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Whole Foods Market (Cold Point Pub)
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
Plymouth Meeting Mall
phone: (610) 832-0010
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Reviews by Soonami:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
This Whole Food Market bottle shop really surprised me (in a good way) I don't know what I was expecting, but this little bottle shop was chocked full of goodies. Walking in the main entrance, by the produce, I saw the cold case and made a bee-line for it. The growler list was a nice smattering of locals, Victory, Yards, PBC, and Troegs are some of the 6 that I remembered seeing. They fill 32 and 64 oz growlers ($3) for about $5-6 and $10-12 each, which are some of the lowest prices you will find in the Philadelphia area.
The cold room is nearly freezing and holds a ton of treasures, they have a nicely edited selection of American craft and imports. Examples are pricing: $10 for Founders Centennial IPA 6-pack, $11 for Ballast Point Big Eye IPA sixer; $7.50 for Bruery Saison Rue, $10 Boon Kriek, $4.50 Stone and Elysian Bombers, $3 Victory Helios, $5 Vermonster Bombers, $4.50 Orval. For whatever they had, it was the lowest normal prices I've seen. I ended up buying the max, 7 bottles, and the nice cashier asked if I bought bombers often and when I replied, "yes," she gave me a free Whole foods tote with dividers to carry six big bottles. Free stuff will always bump your service rating.
I didn't try the food, but others there did seem to enjoy it.
The shop is a gem and I imagine I will be back often to find things that are not readily available. I think with their low prices and high traffic, they will have a lot of turnover meaning lots of new fresh inventory. I will be back for sure.
07-27-2010 05:01:22 |
More by Soonami
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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 |
More by gkatsoris
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I will try to be as fair as possible with this review. As far as selection goes, the taps are a bit limited but the bottle selection is awesome and fairly priced. The walk-in refrigerated area is great! Honestly though, that's about all this place is good for. There is really no "atmosphere" to speak of...this is not the kind of place that I could really sit back and enjoy a few brews. I did try to get my hands on a menu just out of curiosity but service was slow and I actually ended up just asking to borrow a menu from someone else. Not cool. Didn't actually try the food because after waiting for service and just feeling not into the middle-of-a-grocery-store vibe, my husband and I headed to Capone's.
Basically, stop in for some bottles while doing your grocery shopping, and then head down to Capone's for dinner and drinks.
12-18-2011 16:00:09 |
More by MsRif
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Not a fan of this "thing" that's going on here. The Cold Point "Pub" looks nice enough...it's small and tidy, but there's really nothing here that makes me want to sit or even stand and have a drink. No atmosphere, I guess is what I'm trying to say. I can't drink in a bar in the middle of a supermarket, is also I guess what I'm trying to say.
You walk into the store, then around the corner to the bar setup, which is a small, cramped room with countertop seats for about 15 people and two or three tables. And of course, the lovely, ambient view of soccer moms grocery shopping right outside the windows. In addition to the clerk behind the counter, there are two or three waiters/servers/bartenders?/store employees, that take your food order or pour you a beer. They seemed on the ball, but operated in such a haphazard way, that I was about ready to walk up to the tap and serve myself. Five or six non-offensive selections on tap, and nicely priced at $2.99, with growler fills available. Otherwise, there is a decent selection of beer available for takeout, including some cases, some unrefrigerated six-packs, four-packs, and singles, and additionally, a nice cold room with a good spread of nicely-priced bottles. Definitely less pricey than places like Capone's or Pinocchio's, but on the down-side, you're sacrificing some selection. I intended to grab a bite to eat here, but honestly nothing on the menu looked interesting, and with Capone's four miles away, I ended up spending my evening there.
I could not and would not drink at the Cold Point. I felt uncomfortable the whole time I was there, and there's no way it could turn into an enjoyable experience.
This place is nice if you're going shopping with your wife, and you want a place to go while you ditch her as she's pricing produce. And it's nice if they have a particular single bottle or six-pack that you're looking for, as the prices are quite friendly. But otherwise, there's really no point in going here.
12-03-2011 15:45:39 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Considering how lousy the liquor laws have traditionally been in the state of Pennsylvania, this set up is a breath of fresh air. Yes, beer in a grocery store. The Cold Point Pub, located inside of the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods, has a walk in fridge with a large selection of craft brews, both local and national. They also have a decent selection of large format beers as well. I will say that their selection can get a bit redundant outside of the rotation of seasonal beers. They also lean a bit heavily on the most common offerings of the brewers they carry. You'll find some solid beers, but the occasional rarity is indeed occasional, and rare. The service, unfortunately can leave a bit to be desired. There doesn't seem to have been a significant emphasis placed on staffing this portion of the store. It almost seems like an afterthought. The individual at the register probably doesn't know much more about craft beer than you do about rocket science. All in all, the positives far outweigh the negatives, and outside of Capone's, Cold Point offers one of the nicest craft brew experiences in the Plymouth Meeting/Norristown/King of Prussia area.
