Johnís Grocery

401 E Market Street
Iowa City, Iowa United States 52245
bottle shop  4.9/5.0 106 reviews
Mon-Thur 7:30AM-Midnight, Fri-Sat 7:30AM-2:00AM, Sun 9:00AM-Midnight

Mayor: wlajwl (138) | Affiliated user(s) here DietPepsican, doug alberhasky, mrcrabs | Bottles: 800+
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Beers At Johnís Grocery

Humboldt Low ín Easy Lager4.2%8/19/2016
Urban Family Apricot Love6.3%8/19/2016
Lagunitas 12th of Never5.5%8/18/2016
Avery El Gose4.5%8/18/2016
Urban Family Crimson Fawn6.5%8/18/2016
Marz Jungle Boogie5.4%8/17/2016
Great Divide Nadia Kali6.3%8/16/2016
Sierra Nevada / Mahrs Bršu Oktoberfest (2016)6%8/16/2016
Madhouse A.M. Haze6.8%8/15/2016
Urban Family Magnolia Redux6.5%8/13/2016
Bells The Oracle DIPA Ale10.4%8/12/2016
Who You Calliní Wussie5.8%8/11/2016
West O 6 Foot 66.6%8/6/2016
Toppling Goliath XHops Series - Silver5.3%8/3/2016
Toppling Goliath Mosaic Dry Hopped pseudoSue5.8%8/1/2016
Mikkeller SpontanDryHop Citra5.5%7/24/2016
Mikkeller SpontanDryHop Simcoe5.5%7/22/2016
Exile Gose Shore5%7/12/2016
Off Color Sparkles Finds (Some) Trouble4.3%7/11/2016
Stillwater / Hudson Valley Hopvine Bling5%7/9/2016
Urban Family Lady of the Night6.19%7/9/2016
Clown Shoes Third Party Candidate7%7/8/2016
Evil Twin Imperial Simcoe Slacker7.5%7/8/2016
Madhouse Kinky Zonker4.5%6/24/2016
Prairie Phantasmagoria8%6/24/2016
Toppling Goliath NugMo (Golden Nugget With Mosaic)7.2%6/21/2016
Toppling Goliath Galaxy Dry Hopped pseudoSue5.8%6/21/2016
Toppling Goliath pseudoSue - Citra Double Dry Hopped5.8%6/21/2016
Pacific Coast Hard Apple Cider with Mango and Muscat6%6/13/2016
Hanssens Experimental Cassis6%6/12/2016
Stillwater / Casita Cerveceria On Fleek13%6/11/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Evil Twin / Mikkeller / Leelanau Hamajang5.8%6/9/2016
Way Amburana Lager8.4%6/8/2016
E.Z. Orchards Poire5.9%6/8/2016
Surly Blakkr9.99%6/4/2016
Toppling Goliath pseudoSue5.8%6/4/2016
Exile GiGi5%6/4/2016
Keg Creek Waseya Creme Ale5.2%6/3/2016
Mikkeller USAlive!8%6/2/2016
Montseny Mala Vida - Bourbon11%6/2/2016
Bells Hopslam10%5/31/2016
Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale5.9%5/24/2016
Prairie / Saint Somewhere Prairie Somewhere7%5/24/2016
Boulder Beer Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA6.5%5/21/2016
Confluence Long Ride Pale Ale5.7%5/20/2016
Green Flash Styrian Golding Single Hop Pale Ale5.5%5/20/2016
Sixpoint Hi-Res10.5%5/14/2016
Trois Dames líAmoureuse 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 KŲpenickiade3.5%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 Waldosí 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
FantŰme Boo!8%4/23/2016
Stillwater / Dugges Syrligt4.5%4/21/2016
Goose Island Four Star Pils5.1%4/21/2016
Panil Barriquťe (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

