John’s Grocery

401 E Market Street
Iowa City, Iowa United States 52245
bottle shop  4.85/5.0 108 reviews
9:00 AM-12:00 AM seven days a week

Mayor: wlajwl (126) | Affiliated user(s) here doug alberhasky, DietPepsican, mrcrabs | Bottles: 800+
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Beers At John’s Grocery

Empyrean Pitched Blue5.4%10/20/2018
Millstream Raspbery Sour Ale0%10/20/2018
Decadent Ales Tropical Smoothie7.3%10/19/2018
SingleSpeed Eastern Cottontail India Pale Ale6.2%10/19/2018
Som Woodpecker Lager4.5%10/18/2018
Boulevard Tasting Room Series: Brut IPA7.3%10/17/2018
Decadent Ales Pacific Punch8.7%10/17/2018
Boulevard Tasting Room Series: DDH Galaxy IPA8.1%10/17/2018
Schell Citra Blanc6.7%10/17/2018
Boulevard Tasting Room Series: Southern Hemisphere IPA7.5%10/17/2018
ÆppelTreow Blackbird Berry-Apple Cider 5.5%10/16/2018
Firetrucker Hydrant4.9%10/14/2018
Confluence Des Moines IPA6.9%10/14/2018
Lion Bridge Oktobot 30008.2%10/6/2018
Lion Bridge Workman's Compensation4.7%10/6/2018
Evil Twin Island Bliss5.8%10/2/2018
SingleSpeed Jeremy and the Giant Peach4.6%10/2/2018
Evil Twin The Soup Superior IPA7.8%10/2/2018
Põhjala / Stillwater Artisanal Here Comes The Night Time5.9%9/30/2018
Big Grove India Pale Ale (IPA)7.2%9/30/2018
Left Hand 25th Anniversary Imperial Stout12.1%9/30/2018
Clown Shoes Porcine Unidragon12.5%9/30/2018
Crooked Stave IPA6%9/30/2018
ReUnion Juice Factory Pale Ale5%9/29/2018
Lion Bridge Centaurus5.6%9/27/2018
Edge Brewing / Lervig Pure Decadence Imperial Stout10.3%9/27/2018
Evil Twin Key Lime Pie7%9/26/2018
Hof Ten Dormaal Dad's Tea6.5%9/24/2018
Odell Double Pilsner8.1%9/22/2018
Ciderboys La Vida Sangria5%9/21/2018
Odell Cloud Catcher 6.8%9/16/2018
Decadent Ales Toasted Marshmallow IPA7.3%9/16/2018
Lion Bridge Bridge Beer3.6%9/16/2018
Omnipollo Oaxaca6.5%9/15/2018
Decadent Ales Blackberry Cream Pop8.6%9/15/2018
Exile G.C. Nebula7.6%9/7/2018
Prairie Color Block8%9/7/2018
Evil Twin / Omnipollo Half & Half Lemonade Ice Tea IPA7%9/7/2018
Big Grove Arms Race Pale Ale6.9%9/2/2018
Clown Shoes The Exorcist8%9/2/2018
SingleSpeed Victory Dance6.4%9/2/2018
SingleSpeed Tip the Cow6.2%8/31/2018
Clown Shoes Very Angry Beast11.5%8/31/2018
Clown Shoes Gargoyle Love Song (2018)10.5%8/31/2018
Wilson's Orchard Old Blue4.5%8/15/2018
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA8%8/14/2018
Fishback & Stephenson Coyote Verde4.25%8/13/2018
Way / Against the Grain Against the Cacau 4.8%8/13/2018
Evil Twin The Flava Influencer IPA7.8%8/12/2018
Stone 22nd Anniversary AnniMatter9.1%8/12/2018
Shiner Dewberry Tart5.9%8/11/2018
Big Grove Sidehill Sour Summer Jam4.2%8/2/2018
Odell Onolicious6.5%8/1/2018
Carakale Black Camel Spider10.5%8/1/2018
Carakale / Arizona Wilderness Dead Sea-rious5%7/31/2018
Pacific Coast Raw Apple Hard Cider0%7/30/2018
Stillwater Blown Speakers 10%7/29/2018
Barn Town Pink Guava Massacre4.6%7/29/2018
New Belgium / Cervecería Primus Mural Agua Fresca4.2%7/29/2018
Carakale Imperial Red Ale9.3%7/28/2018
Evil Twin Raceday6%7/28/2018
Evil Twin Even While They Teach, Men Learn7%7/28/2018
Exile Ogre At Simcoe Pass6.5%7/28/2018
EKU Pilsner5%7/28/2018
CIB Morning Wood Breakfast Stout8%7/15/2018
