Whole Foods Market

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41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

500 W Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, 19462-1353
United States
phone: (610) 832-0010

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Reviews by BigMike:
Photo of BigMike
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

It's still a neat concept to me having lived in Pennsylvania my whole life to have beer and wine in Grocery stores.
I figured id check this out as its only 10 minutes away. You walk in and the "pub" is on your left. You walk through the little bar area that has i think five self service taps that you help yourself to and pay at the register.( weird concept) Past this set up is a cooler about 20x15 full of sixers and some bomber singles. Lots of local stuff and more popular craft brews.
Prices were really nice as sixers of Nugget Nectar and Two Hearted Ale were $10.99. I'm used to paying a few dollars more usually.
Overall it's nothing spectacular. Its no Capone's or Collegeville Wegmans but if you shop there and want some beer i guess it would do. I doubt i would go out of my way to go there again but its nice to have options.

More User Reviews:
Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Went there last February and never realized until now (after visiting Pittsburgh) how important and handy a place like this is in PA, seeing as how you don't have to track down a little distro house and buy beer by the case! I've always enjoyed Whole Foods for the great treats they bake (this location had way too many awesome homemade donuts including bourbon vanilla...) AND great beer selection. Typically a can't miss place IMO to head to if you are in a strange area and need craft beer.

Photo of mfunk9786
1.71/5  rDev -54.8%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Beer is being served in plastic cups now (or at least it was on Saturday, May 31st. Inexcusable to put craft beer in plastic cups typically used for coffee. Selection is pretty good but product is often mis-stocked and mis-priced. Do yourself a favor and go to the Devon pub instead.

Photo of jlcts2
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I saw the 2012 review from gkatsoris and had that in mind a little bit since I've been to Capone's when I went here. I loved Capone's until I noticed their prices compared to others. Victory Red Thunder was $8 at the brewery. About $8.10ea if you buy a case at a distributor. $10 at the Blue Dog, another local bar. And $16!!!! at Capone's. That 200% markup is about what you can expect there. Compared to that...

I paid $9ea for Bruery Trade Winds and Rugbrod which I've seen at Capone's for about $30ea.

Yes, the beer is kept in a fridge at the front of the store. *A FRIDGE*! Nearly ALL the beer is stored properly! I can't think of another place like that around here. And they pack in a ton of stuff, definitely more than Capone's for a comparison. Maybe things have changed. Don't let their profile on beermenus.com fool you-they had way, way more that what is listed online today.

My order was also bagged up awesomely. Individual bags for the big bottles and double-paperbagged in large bags with handles. Very tough and recyclable. You could reuse these bags easy.

My only nit to pick was that not every beer had a price. You're welcome to bring them to the register for a price check though. It would be neat if they added a scanner. I've lived in the area for a decade and am so glad I finally tried this place. It's my go-to from now on...until the Wegman's opens in Montgomeryville at least.

Photo of SHerninko
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Beer in Whole Foods (and a Taco truck on the roof) - come one, you can't beat that.

Great location outside the mall and close to the TP and Blue Route. Tucked back in the corner, but worth the 2 extra minutes. It's Whole Foods, great food, fresh, clean, low key.

Beer Store - COLD POINT PUB
Setup like many of the other WF Pubs it is kinda of small, but really is big enough unless you hit it at the peak of a busy lunch or dinner crowd.

The decor is sparse but nice with a mix of re-used woods, metal chairs, cool triple ceiling fans. iPod music was jamming with some reggae and then as the shifts changed the next beer assistant put on some Dave Matthews and we continued to sip beer and listen. It was a little escape from reality and the even the hussle of people checking out on the other side of the pub windows.
Long enough room to split between BEER and WINE. Good selection of both.

Beer cooler is a medium size, with a lot to choose from--most of the standards and always a few surprises.
I was there when the manager (Bill w/ the beard) was stocking boxes of beer off the hand cart. He said "hi" and asked if there was a style we were looking for. He pointed to a few and then came back with a selection of mostly rare/harder to find bottles (Alewerks, Goose Island, Voodoo, etc.).
Many IPA's for the Spring-Summer on tap but a mixed in brown ale and BIG JOHN stout on tap. Can't beat that!

Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I have stopped in here a bunch of times now, figure now is as good a time as any to write up a review.

