sethdude (17) St. Louis, Missouri | February 28, 2006
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Hey, I love Joes. On top of the selection noted by previous rater, you can break a sixer at no additional charge per bottle. It’s a cool store, I get most of my groceries there anyway, and I like breaking six packs. Nothing wrong with this one. Staff is very friendly, though very busy and not beer knowledgeable. Plus, if you buy a beer and don’t like it, just bring in the empty bottle and get a full refund! Now that’s service!
jpm30 (57) East Central, Georgia | February 6, 2006| Updated April 15, 2006
38 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 7/20
I think most people know what kind of store Trader Joe’s is, largely a private label store that offers prices just above a shoppers club store. At this Trader Joe’s they offer, besides their own brands, one or more selections from, Chimay, Duvel, Lindemans, Nostradamus (Caracole), Unibroue, Bavaria, Clausthaler, Gerstel, Oranjeboom, Spaten, Warsteiner, Murphy’s, Newcastle, Young’s, Anchor Stream, Black Toad, Edison, Fat Weasel, Jumping Cow, Kingfisher, New Belgium, Rialto, Schlafly and Sea Dog, Some of Trader Joe’s beers are not that bad, like the Hefe Weizen, the Bock or the Shipyard Oatmeal Stout. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling them first rate, just affordable, drinkable beer. They also had Trader Joe’s Winter Ale, which is made by Unibroue.
Service is nonexistent, hand offs and the store has always been quite busy and crowded when I’ve been there, so don’t expect any help. Price are in line with or cheaper than other stores. I looked over the stock and I don’t think you will have any real quality problems, the turnover rate seems to be quite high. I have never been to a Trader Joe’s that had wine or beer cooler space and that holds true for this store.
If you are a traveler and have time to ice down your beers, this would be a good all-in-one stop, snacks, lunch/dinner and beer.