Westover Market

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4.07/5
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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5863 N Washington Blvd
Arlington, Virginia, 22205-2923
United States

(703) 536-5040 | map
westovermarket.com

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Added by HopHeed2113 on 06-29-2008

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38
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57
pDev:
17.44%
 
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Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of vahughes
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I have not purchased beer inside the market but I do enjoy their outdoor patio and the indoor bar. The staff is really friendly. The place is very hit or miss. It's either packed with no where to sit or a ghost tone. Overall I like it and I have discovered some great beers in this place.

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Photo of MattWes
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Always a great time at The Garden, from the laid back neighborhood vibe to the variety of great beers and outstanding food, Westover Market/Beer Garden is a must see if you're in the Westover side of Arlington. I've taken out of town guests here and they rave over the friendly staff, family atmosphere, mouth watering food and of course, the beer.
Definitely go see about The Garden - you'll thank me later.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Westover Market is both a beer store and a Beer Haus & Garden. To be fair, each should be evaluated separately. I will my best to discuss both in this review.

A
Store - I personally like the atmosphere. Laid back. A big focus on the beer. Others may say the store messy. I don't.
Beer Haus - Small and quaint. Once again focused on the beer.

Q
Store - I am always weary of a beers age in the store, especially with the singles. If the beer does not have a "bottled on date" I am typically hesitant to buy. Some of the coolers aren't so cold, but not much worry there. The beer is not hot and then I go back to the bottle on date.
Beer Haus - No worries here. They typically serve in an appropriate glass inside. Outside will be a plastic cup.
I give the place an average rating because of the age and potential storage issues. Just remember, buyer beware in the store.

S
Store - Almost non-existant at the Wall of Beer. I guess because the guys that know the beer are working in the Haus.
Beer Haus - Good. No complaints. David, Drew and others are very friendly. Remember that you can sit inside and still go outside to get a beer and they charge it direct to your tab inside. Easy accomodation, but somewhat unexpected.
Once again, the store pulls down the overall rating here.

S
Store - Excellent selection. A huge variety of six packs. Singles pulled from sixers. And large format bottles. Greater focus on domestic beers, but there are plenty of Belgian and English available.
Beer Haus - Six to eight on tap inside. Five to six on tap outside. Always varying. Regular tap takeovers. I always find two or three beers I want to drink when I visit.

F - Food is hit or miss. There are some great items on the menu (some specials, the burgers, the bolgogi), but other stuff like the pulled pork and the chili have been extremely disapointing.

V
Store - The store can be more expensive than other nearby establishments such as Lost Dog or Arrow Wine. I recognize that and never buy too much of a special item. Only enough to satisfy. But you can typically save $2/$3 on a bomber (e.g. Bruery) if you go someplace else.
Beer Haus - Standard bar prices for craft beer. Food is not expensive but you must weight that against the quality.

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Photo of alevaza
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is one of the few places in the Arlington area with some actual character, its eclectic and unique; I find it a refreshing alternative to the Ballston/Clarendon scene and appreciate its laid-back, unpretentious vibe. It has become my favorite hang out in Northern VA since I discovered it two years ago. On summer nights, I love to sit on the patio under lighted trees sipping a beer. In winter, I’ve roasted marshmallows and made smores by the fire. They support local music, you can watch sports on the outdoor TVs, they actually have really good food! the friendliest crowd I’ve ever come across…and an awesome beer selection both at the beer garden/haus and the market. I’m a fan.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.38/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped in to check if they had any BCBS since we didn't get any in my area of Southeast Virginia. The place doesn't look too great inside, but they do have a large Variety of beer available, and honestly that is what I was there for. A lot of it was refrigerated though not all of the coolers seemed operational.

There were a lot of dusty bottles which led me to question the freshness of some of their time sensitive beers (and I was warned of this by a fellow BA prior to going so I was on the lookout). The Racer X DIPA I picked up, that was on their display table clocked in at a little over two months old, so it wasn't all that bad. They did have five 4-pks of BCBS sitting on the same table so they score points for that!

Prices....well that is where they go wrong. They were about $2-$3 more per item than other stores I have been in around that area. I have no problem spending a few extra bucks if it means the store would look nice and the staff were helpful...neither were the case here so where is the extra money going?

I would certainly return but I think it would serve them well to give the place a little freshening up and at least have one person walking around to help people instead of one guy standing at the register.

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Photo of claspada
2.76/5  rDev -32.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Stopper here after lunch at Lost Dog across the street.
There is a pretty nice selection all long the right wall as you walk in of cold sixpacks, cold bombers and warm versions of both. After having stopped at State Line in MD a few hours earlier I was less than impressed but would be quite happy if I hadn't gone there first.

