Zinke's Village Market & Liquor
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 20
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
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.
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...
07-18-2010 00:14:59 | More by emerge077
4.21/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
EDIT: Stopped in here again last week and damn was it awesome! Tons of big bottles to choose from along with sixers of some heavy hitters. This will be a must stop when I'm in the area for now on.
Stopped in here while in the area and gave it look.
From the glowing reviews on here I expected something great. Well sometimes you just have to see for yourself. They have a walkin cooler with a modest craft selection. Nothing special save for one bottle of CW Y2K. Which I snagged of course. Other than that I saw nothing to ever consider going back for. Most gas stations in Milwaukee have similar selections.
Maybe I have a different perspective since I live in a beer mecca but I was not impressed. A simple grocery store with a small craft beer cooler. Meh!
07-29-2010 21:52:14 | More by beerwolf77
4/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here last weekend, hoping to find some good seasonals on my way back to Chicago. The beer section is tucked way in the back but it is all a walk-in cooler.
They had the full line up of all the big local breweries. Central Waters had a full barrel aged rack, Tyranenna had several Brews gone wild, New Glarus had a good lineup, along with lots of midwest breweries. I was shocked to find many cases of Batch 10,000 and lots of Three Floyds seasonals that have all disappeared in the Chicagoland area.
This is a great little grocery store. As I was checking out I told the cashier that the sign said I get a free pint glass with each 6-pack of central waters but she had no idea what I was talking about, and the manager wasn't avalable.
If you are in the area it is well worth the stop in to see if they have some gems to take home.
02-24-2011 21:10:50 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Zinke's Market is a small, old school grocery store in the bustling tourist trap that is the Wisconsin Dells. The beer is to the front left of the store with a nice walk in cooler. The selection isn't huge but it is well thought out and the best in the area hands down.
2011 Central Waters BBBW (score), Alaskan seasonals, Hanssen's Gueuze, some Three Floyds, and a good helping of all the Wisconsin breweries; seasonals and all. The prices are where they should be. A nice, small but well thought out selction of bombers and six packs. This place won't blow you away but there are some hidden gems to be found if you glance around. Also, give their housemade pepper bacon a try. Cheap and delicious!
10-01-2013 01:27:14 | More by joe1510
3.24/5 rDev -23.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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
2.94/5 rDev -30.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
I seemed to miss the parts that makes this place so highly rated for some. I talked with the beer guy, and whilst certainly personable, there wasn't a level of being blown away with his niceness or knowledge to the level of rating the store higher.
It's a grocery market so there's not too much to be excited about. The beer is tucked away into one of the back corners. The walk-in is definitely nice and there are some interesting selections to choose from.
My trip was made since I found a 3F Behemoth but was still a bit disappointed with the overall selection. Bottom line, if you're in the Dells then you should stop in. If you're driving 94 and happen to stop in the Dells for a break or food, stop in. But there doesn't need to be a special stop planned.
09-09-2012 15:22:46 | More by JosephThompson
4.14/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.58/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Heard about this place here on BA. Read the previous two reviews, so I beer mailed Derek (DP34) about their selection/current offerings, etc. and he emailed me right back with all the info. I was very surprised when he said they had Bitches Brew.
Its the only grocery store in Wisconsin Dells and Derek's family actually owns it. The grocery store had a nice small town/ family owned feel, didn't look around much or buy any food, but they have a good selection of wine and spirits. When you get there, ask for Derek and see if he has anything special. He did hook me up with two Central Waters shaker glasses. Zinke's has plenty of Three Floyds bombers, New Glarus, Central Waters, Goose Island and they still had Hopslam, Batch 1000 and one six pack of Bells 25th anniversary that I snatched up.
If you go to Moosejaw Pizza and Brewing, the Killbourn Hop Ale is brewed with hops from Derek's relatives hop farm.
03-14-2011 02:58:49 | More by herman77
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
09-14-2010 18:53:07 | More by newk340
3.05/5 rDev -28.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
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.
12-28-2009 08:21:51 | More by darklordlager
Zinke's Village Market & Liquor in Wisconsin Dells, WI
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