Trader Joe's

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7514 Leesburg Turnpike
Falls Church, Virginia, 22043
United States

(703) 288-0566 | map

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Photo of macpapi
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Have been to this smallish Trader Joe's a few times in the past. Is usually pretty crowded and hard to get around in, especially on weekends.

The Beer Department is really more of a Beer Corner. Tucked in the extreme back left part of the store. If you're claustrophobic avoid this area, as it always seems to be confined and under construction of some sort.

Selection is mediocre. The emphasis is on Trader Joe's beers, which as many know are contracted by Gordon Biersch. Pretty good selection of German styles there. A good value ($5.50 a sixer) for some solid, if unchallenging, beers. Besides those there are the typical T.J affiliated beers like Otter Creek, Kennebunk, Fat Weasel, Stockyard Stout, Jumping Cow, Edison Light, Simpler Times, etc... Several of these are average to pretty good beers for a great price. There are also a few other upper end micro and import selections. Ommegang Abbey Ale for $6.50 and Chimay for $9 stood out as good choices. Sixers of Euro and North American macros (Peroni and San Miguel to name a couple) were also present. Beyond that there is little to discuss. Rather random and somewhat haphazard selection in my opinion.

Service seems to be very good. For such a busy day, the Beer guy was overly willing to help and offered several suggestions. Would seem to be very advantageous to the store if they are trying to attract shoppers with an interest in learning about their beers and having questions about styles and products answered. Also, like other TJ's this store has the added benefit of breaking six packs with no penalty costs. So most beers end up being $1 or pennies more a piece. A great way to try new things.

On the whole, this is a convenient place to pick up beer while shopping, that is as long as you aren't looking for a diversity of beers.

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Photo of thekanna
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

This place had a much more limited beer selection than wine selection but for what they had, it wasn't bad stuff and all at reasonable prices.

There were a random assortment of beers lining shelves on the back wall; it seems like they mixed a lot of the good with the bad beers, making it impossible for the non-connoisseur to pick out a good beer just by chance. They had the typical Trader Joe's contract-brewed stuff, along with various imports like Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Chimay, etc. They also had Trader Joe's vintage ale on sale; I've had decent experiences with the stuff so it comes recommended if you see it. Overall, not too bad if you know what to get.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%

I randomly found this yesterday while staying in DC for a few days. I was looking for groceries and randomly found this TJ's across the street from a Whole Foods. Inside was a typical TJ's setup, with a mediocre corner of beer next to an extensive wine section.

The store was heavily advertising the SN Celebration, which they lauded as their beer guy's favorite brew, so he must know at least a little something. Their selection was heavy on the TJ's brands (hefe, vienna, pilsner, Frugal Joe's lager) and the contract brewed stuff from Gordon Bierch and Goose Island (Trinity, Junping Cow, Stockyard, etc). Others I noticed were the Kennebunkport (Sea Dog) IPA, Kingfisher, Oranjboom, Ommegang, Rogue Kells, Orion, Otter Creek and the pale and Celebration from Sierra Nevada.

I picked up a six pack of The Raven special lager since it was local and something I hadn't seen before. Prices were mostly pretty good but similar to most Trader Joe's I've been to. Worth a shot if in the neighborhood.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%

This Trader Joe's location is tucked into a strip mall on the East side of Leesburg Pike. Parking can be a bit tough, especially on the weekends.

Trader Joe's is a grocery store with a heavy emphasis on organic/natural foods at affordable prices. They have a fairly extensive wine selection, but their beer selection, while somewhat limited, still holds some promise.

The selection includes a variety of Sea Dog, Magic Hat, Leffe, Trinity, Otter Creek, Grolsch, some random German lagers, the collection of Trader Joe's "generic" brands such as Black Toad, etc., and also the complete selection of the Trader Joes's beers brewed by Gordon Biersch which include a Hefeweizen, Vienna Lager, Bohemian Lager, and a Bock. This winter they introduced a Winterfest Dark Dopplebock.

They also have a random smattering of single botles that typically includes Rogue Dead Guy, Shakespeare Stout, Chocolate Stout, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Ommegang Hennepin, and Orion lager. I've also recently seen sake and mead as well.

Everything is stored at shelf temperature, but the turnover is fairly brisk so keep that in mind. I have not had any freshness problems with any beer I've purchased here.

While the staff is not beer-centric, they seem to know what is on the shelf and when things are coming in. They've been helpful when I've need their assistance. Surprisingly, there is not too much in the way of beer-food pairing information available. They don't do special orders.

Not a beer destination, but if you are in the store anyway, you might find something you haven't seen before. Their house beers are worth a try and are a definite bargain.

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Photo of gbarron
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%

Trader Joe's is sort of a poor man's Whole Foods market. They specialize in natural/organic foods at reasonable prices. They do not carry liquor at stores in Virginia, but they do carry a large wine selection, and a small but interesting beer selection.

They tend to have an odd collection of beers. They will always have a few imports like Grolsch, Mackeson, Beamish and others that you won't find in the normal grocery store. Then they will have a few micros like Sea Dog, Spanish Peaks, and others that you don't see that often in the East. In terms of those selections, a visit to Trader Joe's will not prove to be very worthwhile for most of us.

However, the one thing TJ's does have going for it in the beer realm is their own line of beers (contract brewed by Gordon Biersch) which have been reviewed on this site and I refer the reader to them. These products are all of high quality, if not adventurous, and sold at a very attractive price (usually around $5/six pack).

Basically, if you're there doing your grocery shopping anyway, check out the beers. Their selection changes frequently and with the seasons. You might run across something you have never seen before or maybe haven't seen in a long time. Plus, give some of their house beers a try, you may find one you particularly enjoy (the winter bock is excellent).

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