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Woodman's Market - Madison East
$ - inexpensive
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3817 Milwaukee St
phone: (608) 244-6630
(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 04-18-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Kinda crummy looking from the outside, and not long on atmosphere inside, but this place has an excellent selection of beer and wine. The usual Wisconsin suspects (New Glarus, Capital, Tyranena) as well as a bunch of Wisconsin craft brews that I'm not familiar with. A ton of BMC and regional stuff like Point, Berghoff, and other Huber products. Plus, an impressive lineup of other US micros and imports - most of which are refrigerated. Pretty easy to find off I-90; a great stop to pick up beer if blowing through Madison.
08-01-2006 21:56:45 |
More by olacub
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
This place surprised me, I'm used to the Woodman's in Kenosha, and this one is better for sure. One thing, they have a singles area, for just above $10 per six pack you can select from 30 or so singles, not a bad selection. The volume done here means the quality is good all around. Most everything is in coolers. No service to speak of, but that's OK. It's a grocery store with a busy alcohol area because their prices are so good.
The selection outside the singles is very good, deep full lines of most Wisconsin micros, including Tyranena, Lake Louie, New Glarus, Central Waters, Capital, etc. Had several NG Unplugged offerings, I nabbed the Berliner Weiss, but otherwise rarities were few. Good collection of Stone, including Oak Aged something, only a couple Bell's offerings, and others including Weyerbacher only had the standards, did nab a bomber of Boulevard's Saison. Limited but ok selection of Belgians, but I don't come here for those. As an Illinoisan, because of our goofy distributor laws, many brewers find it difficult to sell there - as a result only the bigger boys like Capital and god love them Tyranena make it down south. So we go up there for some good stuff.
I find the worlds best value here, put together a case of any four New Glarus 6 packs for $28, that's a case price I can get happy for. I'm liking Jennifer's for the specials, but here for the volume.
10-12-2009 15:31:38 |
More by robbyc1
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Woodmans Food Market is one of those places that it has become fashionable to refer to a Big Box retailer. The overall store is truly massive with everything you could need as far as groceries. The beer/liquor part of the store is separate room with its own entrance; this store in a store is still impressive in its size.
As you enter you will find wine and liquor in the middle sections of the space. The left wall of the store begins with a decent selection of imported beer then makes a change to quality craft beers. Along the rear of the store is where you will find a good selection of regional micro and craft brews with Wisconsin breweries being well represented.
The selection is mainly beers in coolers, if I have any complaint it would be that there could be more beer not chilled.
Well worth the trip and I found many of the Wisconsin beers I hoped to find.
10-09-2006 15:35:05 |
More by EvilKeith
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
One of my favorite places to grab libations, since the prices here are lower than anywhere else in town. Alas, sometimes you sacrifice freshness, but more often than not, it's just fine. The service is average, and I glean more information from the visiting distributors who are frequently on the floor. In fact, I usually mistake them for employees. Selection is pretty impressive, way to many to name, but they have most of my Trappiste favorites, Unibroue, most all the regional micros, Bell's, Ale Asylum, various micros from around the country, European imports, and all the usual macros. Did I mention the prices are low? They're low. Fill up your cart, but don't be surprised if a couple of them are past their prime.
01-31-2008 09:36:58 |
More by BoitSansSoif
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
So i love woodmans food market for when i am buying beer that is ok to be aged, sometimes i worry about it sitting around too long because their is so much their, not that ive ever had any problems with the place.
Q- the place is pretty sweet big selection, although way to much macro is present. it does have a pretty large selection of things i wouldnt necessarily expect. DFH is one example, rogue is always present, they also do a good job getting special releases from breweries.
S- their service is pretty low, generally not many people present ,and just leave you alone, its ok since they have people working hard to get the beer.
V- its pretty cheap not especially.
01-25-2008 03:19:19 |
More by Atron67
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on my way home from the Great Taste, this was near my hotel. Easy to find, however, as it took me several minutes to figure out (and asking an employee), the beer/liquor store is separate, though under the same roof. It is the front right extreme of the building.
While first finding myself submerged in piles of macro schwill, I eventually started finding some goodies. I think I giggled to see a display of NG Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red amongst the crap in the aisles. Solid rep of other NG brews, and what i'm guessing ar the usual suspects around here, Lake Louie, Capital, Tyranena, etc.
