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Steve's Liquor

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Steve's LiquorSteve's Liquor

54 Reviews
Reviews: 54
Visits: 78
Avg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
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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: 54 | Visits: 78
Photo of OldSock
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Quality – Almost everything was in coolers, including a big walk in with a good selection of singles and cases. Clean, well lit store, with ample parking.

Service – Seemed like nice people, more than happy to chat for awhile and give me advice on where to find some Central Waters, which I never did actually find.

Selection – Very nice, with New Glarus, Lake Louie, Tyranena and Capital all represented well. It also had a good smattering of other regional micros and some imports, which I ignored.

A good stop from almost everything Wisconsin, but not a huge selection of other stuff.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

I'd heard a lot of good things about this place, so I finally got the opportunity to stop here a few weeks ago. Its a rather unassuming building sitting off on its own from a large shopping complex across the street. It took me a minute to find the wall of beer, but I was not let down when I got there. Good representation of local beer...Lake Louie, Capital, Tyranena, and a decent selection of imports. Most of the beers at the store were housed in coolers, which was less than optimal for me as I was taking them back to Kentucky from there. Service was very good. When I had a question, the woman working took me back into the cooler to show me where the beers I wanted were hiding. Prices were right where I expected them. Overall a very good beer experience for me.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -6.8%

I stopped in here with fellow BA kmpitz2 on our way to the Great Taste last weekend. Upon entering you are greeted by clean, open, well lit store that has rows and rows of wines and liquor. We headed to the coolers on the back wall of the store, which is where all the beer is kept. There are only a few random beers scattered across the floor, otherwise everything is located in the coolers.

They had a wide selection of stuff including New Glarus, Lake Louie (yay!), Flying Fish, Gray's, Tyranena, Sprecher and much more. Make sure you walk through the middle cooler to the shelf of singles in the back. Yes...it's freezing in there and unfortunately the floor is quite sticky and disgusting. My shoes kept sticking to the floor even after I walked out. However...there are some gems of singles in there that included Fish Tale 10th Anniversary and some random Two Brothers and Three Floyds stuff. Prices seemed pretty comparable to what I pay in Chicago. I was especially happy to have the chance to pick up some Lake Louie in the new six packs.

The girl at the register was very nice and excited to hear we were going to the fest. Overall, this is a nice store that should defintely be on your list of places to stop if you are going to be in Madison. Fairly easy to locate on the corner....they just need to clean up that floor by the singles rack!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

My first time venturing out to the far west side of town to check out this heralded Mecca of beer here in Madison. I must say I was impressed. Their selection of beers is huge, a entire wall of refridgerated cases with vast amounts of local, regional, and national crafts brews, a nice selection of imports (more british brews than I've been able to find elsewhere in town) and plenty of swill too. One of three places in Madison (along with Riley's, Star Liquor and their University Ave. location) to find Lake Louie brews as well, which are always worth a try. The best part is their walk-in singles cooler, behind the huge wall of cases.A big shelf of rare and not-so rare crafts and imports. Lots of Belgians, lambics, Rogues, Young's, Sam Smith's and a host of other brews I've never seen anywhere else. Beware - it's fricking cold in there, I was pretty indecisive and froze my ass off in shorts. I've pretty much exhausted Riley's singles case so it was ncie to see some fresh meat. The sales staff is incredibly friendly and the lady who checked me out seemed very knowledgeable about beer, and told me a little about some of the beers I picked up and how I got some pretty good stuff. Like Riley's you get a 10% discount on 6 or more singles, which is a nice little deal. A little on the pricey side, some a little more than Riley's which is pricey in and of itself, but not astronomical. Definitely worth a look if you're in town, I only wish it was closer to campus.

