Jenifer Street Market

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

46 Ratings
Jenifer Street MarketJenifer Street Market
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

2038 Jenifer St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704-5527
United States

(608) 244-6646 | map

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 08-30-2005

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
5.85%
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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Edit 2009: Among the best selections in the city, several rare items not found elsewhere. Service was great, they got us 2 boxes for all the singles & 750s we were buying.

Nice walk-in cooler setup, easy to find, located just past the registers. A few cases were stacked just outside the cooler door too, Smuttynose Summer Weizen.

Pretty extensive selection here, of both local micros and imports. More full lines from Central Waters, New Glarus, Lake Louie, including a few limited offerings. This was the only place in town I saw Sand Creek Oleator for example. Imports were loosely organized by country of origin. Micro bombers had their own area near the door too.

Checkout was friendly, cash only was odd, but the free ATM with ticket voucher was only a minor delay. Affordable produce, cheese curds and Carr Valley cheese here too.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

Transcribed from notes dated Su, 09 Aug 2009.

Affectionately known as the "Jenny Street Market", Autumnal Dave brought me here several years ago when Kathleen was still living in the neighborhood. I used to eschew reviewing beer stores, so I did not take any notes that time. Now, however, I was on the CANQuest (TM), so I made it a point to stop in.

They really keep their beer cold at this place! No kidding, it is in a walk-in cooler whose doors are operated by an electric eye. Just outside the cooler was a rack with several fleece jackets for wear inside the cooler! Good thing I am always wearing one of my beer jackets ...

The bulk of their inventory was unbreakable sixers in bottles, but there were also a good number of single Belgians and single bombers. They really concentrated on the northern Midwest/Great Lakes region, which was fine by me since I fully support "Buy Fresh, Buy Local". Doggone it, though - no new CANs! Oh well. If I were on a standard beer run, I would definitely stop in here.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

I go Jenny Street Market a lot these days as its enroute to my layfriend's abode

this is an odd little place - bizarre exterior and cash only (though their ATM has a 1$ fee which is refunded to you if you purchase something)

the beer selection is primarily contained in a moderately sized, but packed to the roof with beer, ice-cold cooler. Some beer has spilled out of the cooler into the store - breakfast stout and other sale beers primarily.

the middle of the cooler is pretty much a tower of new glarus, central waters, and other wisconsin new releases. They are sure to have everything that is released from the heavy hitters in the state (new glarus, central waters, ale aslyum, etc). They had more Peruvian Morning and CW Bourbon Barleywine than any other store around. So, if you need the latest Wisco releases, this place will accomplish everything.

theres a pretty nice display of bombers as well that boasts every release distributed form 3F (dreadnaught, gumballhead, rabbid rabbit, bohemoth blonde, etc). All of the southern tier bombers have moved through here (mokah, jahva, oak aged unearthly, etc). All of boulevard smoke stack series is here along with highlights from grand teton, smuttynose, sprecher, victory and many others.

You'll find all of the Founders 4 packs, bells sixers, dogfish head, dark horse, etc etc. Starting to get the picture?

There's a bunch of random stuff that isnt anywhere else too like Upland six packs and way more weyerbacher than anywhere else.

not a huge selection of belgans - there are better spots for those needs.

The prices are typically on lower end of the range in madison but there is no service to speak off - just cashiers.

Great freaking store - somewhat off the beaten path

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

Stopped here and went to the beer room... wow is it cold in there, like 32.0001 degrees F. As for the selection I was rather impressed for a place whose core business isn't probably beer. Found some great deals on beers like Founder's Breakfast Stout among others. For the most part all the beer was in the cold room but some did have some displays out in the regular part of the store. One guy there seemed to know about beer, but joked that they should hire me as I stood in the cooler making recommendations to people. I will go back if I'm in the area, and would be a regular if I lived near by.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Edit: December 06 - Jenny Street has changed so much recently, I need to completely rereview. Until then please note my opinion that singles aside, Jenny Street is now the best place to buy beer in Madison.

Jenny Street now carries:

All Bells
All Lake Louie
All Central Waters
All Viking
All Goose Island
All New Glarus
All Ale Asylum
All Capital

Tons of Belgians, Germans, and British beers too.


Pre-review Note: This is a great place to buy Lake Louie and New Glarus Unplugged.

The Jennifer Street Market is a small neighborhood market on Madison’s near east side next to the Schoeps ice cream factory. They have excellent produce and the best butchery in town.

My favorite thing about Jenny St., however, is the lovely little beer/cheese department where you can find a hundred or so good brews and several dozen great cheeses all within about 200 square feet.

Jenny St. offers a full assortment of local micro brews such as New Glarus (including the unhinged line), Capitol, Berghoft, etc… They have a fare amount of other domestics and a decent foreign selection. It’s nothing too impressive but all the basics are covered and for the size, price, and convenience of the store, I think that it holds up pretty well.

Prices can be hit and miss as some brews like Berghoft are certainly overpriced, especially when compared to the nearby Woodman’s. Still, this is probably just the result of market forces as Berghoft is an extremely popular beer in the Jenny St. neighborhood (Don’t ask me why, it just is).

By far the best single deal that Jenny Street offers is on Ommegang. For at least the last 9 months, they have been offering all of Ommegang’s brews for only $3.99. Every other store that I’ve seen them at in Madison charges at least a buck and a half more, making Ommegang at Jenny St. a steal.

Otherwise, I would comment that Jenny St.’s beers are always fresh. They don’t seem to sell old or expired beer or at least I haven’t ever had a bad experience in the two years that I have been shopping there.

