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8402 Old Keene Mill Rd
Springfield, Virginia, 22152-2302
United States

(703) 644-2500 | map

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Photo of Rifugium
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

I'm not familiar with this area at all, I just know that this place is pretty close to Empire (what used to be Jaxx), and they have good shows there once in a while. I just happened to be in town for Fates Warning, and figured I'd check out the selection at this WF.

Atmosphere was pretty much non-applicable: it's a grocery store. They had a decent selection of craft beer, but nothing out of this world. A few bottles of Lips of Faith drew my eye, but only because I've yet to see them in the Philly area (nor have I really looked). But all things considered, it wasn't a bad selection, and if I needed a place to go for a quick Empire tailgating option, this would probably be it. Prices seemed fine. Service: a guy passed by and asked if I needed help, which I didn't. Not much else to say here.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2

This is easily the most cramped Whole Foods in the DC beltway area I've ever been in. A simple in the area stop by on a Saturday early afternoon was a madhouse. This store is way too small for the demand and shoppers it attracts. It needs an upgrade for it's cramped isles, and small space. I was literally falling over people trying to walk around, and since I didn't even buy anything getting out was even a bigger chore having to litteraly jump over registers.

As for service, it's Whole Foods and it's fine. But what was really dissapointing here is the selection. There is maybe one shelf of bombers that has hardly anything on it, with a few German imports, and then everything else is in a half sized open cooler stand where the six packs are.

The selection here is really small, and next to nothing. I was really hoping there would be some more variety, not looking for obscurity here, but I expected to find a lot more various product and it's just not here.

Couple that with a real lousy shopping experience this is one place to skip.

UPDATE: Service rating has been upgraded from 3 to 4, since a manager contacted me and was apologetic about my shopping experience and hoping it would be better. Sounds like they are aware of issues and working dilligently to resolve them.

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Photo of Chaney
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I live right across the street from this place and my wife and I often walk there during the warmer months if I'm out of beer and want a bit more. It's almost a crime that I haven't reviewed it until now....

Atmosphere: Set in a shopping complex with many restaurants (Victor's Pizza, Austin Grill, etc.), and many other shops, this is very easy to find right off Keene Mill Road.

The beer section is of moderate size and in the back left hand corner right in front of the gourmet cheese section. There are several rotating taps in the back for growler fills.

Quality: While this store doesn't have the largest selection in the world, their beer buyer gives people the best bang for their buck by getting some of the rarest stuff he can get. For example, I currently don't know of many stores around who carry Black Xantus anymore (maybe a few months ago they did), but this store had an entire arsenal of the stuff!

Service: The beer buyer, Kevin, is a great guy and a beer geek himself. He always seems to know off the top of his head when a particular beer is going to be released.

Selection: A moderate selection of sixers from breweries that tend to be widely distributed in Virginia (eg. Troegs, Bells, Terrapin, and many others). Across the aisle from that, there is a small shelf of bombers.

Value: As with most Whole Foods, the prices tend to be about a dollar or two per item more expensive than many other places. However, occasionally you can find a deal.

This is my go to beer store because of its location. If you happen to be within a few miles or so, definitely seek it out. However, because this is a much smaller store, the selection pales in comparison to the WF markets in Vienna and Fair Lakes.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +9.9%

I guess I'll be the one to update the situation here. Now, I've been to the other major Whole Foodses around here, and this one is still not anywhere near the best. However, judging by the reviews below, things have definitely improved. The beer space is relatively small, tucked away on the far left side of the store in/near the produce area. It may not be much numerically, but the quality is pretty nice. No rarities to be found, really, but it's the only place around at this particular time that has Left Hand's Imperial Stout. Honestly, that's the only one I can remember off the top of my head. As per usual for me, I can't say too much about the service, save that the stocker was friendly and asked if I needed anything. I didn't, and he pretty much left me alone...just the way I like it (no hounding, etc.). The prices are the same as at any Whole Foods around here. In all, not a bad place to get some bottles, but certainly not a go-to unless you live nearby.

