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3.5/5 rDev -21%
Tenuta's is an italian deli (that sells gourmet food from a lot of countries) that also happens to have a good selection of beer and alcohol. They have a large selection of imports and a decent sized selection of micro crafts (FFF, Stone, DFH). The macro selection is pretty much dedicated to PBR, Hamms, Old Style, the old guard WI macros. But I noticed a lot of beers here that I haven't seen in any of the other surrounding stores. These include several exotic African and Asian brands I was puzzled to see. It also had a few rarer Czech beers. The import selection ranges from a good supply of Belgians (though they are scattered everywhere), and a little bit of everything from a host of countries far and wide. For the craft i remember most of the WI brews being there along with some of the bigger micros like Dogfish Head. Watch the dates.
The prices here seemed very reasonable as I was able to get Baltika 7 for 50 cents a bottle and Chimay red for 10.50 and a free glass. Also a case of Castello for only 9.99/
Overall this wouldn't be my first stomping ground but if you in the mood for something exotic from a far off place this will deliver. Its good to go here and pick up some ingredients for dinner while also getting a good selection of beer.
07-22-2009 17:53:08 | More by crossovert
3.63/5 rDev -18.1%
2011: Selection has improved some, there's a rack full of seasonals up front before you hit the beer cooler aisle. Noticed a few things like AK Smoked Porter, Lagunitas Sucks, Schells Burton Ale, Nøgne, and a few other things. Oddly hidden behind the register there were dusty bottles of Samichlaus and Chiostro. Place is always a zoo, but it's a fun zoo.
12/2009: Saturday afternoon they were doing a Sprecher beer tasting in the beer aisle. Noticed some new seasonals like Eisphyre and Steamworks Diablo.
I see Tenuta's was added to beerfly...i've been here a dozen times and never really considered it the best stop for beer in Kenosha. That said, it's an institution of Italian food & culture for sure, with an ok beer selection.
The main thing they have beer-wise is decent local stuff, New Glarus, Tyranena (no BGW), Central Waters (basic lineup). It's about 50/50 craft/macro, but what they have is decent. Some good imports like St. Bernardus and Paulaner, nothing too obscure, mostly just the staples. Usually a couple mini-kegs in the cooler, be sure to check dates. Beer is along the wall past the registers to the left. If you venture into the grocery area, things get a little maze-like, but it's kinda fun. Be sure to check out the deli counter and their homemade panini, muffaletta, and hot meatball sub sandwiches (hence the high food rating).
Don't just expect to buy beer here, there are also a ton of homemade grocery items like italian sauces, hot pepper spread, all manner of exotic Italian foods. Be sure to check dates on stuff though, they are known for not always rotating stock. High school kids mostly tend to work here, so don't expect much help.
07-22-2009 13:44:54 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -9.7%
My wife and I spent a weekend in Kenosha and wanted to grab some craft beer. She asked her cousin, who is a local, and he said that Tenuta's is literally the only decent place to grab a good brew.
So there we went! Let me tell you, I was impressed. This is a huge Italian deli/supermarket... their meats and cheeses are all amazing, and fairly priced. They also have a big wine section.
Their beer aisle is nothing to scoff at. They must have the biggest selection oif Wisconsin brews ever! Not only Sprecher, New Glarus and the classics but also Lakefront, Buffalo Water, Horny Goat, Tyranena and some other lesser-known breweries. Plus Capital Brewery, Gray Brewing, Stevens Point, Ale Asylum, Potosi, Minhas Brewing... when in Rome... drink local, right? :-)
I also spotted four- and six-packs and bombers of Stone, Dogfish, New Holland, Dark Horse, Sierra, Anchor, Bear Republic, New Belgium, Left Hand, Mendocino, Rogue, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues... Dogfish 90 and Dogfish Palo Santo were available. Nice! Also some Belgian imports. Oh, and Three Floyds!!
Best beer selection in miles and miles around!
Prices were fair, and service was nice overall (smiling faces). On my first visit there I got no beer help, but on the second trip an employee was ready to help me pick some beers.
