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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.55/5 rDev +14.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place is quite possibly the best kept secret in San Diego. Most people go to BevMo or other places in search of something rare, but usually find the same old labels. Well not at this place. I know the buyer and she is a remarkable gal. The only place I know of in San Diego that sells Pliny the Elder in the bottle. All your locals available and a huge selection of Belgian and German lables. The customer service is great as they are willing to bend over backwards to help. Most are lacking in knowledge as this is a grocery store, however they make of for that in willingness to learn and trying to find answers. Yes it is a bit pricey do to it being in the area it is, not to mention most of the store is organic. Bottom line, this is a gem and I support it weekly.
02-14-2009 02:54:45 | More by surfer4life
4.35/5 rDev +9.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I often find myself shopping at this location of Whole Foods, looking for that hard to find or unique ingredient for the latest and greatest recipe. Once I'm in the store, I casually wander over to the beer section and often stare for 20-30 minutes. My fiance always knows where to pick me up when she is done browsing the wine section.
Some of the great things about Whole Foods Hillcrest, relating to beer:
- Always have a great selection of recently released local brews.
- An above average selection of brews distributed in So Cal.
- Sweet selection of Belgian and belgian-style brews.
- A ton of bombers and 750's to choose from.
- All this great beer is inside one of the better stores to shop for food = great pairings at your fingertips.
I find their prices on some things high at times, but overall on beer, they are reasonable. You can always find something to go well with the dinner recipe you're shopping for.
12-28-2008 03:00:49 | More by d0ggnate
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I know that is a super market, but they really had a most amazing beer section. We stopped in there to get food(we visit a Whole Foods back home) to take to Balboa Park and over by the takeout area, I spied some of the beers that I only get to read about on this site. I saw Lost Abbeys, Alesmith (got a Yulesmith -Summer), all the Stone stuff, Coronado, Ballast Point,....I could go on. The prices for beer seemed fair for a higher price chain located in a pricey city. The people that were working the section were really nice and I had a great talk with a local about Alesmith. If I lived in this neighborhood, I would need a second job to keep up with the beer (and the food!).
10-09-2007 21:02:20 | More by mobud
4/5 rDev +0.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Whole Foods is a grocery store. Therefore, this isn't a beer oriented place. There is a decent selection of beer here, though it is small. There is a BevMo just down the hill which is less than 10 mins. away. So it is kind of hard to justify a beer trip here, unless you're within walking distance to Whole Foods.
The good news is, that if you do eat healthy then this would be a convenient spot to pick up some beer along the way. The wine selection is decent, too. I gave it a 4.0 for selection, because as far as grocerie and health food stores are concerned, their selection is top notch. Plus, every once in awhile I'll see something in their that catches my eye, whether it's a beer on sale at a great price, or something extra special. I've seen Russian Imperial Stouts, special yeast brews, and the last score was a jug of Rogue Buchwheat Ale.
I should add that this is a great one stop place to pick up items to plunge your palate into. It's got a wonderful deli, the best selection of cheese and sausage, freshly blended fruit beverages, a good wine selection, and a good selection of beer. If you're wanting to have a gourmand's evening at home or in a hotel room, this is definitely a must go place.
07-04-2003 23:58:59 | More by rayzorwit
4/5 rDev +0.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
visited Jan 2010
Even by Whole Foods standards, this place is pretty nice. Maybe not Austin nice, but pretty nice.
Plenty of craft brews, especially locals, to choose from. Also lots of European beer: British and German, mostly. And of course Belgians. Oodles of good Belgian beer, both in 750s and small singles, as well as Belgian-style brews.
I last was in there in early January, and there was plenty of Stone, SN, Alesmith. Belgian stuff included Unibroue, Allagash, standards like Chimay and Duvel (I scored a Duvel tulip in a 4-pack), Ommegang, and lots of others.
02-09-2010 02:22:06 | More by ocmpoma
3.9/5 rDev -2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was very surprised the first time I came in here. I walked in just for some grocery store stuff and stumbled upon a treasure trove of great beers. They have an excellent selection of local craft beers, as well as many Belgians, lambics and a few sours. And it's rounded off with a good variety of craft breweries from outside of San Diego. It is a little pricey, but who can really complain when you can't find some of these beers other places? I won't say it's necessarily worth driving far out of your way for, but if you're in the area, I'd definitely recommend checking it out.
03-18-2009 22:10:52 | More by djaeon
Whole Foods Market in San Diego, CA
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.