JB's Foods & Bottleworks

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5503 N Alberta St
Spokane, Washington, 99205-7001
United States

(509) 325-9105 | map

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Added by RJLarse on 06-29-2008

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Photo of rarigney
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Very good selection overall. They may not have the inventory that Total Wine has, and their stock may not move as fast. But, if you're looking for something specific, they just might have it here. The vibe is kind of mini-mart, but several aisles are devoted to beer singles.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I stopped in at JB's for the first time today to check out the selection and stock up for camping this week. I was not disappointed.

The store features beer, wine and liquor, but it seems most attention is paid to the beer section. One and a half aisles are primarily devoted to singles, and each shelf is arranged by brewery. Half an aisle is refrigerated cases, with everything else on shelves; everything was handsomely arranged, clean and well-lit. There are a dozen or so taps as well for growler fills. In back is a chill case with two-fours of Coors and the like for the less discerning customer.

The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed my visit; I will definitely try to come here again on my next trip through Spokane.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

There is good and bad to this place.

The good is that they had selection on par with many of the places in Seattle and Portland, and when I was there in September they even had last years Abyss still sitting on the shelf. Hair of the Dog, Midnight Sun, and many of the other usual suspects where present, and I even found more of one of my favorites on the trip, Laurelwood Workhorse IPA.

The bad is Workhorse was not fresh and noticably different than when I had it at the brewpub. It makes me wonder if they watch how old their beers get which in some styles doesn't matter as much, but with an IPA you would like to get it as fresh as possible. Also as mentioned before on here, the beer isles are close to windows.

If you watch what you're getting, this is probably the best place I seen between Denver and the Pacific Coast excluding SLC and a place by Coeur d' Alene I was unable to visit. Hopefully they do some remodeling and more closely monitor their inventory so that they can become world class one day.

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Photo of leedorham
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Edit: updated review due to time elapsed and changes:

The last few times I've been in JB's I've seen the same DIPA's sitting on the room temp shelves that I saw there last spring. My review of them was kind of enthusiastic because at that time they had just stepped up their game quite a bit. Unfortunately, it seems like the beer just isn't moving. They still have 2010 abyss on the shelves (the top shelf, at room temp, with some exposure to sunlight).

Previous review:

Wow has this place changed since the last time I was there. It had been about a year since I had been there. It used to be hard to tell from the outside that they had good beer in this place but now they seem to have gotten the message as it is now "JB's Food and Bottleworks."

Q - Lots of high quality offerings both US and foreign.

Service - Cashier is friendly. Doesn't seem too interested in the beer but I don't need help so I can't really say how well they would help someone with questions.

Selection - Very good in the 22oz format and the like. They seem to focus on larger formats though and could have more in the six packs.

Value - Don't seem to be overpricing anything but no steals.

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Photo of woemad
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

I used to live about 2 blocks from this place about a dozen years ago. I don't think it was much of a place for beers then, but I wouldn't really know as I wasn't much of a beer drinker back in those days.

Like others have said, J.B.'s doesn't look like much from the outside - it seems like a borderline-ghetto'ish mini-mart. But after walking in and seeing all those bombers, I found myself wishing I lived in the Shadle-area again. Not only are there lots of beers, with an especially large number in bombers, but there are quite a few that are not available elsewhere in town, including several beers from Port, a brewery no one else has carried in this area. Prices are competitive with other beer stores in the area.

The only person working when I was in was a cashier who asked if I needed help. I didn't, so I can't comment on his beer-savvy, but he was courteous and friendly when I paid for my beer.

J.B.'s is a little off the beaten path, but for anyone looking for good beer on Spokane's North Side, it's worth it. If in another part of town, there's probably a gem or two not available elsewhere to make the drive worthwhile.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Updating as they've really changed this place recently.

They have moved all the beer onto shelves further back in the store, and thus away from the windows. They've also moved in a few more coolers to make up the back wall. Still, however, a lot of beers are left sitting on shelves, and the store is always warm, so it makes me wonder about the aging of some of those left on the shelves.

The back coolers have mainly IPA's etc in them, so get them from there. The same IPA's can be found on the shelves, where they sit warm.

They've also added in a growler filling station, but it's not very well advertised, as it's up behind the counter, and at the side of all the coolers on the back wall.

Prices have gone up a lot in the past few years. and some bottles that you cna find at Total Wine for $24 are on the shelves here for $29.

However, you can often go in here and find some of last year's special releases sitting alongside this years for a couple dollars more. Eg. Abyss this year was about $16 but they had a small sample of 2012 for $18 in there too.

As far as service goes, they are friendly, but not overly talkative and they've never approached me whenever I've been in there. This is, for the main, a convenience store that happens to have a huge selection of beers and wines...so don't expect to stand about and talk new releases or some of your favourites with these guys.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

UPDATE: 1/1/2014 - JB's bought one of the vacated liquor store licenses in the wake of a voter initiative. They are now a full fledged bottle shop with beer wine and liquor. They also pour growlers for a fairly reasonable price. $8 - $12.

Sign says "Your neighborhood micro brew headquarters."

JB Foods is a small run down neighborhood grocery store. The store mainly carries convenience items but has a huge beer and wine section.

Quality is good. There are typical macro selections but a nice craft offering, including regional, American and imported beers.

Service is OK. It's limited to a friendly cashier.

Selection is good. About 80 craft selections in 6 packs and another 70 or so bomber choices. US and international. The six packs are in a cooler, as are some of the bombers. There is also a shelf full of bombers, mostly regional brews, in the wine section.

Value is good. $7.50 - $9 a six pack. Bombers $3 - $5 depending.

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JB's Foods & Bottleworks in Spokane, WA
Place rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 7 ratings