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Whole Foods Market - Bowery
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]
95 E Houston St
phone: (212) 420-1320
(Place added by: Billolick on 09-18-2007)
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quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I noticed the beer through the window while walking by and decided to stop in to see what was available. I was glad I did and now this is a regular stop whenever I head down to Katz's Deli.
They had a great selection of regional craft beers and many selections from across the US. Plenty of imports too. Lots to keep you interested as long as you're looking for regular releases - I didn't notice much in the way of special release or very hard to find beers. But that's fine. One of the best features of the store is the growler station where you have a choice of ~6 beers from the local region.
Service has been fine whenever I've visited. The only thing that's a bit unfortunate is the storage of some of the beer. Although there are several coolers along the back wall (which is good), some of the room temperature beer is stored against the windows on one side of the store. They've tried to block the sunlight, but it still makes me uneasy. That being said, I've purchased many bottles from that section and have never run across any problems.
I probably wouldn't make a trip here specifically to buy beer, but if you're in the area already it's worth taking a look. Especially for the growlers.
12-28-2008 21:06:10 |
More by DrJay
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
The beer room at Whole Foods Bowery has come a long way. When it first opened a couple years ago, I entered to find a very friendly Whole Foods employee shuffling around the room. He showed me the Brooklyn Brewery taps for growlers. Impressed by such a nice looking store I started to ask him if he had this beer or that beer. His reply was always, ``Oh yeah, that's on our list." or ``No, we don't have that, but it's on our list."
I got the feeling this list didn't exist, and even that he had no idea what I was talking about.
This is no longer the case. The beer room staff is strictly beer room and knowledgeably friendly. The growler taps are far more rare and exciting than the original line up. Though the prices are heavy, $12.99 for half a gallon of Captain Lawrence etc. (New Beer around the corner had the same Capt. Law. on tap for $6.99 one time).
That said, the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room is open late. Nearly every friday they host breweries. The taps change rather monthly. I'm glad they're here, though I usually only bother if I don't like what's at New Beer, or it's too late. Hey, it's a recession, right?
10-30-2008 06:40:54 |
More by mangledorf
District of Columbia
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have been to this Whole Foods several times as they always have a pretty good selection of bottles that are harder for me to find. Also, it gets a huge plus from me because of the growler fills. All the draught moves pretty quickly and I've found everything to be fresh and the selection is very good. On occassion, they will feature several lines from regional and local breweries, which is really cool.
The staff can be helpful, but not bug you to death with offers of service. The bottled import section is just above average, but I'm always glad to find several harder to find craft brews bottled there.
I haven't been disappointed here yet, and have recommended to several friend. Whole Foods, who would've thought?
07-29-2008 19:26:56 |
More by Nickls
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Whole Foods is a quick jaunt away from the Hop Devil Grille and Alphabet City.
Quality: Incredible selection of Belgians, English, German and American offerings. Growler fills and tons of eye candy. Customer service while shopping seemed at a premium but I was content to wander around alone.
Service: Check out was fast but I did not get any one-on-one attention while browsing. That is not vital, so I'm not gonna ding em.
Selection: AleSmith and Two Brothers, Troegs and Weyerbacher, Stone and Brooklyn. There is something for everyone. I came away with 2 Cane & Ebels, a Harpoon Red Rye, a Brooklyn-Schneider Weisse and a Southern Hemisphere from Sierra Nevada. Excellent selection (but no Summer Yulesmith yet).
05-22-2008 03:25:31 |
More by akorsak
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Whole Foods started out in Austin, Texas by some then hippie, who through stock options, is now a rich bastard, but anyhow, this place is very good.
The food is excellent, with a great selection to pair with your beer.
Service is friendly and helpful, these employees are happy.
Selection is very solid for a "supermarket.
It is a little pricey to buy anything from Whole Food, but once in a while it is A nice treat to stop by Whole Foods and grab some nice grub and some quality brews. Will visit again and again.
02-15-2008 02:01:33 |
More by mltobin
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
It's more of a beer store sectioned off in a supermarket building than it is a beer section in a supermarket. The section has its own registers which is very convenient seeing as how Whole Food stores in Manhattan tend to get amazing quantities of foot traffic. The beer section relatively serene, clean, neat and reasonably well organized into US and non US brews. A decent amount of their brews are chilled in dairy style displays.
International offerings include some things I've never seen anywhere else and would be reluctant to try to pronounce or spell. Bottles (and cans) include Southern Tier, Butternuts, Slyfox, Great Divide, Stone, Rouge, Ommegang and some mo'.
The star here, as others have said, is the growler filling station. It seems early on most of the people doing the filling didn't know what they were doing but it seems that kinks are getting worked out of that system. Rotating, local brews in jugs. What more could you want?
