I’ve moved back the Phoenix area after being gone 18 years. Back in the day, AJ’s was the place I’d go to buy beer (although the location I shopped at is gone). Although you can still get a few singles here, otherwise this AJ’s selection is somewhat pedestrian. I only found a handful of the wide variety of local possibilities, and the days of splitting 6-packs is gone evidently. Gotta pick from a limited lineup if you want singles. The entire beer selection was limited to a 12-foot-long cooler. They have more at Fry’s, if a few less quality picks. I’ll keep looking ...
Definielty a nicer venue that some of the other AJ’s but a big letdown beer wise. Has half the selection of the Via Linda location in Scottsdale but with none of the interesting specialities, but hey if you want to pay a dollar more for a bottle of Cheerwine then you’d spend in North Carolina then be my guest.
Typical AJ’s with an upscale feel and sometimes upscale or larger variety of produce, meats and cheeses. The beer selection does not differentiate itself from other AJ’s, maybe a bit worse than some, and about the same as a sub-par Whole Foods. Yep, no need to go out of your way unless you’re driving right by.
Pretty good selection. I usually stop there just before they close (I work nearby), so service is just the cashier. Who by the way is always nice. Beer selection is good, but lacking the harder to find beers and breweries, but some that I can’t get elsewhere
AJ’s always has a quality selection of groceries, but Jonpol’s attention to the craftbrew section at this particular store distinguishes as one of the best places to find the beer you’re looking for in Phoenix it’s just too bad it’s so far North...
On the other side of a large town for me, but the time I’ve made it there was well worth the trip. Great selection and a very knowledgeable beermaster!
Sparky (26) Phoenix, Arizona | March 1, 2008| Updated October 23, 2009
Re-rate. Sadly, not worth the trip anymore, besides the cold storage. Nothing out of the ordinary that you couldn’t find at the better beer store in the area.
Well worth the trip no matter where you live in the valley. Jonpol is a great guy and very helpful. I overheard him giving tons of advice tonight to a newbie as I was looking through the huge selection of great beers. As others have said, have no fear in buying a beer past its prime - inventory flies through the store and the conditions are top notch.
BOLTZ7555 (90) Phoenix, Arizona | January 7, 2008| Updated January 1, 2012
A shadow of its former self, this used to be a Mecca of craft beer but with recent changes, the passion is gone. Slowly, they fazed out their better brews and replaced them with substandard offerings. The wall cooler, once filled by premium craft selections will likely lose space to wine. Sad...it was so close to home and got me interested in the possibilities.