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Jenifer Street Market

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Jenifer Street MarketJenifer Street Market
BA SCORE
95
world-class

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.42%
[ Store ]

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 EvilKeith
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

EvilKeith, Oct 16, 2006
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)

levifunk, Mar 17, 2010
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.

woodychandler, Jun 28, 2010
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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of eopacich
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

eopacich, Aug 28, 2011
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.

taylorhamrick, Jun 23, 2009
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.

beerwolf77, Oct 10, 2010
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

blackie, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of maundythirsty
4.05/5  rDev -6%

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.

maundythirsty, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of manitouman84
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

manitouman84, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of rarevos
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

Coldest beer cooler ever, bar none. When you walk back into the cooler, you'll pass a few community sweatshirts. Just put one on, because when you get into the cooler, you'll want to explore, and it's $%&&^^$#$#@ freezing in there.

Six packs galore, mostly local. New Glarus, Lake Louie, Capital City, Bell's, Three Floyds, Great Lakes, Left Hand, Lagunitas, Dogfish Head, Leinenkugel, Victory, Big Sky, Founders Breakfast Stout, and much, much more. Loads of Belgians (Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle) and Belgian-style (Ommegang, Unibroue).

Selection is terrific, and one of the best grocery store selections I've ever seen. Hell, it's better than a lot of dedicated beer store selections.

They do not take credit cards, though. They have an ATM in the store, so if you need cash, you get it from there. Any ATM withdrawal comes with a $1.00 coupon for the store, so the finance charge cancels out.

rarevos, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

I go Jenny Street Market a lot these days as its enroute to my layfriend's abode

this is an odd little place - bizarre exterior and cash only (though their ATM has a 1$ fee which is refunded to you if you purchase something)

the beer selection is primarily contained in a moderately sized, but packed to the roof with beer, ice-cold cooler. Some beer has spilled out of the cooler into the store - breakfast stout and other sale beers primarily.

the middle of the cooler is pretty much a tower of new glarus, central waters, and other wisconsin new releases. They are sure to have everything that is released from the heavy hitters in the state (new glarus, central waters, ale aslyum, etc). They had more Peruvian Morning and CW Bourbon Barleywine than any other store around. So, if you need the latest Wisco releases, this place will accomplish everything.

theres a pretty nice display of bombers as well that boasts every release distributed form 3F (dreadnaught, gumballhead, rabbid rabbit, bohemoth blonde, etc). All of the southern tier bombers have moved through here (mokah, jahva, oak aged unearthly, etc). All of boulevard smoke stack series is here along with highlights from grand teton, smuttynose, sprecher, victory and many others.

You'll find all of the Founders 4 packs, bells sixers, dogfish head, dark horse, etc etc. Starting to get the picture?

There's a bunch of random stuff that isnt anywhere else too like Upland six packs and way more weyerbacher than anywhere else.

not a huge selection of belgans - there are better spots for those needs.

The prices are typically on lower end of the range in madison but there is no service to speak off - just cashiers.

Great freaking store - somewhat off the beaten path

dirtylou, May 31, 2009
Photo of beinerso
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

beinerso, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

egrace84, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Canada_Dan, Oct 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Stevedore, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of Wisconsin
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

This an interesting little market with a dam cold walk in cooler. All the other posters were not lying, the walk in cooler is exceptionally cold. The selection and quality of the beer is great. Pretty much every local craft beer is here and stocked despite only having a small corner of the store.

I couldn't comment on the service but there appeared to be a number of people walking about the store who would have been willing to help. A lot more people present than other liquor stores I have stopped in at.

The selection is great, but you will pay for it depending upon what you are looking for. I glanced at the New Glarus prices and saw over a dollar higher per six pack than at Woodman's and turned around and left, so I maybe should have given it a better shake. I do know the Furthermore prices were .50 less here than at Woodman's so if your looking for that, this is the place.

If you want the real extremely difficult local craft beers this should be a place to stop. They had Central Waters, Furthermore, Capital and others. Otherwise, local craft beers distributed well throughout the state can be found elsewhere (Woodman's) for cheaper.

Wisconsin, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Grinder
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

I stopped in and told my wife "I read this is one of the coldest coolers in the world" and we both laughed.

We walked in and HOLY CRAP!!! She could only stand it for a few minutes.

I was in heaven looking at craft beers I have never seen or only wished I could find. In fact I was a little thrown off because I was not expecting to see SO many beers I had not seen before - AND - IT WAS SO FREAKING COLD!!!

I'm not complaining at all though.

No credit cards accepted but there is an ATM. Good prices, awesome selection - to bad no singles

Grinder, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Gotti311, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of slavall
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Great selection. Excellent beer cooler. Many specials!

slavall, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of JeffKrenner
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

JeffKrenner, Jun 30, 2007
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.

FromTheRoad, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of 510a
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

510a, Jun 27, 2014
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Jenifer Street Market in Madison, WI
95 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.