stchloe (24) Portland, Oregon | July 27, 2008| Updated February 23, 2009
Mecca. Providence. Rows upon rows of crazy beer from all over the world. Best selection and price in town. They also sell decently priced kegs. And wine too. Oh my god I love this place so much. Someday I will live here.
Have been in many times. Dave is the Man. he is very up to date on his brews. Also a very nice guy. I have placed an order over the phone and just had a friend pick it up in there way back to Boise. Not to mention the selsectio is GREAT.
This place is heaven. Endless isles filled with beer. Boasting over 900 varieties and Portland's best selection, they know what's up. Also, they seem to rarely run out of things because they carry cases upon cases, and display them on the shelf as opposed to a single bottle. Great selection of NW beers, Belgians, and especially beers from Great Brittan. Staff isn't that knowledgable and sometimes the isles seem disorganized, but make no mistake this is one of the best bottleshops you will ever go to.
From the outside, the place looks like a funky roadside mini mart complete with a disintegrating sign. On the inside however, is the largest selection of craft beer Iíve ever laid my eyes upon up to this point. It took me a good hour to browse the entire collection and then came the difficult part of what to buy and what to leave behind. I ended up going with the stuff I canít find back home. Highlights included Hair of the Dog Adam/Fred/Blue Dot, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti/Hercules, Pelican India Pelican Ale, Victory Storm King, Midnight Sun Sockeye Red and Seven Brides Oatmeal Ellie. There was a ton of rare Belgian stuff and Sours that Iíd never seen before but had to pass on. Overall, I could easily shop here the rest of my life and always try something new.
Outside look of this place is confusing and misleading. Inside is a fairly unkept wine shop, but then when you get in the back...OMFG! The ailes are small and plentiful; filled with beer from the floor to above your head. Probably everything available in bottles in Portland can be found here. The prices aren't too bad and the people know a thing or two about their stock and are very willing to help. No trip to portland is complete without visiting this place.
Really nice store to visit after living in selection challenged Michigan. So much variety!!! Service was great, when I picked up a Haleís BW they let me know that they had gotten the two previous years in also. Only knock would be the storage of the product but I havenít seen any bottles with ill effects yet.
Living only 1 mile from Johnís MarketPlace is truely a wonderful thing. They now have a website where they have a large part of their inventory available (not to purchase online, though) at http://www.JohnsMarketPlace.com. I go in 2-3 times a week to see what is new, and canít believe how many beers come and go in the course of sometimes a day or two. They have EVERYTHING! To top it off, since they have a deli there (with great burgers and sandwiches), you can drink a selection on-site, see if you like it. Corkage fee? They take $.05 OFF if you drink it there :) On the other hand, they stock enough (when they can get it) that when every one else is long out of the really nice beers, they still have some. I was in a few days ago and they still had a full case of Níice Chouffe and about 6 bottles of the Scaldis Prestige left. Cheers!
Visited here in August í12. For a Floridian, the selection was phenomenal and affordable. You name it and they most likely have it. Everything was available in singles and categorized very nicely by country and style. Very reasonable prices. Walked out of there with 27 new beers and spent less than $75 A beer geekís paradise.