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Woodman's Market - Madison West
$$ - reasonable
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725 S Gammon Rd
phone: (608) 274-8944
(Place added by: cokes)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 38
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place last night on the recommendation of other area BA's - I was pretty happy with the selection, although not being a Great Lakes area native I didn't recognize as many of the beers as I expected to. Definitely exciting to see so many local breweries and how well they are all represented - as mentioned before there was no Lake Louie, but that probably has more to do with a bad relationship with the distributor than the Brewery (anyone know the story or who the distributor is?). I definitely was impressed to see all the 5l mini-kegs, especially the Einbecker Mai-bock and the Reisdorf Kolsch. The import selection was pretty lame though - there were beers from various importers that are nice to see (St. Bernardus abt12, Einbecker) but many other amazing beers from the same importer were missing (Brasserie des Rocs, Zum Uriege) so maybe they could steal some space from the macros (do you really need three full doors of AB cans) and increase the imports, especially the specialty Germans and Belgians. Overall though compared to the average liquor outlets around Madison, or even the more savvy stores this place has a leg up on selection and value (great lakes sixers were all $5.00 even!?!) - I'll keep shopping around for comparison during future visits to Mad Town, but Woodman's will be my backup for guaranteed selection.
12-02-2006 17:53:20 |
More by miskatonic
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Woodmans West in Madison has been rumored to have a better selection of beers than any of the other Woodmans locations in the area. I can tell you that the rumor can now be called a fact.
From the exterior this location looks just as big as the stores in Onalaska or Madison East. There is a slightly different sign featuring a smiley faced sun character at this location.
The direct entrance to the beer/ liquor department is located to the left of the main store entrance. This store in a store is still impressive in its size. Along the left wall the import beers begin with singles and sixes. German, English and Belgian breweries are represented with a good variety of styles.
At most of the Woodmans I have been to the imported beer section ends along the left wall. A nice feature of this store, that sets it apart from the others, is the presence of an addition aisle of quality imported beers.
Along the back wall there are vast quantities of quality beers from across the United States. There is a very good selection of beers brewed regionally and in Wisconsin.
This is probably the place that you have to go to if you are looking for beer in Madison.
The negative in all of this is the complete lack of the Lake Louie line of products.
10-16-2006 15:27:01 |
More by EvilKeith
quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in hoping to find Lake Louie and Central Waters goods, but I did not. I also felt Class A screwed, but I have to take a little bit of the blame there. I think. Maybe not. Probably not.
Despite that, Woodman's is always good for some beer, and Madison's Woodman's West may be better than the average Woodman's. Two mile-long walls packed with mainline stuff and some twelve-packs and cases of better brews from Wisconsin -- like New Glarus and Capital. Standard-for-Woodman's samplers of Sam Adams and Flying Dog. The third wall -- I believe the north wall, on the same wall as the entrance -- is a cooler full of domestic goodies from all over the place. Multiple offerings from most. Wisconsin is pretty much represented in toto, minus LL and CW as mentioned. Also Lagunitas, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Rogue, Left Hand, Two Brothers, New Holland, Great Lakes, Smuttynose, Abita and more. Facing the domestic cooler is a smaller but very substantial imports cooler with scads of Asian and European beers I did not recognize. There was an impressive collection of Unibroue, maybe seven beers, for sale in packs.
Lots of big-bottle singles for sale over there, but it was the domestic bombers and singles I was excited about. Singles are $8 purchased as six-packs, and I went nuts scooping up one of almost everything I hadn't tried. I filled four packs, probably half the varieties on hand. However, in my joy (greed?) I did not check labels. I've had many good beers from this haul, but last night I had two undated pales that I believe were fading and poured a beer that smelled off. Tonight I was powerfully disappointed by an Otter Creek Pale Ale that was dated as brewed 51 weeks before I bought it and a New Holland Zoomer that was thoroughly, depressingly skunked. It was a real bummer to drive a couple hours back home with a new stash only to find out that I may have to chuck bottles as I pull them out of the cupboard.
Service stays high because when I arrived the line was backed up, but they called in extra checkers and zipped everybody through.
08-30-2006 04:19:29 |
More by maundythirsty
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Very nice selection of local beers in the super-grocery store. The beer/wine/liquor section is a seperate part of the store with its own entrance - look for the signage to save yourself a significant walk.
Beer selection is both sides of the farthest aisle from the entrance. One side is dedicated to imports, the other to domestic craft. All of the Wisconsin beers are grouped together and take up about half the length of the domestic section. Everything is coolers except for a stack of specialty 12 packs and seasonals which runs the length of the aisle.
Outstanding selection of local stuff, but no Lake Louie, and some of the basic New Glarus line-up was missing (Uff-da). The make your own six pack section was seriously picked when I was there (Sunday evening), but I was still able to cobble one together. Good stuff in the non-Wisconsin domestic craft section. I didn't bother with the imports as I was picking up a load of Wisconsin beer.
Most everything seemed well cared for, and no out of date bottles were noted, but a few of the singles I got had seen better days. Service was non-existent with the only employee present being the cashier. Sadly, this qualifies for "average" service in my book. Prices were definitely on the cheap side as befits the mega-grocery image. Big kudos for keeping almost everything cold though. Will definitely revisit on my next trip.
08-28-2006 16:37:48 |
More by Realale
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Stopped here on the way to Chicago on Sunday, 08/06.
Tons of good stuff that I can't find elsewhere here. Mad River, Fish Tale, Sprecher premium offerings, Eisphyre, etc etc. Huge cooler filled with microbrew 6 packs which is followed by a big bank of cooler space with assorted singles for 1.69 each. Good selection of 6 packs and mix packs. The singles selection seemed very picked over, but that easily could have been since it was a sunday afternoon it got whiped out over the weekend beer rush.