The service isn’t really there to answer any questions or anything about the beer but the checkout girls are friendly and the guys at the butchery really know their meat. They can be a big help to the griller.

Jenny St. also has a good selection of cut flowers at low prices so when you go there and blow $50 bucks on beer, you can also spend $5 on flowers so that your girlfriend won’t kick your rear. Then again, what are you doing with a girlfriend who doesn’t get excited over $50 worth of beer anyways?

---Update---

Since the end of August, Jenny street has been rapidly increasing their supply of awesome beers. Selection has gone from a 4 to a 4.5.

edit, May 27: Jenny St's beer dept. is under construction. It will reopen with a large walk-in cooler soon. Until then, beer selection is limited but Ommegang is still cheap. :)

edit, October 18, the beer department has been back open for some time. Bring a winter coat, they're not fibbing when they call it the coldest beer cooler in Madison. Sadly, Ommegang beers cost a buck more now.

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Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

first beer store on this particular visit to Madison, rolled in with dirtylou on a Wednesday afternoon, won't elaborate too much as his review is pretty much spot-on

fighting off convulsive shivers in the frigid walk-in cooler, it's clear that Jenny Street would be a regular stop if it were local to me, mostly six-packs with a rack stacked with bombers, there's an expansive selection of locals with great regional representation as well - New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Central Waters, Furthermore, and so on, also some obscure Grand Tetons in large swing-tops stuck out, I picked up a FFF Apocalypse Cow, a Central Waters Bourbon Barleywine, and Furthermore Knot Stock

service looks to be typical of grocery stores...basically nonexistent but not really expected

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Stopped in here during my trip to madison.

Looks like your typical upscale organic grocery store. I made a bee line for the beer and hopped in the cooler. Damn it was cold in there. I could see my breath. Not just a little vapor but a full white cloud with every breath. It had to be like 33 degrees in there. Pretty much all the beer is in the cooler. Very nice selection though. Sixers from all the midwest usuals and actually some I've never seen in Milwaukee. A nice bomber selection.

They had a couple cases of Y2K cosmic charlie so I grabbed a few of those. Otherwise nothing really grabbed me as far rare or unique.

A n ice little store with a solid craft selection.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Abbbp
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I just wanted to take a moment to give special thanks to the staff of Jenifer St. For taking so much damn care of a group of 6 best friends that needed good beer but would've been unfortunately one week too late- I'll never forget that hospitality and I'll never stop recommending ya'll to anybody. Just trust me BA world on this one, if ya wanna know what they saved that'll have to wait for another day, but I'll tell you this much, this place is nothing short of perfect. Hooray, hooray!

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Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.27/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kidzord
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of taylorhamrick
4/5  rDev -6.3%

I came here looking to see what it was about. And like other's said, you've got to freeze your ass off to find some things. But I found a few beers that I couldn't find elsewhere. Most of the beer, at least in the cooler, is craft, and pretty good stuff - the beers I was looking for, with a few outside. I didn't get much service, cash only, but there were a few people around to answer questions if I had them. The selection was decent, a lot of rare and interesting stuff. I was pretty exited. And the prices were right about on par for everything. Not many singles but a few if you're looking for it. This is a good place to go if you're around as far as I can tell. I mean, none of the other places I went to had Grand Teton, and I was exited - I can mark another state off of the list, and the beer seems to be pretty good. Give this place a look over if you're in the neighborhood, probably the best near downtown.

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Photo of JeffKrenner
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Well, this was definitely the highlight of my beer shopping in Madison. Big walk in cooler in the corner of the store included tons and tons of craft brews. Most things available to the area were there, with far more selection than I saw in any of the other liquor stores that I stopped at. Central Waters everything and lots of it. Tons of Lake Louie, Tyranena, Capital, Bell's, Great Lakes, Lagunitas, etc, etc. Pretty much everything that I was looking for on my whole trip could be found here. I would have saved a lot of time by just going here first and buying everything. Many things were a little cheaper than elsewhere (CW BBS $1 cheaper per 6 pack). Service was fine, but I was there at about 11:30 on a weekday. I would imagine when busier it is more of a pain. Definitely a must stop if shopping for local beers in the Madison area.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

Jenifer Street Market is very much a quaint mid-sized neighborhood grocery store. As you enter you will notice the smells of fresh baked goods with spicy and smoked scents wafting from the deli section.
Behind and to the right of the check out lanes is the walk-in cooler where the beers are kept. Wear your sweater, it is cold in there. The beer selection is actually pretty good. There are numerous quality imports. There are quite a few craft and micro brewery choices. The emphasis is on Wisconsin and other regional beers including beers from Montana, Minnesota, and Michigan.
This place was definitely worth the trip and everything seemed to be reasonably priced.
If your in the area and looking for good beer this could be the only place you need to stop.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

*My review from Yelp*

This won't be a very helpful review because the only reason I really came here was specifically for their beer...

A surprisingly good selection of beer that's entirely found inside of a walk-in daaaamn cold fridge (almost freezer) in the back corner of the store. The selection is great, the pricing is fair, and the beer (at least what I got) is fresh. I can't attest to other items in the store being expired like some reviewers are complaining about, other than that my dad got a few things from around the store and they weren't expired. Or, if they were, he didn't get sick or keel over and die from anything he got at Jenifer Street Market.

It's not a true beer store, but if you're in Madison and want beer, stop by. I knock off a star because they're cash only, and they don't have a true singles section for their beers. Bummer.

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Photo of Ri0
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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