Whole Foods Market
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 15
3.94/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of the better Whole Foods in NVA for beer. The selection isn't huge but there are always bombers and 6/4 packs that I want to get. Prices here are as good as you will find in DC. I have never run into any knowledgeable employees here but the Whole Foods people are always less down-trodden than typical grocery store employees, so that's a plus. I am also a fan of the many cheese samples nearby.
Upstairs they have about 8 taps and they normally have some decent options. However, there is always just one person for the whole bar so you have to wait in line behind people buying coffees and lattes. Galaxy Hut is across the street if you want a bar anyway.
This is the best place to buy beer in the Clarendon area, if you need special stuff or a larger selection take a trip to Arrowine or Total Wine.
03-02-2014 06:30:37 | More by amstokesdb9
District of Columbia
3.39/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited the bar on a Monday late lunch time.
Not the highest ranked place, but WF can definitely be an oasis in the beer dessert. I would visit and drink again, especially if my wife needs to shop.
A - Its a grocery store that sells great beer. The atmosphere at the bar is more grocery store than craft beer.
Q - Had a Goose Island Lolita, but it smelled like soap. Make sure they rinse the glass before pouring a beer.
S - The good and the bad. The person behind the bar is also waiting on customers buying coffee, etc. He/she makes the lattes. So service can be slow with a general lack of attention. On the other hand, I stumbled upon their shipment of GI BCBS, coffee and rye. I bought the first bottles as they were kind enough to bring them to the bar and fix the SKU so I could take my leave. Both tenders seemed to be very enthusiatic about beer.
S - A good selection of beer on tap. About 7 or 8. WIde variety. No too common either.
V - The prices at the bar were above average. The price I paid for the four-pack of BCBS Coffee was less than Total Wine.
12-02-2013 19:16:05 | More by Sludgeman
3.59/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
First time in any Whole Foods so I thought I'd stop in and take a look. The beer section was small but had a little of anything you could want. Nice selection of bombers and 750's as well as a good amount of 6 packs. Everything was kept cold which is always a plus.
They had 4 taps to fill up growlers I think it was 2 Pilsners and 2 Pumpkin beers but don't quote me on that. Prices on everything was more than fair.
It is about a 15 min drive for me so unless I wanted a specific growler they had or was in the area to grab dinner I don't think I would go back just for beer. Who knows though...
09-08-2011 15:32:58 | More by Eriktheipaman
3.56/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
My go to Whole Foods. Su (the beer buyer) knows his beer, but he is the only one. He hides the good stuff in the back for those in the know (like it or hate it). Always carries some good Belgians on the shelves, but nothing you won't see somewhere else. Great selection of 6ers, average selection of singles. Everything is reasonably priced. Be forewarned, parking is a pain in the you know what.
Stone IRS/Belgo Anise
Dogfish Head Life and Limb 2
Firestone Walker Parabola
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
08-16-2011 21:56:33 | More by russwbeck
3.3/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Situated in Clarendon, this particular Whole Foods has some of the standard selection of most grocery stores and liquor stores in the area.
The bottle area is actually quite small, and there isn't that much variety or choice. The only exception I could find here is you might find some Terrapin. The bombers selecion was quite disapointing as well being rather run of the mill and ordinary.
The store is also quite small for the neighborhood and is extremely busy and crowded making it hard to walk through. I would skip it and go somewhere else.
07-18-2011 18:20:30 | More by smakawhat
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
While the selection may not be as big as I would have hoped (P Street DC and Vienna locations boasts a better selection of brews) there was still a nice assortment of sixes, especially for a grocery store chain, with a slight emphasis on locals and the more mainstream micros (Brooklyn, Bear Republic, etc.). I doubt most people are coming here solely for the beer, and were I not trying to hit every beer store in Arlington, in an attempt (which is proving unsuccessful) to bring back a bunch of locals, I wouldn't have stopped here. Good grocery store though, like all other Whole Foods. Interestingly enough, this store does not carry Great Lakes or some of the brews that are not distributed to VA, so head on over to the Whole Foods in DC. Sigh the things I have to do sometimes...
02-17-2011 20:54:39 | More by CuriousMonk
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Nice diverse beer selection. And they have now added 32oz and 64oz growlers like many other NoVA Whole Foods. The growlers themselves are $3.99 and they say they will fill others growlers. They have posted their offerings on Facebook a couple of times. A couple of their offerings have been:
"Eggenberg Pilsner, Blue Moutain Kolsch 151 and Rogue Yellow Snow on tap. Fills are 8.99 for 64oz. /5.99 for 32oz".
"On tap right now for 8.99 for 64oz. /5.99 for 32oz
fills: Lagunitas IPA, Eggenberg Pils, and Flying Dog's Garde Dog
(which, by the way, is delicious!!). For a higher price, we have theincredible rarity of Southern Tier's GEMINI at $11.99 and $8.99 respectively."
02-17-2011 03:36:44 | More by ArlingtonBeer
4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
For the most part their selection was similiar to other Whole Food stores but I was pleasantly surprised and found a few things I did not expect to see at a Whole Foods. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful and let me know what they were expecting in and when in the following weeks, like HopSlam and Brooklyn BLACK OPS.
Also don't forget to look at the column to the right of the wall of beer; it had several things I almost missed that were pretty good like Dogfish Head's World Wide Stout.
Prices were on par with other stores. Would recommend checking out if you're in the area, but not really worth going out of your way to visit.
01-12-2010 18:17:30 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a good place if you're local to stop and see what they have and pick up a few things. You probably won't find any thing too special here, but there is plenty of great stand-by beers here. I wouldn't really recommend someone go out of their way to visit this Whole Foods, especially with some of the other places in the area to get beer (I'm thinking Fairlakes Whole Foods here, although I haven't been there yet). Still I recently found some great Winter/Christmas seasonals there for a reasonable price.
Everytime I am here, there are several others looking through the craft beers and buying stuff as well, so there seems to be a good turn around on the stuff. I've personally had good experience with the service here. Several times I've been approached by the sales person for help, and when I had questions they seemed very knowledgeable, both about the beer in stock and about the craft in general.
12-26-2009 13:20:04 | More by goldbot
4/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
like most Whole Foods, this place is high traffic and one can assume that the beers see a nice rotation, everything was kept in a cold case
didn't need any service but I was asked if I needed any, can't expect much more than that
selection is pretty standard for a Whole Foods, nothing particularly rare but a nice range of breweries and styles, the store makes nice use of the space they have available with about 20 horizontal feet of cooler space, of note was the Fuller's Vintage 2008 that I haven't yet seen elsewhere, mostly six-packs but a nice selection of bombers, won't stop by here looking for anything special but would certainly drop in if I needed beers while in this part of the metro
10-27-2008 03:35:59 | More by blackie
Whole Foods Market in Arlington, VA
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.