1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Zinke's Village Market & Liquor

Not Rated.
Zinke's Village Market & LiquorZinke's Village Market & Liquor
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 13.44%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

216 Washington Ave
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 53965-1535
United States
phone: (608) 254-8313

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: emerge077 on 12-04-2009)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DonDonson:
Photo of DonDonson
DonDonson

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Based on a recommendation I stopped in to look for some beers that are already sold out in the Milwaukee area. Upon my arrival to the cooler low and behold I see Batch 10,000, Hopslam 6 packs and barrel, plenty of Three Floyds (Behemoth, Rabbide Rabbit, Arctic Panzer Wolf, among others). I was also happy to see the Wisconsin beers well represented from New Glarus to Tyranena, Central Waters, Lake Louie, and Rush River.

Many thanks goes to DP34, who works at Zinkes, he helped me out, in fact set aside beers for me just in case any sold out. I am planning on heading to the Dells are again in September and will definitely stop in hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

When in the area this is a must stop in my opinion.

Update:
10/03/11
After e-mailing DP34 I was able to obtain a 6 pack of Oracle, which was very much appreciated. Again the beer choices and service are great. Must visit when in the area.

03-02-2011 04:40:52 | More by DonDonson
More User Reviews:
Photo of joe1510
joe1510

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Zinke's Market is a small, old school grocery store in the bustling tourist trap that is the Wisconsin Dells. The beer is to the front left of the store with a nice walk in cooler. The selection isn't huge but it is well thought out and the best in the area hands down.

2011 Central Waters BBBW (score), Alaskan seasonals, Hanssen's Gueuze, some Three Floyds, and a good helping of all the Wisconsin breweries; seasonals and all. The prices are where they should be. A nice, small but well thought out selction of bombers and six packs. This place won't blow you away but there are some hidden gems to be found if you glance around. Also, give their housemade pepper bacon a try. Cheap and delicious!

10-01-2013 01:27:14 | More by joe1510
Photo of Florida9
Florida9

Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Not exactly sure why this place is so highly rated. It's a somewhat dirty and disorganized grocery store that seems to have a few better quality beers. And while this might be the best place in town (I don't know since I haven't been everywhere in town), its really just a grocery store with a slightly better than average selection.
Expect your usual Wisconsin offerings: New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Port Huron, Milwuakee Brewing as well as some decent Midwest beers (Three Floyd's) and some out of staters (Alaskan, Bruery).
Can't comment on service as no one helped me or tried to help me, but considering this is a grocery store, I didn't expect a lot of service anyway.
Prices are a bit high.

08-28-2013 00:33:16 | More by Florida9
Photo of JosephThompson
JosephThompson

New Jersey

2.94/5  rDev -30.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$

I seemed to miss the parts that makes this place so highly rated for some. I talked with the beer guy, and whilst certainly personable, there wasn't a level of being blown away with his niceness or knowledge to the level of rating the store higher.

It's a grocery market so there's not too much to be excited about. The beer is tucked away into one of the back corners. The walk-in is definitely nice and there are some interesting selections to choose from.

My trip was made since I found a 3F Behemoth but was still a bit disappointed with the overall selection. Bottom line, if you're in the Dells then you should stop in. If you're driving 94 and happen to stop in the Dells for a break or food, stop in. But there doesn't need to be a special stop planned.

09-09-2012 15:22:46 | More by JosephThompson
Photo of cptnspeed1
cptnspeed1

Wisconsin

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I usually only stop in the Dells on my way northwest, but when I do, I make sure to make a stop at Zinke's. The selection is great, with everything you'd expect and some things you wouldn't. Derrick is one of the most knowledgeable beer guys out there and is willing to share it without being pompous about it. The guy is truly a class act and will give it to you straight without trying to steer you towards an old sampler pack like some stores.
As expected with a place like this, the wine tends to appear to take over the place, but the ratio of craft beer to the rest of the stuff is better than a place like Woodman's or Binny's. Overall, its a great stop if its on your way, Hell its a great stop even if its a bit out of your way.

12-21-2011 21:33:27 | More by cptnspeed1
Photo of zimm421
zimm421

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in here while on vacation in the Dells. I was looking mainly for some New Glarus since I'm from out-of-state, but ran across so much more I wished I had the budget to buy.

At first, the beer selection looks very small and overpowered by the wine and liquor. However, I then noticed the walk-in cooler that customers are given access to, and was blown away. they had everything I was looking for, and more. I was hoping to not have to make choices, but I had to.

The only negative I have with regard to Zinke's is the lack of ability to buy singles. I really wanted to grab two of every New Glarus available, but was unable to do so. To get everything I wanted, I would have been forced to buy many, many six packs, so I had to pick what I wanted most.

Still, a great place for local brews as well as other things you may be looking for. Definitely a recommended stop if you're in the Dells for a day or two.

