Monday, March 18, 2013

Whole Foods Market–Upper Arlington

The Whole Foods store on Lane Avenue has moved a couple of times in the last year or two.  The first move allowed them to tear the building down and replace it with a brand new one, seen in the picture at the left.

The other move brought the store to its new home.

The new store features organic produce, meats, vegetables, gluten-free products, and all of the things customers have come to expect of a Whole Foods store.

One of the things that impressed me about Whole Foods (the location near Rt. 161 and Sawmill) was its selection of craft and imported beer.

The new Upper Arlington location appears to offer a smaller range of beer than the other location, but the selection is nonetheless quite good.

During my visit on Sunday, I saw products from Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Avery, Stone, Anderson Valley, Bell's, Heavy Seas, Murphy's, Asahi, Peroni, Great Lakes, Southern Tier, Breckenridge, Victory, Fat Head's, Founders, Rogue, Rockmill, Ommegang, Unibroue, Epic Brewing, Hoppin' Frog, Dogfish Head, Schneider & Sohn, Baltika, Alesmith, Westmalle, North Coast, and several others.

In addition to the bottled beer selection, the Upper Arlington Whole Foods also has a room called The Social.  In this room is a coffee/tea shop (think of it as Whole Foods' version of Starbucks) featuring a variety of hot and cold drinks.  It also features eight beer taps with a rotating selection of draft beers.  Samples cost 25 cents and are a fairly generous size, probably 3-5 ounces.  Pints ranged in price from $3 to $6 (note that this pricing varies depending on the beers available and may be different during your visit).  The Social also offers 32-ounce and 64-ounce growlers of the beers available on tap.  During my visit, 32-ounce growlers ranged in price from $6 to $12, and 64-ounce ones from $12 to $24.

There is a decent amount of high-top and low-top seating at tables within The Social, as well as a television playing major sporting events.  You can also sit at the bar.

If you're hungry during your visit, food purchased elsewhere in the Whole Foods store may be carried to The Social and eaten there along with your beer.  (And yes, you can purchase bottled beer at Whole Foods and drink that at The Social as well.)

Other than the room feeling a little cramped, it's a nice, relaxing space.  My wife and I are definitely planning to come back again in the near future.

At the end of this article, I've placed a number of photos of the beer selection taken at Whole Foods during my visit.  These should give you a good idea of the depth and breadth of the selection you'll find there.  Since stock does rotate in and out of these stores, I can't promise you'll find the exact beer you're looking for even if you see it in these photos.

Whole Foods Market
1555 West Lane Avenue
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
(614) 481-3400

Hours: 8am to 9pm seven days a week

Draft List in the Bar Area

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