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Jungle Jim's International Market - Fairfield
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
5440 Dixie Hwy
phone: (513) 674-6000
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Jungle Jim's is the disneyland of grocery stores folks. They have everything, and I mean everything you can think of. I even spied a full pig's head wrapped in plastic, with a price tag on it, so the next time you have a craving for pig's head, they have it !
The place is currently going through some renovations, so when I was there, the beer selection greeted you as you entered the front doors. The selection was stop you in the tracks, jaw dropping, staggering. Everything from Avery to Smuttynose, to St. Bernardus, Rogue, 3 Floyds, etc. Dogfish, and just about everything else you can think of. I was a little wary of some of the selections being a bit dusty. Luckily for me, I was just in New England and couldn't carry much more. I selected an Avery's Reverand Quadruple Ale and 3Floyd's Dreadnaught IPA bombers.
Not much on the service, I staggered around for 20 minutes, and the store was closing so they were busy, but the shelves seemed a bit unorganized, and cluttered, maybe they can improve on that.
We are already plotting our return here to fill up on beer, and hard to find gourmet goodies. Unbelievable place !
09-20-2003 23:24:15 |
More by StevieW
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Made an excursion to Jungle Jims this past weekend and was blown away. They have enormous amounts of beer and wine (not to mention the huge foriegn food selections - 4 acres of it). The selection was wonderful - lots of imports and micro brews. They have a small section where you can get single bottles, but mostly you have to get the beer in six packs or four packs. This is the only downfall. I actually took two beers out of six packs and made them singes and that caused a catastrophe at the register. They didn't scan (of course), so they had to call for a price check then somebody had to look it up in a book. They had beers that I had never heard of and every one that I have heard of (close at least). They also had a small selection of beer/pint glasses. The glasses were mostly Belgian beer glasses, but they were all very shapely and interesting - they even had Rochefort and Westvleteren glasses! The employees that I ran into didn't seem to be too knowledgeable about the beers, but they did their best to be helpful (mostly just high school kids - so I really didn't expect to gain too much beer info from them). The prices on the beer are just a tiny bit high, but with such a large selection, that is commendable. I highly recommend checking this place out.
08-07-2003 17:42:57 |
More by clvand0
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
Jungle Jim's is huge, folks. They are so big that they purchased the old monorail system from King's Island in order to assist folks getting from one part of the store to another. Besides grocery selections of nearly every ethnicity in our diverse city, so to do they stock beer and wine from every corner of the globe. New stuff comes in every week, if I lived closer, I'd earn Frequent Visitor points or something. Not an abundance of staff, yet there always seems to be a willing employee to help me when I have a question.
DISCLAIMER - An awesome selection of stuff, but *Fair Warning* - they do not refrigerate any of their stock! As long as it's fresh or the beer is a big one with lots of hops or alcohol, check freshness dates. I purchased some Blanche de Chambly there and enjoyed one with my brother last night. I casually read the label and there on the back the freshness date said enjoy by 2-Feb-02!!! YIKES! I didn't even think to check that. The beer was good enough, but I have nixed submitting a review for it until I get a fresh sample. On the other hand, I also found a cache of J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale from 1997-2001 and promptly bought several of each year. These are tough enough to tolerate some abuse and possible mishandling. I've seen some sixers on the shelf whose label clearly stated, 'Keep refrigerated between 40 and 55 degrees, etc.' Now I'm checking some other selections from there and seeing some discouraging 'Best By' dates, I will check each bottle in the future. They don't cut breaks in price for the stuff, so make sure you're getting fresh product. Smart shopping in this fashion will ensure you the best possible experience and beverage enjoyment from libations purchased at Jungles.
07-28-2003 14:45:27 |
More by brewdlyhooked13
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
One of the more unusual beer shopping experiences you'll find. Jim's is one of those fun spots to shop that you won't soon forget. Lots of foreign beers and micros. Plenty of selection and quality along with reasonable pricing. This is a stop that's sure to please. Easy checkouts and plenty of parking.
Update, July 2003: Lots of construction going on at Jim's, so its a bit dicey moving into and out of the store. If anything the selection has grown even bigger. Still a great stop that looks like it'll soon be even bigger and better.
06-26-2003 15:50:46 |
More by AtLagerHeads
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5
Jungle Jims sure does have a great selection of beer from many different breweries. You can find many imports and micros here. The only real gripe that I have about the place is that there is hardly anything in single bottles. Don't expect to find any micros in singles, unless it is a bomber. They got the right idea, and I really like coming here because they have some things that large stores in northern Kentucky don't, but they need to allow people to get single bottles. The staff was pretty helpful, and was a little knowledgeable. There was also a little bit of glassware, mostly Belgian and German, which was pretty nice. I'll definately come back to get the Victory and Three Floyds that I can't find in northern Kentucky. I just hope I can talk them into having more single bottles.
06-03-2003 19:36:17 |
More by SheepNutz
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
My wife and I took a day trip to Cincinnati, and I made it a point to stop by Jungle Jim's on the way home. I expected to find some beers that aren't available in Indianapolis, but really hadn't set my expectations all that high... after all... this is a grocery store, right?
Let me just say that I was in awe within 60 seconds of walking through the door. After removing my jaw from the floor, I had to contemplate how much beer I could get by with taking home in just one day... I could have literally filled an entire shopping cart with beers that I had never seen before.
The service is decent, as they do at least have someone available in the beer and wine section to answer basic questions.
I will most certainly be making more trips to Cincinnati after finding this gem of a store. They also have an excellent selection of international groceries, hot sauces, chocolates, and seafood.
05-12-2003 09:12:17 |
More by zerk
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
Located not too far from Cincinnati, going to Jungle Jim's is truly an experience. The building really grabs your attention. There is some kind of light-rail contraption outside that is reminiscent of Disney's monorail (just not working). There is a huge parking lot but luckily they have a shuttle (also Disney-esque) for those shoppers too lazy to walk. The Disney comparison continues inside the store, the way it is divided into different "countries", much like Epcot. There are various animatronic animals singing throughout the store much like the It's a Small World ride.
The selection of beer (not to mention wine, cigars, and food) is absolutely mind-boggling. They have a "Wall of Beer" (see pics on the website) with hundreds of different beers from around the country and world. They even have a nice selection of glassware and even some harder to find vintage ales. It is worth the trip!
As for service, don't expect to get much help from the staff, as this is more of a grocery store than a beer store. There is simply so much beer to choose from though, just close your eyes and grab and you are bound to get something worthwhile.
12-18-2002 09:11:59 |
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