Not the biggest place in the world but it doesn't have to be. Not sure how much atmosphere a super market bottle shop is supposed to have. A few taps in the seating area, clearly marked on the chalk board. Going through the doors and into the cooler you are greeted by six packs on the left and single bottles on the right. They do have some quality beers from all over the world and the prices are very good compared to the other shops in the area, $6-7 a bottle lower than Capone's on certain ones.

Service is....actually I am not sure if I have ever been approached and asked if I need help. I am fine with that because I usually know what I want when I stop here but I can see how that might bother others. Selection is pretty good. They have nearly everything you could want / expect from a philly area bottle shop.

Overall nothing amazing but the prices alone make it worth the stop.

Photo of slander
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Freaky, the goings on here; one stop shopping. But this seems to be the norm now for grocery stores and even pharmacies. Who woulda thunk? I mean, my Whole Foods has no alcohol sales (store of suck) and the nearest other store (Paramus) sells beer, but this is ridiculous...

Little beer & wine room up front. To the rear, a wall of windows overlooking the cashiers. Bar counter space below with 3 juts seating 2 dozen on stools all communally, but the bitch with the baby stroller did not seem in on things. And 4 leather cushy chairs in the center of the room with stump tablings in between. On the opposite wall, 2 towers of 3 each on the counter below shelved growlers and glassware; pintlike and baby samplers. 5 beers up now (Urban Chestnut Zwickel, Troegs Sunshine Pilsner, Dock Street Summer Session, Great Lakes Erie Monster, Manayunk Knuckle Buster). A pint of the Dock Street Summer Session costs $2.99, a steal; and then the Urban Chestnut Zwickel. Beer is clean and fresh but with them ripping through kegs like they are via growler sales, it would be hard for it not to be. 3 wine fridges further along the counter with 8 taps each, themed Southern Hemisphere, Old World & North American (wines). And then bottled wines shelved up front behind the cashier.

And then a slight and tight beer room on the end where they’ve got the goods; Sly Fox/De Proef Collaboration Broederlijke Liefde (I will pinch 3 of them), De Ranke XX & Guldenberg, Hanssens Oude Gueuze and Snozberry Kriek, Haandbryggeriet Norweigen Wood, Russian River Redemption & Damnation, (lovely) Orval, De Dolle Oerbier, Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga, Petrus Oak Aged Pale Ale, and oh hello, Bells Oberon mini kegs. Yeah, Andrew deals the beer here. I saw him wield his knowledge of Saisons at some guy asking (who should have taken the Dupont Foret & Stillwater Cellar Door).

“Shit!” I says, catching the time just shy of 7, “I’d better get upstairs, that taco truck train leaves sooon”. Yes, someone parked a taco truck on the roof, probably in lieu of available parking below. It’s a festive colored truck. You order here, you pick up over there. One taco for $2.50, three for $6.00, but happy hour lends three for $5, which has been deemed the best deal on the roof. The Blue Route taco menu holds 5 options, of which I sampled 3; Barbacoa Beef (Queso Fresca), Pork Carnitas (Tomatillo Salsa), Spiced Chicken (Pico de Gallo). They were all real good. I would rate the Barbacoa Beef one as the best of the lot, although the chicken one had some good heat; probably from whatever makes it spicy. Oh, peppers! She had the Grilled Vegetables taco with black beans and Jicama. The sole vegetarian offering, tacowise (There was also a fish taco that neither of us entertained). Added a basket of corn tortilla chips with baby cups of salsa, and the guac she doesn’t like as it’s all Cumin’d up. Chris, of the taco making clan did perform some Jedi taco mastery, true (it’s important to know the man who makes your tacos).

Did I mention they also sell beer off that truck? 6 cans (Onion Brewing Jack Stout, Sly Fox 113 IPA, Avery White Rascal, Sprecher Special Amber, Cisco Whales tale Pale Ale, Dave’s Brewfarm Select Golden Lager). The can offerings change with seasonally & availability, as last time I had the Caladera IPA & she had the Lancaster Rumspringa.

