United States > Wisconsin > Madison
CheersMate (159) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | March 31, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
I agree with a lot of the other comments. This is an open market, even when itís fucking cold outside, so it is a bit breezy in here. They had an interesting selection, to say the least. You walk in and thereís a lot of Flying Dog, Avery, and thereís even some Haleís stuff from back home. Hales? What the fuck is Troll Porter doing in Wisconsin? I saw some Ale Asylum, New Glarus, and what I believe to be a few other local brews. I didnít see any Three Floyds, Great Lakes, or Bells. I think theyíre catering to a specific market here. There are lots of bottles strewn out in a very particular section of the store. The selection is great, for an out-of-towner looking for a few specific local offerings, but overall, this wasnít the greatest place in the world. Quite similar to Trader Joeís, in my opinion. The prices werenít out-of-line, from what I saw.
bonk0076 (16) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | December 3, 2009
36 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
Super cold, I think they forgot to turn on the heat. This store has waaayy too many crappy Western Craft brands. The only redeeming quality in this is that they have a lot of Flying Dog and wayyyyyy more Avery than any other store Iíve ever been to. And I love Avery.
nuplastikk (41) Madison, Wisconsin | October 8, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
An interesting stop for anyone coming to or living in Madison. Instead of being WI-centric, Brennanís is the spot in town to pick up interesting Mountain and Northwest states beer. You can make mix 6packs for 7.99. Huge selection of produce and cheeses. You could cerainly put together a nice tasting here, though the food prices are a touch on the high end. Worth checking out.
jbuzz (35) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | July 31, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Cool Place. Kind of pricey but had a nice selection of beers, small build your own cases.
If in Madison worth checking out.
esjaygee (262) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | June 22, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Liquor department tucked in the back of a grocery store that has some tasty samples. First thing you see when you walk in the liquor store is a build your own singles section with the beers organized by type and signs informing you of the type of beer and itís main characteristics and food pairings. The first think I notice while glancing through the section is that I donít recognize a lot of the beer brandsÖ El Toro, Estes Park, Yellowstone Valley, Palisade Brewery along with a handful of stuff I had seen (Avery/Millstream/Great Divide/Capital/etc). While looking through the beers, the liquor area manager Nick came over a let me know they were sampling the beers. Nice. They had five beers to try, nothing spectacular but nothing offensive either. He even gave me a list of all of beers the carry. Build you own six packs were reasonably priced at 7.99 or 29.99 for a case.
GeneralGao (222) Iowa City, Iowa | May 13, 2008| Updated August 8, 2008
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Iíve been here a handful of times. Small market specializing in produce, cheese, and meats. Nice place worthy of note because they fill a small beer niche not covered by Rileyís, Steveís, and Woodmanís. Namely, they have a good number of Colorado micros that the others donít offer. Nothing earth shattering, mind you, but if youíre a Colorado beer nut or something, this is your place. They also have a typical selection of local micros and I most recently noticed a smattering from Kansas. Try the cheeses as you stroll through.
Ughsmash (138) Pewaukee, Wisconsin | January 8, 2008
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
This Brennanís had the usual assortment of foods, cheeses, and produce, but I found the beer selection to be mediocre for the chain. They have a nice build your own six pack selection, but itís comprised of very average beers from odd midwestern breweries (some in IA and KS represented), common Avery, and the like. This isnít a bad stop, but Iíd prefer Steveís right down the street.
keoki182 (18) West Bend, Wisconsin | June 22, 2007
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
***Middleton location. Very nice beer selection available in six-packs, singles, and build your owns. Decent Wisconsin and Mountain state selections for individual bottles. My personal "Build Your Own" sixer was comprised of mostly mountain states and New England state breweries. Nothing top of the line, but a great place to go for a sixer of beers that you havenít yet rated. The cheese and seafood looked very good, as did the frozen fruit medleys and vegetable compositions in the freezers. A nice large produce section greeted me upon entry. Really only had produce, dairy, and meat/seafood, but I can imagine a civilized shopper going here for those three food groups. Felt like a farmerís market more than a traditional grocery store. Again, an underwhelming but inventive single beer bottle section to choose from. Recommended.
jewedekind (37) Middleton , Wisconsin | November 26, 2006
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
This place seems fantastic at first glance, but really melts under the gaze of a beer geek. The beers are mostly from the mountain states and I believe they are all overstocks/rejects from contract brewers. I took home numerous "poor outs" before I realized you should avoid the huge pile oí beer (singles) in the center of the beer section. They do have a cooler full of the typical local brews - and they seem relatively safe. Their cheese is always top notch in terms of typical Wisconsin cheese, but they rarely have anything artisinal. Seafood is downright bad, but the attached Jacobsonís deli is good. Their fresh produce is also usually from out of state, so not particularly fresh.
NeonLX (6) Wisconsin | January 11, 2006
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Very nice selection of micros with a lot of Colorado/California breweries. Also a good representation of Wisconsin breweries, including their own "Brennans" label (sourced from Capital Brewery in nearby Middelton). Very nice mix & match capabilities. Big bonus--there are always food samples (cheese, fruit, crackers, bread, etc) available throughout the store. They even have beer and wine samples at certain times. The staff at both the Northport Drive and University Ave locaions seem very knowledgeable about beers and they will even search out new brews on your recommendations (theyíre currently going after Alaskan Amber at my suggestion).
Prices are generallly good to excellent. Over the 3-4 years Iíve shopped there, Iíve only got one "bad" beer that had been over-aged.
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