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Whole Foods Market Beer Store by Jeremy
December 22, 2007, 12:00 am
Filed under: beer, distributor, local

Wednesday night I finally got down to the Whole Foods Union Square South beer room. The Beer Room, if you haven’t heard, has two things. The first you’ll find all over town: a decent beer selection. There was everything from Pabst Blue Ribbon to Guido Belgium Ale. I have only one minor complaint and that is I couldn’t find a certain type of wheat beer I was supposed to pick up for my girlfriend. In all fairness, you would be hard pressed to find a good selection of fruity wheat ales in most beer shops. What really set’s this little oasis apart, though, is the second thing: the Growler filling stations, manned by a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

The Beer Store carries all the local beers on draft and dispenses them by the growler, which are themselves reasonably priced at a few bucks. You of course can bring your own, too. I picked up a Growler of one of the Six Point Craft Ales (their website is currently under construction), but they also had Kelso and Brooklyn Brewery beers available. I was sad to hear while checking out that the beers on tap were available only on tap. Worse than that, there is absolutely no sampling your freshly-filled growler on the premises. In fact, I still haven’t had any of that beer yet.

While I was there, I also picked up a six-pack of Brooklyn Brewery’s Monster Ale, a Rogue Christmas ale, and a few other random brews. I predict that this will be the first of many beer runs to the Beer Store. I commute to and from work on the F line, which stops right outside this place at the Second Avenue stop. Literally, right outside this place. I may try to get some better pictures of the growler filling station, but Whole Foods seems to have a strict policy against in-store picture taking, with no exception for beer-loving beer bloggers, like myself.