Johns Grocery

Johns Grocery


Tickets for 2022 Iowa City BrewFest, sponsored by The Eastern Iowa Airport - CID and Johns Grocery, are on sale now!!!

Join us on Saturday, October 8th and come enjoy the Bohemian nature of the Northside Marketplace with great craft beers, neighborhood food, beer games, and much more. BrewFest will remain exclusive and only open for 800 BrewMaster ticket buyers to participate in samplings. The festival is open for anyone to walk through, but only those with a ticket and BrewFest glass will be able to sample.


🍺 Exclusive access to unlimited samplings from vendors (800 tickets available)
🍺 Customized 2022 Northside Oktoberfest glass
🍺 $15 gift card to eat & shop at Northside businesses
🍺 Custom and exclusive Iowa City BrewFest baseball hat
🍺 1 free beer at the Outdoor Beer Hall (stay tuned for more details)
🍺 Access to beer games, Oktoberfest contests, and live music

In observance of #NationalMomandPopBusinessOwnersDay, check out this feature on Johns Grocery, Iowa local grocer that’s been kickin’ since 1948 and deemed the last “mom and pop” left in town. #iowaowned
Johns Grocery has been a neighborhood favorite in Iowa City since 1948. The “mom and pop” shop has provided fine beer, wine and food for more than six decades to the community – and beyond. Check out this fascinating story of a true family business. #NationalMom&PopBusinessOwnersDay
Johns Grocery has been a neighborhood favorite in Iowa City since 1948. The “mom and pop” shop has provided fine beer, wine and food for more than six decades to the community – and beyond. Check out this fascinating story of a true family business. #NationalMom&PopBusinessOwnersDay
From the city to the suburbs, the best local markets in Iowa are here! Johns Grocery, B&B Grocery, Meat & Deli, New Pioneer Co-op, Wheatsfield Cooperative, Dutchman's Store Ads, Jeffs Market, Wood's Super Market & Deli
Best known for its beloved fried chicken, Johns Grocery at 401 E. Market St., Iowa City, closed their kitchen last week.
There's nothing more satisfying than the sound of biting into a crispy piece of Iowa's best fried chicken. Mt Hamill Tap, Sugapeach Chicken & Fish Fry, Pullman Bar & Diner, The Latin King, Breitbach's Country Dining, Harold's Chicken Corporate, #TheTavern, High Life Lounge, Ox Yoke Inn, Johns Grocery
We'd like to say a big THANK YOU to all of the amazing businesses who generously donated to our Eye Opener fundraiser this past Sunday. We couldn't have done it without you!

Mackie Garrett Nina Lohman Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery Deluxe Cakes & Pastries Diventures in North Liberty Draft: the journal of process The Englert Theatre fix Coffee Heyn's Ice Cream Iowa City Humanize My Hoodie Hy-Vee Ink Lit Mag The Iowa Review Johns Grocery {made} community M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers Molly's Cupcakes Iowa City Prairie Kitchen Store Prairie Lights Bookstore PromptPress RAYGUNshirts Revival Clothing Store Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Riverside Theatre rsvp Shakespeare's Pub And Grill SpareMeIC Sweets and Treats The Examined Life Journal Ulysses Modern Yotopia : Iowa City's Original FroYo Willow & Stock
Raise your hand if you're going to be drinking a Blonde Fatale with your turkey this Thanksgiving! 🦃🍻 Here's a list of stores where you get your 6- or 12-pack of Blonde Fatale in time for your holiday gathering.

- Most Iowa Hy-Vee stores
- Sam's Club in Windsor Heights, Ankeny, and Cedar Rapids
- Most Price Chopper Des Moines area locations
- Johns Grocery in Iowa City
- Most Iowa Fareway Stores
- Trader Joe's- Coralville and Trader Joe's-West Des Moines,IA
- Most Iowa Walmart stores
- Most Casey's General Stores in central Iowa
- L&M Mighty Shop in Iowa City
- McNally’s Super Value in Grinnell
- Pete’s Super Value in Monroe
- Most K*m & Go locations in central and eastern Iowa
- Whole Foods Market in West Des Moines
- Happy's Wine & Spirits in Cedar Falls
- Gateway Market & Cafe in Des Moines
- Most Iowa Kwik Star locations
- New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Coralville
- Round Window Liquor in Knoxville
- Ingersoll Liquore Store in Des Moines
- Hartig Drug in Iowa City
- All QuikTrip locations in the Des Moines area
- Brooklyn Grocery in Brooklyn
- University Liquors in West Des Moines
- Johncy's Liquor Store in North Liberty
- Beer On Floyd in Sioux City

