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John's Grocery Inc.

Not Rated.
John's Grocery Inc.John's Grocery Inc.

85 Ratings
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 6.7%
[ Store ]

401 E Market St
Iowa City, Iowa, 52245-2628
United States
phone: (319) 337-2183

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Specializes in imported beer and glassware; also known as “Dirty John’s” for selling Playboy magazines in the 1950s.

Monday - Thursday: 7:30am –- Midnight
Friday & Saturday: 7:30am -– 2:00am)
Sunday: 9:00am –- Midnight

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Reviews by HawkeyeDaz:
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4.15/5  rDev -10.4%

I hadn't been back to John's since I graduated about 10 years ago so wasn't sure what to expect. I had gone in to grab some beer for tailgaiting but also wanted to see if there were any good selections that might have been picked from the shelves in Chicago or that I couldn't find in Chicago. Needless to say for a smaller store in Iowa City I was extremely surprised with how the selection has grown since I had been there. Plenty of selections from Bell's, Goose Island, Left Hand, New Belgium, Two Brothers and Boulevard along with plenty of locals from Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota. Also at least half a wall is dedicated to imports from all kinds of countries. They were also having a samplings of a brewery in the Amana Colonies which the Pale Ale was great so I picked up a sixer of that. The walk in refridgerator is huge and has your usual cases of mainstream beer but plenty of craft beers cold and ready to go. I ended up finding plenty of the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout which has been off the shelves in Chicagoland for quite sometime. I was speaking to the staff about how I was excited to run across the Goose Island BCS and he let me know they still had about 5 cases and would be more than happy to ship me some if I liked, all I had to do was call the shipping department.

All in all I was very happy to return to John's Grocery and plan on going back any time I'm back in Iowa City. The staff was courteous and extremeley helpful and went out their way to make sure I was being helped.

HawkeyeDaz, Sep 23, 2009
More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +8%

Always stop in here when I'm in Iowa City...selection is consistently strong and broad.

NathanStelter, Oct 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

beersdmf17, Sep 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

boogs, Jun 20, 2014
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4.67/5  rDev +0.9%

Have stopped in here quite a few times on road trips and always found something worthwhile. Reasonable prices, great selection, plus the added convenience of other items... including glassware. Heck, they've sent stuff to me out of state as well (glassware). Love this place. Faithful customer when driving through.

yemenmocha, Jun 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

Katep, Jun 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

Bkoop, Jun 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BaronVonHawkeye, Apr 05, 2014
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BillRoth, Dec 12, 2013
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Stevedore, Nov 10, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev -1.9%

I love this place. Very neat old-school grocery store with a HUGE selection of beers. The beer room itself is pretty cramped. If it's busy the majority of your time is spent saying and hearing the words "Excuse me.". The prices are goofy in this place. Some beer's are dirt cheap and others are way overpriced. The service and selection is awesome, though, so the prices don't really bother me.

I'm new to the craft beer world, and thanks to John's I've discovered so many great beers that you can't find anywhere else in Iowa. Whenever I'm in Iowa City, John's is a guaranteed stop.

Sunn, Jun 10, 2013
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John's Grocery Inc. in Iowa City, IA
100 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.