John’s Grocery

4.9/5.0 106 reviews
bottle shop
401 E Market Street
Iowa City, Iowa United States 52245

319 337 2183
Mon-Thur 7:30AM-Midnight, Fri-Sat 7:30AM-2:00AM, Sun 9:00AM-Midnight

Mayor: wlajwl (152) | Affiliated user(s) here DietPepsican, doug alberhasky, mrcrabs | Bottles: 800+
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Beers At John’s Grocery

Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale5.9%5/24/2016
Prairie / Saint Somewhere Prairie Somewhere7%5/24/2016
Boulder Pulp Fusion6.5%5/21/2016
Confluence Long Ride Pale Ale5.7%5/20/2016
Green Flash Styrian Golding Pale Ale5%5/20/2016
Sixpoint Hi-Res10.5%5/14/2016
Trois Dames l’Amoureuse No 2 (Rouge)8%5/9/2016
Keg Creek Brick Red Ale0%5/8/2016
Exile Blood Orange Sour Bohemian5%5/8/2016
Montseny Mala Vida - Chili11%5/7/2016
Stillwater / Dugges Tropic Punch4.5%5/7/2016
Freigeist Köpenickiade3.5%5/7/2016
Kalona Good Day Sunshine5.1%5/6/2016
Tallgrass Half-Pipe Tart Pale Ale5%5/6/2016
Montseny Mala Vida - Brandy11%5/6/2016
Keg Creek IPA0%5/6/2016
Stone Enjoy By IPA - Tangerine9.4%5/6/2016
Lagunitas The Waldos’ Special Ale11.5%5/1/2016
Nomad Long Trip Saison6%5/1/2016
Exile G Funk Gose5.7%4/30/2016
Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget IPA7.2%4/29/2016
Way Sour Me Not Acerola4%4/29/2016
Omnipollo Nautilus4.5%4/28/2016
Stillwater Fear of Ghosts6%4/27/2016
Evil Twin Modern IPA6%4/26/2016
Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier5.6%4/26/2016
Prairie / TRVE Prairie & Friends TRVE Edition Sour Red Farmhouse Ale6.66%4/25/2016
Lagunitas Lucky 138.56%4/25/2016
Tallgrass Songbird Saison4.8%4/25/2016
Tallgrass Top Rope IPA6%4/25/2016
Bells Oatsmobile Ale4.3%4/25/2016
Other Half / Stillwater Rockstar Farmer4.5%4/24/2016
Omnipollo Abrahadabra 6%4/24/2016
Fantôme Boo!8%4/23/2016
Stillwater / Dugges Syrligt4.5%4/21/2016
Goose Island Four Star Pils5.1%4/21/2016
Panil Barriquée (Sour)8%4/21/2016
Omnipollo Magic #4:20 Vanilla Waffle Wheat5.2%4/20/2016
Kalona Bulltown Brown6.2%4/20/2016
Way Sour Me Not Caju3.5%4/19/2016
New Belgium / Hof Ten Dormaal Lips of Faith - Golden Ale7%4/13/2016
Way Sour Me Not Graviola4%4/12/2016
Exile / Lion Bridge Pasteur Le Fleur8.3%4/12/2016
Avery Raja8%4/11/2016
Surly Xtra-Citra Pale Ale4.5%4/10/2016
Backpocket First Anniversary Stout13%4/4/2016
Big Grove Quantum Finish9%3/24/2016
Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA10%3/24/2016
Boulevard Hibiscus Gose4.2%3/20/2016
Zipline Lemondrop Pale Ale6%3/20/2016
Point Session Pale Ale4.2%3/19/2016
Evil Twin Retro IPA6%3/18/2016
Big Grove Geisha10.5%3/17/2016
Prairie Ape Snake7.9%3/15/2016
Prairie Okie12%3/10/2016
Prairie Bomb! - Barrel Aged11.2%3/7/2016
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA - Ginger 7%3/6/2016
Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale5.8%3/6/2016
Mort Subite Kriek4.5%3/6/2016
Summit Unchained 21 - 2nd Thread (Session IPA)4%3/5/2016
Confluence Farmhouse Saison Table Biere5%3/3/2016
Off Color Le Woof7.8%2/29/2016
To Øl Jule Mælk15%2/28/2016
Omnipollo Bianca Mango Lassi Gose6%2/24/2016
Pacific Coast Dry Hard Cider (Wild Cherry)6%2/23/2016
CIB Zircon Strawberry Tart7.2%2/23/2016
Stillwater Gose Gone Wild4.3%2/22/2016
Left Hand Hard Wired Nitro Coffee Porter6%2/20/2016
Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA - Watermelon10%2/20/2016
Avery Pump[KY]n16.54%2/13/2016
Evil Twin Blanca Biere de Table4.5%2/12/2016
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Grapefruit6.3%2/10/2016
Triporteur From Heaven6.2%2/9/2016
Bos Hammer Smashed Cherry 6.5%6.5%2/7/2016
Mikkeller SpontanRedgrape7.7%2/3/2016
West O Smoked Red 6.5%2/2/2016
West O Pilsner Lager 6%2/1/2016
Lambickx (Zenne Valley, Private Domain)5.75%1/30/2016
Madhouse Necessary Evil11%1/25/2016
Alpine Beer Company Nelson IPA7%1/21/2016
Toppling Goliath Watershed Wheat 0%1/12/2016
Toppling Goliath XHops Series - Gold0%1/11/2016
N’Ice Chouffe10%1/11/2016
Empyrean Carpe Brewem Nibbed in the Barrel Oatmeal Stout7.4%1/11/2016
Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout9.1%1/11/2016
Ommegang Lovely, Dark and Deep 5.3%1/11/2016
Backpocket Exaggerator7.9%1/11/2016
Delirium Red8%1/8/2016
Mikkeller SpontanMango7.7%1/7/2016
Mikkeller SpontanPassionfruit7.7%12/29/2015
Mikkeller Winbic6%12/24/2015
Crooked Stave Hop Savant (Falconers Flight)7%12/18/2015
Freigeist / Stillwater Atlantis Gose4.5%12/17/2015
To Øl Nelson Survin9%12/17/2015
Prairie Vanilla Noir12.5%12/14/2015
Prairie Flare5.4%12/14/2015
Superstition Blue Belgian15%12/14/2015
Exile Sir-Moch-A-Lot7.5%12/13/2015
Mikkeller Hva Såå?!6.8%12/13/2015
Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel 9.5%12/13/2015