Rooftop dining, as it is. Some 2 dozen polished stainless steel square hightops and lowboys; some umbrella’d up, others not, and a few banquet wood jobs. Shingle front pepper planters running a stretch up front offering views of the parking lot, and baby trees to the rear to keep you from remembering you’re looking at the back of the roof. They’ve got the quoits set up on the far side, and compost/recycling/landfill disposal options for getting your stuff where it needs to go (do the right thing).And 8 tables in the inside room, for when it starts to rain, like it did post heavy breeziness cooling off, short lived as it was. Yeah, they are playing pretty good tunes.

Much better Whole Foods than my locals. Piss off case law!

Photo of gkatsoris
1.13/5  rDev -70.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

A: The beer is in a refridgerator in the front of the store. Not a big wow factor.

Q: A few shelves of beer. In a refridgerator. There is a limit to the amount of beer you can purchase; BUT you may leave the store and come back in and purchase more beer. WTF?

S: No one showed up until I was ready to check out. And when I asked for a box to put the bottles in she said, she'd "rather not".

S: Who in their right mind, thinks this is anywhere close to the selection of Capone's. Majorly disappointed!!!

V: But very inexpensive, I must say that.

This place did not meet up to the hype I've heard so much about. And oh by the way, wear a friggen coat, because the refridgerator you have to go in to buy the beer is about 40 degrees.

2 Thumbs Down!

Photo of MsRif
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I will try to be as fair as possible with this review. As far as selection goes, the taps are a bit limited but the bottle selection is awesome and fairly priced. The walk-in refrigerated area is great! Honestly though, that's about all this place is good for. There is really no "atmosphere" to speak of...this is not the kind of place that I could really sit back and enjoy a few brews. I did try to get my hands on a menu just out of curiosity but service was slow and I actually ended up just asking to borrow a menu from someone else. Not cool. Didn't actually try the food because after waiting for service and just feeling not into the middle-of-a-grocery-store vibe, my husband and I headed to Capone's.

Basically, stop in for some bottles while doing your grocery shopping, and then head down to Capone's for dinner and drinks.

Photo of Rifugium
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Not a fan of this "thing" that's going on here. The Cold Point "Pub" looks nice enough...it's small and tidy, but there's really nothing here that makes me want to sit or even stand and have a drink. No atmosphere, I guess is what I'm trying to say. I can't drink in a bar in the middle of a supermarket, is also I guess what I'm trying to say.

You walk into the store, then around the corner to the bar setup, which is a small, cramped room with countertop seats for about 15 people and two or three tables. And of course, the lovely, ambient view of soccer moms grocery shopping right outside the windows. In addition to the clerk behind the counter, there are two or three waiters/servers/bartenders?/store employees, that take your food order or pour you a beer. They seemed on the ball, but operated in such a haphazard way, that I was about ready to walk up to the tap and serve myself. Five or six non-offensive selections on tap, and nicely priced at $2.99, with growler fills available. Otherwise, there is a decent selection of beer available for takeout, including some cases, some unrefrigerated six-packs, four-packs, and singles, and additionally, a nice cold room with a good spread of nicely-priced bottles. Definitely less pricey than places like Capone's or Pinocchio's, but on the down-side, you're sacrificing some selection. I intended to grab a bite to eat here, but honestly nothing on the menu looked interesting, and with Capone's four miles away, I ended up spending my evening there.

I could not and would not drink at the Cold Point. I felt uncomfortable the whole time I was there, and there's no way it could turn into an enjoyable experience.

This place is nice if you're going shopping with your wife, and you want a place to go while you ditch her as she's pricing produce. And it's nice if they have a particular single bottle or six-pack that you're looking for, as the prices are quite friendly. But otherwise, there's really no point in going here.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Considering how lousy the liquor laws have traditionally been in the state of Pennsylvania, this set up is a breath of fresh air. Yes, beer in a grocery store. The Cold Point Pub, located inside of the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods, has a walk in fridge with a large selection of craft brews, both local and national. They also have a decent selection of large format beers as well. I will say that their selection can get a bit redundant outside of the rotation of seasonal beers. They also lean a bit heavily on the most common offerings of the brewers they carry. You'll find some solid beers, but the occasional rarity is indeed occasional, and rare. The service, unfortunately can leave a bit to be desired. There doesn't seem to have been a significant emphasis placed on staffing this portion of the store. It almost seems like an afterthought. The individual at the register probably doesn't know much more about craft beer than you do about rocket science. All in all, the positives far outweigh the negatives, and outside of Capone's, Cold Point offers one of the nicest craft brew experiences in the Plymouth Meeting/Norristown/King of Prussia area.

