Whole Foods Market - Alamo Quarry

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3.62 w/ 12 ratings

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255 E Basse Rd
Ste 130
San Antonio, Texas, 78209-8342
United States

(210) 826-4676 | map

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Added by mgdeth on 03-31-2005

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Noxious26:
Photo of Noxious26
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2

Pretty decent selection for a grocery store. This was my first time at a Whole Foods and was very impressed. The staff was super friendly and amazingly helpful. One staff member even went so far as to go around the store looking for us just because we didn't pick up a free wine carry-bag because we were buying more than 6 bottles of wine (as well as the beer I picked up). I was just floored that this guy walked around the store looking for us to make sure we got our free give-away item.

Given that liquor stores are closed on Sundays this did the job in a pinch.

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Photo of MusaJames
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

I have simple demands upon stores that I frequent for beer. So Whole Foods keeps what I am looking for almost all the time. They used to have some awesome staff that could make some great suggestions though it appears that they have since moved on. Prices are just about average when compared with similar stores in the area.

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Photo of blastoderm55
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jandadeboer
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Standard Whole Food Market. Good beer selection and friendly service.

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Photo of lostgrrl666
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of RedBeardBrewing
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

We were in the area for dinner and shopping at Quarry Market and I thought I'd stop in and see if I could find anything at Whole Foods that I can't get at home. Unfortunately, I found there selection a let down.

Based on BA reviews, I didn't expect some of what I'd read about other Whole Foods locations, but I found the selection to be on par, maybe sub par, compared to my local grocery (to be fair, the grocery has make improvements recently with their craft selections).

Don't think I'd make a special trip here again just to check their beer selection. Depending on what you have available to you at home, or if you're in the neighborhood, don't guess it would hurt to stop by.

I found Gabriel's Superstore (easily 1st) and Central Market to be better places based on what I saw.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

This location of Whole Foods doesn't have quite the beer selection as some of the other locations I have visited over the years. The single selection is a little lacking, but overall not too bad and in general they have a nice variety of craft brews and a few imports. I personally prefer Central Market and think they have a much more vast selection, however Whole Foods carries a few brews that they do not. Another plus is that some of their prices are significantly lower then the other local stores and let's not forget Whole Foods has a lot of great food to pair up with those great beers and I have been to some locations where they have pairing suggestions throughout the store.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

After stopping at Central Market, I had hoped Whole Foods would be a bit better in letting me get some Texas singles to bring back with me. Unfortunately this was not the case. Whole Foods definitely has a solid selection, but they were weaker in the singles selection than Central Market. Still, the overall selection was good and almost comparable in that it had a nice range of micros and imports. I'd say they actually had the edge on local beers over Central Market, as I was able to grab a few singles I hadn't seen there. Worth a stop, but I'd say try Central Market first, especially if you're looking for a broader single selection.

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Photo of beeragent
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Not as big a selection as Central Market, but more convenient (for me anyways). They basically carry everything that Central Market carries. The only plus to this location, is the build-your-own six pack. $6.99 for a sampler six, cant be beat elsewhere in San Antonio. A great place to try new beers. They normally have the newest releases available, plus occasionally beer that isnt available at Central Market. On the downside, help is never to be found here, but definetly a site worth checking regardless, while in the SA area.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Whole Foods was pretty easy to find off Basse in the Quarry Market near Lincoln Heights. The store was nicer than most of the Whole Foods I have been in elsewhere. The aisles were wide and not cramped at all.

There are a few places the beer is lurking around the store. A small cold case, a few shelving units and then a single beer case next to the cheese. Be sure to look around since there seems to not be a centrality to the placement. The selections are decent in the store.

The service was no offered in the beer aisle and the checkout time was pure Whole Foods. No one in line, still took over 5 minutes for a couple of beers and some teabags. They must pride themselves on wasting your time.

I'd go back, but only if in the area although they did have some beers that Central Market did not.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Quality - My selections have generally been in pretty good condition. I have no complaints.

Service - I have to give this one a mixed review. I wanted to get a pony keg, and their beer guys were very helpful in finding me what I wanted. However, when I inquired about having a homebrew club meeting on their premises, I was basically told that it wold not be a good idea.

Selection - This place is probably one of the top three places in San Antonio to purchase beer (other than beer bars). I was able to track down a beer or two that I could not find at San Antonio's Central Market. They also do a reasonable job of categorizing the beer. For some reason, the Belgian beers are generally not refrigerated.

Comments - This is a good place to go beer shopping in San Antonio. The prices are a bit high, but so are those of their main competition, Central Market.

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Whole Foods Market - Alamo Quarry in San Antonio, TX
Place rating: 33.3% out of 100 with 12 ratings
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