Jungle Jim’s comes highly recommended for the international grocery and people watching bonanza - but the 20 or so taps are also top notch. Lots of cincy locals. Solid selection of other typical craft - usually many new to me. You can snag a cup to walk around with or get growler fills. The prices are crazy low - got 64oz growler of crooked stave proginator for $8 last time. Bottle selection is solid and extensive, but very few we don’t get up in columbus. Overall, JJ’s is definitely an experience. If I lived close I’d probably get growlers here regularly.
The best place in the Midwest to go for beer. If you want it they have it. They now have 32 taps. And thousands of bottle and cans. From rare beer to the everyday. And food from all over the world literally. 7 acres of food beer and wine.
Visited this place for one of their beer festivals and perused their beer aisles before joining the festival.They have very tall beer aisles, but they are laid out pretty well. I get the same vibe here as I do at a high end whole foods. They have a lot of international and local, high quality stuff. There is also a bar with what looked like around 20 taps. All taps were craft, and the majority were local beers, which is pretty cool. The beer is located very close to the liquor and cigar section, so a one stop shop if you are in the market for those things as well. All things considered, I would come back here. The only thing is, it isn’t really close to any other beery places, so it would be it’s own trip. I think that’s fine, but I also love fancy grocery stores, which this is.
Overview: This place is the American dream. A place where virtually every culture to grace this continent has a place in the form of representative food and drink. To discuss the grocery side of this place would take a book, but it’s worth seeking out by itself. In terms of beer- massive, legendary selection. In my first visit in over a year, I saw well organized aisles full of beer, labeled by state and/or region. There were two fellows who worked wine/beer, and were available to answer questions at different points in my trip. Singles (12 oz.) were located near the back wall. JJs now has a tasting area behind the wine. You can try a variety of beer, wine and coffee. Beer samples are 25¢ each, or you can get a full pour of any beer on tap for $3. There were about 12-15 taps during my visit- all domestic, but varied between local and out of state. You can walk virtually anywhere in the store with your pour (as far as I could tell). PROS: Massive selection, new tasting bar, vastly improved service and organization. CONS: Still old stock to be found on shelves- ***be careful***, some nonsense about not being able to sell single cans (even though I can buy them at other places). This limits the selection of singles somewhat. Can get CRAZY crowded- go early! OVERALL: A destination by itself. You could literally spend a whole day here in the groceries alone. I’d recommend stopping by the sushi kitchen (made on location) for your meal. Then again, I’m obsessed with sushi. Plenty of parking on location.
Walked and geeked at beer selection. Took a close look and sighed. Poor international beer selection considering the amount of domestic selection. Lackluster selection of bombers for domestic selection in relation to availability. Crowded but for nought. Meh for Cincinnati. Found a great deal!!!
Whether you stopped here to get sushi, live tilapia, lollipops with scorpions in them, or butter from England that is remarkably like butter from the US, you must stop by the beer section. I haven’t even tried the stuff on tap, but I love the aisles upon aisles of 6 packs and racks of singles to choose from. No matter how obscure the beer, I’ve also never grabbed an old skunky or vinegary one here. Last time I went I found that they had rearranged by region, there was about 3/4 an aisle of just Michigan beers. Whenever we visit the in-laws in Fairfield we sneak off here. Sadly, I think there is more selection here than in my entire hometown.
It’s an amazing grocery store, with a selection of beer, wine and cigars that can’t be beat here in Fairfield, as well as in the area. 16 taps with a few locals at all times. Make sure you how on a Friday at 5 for pint night. New renovations in the beer department are going to bring in a better selection, and rumors are abound of a beer bar with 20+ taps in the future... Love the jungle!
HuskerTan (106) Ravenna, Nebraska | December 30, 2013| Updated October 6, 2016
The coolest store in the world. They have a great beer selection but this place in the world could have no beer section and still be insanely awesome.