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Whole Foods Market
$$ - reasonable
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3670 W Dublin Granville Rd
phone: (614) 760-5556
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-28-2005)
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quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This was the best experience I had for beer in Columbus.
I had never been to a Whole Foods before going to this one. The closest thing I have available in Pennsylvania is Wegman's, and they don't have the capability to sell alcohol. So I walked in and immediately found the beer area which was next to the massive wine displays. They have a whole cooler lined up with six packs and singles tat was complete with organic beers and other niche beers. The not-chilled beer display was equally impressive. Beer Geek Breakfast, Unibroue 2005 & 2004, Speedway Stout, VE 07.07.07, FRX, and other equally impressive beers. The selection for warm bottles was not massive but it had a few hard-to-find ones that stood out (which to me is worth more than a large selection). They also had another separate cooler at a different location that housed Belgian and German beers. I bought a St. Bernardus for 9.99. The prices here are certainly reasonable, if not incredible. They were as low as you'll see out in Columbus. The girl working near the beer department was extremely helpful and she showed me the price scanner that showed you the prices. She also explained that some prices came up with a different name because the European UPCs don't always work correctly with the scanner. This was also the best service I had in Columbus. If I had a place like this near me, that catered to ALL palates/preferences/lifestyles I would do all of my shopping there to meet my needs. This place was excellent.
08-24-2007 12:54:23 |
More by Risser09
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I love stopping by this place for lunch. Stonefired pizza after picking through their great beer selection.
Their service it pretty good. I had one of their employees asking me if I wanted something from the back storeroom. He explained people were walking out with the Kentucky breakfast stout. Of course I picked up a 4 pack.
The selection in this store is top notch. I don't see stacks of overpriced Euro pilsners.
Value is reasonable. They have an on sale rack between both coolers. Last month was Ommegang offerings. This month it Unibroue. About $1 off per 750ml.
05-22-2006 00:57:28 |
More by shroompod
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I have now been to whole foods many times to make a beer run. I am surprised I have not yet written a review.
Not only is the selection beyond surprising, but the service is out of this world. If you go make sure you tell Corey that you are a beeradvocate and he will take care of ya. I just started talking to him on the phone when I was looking for Mikkeler Beer Geek Breakfast stout, and he offered a 4 pack of Founders Breakfast stout that was leftover from the last release. I came in as quick as possible and bought 2 Beer Geeks, and 4 Breakfast stouts. I've also been able to find both versions of Pannepot and other rare Belgians there. They have a section that is for seasonals , and rare beers too. Corey always has lots of founders, bells, and Great Lakes available all year round.
Not only can you get great beer here they also have some of the best grocery around. If you find a beer you want, go pay for it, and you can drink it while you shop around. They allow open containers of beer & wine.
08-31-2007 12:35:16 |
More by genog
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Can't say enough about this store. So I won't.
But what I will say, is that they have a knowledgeable, friendly staff. Obviously, you don't necessarily want to bother the produce guy with beer questions. But there are plenty of people there that know the beer.
They have the local beers lovingly displayed in a spare cooler (ironically enough - in the produce section!!!)
And they have the ample "main" selection in the middle of the store. Followed by the section that frustrates a lot of folks, the one back by the salad bar / deli / 161 Diner / etc.
Perhaps one day they can "centralize" it. And I do hear and feel your frustrations if you're only going for the beer.
But since I cook at home with fresh ingredients and live nearby, I shop there probably 3 to 4 times a week when I'm not on the road. And I kind of like the "de-centralization" of their beer.
Plus!!! - They have beer tastings AND - you can dine in-store and have a couple of nice draft selections. A couple weeks ago I had the Independence Ale from Great Lakes in Cleveland on tap on two different occasions. A nice compliment to pretty much everything on the menu!
08-22-2009 00:29:21 |
More by Fezfreak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a great store to find a wide variety of great beers ales and wines from around the world. -
If it's a hard to find item try here first - Odds are they will have it.
You can buy singles and or six packs and pint's - I buy single beers as a way to try and rate different brews - I call it a hobby -
- their selection is awesome and always changing with the seasons -
Summer ales - Winter lagers - and everything in between - Even has Delirium Noel during the season -
great prices compared to specialty beer stores
09-18-2010 16:17:14 |
More by InebriatedJoker
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Whole Foods many times now, and each time I go I become more impressed with their selection. They always seem to have a few new beers in stock every time I visit which is the main reason I prefer them over Anderson's. They have two fairly impressive coolers full of beer. One next to the wine section, and one in the back corner which is full of singles. Some of the brands they carry include: Stone, Alesmith, Rogue, Ommegang, Victory (including Old Horizontal), North Coast, Great Divide, Founder's (including their Imperial Stout and Kentucky Breakfast Stout), Three Floyd's and Allagash. They also have a great Belgian selection that includes: Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Tripel Karmeliet, Delerium, De Dolle, Rodenbach, Cantillon, Fantome, Kasteel, and De Ranke XX among others.
