I love hanging out in the beer section. My wife is getting sick of going to Jungle Jim’s because I want to go so often. They have a wide variety of imports as well as a fine selection of US craft brews. They have recently expanded my favorite section; the single bottles. These are singles of some of the best craft brews available. This gives you an opportunity to try a new beer without potentially buying a 6-pack of something that you don’t like. Singles typically range from $1.20 to $3.00.
Had some stuff I couldn’t find in Dayton. Staff never greeted me or asked if I needed help like they do where I work and the local beer store. Other then that I was pretty happy with the selection and wish it was a little closer to where I live.
Great selection here, just about everything that I’ve ever seen in Ohio is here, and more imports than usual. Lots of everything, my only knock on this store is that it seems quite tough to get the limited release beers here. The big customer base that they have to have probably just buys them all up too quickly. But if you’re a local and not just passing through like I usually am when I stop in, that probably isn’t an issue.
This place is awesome! A great fun way to spend at least a half a day! The wine, beer and gourmet cheese section alone is worth the visit...I could get lost here for hours! Prices are reasonable, selection is out of this world. Well worth the trip from central Ohio...Updated 10/2010...I have returned here several times now making the trek from Columbus. I do not understand the comments about service here. We have always had helpful people. You do have to ask them for it, but its there. The guys at the deli are always helpful and let you try anything you want while explaining in great detail the difference in the meats. I love this place and find the prices more than reasonable for what could be considered a tourist trap.
Jungle Jim’s is an experience all in itself. The beer is part of a bigger puzzle. They carry all the usual suspects and get pretty much everything available in. It’s a nice atmosphere to do some shopping in. Right next to an amazing wine and gourmet coffee selection. They do mass selling. When I say mass, I mean mass! Just do to the sheer traffic of this international market, the beer section does incredible volume. That being said, if you see something you’re interested in, you’d better grab it, becaue it’ll be gone next time you visit. Living very close to the store, this is my most frequented establishment and a staple for my beer shopping.
Wow! Just wow! I love good food and this place is absolutely full of it. So many ingredients I’d only seen in cookbooks or on TV that I didn’t know where to begin. I knew that it would be impressive, but I was overwhelmed. Meijer lemons, live fish, rattlesnake - bone in or out - and even durian! The service was top notch - I told the beer section guy that there is no such thing as too bitter and that I also love barleywines. He took me straight to a hard-to-see section where they had sixers of Bigfoot for $4.99! Yes, you read correctly and I typed correctly - $4.99 for SN Bigfoot. They had hundreds of beers and I bought many, including my first Alesmiths, Stoudts, Southampton and Weyerbacher. I can’t wait to return even though it is 2 hours each way!
Thanks to JCW for touring me around to this place on my recent visit to the area.
I wish I had more time to spend here, the beer is just one section in an otherwise HUGE exotic food market. While the selection was very good, the depth of quality is not as deep as that at River’s Bend or as extensive as that of Party Source in nearby KY, but I still found a fresh sixer of a beer that’s been on my want’s list for nearly two years. Plan a few hours to see this place. The beer section is right next to the Porta Potties, go figure!!??
This is THE place for international food items! Also has a HUGE selection of wine (probably the largest in the area - it is a toss up between Jungle Jim’s and The Party Source as far as wine goes). It also has a full liquor store and walk-in cigar humidor. A bunch of domestic and import beers. However, they have very few singles (unlike The Party Source). Overall, prices are okay and selection is good, but they don’t have many truly unique beers (unlike The Party Source). Also, beer making ingredients are super expensive.
This place is very unique. Very gaudy decor and animal theme outside. Inside is a huge international food market. Great selection of cheeses for the beer tastings. Good selection of domestic micros and belgians. However the singles section is a letdown. No top tier singles. I was able to pick up some Alesmith Yulesmith, De Dolle Ara Bier, Victory Old Horizontal, and so on. You get the idea. Increase the single selection and they could up their rating quite a bit.
Amazing place. Definatly more food oriented, but the beer selection is very nice as well. As others have mentioned there isn’t much for singles, just one small rack. Prices are reasonable, and the layout of the beer department is handy. The domestics are layed out by region so finding a brew by a specific brewery is quick and easy. There are some rare finds on the import rack, and I’m certian that if you spent the time you could walk away with some real steals. If you are a food lover you could spend hours and still not see everything they have to offer, same with wine. The overall layout of the store is confusing at first, but IMHO it adds to the overall experiance of the store. I found myself continuously thinking "whats around this corner". Definatly a worthwhile stop if your in the area with a few hours to kill.
Place has a very large beer and wine selection. Has some singles but not as many as I had hoped, just one shelf. Many craft brews and imports available. Very interesting store but I can’t say it is better than the party source in the cincy area, or Belmont in the dayton area. Still a great place though