Jungle Jim's International Market - Fairfield


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Jungle Jim's International Market - FairfieldJungle Jim's International Market - Fairfield

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5440 Dixie Hwy
Fairfield, Ohio, 45014-7488
United States

(513) 674-6000 | map

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

A must stop for anyone rolling through Cincinnati looking for local and regional beers. Shelves are easy to navigate and broken up by region. Bell's Two Heartwd canned less than a few weeks ago? Absolutely. An aisle dedicated to local Ohio/Kentucky brews? Makes life real easy. Don't expect much from service since the place is so huge and often crowded with shoppers, but don't let that stop you from swinging by. Make-your-own six packs with a solid selection is a nice option. Points docked for too much warm storage and a cooler that's no bigger than one at a market and is filled with the usual macros. Never had any of the beer on tap but you have to love the option.

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Photo of C_Adams
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I was in Cincinnati celebrating my birthday for the weekend. This was one of the places on my list to visit because I have never been here. I was blown away with their selection. I was also pleasantly surprised that they have about 8 beers on tap for you to try. The store also has a huge selection of food, wine, cheese, cigars, hot sauces, etc. I could spend hours in here checking everything out. I wish it wasn't 3 hours away from where I live. I love shopping while drinking a nice craft beer! I ended up leaving with 4 sampler cases from the local Cincinnati breweries. I can't wait to go back again.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Not only are the Jungle Jim's locations both some seriously impressive grocery stores wherein one can reasonably expect to find anything edible (ostrich? boar bacon? rancid emu eggs? It's there!), but the craft beer section is nothing to sneeze at. Multiple taps for tastings and growler fills, in addition to aisles for country / region, all reasonably well-stocked with tons of breweries' offerings. That includes AleSmith, The Bruery, and tons of others. If you want to see a partial list of what they 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.

The imports section is absurd for German and Belgian beers, in a good way. If Paulaner, Ayinger, St. Bernardus, or Weihenstephaner brew it, it's in a bottle there somewhere.

To top it all off, there will occasionally be ludicrous sale prices on packs of beer at the Fairfield location. I've gotten a 12-pack of GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald for $8, and a 6-pack of Left Hand Sawtooth for $4.

The downsides are that the staff aren't generally all that knowledgeable - there are some beer geeks, but mostly grocery store employees who just happen to work in the beer section. Advice is not their forte. They also tend to keep a lot of their inventory on non-refrigerated shelves under fluorescent lights, so check dates on bottles.

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Photo of RCLOHR267
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Went to Jungle Jim''s yesterday. I was a little disappointed with the amount of options. I guess I was expecting more. Where I wasn't disappointed at all, was the different selections I can't get In Indianapolis. I ended up getting quite a bit. I actually even found Elderberry wine which I had been looking for. It was a two-hour trip from Indy, but worth it if your looking for some exotic foods and a different selection of beers!

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Photo of JVB
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I grew up around this area and still have a lot of family in the area. Every time I come back(1-3 times a yr) stopping at Jungle Jim's is a must. You never know what gems you will find on the shelves. I was there in Sept of this yr and found a few BBQ sitting on the shelves. Highly recommend any craft brew lover to swing by here.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Walking into the beer aisle I realized " your not in Kentucky anymore." Huge selection of quality brews and much are unavailable to me in KY. The Bruery, Alesmith, Ballast Point, Great Divide, Victory and so much more were waiting and to top it off I found several that were available but apparently in short supply. There's about ten taps with several great offerings that you can try while you peruse the best selection I've seen. The staff were friendly but not beer geeks, but who cares when your staring at so much.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Between the cigar selection in their walk in humidor and the beer selection available, I thought I landed in my own personal heaven on earth. Jungle Jim's is an adult theme park for foodies, beergeeks, winos, and cigar snobs alike. Massive Ohio brewed selection, tasting area offered beers I had never had, or heard of. Cigars were stellar quality is top notch, and I'm glad I made it to this store, I have to go back but if I never make it there's at least one thing off of my bucket list. I didn't meet many employees well versed on beer, but I was so impressed and jealous at the same time that this isn't located in my neighborhood. Awesome place for cigar, wine, and beer tastings there's nothing like this store not a cookie cutter chain, one of kind built piece by piece as eclectic as any world market could ever claim to be. This place has to be in the Guinness book of world records for originality or something.

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Photo of screamking
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is my home beer store, I live just a couple of miles away. I can't recommend this store enough. The selection is second to none I've seen, I've heard it's one of the biggest selections in Ohio. They get multiple deliveries throughout the week, so the place is usually stocked to the gills with product. I will suggest that you don't visit on peak weekend hours, lots of tourists standing in the beer section making it hard to get around.