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Photo of alysmith4
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Just came home from shopping at this location.. was not impressed with the selection of beer. They only had two from Belgium (Hoegaarden and Duvel) and the rest were all domestic - and mostly (surprisingly) macros. I was looking for my fall-back house brand, the Lamar Street Pale Ale, but they didn't even carry that! Very surprising. After shopping in the beer aisle, I moved into the wine area and noticed a huge and diverse selection of wine from all around the world The section was twice as big too. Maybe the buyer is partial to grapes over hops!

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Yet another Whole Foods in the NoVA/DC area. The best part about this one is that it's essentially right next door to me, at the intersection of Old Keene Mill and Rolling Rd. Just a hop, skip--no jump.

This WFM is the smallest in the area, but has, IMO, the most energetic staff. There's more of the anarchic vibe I associate with Whole Foods, and even if the person you ask doesn't have the answer you seek, they'll find someone who does.

Since I've been a customer (5 years), they've gone through several beer buyers and transition phases. The newest buyer is reasserting the store's commitment to the good stuff--in the void between experts, the shelves got crammed with whatever. But the things that have been lacking--some Stone regulars, Three Floyds sixers and the Brit beers--are now returning. The best part about this store is the accessibility of the staff. If you want to order something, or have a suggestion about a product, they are glad to help. A lot more of the personal touch here, because the store is smaller and more intimate. I can find things at Alexandria or Vienna that they don't have the space for here, but the proximity and ambience of this store keep me coming here first.

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Photo of skynxnex
4.15/5  rDev +14%

Pretty good selection. Has seasonals of all of the major beers they carry. Ottercreek, Rogue, Stone, Ommegang, Troegs, Dogfish, Brookland, Clipper City, some Belgians, English, Spanish, and German round it out. The main short coming is a total lack of Dominion beside two left over bottles of Summer Wheat (now several months old). Jugs of Deadguy Ale along with the bombers.The closest they have to macros are foreign (Molson, Guinness, etc).

Haven't needed any service, but it seems there's at least one person that knows some beer there. Their bottles of World Wide Stout were a dollar more than at Rick's, so a bit pricey for the area. Overall, above average.

*** Update from Jan 2006: They've added the standard lineup of Dominion and have an improved line up of Dogfish (including Fort) along with others. They had a nice gift set of Sam Smith I picked up, but I think they're out now. It's still smaller than the big three in NoVA, but it's a good place to stop.

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Photo of nomad
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Tickles me pink to come in this store... I went to high school a couple blocks away, and many of my friends worked at this branch of Whole Foods back in the day. But now I go here for beer when visiting home, and gladly do so!

To the business, the beers are packed into a small area at the end of the super-wide produce aisle when you first walk in. I was impressed at the job they did of having so many beers in a small area, mainly because for each single or six-pack presented, they only put out one or two items of each, thereby displaying as much as possible in a tight area. Sixpacks included Anderson Valley, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish, Tuppers, Clipper City, Rogue, and many solid micro selections, with zero macros of any sort. The singles were in two freezer cases, one with and one without a door. Very impressed here as the imports went well beyond Chimay and into some rare picks like Brakspear Bitter; for instance, I grabbed a Sinebrychoff Porter, Liefmans Oud Bruin, and a Racer 5 IPA, some beers I'm very hard-pressed to find.

Good signs were that out-of-season beers (Sierra Nevada Wheat and North Coast Blue Star) were being sold at discount prices for that reason - trying to move stock for fresher items is a good thing. Combined with their strategy of putting few bottles at a time, I think they're doing a good job in a tight space. No one's gonna help you hear, but the prices are very good, with nary a sixer getting two expensive, save the Old Horizontal sixer for $15.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

Stopped by here on an impromptu beer tasting I did for some friends. It was the closest place to the friend's house that we knew of where stuff appropriate for a tasting could be obtained. The selection was adequate, but not mindblowing. It definitely pales in comparison to the Vienna location, and is about the same as the one towards Tysons Corner. They carry Victory, DFH, Stone, Rogue, Unibroue, and a smattering of some other decent beers. A good place to go if this is the closest store, but not worth making an extended trip for.

Whole Foods is a chain grocery store specializing in organic foods, in case you don't know. So you can also pick up some food, too.

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