When you think of places to go, relax, and enjoy a cold beer – I bet Whole Foods Market doesn’t pop into your head as a destination spot. If your local WFM is anything like mine, there is a section to eat food from their fresh salad bar, pizza spot, or sushi take-out. But it’s just a few tables, by the registers, and nothing to really write home about. But what if you could enjoy your meal with a cold beer – in an Airstream!? That’s how awesome the WFM Oxnard location is. Opened in Summer 2013, the market is amongst a group of retail shops called The Collection and is a destination on a Saturday night.
Whole Foods Market always has a great variety of craft beer and local wines. And remember that Friends’ episode (A Thanksgiving episode, if I recall) where Joey is eating a trifle with layers of different food items? And separate, they’re all awesome, but together, you just aren’t sure? Beer? Good. Wine? Gooooood. And that brings us to the new creation of craft beer by Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
They joined forces with another local winery – Margerum Wine Company – to create the Biere de Menage. Margerum brought their Sauv Blanc to the table, and Figueroa Mountain used their French-style Table Beer. The result? A smooth beer, just enough bitter taste, and a delight to drink with good company.
When I arrived at the launch party for the beer, Figueroa Mountain was pouring samples to taste, then selling them in a branded goblet. I spent the evening with 2 bloggers. One, Keiunta,is also a fellow SoCal Lady Blogger. And by happenstance – we sat across from another blogger, a local to Oxnard, Kristin.
We all had a great time talking and I found out another awesome secret from Kristin and her beau – You can visit the back butcher area for hot sandwiches to grab & eat there AND they’ll even grille up something fresh for you! I took their advice and grabbed a super delicious shredded BBQ beef sandwich to enjoy. Then they treated me to a macaron. It was amazing. I had the espresso bean one.
Before I knew it, I had spent almost 3 hours at Whole Foods. I had a great time and can’t wait to scoop up the Biere de Menage for Jon to try out. I think he’ll like it. We don’t always have the same taste in beer but we do enjoy trying things out together! If not, more for me!
Thank you Whole Foods Market, Oxnard, for inviting me to the launch party for Figueroa Mountain’s new brew!