Whole Foods Market - P Street

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Whole Foods Market - P StreetWhole Foods Market - P Street
BA SCORE
90
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48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
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1440 P St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20005-1908
United States
phone: (202) 332-4300

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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 28
Photo of DCgolfpro
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Great selection, excellent prices, and when Randy is around you'll get the finest service you can ask for. Getting through to him is the problem. Now that I live in MD I rarely get a chance to visit but when I do it's well worth it.

Photo of srletend
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Always a nice selection on tap.

Photo of jacwomyn
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

The growler bar is ok. The best part is that you can shop while drinking the drink from the bar! The beer selection is great. One of the best around--in part because I think Churchkey is so close. Randy is great at getting the rare beers. You have to follow twitter and get there early for the good stuff before it's gone.

Photo of Swift989
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

This is a super market which is important to consider because I am reviewing the bar selection only. Went in to get my growler filled. Apparently they shut down the taps at 9 pm. Very unfortunate considering they close doors at 10:30.

Staff was friendly and courteous but informed me I would have to come back at noon tomorrow. The selection was very unique and summery, notably Evolution Summer Session, and I was hoping to get the delicious Ommegang Fleur de Houblon. They bar is tiny and could seat many 5 with their coffee or growlers. I will go back because $10 for a 32oz isn't amazing but some of the beers are hard to find and would be more than $5 for a 12oz anyways in other parts of DC, so its worth a shot on a few of them. It appeared these beers had been on draft for 6 days and the bartender didn't seem to think they were going to be changed tomorrow (Friday) as someone else reviewing this location indicated.

Photo of h0ppster
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is my go-to store for grabbing new releases and some smaller batch brews that tend to be a bit harder to find on the shelves in DC. Hit them up on Tuesdays & Fridays at noon and you'll get it if they've got it. They do limit bottles on limited/rare brews.

Photo of Aufbrau505
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Went to almost every bottle shop in the Georgetown area, just went for a long jog around town stopping into any beer, wine or liquor store. Was hoping that the nation's seat of power would have a better selection of All-American brew, but was sadly disappointed. Most places insisted they carried better selections but were currently blown out and waiting for shipments.

Whole Foods P street was my one saving grace on this sojourn. Despite not having any Bells, Floyds or Alchemist(guess it doesn't make it out here), they did have some Brooklyn brewery fifths (local 1 and 2, silver anniversary), an extensive DFH fifths collection (anything you can find on the west coast with the addition of My Antonia and Black and Blue), and a good overseas compilation. Lot of sixers and, typical whole foods("paycheck"), wouldn't let you break any packs. Wish I could have gotten more since they did have a lot of Duck Rabbit, Founders (including the porter and Curmudgen), 21st Amendment, Flying Dog and DFH packs in stock. Talked to the guy stocking the shelves who said they normally had Bells as well but were currently out.

Can't begrudge this place for what they didn't have on my list of primary interests given the extensive collection of breweries, but it is a shame their product list only seems to encompass a single aisle. Well worth a swing through to peruse the stock, if you're in the area and have the scratch to spring for the good stuff at whole foods prices.

Photo of John_M
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here the other day for some BCBS. Incredibly, they had both 4 packs and the beer on draft as well.

This is pretty much a typical whole foods store, except one that has a surprisingly good selection of beer, located just to your left as you walk in from the street. On this day they had a pretty decent seletion of Goose Island and Founders stuff, which was the only thing I noticed in particular. However, they looked to have a sizeable selection of craft beer, and prices weren't too bad for DC (still high, but then again this is DC). My 4 pack of BCBS was "just" $22.99. In addition to a pretty solid bottle and can selection, the cafe here now carries roughly 8 or 9 beer on draft as well. There was no crap on tap, I'm happy to say, with the BCBS and chimay the standout selections on this day. My glass of BCBS was $9 a 10 ounce pour, which I'm sorry to say, is the least I've paid for this beer in quite some time.

