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Woodman's Markets - Madison West

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Woodman's Markets - Madison WestWoodman's Markets - Madison West

40 Reviews
Reviews: 40
Visits: 61
Avg: 4.02
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725 S Gammon Rd
Madison, Wisconsin, 53719-1345
United States
phone: (608) 274-8944

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited this location yesterday, and I have to say, it's the best one i've ever been to. HUGE place. Spent a good while perusing the beer aisles on the far left. Cases divide the center, but on the right side is the import cooler, the left wall is the domestic. Cold cases were along the back wall.

Selection was great for the regional micro stuff. In most cases there were at least 3 varieties from a brewery, up to 10 or so from New Glarus. Some obscure smaller stuff I hadn't heard of, like Ilja's and South Shore. Old Chub 6-packs, but there was an empty spot for Dale's Pale. Good quantity of NG Unplugged, even a couple cases on the floor. Lot of empty spots in the singles section unfortunately, and I was told that you couldn't pull singles from 6-packs. Tyranena, Ale Asylum, Viking, and many other WI micros. Good import variety as well, although I didn't spend as much time there. They did have Rochefort 6,8,10. Checkout was quick, sort of impersonal. Eventually got a box for my beer, which was good. Recommended.

07/2008: Stopped in to find many new and obscure regional micros, including Stone. Got some help finding a case of Dancing Man during the afternoon on a friday. Might be the best Woodman's in WI...

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Transcribed from notes dtd H, 12 Aug 2010.

It was recommended by local site user hu5on that I stop in this place during my annual visit. I applaud his sensibilities, but not his overall judgment.

As I entered, I was told that the beer/wine/liquor was in the far northwest corner of the building. So be it and thus began my trek past all of that pesky food to get to what really mattered. Once through the sliding glass doors that made doubly sure that I did not just aimlessly wander into the storehouse of demon alcohol, beer created a horseshoe-like design to reign in their wine and liquor. I bought some beers, but most of their singles were bottles. The place was well-maintained, the beers were protected by heavy rubber drapes and the temperatures were right, plus the prices were visibly marked. My complaint was the lack of availability of single CANs. I simply did not want a whole case of O'Doul's Amber in a CAN nor did I want the majority of their ginormous selection. Traders who frequent this place should CANsult my Wants for potential trades.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

There are a lot of people who claim this is the best selection in Madison, but I can't agree. I think Steve's Liquor on Mineral Point is the best, even though the volume of beer is not as impressive as Woodman's.

Woodman's West struggles because 80-90% of the beer is stuff you would never want to drink. They carry just about every brand of macrobrew imaginable, and it occupies most of there shelf space.

There is one long continuous aisle of domestics, but for the most part, many of them are not that impressive. They have stuff like New Glarus, Flying Dog, Summit, and Goose lsland... but in the Midwest, you can get those anywhere.

Their imports are lengthy, but once again, they're not that impressive. They have the traditional Belgian Ales (like Chimay, Youngs, etc.), but the last time I was there, nothing extraordinary.

You can always count on them having an ample supply though, and the beers seem to be kept cold and are rotated regularly. Overally, you probably won't be disappointed, unless you are snobby like me.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Ok, for what it is, Woodmans has BY FAR the best selection for a grocery store that i have ever seen...this makes every whole foods i have been to look like freaking amateurs

woodmans is a huge grocery store on the west side(havent been to the east side location) with a seperate liquor store...the beer selection is pretty mind boggling.

a grocery store loaded with belgians, rogues, avery bombers, great divide bombers, etc. they have all the locals you would expect to find anywhere else(except lake louie, i think?) and on top of that they have tons of local singles at great prices....They have all the Fish brewing company beers at the downtown stores, at better prices...batch 7000 6 packs...a bunch of seasonals I had not seen (okt/pumpkin)...just a ridiuclous amount of beer for a grocer

they are 0/3 on ringing up my mixed 6 packs correctly as well, all in my favor

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -0.5%

This is probably the best place for value in the whole city. Singles selection is limited, and staff generally doesn't know much about beer. Selection in general is very broad, and as far as quality they do get some of the higher end releases, but they don't last long. If you want to load up on a broad variation of Great Lakes brews and don't mind missing a few rare releases, then this is your place. For 90% of my beer purchases, this is my go to place. In my opinion this location has the best selection of beer in the whole chain.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Best Grocery Store for beer period. They have it all, but surprisingly their prices aren't always better then some of the little neighborhood shops so I go to them more often than Woodman’s.