Not expected, were the lineup from Boulevard, incluing 750's and sixers. Also 3 kinds of Oskar Blues (Dales, Pils, Chub). Good rep of standard belgians if thats what you're after. Singles available in the front left corner, at fairly reasonable split rates.
I would not expect any help from the staff, this is basically a liquor store. One register open and a huge line, almost entirely of people buying macro crap. I thought Wis was known for its beer??
OF NOTE: No credit cards accepted (thought debit is Ok I believe). Luckily I had a $100 tucked in my wallet or I may have been a little sad to return my 'scores' to the shelves.
Solid selection, average prices, a good experience.
08-10-2009 18:41:12 |
More by ShareANevada
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
April 2009 Update: Furthermore and Lake Louie have arrived.
Man, this place was amazing. I have never seen such a selection of craft and micro brews. I went in looking to stock up on New Glarus and Leinie's and boy did I come out well at Woodman's. The place has coolers running along the back and side wall and the prices were second to none. I'm talking $10.69 for 12 bottles of Leinie's Honey Weiss, Sunset Wheat, ect. New Glarus had 12's of Spotted Cow and Fat Squirrel priced at $13.69 for 12 which is among the lowest I have seen. Additionally, there was every kind of 6 pack for Leinie's and New Glarus imaginable, and even a New Glarus 12 pack sampler. Overall for beer selection I haven't seen anything that compares. Prices were among the best I have seen in the state. I can't comment on the service because I never needed any, but I never noticed many people walking around. Best piece of advice when going in there is to have a gameplan of what your going to buy.
10-28-2008 21:10:15 |
More by Wisconsin
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Stopped by on my way back to Minneapolis from Ann Arbor. Liquor section is in a separate room from the grocery store, with beer along one side in a cooler-like section and also some along the back. Good selection, especially of Wisconsin beers as you can imagine, along with other stuff like a couple FFF, Boulevard smokestacks, New Belgium, Stone, Dogfish Head, etc. Had a decent, but not gigantic, singles section. I wasn't able to find any of the somewhat old special releases I was looking for, though that was not surprising or a real critique. They did have some older New Glarus ones (just not the ones I was seeking).
What surprised me most were the prices. $9.50 for La Folie, versus $12.99 in Kansas City & $15 in Minneapolis. Singles were mostly under $2 and the Boulevard Smokestacks were all $8 (though none of the 'special' smokestacks). Never had anyone say anything to me while browsing, which was fine. The who rang me up was nice and when he mistakenly rang one bottle up twice he was very apologetic and quick to get the amount refunded. They don't take credit, but do take debit, so be prepared.
02-09-2010 12:51:33 |
More by MysticX
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $
For what it is, Woody’s is great, but remember that it’s a warehouse grocery store. There’re no sample trays, no fancy décor, and nobody to help you find that rare bottle of something or other.
They have the expected selection of macros, in every possible serving size, but they also have a very nice selection of micros, both domestic and import. The lines will be long, the service will be polite, but don’t expect to engage the clerk in a discussion on the merits of whatever you happened to grab off the shelf.
They DO NOT take credit cards, just cash check and debit.
I guess I don’t know what people expect to find when they pull up to a building the size of a factory. This isn’t Whole Foods, it’s a HIGH volume, lower cost grocer. Get your beer, expect to wait in line, and enjoy that you paid less than most other places for that armful of Founders or Bells or Ommegang or whatever
EDIT: I'm changing my "Quality" rating from 5.0 to 4.0 - They got a case of Goose Island Bourbon County a week or so ago. Like everyone in Madison, they limited the sales, but UNLIKE everyone else in town, they bent you over on the price: $9.99/bottle vs $4.99-$5.99 everywhere else. There's no need for this sort of BS.
12-02-2011 20:26:46 |
More by Kbyfield
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My 2nd choice next to the new Woodmans in Sun Prairie. Best mix of selection and price you can get. I'd recommend grabbing a brewers choice pack. It's a 24 pack of import and micro only they throw together. For around $18 you can't beat that...the worse you'll get is Heineken or Corona.
09-07-2013 03:35:40 |
More by tyleeis
Woodman's Market - Madison East in Madison, WI
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