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan  (276) McLean, Virginia | February 3, 2016
Very cool country market ambiance. Very impressive beer selection. Many are kept in a walk in cooler, which makes liesurely sampling a bit uncomfortable. Still the selection makes it all worthwhile - Topling Goliath and numerous other Iowa breweries along side extensive Belgian and English beer selections. We chatted with the Grandson of the Dave that started the grocery many years ago and that now runs the store. Enjoyed very minute.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
michcam8  (30) Ohio | August 6, 2015
Stopped by on way out to Colorado. First time through Iowa CIty, and it seems to be a college town first - with that said, I did find parking difficult, even during the summer. They do have their own lot, but lots of trucks surrounding this destination. No biggie, parked a block away. Not at all what I expected from this legend. I thought a more open market place, but no, this is an old building/maybe former house...when I walked in I was not sure which direction to go to, to find beer. However, the ambiance of an older building, negates the lack of navigation, in my opinion. I stopped by on a busy Thurs. afternoon. Selection was outstanding, lots of hard to get, locals. regionals, and one-offs. I do know one of the workers, but taking him out of the equation, service was outstanding. I wandering around by myself, and was helped when I needed it, and left alone, when I needed it. Very friendly staff! Food, I did not try, but options were available. Value seemed to be fair. Overall - if 8 mins. from my house I would definitely be a weekly visitor, however I live 8 hrs away. If in the area - you must stop by! Highly recommend to other!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
edgallow  (151) nashville, Tennessee | August 2, 2015
Cool store with a very nice selection of beer.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (513) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 8, 2015
Stopped here just before midnight on the Friday night we rolled into town. It’s in downtown Iowa City by some other cool restaurants and shops and stuff. It’s a nice little market with tight aisles and goofball employees, and it has rooms off to the back for wine and then for beer. Such cool rooms. I snagged some goodies from Toppling Goliath, Exile, Central Waters, Crooked Stave (a 375 I hadn’t seen before), and Lagunitas ($2.99 bombers of Equinox). I could’ve spent a lot more time and money here but Ms. phaleslu was almost passed out in the car and we had 12 hours of driving to do the next day, with limited trunk space. Good layout, given limited space. Good prices, too. The service here is A+ top-notch number one, with Andy (pepsican) leading the team of misfits who were around that night. I also grabbed some groceries while in there, and damn if they don’t have an outstanding house-made wheat bread. It lasted our whole trip and gave us some high-quality peanut butter sandwiches, staying fresh and hearty for a week-plus. If I lived in Iowa City (sigh), I’d be here every week. I loved everything about this place. I’ll be back whenever possible.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Capa  (370) Kitsap, Washington | March 27, 2015
We stopped in here on our cross country adventure and I’m real glad we did. You walk in to what looks like a cramped corner market. As you make your way to the back you enter the beer room, which is truly impressive. Loads of import bottles and some USA crafts kept warm along with some sixes. The cold storage room is where most of the craft six-packs and singles are held. Loads of local and those pesky, hard to get Iowa ticks available here. I snagged a couple Toppling Goliath brews and a bunch of other Iowa stuff. They have loads and loads of top notch stuff all at very reasonable prices, IMO. If you are anywhere near Iowa City this place is worth a detour.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Marheb  (376) San Diego, California | January 14, 2015
L’instant que vous aller trouver le cellier derrière l’arche façonné de croustilles, vous aller avoir de la difficulté à perdre votre sourire. Chris a eu la gentillesse de brandir ses meilleures bouteilles après une bonne discussion avec lui. N’importe où tu peux acheter du TG est un must.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
theothermatt  (44) Lakewood, Colorado | December 25, 2014
Grocery/Convenience store near the U Iowa campus. Beer is in the back. Huge selection of locals and random things I had never seen, or would be sold out in minutes back in Denver. Friendly staff and prices. I have heard they do get TG, but it sells out quickly. Alas, no TG when we stopped in.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
DotBeer  (4) , | October 16, 2014
Dirty John’s was our go-to spot for a wide variety of interesting beers long before every grocery store and liquor store caught on. Staff is very knowledgeable, which sets this spot apart from most local options. We stocked up on a wide variety of beers for our wedding reception beer tasting. Dirty John’s introduced me to the concept of a mix ’n match six pack of really good beers.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Ferris  (990) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 21, 2014
It looks bad till you find the weird back room full of heavenly delights. A delight of strange and great beers from all over the world. I spent a ton and was only limited by space. Prices were great and service was friendly but not helpful. I could go there everyday for a month and be surprised. Also great vintages which I have never seen before.
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Dr_MedievAle  (9) Alabama | July 22, 2014| Updated July 26, 2014
dingy and moldy interior. service itself ranges from excellent (the beer manager, a son or grandson of the founder of the place, is outstanding and will talk to customers for hours about craft beer, and even is willing to crack open bottles for sampling) to terrible. they employ this curmudgeon who will harass you.

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