Woodman's Food Market (Store #27)
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4.16/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
2011: Completely renovated, expanded selection. Craft on the right, imports and singles on the left side, cases in the rear. Asked a guy doing inventory a beer question, and he was very knowledgeable. Full lines from many breweries, seasonals up front on a rack, gift packs, etc. Good spot for a quick NG pickup (case discount), seems to get picked over more quickly now, and apparently employees are buying up some limited releases: http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/4281309#4300320
11/10: Remodel in progress, the layout is totally different, less warm shelves for craft, one endcap of seasonals though. Things seemed a bit in limbo, will update on next visit.
Stopped in today, and got help from two enthusiastic beer guys. Shane was the guy stocking in the WI micro area, and he offered a few suggestions. It was funny that one was the "bud guy" and the other was the "miller guy". I had to ask the "miller guy" when the Hopslam was coming in, and apparently it's still a week out. He gave some great alternatives though (DFH 90), which was pretty cool. If you can track down either of these guys, they are really helpful. Not sure why some reviews are down on this place, it's consistently met my needs for exclusive WI micros for years now. The beer selection has expanded with a warm shelf with import singles, craft bombers, & 750s.
Keeping the majority of the beer in cold storage is a plus, by the way...
**DEBIT cards are accepted here**
Newish stuff: Viking Hot Chocolate, Rush River BubbleJack IPA, CW Satin Solstice & Glacial Trail, Devil Made Me Do It. Stone, Bells, Founders, etc.
This is my quick stop for WI micros if traveling over the border. It doesn't hold a candle to shops in Milwaukee of Madison, but worth it if you are in Kenosha.
Majority of beers are in the coolers along the back wall, although you may find an extended selection towards the front, past the checkout area. Sale items can be found here, and cases of New Glarus. I had to dig out some Road Slush Stout from this area, since none was found in the cooler section.
Basic overall selection of WI micros, including Sprecher, Capital, New Glarus, Lakefront, Tyrenena. 2007 expanded selection: Bells, Smuttynose IPA and a sampler near the checkout, 2 Dark Horse, & Victory. Don't expect to see many limited or one-off batches here though. Micro cases can be found in the cooler on the far wall, opposite the entrance.
Not big on the wow factor, but this Woodman's serves it's purpose...
01-18-2009 03:53:28 | More by emerge077
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A must stop for the beer geek on a Midwest mission who does not have time for a trip to Milwaukee. I was in Chicago for work with about a half day to do beer shopping. This Woodman's is close to the border so it made an excellent addition to my beer itinerary.
The selection of Wisconsin only beers was quite good. I was able to grab some New Glarus and Central Waters stuff, among others. There was a good selection of Sprecher, Capital and Ale Asylum, among others. Also some FFF and Bells.
International selection was decent if rather small.
Prices were good, service was pleasant. A great stop that I will make anytime I am in the area with limited time.
10-26-2009 12:40:50 | More by sholland119
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
This is probably the best place for value in the whole city. Singles selection is limited to bombers, and staff generally doesn't know much about beer. Selection in general is very broad, and as far as quality they do get some of the higher end releases, but they don't last long. If you want to load up on a broad variation of Great Lakes brews and don't mind missing a few rare releases, then this is your place. For 90% of my beer purchases, this is my go to place. It also serves as a convenient place for people from the Chicago area to load up on New Glarus and other Wisconsin beers, and has easy on/ easy off access to and from I-94.
01-13-2011 20:02:37 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have to re-review it, it is a whole new store now, similar to the oak creek one. They went apeshit and bought out probably almost all of the beers available from the distro.
The beer is all in coolers besides a display of Chimay and some shit beers. On the left side of the store it is imports, malt liquors, organic beers, and macros, on the other side of the store it
is domestic craft and malternatives. The back of the store has 12 packs and cases of macros, imports, craft, and mix packs.
They probably got a 1/3 more beers then they previously had. So many more bombers and singles for one. They still need a tad bit more work on getting more singles, and a make your own six like all the other Woodman's, but it has instantly boosted itself into the premier beer location in Kenosha County, as it was, but a case could be made for other places rivaling it in the past.
06-18-2009 00:12:44 | More by crossovert
3.39/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Finally made a stop into this woodmans.
Pretty much the cookie cutter layout of any other woodmans. Some things are a bit different but nothing extreme.
