Grocery shopping at Whole Foods is a Happy Hour!

by October 8, 2012 at 9:00 am 2,210 0

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Whole Foods Bar on the 1400 block of P Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos and Aparna Krishnamoorthy)

From Aparna Krishnamoorthy. Email her at aparna[AT] Follow her on Twitter @aparnakris.

Attention, shoppers! Your trips to the grocery store are no longer a chore. It’s happy hour. At the newly open Bar at Whole Foods on P Street NW, you can now sit back and enjoy a coffee or something a bit stronger. The bar, which offers a nice selection of draft beers and wines, is on the main level of the store. They also have an all-organic coffee bar with organic coffee and espresso drinks. The store plans to have a grand opening for the bar soon, but is currently open for business.

The beer selection is varied – with eight different local beers offered on tap. Prices vary from $5 to $10 and there will be a 4-flight selection available as well.  The store expects to switch out the beers offered every two weeks or so, providing customers with a nice selection of local craft brews. Some of these beers are exclusive to P Street and will not be available anywhere else in the area, including other area Whole Foods! Some of them will be available for purchase in the store. See an interesting new beer? Try a mug at the bar before committing to the six-pack.

Right now, the list includes RJ Rockers Pumpkin Ale (a P St exclusive), Dogfish Head Bitches Brew (my personal favorite), Unibroue Eau Benite (not available anywhere else in a 38-mile radius) and Epic-Fest Devious.

The Whole Foods P Street pub offers 100% certified organic coffee, draft beers and wines by the glass. All of the beers are made locally and will rotate based on availability and customer feedback, with some beers available exclusively only at this store.

If you are not into beer, do not worry. A selection of wines is available at the bar – both local and global. Priced at a reasonable $6 per glass, you might find yourself lingering at the bar longer than you planned to.

But wait, there’s more. The all-organic coffee bar offers hot and cold drinks, with organic milk from Trickling Springs Creamery. And if you are so inclined, they substitute soy and rice milk as well – for no extra charge. Take that, Starbucks.

For now, shoppers will not be able to walk around the store with drinks in tow (other than coffees), but they are looking to expand the bar to the mezzanine area. So go ahead, pull up a stool and fill up a mug.

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