Whole Foods Market - Lamar
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4/5 rDev -2.7%
After spending some quality time at Waterloo Records, which is located very close by, I stopped here on my way back to the hotel. A huge and magnificent Whole Foods with an awesome selection of beer awaits inside.
In the center of the store is a super cold walk-in cooler that showcases a wonderful array of beers from all over the world. Domestic highlights include offerings from Bear Republic, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Anchor, Left Hand, Green Flash, Stone and many more.
There is also a nice focus on local Texas breweries like Real Ale Brewing including Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Brewhouse Brown Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Spoetzel Brewery (Shiner Bock is a Texas beer staple). Killer selection of Belgian beers too like St. Bernardus, Duvel and Golden Draak.
There is a shelf on the side of the outside of the cooler that has some great glassware. This has to be the best Whole Foods that I've ever been to. I picked up some Salt Lick Dry Rub to bring back home with me. You gotta check this place out if in the area and do yourself a favor and go to Waterloo Records too.
03-08-2010 19:08:04 | More by Hibernator
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
visited Sept 2009
A great place to buy beer. The store is huge, and their beer selection is extremely varied, including a walk-in cooler which was very well-stocked.
Tons of craft brews from around the country, and lots of foreign brew to boot. I also snagged some glassware, including an Aventinus hefe glass.
I snagged 750s of Maudite and Duvel, and some Stone Smoked Porter and Imperial Stout. I haven't seen any Stone RIS since, although I'm hoping to snag some now that I live in San Diego county. As I said, a great place to buy beer.
02-09-2010 02:32:42 | More by ocmpoma
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
this was my first time going as i am from the north side and usually have no plans to be right in the center of everything.
here you can get most anything available in texas at prices that compete with specs/central market. the beer alley is a good idea but i can see it getting too crowded.
my cashier was a typical emo hipster with tight black jeans and black hair which he used to protect himself from making eye contact with strangers.
the beer slection is awesome and the prices are awesome, everything else... just dont get me started.
01-25-2010 04:18:54 | More by northaustin
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Visiting the Whole Foods "mother ship" is a must-do in Austin. The store is incredible--the energy level is like Adderall mixed with espresso. I came here a couple of times during a recent trip, and spoke to Rebecca the beermonger. She epitomizes the Whole Foods attitude--which is to say no question is too dumb, and she literally did everything she could to make me feel welcome and help me find some memorable beers. I was looking at Indian Wells' Lobotomy Bock and she asked if I had tried it. I said no, and not only did she offer her personal tasting notes, she actually grabbed a sixer from the cold "cave", opened a bottle, and offered me a taste. I can't recall that happening to me in a beer store in a looong time.
The selection here is as good as any place I've seen in Austin--with the exception perhaps of Spec's, which is truly awesome. This Whole Foods location obviously has tremendous turnover. Everything looked fresh. Prices were decent and, as I said, the service was exceptional--which is worth a premium.
[One other item of note is that you can drink your purchase as you shop. This created some issues yesterday as throngs of drunks queued up for a wine bottle signing by a member of Tool. I found it pretty funny, but a few staffers were exasperated by the drunken crowd wandering the aisles creating their own "sampling stations" by just opening whatever appealed to them on the shelves. Talk about keeping Austin weird!]
03-25-2009 19:02:07 | More by spoots
4/5 rDev -2.7%
This Whole Foods is out of this world and a worthy tourist destination for Austin visitors. It's huge, it's beyond gourmet in the quality and presentation of its produce, butchery, patiserie, bakery, chocolatier, etc...
I was able to purchase a variety of local crafts to try during my stay in Austin from breweries like St. Arnold, Real Ale, Independence, etc... Whole Foods also carried an above average selection of Belgians and numerous high quality crafts from around the nation. For Texas, I was big time impressed.
The highlight of the visit was a sale on Malheur Brut Reserve and Brut Noir. Bottles were 50% off. The Brut Noir went perfectly with a selection of fine deserts from the same location.
If I could, I would rate food for this location and give it a 4.5. Check this place out if you make it to Austin.