Huge selection and they seem to sell enough that their beers aren’t ever expired. They also tend to put beers that are about to expire, on ridiculously cheap specials.

With a few rare exceptions (real high end Belgians mainly) if it’s available in Madison, Woodman’s has it and for a competitive price.

I also dig all the mega huge selections of Huber/Reinlander/PBR/Highlife/etc… cases for super cheap.

At Woodman’s, I feel like a kid in a candy store.

***The westside Woodman's has a better singles selection than the eastside.***

WARNING: You will not find Lake Louie or Central Waters Beers here!!!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

After dinner down the road we stopped in Woodman's, open 24 hours, to stock up on local beers to take home. This place is like a Y'all-Mart only it is owner owned. The produce, cheese curd, and mustard isles are like none I have ever seen. When we got to the huge beer and liquor dept it was locked for the night. I felt like braking down in tears and I pressed my face against the cold metal bars.

The checkout guy said it closes at 9 and opens at 10 the next day, Wisconsin law. So the next day at 10:05 I was there and ready. They have a large wine selection but I weeded my way through to the beer in the back. They had a very good selection of singles but no New Glarus in singles, so I had to take a few 6 packs aswell. They have a ok sized import section but my cart was already full. They have about 10 different meads, which was nice to see so I pick up a bottle.

They don't take credit card but they do take debit card and my total was about 1/2 of what I was expecting to pay by Chicago standards. This is a must stop place every time I head into or close to Madison.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Basically, this is a liquor warehouse. The guys stocking the shelves have no real idea what our beer geek's latest whalezzz are, or that there is a such thing. But this is a perfect place to go browse for beer, look stuff up on your phone, and either walk out with nothing or walk out with a cart full of beer. The selection is deep here, and I always appreciate the fact that prices are about $1 less than other places in Madison- but don't forget that Woodman's is cash-only. Highly recommend when you're going in for stuff you want to stock up on, e.g. you have had these beers already, like the New Glarus fruit beers or something like that. If you are hankering for something new, this isn't a bad place to go but I would still suggest going elsewhere.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

I did not know what to expect when I got off the 151 to head towards Woodmans Grocery store. Many people had recommended I stop there to pick up some beers on my way through Madison, so I took their advice. I was shocked at the sheer size of Woodmans. Cash only, please take note. They are nice enough to have a "no-fee" ATM on premise, so it's all good!

The left side of the liquor/beer/wine department is lined with an open curtain faced cooler filled with 6 packs of assorted treats. The first one as I turned the corner, DFH Burton Baton! Big props for that. That is Emily's favorite beer, and we both were ecstatic. The selection is good. They don't have ALOT of rare, or off the wall stuff, but plenty of local Wisconsin beers, as well as a decent selection of bombers from FFF, New Glarus, Avery, etc. We ended up getting some FFF Broodoo, Dreadnaught, and Gumballhead from Woodman's, along with the Burton Baton. (The Burton Baton went quick, as we bought the two four packs on Thursday, returned Sunday for more and they were all gone).

Overall, I will stop there again on my way through. It's impressive how much less beer they had on Sunday night when we stopped compared to Thursday after noon. The weekend really cleaned them out, and are happy we stopped when we did.

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Photo of Florida9
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

I love this store. The beer selection is huge; two full isles of refrigerated craft beer. Domestic on one side, imports on the other. Humorously, BMC beers are segregated from the micros and are located in a different section of the store.

Woodman's offers a large number of brews from breweries not available in IL (Stone, Wyerbacher) and there are a number of offerings from smaller Wisconsin breweries as well. Plus they have a large selection of single bottles, which are offered at a slight discount if you are to purchase a "mix a six." Special releases can be hit or miss. I've seen some choice offerings on some visits, but it is by no means consistent.

Prices are reasonable, especially considering the wide selection and the fact most of it is refrigerated. There are quantity discounts available as well.

Great location. Just one stop light off of the highway, makes it for a quick and easy beer run when passing through Madison.