The service there is pretty good. There always seems to be a guy asking if I need any help. However I usually don't use his service since I always know what I want. The prices are pretty reasonable and are on par with the other stores in the area.
The last time I was there which was about two weeks ago I picked up the second to last four-pack of Kentucky Breakfast Stout, and a couple of Old Guardian bombers and left a very happy customer.
Overall I feel that the other reviews kind of underestimate how great this store is, which prompted me to write this review. This is definitely a must stop when in the Columbus area. And if you live in Columbus, be sure to stop in every few weeks to find some of the rare beers they get in every now and then.
04-04-2006 00:49:26 |
More by ej285701
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located in the old Big Bear store on Sawmill and 161. Tucked away behind Filene's Basement. This store is overwhelming as there is much more here than beer. They have all sorts of food, wine, as well as various foods that you can buy and eat right there. On to the more important stuff....the single selections is impressive. It has a nice variety of American craft beer as well as Belgians. They also have an open cooler with a nice variety of sixers. Also, there is another cooler at the far end of the store back by all the salad bar items. This is a great place to find some hard to find brews in Central OH. I found some Old Ruffian, some odd Belgians, and bombers of SN Pale Ale that I've never seen before. This is definitely the hidden gem of the store. Keith tells me they plan on expanding this too! Make sure you ask for Keith as he is the master mind behind the operations. Every time I drop in there he has something new or something that is new to me. He also schedules regular tasting which definitely helps the beer culture in this town. Keith is very friendly and helpful every time I go in. This is definitely an up and coming destination and a strong player in the Columbus area. A "must stop" if you are in the area.
09-28-2005 16:14:09 |
More by mattcrill
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Whole Foods Market is the most beautiful grocery store I've ever seen. Seriously, they get the highest marks for presentation of any national or local grocery chain. Bright-colored fruit perfectly stacked, soup and salad bars, glorious wood-fired pizzas, gelato and desserts, magnificent aisles of healthy food products. It's a very interactive experience - friendly, knowledgable staff, plenty of delicious samples. You could wander around a Whole Foods for hours - they even have a cafe space for you to take lunch break from all your busy shopping. This particular store is located in a strip mall near the intersection of Rt. 161 and Sawmill Rd. in Dublin. Plenty of parking. The building itself is spacious and well-lit.
The catch is the prices tend to be noticably higher at Whole Foods, which unfortunately is why I don't shop there on a regular basis.
However, the beer selection is awesome. One large cooler in the central beer and wine section full of American, European, and Asian microbrews. Great Lakes, Bell's, Founder's, Anchor, Guiness, Smithwick's, Rogue, Alesmith, CBC, Great Divide to name just the tip of the iceberg. Terrific selection of Belgian styles especially. They have a separate cooler, located a few aisles away (not sure why), of individual bottles for sale - again a nice selection.
They're also very interactive with their beer. They recently hosted a tasting with the brewmaster from the Columbus Brewing Co., and there's talk of hosting daily beer tastings in the evening. The guy running the tastings really seemed to know his stuff.
So while Whole Foods is expensive, and may fall under the umbrella of corporate health food stores for some, they are beautifully organized, staffed by knowledgable folks, and focus on the local as well.
08-31-2006 16:11:43 |
More by ndekke39
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If you want a nice and consistent selection of beer, Whole Foods will not disappoint. As much as I like to support the local establishments (which I typically do), when I need to pick up a Dreadnaught or an Unearthly bomber I know where to go.
The staff are friendly though I have never really needed their help and they do a great job keeping the shelves stocked. It's also nice to see about 30 cases of Hopslam being displayed.
Near the buffet food they sell singles of various sizes and styles; domestic craft, Euro, Asian, etc. I tend to take the wife and kids there for dinner once a weekend and enjoy a different single beer while purchasing other stuff to take home.
Glad to have this place in town!
02-02-2008 20:21:20 |
More by jdoncbus
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
To start out i have to say that I love going to stores like this. It's far more that just an average grocery store. This place also has an appreciation for aesthetics and the impact they make on the customer. There is something way more satisfying about buying beer from an upscale store than some shady looking shack. Everything in this store was well kept and visually appealing. They also had a great selection of beers as well as wine. The only complaint I have is that they have two beer sections that are in different parts of the stores. Luckily we were looking for steak and found the singles section over by the deli. They had a few other beers not found in the packs in the other section and that could throw some people off considering it's a big store. Overall I love this place and am for sure coming back next time I visit columbus.
07-03-2009 04:44:23 |
More by Rhynes2
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