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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8
4.3/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was rolling back from Yakima after the barleywine cabin fest when I decided I needed to pick up some souvenirs.
How funny that the first beer I see (other than the gargantuan BBXXIII display, seriously, it looked like they got 100 cases of the stuff) is the one I drank the night before, Olde Bluehair from Big Sky. And I would have gotten another, had they not had about $100 worth of other beer I wanted.
Real quality stuff. Alesmith: Indeed. Russian River: Yup. One thing I really liked about the selection was the amount of local 6 packs. I can't stress this enough, so many places go for the higher end bottles, while ignoring the 6 packs. This place had both. Really, about 40 different 6ers, all quality, no bmc. Decent prices. Oh yeah, finding Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout for the first time in over a year was another rad find.
Whole Foods is doing great. Cool to see them scoring lots of seasonals, rarities and locals these days. This is at worst, the second best Whole Foods I've been to.
11-02-2011 20:19:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on our way out of Bend to pick up some snacks for the long road trip home, and to see if they had anything else we could not get in CA.
This Whole Foods offers a great selection of local and semi-local craft beer. The refrigerated section contains an array of fresh bombers and sixers, while the shelves are stocked with a wonderful compilation of special releases and high-ABV bombers and 750-mL bottles.
All the beer meant to be consumed fresh, appeared so; while several cellar-able vintage beers were available--I had to resist picking up a bottle of Avery's 2007 Beast in order to get more OR beers!
None in my group needed assistance, but the woman stocking the shelves chuckled at our obvious excitement over their impressive selection.
In addition to some great beers, we also picked up some really good cheese and bread for the road--Black Butte Porter bread to eat with some wonderful Rogue River blue cheese--all of which paired well with our beer/bread/cheese picnic on the snow-covered rim of Crater Lake.
This Whole Foods is a great place to stop in at for food and/or beer!
07-06-2011 18:12:03 | More by peacebone116
5/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
After I got my feet under me in the Bend beer scene, I quickly realized this place has the best selection of bottles in town. They are a busy store, which means alot of stock rotation, which means fresh beer. I doubt the beer & wine fellow would ever let a beer go past it's freshness date here. He's pretty on top of it.
The beer and wine fellow is an active BA and fixture(in a working way) on the Bend brewpub scene. If he's not there to help, there's always another employee asking if you need help...almost to a fault. They give you empty wine boxes for you're bombers.
The key here is to turn around from the beer cooler. That's where the cellar section is. The cooler selection is the usual awesome selection of western 6packs, bombers & singles/small bottles(HOTD)...but then you turn around and it's a BA's dream cellar. Speedway Stout's, Nebraska Brewing, Russian River, and vintage Alaskan Barleywines are a taste of what you will find here. It's an embarrassment of riches in this far flung high desert town.
Six singles/bombers or more gets one 10% off their bill. Considering there's no sales tax in Oregon...you might just be getting the best deal ever.
10-27-2010 01:09:47 | More by AugiePrimrose
3.85/5 rDev -15.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Bend Beer Sortie Summer 2010.
Having been in a number of Whole Foods, I have to say this isn't up to the standards of PDX area WF, especially Hollywood district, in terms of selection or service. The quality and selection is certainly above average, but IMO Newport Market beats this outpost on both points. It must be noted that if you are doing some shopping in addition to beer, this place is more reasonably priced than Newport Market. While it's worth a stop if you are in this eastern part of Bend, I'd make the sojourn across town.
07-16-2010 15:34:54 | More by jdense
5/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I checked this place out for the second time. When my wife goes to Old Navy I go beer shopping across the parking lot. I met a employee who gave me some great tips. He even offered to sell me a russian river Pliny the elder and wow what a beer. I guess they keep it in the back as it is hard to get. They sell out quickly and I'm sure when it comes in buddies get the call to come in and buy. I wonder if you can special order it. Anyway if they don't have Pliny they have pleny of other brews to try! Just FYI they do beer sampling on Fridays starting at 4:00.
02-23-2010 07:36:32 | More by kkbraatz
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Whole Foods generally have well-stocked beer sections, but the Bend store is its own breed, having to cater to the huge craft beer market in town. As you've seen other reviewers comment, it's above average for a Whole Foods.
It's got one of the better selections in town, I'd consider it in a three-way tie with the Brew Shop and Newport Market. Anytime I'm over on the east side (which i honesty say is rarely, usually paired with a semi-annual costco trip) I make a Whole Foods stop. They usually have the rarest finds in town. I think they run sales more often than the other beer stores too, so prices are great on certain brews, average (to slightly above average) on other brews.
They've got a wall of coolers, lots of 22's and single bottles. Then a rack or two of Belgians and other rarities that I just stare at, with glazed eyes and a tendril of involuntarily drool falling from my mouth.
If the beer/wine department guy is there, expect good recommendations, parings, and a wealth of beer knowledge.
01-26-2010 01:30:57 | More by SurlyDuff
4.85/5 rDev +6.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had no idea whole foods even sold beer until recently. So naturally I had to check it out. I went in expecting to find a small, but fancy beer selection. But to my surprise I found a rather large selection. Some rather good beers there. The price ranges quite a bit. Some of the imports are on the spendy side, but that is to be expected. Overall the selection is good, especially compared to the town where I go to college. I have seen better selections, but in specialty shops. They have a decent selection of rare beers not in the cooler as well (bigger bottles).
Just a little edit, it's been almost a year since I started buying at whole foods, and it has become my favorite beer store. The two main people that I see working in the beer section (the beer buyer primarily) are extremely helpful and fun to just chat with. I don't know that their selection is bigger than the brew shop, but it seems more diverse to me.
11-22-2009 15:31:24 | More by yuriruley
4.65/5 rDev +2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Obviously, Whole Foods is not a beer store per se. But, this is the best selection I have seen at any Whole Foods. The bomber selection is fabulous. And, their main beer guy is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I have been there twice while visiting from Salem, and I have wanted to try something new, and he has given me excellent recommendations based on what I like. The only small complaint I have is that many of their beers are available only by the six-pack of 12 oz. bottles. Fine, if you know want something they have, but not so good for trying new things. This is probably a Whole Foods merchandizing policy, since I have noticed this at their other stores.
They had many of the best Belgian and German beers and an excellent selection of Northwest and California micro beers, including Stone, Bear Republic, and North Coast, but no Russian River.
They also had a very nice selection of Dogfish Head 12o oz. singles.
08-07-2009 04:29:36 | More by velosuds
Whole Foods Market in Bend, OR
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