Jenifer Street Market
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4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Edit 2009: Among the best selections in the city, several rare items not found elsewhere. Service was great, they got us 2 boxes for all the singles & 750s we were buying.
Nice walk-in cooler setup, easy to find, located just past the registers. A few cases were stacked just outside the cooler door too, Smuttynose Summer Weizen.
Pretty extensive selection here, of both local micros and imports. More full lines from Central Waters, New Glarus, Lake Louie, including a few limited offerings. This was the only place in town I saw Sand Creek Oleator for example. Imports were loosely organized by country of origin. Micro bombers had their own area near the door too.
Checkout was friendly, cash only was odd, but the free ATM with ticket voucher was only a minor delay. Affordable produce, cheese curds and Carr Valley cheese here too.
08-11-2008 17:55:01 | More by emerge077
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
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
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
05-31-2009 17:35:40 | More by dirtylou
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
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
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 Lake Louie
All Central Waters
All Goose Island
All New Glarus
All Ale Asylum
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 Madisons 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. Its 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 Woodmans. Still, this is probably just the result of market forces as Berghoft is an extremely popular beer in the Jenny St. neighborhood (Dont 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 Ommegangs brews for only $3.99. Every other store that Ive 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 dont seem to sell old or expired beer or at least I havent ever had a bad experience in the two years that I have been shopping there.
The service isnt 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 wont kick your rear. Then again, what are you doing with a girlfriend who doesnt get excited over $50 worth of beer anyways?
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.
09-02-2005 15:37:25 | More by DaPeculierDane
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
4/5 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
Jenifer Street Market in Madison, WI
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