John's Spirits & Fine Wines

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25 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204
United States

(317) 637-5759

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Photo of rlg5150
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

I'm here from Kentucky on a trip with the in-laws and this place is right next to my hotel. I was looking forward to going after reading reviews here... How was it, you ask? Disappointing to say the least.

The majority of the selection was outdated beer that was on sale in individual 12oz bottles.

Service? Well, I asked the guy at the counter for a price check on the Dogfish Head 90 Minute and he responded with "I keep labels on them just look", as if I'm too stupid to look. There were no labels on or near it. Anyway..

The selection was definitely better than what I have at home but that isn't saying much. I live in a dry county but there's a beer store right on the line that charges premium prices because they know we'll pay it. The only thing remotely crafty there is Sam Adams for $9.50 a six pack.

Sam Adams was $9.59 a six pack at this place.. Oh, and that 90 Minute? It rang up just under $17 for a 4 pack. No thanks. I left with cold Fat Tire and Dead Guy bombers to drink tonight and a warm Ruination IPA to take back home for about $20 for the 3.

I didn't gander at the liquor and wine but it has to be better than the beer.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.55/5  rDev -8%

Stopped in here mainly because it happened to be near Rock Bottom Brewery where I was eating, and because I had read positive reviews about the place through BeerFly.

I was also really trying to score something by Three Floyds, Stone, and Dogfish Head. None of the three are available to me in Minnesota (from what I have seen), but all three are now sitting next to my computer waiting to be enjoyed. Pretty successful run for me.

Let me start by saying that Court Street isn't a street. It is an alley, so be on the look out. Huntington's Bank towers over it, if that helps, and the store itself sports a red awning over the windows and entry.

Walking in it pretty much looks like your typical bum hang-out, but upon closer inspection you will see a very nice selection of craft brews both on the shelf, and in the cooler.

The service that night wasn't anything special, but it might have had something to do with the collection of hoodlums that wandered in looking for cigarettes and Colt 45.

The selection, while not amazing, was representative. Chimmay, Gulden Draak, Bell's, Three Floyds, Dogfish Head, Stone, Rogue, and a host of others were easily found.

I personally picked up a bomber of Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, a 12 oz. of Stone Brewing Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, and a 12 oz. of Dogfish Head Aprihop for a grand total of $18.80.

I was pleased with my haul.

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Photo of cnally
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%

Wel, hid I never find my way here considering I live downtown? I thought for some reason they had restrictive hours...not true. Open till 11 on weeknights? Just fine with me.

The place is smallish, but boy do they cram in the selection for the size they have. While the selection is...we shall say, selective...they do all they can with the space they have. And may I mention their outstanding quality...They carry all the greats that are available here in the state, Stone, Unibroue, Three Floyds, Sammy Smith, Victory to name a few. And some of the titles are those you don't find everywhere, like a good selection of Mikkeller, Ommegang, multiple lambics, Delirium, and this was all upon first glance.

The service was also exceptional. I was asked by two seperate employees if I needed help finding my selection. Very friendly, and they also let me know about their Wednesday special. Let's just say that if you think their prices are a bit high, go there on Wednesday and you get a substantial discount on singles and a 4-six pack deal that is out of this world. Oh yeah, they also had a pretty sizeable rack of discounted beers including Ommegang, Rogue, Mikkeller...I picked up a Corsendonk Brown bomber for six bucks. Yes please!

A must-shop for anyone close or visiting.

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Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Had the opportunity to stop in here while staying in Downtown Indy. Though this is not the most comprehensive of selections, there was a very good offering of regional brews (which was great for an out-of-towner like me), but also had a quality selection of some imports as well as other craft.

Happy to see some good, but not rare, Bell's and 3F's. I did have a small issue with the fact that there was quite an accumulation of dust on most of the bomber selection...really made me wonder about the freshness of some.

Better six pack selection in the coolers toward the back, and wish there were more 12oz. singles available, but bomber selection made up for that.

Service was nice and offered help, and prices were reasonable. Definitely worth a stop if in the area.

