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Whole Foods Market - Old Town
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]
1700 Duke St
phone: (703) 706-0891
(Place added by: ManekiNeko on 01-18-2006)
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| Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Huhzubendah:
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
A great place to go for some good beer. On a side note, the food selection is incredible. Whenever I have chatted with their beer rep, he was very friendly and willing to help. I think it's important to note that it's a grocery store, so there's not necessarily a beer representative always hanging out. There is always a great variety of styles from which to choose, including saisons, gueuzes & lambics, imperial stouts, DIPA, Belgian ales, rauchbier, and many more. They carry virtually the whole lineup of Bell's and Dogfish Head. In the shelf (not cold) section, you can find World Wide Stout, various trappist ales, special editions, rarities, etc. This is a great store to get your seasonal releases (Nugget Nectar, Hopslam, etc.), as they often get many cases and impose no limits. Highly recommended.
04-25-2010 04:53:16 |
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District of Columbia
11-11-2013 03:46:08 |
More by MattNelson
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Whole Foods in Old Town is a giant store full of great food, as well as beer and wine. The quality of everything they have food-wise is fairly amazing. The service has been so-so when I've been there. Now, I haven't talked to the beer guy, but just service in general. Selection of beer is average when I've been there. Nothing special, and definitely nothing to write home about. However, I understand they get seasonals in from time to time, so maybe the selection is better then. Food, as stated above, is phenomenal. Prices reflect this however, and you end up paying a little more for everything, including beer. Whole Foods is a good place to stop if you're looking for beer and food, but if you're just looking for beer there are better options in Northern Virginia.
10-01-2011 21:16:34 |
More by jayhawk73
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
CELEBRITY WATCH!: I saw, and talked to Bill Madden, the founder, CEO, and head brewer of Mad Fox Brewing Company yesterday. He was shopping here at the time we went. Thanks to my wife, who knows NOTHING of beer, but is great with people, she walked right up to him in my presence and introduced us. Kinda cool... yet somewhat humiliating...
Atmosphere: Amazing store overall. I mean... wow. Lots of food, quite a customer base, and a great seafood section to boot.
Service: To be honest, I don't know the beer guy here the way I know the Springfield and Vienna ones, however, that doesn't mean I don't dig the guy! He was there on the day of my review, and after talking to him for a while, I realized that he really knows a shitload about beer and the local beer culture.
Selection: Pretty good, but nothing special. I remember a few months ago when he put Black Ops out on the shelf. Ballsy move and worthy of my respect. On this particular occasion though, there was nothing notable on the shelf.
Food: Seafood and salad bar selection alone deserves an A+!
Value: Like most Whole Foods, this one one caters to the elite elements of the Old Town Alexandria underworld. However, the beer is right on par with the other Whole Foods in the Northern Virginia area.
08-23-2011 06:12:28 |
More by Chaney
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in one night on my way back to my hotel room for some other stuff and decided to see what they had and if I might need some for the room. The selection was not huge, but solid and they had both 6-packs and larger one-off bottles. The selection seemed to be consistent with other Whole Foods stores that I have been to, save some of the local brews. Prices seemed to be typical Whole Foods prices. What I didn't realize until I got up to the counter to pay is that they also fill growlers in the back. I think that they had 4 or 5 beers on tap to fill growlers. The cashiers were pleasant, as per usual. Overall, for a grocery store, like all of the other Whole Foods that I have been to, it has a solid selection and one that I would probably go back to on a periodic basis if I lived in the area.
03-08-2011 18:06:42 |
More by PhillyStyle
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I was staying across the street at the Embassy Suites and needed some other things when I realized that they had beer. Happy B-day to me! Not an huge section, but solid none-the-less. Good cross-section of the East coast (DFH,Weyerbacher,Victory) and also West side (Stone,Bear Republic). I secured Bell's 2hearted Ale and Founders Breakfast Stout. Kind of bummed about local selection, not all that great. Folk around me asked to help, but there were other needing wine help and I was good. The prices seemed to be about a buck higher that Rick's that I had been to the day before, but it is Old Town area and Whole Foods is not really a cheap place (high quality it is). I would say if you are just looking for some quality beer or you don't feel like driving to Rick's, this is the place for ya. Their prepared food section and bakery rock!
10-21-2009 20:50:23 |
More by mobud
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Swung by one day to get some tea I wanted and checked out what was available. Not a huge selection but lots of good location selection and picked up a few bottles of monk's cafe and scotch silly which I had over looked at Chevy Chase. Only place in town where I could pick up Ola Dubh both 12 year and 30 year.
Had a really nice conversation with the guy stocking beer who helped me pick out some good local stuff and suggested Rustico as place to eat, drink, and take home beer. He was pretty knowledgeable and had actually been to Austin and was a pleasure to talk with.
10-09-2008 15:49:14 |
More by midaszero
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The beer selection here is solid and you can always find something good and something interesting. It's not a massive selection but then, it is a grocery store first. That's fine with me, because what it loses in size, it makes up for in quality. I'll take a more focused quality selection over an exhaustive list packed with duds and macro brew options any day. They have a nice selection of cold options and some interesting rarities outside the cooler on the side. I've also seen a number of beers here that I've not seen anywhere else (e.g., Wittekerke off the top of my head).
The beer guys here also switch it up quite a bit. And they've been happy to order things for me in the past. They also seem to focus on keeping a fresh inventory in stock, which is key. You won't find many dusty bottles on the shelves (like a few other local places that others mentioned below).
05-25-2008 16:50:08 |
More by snarl
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This store was considerably smaller than the Fair Lakes Whole Foods, and is more comparable to the Milwaukee Whole Foods, which is also in an urban setting...so perhaps there is a smaller store format for built-up areas and a larger one for suburban areas. Anyhow, the smaller store size didn't do anything to enhance the store's beer selection, and also this store lacked the hot/cold lunch options of the Fair Lakes store.
I was not really impressed. This store did not seem to offer a tremendous number of brands that were not also readily available elsewhere.
05-21-2008 20:25:00 |
More by BeerBelcher
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I was in Alexandria for a conference and my hotel was two blocks away, so I skipped lunch and decided to check it out. I'm a big fan of this type of grocery store and deplore their scarcity in my neck of the woods.
I still remember my first visit to WFM in Vienna a couple of years ago and how I was flabbergasted by the selection. This store didn't come close to that experience, in fact, nothing really popped out and made me go 'wow', but there were plenty of old favorites I was more than happy to get to know again, like Stone, Bear Republic and Ommegang. I was disappointed that there was no Cantillon to be found, but not as much as my work colleague that joined me, who recently had his first taste of lambic and was dying for more. Some interesting imports were a tad pricey. Six dollar Orval is double what I pay back home. But the US micros were in the usual price range. For what it's worth, there were a few interesting wines in that isle too, but I decided to stick to Beer.
While this location doesn't merit to make a 20-mile detour to visit, its' central location is great if you're ever in this picturesque town.
04-06-2008 21:33:24 |
More by Goldorak
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