As an fairly frequent visitor to the US I just love the good value beers that Trader Joe’s offers. They are not all world beaters of course, but some of their brews are bloody good. The cost of drinking out is rising every time I re-visit, so drinking in is a sensible thing to do as my trips are usually for over four weeks at a time.
All I am saying is, ‘don’t pooh pooh’ Traders Joe’s beers because they are cheap; try a couple and see what you are missing.
I think they do a good job price wise, here in Southern California (Orange County) everyone else seems so, so expensive compared to them. The local one to my daughter’s place is friendly and easy to use. Ralph’s used to be OK, but they seem to have upped their prices.
Don’t know why you never buy food there, but it is no surprise that their Unibroue Vintage beers are the best rated brews they sell. The Quinquagenary 2017 Vintage Ale is awaiting opening (top rated from Trader Joe’s) in one of the fridges here at my daughters.