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Whole Foods Market - Bowery
$$$ - a bit pricey
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95 E Houston St
phone: (212) 420-1320
(Place added by: Billolick on 09-18-2007)
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quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
The Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room is one of the brightest spots in the craft-beer world of Manhattan, NYC. But it's not without blemishes.
The room is airy, expansive and well-arranged (perhaps too much so, and too much light). Shelves all around the store divide the beers in styles and countries. There is an entire shelf for England (with lots of whiskey-aged stuff and old ales), another one for Scandinavia and Italy, another one for Germany and so on... great selection of Europeans.
More shelves for American bombers from all over the country with an emphasis on local/regional/Eastern Seaboard brews (good to see small enterprises like Pretty Things or Defiant).
But nothing truly incredible or rare, sadly. Nothing I felt like jumping at before it was gone. Very broad, high-quality selection, but it is missing the surprise factor.
Nice to see Hoppin' Frog from my Ohio, though, didn't know was distributed here. But I'm missing basic things like Flying Dog Double Dog, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, Green Flash West Coast... there are six-packs of just about any other brewery you can think of in the US, but they miss a lot.
Want Dogfish Raison d'Extra? Nope. Want Nugget Nectar? Nope. Want aged beers? Nope. Like that. They seem to have more rare stuff from Europe (tons of Mikkeller beers) than the US!
Bombers of Ballast Sculpin', however... nice touch (pricey, of course)
Service used to be pretty good, but my experience wasn't great. Lots of Brooklyn hipsters looking confused and being as unhelpful as possible. No one offers helps here.
Prices are high, of course, in most everything.
Oh, the growlers. Usually a good deal for fresh beer. Go for those.
I used to think Whole Foods Bowery was surpassing the nearby New Beer in quality and selection. No fucking way.
Still, an excellent stop and a must for beer lovers!
11-12-2010 02:11:33 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I would rather take New Beer over Whole Foods any day, to be honest. I guess I'd rather support people trying to support their families than a corporate giant. And that's what Whole Foods is people. A corporate giant. Anyways. Tons of beer to be had here. If you go to New Beer and this place, you are most likely to find whatever you are looking for. Growler system is nice, but I have found the variety lacking at times and have not purchased that many from them. The service has been lacking at times here and good at others. But when it's been lame, it's really been lame.
08-30-2012 17:34:30 |
More by RblWthACoz
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited Oct. 10.
After hitting New Beer, this place seemed a breath of fresh air. Well lit, clean and lots of space made it easier to shop. Sampled a few French beers and chatted with the woman who was happy to speak french with us. Scored a free glass with a purchase of a single bottle of Jenlain Ambrée. A lot of shelves are against the window so i would be careful of what i chose because who knows how long they've been exposed to the sunlight.
Prices seem to be in line with New Beer but maybe a tad better. Selection is a bit less than than New Beer but still pretty solid. My only knock is that they don't break up six-packs but it's not that bad because they have a decent selection of singles, imports and bombers also. Saw some dust a little bit but otherwise cleaner than New Beer. There was also a growler station with a few Southern Tier beers.
Overall, this place is easier to shop but selection is a bit less than New Beer. Worth checking out for sure especially if you're going to New Beer as it's only a few blocks away.
10-15-2009 12:36:19 |
More by papat444
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Whole Foods started out in Austin, Texas by some then hippie, who through stock options, is now a rich bastard, but anyhow, this place is very good.
The food is excellent, with a great selection to pair with your beer.
Service is friendly and helpful, these employees are happy.
Selection is very solid for a "supermarket.
It is a little pricey to buy anything from Whole Food, but once in a while it is A nice treat to stop by Whole Foods and grab some nice grub and some quality brews. Will visit again and again.
02-15-2008 02:01:33 |
More by mltobin
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a Whole Foods so the staff was what I would expect - hipsters - but helpful though not the quickest moving folks when you needed something. Staff seems knowledgeable about the beers.
They have a very good selection of bottles, many available as singles in addition to having a growler filling bar (though no drinking is allowed on premises).
It can be quite busy and hectic depending on the time of day that you go there - I prefer to visit on a weekday evening instead of on a weekend afternoon.
Prices seem to be average.
02-24-2012 19:13:13 |
More by dbrauneis
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Made it out to Whole Foods last weekend with beerloco, mrs. beerloco, kplynch, deliriumfest, ms. deliriumfest, and DBhog.
Standard bottle shop offerings, plus a growler station and a tasting station! When we visited it was Oskar Blues day and this place had different variations of either "double hopped and/or barrel aged" dales pale ale, ten fidy, gordon, old chub, etc" so that was pretty excellent!
I'd rather spend my money at New Beer, but definitely check this place out for the free samples alone!
09-26-2009 16:58:34 |
More by koopa
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 |
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