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Whole Foods Market
$$ - reasonable
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340 River Street
phone: (617) 876-6990
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quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I hear random stories of Speedway showing up here every now and then but never made it in, so it's high time I checked this place out.
This particular Whole Paycheck definitely has a wide selection. Maybe it's corporate buying (not necessarily a bad thing if done right and capturing economies of scale) but there always seems to be a few things that I don't see anywhere else around here...good, bad or indifferent. Victory Wild Devil, for example - this place had it well before I saw it anywhere else. (evidently it's not corporate buying from what I hear, so that's even more impressive). Service is...well, it's a supermarket so I don't expect a whole lot of service, but I did shoot the $#!+ with one of Nate's crew regarding Fantome and its sporadic availability as well as a couple of dubbels, and the gentleman knew his stuff. And, as a kicker, at least nobody is jamming the latest "please drink this because it's organic even though it may taste like your cat's litterbox" beer down my throat.
There's quality stuff, and then there's the mid-range craft stuff, with a fair helping of said organics you'd expect from WFMI. Maybe not a whole lot of top-tier stuff but hey, Brute was on the shelves a while back. Prices are in the norm for the area. Decent stop to check for odballs every now and then.
05-20-2009 12:24:32 |
More by IBUnit63
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Although not as hectic or pompous as the union sq Whole foods in NY, this whole foods- one of the very few selling alcohol in Massachusetts- is a fine establishment.
the assortment is also well racked on a fridge aisle with dozens of sixers and singles, the local and regional crowd predominating (harpoon, sam adams...). well over 40 beers, kind service and good pricing, the atmosphere well, isn't the top beer one but everything else you can rely on whole foods for being a great upscale market.
not much else to say, this place is a good one to find beers just across the charles river into the cambridge area.
04-11-2009 16:50:46 |
More by Andreji
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
On the drive back from lunch in Inman Sq to Brighton, we made a pit stop at Whole Foods. I've always wanted to check this place out, to see if the beer selection is decent. As I found out, it's more than decent. Large selection of bombers, both foreign and domestic. Everything under the sun from Allagash and Brooklyn all the way to Nogne. Also quite a few six packs, plus a few 3L Magnums put out on display for the holidays. Most of the same stuff that you can find at upscale beer stores, but pretty cool to see this type of selection in a high end grocery store. Ended up going through the singles basket to pick out some randoms (Dragon Stout from Jamaica? Who knows?) Huge wine and cheese sections too. I've been to a WFM in Seattle and was impressed with their selection, so now it's nice to know I have this type of place so close to my home.
12-15-2008 00:52:34 |
More by morebeergood
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This Whole Foods is beautiful, I always end up spending too much time and money wandering the aisles. Particularly the beer aisle, which is laid out with a lot of love and variety given the small space allotted to it. Local breweries (Ipswich, Endurance, Geary's, Peak Organic) are extra prominent but there are plenty of offerings from the rest of the US and the world (including Mythos, my beloved beach lager from the year I spent in Greece). There are also a few shelves of bombers that run from $4 to $10 if you're looking for something special.
The clincher for me are the baskets of singles, e.g. North Coast, Green Flash, Brooklyn. Obviously this is great for sampling, but I love it because I like to cook with beer and it's great to be able to grab only a few bottles in case I'm inspired by whatever is in my grocery cart.
07-15-2008 21:03:18 |
More by hellomello19
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I always am amazed at how Whole Foods manages to cram a lot of awesome beer into a tiny space. This store does this magnificently, with a lot of domestic craft 6 and 4 packs, a lot of bombers (including Berkshire Brewing Company), and a growing selection of Belgians, such as Saison Dupont and DeRanke XX, a good deal of English and German beers and a singles bucket.
When the selection is in the process of being stocked, there is a knowledgable person on hand who knows the product better than the help in a lot of other stores. These people are helpful and friendly.
Another thing I like about this store, are the little cards describing the beer, style or brewery. They don't do this as extensively as the Hadley, MA location, but yesterday I went in and they were promoting Old Plowshare and describing what a dry Irish stout is. I appreciate this sort of advocacy, and I really think it helps people try beer they wouldn't otherwise try. It's also helpful for a seasoned beer drinker, I think.
The prices are a bit high. I was looking for DFH 60 Minute, but I chose not to pay $9 per 6-pack when I know it costs $7-8 elsewhere. What you're getting for the money, though, is a highly concentrated selection, and that can be worth it. You'll do a lot better here along with your grocery shop than at Johnny's Foodmaster, where the best you can get is some 6-month-old Harpoon UFO.
03-12-2006 17:48:36 |
More by akahn
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is right down the street from me, but I always ended up going to Trader Joe's instead, mainly because Whole Foods tends to be expensive, but also because I thought TJ's was the only market with beer.
