Whole Foods Market

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3313 University Ave
Madison, Wisconsin, 53705-2136
United States

(608) 233-9566 | map

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3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75

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2.8/5  rDev -13.8%

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Right down the street from Steve's Wine Market. Looks like it's been a few years since the last Beerfly review...

As others have said, this looks to be an older store, it's not huge like some of the newer ones. Beer is along the back wall on the left side of the store, past the registers. The selection was small and squeezed half the cooler space shared with wines and assorted other beverages. No staff around at the time, and it was sort of hectic on a saturday afternoon.

Noticed that they had Gumballhead and Alpha King sixers available here. Entire shelves devoted to Oskar Blues, New Glarus, and Capital. Sixer selection was a bit limited, but had some local beers from Ales Asylum, Tyranena, O'So, Furthermore, and Potosi. From abroad there were 3 Jolly Pumpkin 750s, 2 Bruery ones, Unibroue, Bear Republic Racer 5, 4 Ommegang, 2 Lagunitas, and 2 New Belgium, 5 Great Lakes, 4 Founders, 2-3 Bells. Not many imports really worth noting, though the oddball here was Hanssens Experimental Raspberry.

Checkout dude was friendly enough. We didn't end up buying much beer here as most of it was available at Steve's down the street for the same prices.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

On my first trip to Madison, I stopped in here the first night and was pleased to see a good selection of craft beers including New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Viking, Capitol, as well as a pretty wide selection of imports. I didn't pick up much as I figured I'd find a better selection somewhere else. I visited as many liquor stores as I could in search of beer, but most sold only six-packs. This store is no exception, but there are at least a few single bottles. I ended up stopping here several times, for bread and cheese (great selection of quality cheese, both imported and local); and eventually picked up most of the beer I brought home at this location. If you're looking for something more specific, or perhaps not so local (something from Michigan or Indiana, etc.) I'd suggest Steve's.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

Pretty convinient location on University Ave....Its hard to turn into coming from downtown, but if you go into Steve's Wines and then exit to the light, its easy to catch on the way back!

Not all whole foods beer selections are created equally. In Raleigh, NC whole foods is probably the best/2nd best option for beer. This is not the case in Madison.

You arent going to find much here that you wouldnt find everywhere else. The one exception would be a couple Acme 6 packs. The beer stash is 2 pretty small open coolers. Theres a handfull of bombers/singles but really nothing terribly special. 6 packs are mostly local, but also include two brothers, dfh, and a few others. Unibroue bombers and singles are also present.

Pricing is on the pricey side of average. I go to whole foods for food and always check the beer stash but usually leave empty handed

Service in that department is pretty non existent

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

Just stopped by for some fresh fruit and thought I’d check out the small beer/wine department. I found a few gems. Highlights include: Entire North Coast line, DFH 120 singles, a few DFH 6ers, at least 9 different Rogues, quite a number of Unibroue 750s including Chamby Noire (very new in this area), some Bells, Chimay, Quollfrisch, and several Hitachino singles. Several other craft brews are available in 6ers including New Glarus and Capital. Prices are a touch high but not outrageous. There was a person working the department who offered help but I didn’t speak to him in any depth. The singles selection is terrible and there are no Belgians available beyond the Chimay. Worth an occasional stop but not a place to hit regularly or to stock up at.

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Photo of cokes
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

Update: The beer selection has been scaled back considerable, especially in terms of singles. Prices appear to have been hiked as well. The beer guy person I chatted with (see below) was an anomalie. Usually, there is no one working the wine/beer section. It's still worth an occasional stop for me for the few rarities it offers (Kasteels especially *gone now...atleast temporarily*), but I'd never do my bulk purchases here.

The old and overly glowing review follows. I'm leaving it posted in hope they see it and revert back. (changes marked with an * )
What a fool I've been.
I drive past this place several times a week, and even been in the store without checking out the beer selection. (In my defense, the beer and wine are located in an alcove way in the back of the store, far removed from the fruits and veggies that are about all I ever stop here for...until now).
Wow. While the selection is not enormous, it is impressive in that there are quite a few beers that are not available elsewhere in Madison (or as far as I know, anywhere in the area). Good selection of micro from WI and surrounding states. Capital, New Glarus, Tyranena, Two Brothers etc. But so what? These are all over the place here.
Complete line of Dogfish, including 90 min, d'extra (*gone now), Olde School (* also gone) and both years of WWS (*only 2002 now). All the Ommegang, with Three Philosophers (*no longer). Quite a few others too,
Imports are vaired and attractive. Only game in town for Kasteel (donker and triple *gone as well), and the only store around here that carries any biere de gardes, and the ever elusive (for me) berliner weisse (*adios). Lots of traditional British ales as well.
Impressive service for a supermarket. They have a dedicated employee staffing the beer/wine area. More impressive is that this isn't your typical dreadlocked stoner...it's a beer-savvy dreadlocked stoner!
Prices are a hair on the high side, but seem quite reasonable for the rare stuff.
My next paycheck will be spent here.

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Whole Foods Market in Madison, WI
Place rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 13 ratings