04-27-2008 23:00:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
This Whole Foods, one of the biggest I had ever been in, had an excellent beer selection available. "Beer Alley", located towards the middle of the store, is a temperature controlled room that has two long shelves of brews, featuring a good selection of locals and micros from around the country. The imports are little under-represented, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the rest of the selection. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Anchor, and much more are represented here. I was able to grab a bomber of Chicken Killer barleywine, which I had been hoping to try. This is definitely a great place to buy beer if you're in Austin.
03-12-2008 14:18:43 | More by YonderWanderer
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
First off, this whole store is awsome. Not just the "beer alley". That being said, the beer alley contains almost everything we can get in texas, at prices usualy a buck or two less than the stores who carry absolutely everything. It's weird, because whole foods sometimes snaggs austin's entire supply of a particular beer and will be the only ones to carry it for a while. The beer guys know what they're talking about, and for the most part, know when to expect upcomming beers. Theres a section for single bottles, a selection of about 30 different beers, whichever ones they feel like offering. Being right downtown, and them being okay with my passport as ID, it's my standard beer store.
07-28-2007 11:25:30 | More by chadspivey
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Well I came here for the first time today and I was quite impressed. This is a fantastic grocery store and I could have easily spent a couple of hours here. They have all kinds of meats, cheeses, teas, chocolates, pastries, and even wine. This store is much larger than the one by my house in Houston. But what about the beer? Well, I have to say I was disappointed with the selection. Although it was kinda fun getting to walk into the cooler, was it really necessary? Don't get me wrong, the selection wasn't bad and I don't remember seeing any BMC, I just think a store this size should have a much more impressive beer selection. The beers they did have were the good stuff so I do have to give them credit for that.
What did impress me was the help. Although I did not talk to her, there was a lady in the cooler at all times to help with the beer. I overheard her with another customer and she did a good job of helping him find some new eer that he would like.
Although I did not buy any beer here today, I will be back many times for the rest of the store, and I'm sure I will get something from the "beer aisle" at some point.
12-11-2005 05:12:07 | More by skittlebrau
3.65/5 rDev -11.2%
The new Whole Foods is a definite destination point. It is a beautiful store with alot of cool stuff. There are several little "restaurants" serving up different types of cuisine (including their own smokehouse!!!)for eating there or to-go. The aromas will definitely make you hungry. They even offer wine by the glass while you shop or eat. While we were there they offered a beer tasting featuring Lagunitas IPA and PA.
The service seemed fine to me. There were a ton of employees working (Saturday afternoon) and they all seemed friendly. The beer cooler had at least one employee in it the whole time I was there.
The selection was disappointing to me. I expected to be blown away. I wasn't. The "beer alley" is way smaller than it is built up to be. One side of it is almost exclusively display space (10cs of Stella, 10cs of Pyramid Apricot, 10cs of Lagunitas Maximus, etc...), the other side is lined with racks full of beer. I only found a handful of things that are not available in San Antonio, the best being Aventinus Eisbock. I bought a few things, but overall I was let down.
The prices are reasonable. $6-$8 a six pack, .750's and bombers are also reasonably priced. I did not see any exorbinant pricing. It is worth a trip to see for yourself, especially if you are in a small Texas town lacking in better beer. The store on the whole is very nice.
08-09-2005 00:52:08 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Whole Foods Market brand-spanking-new flagship store, seven stories high and across the street from their old digs. Gotta say, they've done a great job of the place, it's a beauty.
They've worked up some fashion of "beer alley," a stand-alone walk-through cooler with doors on each end. Beer is loaded up on shelves lining the wall with some loose sixers and cases on the other side. Beer guys stocking the place know their stuff.
The selection may seem great, but it's only just now come up to the number of beers that Central Market has been carrying since day one. Good to see the breadth of selection here, though, limited only by what the state allows.
I only have one criticism of this place: They forgot that Texas stays 99% humid year-round. With the cooler standing alone and both ends opening for customers, the cooler itself is cold but massively humid. Heavy condensation on every bottle and any paper/cardboard is rather damp. Remember to lift everything from the bottom when you pick it up.
05-13-2005 22:25:48 | More by assurbanipaul
Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
92 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.