Photo of tim9887
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The bottle and six / twelve-pack selection is very good. A lot of local, regional, and hard-to-find brews at cheap to modest price points. The taps need some work though. While the growler pricing is very, very reasonable (you usually don't pay more than $12 bucks for a good growler), there are RARELY exciting selections on draft. I recall the last time I bought a growler was in October of 2010 (I am writing this in April 2011) which was Founders Breakfast Stout. Mostly local stuff for pints I guess. The service is horrible. There are only two guys there that know what they're talking about. I would have rated the service a "1" if it weren't for these two. The rest are people who have no clue about craft beer (one guy told me Nugget Nectar wouldn't be out for another month when it was being released that week, and the same guy had never heard of Sam Adams Noble Pils when I asked when they were getting it in). The food is a very good value - standard pub fare. My mom and I got lunch one time and I got a pint, chicken fingers w/ fries and she got a drink and wings and it was $18 altogether. Not bad. While the value is good, do NOT expect anywhere near good service.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Cold Point Pub is located within Whole Foods, and holds a Pennsylvania "R" license (restaurant), which means they can sell beer, wine and liquor (although they don't; and they may have made an agreement with some entity not to). All of the food service directly across from them falls under the same license, and thus their percentage of food sales is easily covered. Having said that, it's not really a "pub", but you can get some food and have a drink. There are some nice leather chairs and lots of high-top seating.

I enjoy their wine-by-the-glass selection, or at least I like the idea, but I've had so many hassles with it (handed a dirty wine glass; charged for wines that were not dispensed; can't get help to fix the mischarge from the ONE person working there there because they're so busy) that I don't even bother anymore. It's a nice system though, and the wines are pushed with argon gas so they'll never pick up any carbonation (from CO2) or oxidation (not that they even last that long!!!).

Growler filling seems to go better (6 local taps), except when you've arrived at an off-peak time and only one person is there. I've always thought the selection could be better, but thinking about it from a sales point of view, I understand why they're doing what they're doing - there are still newbies out there!

The cold room is small in my opinion, but at the same time they probably had a space restriction; and more importantly, it's actually pretty much the same size as most of the cold rooms that I've found in grocery stores across the country. That said, at least they've got a good selection of single bottles. Many stock mostly six-packs. However, the selection is somewhat limited; and when they get bogged down with a case or two of something that just doesn't sell, well that makes it worse because it's tying up space. As to their advertising of "over 300 bottled beers", I'd kind of doubt it unless you're actually counting just the number of bottles available for sale.

Another thing I've noted is that they seem to play favorites. And I appreciate that they have some locals in bottles as well as on tap (Sly Fox, Spring House, Weyerbacher, Victory, etc.), but they seem to always have the same 'other' players on board (Elysian, White Birch, Pretty Things, Uinta, Dark Horse). I can see always having Stone, or maybe even something from Jolly Pumpkin, but at the same time I'd still have to say 'mix it up a little bit', please. Which leads me into my next bit...

Lost Abbey Angel's Share. This is a two-headed irritation, so follow me. Firstly, they have the Lost Abbey Angel's Share which is, I guess, kind of rare... ? But they don't always carry Lost Abbey beers. Not even just one. If they always had one in stock I'd say 'OK', but why should they have something special if they don't support the brand year-round? Here's the second part...

The tags on the shelves are no longer changed as often as they used to be. I see beers sitting on the shelf above a tag that doesn't match. I'm smart enough to read the whole tag, but many people aren't. (At least remove the old tag before you stock that new beer!). And if you'd like a price-check let's hope it's not a busy time because you're going to have to wait in line. Now don't get me wrong, they're miles ahead of The Foodery (who I believe purposely don't tag their prices), but they've been getting lazy. Please.... price everything! They do it at Capone's up the street :)

On a final note, at least you're not getting screwed on price. They've got the best prices around, hands down. AND, they've got a great bakery, cheese, and seafood department.

Photo of bs870621345
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped in on my way to Capone's today for the hell of it.

Atmosphere is pretty cool. A few couches and a nice little bar type thing in the grocery store. A nice walk in cooler where most of the beer is.

Didn't have any food, but the walk in cooler was pretty sweet.

