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4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
What can I say about the greatest selection of retail beer in Portland? The prices are pretty reasonable and they seem to score some pretty rare brews. The place is rather cramped since they pack a lot of beer in, and they have wine and a small selection of other 'market' staples (like produce....?)
But the beer is the highlight. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Rarely have I gotten a poor recommendation. They are often arranging small tastings (usually for wine).
There is a limited glass selection here, nothing like Belmont Station. Looks like mostly the glasses that come with those 'glass pack' beer promos that are broken down so they can sell the glassware separately instead of with the beer.
But best overall selection by far (though some other places have the better rare beer selections...)
08-28-2011 22:08:55 | More by cbarrett4
4.44/5 rDev +2.5%
After my second trip here, I feel confident enough to review it. It's a grocery store on a street that has had construction on it both times I've been there. They open early, added bonus.
Beer is in the back. I'd guess over 500 different bottles. Organization isn't flawless, but at least sensical. Cool + for having employees recommendations, like a local independent owned record store (dating myself). Tons of PacNW locals. Some higher end 750s and bombers. Plenty of HUB stuff, which is awesome. Plenty of 6 packs, something that seems to be an endangered specie lately at bottle shops. Best can beer selection I've ever seen. Singles available of everything.
Staff leaves you alone, which is nice. Hooks you up with extra cardboard if you need it.
I can't imagine a reason why I wouldn't stop in and check this place out any time I'm in or going through Portland.
07-06-2011 00:07:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5 rDev -15%
John's is a Portland institution. It was one of the first large wine and beer retailers in the region. They still have an amazing selection of beers, many imports that you just cannot find anywhere else.
I dislike the organization (or lack thereof) of the store. I often have to hunt around for ten minutes to find a beer I am looking for. They could really use some interior renovation.
It would also be sweet if they could add a few taps so that the food area could be used. As it is, they have a $1.95 hamburger special that is just nasty.
Great selection, decent service, crappy atmosphere.
05-11-2011 21:14:27 | More by cavemanlawyer
4.03/5 rDev -6.9%
There are a lot of great bottle shops in Portland, and this is certainly one of them. I frequent John's most often due to it's location, since it's on my way from Salem to Portland, and is a quick stop off of I-5.
The selection here is top-notch. Obviously, being one of the major players in the Portland bottle shop scene, they get pretty much everything distributed in the area. However, because of their status, that also means they run out of the harder-to-get stuff pretty quickly.
As has been mentioned, their customer service is pretty much non-existent. However, if you know what you're looking for, that's not really a problem.
There definitely is some concern with some beers being past their "best by" dates, so you have to be vigilant. I usually stick to the main display area located in front of the main beer aisles. That's usually the seasonal/new arrival area, so what you're getting is generally pretty fresh. The selection of imports is pretty mind-blowing too.
Overall, John's is a great store that I'll continue to patronize as long as I'm in the area.
02-26-2011 02:27:27 | More by guajolote
3.75/5 rDev -13.4%
This was my last stop on a beer journey from Seattle to Portland but from now on it will be my first. In terms of selection it was the best bottle shop I've ever seen, easily blowing away any bottle shop in Washington state. The only thing I could really think of to say against it would be the freshness of some of the imports, but as long as you don't mind sifting a bit through bottles to find a fresh one you'll be fine. Very happy with the both the volume and variety of their selection. My one stop shop for Portland visits.
02-22-2011 22:52:29 | More by gregbechtel21
2.9/5 rDev -33%
I have been going to John's Market with sone frequency for a little over a year and at first it is very impressive. I have yet to find a place that has this great of a selection. However, the service is miserably poor and some employees are notably quite rude. The prices for some of the items are fair be sure you check the price of what you are buying as I have found rather wide price discrepancies for the exact same product. My number one complaint, however, is that much of their beer is WAY past its expiration date and if you don't check it (as I often have made the mistake of not doing) you could be in for a rude awakening. I have bought entirely too much skunked and rotten beer for this place that probably should have been clearanced years ago in some cases. I only go to this if I am in the mood for something I won't find anywhere else but for now I will stick with Haggen and New Seasons and my "go to" places.
10-01-2010 20:55:36 | More by beervana1858
3.5/5 rDev -19.2%
So I'm creating my first ever BA review for this place but, sadly, it's because I've had enough!