Best find there was Fish Tale 10squared Anniversary Reel Ale, which is retired. Wish I would have bought more of it than I did.
Only downfall of this place is that there wasn't a person working to be found other than the cashier, who was backed up.
08-12-2006 15:55:57 |
More by JeffKrenner
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
After dinner down the road we stopped in Woodman's, open 24 hours, to stock up on local beers to take home. This place is like a Y'all-Mart only it is owner owned. The produce, cheese curd, and mustard isles are like none I have ever seen. When we got to the huge beer and liquor dept it was locked for the night. I felt like braking down in tears and I pressed my face against the cold metal bars.
The checkout guy said it closes at 9 and opens at 10 the next day, Wisconsin law. So the next day at 10:05 I was there and ready. They have a large wine selection but I weeded my way through to the beer in the back. They had a very good selection of singles but no New Glarus in singles, so I had to take a few 6 packs aswell. They have a ok sized import section but my cart was already full. They have about 10 different meads, which was nice to see so I pick up a bottle.
They don't take credit card but they do take debit card and my total was about 1/2 of what I was expecting to pay by Chicago standards. This is a must stop place every time I head into or close to Madison.
07-02-2006 03:01:15 |
More by rhoadsrage
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Woodman's Food Market is HUGE. Unfortunately, I parked on the far west side of the building while the separate, yet attached, liquor store is on the far east side of the building. I had to go back out to my car (more on that in a minute), so I took the opportunity to move it closer since I left with what could fairly be called a 'haul'.
I entered on the grocery store side and headed for the back wall (directions are relative to the front door). Like many stores that sell both wine and beer, the beer occupies the outer walls for refrigeration purposes. The back wall and portions of the left hand wall are where you'll find any American macro that you'd care to name. The remainder of the left hand wall is where you'll find cases of selected craft beer and the front wall and adjacent aisle is where the real action is.
Along with Riley's, Woodman's has the best and biggest selection of singles of any of my four stops. If you have an interest in obscure (to me at least) Wisconsin micros, then this is your store. They have much, much more than that though. I won't run down the entire list (not that I'd be able to remember it anyway), but suffice it to say that if it's distributed in WI, it's at Woodman's. There's a pretty good sampling of Belgians as well.
The $7.49 mixed singles six-pack price was one of the lowest I've ever seen and I got a volume discount as well. My sales slip isn't specific, but I'm guessing 10%. Overall though, prices didn't strike me as out of line in either direction (here or anywhere else that I stopped). I didn't ask for any help, but it's doubtful that the dude who checked me out could have provided much.
Warning: Woodman's doesn't take credit cards. I found that out once 'the dude' rang up a pretty impressive amount of beer. Good thing that I planned ahead and brought cash, although I was worried about stores not accepting my Iowa license rather than a 'no credit card' policy. I did a quick jog out to my car, forked over the green and left with my biggest score of the day.
Woodman's is a great store for beer and should be on the itinerary of anyone traveling from out of state. As for those of you who live in Madison: lucky bastards!
05-28-2006 19:53:46 |
More by BuckeyeNation
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $
So, apparently, this is where to get your stuff when in town. Not. Disappointed. Walked in, strolled to the right, walked down a 100' wall of MBC. Though not my bag, this got my hopes way up as far as quantity of finds. Turned the corner, another 100' wall, 12packs mostly of regional macro-micros, Lienie, Berghoff, Goose Island, Schell... and they had a lot of sampling cases, which I'll have to take advantage of. Then, next wall, 100' of the good stuff... micros, in 6ers and singles, with imports on the opposite wall. The selection of imports was really pretty good, saw some stuff I don't normally see. But the mircos, man what a selection. You name a brand thats even remotely possible to find in the region and they'll have it it seemed like. I won't go and list everything, but I picked up: Dogfish 120 Min IPA, Dogfish Golden Shower Imprerial Pilsner, Schell's Smalts Alt, New Holland Dragon's Milk, and a few other local goodies.
Now, for my fun story. I get to the counter, and the lady starts ringing me up. She runs the DF120, and rings up $7.99. "Wow, that can't be right, ..." "Actually, yes, it is." ... "Oh." Or something like that. So, can't really count her for knowing the beer, but I'll giver her a point for attempting to fix the 'problem'.
04-26-2006 23:44:41 |
More by objectivemonkey
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
When I was in town for two days I went here twice. Their micro cooler is about a mile long (at least 100 feet+/- a foot) and an incredible selection of singles and 22's. I was so excited that I didn't even notice the import cooler that was behind me. The macro crap was on the other side of the store so I didn't have to contend with that. This place is a must if you are in town. If I ever make it back to Madison I will be going here. I must admit that the $7.50 a six pack for mixed bottles is the best deal in town. I wish I had a place like this in Arkansas. I dream about this place.
04-18-2006 17:31:25 |
More by rugger
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
big selection, lots of domestics, locals, and a decent cooler of imports. all prices are very competitive, the cheapest in town for most of the stuff they carry. also they have an awesome singles cooler. they have a flat price of $8.10 per mixed six, despite the fact that a decent number of the brews in the singles cooler cost more than $8.10 for a sixpack. if i were looking for only local stuff i would be inclined to go here first, but imports (as with every other joint in town) are hit or miss. since this place is so close to the beltline, it is required to hit up. plus just go on 12/14 west a lil past woodman's and you can hit up capital brewery in no time.
Notice: there is no Lake Louie to be found at Woodman's. you will have to go elsewhere in town to find it, I recommend Riley's.
03-16-2006 01:57:38 |
More by nchrist13
Woodman's Market - Madison West in Madison, WI
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