John’s 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 (141) | Affiliated user(s) here DietPepsican, doug alberhasky, mrcrabs | Bottles: 800+
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Beers At John’s Grocery

NameABVEntered
Evil Twin Wet Dream6.9%9/24/2016
Stillwater / Cigar City 21st Century Means8.5%9/23/2016
Toccalmatto / Nøgne Ø Tohki-shu10.5%9/19/2016
Kickshaw ORB0%9/15/2016
Wilson’s Orchard Cherry Crush4.5%9/12/2016
Evil Twin Imperial Petit Four Break4.2%9/9/2016
Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA7%9/8/2016
Evil Twin Food & Beer 4.5%9/7/2016
Breckenridge Brewery Lane Series Imperial White IPA9%9/6/2016
Odell Brombeere Blackberry Gose4.8%9/6/2016
Kalona Free Range4.7%9/5/2016
Stillwater / Arizona Wilderness Stillwater Is Nothing Big Bunny Is Everything8%9/1/2016
Boulevard Smokestack Series: Funkier Pumpkin8.5%8/31/2016
Flying Dog Heat Series: Carolina Reaper Peach IPA6.8%8/31/2016
Urban Family Kriek6.3%8/29/2016
Uinta Free Form Belgian Style Blonde Ale4%8/29/2016
New Belgium / De Koninck Lips Of Faith Flowering Citrus Ale7.4%8/28/2016
Crooked Stave Petite Sour (Blueberry)5%8/28/2016
Uinta Fest Helles5.5%8/28/2016
Tallgrass Flyin’ Hawaiian Double IPA8.4%8/28/2016
Confluence Royal Roots English-Style Porter5.7%8/27/2016
Uinta Pit Stop Kettle Soured Apricot IPA4%8/27/2016
Cambridge Spring Training IPA6.6%8/27/2016
Confluence Ash Tree English-Style ESB5.6%8/27/2016
Jasper South Cider6%8/25/2016
Humboldt Low ’n 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 Bräu 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
Arrogant Who You Callin’ 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 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 Abrahadabra6%4/24/2016
Fantôme Boo!8%4/23/2016


84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan  (321) McLean/Jackson Hole, 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
michcam8  (31) 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!
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
edgallow  (153) nashville, Tennessee | August 2, 2015
Cool store with a very nice selection of beer.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (541) 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Capa  (386) 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.
86
  • 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.
94
  • 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.
84
  • 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Ferris  (1177) 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.
66
  • 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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