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Whole Foods Market
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
500 W Germantown Pike
phone: (610) 832-0010
(Place added by: gpioski on 01-20-2010)
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| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Soonami:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
This Whole Food Market bottle shop really surprised me (in a good way) I don't know what I was expecting, but this little bottle shop was chocked full of goodies. Walking in the main entrance, by the produce, I saw the cold case and made a bee-line for it. The growler list was a nice smattering of locals, Victory, Yards, PBC, and Troegs are some of the 6 that I remembered seeing. They fill 32 and 64 oz growlers ($3) for about $5-6 and $10-12 each, which are some of the lowest prices you will find in the Philadelphia area.
The cold room is nearly freezing and holds a ton of treasures, they have a nicely edited selection of American craft and imports. Examples are pricing: $10 for Founders Centennial IPA 6-pack, $11 for Ballast Point Big Eye IPA sixer; $7.50 for Bruery Saison Rue, $10 Boon Kriek, $4.50 Stone and Elysian Bombers, $3 Victory Helios, $5 Vermonster Bombers, $4.50 Orval. For whatever they had, it was the lowest normal prices I've seen. I ended up buying the max, 7 bottles, and the nice cashier asked if I bought bombers often and when I replied, "yes," she gave me a free Whole foods tote with dividers to carry six big bottles. Free stuff will always bump your service rating.
I didn't try the food, but others there did seem to enjoy it.
The shop is a gem and I imagine I will be back often to find things that are not readily available. I think with their low prices and high traffic, they will have a lot of turnover meaning lots of new fresh inventory. I will be back for sure.
07-27-2010 05:01:22 |
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I saw the 2012 review from gkatsoris and had that in mind a little bit since I've been to Capone's when I went here. I loved Capone's until I noticed their prices compared to others. Victory Red Thunder was $8 at the brewery. About $8.10ea if you buy a case at a distributor. $10 at the Blue Dog, another local bar. And $16!!!! at Capone's. That 200% markup is about what you can expect there. Compared to that...
I paid $9ea for Bruery Trade Winds and Rugbrod which I've seen at Capone's for about $30ea.
Yes, the beer is kept in a fridge at the front of the store. *A FRIDGE*! Nearly ALL the beer is stored properly! I can't think of another place like that around here. And they pack in a ton of stuff, definitely more than Capone's for a comparison. Maybe things have changed. Don't let their profile on beermenus.com fool you-they had way, way more that what is listed online today.
My order was also bagged up awesomely. Individual bags for the big bottles and double-paperbagged in large bags with handles. Very tough and recyclable. You could reuse these bags easy.
My only nit to pick was that not every beer had a price. You're welcome to bring them to the register for a price check though. It would be neat if they added a scanner. I've lived in the area for a decade and am so glad I finally tried this place. It's my go-to from now on...until the Wegman's opens in Montgomeryville at least.
06-05-2013 16:50:05 |
More by jlcts2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$
Beer in Whole Foods (and a Taco truck on the roof) - come one, you can't beat that.
Great location outside the mall and close to the TP and Blue Route. Tucked back in the corner, but worth the 2 extra minutes. It's Whole Foods, great food, fresh, clean, low key.
Beer Store - COLD POINT PUB
Setup like many of the other WF Pubs it is kinda of small, but really is big enough unless you hit it at the peak of a busy lunch or dinner crowd.
The decor is sparse but nice with a mix of re-used woods, metal chairs, cool triple ceiling fans. iPod music was jamming with some reggae and then as the shifts changed the next beer assistant put on some Dave Matthews and we continued to sip beer and listen. It was a little escape from reality and the even the hussle of people checking out on the other side of the pub windows.
Long enough room to split between BEER and WINE. Good selection of both.
Beer cooler is a medium size, with a lot to choose from--most of the standards and always a few surprises.
I was there when the manager (Bill w/ the beard) was stocking boxes of beer off the hand cart. He said "hi" and asked if there was a style we were looking for. He pointed to a few and then came back with a selection of mostly rare/harder to find bottles (Alewerks, Goose Island, Voodoo, etc.).
Many IPA's for the Spring-Summer on tap but a mixed in brown ale and BIG JOHN stout on tap. Can't beat that!
05-24-2013 15:25:52 |
More by SHerninko
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I have stopped in here a bunch of times now, figure now is as good a time as any to write up a review.
Not the biggest place in the world but it doesn't have to be. Not sure how much atmosphere a super market bottle shop is supposed to have. A few taps in the seating area, clearly marked on the chalk board. Going through the doors and into the cooler you are greeted by six packs on the left and single bottles on the right. They do have some quality beers from all over the world and the prices are very good compared to the other shops in the area, $6-7 a bottle lower than Capone's on certain ones.
Service is....actually I am not sure if I have ever been approached and asked if I need help. I am fine with that because I usually know what I want when I stop here but I can see how that might bother others. Selection is pretty good. They have nearly everything you could want / expect from a philly area bottle shop.