Boy was I wrong ... and was surprised at the wide variety of beer (including many international beers) available at Whole Foods. On the whole, it's a little more expensive than you'd pay going to Marty's or Blanchards, but the selection is great, the beer is already in a fridge, and you can get some excellent fish/meat/wine/cheese at the same time. I've been convincing my wife recently that we need to shop here mainly so I can stop in and pick up a new brew.
02-25-2006 05:48:51 |
More by beals
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my local Whole Foods, though I have visited about five of them regularly in the Boston area at one time or another. But this is my favorite, not only because it is the only one that sells beer, but because the beer selection is surprisingly good. Not a huge selection, but it uses the limited space very well. Saison Dupont, Rochefort, Cantillon, Alesmith, Aventinus are a few of the beers neatly and attractively arrainged in the one long, open case.
I just love the convenience of being able to pick up a couple good brews while food shopping. The prices, as have been mentioned, are a little whacky, but can lead to some pretty decent deals. Overall, a pleasant surprise.
01-27-2006 15:30:01 |
More by petemoss14
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This Whole Foods is actually a really great place to buy beer. I had a gift certificate and decided to go here because I heard they had a great beer selection. I mainly went to get food, but still ended up with a DeRanke XX, Thiries Xxtra, and a Yulesmith. Not half bad for a supermarket. They also had some things that I was really surprised to see, like Fantome (just the regular saison) and Cantillon (just the Rose), but still, I was impressed. Nice clean display and layout. There isn't really much service there as there's too much else going on in the store and the beer is just on of many attractions, but there was still a guy there to say "that stuff is wicked good" when I reached for the De Ranke. I then asked him about the Pere Noel and we chatted for a second. So if you catch somebody, they're plenty nice, but it didn't seem like there would always be someone there waiting to answer questions, but I've only been there once, so I could be wrong. Either way, they've got some great stuff so if you want to save a little time and pick up some great beers while shopping for groceries, this is your spot.
01-03-2006 20:20:48 |
More by twelvsies
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
For starters, this has to be the most gorgeous Whole Foods in the area. For the foodies, there's a good cheese counter and they roast coffee at this location too.
I knew there had to be beer, as there was a sign up front boasting of wine tastings on Fridays. Sure enough, the wine section is substantial, but the first sign of beer was a gift box of Konigshoeven Quadrupel amid gift boxes of wine.
The actual beers are in one long open cooler with a pair of tubs holding an inviting selection of singles in ice. It doesn't seem like much space, but it's jam-packed with good beers. So many caught my interest, but I only retain fully the contents of one shelf: Saison Dupont, Moinette, Avec Le Bons Voeux, Foret, a couple of LaChouffe, Maredous 10, and a Belgian organique whose name escapes me.
There was only one bottle-conditioned English ale, but it's my favorite: Young's Special London Ale. Duvel was featured as a staff pick.
Prices seem to range capriciously between outrageous to reasonable. For instance Ommengang was $6, but so was Saison DuPont.
There must be a beer geek in the store somewhere, as there was a cute writeup about saisons pinned up on one side of the case. Too bad it was clearly posted last summer. Maybe I should have asked the guy stocking a fresh case of Creation about it. Next time.
I had to get something just because I enjoyed the browse so much.
01-13-2005 03:05:23 |
More by gentlebubbles
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by this Whole Foods Market recently during the afternoon. This is easy to get to, right in between Memorial Drive and Central Square in Cambridge on River Street.
Up to the escalator you go and to the right of the cash registers awaits a serious selection of quality beers. I was impressed and not expecting such a good selection at a Whole Foods. For the amount of limited space dedicated to beer, it's impressive. There is only 3 or so coolers for beer and I didn't see any warm beers. The wine selection takes up much more space.
Some 6 pack highlights in the selection included Brooklyn (Brown, Pale Ale, Pilsner and Black Chocolate Stout), Dogfish Head (90 Minute IPA, Midas Touch), Victory (Old Horizontal, Hop Wallop, Storm King Stout), Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Celis Grand Cru, Geary's Hampshire Special Ale, Magic Hat, Allagash (White & Double) and many more. They also carry bombers of Rogue, Stone and Berkshire Brewing.
I was surprised to see an Anchor OSA magnum from 2002, La Chouffe, Chimay, Duvel, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout & 120 Minute IPA. They also had Sam Adams Triple Bock too. Quality appeared to be pretty good. The only red flag I noticed was a 6 pack of Allagash Summer. All of the other seasonals seemed to be right on. They have some singles for $1.75, including Brooklyn BCS.
The selection here is much more on quality vs. quantity....which is a good thing. As with any other Whole Foods or health food style store, the focus is on organic and quality products. Worth checking out if you are in the area or want to pick up some groceries and beer in the same trip. Very welcoming to the BA eye.
01-03-2005 23:46:31 |
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