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Beer Available At John’s Grocery (arranged by most recent)
To Øl Sort Mælk 100, Exile The Cherry Bohemian , Gänstaller Bräu XL 2 - Amber Weizenbock 83, Gänstaller Bräu XL 4 - Smoked Imperial India Pale Ale 91, Gänstaller Bräu XL 3 - Spelt Imperial India Pale Ale 63, Lervig Brewers Reserve Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels (13%) 100, Funkwerks Tropic King Imperial Saison 95, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Tell-Tale Tart 74, Stillwater Readymade - Vacuum 90, Stillwater Readymade - Projector 91, Evil Twin Femme Fatale Kabosu 96, Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale 97, Gänstaller Bräu XL 5 - 7 Grain Bourbon Double Bock 78, Toppling Goliath 1492 IPA 89, Funkwerks Saison 97, Toppling Goliath Watershed Wheat , Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale 98, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Yacht 93, City LaCrosse Lager 13, Two Brothers Kick ’Em In The Pilz 37
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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 (114) 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 Iowa’s 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 you’re 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
John’s 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 it’s the best beer store in Iowa. Their European selection is simply a sight to behold.. Easily over 800 different kinds. I’ve actually been in their cellar underneath the store, and if we’re including all the beer down there, I wouldn’t 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 John’s selection of Rogue’s (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 I’ll 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. John’s Grocery is an absolute must see.
Tmoney99 (498) 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.
oldrtybastrd (56) Fort Walton Beach, Florida | March 15, 2006
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
WOW, let me say that again, WOW!!! Huge selection, Belgians, english, Germans, other Europeans. Huge cooler of micros (local and beyond). New huge wall of glassware and breweriana. Only drawback was the small selection of mix and match sixer’s. I was hoping it would be like the Boise Co-Op and have everything available for mix and match. Picked up 6 years of J.W. Lees, 2001 A Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout, 3 Cantillon’s and a bunch of others. Made 2 trips from Davenport while on a 2 week business trip. Well worth the trip. This is a beer lover’s dream store.
GeneralGao (222) Iowa City, Iowa | January 11, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Charming little family owned corner store in downtown Iowa City. The place is very small and is packed to the rafters with almost everything you would ever need....including an exceptional beer selection. You can find all of the local small brewery offerings in addition to a large selection of imports including many Belgians. The staff have always been helpful. They also have a pretty good wine selection and lots of beer glassware from different brewers.
adennehy (1) | September 27, 2005
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
It is a staple. Other than one cashier who I have on several occasions wanted leap the counter and beat the @#$$% out of, it is a great store. The new beer cooler is awesome and the selection is the BEST IN IOWA.
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