Overall nothing amazing but the prices alone make it worth the stop.
11-22-2012 17:24:11 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Freaky, the goings on here; one stop shopping. But this seems to be the norm now for grocery stores and even pharmacies. Who woulda thunk? I mean, my Whole Foods has no alcohol sales (store of suck) and the nearest other store (Paramus) sells beer, but this is ridiculous...
Little beer & wine room up front. To the rear, a wall of windows overlooking the cashiers. Bar counter space below with 3 juts seating 2 dozen on stools all communally, but the bitch with the baby stroller did not seem in on things. And 4 leather cushy chairs in the center of the room with stump tablings in between. On the opposite wall, 2 towers of 3 each on the counter below shelved growlers and glassware; pintlike and baby samplers. 5 beers up now (Urban Chestnut Zwickel, Troegs Sunshine Pilsner, Dock Street Summer Session, Great Lakes Erie Monster, Manayunk Knuckle Buster). A pint of the Dock Street Summer Session costs $2.99, a steal; and then the Urban Chestnut Zwickel. Beer is clean and fresh but with them ripping through kegs like they are via growler sales, it would be hard for it not to be. 3 wine fridges further along the counter with 8 taps each, themed Southern Hemisphere, Old World & North American (wines). And then bottled wines shelved up front behind the cashier.
And then a slight and tight beer room on the end where they’ve got the goods; Sly Fox/De Proef Collaboration Broederlijke Liefde (I will pinch 3 of them), De Ranke XX & Guldenberg, Hanssens Oude Gueuze and Snozberry Kriek, Haandbryggeriet Norweigen Wood, Russian River Redemption & Damnation, (lovely) Orval, De Dolle Oerbier, Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga, Petrus Oak Aged Pale Ale, and oh hello, Bells Oberon mini kegs. Yeah, Andrew deals the beer here. I saw him wield his knowledge of Saisons at some guy asking (who should have taken the Dupont Foret & Stillwater Cellar Door).
“Shit!” I says, catching the time just shy of 7, “I’d better get upstairs, that taco truck train leaves sooon”. Yes, someone parked a taco truck on the roof, probably in lieu of available parking below. It’s a festive colored truck. You order here, you pick up over there. One taco for $2.50, three for $6.00, but happy hour lends three for $5, which has been deemed the best deal on the roof. The Blue Route taco menu holds 5 options, of which I sampled 3; Barbacoa Beef (Queso Fresca), Pork Carnitas (Tomatillo Salsa), Spiced Chicken (Pico de Gallo). They were all real good. I would rate the Barbacoa Beef one as the best of the lot, although the chicken one had some good heat; probably from whatever makes it spicy. Oh, peppers! She had the Grilled Vegetables taco with black beans and Jicama. The sole vegetarian offering, tacowise (There was also a fish taco that neither of us entertained). Added a basket of corn tortilla chips with baby cups of salsa, and the guac she doesn’t like as it’s all Cumin’d up. Chris, of the taco making clan did perform some Jedi taco mastery, true (it’s important to know the man who makes your tacos).
Did I mention they also sell beer off that truck? 6 cans (Onion Brewing Jack Stout, Sly Fox 113 IPA, Avery White Rascal, Sprecher Special Amber, Cisco Whales tale Pale Ale, Dave’s Brewfarm Select Golden Lager). The can offerings change with seasonally & availability, as last time I had the Caladera IPA & she had the Lancaster Rumspringa.
Rooftop dining, as it is. Some 2 dozen polished stainless steel square hightops and lowboys; some umbrella’d up, others not, and a few banquet wood jobs. Shingle front pepper planters running a stretch up front offering views of the parking lot, and baby trees to the rear to keep you from remembering you’re looking at the back of the roof. They’ve got the quoits set up on the far side, and compost/recycling/landfill disposal options for getting your stuff where it needs to go (do the right thing).And 8 tables in the inside room, for when it starts to rain, like it did post heavy breeziness cooling off, short lived as it was. Yeah, they are playing pretty good tunes.
Much better Whole Foods than my locals. Piss off case law!
01-25-2012 04:28:51 |
More by slander
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $
A: The beer is in a refridgerator in the front of the store. Not a big wow factor.
Q: A few shelves of beer. In a refridgerator. There is a limit to the amount of beer you can purchase; BUT you may leave the store and come back in and purchase more beer. WTF?
S: No one showed up until I was ready to check out. And when I asked for a box to put the bottles in she said, she'd "rather not".
S: Who in their right mind, thinks this is anywhere close to the selection of Capone's. Majorly disappointed!!!
V: But very inexpensive, I must say that.
This place did not meet up to the hype I've heard so much about. And oh by the way, wear a friggen coat, because the refridgerator you have to go in to buy the beer is about 40 degrees.
2 Thumbs Down!
01-20-2012 01:09:27 |
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