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Whole Foods MarketWhole Foods Market

Type: Store

50 Raymond Rd
West Hartford, Connecticut, 06107-2213
United States

(860) 523-8500 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2006

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Photo of JLK7299
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of CTFalcon
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of grahuba
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of brewcifix
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of ChrisChagnon
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of belgianwheat1987
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

If you take an above-average craft beer selection and place it in a supermarket, that pretty much describes the Whole Foods beer section.

The area is usually pretty well stocked and has a fair amount of domestic 6-pks. A nice place to pick up some beer for the night, but if you're looking for high-service, look elsewhere. While Whole Foods does a nice job with customer service in general, they aren't beer specialists -- there are plenty of other shops in WH which will special order things for you and be a bit more knowledgeable about what they're selling.

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Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%

Another noteable supermarket beer selection, conveniently near tourist places such as Mark Twain House. Like a small beer store, but not the selection or quality of the better CT stores. Berkshire, local representation, including a couple of pre-filled growler choices, which is a nice touch and notable trend. I have seen bigger supermarket commitments in Cleveland, but this is still a decent one, and prices were fair, so worth checking out based on price alone. A separate mico/craft area away from the macros.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

In general I am a big fan of the Whole Foods empire of stores (more and more of them by the way) This place provides the expected overflow of everything tasty in the food world. Beer wise its respectable, but thinner then a lot of other WFM locations. Expect the larger micros that are widely available in the area, Stone, Sierra nevada, Ommegang, DFH and the like, typical Belgians and as a "highlight" Berkshire Bombers, meh...Its just a few minutes of off the interstate if you are passing through Hartford, which I frequently find myself doing. Worth a stop if you are looking for a tasty bite to eat and some mainstream BA worthy beers

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Well what can you expect for a whole foods? You know going in that it will be a bit on the pricey side, especially being in this neighborhood. I have done some grocery shopping here, and it is a good place to pick up a quick bomber or two or a sixpack to go with dinner.

The service is non-existent more or less unless you seek it out- they do seem to have a 'beer-guy' but I have only spoken to him once or twice. Their selection is pretty good for the space they are working with though. Lots of Berkshire bombers, dogfish and magic hat sixpacks, some olde burnside bottles and growlers. Of course Hooker and Opa Opa make an appearance. They also have a few imports in large format bottles such as Delerium Tremens and some Trappists.

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%

Well... it's a grocery store - one must bear that in mind when reviewing this as a place that sells beer. It in no way specializes in beer. That said and knowing this - it's a pretty decent place to buy beer! I do a lot of my food shopping there and it's a nice place for both the beer snob and food snob! Since Whole Foods tends to specialize in organic and natural products, you find a lot of that in the beer they offer, as well. It's a "no-swill" store, for sure!

Granted, the brews they offer tend to be the more "popular" of the microbrew/craft beers that have greater production that lesser known beers. Some examples include: Rogue, Magic Hat, Sea Dog, Otter Creek, etc. They feature seasonals throughout the year. Sometimes, they also offer singly-sold beers that are often "left-overs" but I do NOT recommend buying these, as they tend to be older and ridiculously priced.

Overall price is a little higher than you might pay at a package store, but not enough to make me not buy there. If I'm already there shopping, it is definitely nice to be able to locate some of my favorites without going elsewhere.

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Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

A surprisingly good selection of regional microbrews and quality imports swimming in a sea of organic and healthy food. These are all housed in about a 15 foot wide open front cooler just to the right of the cheese section. There are mostly 6-packs, some good representation from the local and New England breweries, plus a few Brooklyns (first place that I saw the Brooklyn Local #1) and DFH.

Also pretty good imports from England, Germany, Belgium, and Japan, and one or two from France, some of which I haven't seen in any package stores. One drawback is that you can't break six-packs, but they do have a few singles to choose from. They seem to have quite a few organic brews, it is Whole Foods after all. Prices are just a little high, but so is everything in this store, IMO. I've only bought a few organics thus far, but someday the mood will strike me to grab one of those imports that no one else seems to carry.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

I just discovered this place a couple weeks ago really shopping for organic food, I didn't even know this place sold beer. The place looks brand new and very clean. A good health food store. The beer section is a small cooler that runs in front of the dairy section. They have a bunch of 6 packs, 12 pack, and 22 oz. bombers. Mostly locals and regionals. Magic Hat, Harpoon, Longtrail, Sam Adams, Dogfish (120), BBC, Allagash, Ommegang, Unibrue, Hooker, Young's, Sam Smith, Rogue and a few others. The prices are a little high. Actually a good selection for a supermarket but they don't carry anything you couldn't find cheaper elsewhere.


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Photo of NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

The newer and better craft brew-stocked natural food store in West Hartford (sorry Wild Oats, but you abandoned your craft brew pride about six months ago). The brew selection to Whole Foods is located near the back left corner of the supermarket, next to the freshly prepared food. The beer is displayed in a long refrigerated section stretching about ten yards with four shelves. Selection comprises twelve packs, six packs, and singles. CT local brews, New England micros, a range of national crafts, and even a dozen or so Belgian bottles. A few of the highlights include: North Coast offerings, BBC bombers, Troutbrook, a variety of Rogue 22's, a few Chouffe products, a handful of Young's singles, Victory sixers, DFH sixers, etc. The staff is friendly, but not the most knowledgeable when it comes to beer. A decent place to hit up for beer, especially if you just happen to be doing your weekly grocery shopping.

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Whole Foods Market in West Hartford, CT
Place rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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