Service is... okay. Some of the people there are knowledgable, others are far from it. They all try to be helpful at least. I have also heard that they only hold stuff back for some people making it difficult to get rare items. I would say that's the norm nowadays so take for what it is. Overall I would put this place against any.

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Photo of Jballn
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

I was blown away by this place as a whole, it's massive! Came for the beer only but they have one hell of a food selection as well. Beer section is among the largest I have seen and a nice variety. If it comes to Ohio they will get it. First thing I found was 2 bottles of FFF rye da tiger, which in Columbus was very hard to get ahold of, and 3 bottles of FFF behemoth. With those alone it was worth the trip. Another thing I was supprised by was the nice selection of 1/6 kegs in the walk in cooler. Had a couple alchemy hour that if a had the money to get would snatch in a heart beat. Overall a must stop in Cincinnati and worth the trip out. Looking forward to future visits

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Photo of JPSingh
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I live about 5 minutes from Jungle JIms, so it s just about the only place I go for beer. This place is basically a tourist attraction. Great selection of food, cheese, produce, fresh meats, etc. But the selection of beer is what I go for. The best selection Ive seen in this area. Very quick at getting new lines and new season out, and they generally have decent sales near the season end i.e, Breckenridge Summer $3.99 6/pk, Sierra Nevada Summer $7.99 12/pk just to name a couple. They get a lot of rare beers in so I usually grab them when I see them, usually they are gone the next time Im there. I take any friends and family when they visit, and would recommend this place to any craft beer fan. They also host a Beerfest, in the event center next door, every summer that showcase around 80 brewers.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been here a few times, but this was the first time for beer (or being legal to be more specific).

This is a must visit if you're in the greater Cincinnati region. Their beer selection is tremendous, and almost overwhelming. They have all the major US micros and many imports. Great selection of 1/6th kegs available, among them Goose Island Seasonals, all the BMC's, and a Founders or two.

I'm not going to go on about the beer selection, go to the website to get some perspective.

Another great thing about this place is the selection of glassware. Not a ton of options, but a solid 20-30 different glass styles from a fair amount of breweries.

Then of course is the selection of international foods. Every country is represented and there are hundreds of hot sauces, a bakery, and many other great foods. With all of this, it still comes with a small town grocer kind of feel.

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Photo of Mealymouth
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I live near Jungle Jim's and it is my beer haven. Their beer section is as big as some small stores. They have loads of craft beers and imports. They sell warm bottles and cans and they also have a "beer cave" with the more popular selections kept cold. They do have some slightly more obscure beers kept cold, but for the most part it is big brand names and the more popular crafts and imports, like DFH. Also in the beer cave is a decent sized selection of 1/6 barrel kegs ranging from typical domestic big names, to some pretty decent crafts. I was told that they will special order kegs as well, but that they can only order domestics and only 1/6 barrels. I nearly forgot to mention that Jungle Jim's is also a HUGE international market with foods from around the world. Anything you can think of you can find here, and for those of you who are using your beer to wash down some spicy eats, Jungle Jim's has a very good selection of hot sauces as well. This is my favorite place to go shopping, and sometimes I go to just walk around the store and take in some of the more unusal offerings. If you are in the Fairfield area you have to stop by Jungle Jim's at least just to check it out.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I heard a lot about this place from coworkers and drove up there on a recent day off. What a place! It's like an amusement park for foodies. They have on-site cooking classes, a walk-in humidor, $3000 bottles of wine, and a cheese department that's as big as the entire frozen food section in my supermarket. Oh, and the beer... A wonderful selection of craft brews and imports await you. The prices are good too. I don't think they rotate their stock very well, so if you go be sure to peek behind a few bottles on the shelves. I found several gems hidden away behind newer bottles.

One word of warning - this place does not keep IPAs at cold temperatures. If you buy hoppy beers, be sure to check the bottled-on dates.

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Photo of Jtc2811
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visited 11/25

This place was pretty awesome! For those of you not already familiar, Jungle Jim's is a ludicrously sized grocery store that makes a point of carrying a bit of everything. Their selection of everything is pretty good, including their beer.

As for the actual beer buy, they have a huge selection of both foreign and domestic craft beer. While I was there I saw Scaldis, Belhaven, Stone, North Coast, Heavy Seas, all the current Hoppin Frog, and about 200 others. They sell a bunch of singles in addition to six packs. Their sixers are available warm, but they also have a pretty big beer cave. For those interested, they do carry 3F, but only a couple of kinds of bomber, and they seem to run out quickly. There is often staff on the floor or at least in easy reach, and they are both knowledgeable and pretty friendly. The guy I asked a bunch of inane tourist questions of was incredibly helpful and patient. If I lived anywhere near Fairfield, Jim's would totally be my go to beer shop!