  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
3fourths  (1537) Boulder, Colorado | February 24, 2004| Updated December 18, 2013
Located in the small-town downtown of a college town (thatís 3 towns...), Johnís Grocery is easy to miss driving through. A small corner shop with one small door and a faded sign. The store is about 1500 square feet (not that big), with about half of that area beer and half food and other quick-mart items. The selection of Belgians is amazing, with the best prices Iíve ever seen for Cantillon bottles. Singles of American micros are a bit harder to find... there are a few, but not many. Score points for the great glassware collection. I was able to find numerous european porters and stouts, as well as just about any Cantillon and Fantome you would want. The only think I canít figure out is why Iowa City? Thereís nothing else out here... but if youíre travelling through on I-80, donít miss this place. As for the staff, to be honest I have to say that I didnít enjoy them trying to hurry me out of the store after buying $90 worth of bottles. It would have helped if they could have given me a 750ml box to put my bottles in, rather than looking at me like I was going to hand carry all of my bottles out of the store. They also loose points for presentation, as all of the Belgian bottles were strewn about in wire cages, completely disorganized.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 28, 2013
Ordered beer from them once through some bro named Andy. He hooked me up with a nice discount too. Very easy to work with, very prompt, and the pricing was pretty good (even if the beers I was ordering were really expensive beers). I got a mixed case of 3 Fonteinen (Doesjel and Scharbeekse Kriek). The selection at Johnís is really quite good and everyone should check them out. If I ever make it Iowa City Iíll have to stop in.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1303) Dublin, California | November 1, 2012
Mail order through pepsican. Amazingly secure packaging, excellent communication, fast shipping, and very fair prices. Would happily place another order.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Ferris  (1145) 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 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
DiarmaidBHK  (796) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | July 27, 2013
I donít know if this is the biggest selection of beer in the states but itís certainly one of the most thoughtful and carefully curated. This place has been open in their current location since the 1940ís. Thankfully thereís parking behind the store. I saw their video on YouTube and was expecting a bigger place although it looks just the same. Given the small size of the space and the amount of stuff crammed in there, johns has the feel of a market in Manhattan. 800ís probably a conservative estimate. Iíd guess closer to 1000. They have a fantastic selection of Belgian and Scandanavian craft and very solid English, German, and American craft sections. They also have a separate room that has a pretty massive wall of beer glasses. The service was friendly and very helpful and the prices were far less than Iím used to. I think youíll find few bottle shops more complete than this one.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
mcberko  (776) Vancouver, British Columbia | March 28, 2012
Old review. Did a mailorder here about a year ago. Great selection to choose from (despite their online inventory not being completely up-to-date), helpful customer service and a very quickly-shipped and well-packed box of 12 beers sent over. Would definitely order here again.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | July 26, 2012
Iíve done a couple of mail orders through this place. Very easy to deal with, shipped with FedEx alcohol license. Requires adult signature just FYI. I usually use this store to get new JP releases that never make it to the east coast. Pepsiedcan is the point man and very helpful. Very cool establishment. For the record Iíve been to Iowa before, but not since my beer obsession.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
BVery  (618) Plymouth, Minnesota | April 20, 2013
Stopped in on 4.19.2013. One of the very best beer stores Iíve been to. Crazy selection - tons of singles. Solid pricing and outstanding service. Not to mention a totally cool throw-back vibe. Iíll be back every time Iím in the area.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99  (553) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 28, 2006
Directly on the corner with parking in the back. Clean brick building with the inside divided into sections like it had additions added over time. Beer area had individual beers and six pack holders to select singles and a cooler with six packs and cases cold. I got a six of singles and a sampler 12 pack from an Iowa brewer. Nice selection of shirts, hats, beer glasses and other beer collectables. Well worth the visit if you are in Iowa City.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (535) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 8, 2015
Stopped here just before midnight on the Friday night we rolled into town. Itís in downtown Iowa City by some other cool restaurants and shops and stuff. Itís 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 hadnít seen before), and Lagunitas ($2.99 bombers of Equinox). I couldíve 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 donít 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), Iíd be here every week. I loved everything about this place. Iíll be back whenever possible.

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