(August 2016). Time for an update. I don’t get to this store as often as I do to a lot of other area places, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a worthwhile stop, especially if one is looking for Illinois micros and Belgians. Probably the largest selection of Illinois beer I’ve seen at one location, I’d estimate over 200 different labels yesterday - including half a dozen from local brewpub Pig Minds, which doesn’t sell in that many places. Lots of Goose Island of course, but also more from Revolution, Pipeworks and many other Chicago brewers than I’ve seen anywhere else. Maybe Belgians as well, which isn’t a huge number but is pretty good in this area. Total bottles and cans must exceed 500 at this point; I’ll try to do a more accurate count on a future visit. Roughly equal now to the Janesville location I think.
(October 2005): The Woodmans in Rockford is weaker than most of the WI branches of the chain...but that may be mostly because the Illinois brewing scene just hasn’t caught up to its sister to the north. Two Brothers and Three Floyds commoner beers are here at the lowest prices you’ll see, same with K-Zoo/Bells...a great store to be sure but merely a shadow of Madison/Gammon Road.
helpful if you ask... very large independent Wisc grocery chain sneaking into N. IL. now Extensive selection but do your homework before you visit and you can find some very good deals. Picked up several Sprecher 4 packs cheaper than could find anywhere else
This place is exactly what you would expect a supermarket to look like. You could be standing around the beer section for an hour and no one would bother to help you. Other than that, if you know what your looking for its a pretty good deal.
bertram (7) Illinois | December 19, 2010| Updated February 15, 2011
The selection here is more vast than almost any supermarket or liquor stores in the area and they do carry some quality brews. The prices are almost always better than most other stores - definitely a place you’ll want to check out in Rockford.
Went there to get Bell’s Hopslam since they don’t have it in the LaSalle-Peru area yet. Decent selection of Wisconsin beers but no New Glarus. The manager is a good guy and informative of what’s available in the area.
I think the selection’s better at the Kenosha, WI, store that I’ve been at. Nothing to buy today. Still, they’ve got lots of good brews and it’s handy knowing about the place should I be in the area and want some decent bottles.
jpm30 (57) East Central, Georgia | June 1, 2006| Updated June 4, 2006
A big warehouse grocery/liquor store with good prices. I have to agree, this store’s beer selection is not as good as many Woodman’s in Wisconsin. An o.k. import section with about 10 Belgians, a decent micro section, as big as you’re going to find in Rockford with some seasonals and one-off’s, a disappointing singles/mix-a-six section. They do offer discounts on large purchases. Check the best before/freshness dates on anything you wanting to purchase here, I found several old bottles. If you need help, look for one of the vendors checking or stocking the shelves, they know what’s new and fresh better than the store employees. Good all in one place for the traveler, snack, lunch/dinner and beer.