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Photo of mgeraci
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I am hometown proud of Jungle Jim's. Always worth a stop even though I'm living in Bloomington now. 1200+ beers to choose from you can't go wrong. Absolutely awesome place. Stop and see it! It's in a convenient location as well. They have the most unique selections of countless items from all over the world. If you like hot sauce check out their hundreds to choose from. The store is sorted by country the foods came from and they have foods you would usually have a hard time finding anywhere else.

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Photo of agomega
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jungle Jim's is an amazing place and would be worth a visit even if they didn't have a beer department. They have an amazing selection of international food and their sections of cheese, produce, deli, etc. are pretty hard to beat.

Their selection of beers is fairly broad and is generally well stocked. They have a large supply of all the usual suspects and the beers are sorted according to region with walls for West Coast, Midwest, East Coast and an aisle of Imports. They always get a fair number of the limited beers although they sell out extremely quickly in this heavily trafficked location.

Some of the less popular beers seem to sit a while, but usually this is evident by dust accumulating on the bottles - be wary if you are looking for lesser-known out of state IPAs. Most of the more popular breweries, especially in or near the Midwest, move pretty well and there is probably no cause for concern on those beers.

The staff is not overly friendly, but there is usually someone around to answer questions and more often than not they are fairly knowledgeable. A few of the employees are pretty exceptional and can help you track down the more limited beers or pull new stuff out of the back for you.

Prices are about average.

Jungle Jim's is a must visit location with an excellent beer selection. Make sure you don't get bogged down for too long in the beer section as the entire store is a must see.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Third stop on 8/20 Ohio beer run w/ Barfwin.

This place is THE food/beverage shopping destination in Cincy! (and probably IN, KY, & other surrounding states as well...) For starters, one feels like they're entering a theme park when driving into the parking lot. Their "main attraction" is the large building that houses food items, but there are many other shops, with other offerings, located around the perimeter of the building.

When approaching the grocery building, you can't help but smile at the sight of the large waterfall surrounded by various (artificial) jungle vegetation & animals. There are so many different foods/products sold here, it's not immediately clear where the "beer aisle" is upon entering. (Look for the large yellow sign straight ahead that says "CIGARS", and make a beeline.)

The beer section is extensive: a wall of single 12oz craft bottles, three long 6+ level aisle facings of craft bombers and six packs, and one long 6+ level aisle facing of imports.

The 12oz single section includes most of the brands that are also sold in 6packs. Some breweries include: Troegs, Weyerbacher, Avery, DFH, Dark Horse, Great Lakes, Brooklyn, and many others.

Craft bombers included: Smuttynose, Alesmith, Troegs, a large Rogue section, and Life & Limb #2. Prices seemed to be very reasonable. (an example: Troegs Flying Moufflan bombers were $12.99 at two other stores earlier in the day, but were $9.99 at Jungle Jim's) Craft 6 and 4 packs were also available in a wide variety of regional brands, including the ones offered on the singles shelves.

The imports aisle had a decent selection of Belgian, German, & British brews. I was hoping to find some Cantillon, or other interesting sours. No Cantillon, unfortunately, but that seems to be a state-wide issue, not any fault of JJ's. I found Duchesse, various krieks, and even a St. Bernardus Wit, which I'd never seen before.

Anyone visiting JJ's to beer shop will not be let down. They'll at the same time find an incredible selection of wines, cheeses, and international foods. A mandatory stop for anyone in the region, or if you're just passing thru Cincy!!!

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Photo of awhipker
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I usually try to hit up Jungle Jim's while I'm in Cincy because there really isn't any place like it. I mostly go there for their beer selection, but their selection of wine, food, etc is simply amazing.I'm usually in search of Troegs, Great Lakes, Alesmith, and others that aren't available in Indiana. Now it will also be a place to pick up DFH since they pulled of of Indiana. I've never had an issues with the products I've purchased there and the staff is knowledgible and helpful. A must go to if you are in the Cincy area,

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Photo of jonandhisflask
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

this place is HUGE! I heard this place had shark meat so i went out, just to see an awesome display of great beers! I was amazed on how many west coast,northeast mid west..yada yada brews this place had, I literally filled a couple of boxes with bruery,great divide, hoppin frog, green flash weyerbacher. so many beers i havent tried, not too mention the help and energy this place provided. great atmosphere(although i could have done without the cheese section, im not a cheese fan) this place is now on my go to list. im going to try to go once a month if possible during new releases

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Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place has it all, really...everything.

