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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.67/5 rDev -9.2%
This is my go to place for craft brews. They have a solid selection from a wide variety of breweries. They seem to cater to the Oberlin College demographic (SF, NY, etc) and therefore have a good nationwide sampling. Some of the beers may have been on the shelf a little longer than they should, but overall this is a great place to pick up a few brews. They just recently started to sell mix six packs and growlers.
If you are anywhere west of Cleveland, this is the place to stop.
05-26-2013 02:18:23 | More by m_p_snyder
3.3/5 rDev -18.3%
Johnny's is my go to when visiting the in-laws at the holidays in OH. After this past trip, that may change. Ill make the run to Chucks in Chagrin Falls.
Quality was OK. Nothing horribly out of date, but there was some stuff that had sat around a while. I got a year old 6er of BBCS so I wont complain too hard.
Service was less than impressive. I know they used to carry Cantillon and a few other surprises since I have been going there for years, but this time I did not see any. I asked if they had the Cantillon in the back and the lady behind the counter looked at me like I was from outer space. It appears they specialize in lottery ticket / scratch off sales now.
Selection is much better than in TN, Ill give it that. Not amazing for OH, but for in the BFE town of Oberlin it is pretty amazing. Bells ( no expedition :( ) Founders normals, Goose Island normals, Great Lakes w/ some seasonals, One freakin Jolly Pumpkin when I could swear they used to have a good selection, and your run of the mill Stone, etc.
Value, not sure what the beers normally go for anymore in OH, but I did not feel ripped off. Especially since I left spending a lot less than I used to there.
**EDIT** I see I am the low review... I just remember how it used to be too much I guess.
10-25-2010 15:12:56 | More by Photekut
4/5 rDev -1%
Johnny's is a well stocked beverage store with an exceptionable beer selection. They stock a lot of craft and Belgian beers including several Trappist beers. I wont mention brands cause I don't want my favorites to disappear. All I will say is this place is worth the drive.
They used to have a more knowledgeable staff. They seem to know more about Knob Creek (bourbon) then they do Westmalle (beer). Though they carry both.
They do not split 6 packs but they have a decent section of singles in various sizes.
The beer seliction is well organized. The store is tightly packed with little room to move. They usually have something new every time I go there.
01-10-2010 02:57:08 | More by sitarist
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
I read about this place before moving out to Ohio. I knew it would be the place I went to for good local craft brews once I got to Oberlin.
The beer selection is really great, especially for someone coming from CA where the distribution is just totally different. I saw 6ers and 4-packs of Founders, Bells, Great Lakes (obviously), Troegs, among many many others. I also found bombers of everything from Hop Stoopid and Stone to 750s of Ommegang beers. One downside here (and many won't consider this a "downside") is that there are no 12oz brews for sale as singles. That is, you can't mix your own six pack. This is a bummer for someone like me who wants to try a new beer almost every day.
I don't know that the folks working at this place know much about beer, but I'd rather be left alone while perusing the (tight) aisles anyways.
One note on freshness: I bought a 6er of really fresh Two Hearted. I wanted to pick up a Great Lakes sampler case, but it was past its "enjoy by" date. So keep your eye out.
08-18-2009 17:44:54 | More by washburnkid
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
read about this place when i was on BA. i had to visit that area so i dropped by. i am glad i did. as you enter i was greeted by two employees and asked if i needed help. it is a full fledged liquor store too. on the right there is a decent selection of your regular domestic craft beers. then a rather good selection of imports. a good variety of belgium beer. in the back it is lined with a very large - long cooler with a huge variety of cold brew. i left with three liquor boxes full of beer and i spent a whole $100. not bad for ten singles, one four pack, two sixers and a twelve pack.
06-20-2008 10:13:21 | More by giblet
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
I'll start this simply: I have bad luck with living in areas where craft beer is prevalent. I lived in Salem, OR, for a year, which somehow didn't benefit from the complete and utter abundance of craft beer in Portland, and now in Amherst, OH, the best we can generally do is GLBC stuff, which is very good, some Sierra Nevada and the like. Other beers from the region in town are difficult to come by.
