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Woodman's Market - Madison West
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
725 S Gammon Rd
phone: (608) 274-8944
(Place added by: cokes)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 38
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 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 | $
Best selection in Madison, hands down. The mix and match six packs are an incredible deal (assuming the cooler is well stocked). Best prices too.
Most anything from the region. And a good survey of brews from across the nation. Just tons of stuff. It would literally take years to get through it all. New stuff all the time.
It is a grocery store, so staff is only present to ring things up. Friendly and accomodating, but far from scholarly when it comes to beer. Still, the little things shine, like encouraging oktoberfest face-offs with the aforemention mix and match deals.
The Import (vintage) beer cooler is impressive as well. Load of Belgians and other stronger brews, domestic and otherwise.
But the policy is cash or check, only....it is a good thing because it tends to limit my spending.
11-04-2002 21:17:46 |
More by cokes
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
I came in here, it was only like 100 meters from where I was staying, to see what it was all about. The selection was enormous, I mean enormous. There were a couple of aisles of craft beers, and singles of certain beers were even available - not quite as many as I could find in other places, and there was plenty of beer that wasn't the sort of rare releases you really scour the stores for. This was kind of exiting. There didn't seem to be any help, especially not any knowledgeable employees. This was just too big to have any. There were only two working when I came in, and those two were either at the register or at the front where the liquor was located. The beer was mostly craft, and I mean most anything from Wisconsin was available, but a few nice things were missing, the rare releases weren't available upfront. But I mean, if you're in a hurry and you know what you want, you can head here and probably find it for a decent price.
06-23-2009 02:13:48 |
More by taylorhamrick
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Stopped here on the way to Chicago on Sunday, 08/06.
Tons of good stuff that I can't find elsewhere here. Mad River, Fish Tale, Sprecher premium offerings, Eisphyre, etc etc. Huge cooler filled with microbrew 6 packs which is followed by a big bank of cooler space with assorted singles for 1.69 each. Good selection of 6 packs and mix packs. The singles selection seemed very picked over, but that easily could have been since it was a sunday afternoon it got whiped out over the weekend beer rush.
Best find there was Fish Tale 10squared Anniversary Reel Ale, which is retired. Wish I would have bought more of it than I did.
Only downfall of this place is that there wasn't a person working to be found other than the cashier, who was backed up.
08-12-2006 15:55:57 |
More by JeffKrenner
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is like a Costco for beer. It's a liquor store, essentially, connected to a big grocery store. This is the Woodman's on the west side by the Beltline. The Woodman's on Milwaukee Street on the east side by the capital area is almost as impressive.
I don't know if I have ever been so shocked upon entering a liquor store. The beer section is enormous. They have a shockingly diverse selection. They get stuff from all over the country. They have just about every major brewery in Wisconsin represented.
I spent $60 or so and didn't even make a dent.
I would be a major-league alcoholic if I lived in Madison.
03-30-2011 00:40:41 |
More by cwcolby74
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was in the souhtern madison area and decided to stop out to this store to see what beers I having been missing out on in the madison area. This is my first time shopping for beer in Madison, Wisconsin.
Woodmans always has been a good price for beer and i was thinking that the selection should be great since Wisconsin is such a great beer state. Was i right, this place has an amazing selection of craft beer from every corner of the USA. Oskar blues and Boulevard were 2 breweries that really surprised me at this store. I will be stopping here again. I easily could have bought 2 large boxes full of beer in this store.
04-13-2011 05:56:55 |
More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I probably buy more beer at Woodman's than anywhere else. There are two reasons for this: 1. Woodman's has the best prices around. 2. Woodman's has the largest selection around. Not the best selection in Madison, but surely the largest. During a trip to Woodman's, I typically follow the same route, which I'll describe. As you walk in the door, follow the wall to your left past all the crap. You'll notice an especially large selection of 40s along the way. Ignore them. Once you reach the corner, that's where the good stuff starts. Almost all of the beers is in chilled.
The wall starts with with imported singles. Some weird Eastern European beers you never see. The usual lineup of English beers, although more than you usually see in one place. This is followed by some specialty singles of American microwbrews, like Great Divide, Fish Brewing, and Rogue. Next comes a pretty good selection of Belgians: several St. Bernardus, Rochefort, etc. This wall of singles ends with the biggest and best selection of German beers I've seen. All the standards, and plenty of rareties. If continue along this aisle, there are some six and four packs of imports.
Crossing over to the other side of the aisle, you will see a pretty good selection of local beers in six packs. This is followed by a great selection of domestic singles, and you can make your own six pack for $7.50. I've sampled a lot of tasty beers from this cooler that I might not have tried otherwise, like Arcadia London Porter, several Founder's beers, and several beers from Lakefront. This wall ends with a good selection of non-local American beers in six packs. Lots of Bells, Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, Great Divide, and many more. If you continue along the back wall, there are a few Sampler packs from good breweries, but most of the rest of the beer here is crap.
Service is fine. They leave me alone for the most part, which is fine by me. As I said earlier, prices are generally better than any other place in Madison. For beer stores in Madison, I pretty much get everything I need between Woodman's, Steve's, and Riley's
12-01-2005 01:53:07 |
More by beveragecaptain
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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