Woodman's Markets

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Woodman's MarketsWoodman's Markets

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3155 McFarland Rd
Rockford, Illinois, 61114-6603
United States

(815) 986-0220 | map

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Very run down and ghetto compared to the other Woodman's around the area in Wisconsin.

Stock was good and rotation was top notch though, I didn't find very many off-dates or beers close to expiring. There's a back wall, and then the whole right side of the store (as you walk in). Lots of choices. The best part was probably their clearance section - two whole carts of singles that were discounted massively. I bought six, pint cans of Kasteel Rouge for $10. Fruli was $4 for a 4 pack. I also grabbed some Ommegang and local area stuff for 50 cents a bottle. Some 12 packs were discounted to $5 or $8.

I bought most of my Short's stuff here, as well as Pipeworks (except for Ninja which they were out of). Their dates were about 50/50 on Pipeworks...Lizard King was practically just born, but their War Bird was a good 3 months old.

Floors were extremely grated and the carts sounded like a herd of metallic buffalo carrying boxes of glass up a brick wall. A little unsettling.

Staff was friendly.

I don't know if I'd return. I felt a little unsafe in the area overall.

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Photo of dcotom
4.4/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Woodman's is a huge supermarket with an impressive beer / wine / spirits store. Great selection, with lots of regional brews and some harder-to-find items. An excellent place to shop for specialty groceries and meats as well as adult beverages. The BWS store has a separate entrance from the main store and has different hours of operation. Check ahead.

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Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of 1beerqueer
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Upon entering this emporium of booze, I realized something. I was in heaven. Although I am not a wine person, there are several aisles dedicated to the different kinds. Red, white, Italian, large, small - you name it.

As for the craft beer selection, it goes on forever. There is one lengthy wall that starts off with imports and progresses into the world of craft beer. They have bombers, 4 packs, 6 packs, cans, bottles, 12 packs, variety packs... you name it, they have it. You will not get bored with this selection. Not only is there variety, but there is value. CARUMBA, is it cheap. You will find this wall at Woodman's and hover. HOVER! Like a fly on shit, you'll annoyingly hang out for an extended period of time. You may try to leave and come back. Once you make your choice, you'll want to go back for that other interesting looking 6 pack you saw. Don't do it! You'll get it next time...

Check out the Woodman's Liquor Store. It is on the south side of the store beyond the produce and bakery sections. Not only will you find a vast selection of wine and liquor, but you will most importantly find an endless supply of craft beer for astounding prices. The only thing this liquor store doesn't have is tastings. Get on that, Phil Woodman. And a carumba to you as well.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Woodman's offers some very good prices. For a while, they have had one of the best selections in Rockford. They have recently remodeled their liquor department. Good selection of craft and imports. They have a nice selection of craft sampler packs in the back cooler of the store.

All of the main craft choices one could find in Illinois are available here. Picked up Sierra Nevada and a Left Hand bomber on my most recent visit. They also have a wide selection of wine and liquor available.

The only negative is they can be quite busy on a weekend. You may have to wait a brief time in line.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I normally stop here when visiting my sister and her family out in Rockford.

The atmosphere is a bustling super market, though the liquor section is in a separate part of the store (that you actually have to technically leave the store to get to, kind of odd). They have a pretty decent selection of the normal run of the mill Bell’s, Two Brothers, Founders, Goose Island, etc. They had Bourbon County Stout there this Christmas (which was nice since it seemed to sell out in the Chicagoland area immediately).

Overall, it isn’t the best, but if you are in the area it is worth a stop off at. Prices seemed reasonable if not cheaper than expected. If you just need a decent craft six pack, it is worth the stop to save a few bucks but if you are looking for something special, look elsewhere.

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

On a Sunday afternoon, you'd think a trip to Woodmans would be relatively quick and painless... nope! The parking lot was at capacity, people were parking along the outer edge even.

Inside was the standard layout, entire beer selection in the back coolers. No displays or seasonals, but the one bright spot here was the ridiculously cheap deals here and there. Double Trouble for $8.89? That can't be right!? OK, bring it up to the register... uhh, there's 15 people in line snaking around the cashier station into an aisle. I've *never* seen 2 cashiers working at the same time in a Woodmans liquor dept. ...what's up with that? Left without buying anything, as I didn't have 20 minutes to wait in line.

Selection was good, noticed Goose bombers of Pere Jacques, Sofie, '09 BCS, all priced low. Decent imports like Chimay & Saison Dupont, plenty of Sam Smith. Full Bells and Founders lineup with descriptive shelf tags. 2009 Oberon mini-kegs were a little disconcerting to see though, as this years release is next month.

Head over to Artale nearby for a great beer selection and superior service to match.

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Photo of TechMyst
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%

I did go to this place while everyone seemed to be buying up wine and liquour for their Christmas parties. And someone had dropped and broken a gallon of merlot...so the floors were blocked off and of course employees were tied up cleaning the mess AND I can't mention the smell with out sounding "like that guy who played in" Sideways.

That said. The best new thing I was able to find there was Mendocino Brewing Company products. Most else could be found anywhere else. Much was in disarray, especially in the Make your own 6 Section, due to the high traffic i'm sure. Prices were decent. Not a bad place to go. If you're visiting, probably THE place to go to get craft brews.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

When walking from the store section to the liquor section, through two double doors, I noticed a sign that said "Rockford's largest liquor department". I took that as a good sign but the Woodman's in IL are never as good as their WI counterpart. The next set of double doors had a big sign that stated "Absolutely no refund or returns on any alcohol. All sales are final. Except for damaged or expired goods". It first I was a bit offended but I thought it was good they would take back expired beers.

The beer set-up is much like the other IL Woodmans with two walls of cooler banks draped in clear plastic strips that hold all the beer and the further you move down the larger the quantities get. They had an average imported singles section of British, German and a few Belgian beers. The six packs were largely from WI breweries but none of the rare stuff. They did have plenty of Point, Leini, Berghoff and Sand Creek, with a few Colorado breweries that are common. The Mix-A-Six section had enough interesting singles that I could make almost to 6-packs of beers that I didn't want to buy a whole 6-pack of. They were all fresh and I checked all the dates based on others reviews.

The service was one person at the checkout and a manager filling out paperwork but the place was laid out so that everything was easy to find. I would have liked to see a bit more of the odd WI brews but I was happy to find things we can't get in Chicago. It is worth a stop if you are in the neighborhood, and one of the few places you can get cheese curd in IL.

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Photo of lewisti
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

After reading mofo's review I decided to find this place while in Rockford on business and it is surely quite an impressive layout. All the wine and liquor is arranged in the middle aisles with all the beer on refrigerated shelves around the perimeter with clear vinyl curtains to keep the cold in. Certainly they have just about every beer you would ever want especially for a place like Rockford although I was disappointed in minimal selection of Belgians. I only walked out with a single of a Celebrator but I'll definitely be back.

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Woodman's Markets in Rockford, IL
Place rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 10 ratings