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4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
If Ben Franklin's inspiring adage, "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," is true, then God must really love John's Marketplace. And I am the happier for it. In fact, I am envious. We have no similar store in Salem, OR.
My first visit resulted in only a modest purchase. I was nearly overwhelmed with the selection. The very best I have seen. What I especially liked was that every bottle I looked at was individually priced. So, I made my own six pack of 12 oz. bottles, each something I have not yet tried. This is really great since I prefer to try new beers in 12 oz. singles, thus avoiding the higher costs of a full six pack of one variety or having to buy a bomber to try a beer. They had a huge selection of beers available in both 12 oz. and bombers, even some varieties available in both sizes.
I also bought a Blind Pig IPA in a 500ml bottle, my first Russian River beer and only the second time I have seen this available. Saw it only once in Salem.
I didn't really get to evaluate their service. I was left to myself and enjoyed taking my time. The store had more distributors than customers late this morning. I had the impression that I could have gotten whatever assistance I may have desired.
Prices were reasonable, especially since they give a 5% discount when you buy at least six bottles.
It would not be difficult to spend a small fortune here due to the selections available.
I will be back, with glee.
07-01-2009 21:21:29 | More by velosuds
5/5 rDev +15.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
And on the 7th day, when the Beer Gods decided to build a beer store, they settled in the quaint section of Beervana known as Multnomah Village. And they were pleased, as pilgrims from far and near made their way to this Mecca of Bottle Shops...
Holy Sh#t!!! Sorry about waxing poetic above, but this may be the center of the beer universe. I saw things I'd never seen before (a phenomenal Belgian selection including the full array of Devil beers, a whole aisle of Germans, full range of NW micros including newly released items like FS Imperial Porter, Deschutes HH Experimental) that I was transfixed-and that ain't easy to do.
The help was phenomenal, starting with the staff who helped overcome the crappy mapquest directions. This place is not the easiest to find, but don't give up, it's more than worth the trouble.
My understanding is they do a robust keg business too, the chap in front of me was picking up Ninkasi Total Domination. All in all, an absolutely essential stop to the traveling beer geek seeking some special brews for consumption or cellar. A good value with the 5% discount on purchases of 6 or more bottles, including intact six-packs. Whoopee!
A truly world class bottle shop.
02-08-2009 16:36:00 | More by jdense
5/5 rDev +15.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I'm a recent arrival to Oregon. Just had my first visit to John's Marketplace today. Thanks again to my fellow BA's for pointing this place out.
Outside does not portend the wonderful gems hidden inside. A grocery store that has been almost entirely taken over by their wine and beer selection.
Get a basket or two up front and head toward the back of the store. Each beer is singly priced to encourage the buying of singles; an important feature in a place that has so much variety to offer.
Every country and style is represented here. Row upon row of shelves and several different freezer areas plus many displays. Also, a seemingly nice wine selection.
They were able to "go and find" some special requests I had from hidden stocks somewhere not accessible to retail. Very nice and very accommodating staff.
A bit pricey on some iems, but not out of control. You're paying for excellent selection likely unmatched for hundreds of miles. I'll be going back often.
01-12-2009 07:29:57 | More by olmatty
4/5 rDev -7.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Housed in this crummy old neighbor hood store is a selection of beers that is quite amazing. I have been visiting this place for about a year about twice a month. They have recently done some tidying up and organizing of their beers. It is much easier to navigate their beer selection now than it was when I first stopped there. They tend to stock the most popular beers that hop-heads desire. They are quick to stock seasonal and special West Coast releases and have a decent assortment of imported beers. Judging by the amount of keg sale activity I've seen they do a lot of business in that area as well. Almost all their beers in stock can be purchased as singles with price stickers plainly in view. They have empty six pack cartons available to fill with your favorite singles and they give a discount for six packs. Their bottle returns are on the honor system. You go in back and put your empties in various containers and when you check out you just tell them how many empties you had and they deduct the value from your total price. I should mention that Oregon charges a 5 cent deposit on most bottles which is refunded when you return them. Overall a good place to buy beer.
12-11-2008 07:02:13 | More by Spikester
3.85/5 rDev -11.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My buddy from Portland goes here all the time so he took brought me here while I was on vacation. Not was I was picturing when he was describing it but it was still awesome. Huge selection of beers from all over the world. The beers are broke up into country's so all the US micros are by each other, all the Belgium's are by each other, so on and so forth. They have a ton of wine too if your into that. This place is also a market so you can get grocery's, cigarettes, and whatever else you need all in one place. They also sell kegs to go here.
