Whole Foods Market - Fremont
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
One of three Whole Foods I visited in Portland. As stated in other reviews: it's not that we don't have WFs here in PA, but I figured I'd see what I could find in the NW shops. Again, as I mentioned in other reviews, it seems that price tags on beer here are about on par or even higher than the more strictly beer-centric shops such as Belmont or even Beaumont, which is unusual since the PA Whole Foods price tags are typically a bit on the cheaper side. Still reasonable overall.
Atmosphere: yep, it's a supermarket. Of the three locations I visited--the others being Hollywood and Pearl--this one ranks about midway of the three as far as selection goes, with both unchilled and chilled sections. Also available at this location is a small selection of glassware and beer books, and as opposed to other locations, the beer is arranged by style, indicating that at least someone among the staff is probably as OCD as I am. As with most or all WFs, you can't really ask for a better selection in a grocery store. And as before: service rating is really an n/a, but I'll just give an average rating for technicality's sake.
One thing that PA WFs have that Portland WFs don't have: pubs in the store!
01-04-2012 06:40:36 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev -3.8%
I used to shop this location when it was a Wild Oats, prior to a buyout by Whole Foods. Back then, the beer department was an awkward L-shape with a good range of styles and local representation aplenty...but it struggled to keep up with the Concordia New Seasons a couple miles away.
Fast forward a couple years and one terrific makeover later and this Whole Foods really shines now as one of the better grocery 'beer stores' in town. A streamlined and elongated cooler showcases easily 400 bottles and cans, arranged (I love this) by STYLE, rather than name, point of origin etc. A few dozen others are displayed outside the cooler on endcap shelves, 'bottle-conditioned' favorites from Belgium and all over the US and barrel-aged goodies galore. I've found some really interesting imports and even some NW/West Coast things I'd seen briefly (or not at all) languishing for weeks after supplies around town were depleted (Midnight Sun and Russian River are two that come to mind). I also like the permanent endcap featuring Deschutes' reserve beers and the collection of glassware and beer-related books they sell.
Service is usually not present, which isn't to say it isn't around if help is needed; I've occasionally run into a very friendly stocker, even a department manager a time or two. Prices compete with any bottle shop.
Worth a visit.
07-06-2010 18:07:07 | More by msubulldog25
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
The Whole Foods in Fremont flows pretty much like any other Whole Foods for beer (and wine). You'll find assorted displays stacked in select locations throughout the store, but most of the beer is in the greater beer and wine area. (Note: Sometimes they don't overlap, so take a gander as you check out the cheese and bread and what-not). They offer a very good selection of the locals (Alameda, Laurelwood, etc.) and some stuff from those a little further off (Full Sail, and even Deschutes). You won't find much in the way of special beers unless you happen across a special release as it goes to market, but on that note, the beer does move quick and everything should be very fresh. They're not trying to store up rare gems, but rather to just offer you a very good selection of daily regulars. That said, the prices are good, and I found a few items for about .50 less per bomber than at other stores. As for service, well it's Whole Foods, so unless you run into one of the people handling that section you're pretty much on your own; but as BA's we rarely need help or have any questions anyway, right?
07-30-2009 01:42:14 | More by NeroFiddled
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
This was my firs trip to a Whole Foods outlet period and lets just say I was impressed! The beer was toward the middle/back part of the store. They had one of the best beer selections I have ever seen outside of an actual liquor/beer store. This particular location of Whole Foods even had some beers that were not findable in the big beer stores of portland such as Belmont Station.
When I arrived at the beer "area" I was a man on a mission. One of the nice ladies that worked there knew her beer and knew exactly what I was looking for. I was not expecting this, but it was awesome. Whole Foods separates their beer by styles which is very pleasant. What even more surprised me was how they had several previous years vintages of certain beers available. I was particularly looking for Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout '10, while they didn't have it yet, they had the '09 vintage which was just as/if not more pleasing. Price was moderate, comparable to most of the local beer shops around town.
Excellent place, will be returning.
10-13-2010 03:18:46 | More by CaptainTripps
Whole Foods Market - Fremont in Portland, OR
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.