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Beer Available At Johnís Grocery (arranged by most recent)
Wilsonís Orchard Goldmine , Confluence Virtuous Endeavor Series - Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale , Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial 90, Free State Octoberfest 94, Argus Cidery Fermentables Ginger Perry , Crooked Stave St. Bretta (Gold Nugget Mandarin) 95, Crooked Stave Progenitor 99, Prairie Tulsa Rugby Ale 91, Argus Cidery Fermentables Ciderkin , Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Bourbon Barrel 89, Crooked Stave St. Bretta Autumn - Citrus Wildbier 97, Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage 95, Crooked Stave Petite Sour (Grapefruit Radler) 94, Guineu Marky Ramoneí s 33, Crooked Stave Hop Savant (Citra) 99, Confluence Weiss Grip , City LaCrosse Light 6, Exile IPA , Big Grove Que Amarillo , Lagunitas Equinox Ale 96
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footbalm (74) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | December 31, 2006
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Love this place. Grab a sandwich and fill your cart with beer. They at one time always had Westy 12. Still have a lot of Belgians and great vintages of Lees Harvest Ale. So it is a little crowded and the selection of domestic micros is limited it is still a neat little place and at times the beer guys are very cool.
SledgeJr (106) Omaha, Nebraska | December 3, 2006
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the Mother Ships. Dirty Johnís is legendary. I donít know why this is not labelled as "ESSENTIAL." Plan to spend lots of money here. The staff knows their stuff, but are never a**holes about it.
1FastSTi (104) Glendale, Wisconsin | October 15, 2006
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Been here many times but apparently didnít rate it. This place is off the hook. The Belgian selection is phenominal, covering an entire wall. I spoke with the grandson of the original owner. Nice guy, we shot the shit about beer for awhile. He gave me his card in case I need something special ordered. I spent a lot of money. Got some free glassware for it (Oerbier long-stemmed snifter, Johnís Grocery snifter, and a really cool looking wheat glass of some unknown brand) . :) Iíll definitely make plans to stock up again from here. The guy mentioned that someone from Alaska flew his plane down and bought $1200 worth of beer. Wow!
swlabr117 (1) Clifton, New Jersey | October 10, 2006
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A great place for any sort of beverage or liquor. An incredible selection of foreign and domestic beers and microbrews. The people are friendly and the deli counter is pretty good also.
can8ianben (117) State College, Pennsylvania | September 24, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A hidden gem. What looks like a typical small corner grocery store from the outside holds "the Beer Room" in the back of the store. Tons of selection, they claim to have over 350 bottles -- amazingly wide variety from all over the world as well as micros from the midwest. Seems like the staff is friendly, clients on a saturday night seemed to mostly be Iowa U students looking for a classy buzz.
jpm30 (57) East Central, Georgia | July 31, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite beer stores in the midwest, a little less than 3 hours from my home, when a friend of mine and I are bored or in need of some good Belgians or glassware, we head here. The offer deals for large purchases and you can special order. Great Belgian and German selection and the micro section is always improving despite Iowaís laws. Since they remodeled and reorganize the store, the small deli and bakery has improved. Love the walk-in cooler. Service is great, they have never failed to sample beers with us and they will box and carry big purchases for you. If youíre going to Iowa City or traveling along I-80, this is a must stop. Many rare and hard to beers are located here. They also have an email newsletter.
marchcow (36) Coralville, Iowa | July 31, 2006| Updated December 9, 2006
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
A great place to buy beer or wine. Very knowledgeable staff. I used to live in this neighborhood and have enjoyed watching them invest a lot of time and money developing their beer and wine sections over the past 15 years. A must see place when visiting Iowa City and walking distance from the downtown and campus. Their website is pretty darn good as well. They have a computer in the beer room that you can use to look up stuff online with if need be. Sign up online to get their new arrivals and weekly specials.
hero27 (5) Iowa | July 13, 2006
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Johnís Grocery is where Andy Griffith would go to get beer. The store almost seems like an historical monument...and there really can be no valid arguments when you say that itís the best beer store in Iowa. Their European selection is simply a sight to behold.. Easily over 800 different kinds. Iíve actually been in their cellar underneath the store, and if weíre including all the beer down there, I wouldnít be surprised if they had over 1000 unique offerings. Incredible really.
While they easily have the largest Belgian and European offerings in the state, their domestic micro selection could definitely be bigger, and hopefully it will be in the near future. However, as far as American craft brews go, I was thoroughly impressed with Johnís selection of Rogueís (that alone was worth the trip). They have virtually all the quality Trappist, Belgian, German, & English beers...as well as aged J.W. Lees Harvest Ales (1998-2005 last time I stopped in). Their website has a fairly good (yet not comprehensive) list of the beer they have, so Iíll spare you the details.
The service is exceptional. Their people know a ton about beer.
If you live in the midwest or are passing by on I-80, it may be a sin not to stop by and check it out. Very cool, old-fashioned atmosphere and fantastic import selection. Johnís Grocery is an absolute must see.
Tmoney99 (515) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 28, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
bigcat03 (10) Lincoln, Nebraska | May 2, 2006| Updated December 20, 2006
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
An absolutely AMAZING selection. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and helped me figure out what other beers I might like just by giving them a couple of basic beers to start with. A few beers did look a bit out of date, but with that big of selection, you try to keep up as well as they do. I went up to U of Iowa for a saxophone lesson and ended up stopping here for two "Build Your Own 6-packs".
Great place. Period.
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