09-04-2011 02:43:25 | More by zimm421
Photo of DavidEddie
DavidEddie

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Zinke's village market is a must stop Wisconsin Dell's destination. It's easy to find with plenty of signage to help you get there. This village market is a nice local grocery store with a full size liquor department. The selection was great in there well stocked walk in cooler. Plenty of the usual Wisconsin brews as mentioned in other reviews. Pricing was very reasonable. If Derrick is available, be sure to ask for him. He's extremely helpful and great to chat with.

If your in the area or plan on going out of your way, you will not be disappointed.

Highly recommended!

08-31-2011 16:02:50 | More by DavidEddie
Photo of CourtneyBlows
CourtneyBlows

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

Just got back for a weekend in the Dells and looked this place up on BA before going. Loved this place and Derrick was incredibly friendly and helpful (thanks again for helping me out with some rare stuff and facilitating my beer babble). Selection was exceptional with Wisconsin brewers (New Glarus, Central Waters, Tyranena, etc.) and also contained several seasonal items from FFF, Founders, Bruery, Nebraska, etc. Will definitely go back whenever I'm in the Dells. A few beers of mention...

- Founders Blushing Monk and Devil Dancer
- Several Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild variants
- New Glarus Raspberry Tart, Belgian Red, Unplugged Cran-bic, Unplugged IIPA, Unplugged Abt, Unplugged Imperial Weizen
- FFF Dreadnaught, Behemoth
- Bruery Cuir
- Nebraska Black Betty Reserve
- Centrals Waters coffee stout, BA barleywine, BA imperial stout, BA cherry stout, Peruvian Morning, Illumination IPA

07-25-2011 21:14:18 | More by CourtneyBlows
Photo of rmackichan1
rmackichan1

Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I was on a beer hunt while in the dells for New Glarus beers. They can actually be found in most gas stations and stores through out WI. However the prices range widely from one part of Wisconsin to another. Tourist towns tend to be a little pricier than regular towns. When I walked into Zinke's , they have a walk in beer fridge and they have quite a complete selection . Three floyds alpha king, new glarus regular beers and some unplugged items that will make you sing they are so good . I didn't have to drive to new glarus because I found some treasured beer there that the brewery was out of. And their prices are about a buck cheaper / six pack than many places in town. I found beers that we cannot get in champaign Illinois. Needless to say I did some retail therapy
The store staff was friendly , it's clean and well stocked with food products as well. I bought only beer though. I seriously believe they had the best beer selection in the dells at a reasonable price .

04-04-2011 02:27:47 | More by rmackichan1
Photo of Dhren1979
Dhren1979

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Headed up to Wisconsin Dells for a weekend of relaxation and some alone time with my girlfriend...oh and also to get some local Wisconsin brews that I cannot get down in IL! Jumped on BA to see if there were any local bottle shops that have been reviewed for this location and saw that Zinke's Village Market got some nice reviews.

Those just passing though get off at Exit 87 from I94 and head East on state route 13 (Stand Rock Road) which turns into Frontage Rd. Go up a hill and you'll cross a damn and go under a set of train tracks. Once you do that you will be in downtown Wisconsin Dells where you'll see plenty of restaurants, bars and other shops. Make a right onto Superior Street and go a block or so until you reach Washington St. Zinke's Village Market will be on your left.

Drove up to the place, which is very conveniently located in the downtown area of Wisconsin Dells. It's not just a liquor store but a small neighborhood grocery store, so it's nice if you area staying a few days and this can be a good place to get some nice snacks to go with your beer that you pick up. Walked through the west end of the store and noticed that the beer/wine/liquor was at the east side of the store. Made beeline to the goods. Once there I noticed that there is a huge (15x15 ft ??) walk in cooler which all of the craft brews along with the BMC's brews were located. I would say that the 33%-40% of the space in the cooler was dedicated to craft breweries. Once in, I saw a good selection of FFF's (Behemoth, Gumball Head, Rabbid Rabbit, & Robert the Bruce to name a few), plenty of Founders, Bells, Goose Island, Central Waters (great Wisconsin local) and of course New Glarus (another great Wisconsin favorite). I picked up Coffee Stout and a couple 750 ml's by New Glarus. I also picked up 3 4-packs of Central Waters...more specifically the newly released Illumination (IIPA), Peruvian Morning (IS) & Brewer's Release Bourbon Barrel Stout (IS). Prices were reasonable and what I expected to pay. FFF bombers were about $10, Gumball Head $11 for a 6'er, $7-$10 for the Central Waters 4-packs (depending on if "Brewer's Release series").

Overall, I was very pleased with the selection and I would advise you stop in an treat yourself to some nice local craft brew. You will not be sorry!

Cheers!
Doug

PS. A BA member's family, Derek (DP34), owns the joint so send him a beermail and let him know you will be stopping in. I didn't get a chance to meet him this time around but will plan things better next time...at the very least say hello.

04-01-2011 03:45:43 | More by Dhren1979
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
Zinke's Village Market & Liquor in Wisconsin Dells, WI
93 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.