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Jenifer Street Market

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Jenifer Street MarketJenifer Street Market
BA SCORE
95
world-class

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.19%
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2038 Jenifer St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704-5527
United States
phone: (608) 244-6646

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(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 08-30-2005)
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Photo of Alextricity
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

*My review from Yelp*

This won't be a very helpful review because the only reason I really came here was specifically for their beer...

A surprisingly good selection of beer that's entirely found inside of a walk-in daaaamn cold fridge (almost freezer) in the back corner of the store. The selection is great, the pricing is fair, and the beer (at least what I got) is fresh. I can't attest to other items in the store being expired like some reviewers are complaining about, other than that my dad got a few things from around the store and they weren't expired. Or, if they were, he didn't get sick or keel over and die from anything he got at Jenifer Street Market.

It's not a true beer store, but if you're in Madison and want beer, stop by. I knock off a star because they're cash only, and they don't have a true singles section for their beers. Bummer.

Photo of OBD
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of slavall
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Great selection. Excellent beer cooler. Many specials!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Ri0
5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Mscarpen
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Had the chance to visit Madison yesterday and received a solid hookup at the Jenifer Street Market.

Saw tons of stuff that can be hard to come by in Milwaukee and Chicago, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout (SWBBS), Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barley-wine, Central Waters Peruvian Morning, Founders Imperial Stout, and about a dozen cases of Bells Hop Slam. The real find was the very last bottle of Founders Old Curmudgeon Better Half and with not a trace of price gouging markup! Bless you JSM and bless your beer department manager!!!

Photo of manitouman84
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

They are a very homegrown operation and operate on a budget, so cash or local check only. The beer selection is quite good. Really heavy on the Wisconsin beer, however you can totally find a gem here and there. 90% of the beer is kept in a walk in refrigerator, which is reassuring when picking up a lesser known bomber or six pack. Because of its location I dont make it here often, as the atwood area is not the most accessible of madison areas, but if im around I love to stop in to see what they got.

Photo of eopacich
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by after Great Taste of the Midwest. Nice little neighborhood market with lots of foods and an unexpected craft beer selection. Small beer cooler with tons of beers stashed in there. Freezing Cold. Picked up some nice Wisconsin goodies and Oskar Blues which I cant get in Indiana. I thought they had a nice selection, worth stopping by when in Madison. Not sure who orders their beers but they had some goodies. There didnt seem to be a "beer maestro" around. They only take cash or local check, although there is an ATM in store.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%

Stopped here and went to the beer room... wow is it cold in there, like 32.0001 degrees F. As for the selection I was rather impressed for a place whose core business isn't probably beer. Found some great deals on beers like Founder's Breakfast Stout among others. For the most part all the beer was in the cold room but some did have some displays out in the regular part of the store. One guy there seemed to know about beer, but joked that they should hire me as I stood in the cooler making recommendations to people. I will go back if I'm in the area, and would be a regular if I lived near by.

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Stopped in here during my trip to madison.

Looks like your typical upscale organic grocery store. I made a bee line for the beer and hopped in the cooler. Damn it was cold in there. I could see my breath. Not just a little vapor but a full white cloud with every breath. It had to be like 33 degrees in there. Pretty much all the beer is in the cooler. Very nice selection though. Sixers from all the midwest usuals and actually some I've never seen in Milwaukee. A nice bomber selection.

They had a couple cases of Y2K cosmic charlie so I grabbed a few of those. Otherwise nothing really grabbed me as far rare or unique.

A n ice little store with a solid craft selection.

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%

Transcribed from notes dated Su, 09 Aug 2009.

Affectionately known as the "Jenny Street Market", Autumnal Dave brought me here several years ago when Kathleen was still living in the neighborhood. I used to eschew reviewing beer stores, so I did not take any notes that time. Now, however, I was on the CANQuest (TM), so I made it a point to stop in.

They really keep their beer cold at this place! No kidding, it is in a walk-in cooler whose doors are operated by an electric eye. Just outside the cooler was a rack with several fleece jackets for wear inside the cooler! Good thing I am always wearing one of my beer jackets ...

The bulk of their inventory was unbreakable sixers in bottles, but there were also a good number of single Belgians and single bombers. They really concentrated on the northern Midwest/Great Lakes region, which was fine by me since I fully support "Buy Fresh, Buy Local". Doggone it, though - no new CANs! Oh well. If I were on a standard beer run, I would definitely stop in here.