As for atmosphere, this is a grocery store, so I wouldn't expect much. Service is likewise nothing spectacular, but the guy in the cafe was friendly and quick, which was all I could ask for. Over in the beer section, service seemed to be your typical grocery store non-existent (which is what I expected). Otherwise, the folks working here are friendly and helpful, provided your questions extend to "where's the cafe" or "where's the beer section."

This is a very fine store, one that also happens to be located close by two of my favorite places in the area (Churchkey and Big Hunt). Highly recommended....

Photo of Thorpe429
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One of my favorite places to hit up in the city since it's so close to Churchkey. It's always easy to swing by and get a bottle or two on the way to or from the bar.

Atmosphere isn't much to speak of. There's an aisle to the left when you walk into the store. Sometimes there'll be a few cases of things further into the deli section, like when they got New Belgium in. Service is good in terms of them answering whether they have things in, etc, though I've never really asked more-detailed questions than that.

Selection is a good sampling of pretty much all the breweries -- at least in terms of six-packs -- that are distributed here. Plenty of larger-format bottles as well. One irritating thing is that they're the only place to tape together two individual small bottles, e.g. Rochefort and Orval. I think this has to do with some D.C. regulation on size of to-go sales, but no one else seems to observe it.

Overall, a good spot in a nice location, though nothing mind-blowing. Worth a stop if you're looking for bottles and are heading to Churchkey anyhow.

Photo of Chaney
3.01/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

This is a decent stop for when you are done at Churchkey and your mind is still in beer mode. It's right across the street and on the way back to the Dupont Circle Metro stop.

Atmosphere: Average in size, but Waaay above average in terms of patronage. This place is always packed! When you walk into the store, head left. There, you will find a big open cooler with tons of six packs and bombers. Facing this display is the warm stuff.

Quality: As with most Whole Foods, the quality is very high and tends to contain many breweries represented in DC's distribution arsenal. Every once in a while, this place will get limited release brews.

Service: This place really chaps my hide in the service department and I'll share two instances to illustrate:
a) When Goose Island BCBVS was released, many of my beer friends and I called to make sure they were going to get it on a specific release day and they said it would be available on that day. Fast forward to that day: They decided to keep the case that they got as a "private" stash for the employees and their close personal friends. Outrageous!
b) I found a beer that was no longer produced in the store (I believe it was Flying Dog's "Dog Schwartz"). I had the beer in hand as I shot the breeze about beer with one of their beer buyers. Then I mentioned, "Gee, it's cool that you guys get some rare stuff like this." Immediately his jaw dropped and then told me that he couldn't sell it to me. I asked, "You're kidding right?" He held his position, brought out one of his other goons from the back to reiterate, and I left without the beer. Stupid and unethical!

Selection: Good stuff overall. This is always the place I go to get Goose Island bombers and up until recently, DuClaw stuff to try.

Value: As with most Whole Foods prices, the items are usually slightly higher than most places.

Even though I've had some VERY brazenly bad customer service issues, I occasionally stop here if I'm in the area. I would suggest you follow that strategy as well.

Photo of akorsak
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

En route to Pizzeria Paradiso I detoured, following the thread at http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/3752223 in search of Goose Island Big John.

Atmosphere: Entering from the west side of P Street, the beer and wine department is at the other end of the store. Once there, I was greeted by a cooler of beer and several aisles of room temperature beer and wine. Wine is, by far, the focus. Other than that, it's a Whole Foods, draw your own conclusions.

Quality: Clean store, well-lit, but no directional signs (Beer: This Way!).

Service: The express check-out was nice, a snaking line that had a loudspeaker directing one to the appropriate checkout. Staff was circulating through the beer section but talking amongst themselves and not me.

Selection: In the cooler, brace yourself. It's Big John! My mission accomplished, I grabbed two bombers and made for the check-out. A decent selection was packed into that one aisle, Bell's, Founders, Goose Island, Great Lakes, plenty of Belgian singles. A good selection for a grocery store.

