Saturday, March 23, 2013

Whole Foods Market–Dublin

If you're familiar with Whole Foods Market, you probably know it as the place people go for groceries that are organic, free-range, hormone-free, and so forth.  What you may not know is that they have a very healthy craft beer selection.  The Whole Foods Market in Dublin has expanded its selection since the last time I visited a few months ago, and I wanted to share what you might find there on a future visit.

The beer selection in the store used to be spread out in a few locations.  Some of the beer was located in the center of the store, in a refrigerated case, near the large wine selection.  The rest was in a refrigerated case near the hot foods buffet at the back of the store.  Now, it's all been moved near the produce section.

There are two places you'll want to look.  The most obvious location is their "Beer Cave" pictured at
the right.  This is a refrigerated room containing primarily 4-packs, 6-packs, etc.  You probably won't find any individual bottles here.

Inside Whole Foods' Beer Cave, I found several of the "majors" such as Red Stripe, Schlitz, Pabst, Corona, Yuengling, Coors, Miller, Budweiser, Dos Equis,  and Old Milwaukee.

But if you look a bit closer, you'll find quite a few craft beers (or at least less-commonly seen beers).  During my visit, the Beer Cave had products from Oskar Blues, Finch's, Avery,  World Brews, Sierra Nevada, Sixpoint, Founder's, Elevator, Laughing Dog Brewing, Lagunitas, Stone, Left Hand, North Coast, Uinta, Green Flash, Breckenridge, Great Divide, Kona, Hinterland, Magic Hat, Heavy Seas, Abita, Two Brothers, Dogfish Head, Southern Tier, Stoudt's, Ommegang, Goose Island, and several more.

Outside the Beer Cave, to the left of the doorway pictured above, is an open-air refrigerated case with singles and larger bottles of beer.

Pictured at the left is a part of this refrigerated case.

In this case I found beers from Trappistes Rochefort, Orval, Chimay, La Trappe, Maredsous, Theakston, Newcastle, Well's, Hitachino Nest, Brooklyn, Troeg's, Victory, Weihenstephaner, Adnams, St. Bernardus, Kulmbacher, Franziskaner, Anderson Valley, Flying Dog, Alesmith, Ovila, New Holland, Atwater, The Bruery, Hoppin' Frog, and lots more I'm not going to list here.

I didn't count there, but there are very likely more than 300 unique beers available here.

As if this wasn't enough, Whole Foods has taken things a step further.  Around the corner from the Beer Cave you'll find an actual sit-down bar with chairs in front.

At the Whole Foods "The Local" bar, you can get samples of several different drafts, as well as pints and growlers.

The selection of beers offered on tap at The Local changes as they run out of a particular beer, so you can expect something different pretty much each time you go there.

They had a mix of local beers like Columbus Brewing Company and Elevator Brewing during my visit, but they also had beers from Southern Tier, Kona, and others from outside Ohio.

In addition to the beers, they also have a small number of wines and other alcohols on tap, such as Brothers Drake's Wild Ohio Mead.  (As much as I love Brothers Drake's Apple Pie Mead, I didn't care for Wild Ohio.)

You can also order food while seated at the bar.

If you enjoy craft beer, I'd recommend dropping by Whole Foods in Dublin the next time you're in the area.

You'll find a good selection of beers to choose from, and staff that is familiar with the products they sell.


3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road
Columbus, OH 43235

Open 8am to 10pm seven days a week

Phone: 614-760-5556

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