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John's Grocery Inc.

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John's Grocery Inc.John's Grocery Inc.
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65 Reviews
Reviews: 65
Visits: 95
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

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

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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: 65 | Visits: 95
Reviews by daledeee:
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

This is one of the great treasures of the midwest. John's Grocery has been in business since 1948.

They currently stock over 500 beers. The only restriction is the fact that Iowa's liquor law prevents more companies from selling their beer here. All strong beer must go through the liquor commission.

That being said. Your will be hard pressed to find a better Belgian selection in the United States, The German selection is also nearly complete. There are many micro brews here also. The wine room is also supposed to be spectactular but I do not drink wine. Never have I gone here when someone doesn't offer to carry my beer out for me.

The kitchen also offers some taste treats. Just a great place.

UPDATE: 1-09-2008 I must say I was not visiting for a few years but I am proud that I was the one who first reviewed/added this fine establishment. Basically, if beer can be gotten in Iowa, it will be here. They have increased their beer area by moving it and now have over 700 kinds. Our state requirement of all beer over 6% going through the liquor commission poses problems several American breweries simply will not mess with the slow pay of our govt. beer agency. GRRR. John's has connections in Europe and they know Belgian beer. Their German selection is full of some new treats I must purchase and review. Look for many new entries in my beeradvocate column!! (1,377 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of elkinbrown
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wapcap
3.57/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

A small grocery downtown.
They seemed to have a good selection. Nothing blew me away though. Its a grocery store so you can get some foods of course.
I'd recommend stopping if you are in the area. (196 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great place, a real surprise in Iowa. Lots of great beer to choose from. Most of the American craft beers are in the cooler so they are ready for drinking! (157 characters)

Photo of ALC82
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Reinbeck11
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JessLehn
4.89/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best beer selection in town! (28 characters)

Photo of jak
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

It's a little cramped, but it has a good selection and you are going to get decent service. Definitely worth going to if you are in the area. (142 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of heyheymdn
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of NathanStelter
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Always stop in here when I'm in Iowa City...selection is consistently strong and broad. (87 characters)

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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John's Grocery Inc. in Iowa City, IA
99 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.