Jenifer Street Market
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3.7/5 rDev -14%
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.
10-16-2006 12:38:59 | More by EvilKeith
3.75/5 rDev -12.8%
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)
03-17-2010 18:03:13 | More by levifunk
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
06-28-2010 01:17:17 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
01-13-2011 20:10:53 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.96/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
08-28-2011 16:19:41 | More by eopacich
4/5 rDev -7%
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.
06-23-2009 02:23:01 | More by taylorhamrick
4/5 rDev -7%
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.
10-10-2010 19:37:08 | More by beerwolf77
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
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
08-06-2009 20:14:53 | More by blackie
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
08-29-2006 06:21:44 | More by maundythirsty
4.06/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
09-05-2011 02:59:51 | More by manitouman84
Jenifer Street Market in Madison, WI
94 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.