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AJ's Fine Foods
$$ - reasonable
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20050 N 67th Ave
phone: (623) 537-2300
(Place added by: Boilermaker88)
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| Reviews: 17
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I love this place. Originally being from PA, I can't describe the overwhelming joy I experienced when I gazed upon that refrigerated wall of single-bottle heaven. I have yet to find a better place to buy beer in the Glendale/Peoria area. Their regualar selection is great, and they are always rotating in seasonals and new beers. There's a really nice mix of American micros and imports, and they have a pretty decent selection of Belgians. Every time I go in (which is about once a week) there seems to be something new. The beer guy Jonpol is very knowledgable and always fun to chat with about beer and the like. Highly recommended.
02-11-2007 07:29:09 |
More by seedee17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Shadow of its former self. Still decent selection, but finding more expired stuff here as of late. Wine seems to be creeping into the floor display area more often.
You can get good guidance if you need it. Most stock is refrigerated. Parking is ample. Very convenient location right off the 101 at 67th ave, on the southwest corner to be exact.
Many desirable beers can be found here on a regular basis, especially the rare offerings from Stone, Alesmith, Dogfish, and more. This place is certainly recommended.
08-07-2006 03:39:23 |
More by yemenmocha
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Thanks to beerfly i was able to have this as one of my destinations when i visted phoenix/glendale.
I walk in am already amazed at this place. All nice and cozy like. I walk to the beer aisle and wow. Singles everyway!! And not just bombers, but 12oz bottles. Huge selection including ones i have never been able to find out here in Las Vegas including Avery and Dogfish Head.
As i'm grabbing a handful of stuff i wanna try, a worker who was stocking the shelves sees me pick up a Rogue mocha porter. He asks if i like porters, i say i love 'em, then he points out orignal flag porter. Tells me a bit about it, and says its. I still havent drank it yet, but that kinda help is awesome.
I visted here twice during my stay and took home about 14 bottles. All different. In Vegas, all we have for singles are 22oz bombers, and that gets tad annoying when u wanna try a bunch or brews.
Definetly check this place out, prices were pretty damn good to.
03-14-2006 19:26:53 |
More by tonistruth
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
AJ's is my Mecca! The quality of the beer selection in this store is exceptional. Being a northwestern Phoenix resident, I was estatic to find out an AJ's was being built 3 miles from my home!
The service has been good although the attitude of the beer guy on duty the day I came back from Portland was less than stellar. He got a little surly when I asked if they could bring in Bridgeport Brewing Company samples. He muttered something along the lines of "Don't we bring in enough of a selection?" I got over it and continue to go back there.
The selection is outstanding as I would guess there is nearly 300 different brews to chose from. I have not been to the ledgendary Tops on the eastside of the greater Phoenix area so AJ's in the tops in my books!
JonPol is the guy that m ade this a great stop but he has long since moved on and i rarely come here anymore. Overall they still have a decent selection of beer although nowhere near what other specialty shops offer. Service is still pretty good. Bottom line is that it is the guy in charge of buying the beer that makes a smaller place special!
04-11-2004 23:57:23 |
More by arizcards
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Like Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the last installment in the AJs Fine Foods Trilogy Tour during my recent desert cruise of said establishments with BA Gusler, was by far the best.
Well as the legend himself says below, this AJs (Arrowhead) is reasonably new and probably the best appointed and well presented of the three I visited (the other two were AJs (Phoenix) and AJs (Moon Valley).
A lovely decorative water feature outside sparkles in the desert sunshine as you enter. This place is so new that it has none of the crooked filthy Carts with wobbly wheels that you usually find in most Stores. Moreover, once you enter, a tranquil Air Conditioned interior that is packed with quality foods and beverages greets all of your senses. This is a high end Trader Joes with some serious Beer Attitude.
Like most AJs, just bear left past the Checkouts when you enter, and the Beer is usually all on display in one of those open style coolers that comprises an entire Aisle in length somewhere near the far left of the store. Where to begin? Well this AJs had probably the best selection of beer that I have ever seen in any Supermarket, anywhere. The range here puts many beer only stores to shame. Many local area beers from micros, fully complemented by fermented beverages of all shapes, kinds and colors from Austria, Australia, England, Wales, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Romania, Poland, and many of the States that used to make up the former Soviet Union (too many to remember, too f**king hard to spell) as well as most of the other East European faculty members and some strange odd-balls thrown in for good measure. The selection is absolutely first class, and although I had stocked earlier, a serious perusal was in order here as I had been abandoned by Gusler (he was busy chatting up the female staff and grabbing a free cup of coffee from a suppliers freebie stall.)
In addition to the cooler, Special Packs and Boxed Sets, including a few from Belgium that I have not seen before, are on Sale also and can be found at the end of the Beer Cooler closest to the entrance. Check these out; they are often interesting and good value.
A huge and heartfelt thanks to fellow BA Gusler for the Tripel AJs tour. A true Gentleman and someone any BA who plans on visiting Phoenix should seek out. Heres to Gusler, a legend on his own Barstool and a damn fine drinking partner. Cheers Joe!
03-02-2004 06:36:10 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Finally getting around to reviewing the 3rd AJ's that I visit on a regular basis, as the LongBeachBum can attest to, the newest and I must say most decorative of the bunch.
As with the other AJ's, the staff can pick and choose what beer, Wines, Spirits are featured, and trust me, there are a "Bazillion" choices. Of course the "Beer' section is my most favorite, including some 300 plus beers, everything you can imagine from case of macros to three liter bottle of Stone Double Bastard.
They have a great selection of Central European beers, just picked up some Romanian beers, some great English brews and some munchies to accommodate my sampling session
The thing I like most is the fact that you can buy a single, a six pack, a case of any beer in stock, with the prices being competitive with most high-end liquor stores.
Staff is knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and there's also all that Gourmet food and the like, a must visit for all you visiting the greater Phoenix area, and just remember the "Gusler" is always available for guided tours"!
02-18-2004 13:24:27 |
More by Gusler
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Located just south off the 101 Fwy at 67th St in Glendale, AZ, AJ's Fine Foods is a lot like what Whole Foods Markets are like. They are an up-scale grocery which also carry a pretty good selection of beer.
Going to my in-laws is always fun and now it's even more enjoyable as this store is an easy five minute drive from their house. I took my brother-in-law along and got him acquainted with some good beer. What items were there? A strong line-up from Stone, Rogue, New Belgium, North Coast, Deschutes, Sonora, and Ommegang plus Unibroue, a decent selection of German and Belgian offerings. A large selection of winter seasonals were on hand as were the 3L Double Bastard and magnums of Anchor's 2003 X-Mas Ale. Gift packs from Chimay and St. Bernardus were well displayed.
I picked up New Belgium's Blue Paddle pilsner, Fat Tire amber, Sunshine wheat beer, Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale, Abbey Dubbel, Abbey Trippel, and 1554 Brussels style black ale, Stone's IPA, Smoked Porter, Pale Ale and 7th Anniversary Ale (for my brother-in-law), Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Sonora's Top Down kolsch, North Coast's Wintertime Ale, and my prize, a Rochefort 10 which was $6.99. I couldn't seem to find the Rochefort 10 for much less than $8.50, so I felt good about that one in particular. The manager noticed me eyeballing the selection and then loading up and took the time to stop and chat about beer and what's available and what they're looking at getting in the future. The staff was friendly and seemed eager to help me find any items I might be searching for.
AJ's has a decent selection and good quality. Yes, there are some macros and stuff a beer enthusiast would just as soon avoid. However, there's a lot of good stuff that would make the place worth checking out.
12-01-2003 23:47:01 |
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