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Jungle Jim's International Market - Fairfield
$$ - reasonable
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5440 Dixie Hwy
phone: (513) 674-6000
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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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 |
More by Dogbrick
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
Between the cigar selection in their walk in humidor and the beer selection available, I thought I landed in my own personal heaven on earth. Jungle Jim's is an adult theme park for foodies, beergeeks, winos, and cigar snobs alike. Massive Ohio brewed selection, tasting area offered beers I had never had, or heard of. Cigars were stellar quality is top notch, and I'm glad I made it to this store, I have to go back but if I never make it there's at least one thing off of my bucket list. I didn't meet many employees well versed on beer, but I was so impressed and jealous at the same time that this isn't located in my neighborhood. Awesome place for cigar, wine, and beer tastings there's nothing like this store not a cookie cutter chain, one of kind built piece by piece as eclectic as any world market could ever claim to be. This place has to be in the Guinness book of world records for originality or something.
09-15-2013 01:21:07 |
More by WVbeergeek
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I've never really thought about supermarkets as an attraction, but this place is definitely tour-worthy. Jungle Jim's is an attraction unto itself, and has a great selection of beer, much as it has a great selection of pretty much everything it sells - olives, cheese, hot sauce, honey, - really everything! I've derided both beer pricing and selection in Ohio since I moved to here from Wisconsin a few months ago, but Jungle Jim's is a definite exception...it is by far the best beer selection I've seen in OH, and while I feel I've been victimized by Ohio's minimum-markup laws, I feel like the prices here weren't bad.
They have mixed-sixes, although the pricing and selection on the mixed-sixes weren't great. But the bomber and six-pack selection were great, and while the place isn't cheap, it is not as bad as other beer stores I frequent in OH.
I didn't speak to anyone here; no idea what service is like here, but it's a grocery store - other than getting help finding the hoisin sauce and the Boboli, do you expect from a grocery store?
08-16-2009 20:43:28 |
More by BeerBelcher
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is one tremendous store--like Wal-mart on crack. They have an outstanding inventory of foods from all over the world. From ethnic European foods to the freshest seafood possible. Cheeses, meats, wines, cigars...you name it. You can read other reviews to learn more about that.
Now to the beer. They have an array of hard-to-find beers that I thought that I would never get to try. Although the quality is high, I expected a larger selection from listening to other BAers talk. They probably carry 300-400 different beers. Many of them I can find closer to home. But the ones that I can't, this is worth the 1-hour trip. Like other BAers, I was disapointed that you cannot buy singles from a six-pack... "Hey Jungle Jim, get with the program." Maybe if they read this enough, then they will start. All in all, a fascinating market. I'll often make a day of just browsing the aisles.
08-22-2005 15:55:02 |
More by BEERchitect
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $
Jungle Jim's is a great place to get beer. They have such a huge collection, it would be impossible to go into what they have. Macros, micros, imports... it would be impossible to not find several of each beer style represented, and they have brews from several US regions.
I picked up a BrewDog amber, an English made Scotch ale, and a six pack of Raging Bitch.
Service in the beer aisles was non-existant. I saw one employee who didn't offer any help at all. Had the check-out girl not been polite, service would've been scored as a one.
As far as beer goes, though, if you're in the area, you should definitely stop by.
EDIT: forgot to mention, I coded the price as inexpensive not because the beers are necessarily cheap, but because I've never seen them cheaper anywhere else.
04-04-2010 04:42:06 |
More by JamesS
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
This is one awesome place. Pretty nice beer selection with many craft offerings from brewers like :Rogue, Stone, Bell's, Victory, New Holland, etc... Good selection of imports as well. Some of the imports are available in liters and bombers, but no singles of american craft brew other than bombers. There is a "beer cave" for cold selections, but the vast majority of the selection is out on the shelves. Staff was helpful, but were so busy, you could not really ask questions. Be on the lookout for bargains, as we found the last 12 pack of Paulaner Hefewiezen for $7.99. Another tip, this place has a lot, so if you want other things along with the beer, be prepared to spend a while in here. Worth the drive!
06-17-2004 01:13:55 |
More by Bierguy5
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $
Jungle Jim's International Market is an insane grocery store. This place is HUGE. Luckily, the beer and wine department is one of the first areas you find when you walk in the doors.
The beer area has three of four sets of shelves, a row of stacked beer, AND a walk in cooler. Beer is organised mostly by point of origin. Shelving units are marked American craft beer, east coast, west coast, midwest, belgian, english, german, asian, and a tag that says "imports" for the most common imports. (I may not have that completely right, but you get the idea) Did I mention the size of this place?
Jungle Jim's has the biggest beer selection in Ohio. If they don't have it, I doubt anyone in the state does. (don't hold me liable for this claim) I really don't have much to say about the service, good or bad. There was someone helping out other customers, but I didn't talk to him. It's a big place, and I had much to see.
Prices seemed to be in line with other Ohio retailers, but you may find some super bargains as well. THE bargain of the day was six-packs of 2006 Bigfoot for $4.99. How in the world did they pull that off?
Jungle Jim's also has a wider range of groceries under one roof than anyplace else on the planet. I'm used to a grocery store that has one "ethnic" aisle. This place has rows upon rows of food from all over the planet. The produce department has fruits I've never heard of, and some things like durian that I didn't know were even imported.
Jungle Jim's is an insane place that is a must stop for beer nuts, and those that are crazy about food.
11-07-2006 03:02:57 |
More by frazbri
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited Jungle Jim's after reading a few reviews from BA's I trusted and I was not let down. Almost all of the American micro selection are beers I can't get in the Lexington area, so I was more deciding which beers to take leave there than which to take home. I didn't even take a look in the import section for things to buy, as that would have just complicated things. Bless my wife, she let me spend over an hour in the American micro section where I bought way more beer than anyone on my budget should ever buy. The whole time I was in the beer section, there were no employees there to answer questions or to help me, so service was that of any other store without anyone on the floor, but the selection more than makes up for that. If you can't find something that you haven't had before, then I envy your list of beers you have consumed. I will be back there sooner than later. If you are in the area, stop and pick up a few. The only other complaint is that they don't break 6-ers, so you're locked into a beer unless it comes in a big bottle.
Edit: I've had quite a bit better service over the past year or so. There is always someone around the beer department, and they always ask if I need any help or have any questions.
08-13-2004 02:38:47 |
More by kmpitz2
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Jungle Jims is pretty much a good place to start if you're in the area and looking for that hard to find beer, wine, or cheese. I work for Bonbright and this used to be one of my accounts. I actually spent more time looking at wine and getting caught by Ed instead of doing my job. But it's hard not too. They have one of the best wine selections in the world.
I did the beer reset here a while back (last October maybe) and they reset the micro brews really smartly in my opinion. By region. They have all the bombers that pretty much everyone releases and are available in Ohio. A huge assortment of Belgians, German, etc. etc. etc.
The one thing I think could help them out but I'm not sure if they have the room would be selling all of their packaged items by singles. They do have a whole shelf of singles but I believe they are from breakers.
And I won't even get into the rare other world foods but if you can't find it elsewhere there is a good chance you will find it here.
04-07-2006 11:11:30 |
More by mcallister
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