I'm trapped in White Plains for a few days for work. First thing I want to know is "Where can I get beer?". I was pretty dissapointed when I saw there were only three entries on BA, and even more dissapointed when I actually showed up at Whole Foods. I may be a little spoiled coming from California, but $13 for a 6er of some main stream micros local to the area is ridiculous. They had the basic east coast micros (Brooklyn, Victory, Magic Hat, DFH) but only a couple selections of each. Unfortunately, they didn't have the selections I was looking for! A couple cool looking beers I'd never heard of, but I didn't get to try because, in NY, you can't buy singles from a 6pack. Boo. But!... the saving grace here, is that they actually sell their own "variety packs" which were on sale for $7. While I couldn't mix-and-match my own selection, I was able to find a 6ers with a couple varieties of SmuttyNose, which I'd never had before (it's yummy!) and a cool Victory selection. The other beers were Hoegaarden and I forget, but nothing too shabby, just more main stream. Give it a shot if you're in the area, i think they rotate a lot.
There hasnt been a review for this place in quite a while, so here is an updated review of this Whole Foods...
I routinely stop by this place for lunch while at work and its always busy..at least it is during lunch. They have a really nice selection of 6-packs and bombers. Just about all the staples and has deff expanded into more rare and out-there brews. They have a NY section, bomber section, cider section, and 6-pack/12-pack/4-pack section. Most are kept cold, except some of the bombers. They usually have sales as well...like a feature of the week. I once bought an ommegang BPA for $5.99...not bad!
They always have some cheese, and other free samples out that are fun to pick as you walk about. Great premade sandy's and fresh sea food and produce. But this is usually true with all Whole Foods...
There is a crowne plaza across the street, so many people do stay very close by on business...if this is you, take a stroll over and buy a nice night cap. (id also go over to the Lazy Boy in downtown White Plains - but that is another story). If you drive there, be aware they do charge for parking if you dont spend a certain amount of money...so dont forget to bring your parking ticket in to be validated when you walk out with a few bombers and cheese!
Went to this place because I heard about the selection from a friend. Its a treehuggers paradise with almost everything in the store being organic. With that said its still a pretty good place. The beer cooler was about 25 feet long and open with a decent selection pf bombers, 4 pack, sixers and a couple of sampler 12's. They had a decent bomber selection with Rogue, Rare Vos, Saison Dupont, Chimay, Duvel, sixers of Flying dog, HeBrew, Wolavers, Old Shareplow, Franzikanner, Blue Point, Brooklyn, as well as some Sam Adams, Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada and Flying dog sampler 12 packs.
Overall decent selection but pared with there chocolate bar and extensive cheese selection it gets bumped up a few points. Definitely worth the trip. And the prices seemed pretty fair.
I stopped here while staying in Rye Brook during a business trip. There just isn't anyplace close to find quality beer, and I didn't want to drive all the way to Half Time. So I searched BA and found this Whole Foods location only 5 minutes from my hotel. Turns out the previous reviews were correct (a little overpriced and with nothing like the selection in Ohio locations) but it served its purpose for this trip (a sixer of Smuttnose Finest Kind IPA).
The selection was much worse than I've seen at any other location. Maybe 50 beers to choose from, including about 10-15 Belgians, maybe 10 Germans, and the rest are USA microbrews. Not too many singles, unless you count the larger Belgian bottles and what not.
If you're stuck in the area on business as I was, this may be the way to go. If you live around here, don't bother (go to Half Time).
In a pinch, it'll work. Selection is mediocre, at best. But hey, when you can't go anywhere else, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
I picked up a sixer of BCS and some Hennepin to go with my thanksgiving feast. Aside from this, I didn't really see anything else of use. A full line of brooklyn, some smuttynose, and a single bottle of Stone IPA. A couple of Unibroue selections and some Ommegang. Only nice thing was that the beer guy actually offered to help me make a selection. Not that I needed his help, but it is good to see someone actually offer.
That's really about it. Just fine if you are walking by, but please don't make a special trip.
This is a new location for WFM, in the strange burg of White Plains. Not sure how many folks actually live close to the market, seems like mostly folks work in or drive by White Plains. Anyway, a moderate beer selection can currently be found within the vast confines of this high end market/health food store. Lots of tasty healthy food to be had here. The brew is currently all in a medium sized cooler near the prepaireed foods area. Selection was moderate, nothing amazing or hard to find. I spoke to the beer buyer/manager who assured me he was working on getting more interesting stuff to push. Allagash, Stone etc on the way. This is a good biz, selling good food and also a modest bit of environmental awareness to its customers. The beer situation will improve slowly but surely, especially if BAers go and buy it.