Only a couple of criticisms. One would be the service, or rather the lack of service, as the only people I ever see working there are the ones working the cash registers. And, as to be expected, they don't know shit about beer. However, if you know what you're looking for, this really isn't a problem. Admittedly, its not helpful, but its not much of a problem either. Other issue would be the occasional out-of-date beer. On a recent visit, they were still selling beer from Harbor City, a brewery that has been closed for some time now.

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Photo of djhowell
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

I can never seem to make a quick stop to Woodman's liquor store, I always end up spending way more time than anticipated browsing all the selections. Don't expect to discuss the latest craft beer releases with any of the employees here, none seem to be very passionate about beer but they are usually friendly. The selection is fantastic though and the prices are the best in Madison. I also really appreciate their make-your-own-six-pack special that has encouraged me to try some beers I might not have otherwise.

Also, they offer case pricing on Oskar Blues -- great for camping trips.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev -0.5%

So, apparently, this is where to get your stuff when in town. Not. Disappointed. Walked in, strolled to the right, walked down a 100' wall of MBC. Though not my bag, this got my hopes way up as far as quantity of finds. Turned the corner, another 100' wall, 12packs mostly of regional macro-micros, Lienie, Berghoff, Goose Island, Schell... and they had a lot of sampling cases, which I'll have to take advantage of. Then, next wall, 100' of the good stuff... micros, in 6ers and singles, with imports on the opposite wall. The selection of imports was really pretty good, saw some stuff I don't normally see. But the mircos, man what a selection. You name a brand thats even remotely possible to find in the region and they'll have it it seemed like. I won't go and list everything, but I picked up: Dogfish 120 Min IPA, Dogfish Golden Shower Imprerial Pilsner, Schell's Smalts Alt, New Holland Dragon's Milk, and a few other local goodies.

Now, for my fun story. I get to the counter, and the lady starts ringing me up. She runs the DF120, and rings up $7.99. "Wow, that can't be right, ..." "Actually, yes, it is." ... "Oh." Or something like that. So, can't really count her for knowing the beer, but I'll giver her a point for attempting to fix the 'problem'.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Woodman's Food Market is HUGE. Unfortunately, I parked on the far west side of the building while the separate, yet attached, liquor store is on the far east side of the building. I had to go back out to my car (more on that in a minute), so I took the opportunity to move it closer since I left with what could fairly be called a 'haul'.

I entered on the grocery store side and headed for the back wall (directions are relative to the front door). Like many stores that sell both wine and beer, the beer occupies the outer walls for refrigeration purposes. The back wall and portions of the left hand wall are where you'll find any American macro that you'd care to name. The remainder of the left hand wall is where you'll find cases of selected craft beer and the front wall and adjacent aisle is where the real action is.

Along with Riley's, Woodman's has the best and biggest selection of singles of any of my four stops. If you have an interest in obscure (to me at least) Wisconsin micros, then this is your store. They have much, much more than that though. I won't run down the entire list (not that I'd be able to remember it anyway), but suffice it to say that if it's distributed in WI, it's at Woodman's. There's a pretty good sampling of Belgians as well.

The $7.49 mixed singles six-pack price was one of the lowest I've ever seen and I got a volume discount as well. My sales slip isn't specific, but I'm guessing 10%. Overall though, prices didn't strike me as out of line in either direction (here or anywhere else that I stopped). I didn't ask for any help, but it's doubtful that the dude who checked me out could have provided much.

Warning: Woodman's doesn't take credit cards. I found that out once 'the dude' rang up a pretty impressive amount of beer. Good thing that I planned ahead and brought cash, although I was worried about stores not accepting my Iowa license rather than a 'no credit card' policy. I did a quick jog out to my car, forked over the green and left with my biggest score of the day.

Woodman's is a great store for beer and should be on the itinerary of anyone traveling from out of state. As for those of you who live in Madison: lucky bastards!

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Photo of Realale
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Very nice selection of local beers in the super-grocery store. The beer/wine/liquor section is a seperate part of the store with its own entrance - look for the signage to save yourself a significant walk.

Beer selection is both sides of the farthest aisle from the entrance. One side is dedicated to imports, the other to domestic craft. All of the Wisconsin beers are grouped together and take up about half the length of the domestic section. Everything is coolers except for a stack of specialty 12 packs and seasonals which runs the length of the aisle.