07-20-2011 21:13:35 |
More by Retail1LO
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The bottle and six / twelve-pack selection is very good. A lot of local, regional, and hard-to-find brews at cheap to modest price points. The taps need some work though. While the growler pricing is very, very reasonable (you usually don't pay more than $12 bucks for a good growler), there are RARELY exciting selections on draft. I recall the last time I bought a growler was in October of 2010 (I am writing this in April 2011) which was Founders Breakfast Stout. Mostly local stuff for pints I guess. The service is horrible. There are only two guys there that know what they're talking about. I would have rated the service a "1" if it weren't for these two. The rest are people who have no clue about craft beer (one guy told me Nugget Nectar wouldn't be out for another month when it was being released that week, and the same guy had never heard of Sam Adams Noble Pils when I asked when they were getting it in). The food is a very good value - standard pub fare. My mom and I got lunch one time and I got a pint, chicken fingers w/ fries and she got a drink and wings and it was $18 altogether. Not bad. While the value is good, do NOT expect anywhere near good service.
04-13-2011 15:11:08 |
More by tim9887
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The Cold Point Pub is located within Whole Foods, and holds a Pennsylvania "R" license (restaurant), which means they can sell beer, wine and liquor (although they don't; and they may have made an agreement with some entity not to). All of the food service directly across from them falls under the same license, and thus their percentage of food sales is easily covered. Having said that, it's not really a "pub", but you can get some food and have a drink. There are some nice leather chairs and lots of high-top seating.
I enjoy their wine-by-the-glass selection, or at least I like the idea, but I've had so many hassles with it (handed a dirty wine glass; charged for wines that were not dispensed; can't get help to fix the mischarge from the ONE person working there there because they're so busy) that I don't even bother anymore. It's a nice system though, and the wines are pushed with argon gas so they'll never pick up any carbonation (from CO2) or oxidation (not that they even last that long!!!).
Growler filling seems to go better (6 local taps), except when you've arrived at an off-peak time and only one person is there. I've always thought the selection could be better, but thinking about it from a sales point of view, I understand why they're doing what they're doing - there are still newbies out there!
The cold room is small in my opinion, but at the same time they probably had a space restriction; and more importantly, it's actually pretty much the same size as most of the cold rooms that I've found in grocery stores across the country. That said, at least they've got a good selection of single bottles. Many stock mostly six-packs. However, the selection is somewhat limited; and when they get bogged down with a case or two of something that just doesn't sell, well that makes it worse because it's tying up space. As to their advertising of "over 300 bottled beers", I'd kind of doubt it unless you're actually counting just the number of bottles available for sale.
Another thing I've noted is that they seem to play favorites. And I appreciate that they have some locals in bottles as well as on tap (Sly Fox, Spring House, Weyerbacher, Victory, etc.), but they seem to always have the same 'other' players on board (Elysian, White Birch, Pretty Things, Uinta, Dark Horse). I can see always having Stone, or maybe even something from Jolly Pumpkin, but at the same time I'd still have to say 'mix it up a little bit', please. Which leads me into my next bit...
Lost Abbey Angel's Share. This is a two-headed irritation, so follow me. Firstly, they have the Lost Abbey Angel's Share which is, I guess, kind of rare... ? But they don't always carry Lost Abbey beers. Not even just one. If they always had one in stock I'd say 'OK', but why should they have something special if they don't support the brand year-round? Here's the second part...
The tags on the shelves are no longer changed as often as they used to be. I see beers sitting on the shelf above a tag that doesn't match. I'm smart enough to read the whole tag, but many people aren't. (At least remove the old tag before you stock that new beer!). And if you'd like a price-check let's hope it's not a busy time because you're going to have to wait in line. Now don't get me wrong, they're miles ahead of The Foodery (who I believe purposely don't tag their prices), but they've been getting lazy. Please.... price everything! They do it at Capone's up the street :)
On a final note, at least you're not getting screwed on price. They've got the best prices around, hands down. AND, they've got a great bakery, cheese, and seafood department.
04-07-2011 19:39:05 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in on my way to Capone's today for the hell of it.
Atmosphere is pretty cool. A few couches and a nice little bar type thing in the grocery store. A nice walk in cooler where most of the beer is.
Didn't have any food, but the walk in cooler was pretty sweet.
Service kind of sucked. We waited for a cashier to come in for about 5 minutes. Not that big of a deal. No one asked us for help, but not a big deal either. She was friendly enough when she got to the cash register.
Selection was pretty good. Had a little bit of everything. Its tough to find things sometimes cause we get very similar distribution in Jersey, but we found a few cool things.
It seemed to be reasonably priced, a hell of a lot less than Capone's, but also didn't have the selection.
Bring a jacket, the walk in is COLD. If you are worried about cash, stop here before Capone's and get your sixers.
02-11-2011 19:58:42 |
More by bs870621345
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Whole Foods Market (Cold Point Pub) in Plymouth Meeting, PA