John’s Grocery

401 E Market Street
Iowa City, Iowa United States 52245
bottle shop  4.9/5.0 107 reviews
Mon-Thur 7:30AM-Midnight, Fri-Sat 7:30AM-2:00AM, Sun 9:00AM-Midnight

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Beers At John’s Grocery

NameABVEntered
Göller Rauchbier4.9%3/26/2017
New Belgium Whizbang Hoppy Blonde Ale5.7%3/23/2017
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut5.5%3/23/2017
Toppling Goliath Tsunami Pale Ale5%3/23/2017
Tallgrass One-Eyed Jacques9%3/22/2017
Amager / Crooked Stave Chad, King of The Wild Yeasts5%3/22/2017
John’s Grocery Generations 1948 Sour Wit0%3/21/2017
Exile The Blackberry Bohemian5.9%3/21/2017
Great River Jilted Kilt5.3%3/20/2017
Prairie / Evil Twin Bible Belt13%3/19/2017
Boulevard / Firestone Walker Collaboration No. 6 Barrel-Aged Blend12.5%3/19/2017
Angry Orchard Tapped Maple5%3/18/2017
Sixpoint 5Beans10%3/18/2017
Two Roads / Evil Twin Pachamama6.5%3/18/2017
Confluence Special Saison #210%3/18/2017
Unibroue À Tout Le Monde (Megadeth)4.5%3/18/2017
Ommegang Great Beyond8.8%3/17/2017
New Belgium Cherry Almond Ale5.8%3/17/2017
Baltika 8 Pshenichnoe (Wheat)5%3/16/2017
Baltika 7 Eksportnoe (Export)5.4%3/16/2017
Green Flash Styrian Golding Single Hop Pale Ale5.5%3/16/2017
Urban Family Saint Anthony’s Fire5.8%3/7/2017
Oedipus Mannenliefde6%3/6/2017
Angry Orchard Easy Apple4.2%3/3/2017
Front Street (IA) Cherry Bomb Blonde5.4%3/2/2017
Golden Road Wolf Pup Session IPA4.5%3/2/2017
Squatters Outer Darkness10.5%3/2/2017
Ballast Point Sea Rose4%3/2/2017
Moonlight Meadery How Do You Like Them Little Apples6.9%3/2/2017
Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops IPA6%3/1/2017
Stone (Richmond) Give Me IPA or Give Me Death8%3/1/2017
Cambridge Arquebus 12%2/18/2017
Small Town Not Your Moms Apple Pie0%2/17/2017
Schell Stag Series #10 - Tropical Stout8.5%2/13/2017
Wasatch Bobsled Brown Ale4%2/12/2017
Bitburger Radler2.5%2/8/2017
Moon Dog Mr Mistoffelees6.2%2/8/2017
Firetrucker Burnout Brown5%2/8/2017
Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne6.2%2/7/2017
Kickshaw Curio6.95%2/5/2017
Siren Calypso Berliner Weisse - Calypso4%2/4/2017
Urban Family Blackberry Harvest4.5%2/3/2017
Jopen / Odell Nuts For Chocolate7%2/3/2017
Small Town Not Your Moms Strawberry Rhubarb Pie0%2/3/2017
Samuel Smiths Organic Perry5%2/3/2017
Toppling Goliath MoZee5.5%2/2/2017
Bell’s Black Note Stout10.5%1/18/2017
Petrus 50/507.9%1/18/2017
Way Amburana Barley Wine14%1/17/2017
Peace Tree Imperial Stout10%1/14/2017
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA9%1/12/2017
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale5.5%1/12/2017
Sierra Nevada German Style IPA6.1%1/11/2017
Blackberry Farm Barrel Series - Brett Fruit Blend6.3%1/2/2017
Exile Tres Leches Milk Stout5.5%12/25/2016
Urban Family Delicious Ambiguity5%12/22/2016
Dieu du Ciel Chemin de Croix7.5%12/22/2016
Odell Jolly Russian13.3%12/21/2016
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA7%12/21/2016
Zeffer Red Apple5%12/21/2016
Stillwater Nu-Tropic6%12/21/2016
Dieu du Ciel Disco Soleil6.5%12/21/2016
Crooked Stave Serenata Notturna Blueberry12%12/20/2016
West O Punk’d Pie0%12/19/2016
Moonlight Meadery How Do You Like Them Apples13.3%12/9/2016
La Trappe Witte Trappist5.5%12/8/2016
Mikkeller Stick In The Ear6.5%12/8/2016
Clown Shoes Presumptive Nominee6.85%12/7/2016
Bavik Kwaremont6.6%12/7/2016
NoCoast Agricultured Rye Porter6%12/7/2016
Rogue Promise Gone Aw-Rye7.5%12/7/2016
Ridgeway Imperial Barley Wine10%12/6/2016
Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 201610.9%12/5/2016
Wilson’s Orchard Peach Fizz4.5%12/5/2016
Crooked Stave L’Brett d’Or7%12/1/2016
Mikkeller Drink’in The Snow0.3%11/29/2016
O’Fallon Vanilla Pumpkin Beer5.6%11/29/2016
Breckenridge Chocolate Orange Stout6%11/26/2016
Freigeist Köpenickiade Vineyard Peach3.5%11/25/2016
Het Nest SchuppenAas6.5%11/24/2016
Mikkeller SpontanOrange7.7%11/24/2016
Mikkeller SpontanPineapple7.7%11/24/2016
Off Color Aqua Predator0%11/20/2016
Kickshaw ORB0%11/20/2016
Grassroots Arctic Soirée6%11/20/2016
Mikkeller Spontancarrot7.7%11/19/2016
Sahtipaja Rött men inte Sött4.7%11/19/2016
Dugges / Stillwater Tropic Punch Ale4.5%11/19/2016
Mikkeller Crooked Moon Tattoo Stockholm8%11/19/2016
Stillwater Superhop6%11/18/2016
Toccalmatto Salty Angel4.5%11/18/2016
Empyrean Long Route6%11/15/2016
Ommegang / Urban Chestnut Collaboration 20167.5%11/14/2016
Het Nest HertenHeer6.5%11/14/2016
Ballast Point Mocha Marlin6%11/12/2016
Boulevard Cranberry Orange Radler4.05%11/11/2016
Firetrucker Brigade Ale5.6%11/11/2016
Mikkeller Red/White Christmas8%11/11/2016
ReUnion English Pub Ale4.8%11/10/2016
ReUnion Lager5%11/10/2016


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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh  (735) Tampere, Finland | November 1, 2016
Cool little grocery store with focus on wines and beers. From the pure beer perspective it’s worth a visit. Wide selection of international but also US and IA beers. Singles are kept in walk-in-cooler which is cool indeed. Don’t wanna spend there too much time. Good selection of Toppling Goliath and other IA craft ones.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan  (353) Jackson Hole/McLean, 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) Columbus, 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  (159) 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  (555) 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  (414) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Marheb  (375) 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Ferris  (1314) 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.

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