Whole Foods Market is finally poised to invade Uptown next month, opening a 40,000 square-foot store at the corner of McKinney and Routh on August 12. In addition to hawking the usual organic produce and countless varieties of nut milks, there will be craft beer — lots of it. The in-store taproom will feature 24 taps, with 19 dedicated to beer, 4 to wine, and the last pouring cold-brew coffee that's been aged in a bourbon barrel.
Besides the option to sip on a glass of wine or beer while shopping for soy ice cream and gluten-free everything — or kicking back on the patio complete with misters and TVs — the taproom will also sell growler fills of beer and wine to stash in your home fridge. An official tap list hasn't yet been released for the Uptown location, but if the Park Lane store's offerings are any indication, it will include local offerings from the likes of Lakewood Brewing, Peticolas, and Revolver alongside selections from other popular American craft brewers.
The Uptown taproom will also be the first to serve Whole Foods' own house-brewed beer, produced at its brewery inside Houston's Post Oak store. A keg of Post Oak Pale Ale will be tapped on opening day, well ahead of its official release date in mid-September; it's described as "a deep golden beer that starts off with an orange marmalade sweetness and rolls directly into tangerine, grapefruit, and tropical tones."
The Uptown store's taproom will be open until 10 p.m. every night.