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Whole Foods Market

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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

120 New Moriches Road
Lake Grove, New York, 11755
United States

(631) 588-1466 | map
wholefoodsmarket.com

Notes:
5 taps to fill growlers. Also over 200 single bottles and over 100 different 6packs available.

Added by lehows on 07-23-2010

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
8
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
6.78%
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 8
Reviews by bonbright7:
Photo of bonbright7
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

When this WF unit came into being last year, I was surprised by its aggressive commitment to putting good craft beer right up front and not catering to big brands (BMC) and their lackey distributors. Having known the WF stores to be independent and resourceful, I found each one has it own leadership and experienced buyers who know what to look for.

The beer section of any WF is considered a "Specialty Food" and the one at Lake Grove occupies a fairly long stretch of both free standing floor displays, open cold sections, and closed cold sections for 750's. There is also a separate 4-6 growler section behind the counter that divides the cheese and sushi sections.

I found the selection at this Whole Foods to be very good in representing the mainstream of craft beer without getting into much depth. This means that they might have 2-3 selections of Dogfish Head, but not its entire line up, like some of the specialty beer distributors on LI. One can easily find the brands of Brooklyn, Blue Point, Smuttynose, Ithaca, Green Flash, and a good assortment of Belgian and French 750's at reasonable pricing.

What I have enjoyed most about the WF beer units in both Jericho and Lake Grove is that they respond well to customer suggestions. I suggested bringing in the Dale's Pale Ale line up of Gordon's, Ten Fiddy, and Momma's Yella Pils and by the following week...they were there on the shelf.

Another good point about the WF Beer units is that they have no hesitation about putting rare or hard to find items on the shelf. I recently found the new Brooklyn Black Ops and Sam Adams' Infinium on the open shelves without limits while many in the local BA forum were looking for these exact items and talking about trading for it. I suppose WF takes it as everyone's money is green...instead of saving some for its regular patrons.

I have to commend the WF's beer buyer at Lake Grove for creating an exciting assortment that it out of the ordinary and yet can make almost everyone happy....

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Whole Foods - you know the deal...tons of high quality food, but you are gonna pay for it

Beer wise its pretty similar, tons of quality craft options, local. regional, national and plenty of imports...but dont expect any bargains...

This a large store, service, as seems pretty typical at WF stores, was friendly and helpful

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Has a nice selection of craft beer, as these stores often do, representing several nice breweries - super for grocery shopping, but its not somewhere you go out of your way to visit.

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Photo of Steveclay2007
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DannyWils
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been to this Whole Foods a few times now... usually when I'm in the area and don't feel like stopping at one of the local places for a beer haul.

They have a pretty solid selection, especially considering that its a grocery store. The typical craft stuff is to be found, with your Stone, Southern Tier, etc and a good selection of British, Belgian and a little bit of German imports. There's even some stuff that you don't see everywhere around here, like Jolly Pumpkin. Its not quite on par with what you'll find at other local places though, like Port Jeff Beverage or Saint James Beverage... and definitely quite far off from a place like Big Z.

One really nifty thing that they do is that they post Beer Advocate shelf talkers. They don't have shelf talkers for everything though, so I am wondering why that is.

Everyone there that I spoke to was pretty nice, but its not the service I would get at a local place. I'm not counting that against them... it is a grocery store, after all.

I do wish that the section was a little darker. The open refrigerators where the six packs are is very bright.

One thing I noticed though is that they are keeping stale beer on the shelf. I wanted to get a friend of mine something nice and hoppy by Stone, checked the Stone IPA date on the sixer and the bomber, and the beer had a "Best by January 2011" on them. That's pretty shoddy.

As for prices, they are competitive with local prices and in some cases cheaper, which is a big plus for them. I also see they have a growler station... well, I wish it was near the beer section or in better view because I didn't see it.

Cheers!

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Photo of gskitt
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

An experience! I actually felt a little bit guilty going here because I really try my best to frequent my local beverage center. That guilt soon changed when I saw some of the selections they had. I mean you just can't get some of the beers they have here anywhere. They have a wide selection of craft as well as some cider. I was able to get some Southern Tier and saw for the first time in their growler section, Great South Bay's Massive IPA. It looked lioke they only had about a half a dozen taps but the growlers themselves were cheaper than other places I've seen. Bottom line is that it is an experience but it can be pricy.

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Photo of lehows
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

This is Long Island's third and newest Whole Foods, satisfying a pretty large group of people who came as fas away as the end end to shop at the Jericho location. The store is massive, and the beer selection is far better than the other two stores. The 750, Belgian, and single fridges are enough to go on. Very impressive selection of Belgians and 750's from around the world. The six-pack section is also very good, with many regional and local beers too. The selection is not as large as what you would get at an actual beer store, but they make up for it with quality. The great thing about Whole Foods is they have several beers you can only find here in this area. And you can pick up just about any other specialty food item you can think of in one trip. Now thats tough to beat.

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