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Jenifer Street Market

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Jenifer Street MarketJenifer Street Market
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24 Reviews
Reviews: 24
Visits: 43
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
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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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Reviews: 24 | Visits: 43
Photo of JeffKrenner
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Well, this was definitely the highlight of my beer shopping in Madison. Big walk in cooler in the corner of the store included tons and tons of craft brews. Most things available to the area were there, with far more selection than I saw in any of the other liquor stores that I stopped at. Central Waters everything and lots of it. Tons of Lake Louie, Tyranena, Capital, Bell's, Great Lakes, Lagunitas, etc, etc. Pretty much everything that I was looking for on my whole trip could be found here. I would have saved a lot of time by just going here first and buying everything. Many things were a little cheaper than elsewhere (CW BBS $1 cheaper per 6 pack). Service was fine, but I was there at about 11:30 on a weekday. I would imagine when busier it is more of a pain. Definitely a must stop if shopping for local beers in the Madison area. (844 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%

Jenifer Street Market is very much a quaint mid-sized neighborhood grocery store. As you enter you will notice the smells of fresh baked goods with spicy and smoked scents wafting from the deli section.
Behind and to the right of the check out lanes is the walk-in cooler where the beers are kept. Wear your sweater, it is cold in there. The beer selection is actually pretty good. There are numerous quality imports. There are quite a few craft and micro brewery choices. The emphasis is on Wisconsin and other regional beers including beers from Montana, Minnesota, and Michigan.
This place was definitely worth the trip and everything seemed to be reasonably priced.
If your in the area and looking for good beer this could be the only place you need to stop. (767 characters)

Photo of maundythirsty
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

I'd popped in at Jenifer Street Market before to pick up dinner, but I'd never even thought to do any serious beer shopping until a recent weekend trip to Madison.

I was planning large and expensive purchases at Riley's and Steve's, but Jenifer Street soaked up some of their sales by stocking five or six different kinds of Lake Louie and Central Waters, maybe eight Bells beers, Lagunitas, Left Hand, Rogue, Dogfish Head, North Coast, Great Lakes, Victory, Founders, Three Floyds, a ton of Ommegang, Sand Creek, Harbor City and lots of New Glarus and Capital. They have the Great Lakes region just about as well covered as Woodmans, plus some good national distro beer. And it's all cold, kept in a big walk-in cooler.

I needed no help, other than deciding how much Central Waters and Lake Louie I could carry out. In my experience the staff is mostly bored but not unpleasant people who have yet to reach the drinking age.

Jenifer Street is not a destination liquor store -- even though it out-beers 90 percent of the liquor stores I have shopped -- but I have yet to visit a plain old neighborhood grocery that looked like it even made a ham-handed attempt at something like Jeni's beer selection. Need to pick up a bag of charcoal, some salsa and a couple perfect six packs east of the Capitol? This is the place.

It is not cheap -- with the exception of some of the domestic bombers -- but such is life. You want a sixer of Storm King? You gotta pay. (1,468 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Edit: December 06 - Jenny Street has changed so much recently, I need to completely rereview. Until then please note my opinion that singles aside, Jenny Street is now the best place to buy beer in Madison.

Jenny Street now carries:

All Bells
All Lake Louie
All Central Waters
All Viking
All Goose Island
All New Glarus
All Ale Asylum
All Capital

Tons of Belgians, Germans, and British beers too.


Pre-review Note: This is a great place to buy Lake Louie and New Glarus Unplugged.

The Jennifer Street Market is a small neighborhood market on Madison’s near east side next to the Schoeps ice cream factory. They have excellent produce and the best butchery in town.

My favorite thing about Jenny St., however, is the lovely little beer/cheese department where you can find a hundred or so good brews and several dozen great cheeses all within about 200 square feet.

Jenny St. offers a full assortment of local micro brews such as New Glarus (including the unhinged line), Capitol, Berghoft, etc… They have a fare amount of other domestics and a decent foreign selection. It’s nothing too impressive but all the basics are covered and for the size, price, and convenience of the store, I think that it holds up pretty well.

Prices can be hit and miss as some brews like Berghoft are certainly overpriced, especially when compared to the nearby Woodman’s. Still, this is probably just the result of market forces as Berghoft is an extremely popular beer in the Jenny St. neighborhood (Don’t ask me why, it just is).

By far the best single deal that Jenny Street offers is on Ommegang. For at least the last 9 months, they have been offering all of Ommegang’s brews for only $3.99. Every other store that I’ve seen them at in Madison charges at least a buck and a half more, making Ommegang at Jenny St. a steal.

Otherwise, I would comment that Jenny St.’s beers are always fresh. They don’t seem to sell old or expired beer or at least I haven’t ever had a bad experience in the two years that I have been shopping there.

The service isn’t really there to answer any questions or anything about the beer but the checkout girls are friendly and the guys at the butchery really know their meat. They can be a big help to the griller.

Jenny St. also has a good selection of cut flowers at low prices so when you go there and blow $50 bucks on beer, you can also spend $5 on flowers so that your girlfriend won’t kick your rear. Then again, what are you doing with a girlfriend who doesn’t get excited over $50 worth of beer anyways?

---Update---

Since the end of August, Jenny street has been rapidly increasing their supply of awesome beers. Selection has gone from a 4 to a 4.5.

edit, May 27: Jenny St's beer dept. is under construction. It will reopen with a large walk-in cooler soon. Until then, beer selection is limited but Ommegang is still cheap. :)

edit, October 18, the beer department has been back open for some time. Bring a winter coat, they're not fibbing when they call it the coldest beer cooler in Madison. Sadly, Ommegang beers cost a buck more now. (3,135 characters)

Jenifer Street Market in Madison, WI
93 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.