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Steve's Liquor

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Steve's LiquorSteve's Liquor
BA SCORE
95
world-class

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
[ 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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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Steve's is the store I stop in every time I pass through the Madison area. Everything is kept in great shape and within the freshness dates. The biggest wall is all beer coolers with a walk in you can search through for anything not on the cooler shelves.

The people at the desk are very friendly and helpful. I asked for some suggestions on places in the area and they were glad to give recommendations. They were also commenting on the beer I purchased and making suggestions about it.

The selection is very good. Full lines of the Wisconsin favorites including the special releases. Tyranena, Central Waters, New Glarus, Lake Louie, Ale Asylum and others. Good selection of American crafts and a solid selection of Belgians. Fair prices on everything I picked up to purchase.

Good store to pick up all the Wisconsin goodies.Make sure to stop by on your way through town.

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

This was my 3rd visit to Steve's, and it continues to be a regular stop on my radar.

New this time, the walk-in singles area had been moved, and there were new mixed-six selections for Capital and New Glarus (10% off 6). This is a positive development, my old gripe would have been that most regional stuff was 6-pack only. It would be ideal to see a huge wall of singles here, but that's just a personal pipe dream. I'll echo what others have said, huge regional/local selection with full lines from most breweries. They usually have whatever seasonal that's in current rotation. Great mix of imports, a number of choice Belgians. Small deli section that's good for snacks or throwing together a picnic.

Service was great, the lady at the counter was also the beer buyer. She answered all my questions, and gave great recommendations.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

After visiting quite a few stores in the Madison area, I found that Steve's Liquor had a wider selection of "local state" type beers. Oddly, it's pretty different from the selection at Steve's Wine's. They have a WHOLE WALL of coolers that house decent beers (all 6-packs), and a small section of that is devoted to bombers. I visited a few other stores, mostly supermarkets and specialty food stores, and I never saw as wide a selection. They didn't have any single 12 ouncers, but I bought a few bombers of beers from a brewpub in Ohio. The store was clean, well organized, and the staff seemed helpful based on the interactions I saw with other customers. Recommended.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

Steve’s Liquors is in a newer brick building situated on a hill overlooking a busy intersection. The parking lot is large enough to handle any number of customers.
The interior is clean, well lit and well organized. The selection of wine and liquors is pretty good, but where this place excels in is its selection of quality craft beers. I was surprised to see beers by Three Floyds here. Craft beers from across the country line the coolers.
I found a good selection of beers from all of the larger Wisconsin breweries. What really impressed me was the selection of beers from smaller Wisconsin brewers. I ended up leaving with sixes from the small brewers, these were beers I did not see anywhere else in Madison.

Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

I actually think the other location of Steve's has a better selection than this one -- more imports esp Belgians, and you could buy singles of some of the American craft brews.

I could imagine the service might be better at this location as the counter folks here seemed more professional while the other store was staffed by college students who were more interested in each other.

However, we did ask, when we saw the limited beer selection in the coolers along the back wall, whether they had some warm beer somewhere. They said no and did not bother to mention that there was more beer back inside the cooler!

So it seems based on the other reviews we did not see all that this store had to offer. One thing they did have in their favor was a decent selection of Lake Louie and Central Waters, which weren't available at Woodmans. But our other stops, Riley's, the other Steves and Woodman's East, all had their strengths as well, so I did not perceive that any one destination would be far and away the best stop.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Solid store with great service. Wide variety of American craft six backs and foreign, mainly Britist, Belgian, and German, singles. Expect to find all area beers along with plenty from New Holland, Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Smuttynose, Avery, Victory, Goose Island, etc… American craft singles selection is almost completely lacking compared to the other Steve’s, Riley’s, and Woodman’s west. Price is comparable to the other shops in town, save Woodman’s. 5% discounts are common for holidays, special occasions, or just because you asked. Staff is very good, especially the older lady (part owner?). The supply of Belgian singles changes enough to get me to make return visits every two or three months. Nice wine and booze selections as well. Getting in and out of the parking lot can be a pain at certain times of the day. Mostly, I use this store for Belgian singles that are not available anyplace else. Woodman’s is better for sixers and Riley’s is better for most singles.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

I pulled up at Steve's Liquor after a nearly five hour drive, stretched my legs, went in search of good beer and found it. Clean, well-lit store with wine and liquor in the center and beer in coolers along the back wall. As far as American craft beer is concerned, this place probably had the best selection of any of the four stores that I visited yesterday.