Food: N/A

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My favorite Whole Foods other than the one in Vienna (I still yet need to visit the McLean store) as there boasts a much larger selection of brews. If you come often or look hard, you might land a more rarer brew. You can ask the beer manager or one of the beer stockers for specific beers that come into the store. The beer manager is hard to get a hold of and you'll need to be proactive and email him often. Overall, good grocery store though, like all other Whole Foods. I usually stop by when I visit one of my favorite neighborhood pub, Stoney's, across the street or if I hit up nearby ChurchKey.

Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -4%

This is close to both the Dupont and Convention Center Metro stations and Churchkey DC, so it's in a pretty good location. First and foremost, its a grocery store (obviously) but the beer / wine section has a nice selection of both but the beer is relatively pedestrian. They get some cool releases and its worth chatting up the beer representative there so you can get your name on a list for an upcoming release but otherwise its your basic microbrew / chimay store.

There are probably about 200 options as far as beer is concerned and the prices are quite reasonable. Its a fun place to go buy a few groceries and to pick up a nice beer for dinner, again nothing too rare. I'd shop here some more / again any day.

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Staying a few blocks away at the Residence Inn on Vermont Ave. NW, I needed to grab some beers for the trek back to Oregon, visited 11/13/2010.

This is one busy Whole Foods with about 15 express checkout lanes. The beer selection is confined to an area of the store next to the wines. While they didn't have a lot of refrigerator case space, I'd say about 24 feet, the beers were of high quality. I saw a number of Founders, Bells, Great Lakes and other regional beers we can only dream about getting in Oregon. I settled for Bell's Expedition and the recent vintage of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, along with bombers from Heavy Seas and Long Trail. There is a similar amount of space dedicated to non-refrigerated beers, 4 shelves featuring a number of Belgians and stuff that wouldn't fit in the limited cooler space. When I visited on Friday the beer steward was quite helpful, and my subsequent visit the help went to the back to get me the BCS. While I don't really understand the DC policy of not selling singles (I don't anticipate street people coming in and grabbing a bottle of Weyerbacher 15), this Whole Foods location, while not having the selection of some of the Beervana locations (Hollywood, f.e.), was a rather pleasant surprise. Given the long trek out to Chevy Chase, this location, around the corner from ChurchKey, makes a lot of sense. Worth a visit for out-of-town BAs.

Photo of smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hey all it isn't called Whole Paycheck for nothing!

However, contained within the bowels of the store is a fantastic selection of beers. There are 6 packs of variety, there are large bottles, and a solid group of bombers that are chilled. The selection is a little small, but it's diverse and changes often.

The place is situated in DC in Logan circle which contains a very diverse customer base but also a pickey one sometimes. However, there is a good group of people here who come in and know what they want, and the good stuff can fly off the shelf. There's also the big giant bottles that show up around Christmas and New Years, such as the large Piraats, Bernadus 12s, Anchor Christmas, Augustijin and so on.

The guy who orders most of the product is an older guy with glasses and white buzzed hair named Randy. If you see him he can point you out to anything, and he can tell you also what is coming and give you some tips and great recommendations. The turnover of this store and product is huge even though it only fits on about two shelves. The actual amount they have though is enormous behind back, so if you see something that's not on the shelf ask them. However, the key stuff goes very quickly, depending on how much they get in too. Even a large shipment though can go fast, this is either the 3rd or 4th most profitable product selling WF store in the country depending on who you talk to.

Price depends on what you want and what you are buying. There's stuff for the football crowd (cheap Pabst) to 45 dollar a bottle Orkney stuff... you get the idea.

Great selection, and outside of the beer... it's whole foods which has great stuff to begin with. Grab that sandwich and some beer and killer cheese and you are set for some tastyness, what more could you ask for?

Update: the place also now has a bar, with about 5-6 taps. Also happy hour is a dollar off draft between 5 and 7. Sometimes there are obscurebeers there, so take a look.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

This is a solid beer store, and great since you can get some great food and then be able to look at great beer.

