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Whole Foods

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4 Ratings

Type: Store

340 3rd St
San Rafael, California, 94901
United States

(415) 451-6333 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2006

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Dobby:
Photo of Dobby
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped by this whole foods on a visit to my grandparents house in San rafael. Given that many whole foods have some great selection I decided to stop in and see what I could find. As I proceded to the cooler I noticed that there was only one cooler of beer, which for a whole foods seemed rather small. Looking around there honestly wasnt much, no Pliny or Blind pig, a few good CA IPA's for moylans and lagunitas, but for the most part pretty lackluster. Ended up walking out with an 08 BCS which was a nice find but overall I dont think its worth the visit.

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Photo of velosuds
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

I went to this store to grocery shop for a 4-day, 3-night trip to Lake Berryessa. Based upon other reviewers's comments and my prior visits, I wasn't expecting much. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find a few gems.

They had Blind Pig IPA and Pliny the Elder, which I bought. I had given up hope of finding these in Marin County after striking out at the Mill Valley Whole Foods and the Greenbrae Beverages and More store. As an added bonus, I scored a 2008 Bourbon County Brand Stout.

The only complaint I have about this store's beer selection is that it's too small. Service is also nearly non-existent. But they have some good beer.

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Photo of mjl21
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%

This is my local Whole Foods. Time for a BeerFly review.

The San Rafael Whole Foods is in the eastern part of San Rafael. This place can be quite a madhouse and parking can be rather tough.

The beer selection is extremely tiny. The beer area is right next to the wine and cheese. They carry a few six packs and a few random bombers. They carry most of the usual NorCal brewers, but typically only carry one or two from each brewer's collection. They have a few Belgians and Euro offerings.

The service is nothing to write home about. Their Mill Valley store carries Russian River and I was told they would begin carrying PTE. They had it once when I went there and it quickly sold out. When I returned to get more, I was given some lame excuse that they wouldn't be carrying it any more and wouldn't say why.

I typically avoid this store because the selection is so small. Everything they carry can be found at a better liquor store. I will say their prices are very fair, but the Mill Valley store has a better selection and gladly carry Pliny.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%

The San Rafael Whole Foods is probably the smallest I've been in and the beer selection isn't nearly what other Whole Foods are like.

They have a good well focused selection that includes some Belgians, some Micro, some local and some better international Macro. You will find something good here but if you're used to a huge selection at Whole Foods, this one is a little lacking. They'll have things like Allagash or Rochefort but not any small batch local beers.

As a result, I'd rather hit one of the better local liquor stores than the corporate machine.

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Whole Foods in San Rafael, CA
Place rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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