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Photo of DreamFielder
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%

Stopped in during a break in a conference, after lunch at MacNiven's, and was able to talk with the very knowledgeable beer manager. Selection is unfortunately limited by the size of the store, but given those parameters, I thought it was outstanding. Six-pack selection was tight, but had some nice variety. The individual bottles offered a wide selection, many I'd not seen before,and at reasonable prices. I got a 15% discount, which added to the good experience. Sure wish I lived closer than 400 miles!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +3.6%

I stopped here while driving through Indianapolis a few day's ago. This was my first stop based on beerfly reviews, and was very nice but maybe not worth the hassle of driving downtown and trying to find parking. I ended up parking 3-4 blocks away, and I seemed to hit every light as it turned red. It seems Indy is just set up that way.

The selection was pretty decent, I was able to find Ommegedon which I've been searching for recently. The best attribute is the pricing, almost everything was a little cheaper than I expected. For example,, I found 3F Behemoth for $14.99 per bomber ($18.99 at home), and then they applied a 15% discount on top of that as a Wednesday discount deal. Nice.

If you're in downtown Indianapolis definitely give this place a try. If you have only time for one stop, I'd have to give the nod to Parti-Pak.

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Photo of brewseum
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

I'm staying downtown for work,and th brewpub selection is great.But,I'm always on the lookout for new beers I can bring home to MN from points afar.After reading the reviews,I figured that I'd have to "cab it" to anywhere worthwhile if I want good beer...
After dinner I decide to take a walk home and see this John's place downtown on Pennsylvania Ave.I figured that it would b a typical inner city store with a great selection of 40 ozers.

I went back to the coolers and my eyes light up.Hey-Three Floyds-cool.Dog
gfishead? Yeah baby!! STONE??!! OMMEGANG?!! UNIBROUE??My eyes glazed over looking through the cooler.And then I see they have a shelf of warm beers too.A BUNCH of great beers within walking distance o downtown hotels.

Rather than have chain brewpub beers I'm sitting here in my room with a big smile and a tasty bomber of Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus.Count me IMPRESSED with this inner city gem.Stop by if you are downtown-you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

One thing I've learned about living in Indy is that life without a car is nearly impossible. However, between John's Spirits and Alabama Liquor, I can get just about any beer I want. Well, that's not true, but they suit my needs just fine.
Their selection is acceptable, not great, not bad, just very run-of-the mill. Beer is not this store's emphasis. However, their beer-guy (late 20's, blonde) is quite knowledgable and personable, so if you have any questions or want to place an order he's the guy to go to. The other works specialize in different areas, but that isn't all bad.
Yeah, run-of-the-mill for beer. Not bad, just not great either.

Edit (12/17/05): Upon reconsideration, I was a moron for describing the selection as 'run-of-the-mill'. This place has an AMAZING selection of beers. All really good stuff too. I have NO idea what I was smoking when I wrote my earlier review. Great beer selection, but HIGH HIGH HIGH prices. I think that's what made me think the selection was bad, I'm usually blind to beers over $3/12oz. But, wowie, good beer selection is sometimes worth the price you have to pay. Plus, if you ask for a beer, it usually 'magically' appears soon after. Merry X-mas indeed!

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Photo of granger10
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%

This store in downtown Indy seemed to be focused more on the wine & spirit aspects as the name suggests but there are some decent beer offerings here as well. Unfortunately the beer seems to be priced rather high and the selection is hit or miss. They had some of the more common Stone, Rogue, DFH, and 3F's beers along with a few other midwest micros but nothing special. I was in the store for about 5 minutes looking around and then the worker (im guessing manager/owner) came up and id'd me. wtf? I know I look young but I didn't think someone needed to be id'd for walking in a store. Then he didn't ask if I needed any help after seeing I was 21. Not really acceptable to me so I just left w/o buying anything, and I was going to get a sixer of something. Oh well, better luck to others.

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Photo of Brent
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

I made a quick stop here before heading home from a short business trip. I suppose one shouldn't expect too much from a downtown storefront location, but overall the selection was not all that great. I was particularly let-down that not many local beers were featured - a couple of selections from Oaken Barrel and Upland, and that was about it. A small selection of micros, some Stone and Rogue bombers, and a few Belgian and Germans. Downstairs, in the "vault" (and it really is an old bank vault) it looked like they had a good selection of wine, but that was purely academic for me. The gentleman at the counter was friendly, but, given the very limited selection, I'd go elsewhere if it is an option.

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