Outstanding selection of local stuff, but no Lake Louie, and some of the basic New Glarus line-up was missing (Uff-da). The make your own six pack section was seriously picked when I was there (Sunday evening), but I was still able to cobble one together. Good stuff in the non-Wisconsin domestic craft section. I didn't bother with the imports as I was picking up a load of Wisconsin beer.

Most everything seemed well cared for, and no out of date bottles were noted, but a few of the singles I got had seen better days. Service was non-existent with the only employee present being the cashier. Sadly, this qualifies for "average" service in my book. Prices were definitely on the cheap side as befits the mega-grocery image. Big kudos for keeping almost everything cold though. Will definitely revisit on my next trip.

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Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Best selection in Madison, hands down. The mix and match six packs are an incredible deal (assuming the cooler is well stocked). Best prices too.
Most anything from the region. And a good survey of brews from across the nation. Just tons of stuff. It would literally take years to get through it all. New stuff all the time.
It is a grocery store, so staff is only present to ring things up. Friendly and accomodating, but far from scholarly when it comes to beer. Still, the little things shine, like encouraging oktoberfest face-offs with the aforemention mix and match deals.
The Import (vintage) beer cooler is impressive as well. Load of Belgians and other stronger brews, domestic and otherwise.
Great place.
But the policy is cash or check, only....it is a good thing because it tends to limit my spending.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.74/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Was in the souhtern madison area and decided to stop out to this store to see what beers I having been missing out on in the madison area. This is my first time shopping for beer in Madison, Wisconsin.

Woodmans always has been a good price for beer and i was thinking that the selection should be great since Wisconsin is such a great beer state. Was i right, this place has an amazing selection of craft beer from every corner of the USA. Oskar blues and Boulevard were 2 breweries that really surprised me at this store. I will be stopping here again. I easily could have bought 2 large boxes full of beer in this store.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

While the selection is as good as any big box grocer, it's not necessarily a pleasant place to buy your beer. The liquor section in general is spirit and BMC-centric, and the clientele and employees reflect that. Still, if you're looking for something, anything, that's typical in this distro market, it'll more than likely be available here at a good price.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

I came in here, it was only like 100 meters from where I was staying, to see what it was all about. The selection was enormous, I mean enormous. There were a couple of aisles of craft beers, and singles of certain beers were even available - not quite as many as I could find in other places, and there was plenty of beer that wasn't the sort of rare releases you really scour the stores for. This was kind of exiting. There didn't seem to be any help, especially not any knowledgeable employees. This was just too big to have any. There were only two working when I came in, and those two were either at the register or at the front where the liquor was located. The beer was mostly craft, and I mean most anything from Wisconsin was available, but a few nice things were missing, the rare releases weren't available upfront. But I mean, if you're in a hurry and you know what you want, you can head here and probably find it for a decent price.

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Photo of JeffKrenner
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Stopped here on the way to Chicago on Sunday, 08/06.

Tons of good stuff that I can't find elsewhere here. Mad River, Fish Tale, Sprecher premium offerings, Eisphyre, etc etc. Huge cooler filled with microbrew 6 packs which is followed by a big bank of cooler space with assorted singles for 1.69 each. Good selection of 6 packs and mix packs. The singles selection seemed very picked over, but that easily could have been since it was a sunday afternoon it got whiped out over the weekend beer rush.

Best find there was Fish Tale 10squared Anniversary Reel Ale, which is retired. Wish I would have bought more of it than I did.

Only downfall of this place is that there wasn't a person working to be found other than the cashier, who was backed up.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

Woodman's is a huge mega-box store. Just the liquor section is pretty big. Atmosphere and service are commensurate with the big-box store experience. Prices are very reasonable. The selection of midwest regional beers is impressive, and the prices better than about any place else I've seen in the region. The specialty beers selection is modest, and mostly midwest, but not completely. There were definitely some not so easy to get brews, but that is not their schtick. They cover their bases with some of each style, and the standard bearers for foreign countries. But where they are really good is providing quality regional 6 packs at good prices.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Woodman’s West in Madison has been rumored to have a better selection of beers than any of the other Woodmans’ locations in the area. I can tell you that the rumor can now be called a fact.
From the exterior this location looks just as big as the stores in Onalaska or Madison East. There is a slightly different sign featuring a smiley faced sun character at this location.
The direct entrance to the beer/ liquor department is located to the left of the main store entrance. This store in a store is still impressive in its size. Along the left wall the import beers begin with singles and sixes. German, English and Belgian breweries are represented with a good variety of styles.
At most of the Woodmans’ I have been to the imported beer section ends along the left wall. A nice feature of this store, that sets it apart from the others, is the presence of an addition aisle of quality imported beers.
Along the back wall there are vast quantities of quality beers from across the United States. There is a very good selection of beers brewed regionally and in Wisconsin.
This is probably the place that you have to go to if you are looking for beer in Madison.
The negative in all of this is the complete lack of the Lake Louie line of products.

