Your favourite beer at TJ in Glendale/Burbank (CA)
What are your favorite beers at Trader Joe's in Glendale and Burbank area?
I patronize the Studio City branch. I am a maltomaniac who prefers sweeter beers. I like Hoegarden Belgian Witbier, Spaten Optimator Doppelbock, and Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen.
If you aren't already aware of these sites, I strongly suggest you check out beeradvocate.com and ratebeer.com. You can educate yourself on the various styles and check out ratings by people from all over the world. No sense wasting your money on poorly-rated beers.
I once again salute Trader Joe's and Whole Foods for allowing the purchase of single beers from six-packs. Many of us enjoy the freedom to sample different beers and styles, and some of us (like me) only drink one beer a week.
You'll have to wait a few more months for it, but the best beer at TJ's -- and one of the best beer bargains anywhere at $3 for a big bottle -- is their special holiday brew, typically a rich spicy dubbel (perhaps somewhere between a dubbel and a quadrupel) brewed for them by Unibroue. You won't have any luck finding it right now, but it's really too rich a beer for muggy heat waves anyway...
Meanwhile, the HLV "Heavy Lift Vehicle" ale is ... well, not exactly *great*, but decent bang for the buck. For $6 I got three big bottles, drank one, braised some beef cheeks in another, and made ice cream with the third for a pretty good meal all around.
i shop @ a variety of TJ's (depending on where i am when i have time to do a TJ's run) and have been loving the Firestone DBA which i think that they have @ most locations. if you want to drink local beer---i've also seen Golden Road Brewery's "point the way IPA" @ several TJ's in NE LA. it's a tasty summer IPA without having over the top hops.
their selection varies even within stores.
none of their stores has a consistent selection.
there is a variation between what the stores order, and, in additional, there is a variation about the filling of the various orders.
if you identify a brew you get stuck on, best to call the store to confirm availability before turning the key in your ignition. (this is true of almost all their products, not just beer. i've seen them run out of lettuce, cheese, bread, etc).
at base, Trader Joe's is a food broker, not a grocery store, and, as such, are they not committed to any particular inventory items: some stay longer, some stay shorter, some get relabled, etc.
Yes dogbite williams, I also like referencing beeradvocate...my favorties at TJ's are #1 Duvell or #2 Stone Arrogant Bastard...these are not for the faint or heart, but for those that really have an appreciation for quality ales. Unibroue also offers a nice sampler 4 pack of Belgians (brewed in Canada) for about $9-10
try to use the proper glass for you Belgian please it will ehnace your tasting experience
You can pick up a nice 4 pack gift set too