This is really just a low budget grocery store with a crap ton of beer. A better sixpack shop if that makes sense. Lots of seasonals and out of state options. Most of the beer is American craft. I questioned the freshness of some of the less popular stuff just because of the huge 6 pack variety, but they can say that they have new stuff as well because of the large Pumking and Founders Breakfast stout display.

The cons are the lack of anyone working there. There was like one person and he was running the 1 of 2 registers (for a grocery store) and i just wanted to buy a 4 pack of Maui Coconut Porter but chose to bag it because of the lady buying a cart full of groceries in front of me in line.

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Photo of MissBuffieSkisAlot
1.14/5  rDev -72%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5

Don't order a keg from Westover Market. You will be sorry. We sure are.

We ordered a 1/2 keg for our small non-profit's lobster roll party last night. As our attendees milled around waiting for beer they had paid for in advance, we scrambled to get the keg to work. Turns out WESTOVER MARKET GAVE US A FAULTY TAP. We got a working tap from another, closer, store, but by then, our event was more than half over. When we returned the almost-full keg and the faulty tap this morning, we asked for "a little" discount on the beer. Westover charged us full price in spite of its mistake. As a result, we are out $99 for less than 20 cups of beer.

Go elsewhere for your keg. We certainly will.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.15/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

In town for vacation. Picked up some goodies I can't get around home.

Westover Market is a small market/deli. They boast of their wall of beer, but it's really a matter of circumstance rather than planning. The entire store is ringed with bottles on top of the produce coolers, etc. Previous posters call this poor storage due to light exposure, but I doubt it. Only bombers and 750s were positioned as such and only 2-3 at a time. The rest were left in their cases on the floor. Nothing seemed outdated, certainly nothing I bought.

Prices seemed reasonable, slightly cheaper than the bottle shop section at the Lost Dog Cafe across the street. 10.99 for a sixer of Founders Centennial IPA is the the only beer I'm familiar with pricing and that isn't out of the ordinary.

The gent at the register saw my case of mixed bombers and singles and inquired if I was looking forward to anything. All of it ws my reply as it was mostly new stuff to me. We got to chatting about distro issues and the expansion plans of New Belgium and Sierra.

I would definitely go back to Westover if visiting DC metro again. Locals may have better options but this place was convenient to our hotel and the Lost Dog where we had dinner.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

been to westover a handful of times over the past year. just recently looked at the overall rating of 94 and was shocked. felt obliged to put in my 2 cents.

when you first walk into westover it simply appears as a dirty grocery store. small rows of goods, some produce, and then to your right a big wall of beer. single bottles (bombers, 750's, etc.) of some of the hard to finds on top produce cooler which hold 4 & 6-packs as well as a selection of mix and match 12oz bottles. the mix and match selection is something i always enjoy doing, but this place is really not the place to do it. very overpriced single servings of brews that are really not that rare (starr hill, SN, kona, etc.). the bottles on top are where you should keep your eyes focused as there are some gems. however, dont plan on walking out of this store with any steals. they know what they have and have marked up accordingly. i find it deterring when i see beautiful bottles of beer directly under florescent lighting covered in dust and then i am asked to shell out a buck or two higher than the average market price. buying beer in this area is a little more expensive than most, however this place is on my avoid list when it comes to doing some bottle hunting.

one cool aspect of westover is it does now have a beer garden that utilizes the side patio for some outdoor seating. they have about 10 drafts and the selection gives a nice range of diversity. the prices are a bit high, but if you have been reading my review this far that should not be unexpected.

i think way to many users are quick to give a high rating to a store if they see a large selection of beer. i understand because i was similar when i first began visiting different bottle shops and exploring new brews. however, the review should really focus on all the aspects that makes up a rating as i find atmosphere and price just as important as selection, seeing as atmosphere and price are the two areas where westover really doesnt cut the cheese.

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Photo of rhartogsq
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2

I both love Westover and hate it.
The Love: Awesome, huge beer selection. Great local stuff from Port City, Starr Hill, and others. And a great world wide selction.
They get some great stuff on tap.

Hate: The prices are generally a dollar or more per bottle than average. The taps in the beer house and beer garden are cost prohibitive.
The food I had there was very basic, and expensive for what it is.
The bartenders are hit or miss. One took ages to get my bill, luckily I rarely see that guy.

I talked to an employee once who told them they will keep rare and limited stuff on hold, then jack up the price. Not cool. I own a business and understand the value of making a buck, but the craft beer industry thrives on sharing and word of mouth.

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Photo of jrarthur
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My overall impression of this place that it boasts a very good atmosphere, sporting a small beer garden in the back and a traditional bar inside, with simple decor and good seating options. The draft selection was not very numerous, but of high quality and wide variety. The beverages were delicious and well-priced. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable, as well as the other patrons from what I could tell. I have only been once to the beer garden/bar, but am a frequent shopper of the associated marketplace (amazing selection of well-priced beers), and plan on returning to both as often as possible.

