John's Grocery Inc.

John's Grocery Inc.John's Grocery Inc.
John's Grocery Inc.John's Grocery Inc.
Store

401 E Market St
Iowa City, Iowa, 52245-2628
United States

(319) 337-2183 | map
johnsgrocery.com

Notes: 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
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.6
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
110
pDev:
6.96%
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 110 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.85/5  rDev -16.3%

Been going to John's for 10 years now. Lots of changes lately (well lately for me, I haven't been back in 5 years before DLD week).

John's has always focused on more of the Midwestern flagship/introductory/session styles of beers, with a few exceptions. That remains. Also a minimal amount of hop forward selections. Lots of stouts. Carry almost no east coast beer. Lots of Midwest & some Colorado stuff. It definitely has the best selection overall in all of Iowa IMHO.

The glassware is in another building now and far less impressive than it used to be. Some beer schwag at jacked up prices compared to what you pay at the brewery.

Apr 30, 2010
More User Reviews:
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SB2017 from Iowa

5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best beer-buying experience you can get. Friendly and helpful staff, good fried chicken, and a cozy environment with excellent selection and solid sales. Good events quite often too!

Jul 14, 2019
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jul 12, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Doesn't seem like there is a recent review here so I figured I'd provide one. Stopped in here yesterday and was very impressed. Its a small simple grocery with a wine room and a beer room & walk-in cooler. Beer selection is quite impressive with a substantial craft lineup both in the beer room and the walk in cooler as well as a very nice selection of imports. With the imports there were lots of options however many were quite dusty and old. Store offered a nice singles section both in the beer room and in the beer cooler. Overall the selection was outstanding and a must stop for anyone in the area looking for craft beer. The beer manager Chris was really nice and was helpful in making recommendations.

Feb 06, 2019
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Nov 21, 2018
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

May 01, 2018
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LumpkinBrews from Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Great find during my weekend in IA. Will definitely be back!

Dec 10, 2017
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Aug 21, 2016
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Dr_Fox from Utah

5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jun 22, 2016
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dcotom from Iowa

4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Unpretentious neighborhood corner grocery store featuring a "beer room" with a world-class selection of over 3,000 beers. John's boasts one of the largest selections of Belgian beers outside of Belgium, plus many from Germany, eastern Europe, and the UK as well. Everything is well organized by country and style. Go to their web site (johnsgrocery.com) and take the video tour to get a feel for what this place is like. You won't be disappointed.

May 29, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

May 24, 2016
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Apr 24, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Feb 05, 2016
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Ivan52 from Iowa

5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best place for beer and spirits in all of Iowa and maybe beyond.

Jan 19, 2016
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burtonryan from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Oct 06, 2015
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mrjbrown27 from South Dakota

4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Sep 26, 2015
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hoosier222002 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sep 06, 2015
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Aug 12, 2015
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elkinbrown from Tennessee

4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Aug 11, 2015
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wapcap from Nebraska

3.57/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Aug 06, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

May 11, 2015
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ALC82 from Iowa

4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Apr 13, 2015
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Reinbeck11 from Iowa

4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Mar 24, 2015
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JessLehn from Iowa

4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best beer selection in town!

Feb 13, 2015
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jak from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Jan 02, 2015
John's Grocery Inc. in Iowa City, IA
Place rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 110 ratings