This list is not comprehensive, so if you don’t see your store, let us know and we can check. Cheers to turkey and beers! 🍻
Time to Get a Little Hazy! Here’s a few of the stores across Iowa where you can find our newest award-winning beer. See if your go-to store is on the list and pick up a 6-pack today! 👇

This list is not comprehensive, so if you don’t see your store, let us know and we can check. Cheers!🍻

- Most Iowa Hy-Vee locations. If you want us to check your specific Hy-Vee, let us know below!
- Price Chopper in Des Moines (Beaver Ave)
- Price Chopper Des Moines(Ingersoll)
- Beer On Floyd
- Eldridge Mart in Eldridge
- Super Stop II in Altoona
- Johns Grocery in Iowa City
- Fareway Stores West Des Moines (Grand Ave)
- Gateway Market & Cafe in Des Moines
- Zora's in Des Moines
- Fareway Stores Grinnell
- Price Chopper Des Moines
- Brothers Market Lisbon
- Fareway Stores Pleasant Hill
- Round Window Liquor in Knoxville
- University Liquors in West Des Moines
- Urbandale Liquor
- Fareway Stores Sioux City (Sergeant Rd)
- Sid's Beverage
- North Scott Foods
- The following Iowa Walmart locations: West Des Moines (Stage Coach Dr); Coralville; Knoxville; Grimes; Boone; Ames (Duff Ave); Pella; Clinton; Altoona; Oskaloosa; Iowa City; Windsor Heights; Davenport; Marion; Indianola; Washington; Dubuque; Ames (Grand Ave); Cedar Rapids; Ankeny; Ottumwa; Des Moines (14th St)
Big thanks to Johns Grocery for putting on our favorite Oktoberfest. Great day with great friends. George's Buffet ReUnion BreweryNorthside OktoberfestGezellig Brewing Company
Celebrating 25 years of beer this Saturday!

"I never imagined when we did the first BrewFest that it would make it a quarter of a century. It’s been amazing how the community has supported this event and how much the appreciation for beer has improved because of it. This is due to having such wonderful partners from day one including all of our breweries, all of the charities, and all of the beer lovers. I am very humbled with so many people's help to make it 25 years, and I look forward to the next 25" -- The Bier Guy- Doug - Johns Grocery

Join us at the latest Oktoberfest addition- The Linn St. Bier Hall (open for General Admission)

John's Grocery is a one of a kind corner grocery store and specialty beverage retailer. Family owned for 69 years, John's Grocery has been an Iowa City Tradition since 1948

John's Grocery provides fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty goods in the Iowa City community. Family owned and operated since 1948.

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 04/15/2022

When you have a really nice meal planned for a family get together, you’ve got to bring the wine thunder! We have a VERY limited amount of 2006 Château de Beaucastel just released from their cellars in France. Peppery, meaty, and full of graceful spice, this perfectly aged CdP is priced at $109.99 a bottle.

Open every day 8:00-11:00


Deal of the week! Josh Reserve Chardonnay out of the North Coast of California, now half price! Grab a bottle for only $9.99, save lots!!!

Open every day from 8:00-11:00

Photos from Northside Oktoberfest's post 04/03/2022

Get ‘em while you can! We WILL sell out-again!

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning!

John's Grocery Store: Continuing a Legacy 04/02/2022

John's Grocery Store: Continuing a Legacy

Thanks Nancy Bird for sharing this old article!

John's Grocery Store: Continuing a Legacy A neighborhood favorite in Iowa City since 1948, John's Grocery has provided the community with some of the finest beer, wine and food for more than six decades.


This ain’t no Aprils fools joke-

Summit Saga IPA or Extra Pale Ale 12 pks are only $9.99!

Get ‘em while they’re here!

Open every day 8:00-11:00

Don’t want to swing by, order online at or and get it delivered right to your door!

Photos from Johns Grocery's post 03/30/2022

Had an absolutely amazing Bier Dinner last night to help celebrate our two beer-centric businesses!