Photo of levifunk
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Its one of those all natural hippy grocery stores in the area, but if you keep your blinders on and walk straight to the walk-in beer refrigerator, you will find yourself in a nice little oasis. (Although beware of the occasional hippy coming to pick up some Samuel Adams.)

I went in there because I heard they had Bell's Batch 9000, but I will definitely be returning to check out the rest of there stuff. Price was very reasonable. Wide selection of bombers.

Note: being the hippy grocery store that it is, they don't take cards, so make sure to bring cash. (this is the reason for the 2 rating on service)

Photo of creeper44
4.7/5  rDev +9%

I lived 4 blocks from the Jenny St Market for 2 years and would go there almost daily for groceries and/or beer, so this place holds a special place in my heart. I lived in the neighborhood when they built the cooler, they used to just have an open refrigerated shelf with nowhere near the selection they have now. But now it is easily the nicest beer shop in town. Believe what everyone else has said about the temperature, this is the coldest walk-in beer cooler I've ever been in, but now they offer loaner fleece pull-overs right outside the door of the cooler (yes, really)! The selection is great, there is an excellent selection of Wisconsin and regional micro-brew, a wall full of bombers, a good selection of Belgian and your typical selection of imports and domestics. The cooler is very small but they make great use of every available inch of space. Prices are very reasonable, as Lewis Black said when he recorded a CD at the theater right up the street Wisconsin must have a government subsidy for alcohol because everything is so cheap here. It is cash only so be prepared, but the ATM gives a $1 coupon to off-set the fees. On top of the beer it is an incredible local grocery store with a comprehensive cheese selection, a full deli/butcher counter and fresh produce so you can select some good food to go with your great beer.

Photo of FromTheRoad
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Very well stocked Beer Cave. In fact about 95% of their beer is refrigerated. The beer buyer is only in the cooler a handful of hours a week but if you're lucky enough to catch him, like I did, than he a valuable resource for an out-of-towner like me.

The selection was excellent and they were stocking all of the local and regional seasonals that were available in the market at the time.

The only drawback and it only applies to someone from out of town is that they do not have single bottle, mix-a-six sales. Other than that, I'm not sure what else one would want from a craft beer perspective.

The neighborhood atmosphere and friendly staff is a bonus.

Photo of HawkeyeDaz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Found this place while arriving in Madison for the 2009 Great Taste of the Midwest which was awesome. I had no idea it was such a great event, I plan on going back as long as I can find tickets.

Kind of tucked away in a little neighborhood west of downtown.

Not a huge area but extremley packed with a huge selection of local Wisconsin and local midwestern brews. Lots to choose from.

Also, could've been the coldest walk-in cooler I've ever been in. Walked out with some great buys. Would go back for sure.

Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev -6%

first beer store on this particular visit to Madison, rolled in with dirtylou on a Wednesday afternoon, won't elaborate too much as his review is pretty much spot-on

fighting off convulsive shivers in the frigid walk-in cooler, it's clear that Jenny Street would be a regular stop if it were local to me, mostly six-packs with a rack stacked with bombers, there's an expansive selection of locals with great regional representation as well - New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Central Waters, Furthermore, and so on, also some obscure Grand Tetons in large swing-tops stuck out, I picked up a FFF Apocalypse Cow, a Central Waters Bourbon Barleywine, and Furthermore Knot Stock

service looks to be typical of grocery stores...basically nonexistent but not really expected

Photo of taylorhamrick
4/5  rDev -7.2%

I came here looking to see what it was about. And like other's said, you've got to freeze your ass off to find some things. But I found a few beers that I couldn't find elsewhere. Most of the beer, at least in the cooler, is craft, and pretty good stuff - the beers I was looking for, with a few outside. I didn't get much service, cash only, but there were a few people around to answer questions if I had them. The selection was decent, a lot of rare and interesting stuff. I was pretty exited. And the prices were right about on par for everything. Not many singles but a few if you're looking for it. This is a good place to go if you're around as far as I can tell. I mean, none of the other places I went to had Grand Teton, and I was exited - I can mark another state off of the list, and the beer seems to be pretty good. Give this place a look over if you're in the neighborhood, probably the best near downtown.

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Jenifer Street Market in Madison, WI
95 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.