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Photo of nonagon
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I'm pretty sure Westover Market offers Arlington's largest beer selection. The back wall of the grocery store and much of the two adjacent walls are devoted to beer. Besides the store, there is the Beer Garden outside and the new Beer Haus restaurant/bar inside the store. Both are great places to hang out with friends. The outside has a rolling bar with five rotating taps and the bar inside has ten taps (I think). There are TVs for watching sports both in and outside. Devin, the manager, is a hophead and maintains an exceptional and unique selection. The friendly staff are also beer lovers and know their stuff. Even if you aren't local it's worth checking out. I live in the neighborhood and appreciate that I can walk there.

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Photo of sobeleg
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Westover Market has one of the better selections in the DC metro area. Tucked away in Westover, where Falls Church and Arlington meet is this little corner grocery store with a monster beer selection. I almost always find something new, interesting, and often quite rare when I head over here, and they claim to boast of 1,000 selections.

The grocery part of the store seems a little grundgy and I do not think I would come here to food shop. They always have a beer garden in the back, but I have yet to check it out.

One of the big drawbacks is the price. Everything here is very expensive: 14.99 for WWS, 24.99 for 2010 WWS, 14.99 for Backwoods bastard singles, etc. If you are looking for something hard to find or want a great selection to choose from, I would recommend Westover, just get ready to pay for it.

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Photo of jschonert
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Grocery store in the middle of Arlington. Right across from the Lost Dog Cafe.

Has a crazy couple aisles of beer. Ones that caught my attention were Founders, Bells, Southern Tier, Mikkeller, DFH, Stone, Terrapin.
I was visiting the DC area and didn't care to go east of the river. This seems to be the best place for beer in Arlington and the surrounding area from what I saw. The prices aren't the best, but I was willingly to shell out some money for Founders since I didn't see that anywhere else.

I saw there was a sign for Founders Breakfast Stout and got excited. The clerk yelled out for a guy in back who told me they were out of stock. Seemed to know his dates on beer releases fairly well.

Grabbed a 4pack of Founders Devil Dancer and DFH 90minute.

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Photo of BigTomZ
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This is a store in Arlington that I stop by from time to time. They are a grocery store with a huge beer selection. They have tons of micros with a small selection of imports. The side and back walls of the store are all beer. Seems to be a good few hundred kinds there. They keep up on all the essentials for the area. I do see some old stock from time to time. Not a deterrent to shopping there, just a note for BA's to check labels on those hoppy brews. Most of the beer is kept refrigerated. I don't really see much in the way of locals represented. I have noticed that some of their prices are a bit high, even for the area. I can't recall ever speaking to any of their staff aside from checkout. For the most part I'm left to browse at my leisure, which is fine with me.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

It's pretty much a mini urban grocery store (right across the street from Lost Dog Cafe) with quite an expansive beer selection once you enter and turn right towards the back (their Wall of Beer). They have a very good selection of US micros like Bells, Stone, Victory, Bear Republic, etc. There's nothing here that you can't already get at other good Northern Virginia stores like Norm's or Whole Foods EXCEPT for a couple Southern Tier beers and Hoppin' Frogs. Compared to their US micros, their Belgian selection is somewhat limited but what they carry is good (Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru, etc.). A pretty passionate beer selection for a grocery store. Worth checking out for your everyday beer needs or if visiting the area. Almost their entire shelf stock is refrigerated. The back patio is open during warm weather for beer drinking from their taps too.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

All around, this place seems like it should be really great. They have plenty of high-quality beer as well as a purportedly-large keg selection. However, the few times I've been have been quite a bit of a disappointment, and I've had other service issues as well. On more than one occasion in the past I've tried to order a keg and been told that it would be in after a certain number of days. Without fail each time, the keg never ended up coming in.

After discussing the same keg with another local retailer, I discovered that this brewery does not deliver kegs to the area for retail sales. No big deal, but this is a big brewery and something a credible beer retailer should know about.

Other than the problems with information, I will say that the individuals I spoke with on each occasion were quite friendly.

The selection here is pretty good, but not mind-blowing. I saw the reviews and thought I would have to check out the selection. While it's certainly above average for the area, I don't see it being any better than Rick's or most of the Whole Foods locations.

The pricing seemed on par with the rest of the area.

