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Zinke's Village Market & Liquor
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
216 Washington Ave
phone: (608) 254-8313
(Place added by: emerge077 on 12-04-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 20
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Headed up to Wisconsin Dells for a weekend of relaxation and some alone time with my girlfriend...oh and also to get some local Wisconsin brews that I cannot get down in IL! Jumped on BA to see if there were any local bottle shops that have been reviewed for this location and saw that Zinke's Village Market got some nice reviews.
Those just passing though get off at Exit 87 from I94 and head East on state route 13 (Stand Rock Road) which turns into Frontage Rd. Go up a hill and you'll cross a damn and go under a set of train tracks. Once you do that you will be in downtown Wisconsin Dells where you'll see plenty of restaurants, bars and other shops. Make a right onto Superior Street and go a block or so until you reach Washington St. Zinke's Village Market will be on your left.
Drove up to the place, which is very conveniently located in the downtown area of Wisconsin Dells. It's not just a liquor store but a small neighborhood grocery store, so it's nice if you area staying a few days and this can be a good place to get some nice snacks to go with your beer that you pick up. Walked through the west end of the store and noticed that the beer/wine/liquor was at the east side of the store. Made beeline to the goods. Once there I noticed that there is a huge (15x15 ft ??) walk in cooler which all of the craft brews along with the BMC's brews were located. I would say that the 33%-40% of the space in the cooler was dedicated to craft breweries. Once in, I saw a good selection of FFF's (Behemoth, Gumball Head, Rabbid Rabbit, & Robert the Bruce to name a few), plenty of Founders, Bells, Goose Island, Central Waters (great Wisconsin local) and of course New Glarus (another great Wisconsin favorite). I picked up Coffee Stout and a couple 750 ml's by New Glarus. I also picked up 3 4-packs of Central Waters...more specifically the newly released Illumination (IIPA), Peruvian Morning (IS) & Brewer's Release Bourbon Barrel Stout (IS). Prices were reasonable and what I expected to pay. FFF bombers were about $10, Gumball Head $11 for a 6'er, $7-$10 for the Central Waters 4-packs (depending on if "Brewer's Release series").
Overall, I was very pleased with the selection and I would advise you stop in an treat yourself to some nice local craft brew. You will not be sorry!
PS. A BA member's family, Derek (DP34), owns the joint so send him a beermail and let him know you will be stopping in. I didn't get a chance to meet him this time around but will plan things better next time...at the very least say hello.
04-01-2011 03:45:43 |
More by Dhren1979
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Hidden Gem. Central Waters BBBW, Dreadnaught, Night Stalker, BCBS, CW, Illumination, CW Y2K, New Glarus, and more. They have a lot of all of these, too. I also was able to snag some Hopslam, (last 6er on the shelf). They have mostly macros, but there are some very solid ones in addition. The prices are a bit high but for what you're getting, it's hard to complain. They It's 95% grocery store, so service is friendly, but most employees aren't beer geeks. If you're in the Dells for the weekend or driving through on the interstate, it's a must stop.
06-29-2010 20:17:10 |
More by hu5om
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Zinke's village market is a must stop Wisconsin Dell's destination. It's easy to find with plenty of signage to help you get there. This village market is a nice local grocery store with a full size liquor department. The selection was great in there well stocked walk in cooler. Plenty of the usual Wisconsin brews as mentioned in other reviews. Pricing was very reasonable. If Derrick is available, be sure to ask for him. He's extremely helpful and great to chat with.
If your in the area or plan on going out of your way, you will not be disappointed.
08-31-2011 16:02:50 |
More by DavidEddie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I usually only stop in the Dells on my way northwest, but when I do, I make sure to make a stop at Zinke's. The selection is great, with everything you'd expect and some things you wouldn't. Derrick is one of the most knowledgeable beer guys out there and is willing to share it without being pompous about it. The guy is truly a class act and will give it to you straight without trying to steer you towards an old sampler pack like some stores.
As expected with a place like this, the wine tends to appear to take over the place, but the ratio of craft beer to the rest of the stuff is better than a place like Woodman's or Binny's. Overall, its a great stop if its on your way, Hell its a great stop even if its a bit out of your way.
12-21-2011 21:33:27 |
More by cptnspeed1
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was recently searching for the Central Waters seasonals somewhere between Hudson and Madison on I-94. I put out a request for help on BA, and a few people pointed me to the beer guy for this place, BA DP34 (Derrick). He got back right away and let me know their selection, also offering to set some stuff aside for me.
