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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.
10-19-2008 23:43:25 | More by jenitivecase
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
Steve's Liquor is located at the intersection of Junction Rd. & Mineral Point Rd. which is easily found from W. Beltline Hwy. I was staying at a nearby hotel and decided to stop by for some road beers on the way home from the Great Taste of the Midwest. Steve's has an outstanding selection of local/regional microbrews including, but not limited to Ale Asylum, Capital, Lakefront, Lake Louie, New Glarus, Sprecher, Tyranena, Viking, and they even had meads from White Winter and cider & perry from AEppelTreow. In addition, I found seasonal & specialties from other notable micro's including Bear Republic, Bell's, Goose Island, & Three Floyds. The import selection isn't bad, but it doesn't seem to be their main focus. The place is clean and easy to navigate, minus the occasional display located mid-isle. They have about 16-20 doors devoted to good beer with a walk-in cooler that customers can browse through for cases. Steve's is a definite stop for the beer thirsty traveler. Be certain to ask for Jan, The Baroness of Beer!
08-17-2008 04:31:22 | More by Beertracker
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
Stopped in during Great Taste to stock up on all of those wonderful WI beers that we simply do not get in PA.
The staff could not have been more helpful in my quest....Mike, the guy who checked me out and the dude with the Aussie accent. They were more than happy to look for things in the stockroom, like a case of Tyranena Scurvy and call other stores to try and secure me some NG Raspberry Tart.
I was focusing on WI brews, they carry a vast array of labels from the majority of the states bottling micros, so what the total selection (non-Wisconsin beers) is like I am unsure...but it seemed solid enough and I doubt one would go wanting too much.
Everything was well stored and the place screamed clean and orderly.
I will certianly make this place a must stop the next time I am in town.
08-15-2008 06:45:05 | More by Deuane
4.55/5 rDev +6.3%
As a resident of a small town located far from a major metro center, I don't see the selection of brews that are available in many of the big cities. Therefore, when I accompanied my wife on a trip to Madison, I was thrilled to find that our hotel was less than a quarter mile from Steve's.
This place has the best selection of beer I have found in Wisconsin. I've only seen better at a spot in St. Paul and in San Francisco. (I know, I should get around more.)The beer cooler has a very good selection of Belgian and German beers, Wisconsin micros, Dogfishhead, and several California classics, such as Lagunitas, Stone, Bear Rupublic and more. If that doesn't sound like much, consider the source. In my part of Wisconsin, Dogfishhead and those Cali beers are almost completely absent, as are all of the Germans and most of the Belgians. Most of the beer is for sale as singles, also virtually unheard of in my part of the state.
The prices are also pretty darn reasonable, with most Wisconsin singles ranging from $1.5-2.5 and most other US micros ranging from $3-5. As I wasn't prepared to take back a big stash of beer, I only picked up a 750 of Rodenbach, which seemed like a good deal for me at $6. I compared some of the prices on the Trappists (Rochefort, Westmalle, Chimay and Orval) that are distributed in my neck of the woods, and they were about the same, give or take a quarter.
07-22-2008 17:56:19 | More by pweis909
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
This was my first stop when I blew into Madison. New Glarus beer was just calling to me.
I found the place real easily, which always helps. I proceeded to grab a shopping cart, as I wasn't naive enough to think I was just picking up a few six packs.
Coolers upon coolers of awesome beer can be found here. I stocked up on New Glarus, Central Waters, Capital Brewing, and other local favorites.
Great selection, and the guy working the counter was most helpful and really knew his beer.
Awesome store. Next time I'm in Madison, I'll be back for sure.
06-24-2008 16:47:56 | More by leftmindedrighty
3.64/5 rDev -15%
RE - reviewed as Jan has left and now the selection is just fair. It still has what it had before it just hasn't grown with the times.
This place rocks! Jan was off the day I was there, but it did not matter. Karen and Mike were incredibly helpful. The selection was awesome. So many beers that are not available in IL and certainly not Georgia. Lots of super small Wisconsin breweries. New Glarus, Tyranena, Capital, Central Waters, Furthermore, Sprecher, Cross Plains, Lake Louie, Lakefront, among others. Mix a six was also very nice!
Location on Madison's Westside, conveniently located off Highway 14 and just a 2 hour drive from Chicago's Northern Suburbs.
05-01-2008 18:54:48 | More by ATLbeerDog
4.15/5 rDev -3%
This is a place that reaaly respects beer and knows the product. I stopped in here on a day trip. All the beer is in coolers, that are walk in as well. I have never seem that in a place that sells taht much craft beer. A good amount of rare Europian beers. One thing that impressed me is that they cellar beers here as well, then sell then at some reasonable prices. I meet Jan who was extremely pleasant and knew what she was talking about, and knew what I was talking about.
A great place that treats people very good. Stop in if you are close or not so close and you will enjoy spending money on good beers.
03-03-2008 07:45:05 | More by Homerbag
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
Jan "the beer baroness" is awesome. I'm always a bit skeptical whenever I am told that someone knows a lot about beer but she certainly exceeded expectations and was great to talk to.
This is the only place I've ever been where all the beer is in coolers which is nice. They have about 20 cooler doors all along one side of the shop. Their belgian selection lacks a bit, but that could be an importing problem. Their craft selection is very impressive and I ended up spending $100 while i was there.
I'm definitely glad I saw it in passing and stopped in.
02-22-2008 23:10:11 | More by drseamus
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
Q- steves is my favorite place because it always has a great selection.
S- the service is awesome, Jan the beer barronness loves talking about beer and always brings up the spectacular flavors of this or that beer.
S- probably the best selection around. good all around
V- value.. so i always feel like steve's is a bit expensive, however its not that much more expensive, however i never really mind either though because it is a local place and they do a great job of keeping up on selection and i feel they deserve it.
01-25-2008 03:28:42 | More by Atron67
4.15/5 rDev -3%
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.
11-17-2007 18:28:16 | More by sprucetip
Steve's Liquor in Madison, WI
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