Props to Alex our Chef and Devon and Jess in the front of the house for such an intimate setting and the boss man himself Mr. Matthew Swift for making all of this happen!

We talked history of beer in our beloved City, talked about the bier riots of 1887 with author Steve Steve C. Sherman, and how John’s and Reds brought the beer culture up in our area over the years!

The food and bier coma is going to last for a while on this one…



I’m Back!!!

Get it while you can-limited quantities!

Open every day 8-11
Can’t make it in, order via or and they’ll deliver it right to your door!


Spring has sprung! Grab a great wine at a great deal-a delicious weekend wine from Tuscany that’s half off!

Open every day 8:00-11:00, can’t make it in? Check out or and they can deliver it right to your door!


Just in today. Our long awaited Elijah Craig 9 year single barrel private label. Uncut and bottled at 125.6 proof and ready for your enjoyment- $79.99.

Open every day 8:00-11:00, can’t make it in, check out or and have them deliver it right to your door!


We received a wide selection of N/A Spirits from @lyresspiritco! Whether you're participating in , live an alcohol free lifestyle, or just want a great cocktail without the booze, we've got you covered!


Worth its weight in GOLD!

Invest in the new Toppling Goliath Barrel-Aged S’Mores Stout and watch it beat inflation and the stock market!

Limited quantities, (but you might need a body guard to ride with you on the way home!)

Photos from Johns Grocery's post 03/14/2022

Always on the lookout for Bier and History!
Checking out an amazing brewery down south yesterday.
Can’t wait to go back and get into the second and third stories down caves a bit later!


Dude, do the DEW!

My. Dew Hard Seltzer variety packs now in stock!

Cowabunga Dudes!


It’s a sad day when one of the best Lambic makers in the world passed away.
But to celebrate the life, legacy and Lambic of Armand Debelder (owner of 3 Fonteinen) we will be opening up a couple bottles of their amazing Armand & Gaston today at 5:00. So swing down and celebrate the life of one of the pioneers of Lambic!


So ju were asking for this…

The number 1 Soju is at John’s!


We’ve got to Stout it from the rooftops!

Some new beers are in stock, and some old favorites have returned!

Enjoy the sunshine all!☀️


Getting ready for a Bier tasting tonight! Got a group of friends that love bier?

We can do private guided tasting here in our office or at your house!

Lots of options to choose from, from The History of Bier in Iowa City presentation, Biers of the word, or doing a specific country tasting (Belgian, Germany, UK, or local brews etc.) the sky is the limit!

Interested? Shoot me an email to [email protected] and we can customize a tasting for YOU!


New Brewery Alert! 🚨🚨🚨
Very excited to have Drekker Brewing Co. on of shelves for the very first time! Check them out!

Timeline photos 02/14/2022

We have another deflation wine deal this week!

Classic and elegant reserve wines from Northern Italy, produced by Ruffino. The three pack contains one each of Riserva Chianti, Gran Selezione Riserva Chianti and Modus Toscana. The suggested retail is $89.99, we have them on sale for $29.99!

Stop down, and as always, save lots!!!


Fresh off the truck,
some Super Biers for the
Super Big Game!😉

Open every day 8:00-11:00,
online delivery available at or


New selections of Rum from
Kirk & Sweeney and Zaya!

Timeline photos 02/09/2022

Inflation cutting into your budget? Missing a link in the supply chain? Maybe just looking to stock up?

Check out our $4.99 clearance wine sale! Some of these gems were over $30! We have a couple dozen options of many varieties to chose from, try one of each!

Stop on by and save lots!!!


When it’s Cold, the Deals are HOT!

$9.99 12pks from Bells, Exile and Stone!

Just like the weather, our deals are changing every day, so swing in and see what’s new!!!

Don’t want to venture out? Check out or for online shopping AND delivery!


Super HOT deal for a Luke warm January day!

From our Friends at Exile in
Des Moines:

Citra Sky Hazy IPA
$9.99 12 pk cans or
$5.99 6 pk cans

Blood Orange Bohemian
$9.99 2-6pks or
$6.98 6 pk bottles


Photos from Johns Grocery's post 01/10/2022

History comes alive this Saturday at 2:00!
Grab a friend for a front row seat as John's Grocery Bier Guy Doug Alberhasky and Urban Renewal Experts John and Oscar Beasley present a pictorial history of Iowa City.
We'll start off and discuss what our downtown use to look like, and all of the reasons why and the aftermath of Urban Renewal in the late 70's.
We'll then turn the century over back in time to when the Bier Mafia ruled our beloved town, and show how large of a role suds played in our towns younger years. We guarantee that you'll never look at the Northside the same!
Open to the public and free of charge, this amazing dive into our past will be from 2:00-4:00 in the main conference room of the Iowa City Public Library.
Please contact Doug Alberhasky at [email protected] with any questions.