I went today to get a Blushing Monk and was amazed at the beer selection that I had not seen in 6 years. So many tasty Mid West and Northeast goodies, as well as Green Flash, Bruery and many other fine domestics were there. The international offerings were pretty sweet too. Even though this store is epic (yes, like that), the worker who helped me was very courteous and knowledgeable. I like it that this store (and staff) are huge and yet personable.

This store is not near my usual stomps in Cincinnati, but the selection makes the occasional trip a must.

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Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I visited Jungle Jim's in the middle of a trip to Cincinnati. It was a must stop due to its stellar reputation. The place is a huge, ginormous super market with everything you could imagine. They have an entire aisle devoted to hot sauce and an entire row devoted solely to "adult themed" hot sauce. What a crazy store! I'm sure the beer selection would look bigger if it wasn't surrounded by so much wine but their selection is very impressive. They boast Ithaca, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Alesmith, Great Lakes, Founders, amongst hundreds of others. I went there specifically for Alesmith and Ithaca and found multiples from both breweries. They also had a couple cases of Goose Island's Big John just out on the shelf. You had to try a little too hard to find that in Indiana. They also had breweries divided by region, which I love. The imported beers were also separate from the American craft. The selection was fantastic. This is a great store and a must stop if you're looking for something cool.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Jungle Jim's is a place that needs to be experienced. They are the super ultra megamart that we all wish we had in out back yard. Its a staple of the Cincinnati beer scene. The beer selection is second to none in the city, top 4 in the area. Many Ohio breweries are represented here, including Hoppin Frog, Buckeye, Brek Kettle and Rivertown. Due to Ohio's 12% abv cap, you won't see huge, high gravity beers here, but the selection is amazing.

Also worth checking out here is the liquor store, and walk in humidor. There's an amazing wine selection, glassware and homebrew shop as well. In this part of the buidling, there's a Starbucks and sub shop as well as the famous Jungle Jim's Deli and Cheese Shoppe.

A must see for anybody travelling in the area.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A- 4.5 This place is bustling and everyone is very into what they're doing there. It has a "special" vibe to it. It can sometimes be a little too crowded and you will need to shuffle around the aisles but pretty cool in general.

Q- 5 Everything here is of good quality. The store is huge but very well organized and clean. Gourmet offerings abound everywhere.

Sr- 4 Generally speaking the staff is nice and fairly knowledgeable about their department, but it is so big and sometimes crowded it can be hard to track someone down.

Se- 5 Beer-wise, you'll be able to find plenty to suit your fancy. There is a great selection of micro brews and imports sorted nicely between packages and singles. Mix and match is definitely an option...Very good beer selection. Wine is very nice as well and food-wise, well, I've never seen a better overall selection in a stand-alone market. There is a lot of everything here, and the products are of high quality. There are international sections of cuisines from across the world in addition to the standard items. You can get lost in it. It is a jungle out there.

F- 5 As mentioned above, the food is top-notch. Very nice deli and butcher shop, fresh seafood selection and vast produce. The bakery is fantastic, and the dry goods are immense. The international offerings are really impressive. Great store for beer and wine drinkers, but it's even better for foodies.

V-$$ I say that the store's value is reasonable for beer prices. Some of the groceries are expensive, but the premium is offset by the quality and sheer availability of the goods. What you get there is most likely good stuff, and a lot of what you can get there is not easy to find anywhere else (locally). It is always a good time and an experience shopping here. Worth a stop whether you're looking for beer or not!

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Photo of rcwhiteky
4/5  rDev -6.8%

This Cincinnati main stay is one of the few grocery stores that carry a full selection of craft and import brews. The staff isn't clueless most things seem fresh and some times they have sales. The only warning I would give is aviod this place at peak hours because the store as a whole is a kind of attraction in the area and draws quite a crowd. Parking can be a pain during these times as well as walking though the aisles and checking out if it is busy. That being said it is a nice place with a good selection of beer as well as everything else.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

Oh Jungle Jims. This place is kind of a Cincinnati instution, the eccentricity combined with the incredible variety and quality fresh produce make it a great experience not just for the beer shopping. They have one of the best selections of imports in the Cinci area, with offerings from most of the Belgians including De Ranke and Cantillon, lots of UK and German beers too, good local stuff from Morlein and Mt. Caramel, but their American craft stock is bested by the Party Source in Covington. I was a little irritated when several of my chosen bottles weren't in the system when I went to check out, causing plenty of consternation and disbelief on the part of the cashier when I told her that my bottle of 07 Iris was indeed 18 bucks. I also think their prices are a little high compared to other stores, but nothing that would make you want to turn around and walk out the door. Definitely a quality retailer in the Cinci area.

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