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John's Market

John's MarketJohn's Market
BA SCORE
96
world-class

65 Ratings
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.29%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, Oregon, 97219-3761
United States
phone: (503) 244-2617

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(Place added by: HiroProtagonist)
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golden1

Oregon

5/5  rDev +15.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

"Never judge a book by it's cover" has never been a more apt statement to make regarding this location. From the outside, you would never guess at the wealth inside. Hell, from 10 feet inside the door, you still wouldn't guess. But once you wander to the back third of this shabby corner store, it's advised to hold your hands below your chin because your jaw will be dropping into them in short order.

Quick - think of a beer you love. A beer that, if given the chance, could be in your hands right this very second. Got it? Good - they have that here. The selection is epic, vast, and other words that basically translate to "Wow." The 22oz. racks alone will lock your brain as you try to imagine how they could cram that much selection into so few rows. The other reviews are not lying and neither am I: best location to get hard-to-find brew in Portland, bar none. I'm just ashamed that I've been in the area for a year and finally walked in the door two months ago.

04-09-2008 22:27:02 | More by golden1
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spickler

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +15.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

In Portland at the end of May for four days of beer and wine tasting, we stopped at John's Marketplace on the way back to the airport. I visited many BA recommended establishments during our trip but must specifically praise this one.

Their opening time of 6AM (according to the website) sent me there instead of Belmont Station as my flight was at noon. Nonetheless, we were running late as we always are. I guess frantically stuffing sixers of IPA into a box drew the attention of one of the employees because he asked if he could help. I explained my dilemma and he promptly mentioned the new "liquid in carry-on baggage" rules, which I had somehow failed to consider. (We hadn't taken a wine/beer trip since those were instituted and were used to hauling as much beer and wine on board as we could carry.)

He quickly assessed my selection and retrieved a shipping box from the stock room and suggested that we replace my six packs with 22oz bottles of the same or similar brews. His suggestions have been excellent so far. After leaving a few spots for the bottles of Pinot we had already purchased, he helped me get the box to the front and even grabbed some packing tape and a free bottle opener for me all the while giving me simple directions back to I-5.

I didn't even get a chance to fully appreciate the massive selection. I had to go with recommendations and offer the VERY occasional, "I can get that in Tennessee." But the selection was beyond anything I'd ever seen, especially in the huge 22oz bottle section.

I don't run into people too often who fully understand my affection for beer. Clearly, BA is full of them, and I'm happy to say John's Marketplace seems to be as well. What great service and selection! We made our flight (barely), and all of the bottles made it to my beer fridge without so much as a scratch.

06-01-2007 21:21:37 | More by spickler
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olmatty

Oregon

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
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jdense

Oregon

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
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The best beer selection I have ever seen! New items appear on a regular basis too... and they always have those limited special edition beers you might be looking for. Like the previous reviewer said, be careful...you may stay for longer than you anticipate, browsing and dreaming. I enjoy the friday beer (free) and wine ($2) tastings on a weekly basis. Its nice to try out stuff from breweries you haven't gotten to yet. Nice people too.

2004 review edit..service is much more attentative these days, there almost always someone asking if I need help finding something, and Dave, the owner and beer master, is great to talk to. --add half point to 4.5.

07-23-2003 21:02:41 | More by HiroProtagonist
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TheNothing

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

John's Marketplace really is the end-all-be-all of beer merchants in Portland. It puts Susie O's and Liquid Solutions to shame. Never in one place have I see such a selection of craft beers, imports, wines and even meads (over 12 to choose from) in a single location. While many complain about the dent in the pocketbook, it really isn't because of pricing (compared to Thriftway 2 miles away). 12oz bottles are priced individually and you can get 5% off 12oz bottles with a mixed 6pack of your choosing. I go to John's Marketplace more than once a week as not to tap my wallet too hard at one sitting.

01-28-2005 19:10:14 | More by TheNothing
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

This beats Bottleworks hands down in terms of selection..too bad its not closer to home, and too bad it doesn't have mead (at least not that I saw).

As many others have pointed out, it is unassuming from the outside. It looked to me like an inner city grocer. I love how at least 1/4 of the floor space is beer, and at least another 1/4 is wine.

Selection, as mentioned before is unrivalled. I probably walked up and down the beer section for at least ten minutes before grabbing a single bottle. My wife practically fainted when we walked in...she is a sucker for Belgians and fruit beers, especialy Belgian fruit beers.... I found stuff here I thought I would never get.

Oddly enough, I didn't buy that much. Partly it was fear of bringing beer back through Customs, and partly it was not wanting to buy stuff here and then find even more I wanted in Seattle. But I will return...and I will buy more.

Again, as others have stated, the clerks don't come up to you, but they are very friendly. What are the chances that I run into someone in Portland who used to come up to Vancouver every week?

06-19-2007 06:20:10 | More by BDTyre
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $

I had been to John's a few years back but that was before I had started my quest to understand. It is the best place I can find in town to buy beer. From the economies of scale it is hard to find a better deal. I pay on average 50 to 75 cents more for each 12oz bottle. The overall selection is phenomenal and it allows me to try more non mainstream brews from the usual suspects I find in our normal stores like Hagen, Whole Foods and smaller beer and wine stores in Washington county. The didn't have any questions so service wasn't any issue for me. I am afraid this might be a weekly trip to add more ammo to my un-necessary garage fridge.

12-05-2007 05:35:30 | More by cswhitehorse
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Wow.

Just wow.

Been on the BA scene for almost a year now, and having grown up in Portland, I knew that good beer was everywhere, and finding it relatively easy.

I went into John's because I had heard great things.

I left feeling empty, knowing that even my favorites in San Diego don't have a chance against John's. They just don't. Great Belgian selections (including Cantillon . . . I could've bought the whole allotment of everything), Northwest crafts, world-wide famous beers, and everything in between. 12oz, 22oz, 375ml, 750ml, 6l, you name it, John's has it.

Beverages 4 Less in Santee is my highest rated store prior to this, but I have to say I'd probably go here 9 times out of 10 if they were equidistant from me. Just outstanding selection, and the prices! Excellent. No tax either! Awesome.

All in all, worth the hype, check it out if you haven't. If you're passing through, make the trip. I may have to go back right now and I just left. It's THAT good.

11-27-2009 22:03:18 | More by nomomentwasted
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beerguy101

California

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is one of the most unlikely beer Mecca’s I have ever been to. From the front it looks like a seedy grocery store, in fact the day I was there were several college age kids drinking Steel Reserve 211 out front. Once you are inside and find the beer section (which is nearly the entire back half of the store), there is literally beer everywhere you look. On shelves, stacked in boxes, in several different coolers. Then there is the selection. There are massive quantities of Pacific Northwest micros, craft beers from California and Colorado, an extensive selection from England and a whole shit-load of beer from Belgium.

I spent nearly an hour wandering around in a beer hunter induced stupor before making my purchases. I kept finding something I had not seen before, and must of made 10-15 round trips through the place.

The ONLY problem I had with the place is the way the beer is displayed. A lot of it is out in the open and the place was kind of warm. Still none of he beers I bought there have suffered any ill effects,

This place is a MUST is you go to Portland.

08-21-2003 20:15:36 | More by beerguy101
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John's Market in Portland, OR
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