Die Hard-is it a Christmas Movie?

What ever side of the fence you’re on, we suggest you enjoy the cinematic masterpiece while enjoying Big Grove’s latest Hopocalypse edition-
Yippee Ki-Yay & Hops Gruper!!!

I’m John McClane, and I support this post!

Temporary Hours, noon-8:00 pm

Stay warm Iowa City!


Good News! The supply chain crisis is over!

We got our stock of Christmas beers in already!

Swing in and check out our amazing new brews!

Temporary hours are now noon-8:00 pm.

Stay warm!


I’m back! Just in time for Your New Years celebrations!

Open tonight til 10:00,
Tomorrow from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Thanks for supporting local this Holiday Season.

Stay safe tonight my friends!!!


The closest to Champagne bier can get-Lambic from Lindemans!
Framboise, Peche, Strawberry, Kriek or Geuze.
Yummy bubbles of Belgian goodness!

Open New Years Eve
8:00 am-10:00 pm
New Years Day
10:00 am-2:00 pm

Thanks for shopping local this Holiday season!!!


Merry Christmas from 3 Generations of the Alberhasky and the entire John’s Grocery family!

We’re open til 2:00 today for those who may have forgot that one special item!

A special Christmas story:
A couple years ago, a neighbor with a house full of family had their 30 amp fuse blow for her electric oven. Frantic, she found that we were the only place open, and we just happened to have the right fuse, so her Christmas meal was saved!
Every year til she passed away, she brought us in Christmas cookies to say thank you for saving her.

Grandpa always taught me that there is good business, and other things that are just good to do. Swing in today, say hi, and see why for now 4 Generations, John’s has been an Iowa City tradition since 1948!!!


Christmas Time at John’s!

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Amazing melody of Max and James W. Max Mons out front of John’s!

It’s a bit warm for Christmas Eve, but these cool cats will be here for a bit, making your Christmas Bright!

Open tonight til 8:00, and tomorrow from 10-2.

Thanks for shopping local this Holiday season!!!


Every family has a Cousin Eddy.
For those that might need a bit of Christmas magic, may we present…

Open Christmas Eve 8:00-6:00
Open Christmas Day 10:00-2:00

Thank you for shopping local this Holiday Season!!!


For those hard to get a gift for folks,
our ever growing selection of cocktail enhancers to bring life to that special elixir!

Let our beverage experts help you find that right gift for any person!

Open every day 8:00am-11:00pm
Christmas Eve 8:00am-6:00pm
Christmas Day 10:00am-2:000pm

Please shop local this Holiday Season!!!



Finally Arrived!
Schneider & Sohns from Munich!
Aventinus Dopplebock-$4.99
Weissen Edle Weisse -$4.99
Hopfen Weisse-$6.99
Original Hefe Weisse-$3.99
Helle Weiss-$22.99 4pk Cans

Open every day
8:00am-11:00 pm
Christmas Eve
8:00 am-6:00 pm
Christmas Day
10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Please shop local this Holiday Season!!!


For that special someone who has everything, this is the ultimate Christmas gift!

Tag someone you think needs a Bender on a bender mail box!

Open every day 8:00am-11:00pm
Christmas Eve 8:00am-6:00pm
Christmas Day 10:00am-2:00pm

Shop local this holiday season!

An Iowa City Tradition

John's Grocery provides fine wine, beer, spirits, and specialty goods in the Iowa City community. Family owned and operated, we’ve been an Iowa City tradition since 1948.

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Christmas Time at John’s!
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Best Little Bier Store
Silent Movie- Iowa City Style!
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401 E Market St
Iowa City, IA

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 11pm
Tuesday 8am - 11pm
Wednesday 8am - 11pm
Thursday 8am - 11pm
Friday 8am - 11pm
Saturday 8am - 11pm
Sunday 8am - 11pm

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