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Steve's Liquor

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Steve's LiquorSteve's Liquor
BA SCORE
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world-class

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 6.54%
[ Store ]

122 Junction Rd
Madison, Wisconsin, 53717-2687
United States
phone: (608) 833-5995

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @stevesjunction

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Reviews by beerinator:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I waited here in line for my Great Taste tickets. So I spent at least an hour and a half looking at the outside of this building before I started shopping. They have a nice parking lot, the grass seems well taken care of, and they even had a picnic table and chairs on the side (probably for smoking employees).

Eventually I got inside where it was warm.

The local selection is great. All of their products are kept cold. You could buy beers by the six pack and they had a single's wall that was deep inside a walk-in cooler.

I found some Unibroue 2004 in the singles wall. Steve's was out of the New Glarus unplugged line, but they seem to have had all of the other New Glarus products. They also had some Founder's Breakfast Stout which I haven't seen anywhere else.

The service was more than helpful, and a pleasure to be around. I'm sure I'll stop here again, mostly because of it's convienence, but also because of it's selection and service.

beerinator, May 03, 2005
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mkfuzzles, Nov 19, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Well, there hasn't been a review of Steve's for almost a year now, so I'm happy to give it some fresh props.

Emily and I made our way out to Steve's in hopes for some off the wall stuff (actually, I was thinking they may have some Blushing Monk left, but no luck). They had a really nice selection of singles both in 12 oz. and larger format bottles. The cooler is stocked with all sorts of beer, with a great selection of all these fine Wisconsin beers that aren't available anywhere else.

I ended up scoring a couple bottles of Pannepot 2010, and some Lagunitas Sumpin Wild, which I was surprised to see still on the shelves, I thought this went quickly. A great lil store, well worth the effort to make it out from downtown.

MarcatGSB, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

Passing through Madison onto Darkness and we had to stop at one of the highest rated beer stores along the way. Its a decent place, worth stopping by if you are close but not a destination place at all. The quality of the beers is average, not a ton of super high quality beers or internationals but most of the better local brands. The selection is heavily biased toward local offerings Central Waters, NG, etc. They have several of each which is great for someone driving though to get locals you can't get out of state. As an added bonus they offer tons of single's of most of the local beers, so for the ticker like me its decent. The prices are super cheap as well so that's welcome as well.

Stop by for cheap locals but don't go out of your way.

jrallen34, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev -3%

I stopped in here before the Great Taste of the Midwest, this past summer, looking for beers I can't get at home. They have a great selection of national and local beers in a long wall of coolers.

When the person at the front found out I was there for beer and had questions, the beer guy was called to help me out. He quickly suggested a bunch of local beers (Ale Asylum, Lake Louie, Tyranena...) and Zoetzurr Flemish Ale which they had just got in.

Long story short, this is a place that is worth checking out if you are looking for some local brews. I will definitely stop in the next time I am in Madison.

wspscott, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -10%

Steve's Liquor is small compared to other liquor stores, but the beer selection is quite nice.

atmosphere is standard for a liquor store, with the beer all in coolers on the back wall. the majority is in six-packs, with a focus on wisconsin breweries, along with most available in single bottles. mixed six-packs are 10% off, which is a plus.

quality and service were good; no complaints. clean conditions and minimal dusty bottles, with friendly service that seems to be interested in beer.

selection is good. full lines of Tyranena, Capitol, Lake Louie, Ale Asylum, New Glarus, and other Wisconsin breweries. for imports, there are some, but nowhere near a comprehensive selection of any one type or brewery.

overall, this is a solid stop for beer in Madison, with fresh bottles and a stock that seems to turn over on at least a moderately constant basis.

botham, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

I've been going to Steve's for the last few months for most of my beer needs (unless I'm doing a trade or home brewing). The service here is good, they don't pester you and let you pick out what you want.

When Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere IPA was released I asked if they would be getting it. I asked an employee as I was checking out, and she said she'd call me back to let me know if she could get it or not. I never heard back. Not that it's a big deal, but when you take down someones name and number I'd expect some sort of feedback.

They have a nice selection of 12oz bottles, and a cooler dedicated to bomber bottles with some 750's as well. The price is reasonable with most items. You can get Ale Asylum cheaper at Woodman's I think, but Steve's is about average in price.

Ek0nomik, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

A large group of us recently stopped in here for a bit of shopping before the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Quality- Good atmosphere here. Bright, clean, and well organized, despite there being numerous displays out on the floor. High quality selection and great service. All around excellent experience here.

Service- Service here was fantastic, courteous, and knowledgeable. Considering that I think our group literally bought half of their stock of WI beers off the floor, they literally fell over themselves here to help us out. There were several times that we needed them to check in the back for extra cases and such, and it was no problem whatsoever. My wife used one of their custom reusable bottle bags to bring some of beers up to the register, and they threw it in for free. Now that's the kind of service I'm looking for!

Selection- Tons of selections from all the Wisconsin breweries that I was looking for. New Glarus, Tyranena, Ale Asylum, Lake Louie, Central Waters, Furthermore, and Capital. I literally almost cried when I saw cases and cases of Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart out on the floor. Everything is kept in coolers and a lot of the selection was available as singles. Not all (there were some Tyranena and Central Water selections were only available in six-packs) were available as singles but there were definitely enough to mix & match a few quality sixers.