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Photo of moondogzane
5/5  rDev +22.9%

One of my go-tos when I want to just browse as I know I am going to come away with something I haven't had before. They have upped the ante in the last two years and claim to have over 850 beers - I haven't counted but they certainly have a fairly enormous selection. Biergarten outside is very relaxed and there are 5-6 taps that seem to rotate with some frequency. Live music used to go on here as well (smaller acts to keep with the relaxed vibe) but some in the neighborhood complained (they have a petition to get it reinstated). I know there are tastings (haven't made it to one yet) but based on the list of previous tastings and the fact they occur in the produce/beer section of the grocery store, how can you go wrong? Family-owned, and both sons are really involved with expanding and rotating the selection.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Great beer store, and the beer garden is enjoyable as well. They have a nice selection of beer, both singles and 6ers. They have a good bit of bombers, with a few vintage offerings (i noticed 2009 dfh world wide stout and grabbed two of them.) For most of the big name breweries that are hard to come by in the area (i.e. deschutes, lost abbey, rr, ballast point, etc.) this won't help out, but they still have a great selection of brews. It is a bit pricey, and I would definitely recommend heading across the street to the Lost Dog Cafe, as their prices are a bit better.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

I moved into the Westover Apartments in fall of 2009 and immediately fell in love with this place. The beer selection, which has been increasing since I moved in, is now (I believe) touted as 750+

The selection is impressive, everything from the standard American beers to upper scale beers. Devin, who is in charge of the beer, is always friendly and helpful and often willing to order beers that they don't generally stock.

The beer garden which has been constantly expanded over the past year is, I believe, finally in it's final form is fantastic. Food is available from the deli, as well as from the Eco-friendly butcher which is also located in the market. They have six rotating beers on tap, so every night you go it's likely to be different. They always offer seasonal beers on tap: pumpkin ales in the fall, Delirium Noel last Christmas. It's family and kid friendly. They have free tastings a couple of times a month, live music regularly and good beer all the time.

If and when I leave the Arlington area this will be one of the spots that it'll break my heart to leave.

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Photo of ChrisB
5/5  rDev +22.9%

The Westover Market (and Beer Garden) is easily the best place to go in the Washington DC are for craft beer. Westover has 3 things going for it: great selection of bottled beer, a very diverse selection of beer on tap (after 5pm) and a friendly/neighborhood feel to the place. If you know of a beer that they don't have, Devon will get it for you. They have over 700 varieties including most of the best American craft beers in bottles so chances are that they have what you are looking for. I go there to try the different beers on tap in their outdoor beer garden. We all know that drinking beer outside is the best way to enjoy a beverage and Westover is the place to do just that. With the nice shade of the trees in the summer while enjoying the friendly vibe of the neighborhood or the roaring fire pits to ward off the chill of the late Fall/Winter evenings, you can not beat the atmosphere. The mix of local live music is the cherry on top. In addition to the amazing selection of beer and atmosphere, the staff lead by Devon (who is brains behind the beer selection) is friendly and makes you feel at home. This is truly like the TV bar Cheers where everyone knows your name. Check out the Westover Market and Beer Garden and you will walk away with the beer you want and a desire to come back soon.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Rumors of the fabled Wall of Beer brought me to this small gorcery establishment. Unlike Bigfoot and the like, these rumors paid off, and then some. The Wall itself consists of over a hundred different varieties from across the country. The international selection is quite lacking, but the American and local offerings more than make up for this seeming oversight. Also included is a smaller selection of singles and select rarities that are relatively harder to find in other nearby places. I haven't felt the need to ask for help, so I can't comment too much on it, but, while paying, I've had some nice (albeit brief) discussions about my selections. As others have noted, some of the bottles can be a tad bit pricey, but for the most part there isn't much of a difference between their prices and those of any other nearby store (until you cross into DC, that is). Overall, a very nice place to pick up some brews. Now, if only there was more parking...

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Photo of mrobe000
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

Any beer geek walking into this unassuming store should become giddy at the first sight of the massive beer wall. Incredible selection. Best in the area, hands down. They also have beer tastings regularly and a nice beer garden outside for the warmer weather. The service was friendly, and my friend and I happened to meet their distributor while we were there. It was nice to be able to get some view as to what Westover will be getting in the near future.

Biggest gripe - they are one of the only games in town, and they know it. Expect to pay for the more rare beers.

Overall, though, I wouldn't let slightly above average prices scare you away from this place.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

They have great beers. Last time I was there they had Bigfoot, Nugget Nectar, Blue Mountain Pale Ale, and French Broad Altbier, in addition to the great stuff they always have that can't easily be found elsewhere in the area, like St Bernardus Wit, Thirsty dog siberian night, and Traquair, and of course the tons of stuff they have in all the good beer places in the area.

Selection is very good. Not very good selection available for the mixer sixer deal, so I never do that. I wish they had a better selection for that, or just sold by the bottle, because I almost never buy sixers of one beer.

Prices seem pretty decent. Some things slightly overpriced, few things slightly underpriced.

Definitely stop by if you're in the area, and then go across the street to the Lost Dog Cafe where they have a good selection of very good beers and great sandwiches.

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