6 shelves x 50 feet of Wisconsin craft beer alone! The staff has kept me informed of when the new releases come out, and even the distributors who stock the place do the same. Single bottles abound here!
Wonderful, friendly staff. Very good selection. The organization is very logical, on the far wall from the main entrance they have malt liquors, ciders, domestic craft brews, singles, and finally wisconsin craft brews. Adjacent to that wall are the imports. Then 12 packs and larger are around the other walls. The beer also seems to be replenished often, I have not yet had a beer that had peaked from them.
If you can get past the lack of any appreciable ambiance and a sales staff that is polite but clueless about the products they sell, then you’ll really enjoy this beverage store on steroids. The refrigerated section goes on for miles (OK, maybe just 200 feet) and there is nearly everything from the most nasty cheap-o Wisconsin beers (and we have several to go along with the gems) to the priciest Belgians. Prices are more than competitive with nearly every other liquor store in town (except, of course, Discount Liquor) and there’s the added bonus of nearly everything being refrigerated.To fill out your grocery cart, there are aisles of wines, vodkas,rums, whiskeys and the latest fru-fru 20% alcohol mixers, but you’ll come back for the beer.
Hardly any service. A lot of mid level breweries, nothing spectacular. Prices are very fair, especially for the area. Make your own 6-pack is nice. There are a good amount of imports, but again, nothing overly exciting. Not a bad place to go if there is nothing else nearby.
My second Wisconsin Woodman’s does a great job of filling in my jones for beers I can’t find in Chicago. Plenty of loose bottles stickered at $9 per build-your-own sixpack. Even the imports are worth checking out, if not for the chance to pick up some cheap-ass generic Baltika brands in a 1.5 liter plastic bottle. And something else I should bring up: the wider variety of cheap mass brews. Sure, we might not care for Genessee Ice, or Hamm’s, or Blatz, whatever, but seeing pallets of these beers stacked in the aisles reminded me how the Chicago market is all tied into the same BMC. Are there no old timers left in Illinois that would want the old and cheap brands, even from our corrupt three tier system?
This place was not my favorite. Yeah, there’s a large volume of beer here, but it’s mostly the non-seasonal lineups of a lot of mediocre mid-level microbrewers. Very few limited or seasonal selections here. Little good or rare imports. The singles selection was just a mish-mash of whatever they felt like putting up. It was as if they’d dropped a bunch of six-packs and just put the 4 that made it as singles. The store employees were abominable. Don’t go here, go to Discount Liquor. That place was beer heaven.
The liquor department alone is the size of a small grocery store. The beer is perfectly orginized. With almost all of it kept cold. They have a decent selction of single and bombers too. The selection is only matched by Discount Liquor. Plus the prices are almost unbeatable.
An impressive display of open-air coolers full of microbrews. When you stand at one end it looks like those perspective drawings we did in elementary school, the coolers just faded in the distance. Like the Kenosha store, if their whole back wall was dedicated to only US micro beers! It is full of 6ers, bombers, 750’s and singles. Wow. A smaller cooler, about 1/3 size for Euro beers and part of the back cooler is for micro 12’s and cases. Many WI brewers are available. The prefered place to stop in the Oak Creek/Franklin area since 3 Cellars does not open til 3.