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Zinke's Village Market & Liquor

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

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 13%
[ Store ]

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

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(Place added by: emerge077 on 12-04-2009)
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Photo of herman77
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Heard about this place here on BA. Read the previous two reviews, so I beer mailed Derek (DP34) about their selection/current offerings, etc. and he emailed me right back with all the info. I was very surprised when he said they had Bitches Brew.

Its the only grocery store in Wisconsin Dells and Derek's family actually owns it. The grocery store had a nice small town/ family owned feel, didn't look around much or buy any food, but they have a good selection of wine and spirits. When you get there, ask for Derek and see if he has anything special. He did hook me up with two Central Waters shaker glasses. Zinke's has plenty of Three Floyds bombers, New Glarus, Central Waters, Goose Island and they still had Hopslam, Batch 1000 and one six pack of Bells 25th anniversary that I snatched up.

If you go to Moosejaw Pizza and Brewing, the Killbourn Hop Ale is brewed with hops from Derek's relatives hop farm.

herman77, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of dougofthefuture
5/5  rDev +18.2%

I was recently searching for the Central Waters seasonals somewhere between Hudson and Madison on I-94. I put out a request for help on BA, and a few people pointed me to the beer guy for this place, BA DP34 (Derrick). He got back right away and let me know their selection, also offering to set some stuff aside for me.

I have been through this stretch of WI before, and thought that it was all craft beer wasteland. This place appears to be a giant exception to that. Selection is obviously relative, but where they lacked in having EVERY beer they make it up by having beers that will be long gone in the larger stores. Batch 10,000, hopslam mini kegs, tons of 3 Floyd's, including Behemoth, and plenty of the Central Waters seasonals that I came for.

I was only in for a few minutes, but enjoyed talking to Derrick and the distributor for Central Waters, who recommended a great Scotch ale from Lake Louie. I'll definitely be back!

dougofthefuture, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of DonDonson
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

DonDonson, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of newk340
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

A rather unassuming beer haven for those who can't make an easy trip to the TC, Madison, or Milwaukee/Chicago. While the walk-in cooler holds mostly macros, they have a surprisingly good selection of various WI beers including Central Waters, New Glarus, Lake Louie, Ale Asylum, Capital, and others. Some other gems that are normally stocked are Founder's, FFF, GI, and Bell's. Not many imports, but in the past I've snagged (a lot of) CWBBBW, GI BCS, GI BCBCS, FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf, Bell's Oracle, Old NG Unpluggeds, GI Nightstalker, Founder's Devil Dancer, and Bell's Hopslam... I will continue to make many trips there for future rareities not found in rural WI!

newk340, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%

EDIT: Stopped in here again last week and damn was it awesome! Tons of big bottles to choose from along with sixers of some heavy hitters. This will be a must stop when I'm in the area for now on.

Stopped in here while in the area and gave it look.

From the glowing reviews on here I expected something great. Well sometimes you just have to see for yourself. They have a walkin cooler with a modest craft selection. Nothing special save for one bottle of CW Y2K. Which I snagged of course. Other than that I saw nothing to ever consider going back for. Most gas stations in Milwaukee have similar selections.

Maybe I have a different perspective since I live in a beer mecca but I was not impressed. A simple grocery store with a small craft beer cooler. Meh!

beerwolf77, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

2013: Full case of Hanssens Oude Gueuze on the shelf. What other grocery store has that?

Cases of Wild Sour and Strawberry Rhubarb, vintage CW BBW, 6-8 Bruery, full Founders lineup, full Tyranena lineup, full Ale Asylum lineup, several FFF options. That alone justifies the scores. Look where you are... nothing remotely like that in a 50 mile radius outside of Madison. Not to mention they actually have relatively fresh beer and move through their stock, unlike other local stores selling Winter Warmer in July...

I've been here over a half dozen times and will keep coming back.

Summer 2010:
Walk in cooler with big representation of Founders, FFF, Central Waters (BB Barleywine, Illumination), Great Lakes, New Glarus (2x Unplugged & Dancing Man), Ale Asylum (Satisfaction Jacksin), Goose Island, Lake Louie, not many imports though. Nice selection available cold.

