Steve's Wine Beer Spirits - University
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After visiting Steve's on Mineral Point a few times, the realization came that i'd never been to this Steve's, possibly due to the average reviews. I'm happy to report the selection here is great, with plenty of things I didn't see around elsewhere.
Beer is the first thing on the left when you walk in. A door or two were devoted to singles, and I noticed about 5 FFF bombers that I didn't see elsewhere. Opposite the coolers were separate shelves for imports and US craft (bombers, 750s). Local craft seasonals were a strong suit, as were Belgian (Mariage Parfait, Rodenbach Vintage), German, Scandinavian (Mikkeller), and English imports. Locals: O'So, Rush River, Ale Asylum (Ballistic), Sand Creek reserve series, South Shore (bombers), Capital, Lake Louie, and more. Full lines from the majority of these breweries. Also plenty of US craft beers from the Bruery, Founders, Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin (seemingly scarce around town), Bells, Goose Island reserve series, and more. The selection was dense and varied, lots to see, so take your time to look around.
Checkout was quick and the cashiers were pleasant. There wasn't anyone on the floor in the beer area, but the staff seemed approachable if you need help. Stop in at this Steve's, you won't be disappointed.
05-02-2011 15:25:42 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Steve's Wine Market is the closest beer for me in Madison (walking distance), but to be honest, I'd rather go to Riley's over by the University.
They've got a decent selection, but most of its in 6-packs. There's not a lot in 12 oz. singles or larger bottles - although they do have a selection of beers from Oregon (which I thought was weird). And, surprisingly, the prices are a little higher. In some cases more than that! The New Glarus Raspberry Tart in the 750 costs more than anywhere else I saw it.
On the up side, they do have a very decent selection of artisinal cheeses which sets them apart. And their liquor and wine selection is better than you'll find at the grocery store.
04-01-2007 01:32:09 | More by NeroFiddled
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
12-7-08 update: this is my 2nd favorite place to shop for beer in madison (#1 rileys, #2 steves-univ). quality is always great and beer is extremely well rotated with some of the better prices in town. The cheese and wine selections are both top-notch
a bit closer than the mineral point location to my apartment...the consensus is that this is inferior to the other steve's but I dont really get that...This one has a little less beer but the quality is pretty great
theres a wrap around cooler of beer...heavy on the locals, great lakes, bells, founders, etc...nice rotating selection of singles ranging from local to west coast bombers, etc...theres some thomas hardy ales and a bunch of sweet belgians in the non-refrigerated section...they let you build your own 6pack at 10% off and they have been known to make calculations in your favor
10-25-2005 03:13:01 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I feel like the two Steves take turns having better singles selections although most of the time the University store wins out by a slim margin. Service always seems better at the other location but it aint shabby here either. Prices are nearly identical.
Lots of Belgians, i.e., Rocheforte 6, 8, 10. St. Bernie Wit, 6, 8, 12. Tons of De Dolle (the biggest selection Ive seen anywhere). Wit Pater, Caracole, Delerium, DuPont, etc
American Craft Singles: One 6 ft by 4 ft cooler of American craft and few German/Brits. Plenty of local stuff, i.e., Lake Louie, Capitol, New Glarus, Central Waters, and also many fine brews from smaller regional and national craft brewers.
Very good 6 pack selection from nearly all Wisconsin brewers and tons of other great craft brewers such as Sierra Nevada, Bells, Great Lakes, New Holland, North Coast, etc
Great wines and cheeses too.
Prices are higher than Woodmans but not bad. Singles are a touch cheaper than at Rileys.
06-27-2006 18:24:07 | More by DaPeculierDane
4/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
Steve's Wine Market is clean and classy. Although the focus is on wine and liquor the beer selection is damn fine. A good array of singles (imports and domestics) and 6-packs (and up) the prices arent too bad either. The staff was so nice when I visited (the lady thought it was the coolest thing EVER that I drove from Nebraska to buy beer in Wisconsin). Bottom line: I hope I make it back.
It is not as good as the other Steves but Id recommend you visiting both.
03-25-2003 19:03:14 | More by bditty187
3.39/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
I heard about this place during my visit in Madison and was a bit of a drive out away from the UW campus. I found it to be quite nice - it’s a quasi upscale wine and cheese shop, with quite a nice selection of beer - they had the usual wisconsin micros, regional micros that are sometimes hard to find in the state, interesting Belgian beers, Stillwater, New Glarus, a few 3F bombers that I was not able to find in the other places. The staff was a bit aloof, but fairly nice - prices were on the high side, but they give you 10% off after six bottles.
06-20-2011 21:05:00 | More by CuriousMonk
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Walked in and saw this little beer selection area that was about 1/4 the size of the whole place. It had a pretty good selection. Really the only thing that I noticed was I couldn't buy the smaller Chimay glasses without purchasing Chimay. That's cool for the locals. The lady did want to help and did, but nothing beer knowledge related, mostly this was a short little stop and I was ready to go the Essenhaus. They had a bigger selection of Lake Louie than any other place I had noticed. Overall I thought this might be a place to check out with a lot of time, just not my go to store.
01-15-2007 10:01:11 | More by Erdinger2003
Steve's Wine Beer Spirits - University in Madison, WI
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