I've lived near John's for about two months now and have been many, many times. The place seems to have the best selection of any of the many amazing stores in Portland, which is why I return. It's simply outstanding what they have in stock. All the desired/available American micros. All the local micros are featured in their own section. New arrivals are featured in the center of the first aisle that leads to the beer section. A selection of beers are kept in coolers (maybe 30% of the inventory--most/all of which can also be found room temp). There's even a small amount of BMC stuff available. Probably the most comprehensive collection of imports from all around the globe I've ever seen in one store. Impressive.
However, what makes it hard to return is everything else. The place is not well kept and it's no wonder why when interacting with the staff. Bottles can consistently be found on the wrong shelves. Shelves (especially in the coolers) are frequently messy and look like no one has straightened them in weeks (or cleaned them for months--don't look at the floors!). There's a perpetual water leak/hazard from one of the coolers into the aisle and a shop vac permanently kept in the aisle to soak up the water (but that doesn't seem to happen often, either).
When making requests for specific beers the staff consistenly seems not well informed at best and completely disinterested at worst (not to mention not very professional in their appearance). I've been asked to leave my name and number a couple times when making requests and have never received a call back. Prices are on par with other local stores; however, I did ask if they would offer a discount for beers past their "best by" date and was scoffed at. I've witnessed kegs being delivered and picked up which seems to go smoothly but I've never participated myself.
In summary, go for the stellar selection but don't expect anything beyond that.
09-18-2010 05:13:46 | More by IpeeA
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
Although service seems iffy and a bit slack, this place is incredible. It has, simply put, the best beer selection overall of any place I have ever been to.
It is particularly strong on Pacific NW beers, with many I have never been able to get in California, but that rather goes without saying as at stores at home I'm going to find California beers one can't get here.
Where it really, really shines is in the UK beer selection, with the biggest, best, and most varied selection of UK beers I've seen, with many I've never actually encountered in person. It has pretty much all UK beers I can get in the Santa Rosa and San Francisco areas, plus a lot more. For me, a lover of UK beers, this is especially great.
The German beer selection was also wonderful and agian the best single colelcton of German beers I've seen anywhere, although it was less outstanding than on British beers, in part because my favourite beer stores in the SF Bay Area collectively do have pretty much all the German beers this place had (unlike the UK beers).
Belgian beer selection is also great, but I pretty much ignored this aside from scanning its range because I can get pretty much any of these Belgian beers at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa and the rest in SF. Belgian beers have become so much en vogue these days that they are a dime a dozen in any good beer store where I live - again that is simply not true with UK beers.
Another storng point here is the relatively good collection of Midwest and East Coast beers, still a rather tiny sampling of those available but better than any I've seen in California.
Finally, for those looking for California beers, it has a pretty good selection of California beers, but agian I didn't pay too much attention to these since I'm from California.
Overall, I will stop here every time I'm in Portland.
08-11-2010 19:39:16 | More by Offa
4.8/5 rDev +10.9%
Visited Johns on a recent trip to Portland (06/06/10). Holy CRAP! This place is a GOLDMINE! Everything from schwag beer to an amazing selection of Belgians, imports, Northwestern selections, just everything you can imagine!
Asked the guy running the place if he had any fresh Pliny, and at first he said no, but then I told him I was in from out of town and he found me one from the back. It was his distributors hidden beer. SCORE!
Nice selection of different size bottles and a strong assortment of cans.
Really helpful and pricing wasn't out of control. A must go to spot for amazing beer.
06-11-2010 02:12:38 | More by Wilma83
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
I visited John's on my last day in Portland (3/27/2010).
To this midwesterner, John's was/is beer nirvana. The beer was mostly located in the back of the store, but there was a HELL of a lot of it. Two long, double sided aisles of warm beer sorted roughly by region, plus a few more short aisles of warm beer...all surrounded by cooler doors of cold craft beer. It was refreshing to see the craft beer taking up way more cooler doors than the BMC beers.
Selection was incredible (too much to list here), and hit nearly all of the major craft breweries west of the Rockies. I was surprised to see a few of my hometown favorites in there too (Goose Island BCS for example).
Prices were very fair (one might even say bordering on low) and combined with the no sales tax thing this is a must for anyone visiting the area. Locals must love this place...I would if I lived there!
03-29-2010 06:31:07 | More by spointon
John's Market in Portland, OR
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