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1451 First Street
phone: (941) 955-8500
(Place added by: Shaw on 04-11-2005)
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| Reviews: 14
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I've purchased a number of things here during the past few months and I've never had a bad beer; hence the 5.0 quality. Service is quite good, the always come help and keep their stock nice and organized. I've noticed that big brews are getting more and more placement but there is still tons of attention to craft beers and speciality items. The selection is great for a small area and especially one in downtown Sarasota. The beers are inexpensive! Lots can be had for about $2.50 a bottle and they will order anything you want . If you don't see what you want ask for Tom.
02-24-2008 05:30:47 |
More by DrummerDan
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
2010 update: I called the store asking if they carried Cigar City Jai Alai in bottles. The man I spoke with said they didn't yet, but would soon and took my number. It must have been several weeks later, but he called and left a very detailed message on my machine when Jai Alai came in. Awesome customer service!
3/23/06 UPDATE: BeerAdvocate member TripelJ now works at Whole Foods, so buy a beer there and help a brotha!
The opening of Whole Foods was a pretty big deal here in Sarasota. The city gave all kinds of deals to the company to come here. And since the general population is getting richer and richer, Whole Foods is a good fit.
They have all kinds of interesting foods, all at high prices. But you don't care about food, right? F*** dat! How's their beer? Very good. This store has become the best store in Sarasota County to buy beer, now that Blackburn Point Liquors has closed.
They keep their beer in an open cooler, a few cases are room temp. The employee in charge of the beer is a beer geek himself, which is a big positive. I've talked to him and he's very helpful. I only wish I wasn't so bad with names or I'd put his in this review. They've got the best local selection of Belgian ales and other import beers in 750 mL bottles. In fact, they have the best import selection of any beer store in the county.
Their selection of American craft beer is also very good. They have a lot of good West Coast craft brews, and I was pleasantly surprised to find North Coast Old Stock in stock on my last trip. I haven't seen that in Sarasota since the Blackburn Point Liquors days.
And despite Whole Foods high prices on other items, their beer prices are reasonable. Not cheap, but not expensive.
If you're in downtown Sarasota and looking for a store to buy some good beer, head to Whole Foods.
08-05-2005 06:43:40 |
More by Shaw
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Whole foods is a large organic grocery in downtown sarasota, the food is a bit expensive, but its beer section is the best that I have seen in town so far. There is a good selection of belgian beer as well as local craft breweries represented. The selection is fairly good, and it is fairly regularly updated to bring in new varieties. The prices here are fairly reasonable, and if you are looking for a special beer, you can tell that beer buyer and he will see if he can order it for you. All teh beers are stored cold, but i found that if you want to get a bottle that has not been put in teh cooler, you can ask someone to get a bottle fromt eh back for you, the were quite helpfull about this.
02-16-2006 19:26:23 |
More by geetlord
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
The selection here is very good. They have some top reviewed beers and other brews from some great brewers. Bells products, Westmalle dubbel and tripel, Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Duvel, Rouge brews and more.
The service was great. One of the guys stocking the beers offered to pull a couple singles for me and price them on the spot, since not all of their beer is sold that way.
The quality of the brews was pretty much covered in my first paragragh.
Lastly, they periodically have beer tastings and information classes about craft brews right in the beer section of the store.
09-02-2007 19:52:19 |
More by rcdjrFF
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
after driving around with back mapquest directions i finally found this place. its downtown and parking is on the side for whole foods so dont pay the metered parking like i did.
the selection here is one of the best that ive seen so far in florida. picked up a 6pack of great divide titan IPA which im thoroughly looking forward to drinking. nice selection of belgains also. few singles for sale.
someone asked if i needed help while i was looking, but that prolly because its the first time ive seen more then 5 good beers in a case in awhile i was browsing for quite awhile.
pretty neat place. you can even drink the beer in the cafe on the side.
10-28-2005 23:43:48 |
More by Gritsak
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Typical upscale, full sized WFM set up, clean, new, large and well stocked, with all things good, tasty, wholesome and gourmet. The beautiful people of Sarasota were out in full force in this attractive location. Da brew is located in the rear, to the right, back by the cheese section. All brew in one medium sized open cooler. Decent selection of high end and well known Belgians, some German and Brit imports. Picked up some, happy to find ,Great Divide Bombers. I'm not very familiar with many other decent beer depots in the area, but this place made my visit to FL. more fun , so, I'd say it was worth the visit.
03-22-2006 01:01:47 |
More by Billolick
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by during my vacation at the wife's bosss beach house on Longboat Key.
I found the beer selection in the back by the cheese. They had a nice selection for a grocery store. Everything there were quality brews.
There was Sam Smith's, Brooklyn, Bell's, Lagunitas, Great Divide, a wide variety of Belgian brews, and my best finds Meantime IPA, and Collaboration which has left the shelves in Florida months ago.
As I browsed a female employee came to inquire if I needed any help. She and the rest of the staff were ultra friendly. I scored me a slice of pizza, and some sandwiches to take back to the beach house with me.
The prices were several dollars a bottle less than I pay at my local beer place in Tampa.
I found a good selection, had some great "whole" foods, and paid less than I do back home.
All in all it was a good trip. After all its not too often that I can shop for beer and dinner at the same place.
08-31-2007 19:02:29 |
More by tpd975
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Beer is back and to the far right when standing in the front. There is a fair selection with alot of the usual selections including the Chimay's, St Bernardus, Westmalle etc. Locals included a good amount of Cigar City. They had Jai Alai and Maduro in 12 oz. Big Sound, Bolita, Guava Grove and even some Zhukov's were there in bombers. Thats a pretty solid selection for any out of towners looking for CC. Terrapin was reprsented and a ton of Sam Smith. All told there is something here for the beer lover.
The food in Whole Foods is always good and this was no exception. Great sandwiches and hot food selections. Salads for those who like them are abundant,
Well worth a stop here if you are in town.
09-15-2011 22:54:19 |
More by GallowsThief
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Whole foods is the best place in Sarasota to buy good beer. Large selection, including the usual suspects plus some singles, larger bottles and a few rare finds (at least for this area), including the special edition St. Bernardus abt 12 that I purchased last week.
Last month they held a "Summer Brews and Music" festival with a decent selection of about 40 good brews to try. Although they couldnt handle the crowd, this was a great event and thats probably a good sign of things to come...
08-10-2006 21:36:29 |
More by xdant
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The beer is found in the back of the store next to the cheese section. I found that a little odd, because when I was reviewing their selection I kept smelling a nice, sour, aged something or other. But on to the beer.
Not a huge selection but very nice. Could have a better barleywine and DIPA selection, but it is the best I have found in Sarasota. They had some nice Belgian Ales, Lagunitas, Great Divide, and Dogfish Head among others.
The staff was very friendly, and of the two employees to offer their assistance, one of them knew what he was talking about. But he did say that the man to talk beer with was Tom, but unfortunatley he was off when I was there.
The prices were what I acpected for the Sarasota area. All and all worth the trip, and now probably where I will be buying the majority of my beer. I think next time I'll pick up the 1.5 gal. mini keg of Two Hearted. Cheers.
04-24-2008 20:40:48 |
More by Gtreid
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