station right in the middle, which is always a welcome sight for craft beer enthusiasts.
There was a good variety of beers to choose from, with the usual suspects being represented well like Stone, Rogue, Chimay, etc. Was surprised to see some Hoppin' Frog and Bell's as well. They had Oberon available for growler fills, which is both surprising and kinda awesome. Unfortunately, the pricing is a bit steep, considering that this still is Whole Foods, after all. There are a few bargains to be had, but expect to have to pay premium prices for good craft brew, which is commonplace when speaking about Whole Foods.
The staff is friendly and nice enough, and the people running the growler station generally know what they're talking about with respect to craft beer. The bottles themselves seemed to be of good quality, with nary an expired one in sight.
Overall, a nice place to get a few craft brews. It might hurt your wallet just a little bit to stock up here, but if it's your only option, then you can do a lot worse.
06-19-2011 03:38:30 | More by r0nyn
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Whenever I go back home on school break to my parents' house, I often visit this place to pick up some good brew. I have found the sales associates to be friendly and quite knowledgeable. The selection here is also usually quite good, with a reasonably wide variety of selections. Granted, the beer section is not huge, but they seem to make the most of the space. I recommend a trip if you can't find what you want in the regular grocery stores, and you don't want to go all the way to Norm's in Vienna.
11-25-2009 04:24:55 | More by advill88
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was over in the area for work so I checked out some of the local spots.
I'm still amazed at the fact that grocery stores here have beer. Never see that in MD except for a few special cases.
The selection here was night and day to the Harris Teeter up the street. They had a bigger inventory but not as much in the way of craft options.
Saw alot of things we dont get in MD, Left Hand, Bells, Founders, Duck-Rabbit, Moylans, Legend, as well as the full Southern Tier line up. Other stuff like Clipper City, Otter Creek, Brooklyn, Dominion and lots of other East Coasters. Import range was good too, Aventinus stands out in my memory.
Lots of six packs and a huge bomber selection in a big cooler when you walk in next to the produce. Dont miss the afor mentiond end cap either.
I picked up a few goodies, hopefully they make me work over there again soon!
08-03-2009 18:41:13 | More by tatoodkelt
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the closest store both to my house and to my office, so I visit it regularly. They always have a good selection of top quality beers, and usually at reasonable prices. If you go there, note that there are at least 3 locations in the store (sometimes 4 or 5) that have beer in them, and the selections usually don't overlap. The majority of the beer is in the back left corner (along with the beer manager, Scott, who is the real reason to shop here). Beyond that, there's an end-cap with vintage ales and things to cellar over by the cheese section, and there is frequently a display near the checkout aisles with some recent release to be featured.
I can't do it justice to describe the store without describing the quality of service, either. Most of the times I go, Scott is there to walk me through which beers were there, which I'd like, which he enjoys, etc. As much as the selection itself, the personal interaction and consultative selling are what sets this place apart.
02-21-2009 23:13:09 | More by jnn4v
3.4/5 rDev -14.4%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Every Whole Foods has a different beer selection, which is determined by that specific location's beer manager. I have no idea who the manager of Reston's location is, but the selection is decent. They offer a fair amount of 6-packs and singles in the refrigerated section. However, they offer very few beers that aren't already cold. Plus, there is almost never anyone around to help you find what you're looking for, make suggestions, etc. By comparison, the Vienna location has a much much more friendly and helpful staff. But if you're able to make selections on your own, this is a nice alternative to the local Total, and a better selection of micro-brews than you'll find in other local grocery stores.
10-18-2008 19:44:51 | More by Pencible
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
quality: everything seems to be in order and within dating limits if applicable, the store sees a ton of traffic so rotation should be pretty good
service: the beer buyer at this location is friendly and seems to be knowledgeable about the beers he is selling
selection: respectable selection with some quality stuff, just lacking the numbers for a higher score, maybe 20 bombers and 30 varied six packs in the cooler, with some Belgians, Euros, and vintage ales kept warm on the other side of the produce/wine section...Starr Hill, Stone, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Victory, DFH, Bell's, a few Bear Republic bombers...I'd like to see a better local representation, very limited singles selection that is completely random and comprised of survivors from incomplete 6-packs
a little disappointed in my new (to me) home WF (in more ways than just beer, but that's another website), but there's enough here to keep me juiced when unable to make it elsewhere
08-07-2008 02:20:04 | More by blackie
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Not a huge selection but what they have is very good. I wish they had more individual bottles for sale. The prices are a little high but the convenience is nice (you can pick up some fresh organic foods while you're at it). The Whole Foods Market in Fair Lakes has a huge selection but Reston does well in a much smaller space. I know that they will always have something new (and good) when I visit. Staff is polite and knowledgable about products. I would recommend Whole Foods Market in Reston for service, quality, and convenience.
05-05-2008 00:36:49 | More by woberiii
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I was in Reston for a job interview, so I decided to stop in and see what was what. It was good to see Bell's featured prominently. Not a great selection, but the Belgian and Belgian-style beer offerings come to the rescue. Saw Victory's V-12 here. Ommegang. Even the header in the wine rack differentiated between Belgian and Belgian-style. So it appears they know what they are talking about at Whole Foods. It was a good offering. The macros represented are along the lines of Newcastle, which is among the better macros.
For service: it's a supermarket. Service most likely won't be there unless you ask for it.
02-25-2008 20:09:33 | More by GeoffFromSJ
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This is really a pretty standard Whole Foods for beer, meaning hardly any macros and a good selection of craft and imports. On my last visit I picked up a couple offering from Dogfish Head (Chateau Jiahu and 60-minute IPA), some Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and some Stone Ruination. Prices are reasonable, service is spotty but pretty average for a grocery store. This is not a location to make a road trip to in hopes of finding something rare, but it by far the best grocery store for Beer in Reston, and possibly the best all around store for beer in the Reston area, though there are better places if you are wiling to drive 10 miles or so.
Update on April 26, 2008 -- Hadn't been by this store in a while and stopped there last night. Not much had changed but there were some offerings that impressed me. They still had some Stone Old Guardian, were well stocked with the Stone IRS. I picked up Victory Baltic Thunder and Bear Republic Hot Rod Rye. To sum up, still not the best selection, but there are some good beers to choose from.
01-03-2008 00:52:14 | More by Traquairlover
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