John's Grocery Inc.
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Reviews by cradke:
4.78/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is one of the best shop if not the best shop in Iowa. A fantastic place to get some hard to find and specialty brews especially given the state liquor and distribution laws.
As far as the service and selection goes: this is as solid as it gets. The staff that man the bottle shop and house of glass are very knowledgeable. The shop have a fantastic selection of belgians, seriously one of the best I have ever seen. The organization is very intuitive and has much more than just the standard trappists. They regularly get new stock and change up their lineup. In addition to the belgian, they have a great selection of Germans and English beers. Additionally, they have quite a few hard to find gems such as norweigen and finnish beers.
In addition to the foreign lagers, they do have a decent selection of all of the available microbrews, particularly goose island, Sam Adams, Bells, Rogue, Ommegang and some smaller ones. Most of the microbrews are kept cold but unfortunately, a lot of the european brews are kept in the cellar which is cool, but not cellar cold unfortunately.
The final note that sets Johns Apart from many other shops is the House of Glass. It's a separate building next door that has an incredible selection of beer memorabilia. They have a world class selection of glassware that makes a great pairing when trying a new beer.
12-21-2011 08:33:35 | More by cradke
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