Johnny's is a treat though. When in Amherst, I can simply jump on 58 and go about 10 or 15 min. south and find an excellent selection of both American and imported craft beer. Walking in the door I was greated to a display showing off a 750's of Saison Dupont, Piraat, and a few Unibroue selections. In the shelves to the left from there groupings of beer which appear to be by region or country follow. Belgian beers, including Ommegang products in 12 oz. bottles and Chimay and Rochefort and St. Bernardous, and a number of english and American selections. In regards to American craft beer, the back cooler is where Johnny's Carryout shines. From my various stops there in the last three weeks, which included a large stop to purchase our beers from our road trip to Planet of the Ales, I've found a number of Bell's products, various Three Floyds, the obligatory Great Lakes, bombers of Stone stuff (including RIS and 06.06.06 and Ruination), some Victory products (including Storm King) and Founder's Imperial Stout to name a number of them. They also have a fair amount of Old Foghorn and Bigfoot there as well. A great American micro selection in my opinion, and the service is always really, really nice and helpful when suggesting products that might be like the ones that they do not carry. Overall, the best beer selection I have come across in Lorain County.
07-18-2006 23:51:45 | More by edmundfitzoil
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
After being told by someone who lives in Oberlin to stop here and see their good beer selection, so I decided that since I was in the area I would stop. I'm glad I did. It is located minutes from downtown Oberlin near or in New Russia Township, surrounded by farm land, and directly across from Drug Mart. It looks like it's in the middle of nowhere. It's a liquor store with the hard liquor on the right, beer in the middle, and wine in the far left corner. When I first walked in, I was greeted by a display of Chimay, Aventinus, and small bottles of Piraat. They have small aisles of beer sorted by country of origin at room temp and some of their beer in fridges.
The servive here is above average. I was asked if I needed any help with the beer by a friendly worker and since it's a big beer store, they're probably knowledgeable of the beer they sell.
They have one of the best beer selections in Lorain County and especially for a place located almost in the middle of nowhere. Their imported selection consisted of Weltenburger (my favorite), Aventinus, Unibroue, plenty of Russian beers like Baltika, Ayinger, Spaten, an Australian beer I've never heard of, Black Sheep beers, Ale Mary, La Trappe, and plenty of other English and German beers that I don't remember right now. Their Belgian aisle consisted of Chimay, Orval, Caracole beers, St. Bernardus, Piraat, Gulden Drakk, Cantillon, all or most of the Lindeman's line, Corsendonk, Delirium, and more of that quality. Their American micros consisted of Bell's, Avery, Weyerbacher, Stoudt's, Victory, AleSmith, Rogue (even had their XS barleywine), Sierra Nevada (inc. Bigfoot), Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Saranac, Stone (still had 8th anniversary), and Goose Island. They had some Ohio beers like Great Lakes and Buckeye Brewing Company. This is just a smaple of what they have there. All of their prices are what you expect to pay for beer of this quality.
If your in downtown Oberlin looking around at what Oberlin has to offer and in the need to buy some craft beers, just go down the road a little bit and stop by Johnny's. You won't be disapointed by one of (maybe only) Lorain Counties premium beer stores.
02-04-2006 18:17:38 | More by AltBock
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
I was overjoyed to find this place carrying a vast array of midwest microbrew, Belgian and German beers upon visiting my nearby hometown this past Xmas. Where before this place was mostly a wine and hard liquor type of place it seems sometime in the past couple years they've gotten a serious beer enthusiast to do their stocking for them. They have a complete aisle of UK and German selections. Their Belgians included Cantillon Iris, Gouden Carolus, one or two Chouffe offerings and a slew of others I can't recall. In the Midwest category they had the full range of Bells offerings, a couple Founders varieties and probably everything Great Lakes brewery had to offer. As far as I know this is the best beer outlet in N. Central Ohio..
05-14-2005 21:03:25 | More by OtisCampbell
Johnny's Carryout in Oberlin, OH
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.