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

Amager / Cigar City Xiquic And The Hero Twins9%3/28/2017
Freigeist Salzspeicher Sour Porter6%3/28/2017
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

  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 9/20
mtdshn  (4) Moline, Illinois | February 3, 2007
I don’t think this place is "all that" - yes, they do have a great selection of Belgians and the German and British sections are good, but I was quite dismayed at the service I got, if you can even call it service. No "thank you" or "good bye" from the cashiers, who look like they are on their 4th night without sleep. At one point during the transaction the cashier gave me a dirty look and motioned to his manager or whatever. I’ll remember to not spend so much next time, I guess.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
entropy1049  (2) Oxford, Iowa | January 26, 2007
What a great thing, to have John’s in my back yard. I can run at lunch time, eat, get beer and make it back to work with time to spare. An old saloon with the best beer selection in Iowa. Super helpful staff-beer people for sure. Spend a lot o’ money, get free glassware-Gotta love it!
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
rlinccpa  (15) Moline, Illinois | January 23, 2007
Wonderful place to visit, I stop as often as I can. The staff is knowlegdable and fun to talk to & the selection is wonderful
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
footbalm  (76) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | December 31, 2006
Love this place. Grab a sandwich and fill your cart with beer. They at one time always had Westy 12. Still have a lot of Belgians and great vintages of Lees Harvest Ale. So it is a little crowded and the selection of domestic micros is limited it is still a neat little place and at times the beer guys are very cool.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr  (106) Omaha, Nebraska | December 3, 2006
This is one of the Mother Ships. Dirty John’s is legendary. I don’t know why this is not labelled as "ESSENTIAL." Plan to spend lots of money here. The staff knows their stuff, but are never a**holes about it.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi  (104) Glendale, Wisconsin | October 15, 2006
Been here many times but apparently didn’t rate it. This place is off the hook. The Belgian selection is phenominal, covering an entire wall. I spoke with the grandson of the original owner. Nice guy, we shot the shit about beer for awhile. He gave me his card in case I need something special ordered. I spent a lot of money. Got some free glassware for it (Oerbier long-stemmed snifter, John’s Grocery snifter, and a really cool looking wheat glass of some unknown brand) . :) I’ll definitely make plans to stock up again from here. The guy mentioned that someone from Alaska flew his plane down and bought $1200 worth of beer. Wow!
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
swlabr117  (1) Clifton, New Jersey | October 10, 2006
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.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben  (125) State College, Pennsylvania | September 24, 2006
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.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jpm30  (57) East Central, Georgia | July 31, 2006
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.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
marchcow  (36) Coralville, Iowa | July 31, 2006| Updated December 9, 2006
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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
hero27  (5) Iowa | July 13, 2006
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 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.

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