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Whole Foods Market - P Street
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]
1440 P St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 332-4300
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Ralphus:
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
From a Canadian perspective, this WFM is a hell of a location for a grocery store. I realize that many people in the states are used to this kind of thing.. but when compared to our LCBO's, even the best ones, this place was a thing of beauty.
They had bottles that I had never seen before. V. large duvel's, Unibroue & DDC's beers that I can't get even though I live within spitting distance of Quebec, plus a monstrosity of single versions of hard to find craft beers plus a wall of six packs. I was dumbdounded for about 10 minutes.
All the rogue's, Sierra Nevada's, Dogfish and what nots are here plus many others that you wouldn't expect. Prices are not cheap though. Many large import bottles go for $20 or more but hey, when you're in the candy store you can't complain too much about the prices.
Service is non existant.. this is a grocery store and you are on your own, but don't let that stop you. If you are staying in Dupont circle, take the half hour round trip and stop in.
10-17-2009 02:37:49 |
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More by garuda
District of Columbia
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
This is a super market which is important to consider because I am reviewing the bar selection only. Went in to get my growler filled. Apparently they shut down the taps at 9 pm. Very unfortunate considering they close doors at 10:30.
Staff was friendly and courteous but informed me I would have to come back at noon tomorrow. The selection was very unique and summery, notably Evolution Summer Session, and I was hoping to get the delicious Ommegang Fleur de Houblon. They bar is tiny and could seat many 5 with their coffee or growlers. I will go back because $10 for a 32oz isn't amazing but some of the beers are hard to find and would be more than $5 for a 12oz anyways in other parts of DC, so its worth a shot on a few of them. It appeared these beers had been on draft for 6 days and the bartender didn't seem to think they were going to be changed tomorrow (Friday) as someone else reviewing this location indicated.
07-26-2013 03:33:01 |
More by Swift989
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is my go-to store for grabbing new releases and some smaller batch brews that tend to be a bit harder to find on the shelves in DC. Hit them up on Tuesdays & Fridays at noon and you'll get it if they've got it. They do limit bottles on limited/rare brews.
06-18-2013 16:35:49 |
More by h0ppster
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Went to almost every bottle shop in the Georgetown area, just went for a long jog around town stopping into any beer, wine or liquor store. Was hoping that the nation's seat of power would have a better selection of All-American brew, but was sadly disappointed. Most places insisted they carried better selections but were currently blown out and waiting for shipments.
Whole Foods P street was my one saving grace on this sojourn. Despite not having any Bells, Floyds or Alchemist(guess it doesn't make it out here), they did have some Brooklyn brewery fifths (local 1 and 2, silver anniversary), an extensive DFH fifths collection (anything you can find on the west coast with the addition of My Antonia and Black and Blue), and a good overseas compilation. Lot of sixers and, typical whole foods("paycheck"), wouldn't let you break any packs. Wish I could have gotten more since they did have a lot of Duck Rabbit, Founders (including the porter and Curmudgen), 21st Amendment, Flying Dog and DFH packs in stock. Talked to the guy stocking the shelves who said they normally had Bells as well but were currently out.
Can't begrudge this place for what they didn't have on my list of primary interests given the extensive collection of breweries, but it is a shame their product list only seems to encompass a single aisle. Well worth a swing through to peruse the stock, if you're in the area and have the scratch to spring for the good stuff at whole foods prices.
03-28-2013 21:41:12 |
More by Aufbrau505
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped here the other day for some BCBS. Incredibly, they had both 4 packs and the beer on draft as well.
This is pretty much a typical whole foods store, except one that has a surprisingly good selection of beer, located just to your left as you walk in from the street. On this day they had a pretty decent seletion of Goose Island and Founders stuff, which was the only thing I noticed in particular. However, they looked to have a sizeable selection of craft beer, and prices weren't too bad for DC (still high, but then again this is DC). My 4 pack of BCBS was "just" $22.99. In addition to a pretty solid bottle and can selection, the cafe here now carries roughly 8 or 9 beer on draft as well. There was no crap on tap, I'm happy to say, with the BCBS and chimay the standout selections on this day. My glass of BCBS was $9 a 10 ounce pour, which I'm sorry to say, is the least I've paid for this beer in quite some time.
As for atmosphere, this is a grocery store, so I wouldn't expect much. Service is likewise nothing spectacular, but the guy in the cafe was friendly and quick, which was all I could ask for. Over in the beer section, service seemed to be your typical grocery store non-existent (which is what I expected). Otherwise, the folks working here are friendly and helpful, provided your questions extend to "where's the cafe" or "where's the beer section."
This is a very fine store, one that also happens to be located close by two of my favorite places in the area (Churchkey and Big Hunt). Highly recommended....
10-30-2012 17:54:17 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
One of my favorite places to hit up in the city since it's so close to Churchkey. It's always easy to swing by and get a bottle or two on the way to or from the bar.
Atmosphere isn't much to speak of. There's an aisle to the left when you walk into the store. Sometimes there'll be a few cases of things further into the deli section, like when they got New Belgium in. Service is good in terms of them answering whether they have things in, etc, though I've never really asked more-detailed questions than that.
Selection is a good sampling of pretty much all the breweries -- at least in terms of six-packs -- that are distributed here. Plenty of larger-format bottles as well. One irritating thing is that they're the only place to tape together two individual small bottles, e.g. Rochefort and Orval. I think this has to do with some D.C. regulation on size of to-go sales, but no one else seems to observe it.
Overall, a good spot in a nice location, though nothing mind-blowing. Worth a stop if you're looking for bottles and are heading to Churchkey anyhow.
09-01-2011 19:06:22 |
More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a decent stop for when you are done at Churchkey and your mind is still in beer mode. It's right across the street and on the way back to the Dupont Circle Metro stop.
Atmosphere: Average in size, but Waaay above average in terms of patronage. This place is always packed! When you walk into the store, head left. There, you will find a big open cooler with tons of six packs and bombers. Facing this display is the warm stuff.
Quality: As with most Whole Foods, the quality is very high and tends to contain many breweries represented in DC's distribution arsenal. Every once in a while, this place will get limited release brews.
Service: This place really chaps my hide in the service department and I'll share two instances to illustrate:
a) When Goose Island BCBVS was released, many of my beer friends and I called to make sure they were going to get it on a specific release day and they said it would be available on that day. Fast forward to that day: They decided to keep the case that they got as a "private" stash for the employees and their close personal friends. Outrageous!
b) I found a beer that was no longer produced in the store (I believe it was Flying Dog's "Dog Schwartz"). I had the beer in hand as I shot the breeze about beer with one of their beer buyers. Then I mentioned, "Gee, it's cool that you guys get some rare stuff like this." Immediately his jaw dropped and then told me that he couldn't sell it to me. I asked, "You're kidding right?" He held his position, brought out one of his other goons from the back to reiterate, and I left without the beer. Stupid and unethical!
Selection: Good stuff overall. This is always the place I go to get Goose Island bombers and up until recently, DuClaw stuff to try.
Value: As with most Whole Foods prices, the items are usually slightly higher than most places.
Even though I've had some VERY brazenly bad customer service issues, I occasionally stop here if I'm in the area. I would suggest you follow that strategy as well.
07-25-2011 21:50:52 |
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