Lagunitas One Hitter Series: Cherry Jane Sour Ale5.5%7/7/2018
Avery Bug Zapper6%7/5/2018
Founders Barrel Runner11.1%7/3/2018
SingleSpeed Ring Around The Gose4.1%7/2/2018
Duvel Green/Draught/Single Fermentation6.8%7/1/2018
SingleSpeed Tricycle5.1%6/30/2018
Boulevard / Zipline Linkin' Up6.2%6/30/2018
Iowa New England Logger5.5%6/29/2018
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Double IPA8%6/29/2018
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Session IPA4.6%6/28/2018
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Hoppy Pilsner5.5%6/28/2018
Evil Twin C is for Cherry4.5%6/28/2018
Fishback & Stephenson First Crush0%6/25/2018
Prairie Bomb! Deconstructed: Cacao Nibs11.8%6/21/2018
Summit Skip Rock4.5%6/21/2018
Left Hand Blackcurrant Nitro4.7%6/20/2018
Point Beach Pilot Strawberry Wheat Ale5.5%6/19/2018
Left Hand Wheels Gose ‘Round4.4%6/17/2018
Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum IPA6.8%6/17/2018
Blackberry Farm Fall Saison (2016-)6.3%6/17/2018
ReUnion Tank Puncher IPA0%6/17/2018
Against the Grain / Carakale Snap, Carakale, & Hop! 6.5%6/16/2018
Stone Idolatrous IPA7%6/16/2018
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale5.5%6/8/2018
21st Amendment Baby Horse9.5%6/6/2018
Stillwater Critical Thinking11%6/6/2018
Tallgrass German Chocolate Cake5%6/5/2018
Left Hand Peach Beerllini 4.1%6/5/2018
Evil Twin / Omnipollo Rainbownade7%6/4/2018
ÆppelTreow Orchard Oriole Perry5.8%6/3/2018
Stillwater Gnam Gnam8%6/3/2018
Evil Twin The Saus Baus IPA7.8%6/3/2018
Fat Orange Cat FOC Less Monster8%6/3/2018
Kona Gold Cliff IPA7.2%6/3/2018
Evil Twin I Must Find A Truth That Is True For Me7%6/3/2018

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Drake  (881) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 28, 2017
Feels like a neighborhood grocery. Big wine room to the right as you walk in. Beer room to the back. Staff was friendly. No DietPepsi here today, so I had to go full calorie. A crap ton of beers. The walk-in cooler that looks small from the beer room is actually massive and wraps around. Even more impressive was I got excellent cell phone reception inside the walk-in! Tons of beers from all corners of the world. Solid prices, decent deals. Still didn’t stop me from racking up 80 bucks pretty quickly. Some Prairie Bomb variants, but I’m not paying $14 for a 12 ounce bottle of anything unless its Jean Van Roy’s tears. Lots of rarities. Not too far off the interstate. Worth going out of your way for.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh  (800) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan  (465) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
michcam8  (34) 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!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
edgallow  (165) nashville, Tennessee | August 2, 2015
Cool store with a very nice selection of beer.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (639) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Capa  (523) , Guam | 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Marheb  (383) Montréal, Quebec | 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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