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Jungle Jim's International Market - Eastgate

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Jungle Jim's International Market - EastgateJungle Jim's International Market - Eastgate
BA SCORE
96
world-class

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

4450 Eastgate Dr
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45245-1591
United States
phone: (513) 674-6000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @junglejimsmrkt

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Place added by: BuckTuckian on 02-11-2013

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 10
Photo of rudimon
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

i go for the beer, they got a killer beer selection

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Much like the original Fairfield location, this ridiculous grocery store has pretty much any food item you might be looking for. If it's considered food somewhere on the planet, they likely carry at least one type or brand of it. The craft beer section is as massive as the Fairfield location as well, and as I have been told by one of the distributors for the place, if a beer is sold in Ohio, Jungle Jim's gets it. That includes AleSmith, The Bruery, and tons of others. If you want to see a partial list of what thy carry, just look at the "Brands" and "Beers We Sell" sections of the websites for Premium Beverage Supply and Heidelberg Distributing. JJ's orders every single beer each of those distributors carries, plus more.

Unfortunately, the staff aren't exactly renowned for their beer knowledge, and can generally just offer advice like "the aisles are by region". They also at both locations have a habit of storing their beer out in the open, on unrefrigerated shelves, under fluorescent lights. That being said, their selection is unparalleled in Ohio, anywhere. This location seems to focus less on certain imports than Fairfield, such as German beers, but does offer more sours and more of a focus on harder to find American craft brews.

Photo of cferg88
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Huge selection of beer, wine, cigars & food. Whatever you need. If you call "the beer guy" in advance he will try to make sure they have what you are looking for before you go.

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Very diverse selection of beers and a pretty knowledgeable staff. They have a tasting bar to offer a variety of samples to prospective buyers. The only local place that carries hard to get imports like Tusker. However, they are restricted from importing any beer, specifically Kenyan and Tanzanian beers like Safari and Kilimanjaro. Not sure if they are reluctant to purchase them or if they actually are unavailable in the United States.

Photo of screamking
3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

This place has one of the biggest beer selections in Ohio. if it drops in Ohio you can be well assured that JJ's is going to get it and most of the time get plenty of it. the only downside is that have grocery store like customer service. Most of the beer employees have no idea what any regular beer geek is talking about. the best they can do is say," if we got it, its out here".

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.57/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

I made a quick stop at Jungle Jim's Eastgate after checking out The Party Source on the other side of the Ohio River. This place is truly massive and it's got aisle after aisle of gourmet and not-so-gourmet food.

As far as beer goes, they have hundreds of singles and a nice section of Ohio beer (Mt Carmel, Thirsty Dog, Fat Head's, Brew Kettle, Rockmill). You'll also find the usual names in American craft, including Dogfish, Weyerbacher, Smuttynose, Clown Shoes, Troegs, Victory and Southern Tier. Some Bruery and Revolution as well, and a couple of good Euro brews like De Molen Kopi Loewak.

All in all, there about seven aisles dedicated to beer at this store. Alas, I didn't see any refrigerated beer. I didn't see a beer nerd either.

The growler bar is pretty neat, 12 taps and they give samples. I'm not sure I would come back here but if you happen to live nearby, then it sure is a good option.

Photo of gusdabrew
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Reasonable prices - but the best deals are the closeouts and clearance skids of great beers, wines and spirits. Typical craft beer savings 16.99 12 pack - 7.99. The rest of the store is a foodies oasis. Two awesome locations. One of a kind experience. Check out their website for special events. If you haven't been - you gotta go.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.41/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Excellent store with a truly unique atmosphere. Very friendly, helpful staff. The selection is outstanding and constantly changing/expanding. Good deals on glassware too.

Three huge gripes:
1. They do not store hoppy beers at cold temperatures. They are (carelessly) left on the shelves.

2. This place is AWFUL when it comes to letting old beers sit on the shelves. DO NOT take a chance on buying a hoppy beer from them unless it has a bottled-on date. It is not uncommon to find 3-month-old IPAs polluting their selections. For such an otherwise stellar retailer, I think this is shameful.

3. They never seem to have their act together when it comes to handling limited releases. Come on, people. You have to keep in touch with the beer scene so that when a beer like KBS or Fat Head's Hop Juju shows up, you have a plan for fair sales. Decide on a policy, explain it to customers who call, and adhere to it.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped here with the wife after hearing good things.

The store is huge! Wife looked at food stuffs as I went on the beering adventure. The have one large shelf with singles and then 8ish shelves of sixers and mostly bomber but a few more singles. Even had some nice glassware. The selection is great, you wont find any uber whales, but a ton of high end quality beer. I picked up pipeworks, Oskar blues, kettleworks, fat heads, the bruery, founders, FFF, 3F just to name a few. A nice diversity of styles, everyone should find something they like. Prices were pretty competitive. Nice selection of craft kegs as well in the large refridgerator section.

Huge food choices, I wont dive deep here but you could easily make a whole day out of your visit.

I will hit this up anytime I am in the area, though I need to check out the party source as well next time to compare.

Photo of BuckTuckian
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I found out on a road trip they had opened a second Jungle Jim's on the Eastide of Cincinnati. This is an automatic stop for beer, wine, liquor, cigar and foodies alike.
This place is HUGE!

On to the beer. There are alot of beers stocked here warm, singles, and a big cold beer cave.
Some of my grabs were from Brew Kettle, Great Divide, Troegs, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Fat Heads and some others. Their selection for an out of towner was nice.

Make plenty of time to check out the grocery side of the store as well. There is a great bakery that makes awesome pretzel bread and bacon cheeseburger bread. They have 100's of different hot sauces and and bbq sauces. The produce section is bigger than some farmer's markets I've been to. They also sell exotic meats, kangaroo, elk, bison, alligator.

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Jungle Jim's International Market - Eastgate in Cincinnati, OH
96 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.