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Photo of cwcolby74
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This place is like a Costco for beer. It's a liquor store, essentially, connected to a big grocery store. This is the Woodman's on the west side by the Beltline. The Woodman's on Milwaukee Street on the east side by the capital area is almost as impressive.

I don't know if I have ever been so shocked upon entering a liquor store. The beer section is enormous. They have a shockingly diverse selection. They get stuff from all over the country. They have just about every major brewery in Wisconsin represented.

I spent $60 or so and didn't even make a dent.

I would be a major-league alcoholic if I lived in Madison.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4/5  rDev -0.5%

I probably buy more beer at Woodman's than anywhere else. There are two reasons for this: 1. Woodman's has the best prices around. 2. Woodman's has the largest selection around. Not the best selection in Madison, but surely the largest. During a trip to Woodman's, I typically follow the same route, which I'll describe. As you walk in the door, follow the wall to your left past all the crap. You'll notice an especially large selection of 40s along the way. Ignore them. Once you reach the corner, that's where the good stuff starts. Almost all of the beers is in chilled.

The wall starts with with imported singles. Some weird Eastern European beers you never see. The usual lineup of English beers, although more than you usually see in one place. This is followed by some specialty singles of American microwbrews, like Great Divide, Fish Brewing, and Rogue. Next comes a pretty good selection of Belgians: several St. Bernardus, Rochefort, etc. This wall of singles ends with the biggest and best selection of German beers I've seen. All the standards, and plenty of rareties. If continue along this aisle, there are some six and four packs of imports.

Crossing over to the other side of the aisle, you will see a pretty good selection of local beers in six packs. This is followed by a great selection of domestic singles, and you can make your own six pack for $7.50. I've sampled a lot of tasty beers from this cooler that I might not have tried otherwise, like Arcadia London Porter, several Founder's beers, and several beers from Lakefront. This wall ends with a good selection of non-local American beers in six packs. Lots of Bells, Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, Great Divide, and many more. If you continue along the back wall, there are a few Sampler packs from good breweries, but most of the rest of the beer here is crap.

Service is fine. They leave me alone for the most part, which is fine by me. As I said earlier, prices are generally better than any other place in Madison. For beer stores in Madison, I pretty much get everything I need between Woodman's, Steve's, and Riley's

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Photo of nchrist13
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

big selection, lots of domestics, locals, and a decent cooler of imports. all prices are very competitive, the cheapest in town for most of the stuff they carry. also they have an awesome singles cooler. they have a flat price of $8.10 per mixed six, despite the fact that a decent number of the brews in the singles cooler cost more than $8.10 for a sixpack. if i were looking for only local stuff i would be inclined to go here first, but imports (as with every other joint in town) are hit or miss. since this place is so close to the beltline, it is required to hit up. plus just go on 12/14 west a lil past woodman's and you can hit up capital brewery in no time.

Notice: there is no Lake Louie to be found at Woodman's. you will have to go elsewhere in town to find it, I recommend Riley's.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

On our recent trip to Madison (might be moving here) this was the only place I had to visit. Went here on a Thursday to stoke up for the weekend. I had identified several beers on my must have list, which I can't get in Atlanta: Tyranena Bitter Women and Hop Whore, and of course, New Glarus Belgian Red, and Ale Alysum Hopalicious. Found all of these and more. Besides the great Wisconsin selection there was a great selection of other midwest brewers, as well. I tried going by there Wednesday night, but what kind of liquor store closes at 9:00PM. Albeit they are open on Sundays. The only area they are lacking is in service. I was there about 30 minutes and I didn't see a single employee in the beer section. I did get some good help from the distributor from New Glarus, though.

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Woodman's Markets - Madison West in Madison, WI
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