This place is very consistent in providing ample amounts of beers you'd expect in DC and then also throwing in some seasonal stuff, etc. but I don't think they ever have too much stuff that is really rare or remarkable. Heres the breweries for which they have at least a moderate selection of:

Great Lakes, Founders, Hoppin Frog, Goose Island, Victory, Sierra Nevada, DFH, Lagunitas, Green Flash, Duck Rabbit, Stone, Brooklyn, Great Divide, Bells, Oskar Blues, 21st Amendment, Heavy Seas, Ommegang, Avery, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Allagash, Rochefort, Unibroue, The Bruery, etc.

If you go in looking for staple beers from companies like that, you will probably find it. If you go in looking for really limited release stuff, you may be dissapointed but also may find it. Maybe I'm not hip to their beer guy and they keep things in the back, but from what I've seen there isn't that oh wow factor that happens at some smaller but thicker stores in this area.

Speaking of beer guys, I haven't met one if there is one here, which is somewhat dissapointing as I've surely been and studied the selection enough times that I should have met him/her by now. Oh well. Overall a solid place, but go beer shopping at other places I've reviewed before coming here for that purpose alone.

Photo of malloyca
3.85/5  rDev -4%

A bit pricey, but a very nice selection for a grocery store. There is a steady rotation of seasonal beer, together with a selection of staples from around the world (including many Belgian brews), then there is a cooler section which is very diverse and offers large format bottles as well as six-packs. Service varies -- they have one or two very knowledgeable salesmen who will take as much time as you need to show you around the selection. Other times, it's difficult to find any help. Because the pricing is a bit high and the proximity of other great beer stores -- Chevy Chase and Rodmans -- this is not quite a destination beer store, but it is very close to that.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

Stopped in here on a lark following a trip around the corner to ChurchKey, hoping to find something I hadn't yet seen in the District. On this, my first visit, I only saw the warm selection, which was decent but kinda small. Trying again soon after, I finally noticed the open cooler and was floored: There were several very rare (at least around here) bottles, including Squall, BCBCS, and many others. Even with a semi-limited budget, I felt I had no choice but to grab a basket and load up. And everything was at a pretty reasonable price, considering this place is in DC, after all. As I've said elsewhere, I'm not one for noticing the service, but I give them good marks for stocking their wares steadily and for asking me if I needed anything. A very nice bottle shop for this neighborhood, especially when taken in tandem with the CK a couple minutes away.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

This place is pretty cool even without the beer selection, it's a two story Whole Foods with it's own parking deck. The store itself is huge, and they have a bunch of cool demos and samples going on. The beer selection is really good, with a bunch of stuff I didn't find at other stores in DC (like Southern Tier Choklat and Cuvee #2) and the prices were reasonable by normal standards but pretty cheap compared to the corner liquor stores that blanket the city. The only downside to this store is that they don't sell singles, which is unlike every Whole Foods in North Carolina. This place is a damn good spot to buy beer and worth the trip for the novelty of the hugeness of the store alone.

Photo of Ralphus
3.85/5  rDev -4%

From a Canadian perspective, this WFM is a hell of a location for a grocery store. I realize that many people in the states are used to this kind of thing.. but when compared to our LCBO's, even the best ones, this place was a thing of beauty.

They had bottles that I had never seen before. V. large duvel's, Unibroue & DDC's beers that I can't get even though I live within spitting distance of Quebec, plus a monstrosity of single versions of hard to find craft beers plus a wall of six packs. I was dumbdounded for about 10 minutes.

All the rogue's, Sierra Nevada's, Dogfish and what nots are here plus many others that you wouldn't expect. Prices are not cheap though. Many large import bottles go for $20 or more but hey, when you're in the candy store you can't complain too much about the prices.

