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Steve's Liquor

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BA SCORE
94
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55 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
83
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
8.49%
Steve's LiquorSteve's Liquor
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

122 Junction Rd
Madison, Wisconsin, 53717-2687
United States

(608) 833-5995 | map
www.stevesliquorstores.com

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Reviews by sprucetip:
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

I live in Anchorage, Alaska, but grew up in Iowa. On a current visit home I explored Steve's with my dad and brother. In a general comparison, this store blows away anything in the Quad-City area [Daventport & Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island, Moline, & East Moline, IL (yes that's 5)]. But we have better in Anchorage. It's a good shop. The Belgian selections was solid in quality but not particularly extensive. The same is true for English and Germans. There was a very extensive selection of Wisconsin and other midwest beers, and a respectable selection of micro's from western states, most but not all of which I was already familiar with. Surely you can find something agreeable here with which to wet you whistle. Single selection wasn't huge, but Jan willingly broke up 6 packs to let us increase our selection, as I will describe later.

The highlight of the visit, by a long shot, was getting service from Jan (manager? owner?). Would it be inappropriate to say "serviced by Jan?" She had a fun personality, maybe she'll chuckle? She was pretty stoked when she saw our first few selections, and lead us on the rest of our mission. She seemed to be excited to talk beer with aspiring beer geeks, and was more than forthcoming with her opinions and descriptions of the various brews we inquired about. She was more than willing to break up 6 packs, saying "it just takes a minutes for me to put it into the computer" as a single. She clearly wanted us to have a good experience, and we did. When I asked about brews to take back to Alaska for the beer geeks there, she first suggested some western beers that we have access to already, Lagunitas, Rogue, and Great Divide. I was looking for things we don't get. She suggested some that I was already on top of, New Glarus Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, and some from Lake Louie, Sprecher, and Bell's. She was very high on Bell's, especially their Cherry Stout. Ultimately, we didn't really like the Cherry Stout, but I don't mean to be dissing on Jan's suggestion. She had some good advice, strongly encouraging us to drink some of the better Belgian's at warmer temps, something we know to do but my brother resists sometimes. The Ommegang Chocolate Indulgance was almost disappointing at first, though very smooth and balanced and not particularly sweet. I liked it better as it warmed. The Sprecher wheat was not as much like a German wheat as I had hoped. In general, my bias toward big, bold, often hopped up western beers has been validated by sampling midwest beers. But I digress.

At one point I told Jan I had recently enjoyed St. Bernardus Grotten Brown for the first time, and it was from a tap in Anchorage. She wobbled and swooned like a teenage girl with a crush, gushed about how fabulous the beer, and held on to a cooler for balance. This is a woman who enjoys beer! She also gave us an impromptu intro to French Farmhouse beer, and stated that she is on a bit of a mission to educate folks about it and carve out a niche supplying it.

Though her prices were a touch higher, the 10% discount for buying 6 or more specialty beers largely mitigated that fact.

Cheers

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Duff27
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -41%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

Photo of nuebs
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Hrodebert
1.89/5  rDev -55.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1

Stopped in on our last day in Wisconsin to put together a couple of mixed 6's of Wisconsin only beers for friends at home.
Left with nothing more than a sampler 12 of New Glarus.
Staff didn't seem to have time to be bothered, even though the store was nearly empty.
There where numerous empty spaces in the single bottle section which was quite small. Actually saw a much better selection in a BP gas station earlier in the day, but held out for Steve's because of the reviews here.
Oh well, live and learn.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Hendrick24
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chazmcbro
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of djhowell
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Schmitfaced414
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Staff was helpful and gave me accurate information on when to expect a shipment. They also do a good job keeping their Facebook page up to date with new arrivals. If you are in the area, I recommend stopping in to see what is on hand. I was able to pick up some nice bottles from TG and Karben4.

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Photo of twb0392
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of cbutova
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Recommended as the bottle shop to stop in by a friend-of-a-friend from Madison. Stopped in here on the way out of town during a road trip from Chicago to Decorah, IA. Did not get to go to any other bottle shops in Madison but this place had a great selection. I found all of the New Glarus fruit beer 750mls and most of their regulars. I also got some Central Waters beers and other random WI locals of which there were many. Be sure to look in the walk-in cooler as I found a few bombers in there that were some of the best bottles I found during an 8000 mile road trip around the US. Prices were great compared to the East Coast cities, which was a big plus for me. I was also impressed by the fact that almost all of the beer was in the fridge, perfect since I had to put it into a cooler anyways. All around great bottle shop if you are looking for some quality brews.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Soneast
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of WiscoTerr
5/5  rDev +17.9%

I love this store. I live in Madison and stop by most of the liquor stores around town every couple weeks, but always seem to find the best selection at Steve's. It's a solid mix of the good local brews, without filling half the store with junk. They are always one of the first to get new breweries to town and have a Twitter presence which I personally love. They generally run $1 per product that other stores, but totally worth it to support local and have that extra knowledge on tap. My only knock is that they could have more singles for sale, but that's not a big deal. Also love that everything, including bombers, are in a cooler.

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Photo of cokebabies
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Ranick10
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of seanlaughery
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Visited Steve's on recommendation from a friend while in Madison to visit family for the holidays and was incredibly pleased with the highly knowledgable staff and selection.

I'm looking forward to coming back around Christmas time when I visit my family next.

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Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Steve's Liquor in Madison, WI
94 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.