Totally worthwhile stop if you're in Madison. This completely met our WI beer purchasing expectations.

Kegatron, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -6.5%

This was another stop on my trip to Madison on the Great Taste of the Midwest 2009 weekend, on a long journey to purchase local beers.
Easy parking right in front of the store, good service, it has a relatively small, but carefully chosen selection, with decent pricing.
There are a few wines, but I did not check those.
It has all the expected locals, spanning mostly Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, with a few hidden gems from California. I actually found a few limited editions from Three Floyds and others breweries.
A decent selection of imports round it up, and some of the employees do know their beer, to some extent. Worth a stop, good if not great prices.

brdc, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%

Steve's is in I believe Middleton, I hit it on the way to an event downtown.

All the beer is in coolers on the wall adjacent to the doors. Everything is clean and it appears everything but the Hopslam is of optimal freshness (but this is August I totally know what I was getting with the Hopslam). It's a bit pricey in some regards, standard and reasonable in others. The have 2 coolers of 375, 500, and 750 ml bottles with a few rarer Belgians, some Germans, and a few other things. Had quite a few of the Wisconsin brews and also a few import 6 packs.

Overall a pretty standard above average beer store.

crossovert, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

This one keeps a good stock of all of the good local beers, though a few were missing while I was there. Most are kept in coolers, and there's a big walk in cooler with 12-packs and samplers. I was impressed by the quality of the beers available, and additionally with the selection, though there are larger selections around. The service is alright, no one really helped me out, and I think the people working while I was there were more of wine experts, but they were helpful in helping me just find certain things. What really impressed me were the prices. I mean, great prices, I would get discounts on certain things (discounts I didn't know about but showed up on my receipt), and the prices were already lower than the average store in the area. Even 3F beers cost less here than they do at the pub or in Chicago. A good store to go to for beer in the area.

taylorhamrick, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Chaz
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Stopped in for a visit while in town to take the Capital tour.

The first thing I noticed was how thoughtfully laid-out and easily navigable the store is, as well as how spacious it seemed.

It hardly took a moment to find the beer, as there were floor stackers of Capital cans placed near the entry and a little further in at the checkstand (alongside a stacker of the new Horny Goat bottles). I almost became distracted by a cheese and deli section in the northwest corner of the store before seeing a the first cooler door in the cold box which was loaded with mainly import singles (Drie Fonteinen and Samuel Smiths among others). A little further along I came across two doors with Wisconsin micro and Midwest craft singles, unsurprisingly featuring a good deal of New Glarus (aside: when I checked out I quizzed the folks at the counter as to whether Iced Barleywine might be around, and they were able to suggest a retailer that might still have it. Further conversation revolved around the Berliner Weiss, convincing me that these folks were serious if not downright passionate about their beer!)

As I was sorting through the singles I missed the empty six-pack cartons (folded in a clear lexan file holder mounted about 5' high along the cold box), but as I would be buying more than 1 or 2 sixes I simply walked into the cold box/"beer cave" and picked out an empty case with which to haul my beer - and keep it from rattling around in the trunk.

I saw a few imports as well as the Usual Suspects (Stone, DFH, Dale's) that we don't get in the Twin Cities market, but I was mainly here for Lake Louie and O'so.

Prices were as good if not better than I'd expected, and overall this was an excellent shopping experience.

Chaz, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +4%

Steve's is a truly great beer store in Madison. They carry tons of great Wisconsin beers, New Glarus, Capital, Furthermore, Ale Asylum, and more. Plenty of Stone, Founders and Dogfish Head. The vast majority of the beer is in the wall of coolers. Most of the breweries are available for singles with a few notable exceptions (like Tyranena, Founders and Central Waters). The service was great. I was searching for Old Ales and Barleywines for a tasting and they answered my questions very thoroughly. Plus, the care that they took to pack up all my beer was exceptional. I haven't consumed much of what I purchased so far but the quality seems great.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of LittleTimmy
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Another location has opened up at 6227 McKee Rd off Highway 151 (small strip mall downhill from the Super Target). Regardless of which location, Steve's is a must stop if you're visiting Madison and would like to pick up some good Wisconsin beer. I always stop on my way out of town to look over their great selection of Lake Louie, Central Waters, Ale Asylum, Lakefront, New Glarus...well, you know the roll call. They also have some micros from farther afield, like Stone and Lagunitas, another pair I can't get back home in Iowa City.

LittleTimmy, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of jenitivecase
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Visited on a trip to Madison this weekend.

Pleasantly surprised to see an entire wall of coolers devoted to beer. Great selection of stuff that's not available in KS, so that was definitely a plus; that said, points get knocked down a little bit simply because Steve's fails to stock some of the good stuff that is available in KS. Overall, though, great selection.

Staff was knowledgeable and eager to help. When making my selections, the workers were able to offer intelligent commentary on various beers, demonstrating a high level of personal experience. They were also willing to break down six-packs to allow me to buy single bottles, which was greatly appreciated.

Ambiance was great - be sure to check out the selection of cheeses, and keep an eye out for in-store wine samples. Overall, a great experience - if I lived in Madison, this would definitely be my go-to store.

jenitivecase, Oct 20, 2008
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Steve's Liquor in Madison, WI
95 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.