Jungle Jim's International Market - Fairfield
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5/5 rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I am hometown proud of Jungle Jim's. Always worth a stop even though I'm living in Bloomington now. 1200+ beers to choose from you can't go wrong. Absolutely awesome place. Stop and see it! It's in a convenient location as well. They have the most unique selections of countless items from all over the world. If you like hot sauce check out their hundreds to choose from. The store is sorted by country the foods came from and they have foods you would usually have a hard time finding anywhere else.
12-14-2011 01:35:04 | More by mgeraci
4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Jungle Jim's is an amazing place and would be worth a visit even if they didn't have a beer department. They have an amazing selection of international food and their sections of cheese, produce, deli, etc. are pretty hard to beat.
Their selection of beers is fairly broad and is generally well stocked. They have a large supply of all the usual suspects and the beers are sorted according to region with walls for West Coast, Midwest, East Coast and an aisle of Imports. They always get a fair number of the limited beers although they sell out extremely quickly in this heavily trafficked location.
Some of the less popular beers seem to sit a while, but usually this is evident by dust accumulating on the bottles - be wary if you are looking for lesser-known out of state IPAs. Most of the more popular breweries, especially in or near the Midwest, move pretty well and there is probably no cause for concern on those beers.
The staff is not overly friendly, but there is usually someone around to answer questions and more often than not they are fairly knowledgeable. A few of the employees are pretty exceptional and can help you track down the more limited beers or pull new stuff out of the back for you.
Prices are about average.
Jungle Jim's is a must visit location with an excellent beer selection. Make sure you don't get bogged down for too long in the beer section as the entire store is a must see.
08-28-2011 18:59:23 | More by agomega
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Third stop on 8/20 Ohio beer run w/ Barfwin.
This place is THE food/beverage shopping destination in Cincy! (and probably IN, KY, & other surrounding states as well...) For starters, one feels like they're entering a theme park when driving into the parking lot. Their "main attraction" is the large building that houses food items, but there are many other shops, with other offerings, located around the perimeter of the building.
When approaching the grocery building, you can't help but smile at the sight of the large waterfall surrounded by various (artificial) jungle vegetation & animals. There are so many different foods/products sold here, it's not immediately clear where the "beer aisle" is upon entering. (Look for the large yellow sign straight ahead that says "CIGARS", and make a beeline.)
The beer section is extensive: a wall of single 12oz craft bottles, three long 6+ level aisle facings of craft bombers and six packs, and one long 6+ level aisle facing of imports.
The 12oz single section includes most of the brands that are also sold in 6packs. Some breweries include: Troegs, Weyerbacher, Avery, DFH, Dark Horse, Great Lakes, Brooklyn, and many others.
Craft bombers included: Smuttynose, Alesmith, Troegs, a large Rogue section, and Life & Limb #2. Prices seemed to be very reasonable. (an example: Troegs Flying Moufflan bombers were $12.99 at two other stores earlier in the day, but were $9.99 at Jungle Jim's) Craft 6 and 4 packs were also available in a wide variety of regional brands, including the ones offered on the singles shelves.
The imports aisle had a decent selection of Belgian, German, & British brews. I was hoping to find some Cantillon, or other interesting sours. No Cantillon, unfortunately, but that seems to be a state-wide issue, not any fault of JJ's. I found Duchesse, various krieks, and even a St. Bernardus Wit, which I'd never seen before.
Anyone visiting JJ's to beer shop will not be let down. They'll at the same time find an incredible selection of wines, cheeses, and international foods. A mandatory stop for anyone in the region, or if you're just passing thru Cincy!!!
08-21-2011 15:55:33 | More by mdvatab
4.36/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I usually try to hit up Jungle Jim's while I'm in Cincy because there really isn't any place like it. I mostly go there for their beer selection, but their selection of wine, food, etc is simply amazing.I'm usually in search of Troegs, Great Lakes, Alesmith, and others that aren't available in Indiana. Now it will also be a place to pick up DFH since they pulled of of Indiana. I've never had an issues with the products I've purchased there and the staff is knowledgible and helpful. A must go to if you are in the Cincy area,
08-06-2011 19:33:36 | More by awhipker
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
this place is HUGE! I heard this place had shark meat so i went out, just to see an awesome display of great beers! I was amazed on how many west coast,northeast mid west..yada yada brews this place had, I literally filled a couple of boxes with bruery,great divide, hoppin frog, green flash weyerbacher. so many beers i havent tried, not too mention the help and energy this place provided. great atmosphere(although i could have done without the cheese section, im not a cheese fan) this place is now on my go to list. im going to try to go once a month if possible during new releases
08-01-2011 23:10:26 | More by jonandhisflask
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place has it all, really...everything.
