Jax Beer & Wine
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by aracauna:
2.55/5 rDev -20.8%
quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
Ok, I just bought a year old beer from this place. Atlanta Brewing Company isn't even bottling their Summer Brew this year. I didn't know that until it was too late. That's the last time I stop in at this location.
This is a rerate just under a year later after I've learned a lot more about beer and had a few bad experiences with this place. Sure it does have a good selection of imports and micros, but there's a real problem with old beer in this place and if you aren't talking to a manager good luck in getting them to help you find something. It's still one of the very few places that will let you buy singles of anything in the store.
This is the best place for beer that I've been able to find in the Metro Atlanta area. I've heard of a few other places that I want to check out, but for the time being, this is my liquor store. When it comes to liquor the store is just about average in the selection, but when it comes to beer, it's far above average, especially for Atlanta. They've got the typical beer cooler stocked with macros and some of the more popular micros, but they've also got a nice long 5 foot tall row of shelves stocked with their imports and micros. They've got a smaller section of imports across from the cooler. The selection includes a lot of imports I've never even heard of and I'm looking forward working my way through. I don't know enough about the wine selection to discuss, but it does take up almost half of the store.
01-20-2003 21:18:09 | More by aracauna
More User Reviews:
2.95/5 rDev -8.4%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Unfortunately - this place is closed and sad for me. Unless I am missing something like a renovation or moving to a new location. But this place is or was a staple in Sandy Springs and always had a great selection (per my previous review). While many of the shelves had dust and old looking bottles, the location is a bit scary. Walked in there in April of 08 and got a bit freaked out by some shady looking people hanging out inside, but over the years just got to my beer and paid and left. I can only hope that they will continue in the SS's area as they need something there of this selection for the public.
10-28-2008 02:40:09 | More by bigglesofale
3.1/5 rDev -3.7%
quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
A very dusty store. If it's not in a cooler, then, in all likelihood, it's got 1/4-inch of dust on it. Aside from the dust, the store is decent.
The service is not bad. I've been a few times, and the service has been hit or miss. On one occasion, I was asked if I needed help. On another occasion, I was looking for somone to help me and couldn't get any recognition.
The selection is average. The majority of the beer selection is macro brews, which are in the cooler, while the good stuff is on the shelf collecting dust. Basic selection of "good beer" including Chimay, Duvel, Maredsous, and a couple of others. They did have Thomas Hardy ale, so that was a plus.
Overall, I'll be back to this location in a pinch but there are better beer stores in metro Atlanta than this one.
09-13-2007 01:58:05 | More by jdubjacket
3.65/5 rDev +13.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Heard alot about this place so I went and had a look today. There were two big (to me anyway) noteworthy things about this place, one good and one bad. The bad was the fact that this place is very, very dusty. Everything looks rather old and dirty. Bottles on the shelf have a healthy coating of dust on them, but when you look at the dates, they're rather new. This was a bit of a turn off for me, but the good easily makes up for their lack of cleanliness. This is the only store (I'm sure there are more, but I don't know any) in Atlanta that I have found that will allow you to break up 4 and 6 packs. I like that a lot. Quite alot, actually. I was able to purchase several beers that I have wanted to try for ages but never have because I didn't want to spend the money on a $10-14 4 or 6 pack of something I was unsure about. This is an absolutely wonderful feature. I was probably in the store for 20 minutes and in that time I had two employees approach me and ask if I need any help. They didn't act as though I wasn't there, but they didn't aggrivate the hell out of me either. Just enough to let me know they knew I was there and were willing to answer a question if I had one. Perfect. Selection wasn't amazing, but it was certainly better than most, and again, the fact that you could pluck one or two from a sixer if you didn't want the whole thing makes it that much better.
Yeah, it was a bit dirty inside, but I'll certainly be back.
07-21-2007 02:03:23 | More by SilentSabre
4.45/5 rDev +38.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Very nice store for beer lovers. I didn't pay much attention to other liquors, but their beer selection is fantastic. Also, you can get single bottles of a lot of brewskis, as well as samplers of such brands as Tommyknocker and Mendocino. Personnel are friendly, alert and helpful. I have shopped here many times and not been disappointed. The fact that they already have Victory beers in stock - as well as a number of offerings from Dogfish Head - speaks well for them. Best of all, they are convenient to MARTA so unless you're getting a whole bunch of beer or something big like a twofer you don't have to drive.