11-26-2008 21:44:15 | More by mugglesandhops
3.7/5 rDev -14.7%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$
Talk about deceiving appearances: this place looks like a dingy, dirty minimart from the outside. You would never suspect the treasures that lies within... Selection is unmatched anywhere in Portland, and probably just about anywhere else for hundreds of miles. This is the Powell's City of Books of beer stores - so vast and varied that it could absorb your attention for hours. Service? None to mention, there's a guy at the checkstand who could care less whether you're buying a Oud Bruin or an Olde English 800. Prices are a bit higher on average, but this is acceptable as the price variety (it can't be cheap to stock this kind of selection). Bottom line: if you can't find it anywhere else, odds are you'll find it here.
10-30-2008 03:17:59 | More by dfitch81
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
I don't think I have ever seen as many bottles of craft beer on the floor of a beer store as I saw at John's Marketplace. After loading up on beer at Belmont Station, we stopped in at John's to make sure we had not missed out on anything.
While Belmont had a world class selection, the selection here was even bigger. The craft beer section is in various coolers, wire racks and supermarket shelves in the back left corner of the store, and in stacks of cases on the way to it. Tons of cases of Deschutes Hop Trip, Avery Ale to the Chief, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Alesmith summer Yulesmith (and last year's winter Yulesmith. Not sure how fresh that will taste these days). Racks filled with locals like Ninkasi, Lazy Boy, Rogue, more Deschutes, Hair of the Dog. Two or three long shelves across the aisle were filled with Belgian and other European selections. Simply amazing!
My only minor complaint is that the wire racks of American craft beer are so close together that it is difficult to see what is on the bottom shelf. Also, staff members passed us constantly during our visit and never asked if we needed help, had questions, were looking for something, etc. We didn't, didn't and weren't. But I have almost always had good conversations with a local beer enthusiast wherever we go. And heck, I usually buy something I was not planning to buy as a result.
But I'd still highly recommend this place.
10-27-2008 20:17:15 | More by sholland119
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Truly, this place is amazing.
Stopped off the other night for a German wine tasting. Had not been to John's in a while, though suffice it say, little has changed since last I was here (except the selection was possibly even better).
The thing that is fascinating about John's, is that when you first walk in, the place looks like a fairly typical neighborhood market/grocery store. After a moment or two you notice off to the right a fairly nice looking wine selection, though it appears to be nothing really out of the ordinairy (at least for Portland; most grocery stores in Portland have pretty impressive wine selections). It's actually pretty impressive as well, but you wouldn't know that until you actually wander around.
The same is true of the beer selection. If you look around you notice what appears to be a beer section in the back, but unless you walk on back, you probably wouldn't give it a second look. However, when you do walk back, you are confronted by a beer selection that is jaw dropping amazing.
I confess I have seen a few stores on the East Coast that have a somewhat better selection of imports, but when it comes to craft brew, John's is the king and there's no one close in second. It's almost like being in a warehouse, with aisle after aisle of great beer stacked 4 or 5 rows high. I believe there were also 3 or 4 beer coolers, as well as displays for staff favorites, specials, beer of the month, etc.
Prices looked pretty good, certainly on a par (or a bit cheaper) then what you will find at most places in Portland. The only criticism I would make has to do with service. I was there on a Thursday evening (around 6:30), and there wasn't really anyone there who could answer any questions I might have. The wine guy indicated he could help with some things if I needed assistance, but that otherwise I would need to wait until Dave (?) the beer guy was around. No problem, but a store with this kind of selection, I guess I would expect a bit more knowledgable staff (though I guess not everyplace can be State Line in Elkton).
In any event, this is an outstanding store, one I would recommend to anyone interested in filling his car or suitcase with great craft brew (many of the selections are pretty uncommon to any area other then the NW). Highly recommended.
10-10-2008 14:59:18 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I recently visited this place for the first time. I had been shopping a bit closer to home when a colleague of mine asked me "if you like beer so much, how come you haven't been to John's Market?" I had a hard time believing that another store could have a greater selection than my current haunt.
I was absolutely blown away when I walked into John's. If you ever need one of those moments when you hear angel's sing, this is it. Hundreds of beers on shelves, many more in refrigerators. My only wish was that all of the beers saw refrigeration or at least cellar temp.
Great place to locate hard to find items, rare beers and large bottles. This will be my new shop for years to come!
05-08-2008 17:05:05 | More by PdxBeerNut
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I've seen some pretty good beer stores since using Beer Advocate and I went to John's thinking it couldn't get much better. I was wrong. John's is phenomenal. The sheer number of beers is mind boggling. And the quality is top of the line. There are some mass produced crap (as you would expect) but the percentage is low.
The only flaw is that most of the beers aren't refrigerated. But I can overlook that, especially for the local beers that are fresh anyway.
John's is as good as it gets. If you're in the area, it's well worth a visit. You won't be sorry.
04-13-2008 18:23:02 | More by GJ40
John's Market in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.