John's Grocery Inc.

BA SCORE
100
world-class

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: 65 | Ratings: 104
Reviews by sprucetip:
Photo of sprucetip
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%

This was my neighborhood beer store when I went to college (the first time) back in late 80's/early 90's. I was transitioning toward craft from macros at the time, and they had the goods. But Dirty John's, as it is known locally, has grown and matured amazingly. went there last weekend to stock up for a tasting and was truly impressed. Doug, the manager, was very hands on helpful and extremely enthusiastic about beer! The selection was extensive and everything that wasn't already available as singles could be broken out of a sixpack, which is a tremendous benefit for the customer. The only detraction from the selection is Iowa's bass-ackwards liquor laws, where anything over 6.25% is considered liquor, and the State is the distributor for liquor. Hence, some breweries don't want to deal with Iowa, or at least for their big beers (one distributor for <6.25, another for >6.25). The only style that wasn't well represented was big double IPA's, that being the result of the law I spoke of. Another shop next door with glassware and trinkets. Worth the detour off of I-80 if you are passing by.

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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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Photo of KAF
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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