Service kind of sucked. We waited for a cashier to come in for about 5 minutes. Not that big of a deal. No one asked us for help, but not a big deal either. She was friendly enough when she got to the cash register.

Selection was pretty good. Had a little bit of everything. Its tough to find things sometimes cause we get very similar distribution in Jersey, but we found a few cool things.

It seemed to be reasonably priced, a hell of a lot less than Capone's, but also didn't have the selection.

Bring a jacket, the walk in is COLD. If you are worried about cash, stop here before Capone's and get your sixers.

Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

While I don't live near here, we've been able to stop in a few times while traveling through the area. I like to stop it and look around because the usually have at least a few things I want to get.

The physical arrangments have been well described by other recent reviewers, so I'll simply reinforce the suggestion that if you go in to the Cold Room to browse you will definitely want a sweater or jacket to stay any length of time. They keep it pretty chilly. :-)

Service here is OK, but mostly what you do is pick out your beer and take it to the register to purchase, so there's not much that requires doing. But the person at the register has always been courteous, etc.

The selection of beer is worth taking the time to look at once in a while in that there is a good representation of local brews (e.g., Victory, Troeg's, etc.) but there are also what seems to be a gradually changing selection of beers from out of state. Certainly I've been able to pick up a few new beers here that I've not found elsewhere, and naturally I've been able to get a six pack of some favorites that I prefer not to buy in case size quanities.

Most of the stock with dates on it seems pretty fresh and I've only found out of code beer there once or twice.

On the whole a good destination to pick up some beer.

Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The Cold Point Pub is basically a room in the front of the Whole Foods market. It is dimly lit and usually has fairly decent music playing. There is limited bar height seating on one side and even some comfy lounge chairs that you can sit in if you enjoy a pint in house. At the back of the pub area is a decent sized walk in cooler room. Note: This thing is COLD! I grew up in northern MI, and I am here to tell you that if you are going to spend some time browsing you may want to bring at least a sweatshirt. Seriously.

They usually have 5-6 different beers on tap and the selection is generally tilted more towards local offerings. Prices for pints and growlers are some of the cheapest in the area.

Service is fast and friendly, I am not really sure how much they know about beer, but then again I tend to know what I am after and rarely ask questions.

The selection is not vast by any stretch, but they have a nice mix of american craft and Belgian stuff. Most is in six packs but they do have a decent amount of larger bottles as well. You cannot mix a six here, but the prices are amazing. Most bombers are at least $2-4 cheaper and sixers are also sold a lot cheaper than most other places.

They have a small food menu, or you can get anything from the market and bring it in. I have never had the food but knowing WF I am sure it is all pretty tasty.

It is also worth mentioning that they have a small selection of wines, in case you are in the mood for that.

All in all this is a pretty nice little place, if not a little odd. The prices are so good that I cannot avoid stopping in whenever I am in the area.

Photo of cartagena
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a great concept, great location, great prices along with great service and very clean.

A mini pub within a supermarket, great for a quick drink or two to go along with some groceries. It is a bit small that can hold (I guess) about 25 - 35 customers. Sometimes its crowed due to cashier being inside and line to pay.

Andrew and his crew are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful with beer selections. Keep up the great work, guys.

The have 5-6 draft selections for pint and growlers at low prices ($2.99 for pints and growlers at $8.99 - $13.99 of good beer).

One can buy up to 2 six packs per visit with a very good selection and lowest price in town, beer selection changes every week or so. so when you see something you like get it quick.

You can order from their pub menu or from the supermarket buffet and eat inside while having a draft pint (no drinking from can/bottles/growler purchase).

Photo of pburland23
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I've been visiting the Cold Point Pub on a fairly regular basis since it opened with mixed results.

The pub takes up a small section in the front of the store. There is a seating area along the right hand side while the register, wine area, and beer taps are along the left. In the back of the pub is the walk in cooler.

Their growlers are reasonably priced and I love the idea of getting draft beer to go, but the selection is hit or miss. One time I went in and only three of the six taps were on. Most taps are local to the area (Yards, Manayunk, Lancaster Brewing, Troegs, Victory, etc.) with a few outliers (Founders, Bear Republic) thrown in.

The walk-in cooler is small (and as other posters have mentioned very cold), but it stocked floor to ceiling with a good selection of local, regional, national and international brews.