I went today to get a Blushing Monk and was amazed at the beer selection that I had not seen in 6 years. So many tasty Mid West and Northeast goodies, as well as Green Flash, Bruery and many other fine domestics were there. The international offerings were pretty sweet too. Even though this store is epic (yes, like that), the worker who helped me was very courteous and knowledgeable. I like it that this store (and staff) are huge and yet personable.
This store is not near my usual stomps in Cincinnati, but the selection makes the occasional trip a must.
07-06-2011 00:52:41 | More by eyeenjoybeer
4.16/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited Jungle Jim's in the middle of a trip to Cincinnati. It was a must stop due to its stellar reputation. The place is a huge, ginormous super market with everything you could imagine. They have an entire aisle devoted to hot sauce and an entire row devoted solely to "adult themed" hot sauce. What a crazy store! I'm sure the beer selection would look bigger if it wasn't surrounded by so much wine but their selection is very impressive. They boast Ithaca, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Alesmith, Great Lakes, Founders, amongst hundreds of others. I went there specifically for Alesmith and Ithaca and found multiples from both breweries. They also had a couple cases of Goose Island's Big John just out on the shelf. You had to try a little too hard to find that in Indiana. They also had breweries divided by region, which I love. The imported beers were also separate from the American craft. The selection was fantastic. This is a great store and a must stop if you're looking for something cool.
06-14-2011 23:51:28 | More by aasher
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Jungle Jim's is a place that needs to be experienced. They are the super ultra megamart that we all wish we had in out back yard. Its a staple of the Cincinnati beer scene. The beer selection is second to none in the city, top 4 in the area. Many Ohio breweries are represented here, including Hoppin Frog, Buckeye, Brek Kettle and Rivertown. Due to Ohio's 12% abv cap, you won't see huge, high gravity beers here, but the selection is amazing.
Also worth checking out here is the liquor store, and walk in humidor. There's an amazing wine selection, glassware and homebrew shop as well. In this part of the buidling, there's a Starbucks and sub shop as well as the famous Jungle Jim's Deli and Cheese Shoppe.
A must see for anybody travelling in the area.
05-15-2011 06:01:11 | More by RocPorterFanatic
4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
A- 4.5 This place is bustling and everyone is very into what they're doing there. It has a "special" vibe to it. It can sometimes be a little too crowded and you will need to shuffle around the aisles but pretty cool in general.
Q- 5 Everything here is of good quality. The store is huge but very well organized and clean. Gourmet offerings abound everywhere.
Sr- 4 Generally speaking the staff is nice and fairly knowledgeable about their department, but it is so big and sometimes crowded it can be hard to track someone down.
Se- 5 Beer-wise, you'll be able to find plenty to suit your fancy. There is a great selection of micro brews and imports sorted nicely between packages and singles. Mix and match is definitely an option...Very good beer selection. Wine is very nice as well and food-wise, well, I've never seen a better overall selection in a stand-alone market. There is a lot of everything here, and the products are of high quality. There are international sections of cuisines from across the world in addition to the standard items. You can get lost in it. It is a jungle out there.
F- 5 As mentioned above, the food is top-notch. Very nice deli and butcher shop, fresh seafood selection and vast produce. The bakery is fantastic, and the dry goods are immense. The international offerings are really impressive. Great store for beer and wine drinkers, but it's even better for foodies.
V-$$ I say that the store's value is reasonable for beer prices. Some of the groceries are expensive, but the premium is offset by the quality and sheer availability of the goods. What you get there is most likely good stuff, and a lot of what you can get there is not easy to find anywhere else (locally). It is always a good time and an experience shopping here. Worth a stop whether you're looking for beer or not!
04-16-2011 19:56:54 | More by KYBrewgrass
4/5 rDev -6.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This Cincinnati main stay is one of the few grocery stores that carry a full selection of craft and import brews. The staff isn't clueless most things seem fresh and some times they have sales. The only warning I would give is aviod this place at peak hours because the store as a whole is a kind of attraction in the area and draws quite a crowd. Parking can be a pain during these times as well as walking though the aisles and checking out if it is busy. That being said it is a nice place with a good selection of beer as well as everything else.
09-06-2010 00:13:31 | More by rcwhiteky
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Jungle Jim's International Market - Fairfield in Fairfield, OH
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