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 newly opened gigantic Woodman’s in Oak Creek has a new gigantic liquor store to go with it. Quite a large selection of beer available, lots of Wisconsin & Midwest micros and an excellent selection of Belgian & Belgian style beers. The cooler is filled with six-packs galore, and plenty of bombers and even a few growlers and there’s a very large selection of sampler packs along the back wall and of course tons of macros. There is a build your own six-pack section for domestic beers that’s a little pricey and a little limited (not all the beers in the store). Not that I should be putting in a plug for the grocery store, but wow - check it out if you’ve never been in one, you won’t be disappointed.
I’d never visited the other Woodman’s in WI before, but this one is in my neighborhood, so I made it a point to stop in as soon as it was clear it was open. It is huge! And has a liquor store-within-the-store to match. I was shocked by the giant six-pack selection of crafts, and pleasantly surprised to find a mix-your-own-6-pack section as well, both of which I thought were unusual for a supermarket. There was a single cashier manning the giant section, so I don’t know if I’d visit anticipating a lot of attention or expertise, but the selection and prices that were below what my local liquor store charges were pretty impressive. Esjaygee was correct - I had not been before and I was NOT disappointed.
The beer section at this Woodmans is nearly 3 times the size of the Kenosha store. Very large singles selection with build your six packs and a nice selection of Belgians to boot. The person running the beer section knows his stuff.
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?
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.
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.
jbuzz (43) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 19, 2008| Updated July 31, 2009
I have been a fan of Woodman’s for years. But This was the first time i shopped for beer at the Oak Creek Location. I was very happy with the selection. But what makes it so good was that the singles are in the coolers.
Great for picnicing and the like.