The six pack selection seems to turn over regularly and features beers I don't often see in this area (Cigar City for example). There is also a section of 22 ounce bottles which where I usually do most of my damage. Recently, I've picked up Straffe Henrik, Ommegang Cup O Kyndnes Troegs Mad Elf, Stone Vertical Epic 101010, and Flying Fish Exit 6 for reasonable prices. I'd recommend going in first thing Sunday morning when they open (11:00 am) for the best selection of the week. Needless to say, I've never left empty handed.

The service is usually indifferent and not overly knowledgable. I was in a few weeks ago when the girl working in the cool admitted she doesn't drink beer and couldn't give a recommendation. I steeped in assited the customer.

You can sit and order food although I never have.

All in all, the Cold Point Pub is solid, but unspectacular. Given Pennsylvania's draconian alcohol laws, I can't complain about any beer in a grocery store. It's certainly a welcomed addition to my area.

Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited on Oct. 11, 2010.

The beer section is in an enclosed area near the cash registers. As i enter, greeted by taps for growlers as well as some recliners and chairs to ease back and enjoy a beer. It was practically empty so the atmosphere is hard to gauge.

At the end, is the cold room for beer. And when i say cold, i mean cold! The prices were very reasonable and the selection was pretty good with loads of big bottles. Most breweries available in PA are represented here though they were out of Russian River. Beers seemed the freshest i've seen in my trip.

My only knock on the place is they offer a tiny sampling in their mix-a-six program. Nothing really stood out in their singles rack that was worthwhile. They should have more breweries available and when questioned, it seemed arbitrary and all they could offer was bottles that broke or something to that effect. Not a solid argument when they have the ability to offer all the beers as singles.

All in all, certainly worth the detour for six-packs and a nice selection of bigger bottles.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The "Pub" is right insdie the right hand entrance doors. It's a little closed off room with a half-dozen taps for growler fills, some wine, and a few bar seats, and a cash register. Then in the back there are automatic doors that lead to the walk-in fridge were the carry-out selection is. The fridge is small (maybe 10'x8' ?) but they pack in a good selection of quality brew. They have a belgian section of mostly 750ml bottles, with all the major brands. Then a good selection of US craft, from local breweries to West coast selections. The right half of shelves are 750ml and 22oz bombers, then the left side are 6 packs and some full cases.
Prices are clearly marked and are reasonable. And you'll be chilly taking a look.

I left with a couple bottles of Rochefort 8 and 10, and La Trappe Quad, so I was happy, and plan on returning.

Photo of jpoder
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is now one of my favorite places to buy bottles. prices are very good, they get some good selection...very nice cafe, very nice walk-in-cooler. someone keeps the selection and prices updated weekly at http://www.beermenus.com/cities/philadelphia/bars/whole-foods-market-plymouth-meeting

selection is pretty good of local craft, regional craft, national craft (with some heavy hitters like Jolly Pumpkin, Port brewing, Southern Tier, and Lost Abbey), and international beers (good Belgian selection...Saison DuPont, St. Bernardus, Trappists, etc)

now their cooler is fairly small, so they might have a few bottles of each type there...some times I've gone there looking for something specific (like Jolly Pumpkin beers) only to find them sold out. this is common on Sundays.

They have a good growler filll selection...again look at the beermenus.com site for what is currently on-tap. prices and quality are good.

The cafe is really nice...comfy chairs, and tables you can bring in food from the Whole foods and sit down to enjoy with a pint of beer, bottle, or glass of wine (wine is for drinking there...no take-away wine). I have not done this yet, but see people there who seem to be having a good time.

Photo of Soonami
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This Whole Food Market bottle shop really surprised me (in a good way) I don't know what I was expecting, but this little bottle shop was chocked full of goodies. Walking in the main entrance, by the produce, I saw the cold case and made a bee-line for it. The growler list was a nice smattering of locals, Victory, Yards, PBC, and Troegs are some of the 6 that I remembered seeing. They fill 32 and 64 oz growlers ($3) for about $5-6 and $10-12 each, which are some of the lowest prices you will find in the Philadelphia area.

