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Ratings: 7
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.97
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151 Hansen Blvd
North Aurora, Illinois, 60542-8986
United States
phone: (630) 723-3900

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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 4
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3.31/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

North Aurora store is my go to place for normal selection. Prices are the best or match any other store in the area. Selection is really good, for normal and seasonal releases from the big micro-breweries (Two Brothers, Lagunitas, Stone, etc). Sometimes they will get the limited releases, but not often.

They renovated about a year and a half ago and increased their beer cooler. All their micro brews are chilled, except a few Goose Island bombers, and select 12 packs. Mostly 6 packs, few 4 packs, and about 30-40 single bottle 12 oz and 100 bomber style bottles to choose from.

The manager really knows his stuff, but is usually busy when I go there. I rarely see him there at off hours.

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4/5  rDev n/a

Made a pit stop here recently, and found the usual quality Woodmans selection. All the beer was refrigerated on shelving behind vertical plastic strips, located on the back wall. To the left there was a good amount of singles, mostly imports ranging from the standard Belgians like Chimay & Duvel, Germans like Paulaner & Kostrizer, UK beers like Tadcaster & Samuel Smiths.

Prices were good here, 2 Hearted mini-kegs were $20.49, a few bucks cheaper than i've seen elsewhere. Full Bells line including Java Stout (welcome back), Expy, and 3rd Coast Old Ale. Assorted Founders (no 4-packs), Metropolitan, and other solid regional crafts. 9 cases of pizza beer, good god.

Checkout was friendly, the guy talked the language of beer, and recommended 2 Bros. Redeye when he saw the Java Stout I was buying. Overall a great stop for beer in a beer-deprived area.

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3.55/5  rDev n/a

I stopped by this massive store specifically to compare it to its sister store in Janesville, WI..

As others have described, they have a lot of their beer in coolers. They have at least two walls (75 or more feet each) of cold beer and one wall of malternatives.

They offer a pretty decent selection. They have all the standard Macros choices, some good micros and a fair selection of imports. The highlights for me included almost the entire stable of Samuel Smith beers, some nice German mini kegs, all the offerings from the WI regional brewers (Leine, Point, etc), Goose Island 12 packs for $11.79, Celebration Ale 12 packs for $12.49, a nice make your own 6 pack singles collection & offerings from New Belgium (besides Fat Tire).

I did not ask for help and the store is well enough laid out that you should be ok on your own. The Cashier was very friendly and asked if I was looking for anything they did not carry.

They do not carry the width or Depth of selections that Sam's Wine or Binnys does, but it is worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood.

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3.55/5  rDev n/a

This new Woodman's location is right off the highway (88) on Orchard Road. Hang a right at the exit and you can't miss it on the right hand side. The liquor section and entrance is on the right side of the store. Since it's new the store is nice and clean with big aisles, we shall see if it stays this way.

The back wall is essentially a large, long cooler that moves from a good selection of Belgian and German singles into import sixers as you follow down the aisle. Delerium Noel and Goulden Carolus Cuvee were both spotted at 8.99. Prices here seem to be a dollar cheaper than most specialty beer shops, but the selection is obviously more limited.

There's a good selection of American craft brews and a nice stock of singles which is always a nice surprise. Dogfish Head, Two Brothers, Goose Island, Three Floyds and nearly everything in between with a good range of selections from each brewer. Again prices here seemed to be a bit cheaper and compared to any other store I know of in the area there's much more to choose from here. Service is pretty much self serve - I didn't notice anyone in the aisles and I doubt anyone would be very knowledgeable about beer here for the most part, but you never know I could be proven wrong!

Overall, you're not gonna find any uber rare beers or super limited releases (although I did spy Bourbon County Stout). However, the Aurora / North Aurora area really has no other good place to buy craft beer and I'm glad to have found this store, as I'll know where to go when I don't want to drive to the more specialty retailers. Well worth checking out if you're in the area and want to pick up some good beer!

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Woodman's Markets in North Aurora, IL
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