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John's Grocery Inc.

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100
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65 Reviews
John's Grocery Inc.John's Grocery Inc.
PLACE INFO

Type: 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

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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
104
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
5.9%
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
3.94/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Made a stop at John's prior to heading over to the Sanctuary while passing through Iowa City.

The at-the-time A+ rating with over 50 reviews really had my hopes up and I think I was let down a bit.

To begin with, beer in Iowa is limited to what establishments can get through their distributor. The impressive wall of Belgians is occupied by most of the most common and accessible Belgians. No Cantillon (hoping to luck out and find something rare and dusty) but they did have some Drie Fonteinen.

I didn't buy any beer on this visit and I'm not sure I would risk spending money on the majority of the non-Belgian imports. I saw a couple of English IPA's where the sediment lead me to believe they had been there for quite some time.

What I did love about this place was the house next door where I dropped $130 on glassware - especially my new Reissdorf Kölsch serving tray with .20 CL glasses. Got an altbier, rauchbeir, czech pilsner, Unibroue wit, and a bunch of other glasses.

Overall, this may be a great place for chilled and Belgian beer if you are a resident of the area. It is an excellent stop for those looking to extend their glassware collection.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lemmy187
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dr_Fox
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dcotom
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Taybeh
4.11/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Angerhaus
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tillmac62
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ivan52
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

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Photo of burtonryan
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of mrjbrown27
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of hoosier222002
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of elkinbrown
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wapcap
3.57/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of ALC82
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Reinbeck11
4.67/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JessLehn
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best beer selection in town!

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Photo of jak
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

It's a little cramped, but it has a good selection and you are going to get decent service. Definitely worth going to if you are in the area.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of heyheymdn
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of NathanStelter
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Always stop in here when I'm in Iowa City...selection is consistently strong and broad.

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Photo of Spike-likes-beer
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of beersdmf17
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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John's Grocery Inc. in Iowa City, IA
4.58 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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