Whole Foods Market - P Street
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Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a solid beer store, and great since you can get some great food and then be able to look at great beer.
This place is very consistent in providing ample amounts of beers you'd expect in DC and then also throwing in some seasonal stuff, etc. but I don't think they ever have too much stuff that is really rare or remarkable. Heres the breweries for which they have at least a moderate selection of:
Great Lakes, Founders, Hoppin Frog, Goose Island, Victory, Sierra Nevada, DFH, Lagunitas, Green Flash, Duck Rabbit, Stone, Brooklyn, Great Divide, Bells, Oskar Blues, 21st Amendment, Heavy Seas, Ommegang, Avery, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Allagash, Rochefort, Unibroue, The Bruery, etc.
If you go in looking for staple beers from companies like that, you will probably find it. If you go in looking for really limited release stuff, you may be dissapointed but also may find it. Maybe I'm not hip to their beer guy and they keep things in the back, but from what I've seen there isn't that oh wow factor that happens at some smaller but thicker stores in this area.
Speaking of beer guys, I haven't met one if there is one here, which is somewhat dissapointing as I've surely been and studied the selection enough times that I should have met him/her by now. Oh well. Overall a solid place, but go beer shopping at other places I've reviewed before coming here for that purpose alone.
10-11-2010 21:56:08 | More by Dreadnaught33
More User Reviews:
District of Columbia
4.48/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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.
01-24-2014 22:19:50 | More by jacwomyn
District of Columbia
3.44/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
This is a super market which is important to consider because I am reviewing the bar selection only. Went in to get my growler filled. Apparently they shut down the taps at 9 pm. Very unfortunate considering they close doors at 10:30.
Staff was friendly and courteous but informed me I would have to come back at noon tomorrow. The selection was very unique and summery, notably Evolution Summer Session, and I was hoping to get the delicious Ommegang Fleur de Houblon. They bar is tiny and could seat many 5 with their coffee or growlers. I will go back because $10 for a 32oz isn't amazing but some of the beers are hard to find and would be more than $5 for a 12oz anyways in other parts of DC, so its worth a shot on a few of them. It appeared these beers had been on draft for 6 days and the bartender didn't seem to think they were going to be changed tomorrow (Friday) as someone else reviewing this location indicated.
07-26-2013 03:33:01 | More by Swift989
District of Columbia
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
06-18-2013 16:35:49 | More by h0ppster
3.86/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Went to almost every bottle shop in the Georgetown area, just went for a long jog around town stopping into any beer, wine or liquor store. Was hoping that the nation's seat of power would have a better selection of All-American brew, but was sadly disappointed. Most places insisted they carried better selections but were currently blown out and waiting for shipments.
Whole Foods P street was my one saving grace on this sojourn. Despite not having any Bells, Floyds or Alchemist(guess it doesn't make it out here), they did have some Brooklyn brewery fifths (local 1 and 2, silver anniversary), an extensive DFH fifths collection (anything you can find on the west coast with the addition of My Antonia and Black and Blue), and a good overseas compilation. Lot of sixers and, typical whole foods("paycheck"), wouldn't let you break any packs. Wish I could have gotten more since they did have a lot of Duck Rabbit, Founders (including the porter and Curmudgen), 21st Amendment, Flying Dog and DFH packs in stock. Talked to the guy stocking the shelves who said they normally had Bells as well but were currently out.
Can't begrudge this place for what they didn't have on my list of primary interests given the extensive collection of breweries, but it is a shame their product list only seems to encompass a single aisle. Well worth a swing through to peruse the stock, if you're in the area and have the scratch to spring for the good stuff at whole foods prices.
03-28-2013 21:41:12 | More by Aufbrau505
4.04/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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....
10-30-2012 17:54:17 | More by johnmichaelsen
Whole Foods Market - P Street in Washington, DC
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.