I have been through this stretch of WI before, and thought that it was all craft beer wasteland. This place appears to be a giant exception to that. Selection is obviously relative, but where they lacked in having EVERY beer they make it up by having beers that will be long gone in the larger stores. Batch 10,000, hopslam mini kegs, tons of 3 Floyd's, including Behemoth, and plenty of the Central Waters seasonals that I came for.
I was only in for a few minutes, but enjoyed talking to Derrick and the distributor for Central Waters, who recommended a great Scotch ale from Lake Louie. I'll definitely be back!
03-06-2011 23:35:08 |
More by dougofthefuture
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Wow, stopped into my local store today on my annual pilgrimage to fill up the fridge for the family for easter and was blown away to see the cosmic change. The craft section was tripled in size and the offerings where just what the dells needed. Founder's, Bell's, Rogue, Three Floyd's, Great Lake's, Two Brother's, Central Water's, Lake Louie, Tyranena, Furthermore, Ale Asylum and every New Glarus a guy needs. It was great to see and we're not talking one facing of each of these. Most were three or four.
It was great to see a local store that has catered to the masses of tourists, cater to what people are really drinking.
04-01-2010 03:23:02 |
More by frankdells
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I live in Madison Wi, but I often go to Wisconsin Dells to visit family. Zinkes has done a complete reset of the selection offered. They now have Founders, Bells, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Central Waters, Lake Louie, Great Lakes, Rogue, and many others. On my visit I picked up Founders Dirty Bastard, GI Coffee BCS and 3 Floyds Dreadnaught. Do yourself a favor and stop in if your in the Dells. Great Stop!
Also, If anyone from outside Wisconsin wants to take home some New Glarus beer this is the stop. They have pretty much whatever you want of NG warm or cold. When I was in today someone was buying 6 cases of Spotted Cow to take home. Another Happy New Glarus Customer.
04-28-2010 03:02:17 |
More by theonlyone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Based on a recommendation I stopped in to look for some beers that are already sold out in the Milwaukee area. Upon my arrival to the cooler low and behold I see Batch 10,000, Hopslam 6 packs and barrel, plenty of Three Floyds (Behemoth, Rabbide Rabbit, Arctic Panzer Wolf, among others). I was also happy to see the Wisconsin beers well represented from New Glarus to Tyranena, Central Waters, Lake Louie, and Rush River.
Many thanks goes to DP34, who works at Zinkes, he helped me out, in fact set aside beers for me just in case any sold out. I am planning on heading to the Dells are again in September and will definitely stop in hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
When in the area this is a must stop in my opinion.
After e-mailing DP34 I was able to obtain a 6 pack of Oracle, which was very much appreciated. Again the beer choices and service are great. Must visit when in the area.
03-02-2011 04:40:52 |
More by DonDonson
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was on a beer hunt while in the dells for New Glarus beers. They can actually be found in most gas stations and stores through out WI. However the prices range widely from one part of Wisconsin to another. Tourist towns tend to be a little pricier than regular towns. When I walked into Zinke's , they have a walk in beer fridge and they have quite a complete selection . Three floyds alpha king, new glarus regular beers and some unplugged items that will make you sing they are so good . I didn't have to drive to new glarus because I found some treasured beer there that the brewery was out of. And their prices are about a buck cheaper / six pack than many places in town. I found beers that we cannot get in champaign Illinois. Needless to say I did some retail therapy
The store staff was friendly , it's clean and well stocked with food products as well. I bought only beer though. I seriously believe they had the best beer selection in the dells at a reasonable price .
04-04-2011 02:27:47 |
More by rmackichan1
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Just got back for a weekend in the Dells and looked this place up on BA before going. Loved this place and Derrick was incredibly friendly and helpful (thanks again for helping me out with some rare stuff and facilitating my beer babble). Selection was exceptional with Wisconsin brewers (New Glarus, Central Waters, Tyranena, etc.) and also contained several seasonal items from FFF, Founders, Bruery, Nebraska, etc. Will definitely go back whenever I'm in the Dells. A few beers of mention...
- Founders Blushing Monk and Devil Dancer
- Several Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild variants
- New Glarus Raspberry Tart, Belgian Red, Unplugged Cran-bic, Unplugged IIPA, Unplugged Abt, Unplugged Imperial Weizen
- FFF Dreadnaught, Behemoth
- Bruery Cuir
- Nebraska Black Betty Reserve
- Centrals Waters coffee stout, BA barleywine, BA imperial stout, BA cherry stout, Peruvian Morning, Illumination IPA
07-25-2011 21:14:18 |
More by CourtneyBlows
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