The cold room is nearly freezing and holds a ton of treasures, they have a nicely edited selection of American craft and imports. Examples are pricing: $10 for Founders Centennial IPA 6-pack, $11 for Ballast Point Big Eye IPA sixer; $7.50 for Bruery Saison Rue, $10 Boon Kriek, $4.50 Stone and Elysian Bombers, $3 Victory Helios, $5 Vermonster Bombers, $4.50 Orval. For whatever they had, it was the lowest normal prices I've seen. I ended up buying the max, 7 bottles, and the nice cashier asked if I bought bombers often and when I replied, "yes," she gave me a free Whole foods tote with dividers to carry six big bottles. Free stuff will always bump your service rating.

I didn't try the food, but others there did seem to enjoy it.

The shop is a gem and I imagine I will be back often to find things that are not readily available. I think with their low prices and high traffic, they will have a lot of turnover meaning lots of new fresh inventory. I will be back for sure.

Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I dig this place. We enjoy grocery shopping here, especially when we are entertaining, which is often. Even nicer to have a beer and a snack to unwind between work and shopping.

Atmosphere is nice, given that you are looking out at aisles and checkout lanes. About a half dozen comfy chairs along with a curvy high top long bar and some moderately comfortable backless stools.

Quality is really good overall. The draft station has 6 taps of craft beer, almost always from the local area. Victory, Flying Fish, Brewworks, Manayunk with the occasional oddball thrown in (Gritty's Vacationland? really?). You can get a small glass, a 12 oz. or a growler to go.

There is a walk-in box with to go beer in singles and sixers. It is damn cold in there so be warned. A good selection, largely stocked with Bella Vista brands from the look of it, some good locals, a smattering of Belgians and some swill. Nothing you can't get elsewhere. We rarely buy bottles here since we like to support our local merchants like Capone's and Pinocchio's but we have bought a bottle or two here.

Prices are eye openingly low, with growlers at $8-$10 and bottles at slim grocery store markups (Consecration at $12.50 for example). We still don't like to buy to go bottles here, but could not blame anyone who wants to save some dollars.

Food is limited to a few tasty snacks available elsewhere in the store but they are well chosen.

HV

Photo of regspeir
3/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Beers are in the Cold Point Pub, up the escalator to the right from the covered parking underneath or left if you go through the front doors. There are about six growler fill stations and a cold room in the back. The cold room really IS a cold room, btw... Selection for growlers is limited to mostly locals. Bottles however are a pretty good cross section of styles and breweries. If you catch something on special, the prices are excellent. Not a place to go if you have questions or need advice, although the staff gives it an effort. If you are in the area, it is worth checking out. If you aren't, it's not worth a trek unless you are stocking up on a special. For me, if I am out this way being so close to Capone's, I will seldom bother.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Glad to see PA finally coming around on more methods of getting beer out to the masses. SEPA keeps getting better and better.

A- Located inside the last of the bigger built whole foods, cold point pub is right inside to the left as you walk through the front doors. Once inside there is a wall full of growlers, 6 taps(mostly locals) wine selections (not interested) seating to the right and two lounge chairs in the center. Farther back a refrigerated room full of beer, Score!

Q- A clean 'pub' with clean lines and the bottled beer is not fading as it's kept cold. It can get cold in there quick so bring a sweater or something.

S- Service with a smile, they will gladly fill a growler and answer any questions you may have. Being a seasoned vet I don't ask many except what is upcoming in terms of selection which the main beer guy gives me little tidbits. There is also a e-mail list you can sign up for.

S- Not the brightest selection out there in term of volume, but there is a nice array of beer styles here. American micro, Belgians, Japanese rice, Italian. west coast selections, locals. Six packs, bombers and a few 12oz single selections. From time to time a gem will pop it's head in and probably sell out in a day or two. I've seen Sculpin, Victory at Sea, Yulesmith, Alesmith Grand Cru, Damnation, Bruery offerings, Port/LA, Petrus pale. Hell, I bought a bunch of supplication bottles here at a great price, I still have a few. No macro crap which is nice to not see, not even PBR.

F- You can take food from the market place and eat it inside the pub, or order from the short but very barlike menu.

I like this place, it does not blow me away so I tend to go every month or so to see whats new. The prices are very reasonable. Six packs are a dollar or two cheaper than normal and some bombers are priced rediculously low. For instance, my boy bought a bottle of Lambrucha for $15 and I saw it here a week later for $7.50, go figure.

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Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting, PA
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