The selection is pretty much the same as any other woodmans as well. Except a bit more sparse. It seemed like they take a bit less care of the beer section in here as compared to the other stores I've been to. Like NG for example. In my local woodmans there is an entire section devoted to it. In this one it seemed like an after thought.
No service but that's a given at any woodmans.
Overall this place is like woodmans light in my opinion.
05-30-2011 05:32:13 | More by beerwolf77
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
If you have been to one Woodman's you know the layout of all of them. Food and alcohol are in the same building but different rooms, vintage wood paneling covers all the walls. The craft beer is in the corner coolers with the larger cases of beer a bit further down in coolers with plastic curtain covering them to keep them cold. I was hoping to find some limited release beers from WI breweries but I think the turnover is pretty fast here. They were well prepared for Illinois folks in search of Bell's beers. There was a tower of Two Hearted with a hand written sale label taped to the top row. They had a full line of many popular WI breweries and some nice seasonals aswell. There were only a few things in singles and you can't mix and match six packs like other Woodman's.
I didn't find any real gems but they had a good supply of local beers and needless to say I didn't leave empty handed. On a side note, the cheese curd from the store didn't have the squeak of freshness but it was gone before I got back to Chicago.
03-12-2008 18:30:08 | More by rhoadsrage
2.65/5 rDev -29.7%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $
I was in Kenosha for the day for I checked beerfly for the top place around to get NG. I pulled up to this place and right away was impressed with the size. Sadly, it was down hill from there. Almost all the beers are in a cooler which is a huge no no. The beer that was there was over 50% crappy macro stuff. I really went there for the NG. They had a decent selection, 7 regulars but only 2 unpluggeds. The rest of the selection was poor. They had some stone beers but were out of a couple. I would not go here unless you just want to get some NG, has to be better locations out there.
01-21-2010 01:56:27 | More by jrallen34
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here with VDubb86 to scope out some Wisconsin-y goodness. The beer section is along the walls of the liquor department, which is separated from the rest of the store. Everything is in coolers, save a very small display of Ridgeway singles in the middle of the place. A great selection of local sixers, with some minor representation from other states as well. No singles to be found, but there's a small but loaded selection of bombers to make up for this. Cases and BMC stuff is along the back wall and most of the left wall, the rest of which holds a kinda sad variety of import singles. The prices are pretty nice (Alpha Klaus is cheaper here than by us?), and the service is friendly and helpful, if a bit on the rare side. Overall, I think I'm gonna make it my business to make a run up here probably once a month: I needs my Wisconsin fix!
12-19-2010 23:00:45 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited this Woodman's on 9/20/2009.
The beer and liquor area of Woodman's is a store within a store (the groceries are separate) and it even has its own entrance on the side of the building. Parking was more than ample.
Upon entering, there are a few sale beer items on shelves near the registers, but the bulk of the selection is down the left wall and across the entire back of the store. I would say there were 30-40 cooler doors of beer, with at least half or more sporting craft beer six packs. I saw all of the larger Wisconsin and greater midwest breweries represented (New Glarus, Lakefront, Tyranena, Ale Asylum, Central Waters, Bells, FFF, Goose Island, etc) as well as a ton of stuff from the smaller Wisconsin breweries that you don't see if you live outside the state. There were also a couple aisles of warm beer, with a strong repesentation of imported Belgian, German, and British stuff. Being September, there was also a bunch of different Oktoberfest beers on hand.
The service was friendly but a bit less than knowledgable. Prices ranged from very fair to pretty low, depending on the beer.
All in all, this is an easy place to get to with a great selection and super prices. I will make a habit of stopping here whenever I am in the area!
09-22-2009 04:00:36 | More by spointon
3.25/5 rDev -13.8%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Woodman's in Kenosha is decent, but a few simple changes could make it great. the six-pack section is along the lines of other Woodman's. there are no singles of these six-packs, however, which leaves much to be desired. some singles of imports are offered at room temperature, with all the six-packs in coolers.
quality is good. same as other Woodman's without many dusty bottles and clean conditions.
service is non-existant, much like any grocery store liquor section.
selection is good. most local breweries are represented with their full lines, including New Glarus, Sprecher, Capital, Central Waters, and others. otherwise there is nothing too hard to find or limited in nature.
overall, this is a decent stop right off of the highway for beer, but the Woodman's by the airport in Milwaukee is much better.
09-15-2009 22:09:37 | More by botham
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Woodman's Food Market (Store #27) in Kenosha, WI
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