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AJ's Fine Foods
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
20050 N 67th Ave
phone: (623) 537-2300
(Place added by: Boilermaker88)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17
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: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I saved some money from a Spring Training game from not buying an $8 pint of beer, but instead decided to redistribute that money (and a little more) at this establishment. AJ's is a gourmet store with a number of fine artisan products, including beer. All the beer is chilled in a cool box and looked fresh, well-organized to boot. Some good stuff, good selection of bombers and single bottles. Beers like Handbryggeriet, Westmalle, Black Boss Porter, Trumer Pils, Unibroue, Okocim, St. Bernardus...good American craft beer selection too (Stone, Lagunitas, Big Sky, Leinenkuegel). Beers were a little more expensive than other establishments I visited in greater Phoenix.
One could go here exclusively for beer, but Total Wine is just down the street and has a better selection while being less expensive. Better to go here for one-stop shopping for artisan food products and artisan beer.
03-10-2009 01:57:50 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Shadow of its former self. Still decent selection, but finding more expired stuff here as of late. Wine seems to be creeping into the floor display area more often.
You can get good guidance if you need it. Most stock is refrigerated. Parking is ample. Very convenient location right off the 101 at 67th ave, on the southwest corner to be exact.
Many desirable beers can be found here on a regular basis, especially the rare offerings from Stone, Alesmith, Dogfish, and more. This place is certainly recommended.
08-07-2006 03:39:23 |
More by yemenmocha
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Swung by this place during a trip to the 2008 Fiesta Bowl (yea WVU!)
Very pleased with the result: a full aisle dedicated to microbrews. The selection was quite impressive in terms of west coast brews (made me pee a little): Stone, Ska, Moylan's, Green Flash, Kona, and others.
Make your own six-packs were available, and the prices were very reasonable, if on the inexpensive side.
The service was great, the cashier and I had a few minutes of beer talk before I headed out.
AJ's fine foods rocks any supermarket chain we have on the east coast in terms of beer selection (Whole Foods, Total Wine, etc...).
01-04-2008 19:22:12 |
More by wagenvolks
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: 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 |
More by Boilermaker88
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
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After just moving to AZ this find was a life-saver. Stopped in just to get some cheese and bread and walked out with a cart full of beer. They carry alot of Cali brands such as Stone, Port, Lost Abbey, and sometimes Russian River. They also have Great Divide and Oskar Blues and other stuff from Colorado I had never seen before. They have a very nice selection of Belgians as well. Prices are pretty good, but if you are in the area its definately worth the stop, however I don't think its worth making a trip for.
04-16-2009 16:17:49 |
More by snpub540
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here based on Beerfly (and it was closest to where we were staying) and was very impressed. Gourmet grocery store in the Whole Foods vein, but more gourmet. Nice atmosphere and layout. The beer took up a long, open cooler and some 4-way displays toward the back, by the wine. Nice selection, focused heavily on West Coast and Colorado brews. Glad to see Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, Alesmith, and Green Flash, among many other good choices. A few macros, and modest supply of European beers. Many singles available (big plus!), and there were many hand-written reccommendations from "Jonpol." As I was getting ready to leave Jonpol came out to stock and we chatted for a while. Very nice guy who knows his stuff. Wish I could have bought more, especially at their reasonable prices. Will definitely go back next time I'm in town!
03-29-2007 15:13:41 |
More by alexgash
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Q: Not too shabby...reminded me of a Whole Foods out here in California with about the same quality of beer to choose from.
S: Nothing too special...but an employee was there to help us with questions.
S: Coming from California...the selection was a change of pace for me. A lot of Great Divide stuff mixed in with some other local breweries. Oh yeah, a lot of dogfish head as well.
Overall: A better version of Bevmo...but nothing out of this world. Picked up a Oaked Aged Yeti for about 8 or 9 bucks...which was pretty awesome. Visit this place if you have some free time. Cheers!
03-25-2009 05:51:46 |
More by OlieIPA
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