Trader Joe's #741

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Type: Store

1393 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, North Carolina, 27511
United States

(919) 465-5984 | map

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Added by ncbrewerbun on 01-05-2007

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by beer2day:
Photo of beer2day
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Really not sure why this store is even listed here. If you want the TJ beers, then go. Otherwise, you can get a much better selection at the regular grocery store down the street. As others have said, some DFH, Stone and the occasional Sammy Smith, but the price is not very good. Their beers are priced very cheap, however - but I've still not found one that I've liked enough to get a second time.

There are lots of good reasons to go to a TJ, but beer is not one of them - at least not for this location.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SFNC
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75

Photo of Macsimus
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of katmandu72
4.73/5  rDev +44.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.19/5  rDev +28.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

great selection of local North Carolina brews which is the whole reason I went in there.

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Photo of GJ40
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

I stop by Trader Joe's every now and then for groceries and typically pass by the beer section. They don't carry a lot but they do have some great beers including DFH, Stone, Sierra Nevada and some nice Belgians. Almost half of their selection is generic stuff sold under their own brand name. I thought the beer was a bit on the pricey side.

Don't expect a big selection but you can definitely find some good beer if you happen to be in the area. They certainly don't deserve the D+ or F they received. I think a C+ is more appropriate.

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Photo of CAP1868
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

After hearing how great this store was I was hugely disappointed. They had a few decent beers on a couple of shelves including 2 types of dogfish. However most of their beers were TJ brand. The best thing about these brews were their prices but not much else. I wouldn't recommend making a special trip there just for beer, it isn't worth your time. If you are into the tw0-buck chuck wine then you can catch some awesome deals. The varieties of foods is amazing but simply falls short on the beverage end.

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Photo of atsprings
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%

As mentioned in other reviews, the selection here leaves a lot to be desired. The few beers they have do not seem to change over time as well. I must admit, the Trader Joe's brand Bock is certainly worth the cost at $5.49 a six pack, and it's nice to be able to try some rarely seen beers from around the country at 92 cents a bottle, even if they're not usually all that great. I would have to say, it's worth it to check out this place about every 4 to 6 months, but I really don't see the need to visit more often than that.

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Photo of CWiggins
1.85/5  rDev -43.4%

I keep hearing the hype surrounding Trader Joe's entrance into the North Carolina market. Judging by the postings on, I expected this to quite a special place, with many products and outrageously low prices. After finding the location with relative ease, I was surprised upon entering how small the shop actually is, and, after wandering through the grocery area, it dawned on me that there wasn't much variety at all. Many products were multi-faced to give the appearance of fullness. I have to admit their prices seem low, especially on imported cheeses, but nearly everything in the store is TJ branded. They do have a huge stack of their ever-popular "two-buck chuck" ($2.99) wine right in the front of the store. As with the grocery department, the wine selection seems huge, but many labels are multi-faced.

Now, about the beer. There simply isn't much of a selection: two varieties of Ommegang, Duvel, Sapporo (taking up the entire shelf labeled Sam Smith), Old Rasputin 4pk, Anchor Steam, Newcastle, Pilsner Urquell, Yuengling, Lindeman's lambics (750ml only), Magic Hat 12pk, and four shelves devoted to TJ's brands. Edison Light is showcased, as is Frugal Joe's ($4.99/6pk).

Pricing is certainly on the low side┬ľat least for the TJ's brand. The Ommegang products, on the other hand, are overpriced by at least one dollar.

The bottom line? I won't likely visit this store for anything, certainly not beer.

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Photo of nriech
3/5  rDev -8.3%

I would say this is a better place to go to get food to with some beer tastings as there is alot of fresh meats and cheeses. Lots of organic stuff, dips and chips.

As for beer there is a short shelf of some OK stuff. Old Rasputin, Magic Hat, Anchor STaem, Lindemans, and Trader Joes brand beers. Nothing seemed to be dusty and the brews that had dates were within reasonable ranges as long as they have been stored correctly. Prices were decent, especially the Lindemans, 8 bucks when I was there which was a bit cheaper than here in VA.

There was a guy in the wine aisle who was handing out samples of wines and totally busy with questions from other customers. He didnt know much about the beers.

Good place for wine though! Cheap but good selection.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Finally made it up this weekend a few months after hearing that TJs was finally coming to this state; after talking to the manager, it sounds like several others are on the way soon, mostly in the triangle or down in Charlotte. Since the store I used to frequent on Long Island didn't sell alcohol, I was curious to see their wares.

Being a semi-new store, it was still mighty crowded, and wine allocated space outnumbered beer space at least four to one but they had one set of shelves of warm brew that had a few interesting morsels. More than half the abbreviated aisle was devoted to the house brands but they also had Anchor Steam, Old Rasputin, Acme IPA, several Magic Hat brews, a few Ommegangs, Lindeman's, and a few others of note. Prices were decent but everything is available in singles and they encourage you to mix your own six, which is nice.

I'm a fan of the store anyway, so even a half decent selection like this is just a bonus for me. If not an organic foodie, this probably isn't worth going real far out of your way but if in the area, its worth a shot.

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Photo of blackie
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%

quality: No telling. All the beers are unrefrigerated, but one can only assume that they move pretty quickly (especially the dirt cheap TJ's brands).

service: I guess one of the reasons TJ's can afford to sell for so cheap is that they have only one or two employees walking around. I'm not sure if this is always the case, but it doesn't really matter...not much help is needed with such a relatively limited selection.

selection: Decent at best...not really sure what qualifies TJ's to have a Beerfly listing. Definately not worth going out of your way for, unless you really crave some Trader Joe's brand beers. I noticed a range of TJ beer...the hefe, bock, vienna, "regular Joe," and bohemian. Magic Hat is available at times...and I do appreciate being to take singles from the MH mix packs. Other beers noted were Ommegang Abbey, Three Philosophers, Acme IPA, Stockyard Oatmeal Stout, and a few more random selections. In winter I found the Trader Joe's Vintage 750s.

value: The TJ beers are cheap, the others are either average or above average.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

This place is new to this part of NC and very new to Cary. I stopped in a week or so ago after seeing some good reviews on BA for their own (Trader Joe's brand) beers. After checking this out myself, I can see that their brand beers are the main reason to find this place -- they are a very good value. (The rest of the beers are decent micros and more macro-micros -- like Sierra Nevada -- and not that great of deal.)

Their Belgian (at $4.99) was quite impressive. The doppelbock (which the call their Winter beer) is worth trying. The amber was solid. And I have yet to try the rest (about 4 other styles, I think).
The TJ beers you can get singles of for 92 cents. Easy to give them a try for that.

Service is that of a good grocery store...but the atmosphere makes this worth a regular (though perhaps not super frequent) stop.

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Trader Joe's #741 in Cary, NC
Place rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 13 ratings