Whenever possible I go to New Beer Distributors before coming here, but Whole Foods sure makes it hard to ignore them entirely.
01-24-2008 03:12:00 |
More by ommegangpbr
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
By far, this is the best place to get a growler filled in Manhattan as there are always six beers available and it's open seven days a week. There always seems to be a Sixpoint, a Brooklyn, and a Captain Lawrence beer on tap - add in the occasional Chelsea Brewing and Bluepoint selection, it would appear that they do well by local brewers. The bottle selection is vast, varied, and excellent. Prices both for growler fills and bottled beers are reasonable by any standard, not just Manhattan.
By the way, the bottles on the shelves by the windows may concern some but I've been assured by store employees that the windows are tinted.
01-18-2008 03:37:19 |
More by gwong
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been here a few times in the past, I would go more often if I lived in the neighbourhood. This is really a great place for Manhattan as there has been a need for a store that fills growlers like this. You can walk up and pick up a fresh 64oz of good local beer. They have one Sixpoint beer, the Eight days of week always on tap. Decnet beer and a good price at $7 a growler. They usually have another Sixpoint as well as Brooklyn, Capt Lawrence and a few other locals.
Bottlewise the selection is very good but not the best in the city. What I really like is there focus on local beers, they really highlight the region with Butternuts, Keegan, Souther Tier, Middle Ages, Brooklyn and some NJ and PA beers like Weyerbacher, Victory, Ramstein and more. The foreign selection is good as well, some jewels you wont find too many other places. My only complaint is you cannot split sixers and no Captain Lawrence bottles, but really that is getting picky as the selection is great. Their selection of west coast beers is good as well, Bear Republic, Stone's whole lineup, Hair Of the Dog, etc..
Servicewise they are great. They really went above and beyond to satisfy my craving for Yulesmith when it came in. I happenend to be in the area so I went in to see if the rumours were true. They went in the back and pulled out a case for me before they even knew what they were going to charge for it.
This is definitely a spot for good beer.
12-24-2007 02:52:52 |
More by sleazo
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
The Bowery Beer Room is just so damn easy. A pair of 6 foot shelves filled with Belgian/German/American bombers, two big dairy cold shelf units stocked with sixers/mix packs/singles, a few well priced floor displays, & of course, the 6 tap growler station. Pricing fluctuates wildly, so the overall value isn't set across the board. Keep reading.
$7-11 gets you one of six local beers on tap. Sixpoint occupies one semi-permanent slot with the Whole Foods collabo: "Eight Days O' Wheat", while more often then not, grabbing one more tap "just because". You'll see a random assortment of Brooklyn, Chelsea, Blue Point, Kelso, Ommegang, & Captain Lawrence, filling out the remaining selections. Always local. I haven't seen any other NY labels, but if they're going upstate for Ommegang, how about Middle Ages, Ithaca, or even Defiant(which is just a short field trip outside the city limits)? Still, it's the cheapest I've seen for fill-ups around here. The insulated fried chicken bags are a classy touch to gravitate stares away from your brew as you're walking down into the subway.
Don't get all caught up in the draft selection though. Come late one night, & you're itching for a bomber of something tasty, & all your favorite beer stores have since gone to bed, these guys are open. Prices are about average for Manhattan, expensive compared to what you'd expect to pay for your favorite bottle shop just a few blocks down the street. Pricing examples: $3.99 for a single of Ayinger Doppelbock, $9.99 for sixers of Sly-Fox, $4.99 for a bomber from Smutty's Big Beer series(not bad), $26.50 for a 750 of Fonteinen Kriek.
What is well priced in addition to the growlers, are the floor displays. Frequently, I see sixers of Smutty & Sierra Nevada(PA & Celebration) for $7.99. Twelve packs of Dale's Pale Ale for $14.99 also looked tasty.
Honestly, this is now the first stop I make whenever visiting grandma down in the LES. I don't pick up her medication, I frequently forget her copy of El Diario, & I'll even occasionally brush by her at the door just so I can pop my growlers in the fridge first. I still love you grandma.
12-12-2007 06:34:13 |
More by PEBKAC
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
In general, I find any Whole Foods Market I visit to be food nirvana. I love the good looking displays and wide selections of veggies, fruits, cheeses, prepared foods etc. Add to this heady mix a respectable selection of well chosen and tasty beer choices and I'm all over the place. Add a well stocked growler station and, hey, what can I say...my father owns WFM stock and I like to shop there whenever I can. This place does not dissapoint...fine beer destination, when a stop at New Beer is included...as usual, expect to pay a premium for all this opulance and good looking food...and tasty, fresh beer in handsome 1/2 gallon vessels. Oh its good to be a beer geek in good old NYC.
09-18-2007 23:16:20 |
More by Billolick
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