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Whole Foods Market
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
4501 Market Commons Dr
phone: (703) 222-2058
(Place added by: DevinWDogfish on 01-18-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 28
Reviews by BeerSox:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located in the Fair Lakes area next to some condos, along with a Dick's Sporting Goods and a Kohl's.
Probably one of the nicer Whole Foods in the country. A large store with all the standard Whole Foods amenities - restaurants in the back, plenty of organic and specialty foods, plus a large wine and beer section in the back right corner.
The store offers both six packs and singles, all available on refrigerated shelves. Mixed six packs don't appear to be available. There are singles, but they are all 750ml/22oz size bottles. Nevertheless, there is a great selection of beers, including some that I haven't seen at other stores.
There is a beer guy there that seems to know his stuff. He knew what was coming in when I asked and also holds beer tastings (not sure of the schedule for these). Never caught his name.
Apparently there are some taps available at this location, although I never looked for them.
A great Whole Foods store, recommended for a visit.
11-23-2008 20:22:31 |
More by BeerSox
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Work took me to Fairfax yesterday. I stopped into this Whole foods for lunch. What a great layout. Five different places to eat. I had the Brisket. Melts in your month. The Founders Porter was my drink of choice. Very nice.
The selection of craft beer is great at each of the places to eat. Then I visited the beer area. The selection is better then most beer stores. If you are having trouble finding a beer this would be a place to try.
I will be returning for both the food and beer.
09-11-2013 02:14:18 |
More by bcgeiman
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
My hometown check-in, WholeFoods Beer Market is the top place for finding beer in the Northern VA area. Red White and Bleu and Norms are nothing short of awesome. But Lee does the best damn job bringing in something for everyone and rareities that are hard to get in the area with the VA ABC regulating brews.
all in all the beer will be flowing if lee can find a way to bring it in and the food prices and quality doesn't dissapoint.
08-27-2013 11:55:21 |
More by Roland45s
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
I love this place. Its my go-to bar, which is funny because its a supermarket. $3.99 a 10-16oz. pour depending on ABV. Super expensive kegs will carry a $7.99 per pour tag. The double charge kegs are things like KBS, Parabola, DuPont Avec Les Bon Voieux. Yes, DuPont on draft at a supermarket.
Lee, the beer manager, does an amazing job keeping the draft and shelves filled with delicious goodies. He also maintains a facebook page where he posts new bottle arrivals and a continually updated stream of draft status as kegs change out.
Food wise you can grab anything from the shelves, or grab a bite at any of the 4 venues. Personally I do not recommend the Sushi restraunt (they are not affiliated with WF but lease their space in the store). Cheese Town will have the best beers, but you are welcome to enjoy your pour at any of the other venues.
If your significant other is a wine fan they have 10+ different wines at cheese town and a wine room upstairs that is very nice to relax in.
Stop by and say "Hi", odds are I'll be sitting at the end of the bar enjoying a pint.
01-03-2012 21:11:10 |
More by neorunner
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The Fair Lakes Whole Foods in Fairfax, Virginia is exceptional. I've been told it's one of the largest Whole Foods on the East Coast. Certainly it's the first supermarket I've encountered where a live Jazz trio may be playing in the seafood section on weekends.
They have ten craft beer taps -- two at the "Seafood Shak" food station, two at the "Smoke Haus" BBQ food station, and six at "Cheez Town." You can also pick up food at the other food stations like sushi, pizza, salad buffet, sandwiches, etc. and have a meal with your beer. Lee, their beer guy, keeps the Whole Foods Beer Market Facebook page regularly updated with the current selections and hosts frequent tastings. They will fill any growler and sell their own glass half-gallon jug for around $6. My only peeve is that I wish the Seafood Shak and Smoke Haus also had blackboards listing the current beer selections like Cheez Town.
08-05-2011 12:46:33 |
More by MRN
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by this place during a recent stop in Fairfax. This ISA supermarket with a very large beer section in the back right corner along with a cool bar that offers a great selection of beers on draft and for growler fills.
The bar had fie or six taps including three rare beers and a few locals. They had Allagash Victor, Allagash Curieux and New Holland Oak Aged Hatter all on tap plus a DIPA from Starr Hill and another local.
The selection of bottles is really impressive carrying lots of imports, locals and other craft. They carry pretty much everything that is distributed to the state including Cantillon, 3 Fontinen, Firestone Walker, Brooklyn, New Holland, Epic, Clown Shoes, DuClaw and a bunch more.
The service here was excellent and better than at most beer establishments. The buyer was there and he was very knowledgeable about beer, answering all of my questions. Nhe was also pouring samples of 6-8 different beers that he chose including Avery 18, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, FW Union Jack and a few more.
Overall I was shocked at the quality of this place. A huge selection of really good and often rare beers along with great service make this place worthy of repeat visits. Highly recommended if you are in he area.
06-30-2011 03:06:26 |
More by corby112
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Wholefoods in Fair Lakes is a kick ass place to grab a pint. The beer market there is small but has a great selection. The beer manager, Lee, is very knowlegeable and gets in some great stuff. There are three sets of taps in the store at the various restaurants, but all of the high gravity stuff is in the small cheese shop. Lee does a good job of putting quality, food friendly beers at the Seafood Shack and the Smokehouse, which each have two rotating taps. You can get growlers at any station for a pretty reasonable price, and their pints are all around $4, no matter what beer it is. The vibe is a bit odd, beacuse you are drinking in the middle of the grocery store. The service is good depending on who is working. Some people are dicks who ignore you, and some are very friendly and happy to hang out. Very reasonable, and always a good selection.
05-16-2011 03:34:33 |
More by Tripphop
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
So Whole Foods is one of my favorite places. Being a vegetarian, it is one of the best places for me to shop. Food there is good, but a bit expensive. Since this is not a food review, lets move on to the beer! They have a nice selection of bottles. If I need a special bottle of beer, it is one of my first two stops. Whether it is first or second depends on where I am and what day of the week it is (they have great specials on food based on the day of the week). They also have great specials on game days in the sports bar. The one thing that I had to dock them on is that in the beer area it is hard to find someone to help you. It hasn't mattered for me so far, but it is nice to know someone is there just in case. They also do beer tasting classes, which I haven't been able to make, but look interesting.
12-31-2010 20:43:30 |
More by sympleesmshn
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been to most of the Whole Foods locations in the area, and this one is near the top of the heap for sure. To begin with, it's one of the biggest I've been to in my day. The beer area is tucked back in the far right corner, but there's plenty to be had. Many singles and sixers, both in the cooler and on displays. In addition, they now have growler fills, occasionally offering some treats like Flying Dog's Coffee Stout and Oskar Blues GUBNA. And the prices on the growler fills are pretty solid, if you ask me. The bottle prices are iffy, but not much higher (if at all) than anywhere else around here. The service was friendly and willing to help, but, as per usual, I rebuffed them. I need no service! If you're in the area, make it a point to stop in and see what they've got to offer!
06-25-2010 08:17:56 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Whole Foods Fair Lakes is now filling growlers. Yes, you read that correctly. Ten taps -- two at the seafood bar, two at the BBQ bar, and six at the cheese bar. All high-end craft beers; a couple of weekends ago, they had (sigh) Oskar Blues Gubna! Had Hemp Ale Organic Brown Ale last weekend; the beers switch VERY frequently (the Gubna was gone in three days; word must have gotten out), so you know it'll be fresh, even if your chances of finding the same thing twice aren't that great. For the Fairfax beerheads, the world is now a brighter and shinier place.
A new center of the universe; go early and often.
05-16-2010 17:34:56 |
More by BurkeBeerGuy
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