06-01-2007 23:01:06 | More by Cyberkedi
3.55/5 rDev +10.2%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Grungy, dusty liquor store with a pretty good beer selection. Make sure you check freshness dates. That said, I included two bottles of Russian-brewed Baltika (the Pale Ale and the Wheat Ale) that were past their freshness dates by 11 months. I took a gamble and it paid off - they were not skunked and were ok. I was not acknowledged by anyone in the store until checkout. So if you needs advice or suggestions, you're SOL. They do have a good selection of local beer (namely Sweetwater) and I'm all for that. I bought a 4-pack of Terrapin All American to support a Georgia brewer and a local liquor store (a win-win in my book.) No, this place is not Green's. Green's is the King in Atlanta. But there are only two of them (bastards!) - and the nearest is a 30 minute drive. So JAX does a pretty good job. The old guy at the register passed off a couple of corny jokes that evoked memories of my childhood with my barber, or uncles. And they packed my bottles well, with green-plastic wine-bottle webbing. Nice touch. I'll be back, I'm sure.
08-23-2006 06:18:51 | More by spiveym
3.45/5 rDev +7.1%
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Jax is on Roswell just North of 285 and within sight of Summit's Wayside Tavern.
Walking into Jax you feel like you may need to wash when you leave. The place is dirty and a bit dusty. Lots of dust on many bottles that were on the shelves.
The prices on the beers were also just a bit higher than other places in the area. The slection was actually pretty good, but with dust on the bottles the quality may be lacking. The cold case and single bottle selections are good at Jax, just be sure to check the date codes if the beer cannot withstand some aging.
I was not asked about assistance and I did hear a guy asking about assistance with beer and they got someone for them, but that was while I was ringing out my purchases. The geezer at the register was excellent at bagging and for that reason I am bumping up the overall service to a 3.5. Anyone that takes that much care to bag my bottles so they do not clink and does it that fast is a keeper.
If you are in the Sandy Springs are and want to pick up some beer before or after a trip to Summit's, I would suggest you stop by. Not the best and most comprehensive selection, but no slouch either. However wash those hands when you leave.
04-12-2005 14:20:52 | More by GCBrewingCo
2.5/5 rDev -22.4%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
One of the things I miss most about beer shopping in Maine is buying singles or mixed sixers. It made it easy to try new beers without investing in 6 of them. I mean, what if they suck? Anyway, been in Atlanta almost 3 months and decided to head over to Jax to get some mixed sixers of local beer to try them out.
When I got there, I was very disappointed to see that their stock was really picked over and that not many of the beer I had been interested in trying was available. This was on a saturday afternoon when you would expect everything would be loaded for bear for the Saturday night rush. (No Sunday liquor sales in GA!) I was left looking at alot of shelf tags with empty space above them. Quite a few imports from Belgium, Germany and Britain but really spotty selection/ The standard micros for the area (SN, Rogue, Anchor) and the locals (Sweetwater, Dogwood, Red Brick)although they were really hit and miss on what varieties you could find. Regardless, I did find 3 locals I had wanted to try and picked up two of each for a sixer. What was a pleasant surprise was the new "big" beers that werre in. Unibroue and various Belgians! I grabbed 750ml bottles of Unibroue Edition 2004, Saison Dupont and St. Bernardus ABT 12. Sweet.
Prices were more than fair, especially on the big beers. Service was mixed. Some were friendly, some seemed less than enthused to help. Quality on my purchases lokked good, I did not do a general spot check. Mixed feelings on this place. I like buying singles though so I wil probably return and give them another chance.
07-05-2004 03:28:29 | More by ViveLaChouffe
2.8/5 rDev -13%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4
Stopped here while back home on break. Somewhat unorganized, no real order to be found. Local brews well represented, as are big names like Sierra Nevada, Rogue, etc. Usual macro selection but really a good selection of micros, especially for Atlanta. Service is almost non-existent. Employees walked right by several times, the cashier was more than happy to check me out though. The truly shining spot for the store is that they let you buy singles. I don't know anywhere else in Georgia that allows this, which is why I will return back here. Definitely worth stopping by for something harder to find.
03-23-2004 03:05:24 | More by Southernbrew
Jax Beer & Wine in Sandy Springs, GA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.