This is a small town grocery store that is supported by the residents of the Dells. It's not a high volume store, and they tend to get "cleared out" on the weekends. Nevertheless, it's a big improvement from my last visit, and i'd consider it a beer destination now. If you've only been here once, give it another shot.

Original review 10/09:
I've stopped in here a few times when the family drags us to the Dells. This is the only place in town with any decent selection of craft beer, believe me i've searched elsewhere to no avail. It's certainly not a destination store, more of an emergency beer supply store. With that in mind...

The beer aisle is relatively small but holds several local craft gems. When i'm in WI, I like to drink local, and i'm glad Zinke's delivers the local brews. They have Lake Louie, current New Glarus Unplugged and seasonals, limited Ale Asylum seasonals, Central Waters, Capital, Sprecher, etc. It's not a huge selection, but it's all about convenience here. Yes, it's mainly a grocery store, but considering the tourist trap hell it's smack dab in the middle of, it's pure gold. You will always get a friendly person at the checkout, and get rung up quickly.

The closest decent beer stores are 30 minutes outside of town (Viking Market in Baraboo/Reedsburg, Liquor Baron in Sauk City), and at the height of tourist season that can mean over an hour in traffic. For that, Zinkes is my shining beer beacon in the kitsch-laden darkness of Wisconsin Dells...

emerge077, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of hu5om
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Hidden Gem. Central Waters BBBW, Dreadnaught, Night Stalker, BCBS, CW, Illumination, CW Y2K, New Glarus, and more. They have a lot of all of these, too. I also was able to snag some Hopslam, (last 6er on the shelf). They have mostly macros, but there are some very solid ones in addition. The prices are a bit high but for what you're getting, it's hard to complain. They It's 95% grocery store, so service is friendly, but most employees aren't beer geeks. If you're in the Dells for the weekend or driving through on the interstate, it's a must stop.

hu5om, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of theonlyone
5/5  rDev +18.2%

I live in Madison Wi, but I often go to Wisconsin Dells to visit family. Zinkes has done a complete reset of the selection offered. They now have Founders, Bells, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Central Waters, Lake Louie, Great Lakes, Rogue, and many others. On my visit I picked up Founders Dirty Bastard, GI Coffee BCS and 3 Floyds Dreadnaught. Do yourself a favor and stop in if your in the Dells. Great Stop!

Also, If anyone from outside Wisconsin wants to take home some New Glarus beer this is the stop. They have pretty much whatever you want of NG warm or cold. When I was in today someone was buying 6 cases of Spotted Cow to take home. Another Happy New Glarus Customer.

theonlyone, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of frankdells
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Wow, stopped into my local store today on my annual pilgrimage to fill up the fridge for the family for easter and was blown away to see the cosmic change. The craft section was tripled in size and the offerings where just what the dells needed. Founder's, Bell's, Rogue, Three Floyd's, Great Lake's, Two Brother's, Central Water's, Lake Louie, Tyranena, Furthermore, Ale Asylum and every New Glarus a guy needs. It was great to see and we're not talking one facing of each of these. Most were three or four.

It was great to see a local store that has catered to the masses of tourists, cater to what people are really drinking.

frankdells, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
3.05/5  rDev -27.9%

Stopped here after a failed attempt to pick up some New glarus Unplugged Iced Barleywine at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee...

The place is located close to 90/94 which is convenient. Walking in, it has the feeling of a very old grocery store which is a bit past its prime.

The majority of the beer is located in a walk-in cooler. Offerings included a bit of Capital (no Autumnal Fire or Eisphyre) some NG unplugged (Olde English Porter and Cran-bic) Ale Asylum (Hopalicious and Satisfaction Jackson), Lake Louie (Milk Stout and IPA) and a little Magic Hat...

A few other craft brews, which were dwarfed by the macro-offerings.

Not knowing what to expect, I was a little put off by it--probably won't stop there again.

darklordlager, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.24/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

Florida9, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of JosephThompson
2.94/5  rDev -30.5%

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.

JosephThompson, Sep 09, 2012
Zinke's Village Market & Liquor in Wisconsin Dells, WI
93 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.