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Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Nothing worse than a dry hotel room. Everybody knows that. Yes, we were definitely going to need "provisions". I'm new in this time zone, as was (Evil) Davo, but thankfully good ol' Craig knew just where to hook slightly this way en route to Madison just that way...
What a grand and majestic name for a liquor store!! You're greeted first by wine displays a few deep and you can see the liquor along the far wall, and there's the beer, in a cooler, no, coolers, yea, many coolers, hey, a whole row of 'em with a secret door that takes you to refrigeratedsinglesland. A very healthy selection of Wisconsin beers (Capital, Grays, Lake Front, Stevens Point, Harbor City, Viking, Sprecher, New Glarus, South Shore, Central Waters, Leinenkugel, Tyranena, Berghoff, Lake Louie), regionals (Bells, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Founders, Big Sky, 2 Brothers, Summit, O'Fallon, Great Lakes, New Holland, Arcadia, Great Divide, Left Hand, Fort Collins), and coast to coasts (DogFishHead, Mendicino, Anchor, Rogue, Bear Republic, North Coast).
Belgians? Let me see. Westmalle, Delirium, okay, check. English? Um, yeah, Fullers, Sam Smith, you get the picture. What else? Unibroue, '97 Carnegie Porter, Le Coq Impy Extra Double Stout '00, a couple of meads, what else you want? Lake Louie Growlers. Perfectly chilled for Madison area hotel consumption, they had a few of 'em and they were dirt cheap.
Refrigeratedsinglesland is just that, kind of. There's a rack of bombers and various singles, mostly from the West Coast breweries. Otherwise, you're "in" on the beer cooler scene.
Up front, ice cream and frozen pizzas, an assortment of meats and a whole lot of cheese, and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and chocolate.
Good damn beer store.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Steve's is set right off the main East-West drag in mad-town. Easy to find, great parking out front and some relaly nice surprises inside.
As you walk in moderate to low priced wines dominate the floors. Only after getting your bearings do you see the Wall of Beer. At first glance you see the generla crap but then as you move down the coollers the odd flashes of some good but widely distributed Midwest beer start popping up. Bells, Great Lakes, Goose Island some others. Then finally, nirvana arrives. New Glarus, Oscars, Viking, Central Waters and the penultimate, the holy grail of WI beers . . .
Lake Louie, 4 different beers in growlers, well refrigerated and ready for consumption for the ridiculous price of $7.50 each !
After recovering from seeing these a door in the middle of the cooller wall is noticed. I slip in to further beer mecca with a wall of some single beers and some others not on the shelf. Crowded but well laid out cooler.

These folks know how to store beer, only advice is to turn down the flourescents a bit and add some more singles to the rack.
Great place. If you go to Mad-town, beer hunting this is Number 2 place behind Great Dane for a must stop.

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Photo of beerinator
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

What a gem. At first, it may seem like this place does not have that great of a selection. The key is to find the secret passageway. There's a treasure room...

In the back of the wall where the reach-in coolers are, there are a couple of doors that don't lead to shelves of beer. No, they lead to another room. This room in back is where all of the gems are. Make your selections quick, because its only about 38 degrees in there. The beers are seperated by country, and you can find a really nice selection in there.

Although there is an impressive selection of imports, the selection of domestics could be better. Definitely worth the trip though.

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4.85/5  rDev +13.1%

By far my favorite liquor store. They are continually working to get more quality brews into their coolers. The selection is terrific. The only place I see it lacking is in lawnmower beers. There are some beers I'd like to see there, but it's a problem with their distributor, i'm told.
The staff-whenever they see what I bring to the counter, they reveal themselves to be fellow hopheads. Very knowledgable about the beers worth knowing about, and they can talk beer with the best of em. But if all you want is a 40 of Camo and a packa Winstons, you might as well head elsewhere.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Steve's came recommended by the head brewer at Lake Louie. We stopped in and checked out the selection. The selection was pretty good, but I guess I expected it to be just a little better. It was missing many of the more exciting beers you see elsewhere. I also had expected them to have a larger selection of WI beers than they had at the time of my visit. I purchased only a few beers that I had not seen elsewhere and my visit was brief.

The walk in cooler is a nice layout for individual bottles. I wish more stores would have similar setups.

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Photo of daledeee
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%

When we go to Madison, we always stop here. We are from Iowa. We cannot get Kalamazoo, Unibruie and some regional Wisconsin brews in Iowa. The Belgian selection is also adequate. Lots of cold beer here. And the best string cheese we have ever found. This store also has a large wine selection, even though I don't drink wine.

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Photo of brakspear
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

Finally, a store that recognizes that heat and sunlight are terrible companions to quality beers. Most, if not all, of the quality beers are stored in a large walk-in cooler with an excellent rack of single bottles of imports kept inside. The selection is excellent for many hard-to-find Wisconsin micro and craft breweries, the selection of regional and national craft brews is decent as well. Imports seem to lean towards Belgian beers, but there is also a nice selection of Continental lagers and British beers. As a plus, the staff was very helpful and and knowledgeable of the Wisconsin craft brewing scene. This will be a must stop every time I am on the west side of Madison.

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Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Steve's Liquor keeps all of their beer in a cooler, rock on! The store seems heavy on wine but, fear not, there is lots of beer. They have a very good selection of beer… everything from unique, outstanding imports to wonderful craft beers to regional beers to macro beers. The staff is helpful and friendly. The prices didn’t seem too bad. Well worth a visit. I hope I make it back…

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

My personal pick in Madison. Billed more as a wine store, the focus is equally on beer.
Kind staff is attentive and as well versed as any in the area. They know their stuff and love talking about it.
All the usual WI suspects can be found here. Most regional stuff too. Only place in Madison to carry Kzoo's/Bells entire line (both Steve's Locations).
You'll find me back in the cooler at the singles more often than not. Lots of goodies.
Make sure you don't leave without picking up at least one growler of Lake Louie, as Steve's is one of the few places its found.

Update, early 2004. This store was briefly surpassed by its University Ave counterpart. No longer. Recent months have seen a huge influx of new and exciting beers. This is the premier joint in Madison. Stop here.

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Steve's Liquor in Madison, WI
95 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.