Service is non existant.. this is a grocery store and you are on your own, but don't let that stop you. If you are staying in Dupont circle, take the half hour round trip and stop in.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev -4%

I used to say that staff ranges from absent, to mildly knowledgeable, not having had the chance to actually encounter the beer manager and while I think that a lack of staff may be situation for the most part I´ve just met the manager (Randy I believe). And he was knowledgeable, helpful, and insightful, in particular into the way that different stores manage their stock and about the way he is able to get certain stuff, and with good recommendations. Worth trying to catch up with him if he happens to be around. I´ll sure try it. The rest of the review remains the same:

Each Whole Foods typically has a different manager for wine and beer, and this location, being one of the largest in the country for the chain, has a dedicated, rotating, and great selection of craft beers.

I´ve seen some brews here that I have been unable to find on shelves elsewhere in the region. Some large offers of certain US, some Belgium, and some predictable standards in six.-packs, which is where they may have better prices. Otherwise the price is average for craft beer and this city without abusing the customer. Good selection of bombers and large bottles, some of them only present in a small cold section always worth checking out.

While other Whole Foods have good beer selection, it´s worth repeating that their selections do not necessarily match and what you find on one of them may not be on the other.

Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

quality: the Nugget Nectar was fresh, but it was just released so "duh", some beer available in the cold case, no real issues here

service: nonexistent, but it was packed on a Friday night, in keeping with most other Whole Foods Markets I expect it to at least be decent

selection: nothing extremely rare or surprising, but a high quality selection for the most part, decent range of Belgians in 750s and otherwise, a few Troegs (picked up a fresh Nugget Nectar), a few of the limited Dogfish Heads, Southern Tier Krampus...nice American micro selection with a reasonable local representation, no singles

prices seemed to be in line for the area

Photo of mjw06
4.05/5  rDev +1%

As stated before, if your looking for a huge selection, even of macros, this is not the place to go. However you will run across some random beers, both foreign and domestic, that are hard to find anywhere else in the city. In fact, from what I understand they have some selections that cannot be found ANYWHERE else in the district. Stop in here if your ever in the area, you'll be pleasantly surprised as I was. They'll even offer you assistance, and what kind of grocery store helps you pick out beer? Yeah... thats what i thought.

Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Excellent store to find hard to find beer. They had some awesome selections, including beers from around the world (I found a few from Scotland I'd not seen anywhere else) and harder to find American craft brews (such as Southern Tier's Choklat this time around).

The staff was friendly, one even asked if I needed help, which is unusual at a grocery store.

If you want to have a huge selection, go somewhere else, but if you want what selection there is to be great, stop by.

While I gave this a $$$ rating, keep in mind most of the brews are harder to find and will be pricey any where.

Photo of TJP75Beer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

I was in Washington D.C. recently on a business trip and was looking for a good place to pick up beer that I could bring back home. After hitting R.F.D.s for dinner I was directed back to Whole Foods as the accessible place within walking distance that carries a good beer selection.

I have to say that I was surprised. They carried the full line of Bell's, which is a treat for anyone in the Northeast since there is no distribution there. They carry Dogfish Head, Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Duvel, Bell's, and much more. The pricing varied. Dogfish Head was remarkably overpriced (Olde School Barleywine was close to $19.00), but the Bell's stuff was right on with what I had paid in Akron, OH in the summer.

The beer section has a central location with a cooler and a series of endcaps throughout. Keep your eyes open. It is kind of like a scavenger hunt. So, if you have the time look around.

Photo of Jaynuze
3.85/5  rDev -4%

As synonymous with all Whole Foods locales (and the reviews below), the prices for beer are a bit over inflated. However, WF consistently has a solid choice of beers. Their staff is knowledgeable, though you really need to grab Randy or one of the other managers since they seem to have a better grasp on what's available. If you chat them up a bit, they will try and get the beers you're looking for onto the shelves (psst ... they've also been known to special order for you). I would agree that this is one of the better selections in the area; the next best / or should I say its equal (?) would be the Cairo off of 17th street.
Check out the selection for yourself ... though a bit pricey, there are some great little gems hidden on the backs of the shelves ... just got to be willing to dig a little!

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Whole Foods Market - P Street in Washington, DC
90 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.