Overall, if you live in Kenosha or vacation there and love beer, you ought to check it out. This really is the only place to get craft brews in the area. I'll go back!
10-02-2010 03:28:20 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.13/5 rDev -6.8%
What an amazing place. Can't believe I've never stopped in here. The place is 50% Italian market 50% alcohol. My wife and I were simply amazed at the amount of shelves that contained booze. An entire isle from one of the store to the other filled from top to bottom with beer. All the newest seasonal were on the shelves. Every brewery from Wisconsin was well represented along with tons of American craft and a solid import section.
The food from this place is top notch. I've had many dishes prepared with their authentic ingredients.
Service was non existent but I wasn't looking for any. Prices were reasonable. Not really my neck of the woods but if I'm in the area I will be stopping in.
08-04-2012 00:31:35 | More by beerwolf77
4.28/5 rDev -3.4%
IF you don't like chaotic cramped places, you might not enjoy Tenuta's. If you do, or if you like broad selection and reasonable prices, and can manage the close and overwhelming atmosphere, you'll dig it.
Personally I love this kind of place.
I'm not sure who buys their beer, but the guy I spoke to wasn't a beer snob. Is there a snobby term for beer snob, like oenophile is for wines? Anyway, he knew what they had in stock, but wasn't in any position to make recommendations or discuss the qualities of any of the beers.
The selection of WI beers is, as expected, pretty good. Otherwise the selection was in the Binny's range (for F.I.S.H like myself).
02-02-2012 16:07:09 | More by edmonan
4.35/5 rDev -1.8%
Drove up in the morning after our stay in Chi town, while on our beercation.
This is quite the place. A hot lunch window outside offers sandwiches and drinks. Inside is a full deli with all the classic Italian dishs. We tried some canolis, biscotti, 4 year old cheddar and sharp provolone. It was all so tasty.
Now the wine was plentyfull and the manager who helped me was great. We bought a nice red from Oregon. The beer isle was well stocked with about half bmc and half craft beer in the coolers. A smaller section dedicated to bombers and a good amount to sixes and 12 packs. We picked up a few NG bombers and a few local sixes to round out our fun shopping trip here. Thank you Kyle for your help. We'll be back if we're ever in the area.
09-30-2011 03:04:00 | More by Homebrew35
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
I'll start off by saying that Tenuta's is my local favorite store. The deli is fantastic, the beer is fantastic, being close to home is just a bonus!
The beer manger is a great guy who knows his customers and is nearly always ready and willing to find something, answer questions, or just shoot the breeze about beers.
The beer selection is enough for me to keep going back, but you have got to see the world selection of wines and cheeses, the deli is nothing short of authentic Italian and amazing. Oh, and make your way to the back right corner of the store to see the wall of Olive Oil...What else says Italian like hundreds of bottles of Olive oil?
Outstanding selection, fair prices, good place. Bottom line.
This is a family business and you can feel the warmth and soul of the place.
One visit and you'll be a fan.
03-19-2011 19:25:09 | More by JKIRBY
4.58/5 rDev +3.4%
This is my first time posting on BA and I felt obligated because I travel for a living and use BA to find local beers all the time. BA led me to Tenuta's and I was so pleased with the outcome that I will begin passing on my experiences with everyone else. I'm from Cali and cannot get New Glarus. After I called Tenuta's and talked to Kyle, he said no prob, we have ton's. After I got there, I was a kid in a candy store. the isle of beer is so long it almost goes to a vanishing point. Kyle came out and hooked me up! after BS'ing craft beer for awhile, he helped me decide which New Glarus would be the best to pack back to Cali, hooked me up with a 4-pack of the wild sour ale (his own stash from the back), and took my info for shipping the New Glarus special sours later down the road. the trip was very successful and they also had a ton of selections from all over. Thanks Tenuta's and BA!
12-06-2013 17:47:33 | More by Outlandishbrew
Tenuta's in Kenosha, WI
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