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Woodman's Market - Madison West
$$ - reasonable
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725 S Gammon Rd
phone: (608) 274-8944
(Place added by: cokes)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 38
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
On our recent trip to Madison (might be moving here) this was the only place I had to visit. Went here on a Thursday to stoke up for the weekend. I had identified several beers on my must have list, which I can't get in Atlanta: Tyranena Bitter Women and Hop Whore, and of course, New Glarus Belgian Red, and Ale Alysum Hopalicious. Found all of these and more. Besides the great Wisconsin selection there was a great selection of other midwest brewers, as well. I tried going by there Wednesday night, but what kind of liquor store closes at 9:00PM. Albeit they are open on Sundays. The only area they are lacking is in service. I was there about 30 minutes and I didn't see a single employee in the beer section. I did get some good help from the distributor from New Glarus, though.
10-23-2008 19:54:05 |
More by doubleipa
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The west side Woodman's is always a good spot to stop at for a few bottles of beer. Although the place is usually crazy busy for groceries, their liquor department is pretty calm every time I visit.
They have a nice selection of bottles from various Wisconsin breweries, Midwest breweries and the rest of the country. Their prices are also pretty reasonable. I think this is the cheapest place for picking up a bottle of New Glaurus Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart. They also have a good selection of some of the well known Belgian beers.
If Woodman's was just a tad closer I'd be there every week.
11-03-2009 00:08:03 |
More by Ek0nomik
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5
I love going to Madison. My wife goes for quilt fabric so I get to go for beer! Fair tradeoff huh?
This is one huge grocery store with one huge liquor/beer department. They have a great selection of American micro, macro and imported.
Unfortunately, they help was nonexistant, the checker was grouchy and would not greet me and I bought some skunky beer.
I bought 8 kinds of beer but one bad one is too many.
10-23-2003 20:35:35 |
More by daledeee
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Woodman's West is a must visit for good micro brew and import selection. The selection is very good, from mix and match 6ers, 6ers, 12 packs, many multi-packs, to the most obscure BMC you could imagine. The wine and liquor selection is also top notch.
About the beer, the thing that I am most impressed with in this location is the quality. I have NEVER had a beer past it's prime. Something I find rare for any place that carries a very large selection.
Service can be a bit hit or miss, but it isn't bad.
01-05-2008 04:56:12 |
More by uwmgdman
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Living in and around the Madison area for the last 5 or so years, I've started taking this place for granted. Even with the new gigantic liquor section. But make no mistake, this is the place to go for amazing variety in Madison.
They have just an amazing selection here and it's laid out very well. You've got your domestic macros, followed by huge assortment of domestic micro/craft beers. Then a little section devoted to building your own 6-pack, which is directly over the larger singles section. Then at the end, a good selection of Wisconsin craft/micro's. Then you're while your thinking "that was really awesome, time to check out" you walk down the other side, and they have a load of craft imports on that side.
Fantastic store for beer lovers, I always feel a bit like the kid in the candy store. I don't think I've ever made it in and out in under 20 minutes. I just browse and browse, and change my mind, and go back and forth.
But as previous reviewers have stated, they don't have Lake Louie, which is a curious omission, and I have never been asked if I needed help, or even seen an employee over in the beer area. Also, the lines sometimes get crazy long, and they don't call for backup, so if you're getting a big haul, just grab a cart, so you don't have to hold cold beer for 20 minutes.
But these are small issues really, when what I come for is the beer, and they have it like no other place in Madison!
08-17-2008 19:29:51 |
More by dancinwillie
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Two locations here in Madison, West Side on Gammon Rd. and East Side on Milwaukee St. For being a grocery store liquor department, it is truly a sight to behold. The place is simply enormous with a gigantic selection of liquor and wine and tons of beer as well. The whole perimeter of the store is beer, with hundreds of feet of cold cases of mostly swill beer but a very solid selection of the good stuff too. Just about every Wisconsin micro available, a solid representation from regional micros and a few coastals. Have a very nice singles cooler as well, mostly imports, but a few domestic crafts as well, i.e. Rogue, Bear Rep. About 10 brands of mini-kegs which can be fun. The prices are without a doubt the lowest around for beer and liquor alike. If only there were a campus location, I'd go broke. Perhaps it's better that way. Defintitely give it a look if you're in town, along with Riley's and Steve's for the harder to find singles.
07-30-2005 17:58:48 |
More by Golden2wenty1
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
When I was in town for two days I went here twice. Their micro cooler is about a mile long (at least 100 feet+/- a foot) and an incredible selection of singles and 22's. I was so excited that I didn't even notice the import cooler that was behind me. The macro crap was on the other side of the store so I didn't have to contend with that. This place is a must if you are in town. If I ever make it back to Madison I will be going here. I must admit that the $7.50 a six pack for mixed bottles is the best deal in town. I wish I had a place like this in Arkansas. I dream about this place.
04-18-2006 17:31:25 |
More by rugger
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The employees I have talked to at woodmans are not very helpful in selecting new beers, but if you have an iphone and patience to search through Beer Advocate to check out the interesting-looking beers, then you'll be just fine.
Woodmans has a very deep selection of quality beers and great prices. For example, you can get the large bottled Samuel Smith Imperial Stouts for $3 (while the $5 it costs at Rileys isnt much more expensive, and is still worth the cost, when you buy beer in bulk runs, the bill quickly adds up). I also like their large selection of single bottles that you can build your own sixer from. Their pick-6 selection is all very fresh (unlike other stores that just try to push their expiring beer), though surprisingly expensive ($11+tax) given the rest of the prices and the beer brands you can choose from (Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, New Holland).
Overall, Woodmans has a lot a great beer selection attached to its grocery store and good prices to boot. It's hard to get good recommendations there, but an iphone solves that issue.
11-12-2011 21:17:14 |
More by jegross2
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Basically, this is a liquor warehouse. The guys stocking the shelves have no real idea what our beer geek's latest whalezzz are, or that there is a such thing. But this is a perfect place to go browse for beer, look stuff up on your phone, and either walk out with nothing or walk out with a cart full of beer. The selection is deep here, and I always appreciate the fact that prices are about $1 less than other places in Madison- but don't forget that Woodman's is cash-only. Highly recommend when you're going in for stuff you want to stock up on, e.g. you have had these beers already, like the New Glarus fruit beers or something like that. If you are hankering for something new, this isn't a bad place to go but I would still suggest going elsewhere.
09-04-2013 13:47:17 |
More by Stevedore
Woodman's Market - Madison West in Madison, WI
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