I didn't take notes, but all of the major Wisconsin breweries were represented as well as a lot of the smaller ones. I also saw Great Lakes, Bell's, Smuttynose, Founders, New Holland, Three Floyds and many, many others. The biggest disappointment for me was that they didn't sell American craft beer in singles (I've decided to knock back the selection score a half notch as a result, even though the overall selection was quite good). I didn't have the space or the money to take home 25-30 sixers of beer.

What singles were available were almost entirely from Belgium, Germany and England. These were located in a dimly lit, freezing cold 'cooler' behind door #9. If I ever return, I plan to take a parka because I couldn't stand to be in there in a T-shirt for longer than 3-4 minutes at a time. I gave the shelves a good look, came out to warm up and then went back in to make my selections. Great for the beer, not so great for the customers.

I didn't quite spend $50, but still got a 10% discount. I picked up a bottle each of Unibroue 15 and Chambly Noire because I wasn't sure that I'd see them anywhere else (and didn't). The woman who checked me out (Jan, the self-proclaimed 'Baroness of Beer'; that's what it said on the business card that she gave me, but to her credit, she seemed embarrassed by it) was very nice and chatted me up for a bit. She didn't seem too thrilled when I told her that I was going to Woodman's next, but kindly gave me directions since Mapquest didn't do such a great job of leading me to her place.

Steve's Liquor, along with Woodman's, looks to be the class of Western Madison. The selection of American craft beer puts Iowa to shame; although we're at least equal and maybe superior when it comes to Belgian beer. As far as I'm concerned, this is a must stop for travelers, although keep in mind that you won't be able to buy singles of New Glarus, Tyranena, Lake Louis, etc.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

So, this is supposedly one of the best beer stores in Madison. Was a little disappointed. Smaller than I imagined, but still a decent selection from the all-cooled beer section. Quality on average seem pretty top shelf. I almost missed the singlesthough, had to ask... you actually walk into the cooler toward a pretty decent sized bookcase of goodies. Stuff I know is good, stuff I haven't seen... The help was pretty good, friendly, not invasive but helpful when needed. Basically, if I lived in Madison, I'd do my regional and micro shopping at Woodmans, but definitely go here for the better, harder to find stuff. What I took away? Dogfish WWStout (which I hadn't seen at 3 other stores), and Meantime London Porter. But, there were many other tempting me for sure.

Photo of rugger
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

I walked in here after waiting for them to open. They probably thought I was an alkie waiting for them to open. The guy that was there was real friendly and was joking around with me about my car. Anyway, the place was nice, and smaller than I had expected. All of the beers were in the coolers along the wall in the back and in the walk in part. The walk in was full of boxes that made it hard to walk around in, but they did have a nice selection. It was hard to find some of the things that I was looking for, but seeing as how I had all day to look at beer stores I was able to find most of what I was looking for. A nice place to say the least. If I am ever up there again (11 hour drive) I will stop in.

Photo of nflmvp
4/5  rDev -7%

Another of many stops on my most recent trip to Madison. On my way in the door, I asked about a quantity discount (because I had been OFFERED one at Star Liquors earlier in the day). Because of the response I got, it seems to me that it is not policy, however, they DID offer me 5% if I put together at least a case of craft beers...and that was EASY.

They have a wide selection and I was able to walk away with some Three Floyds, Great Divide, New Holland (Dragon's Milk-YUM) and a couple of nice Imports.

The prices were reasonable but I felt that they were a little higher than some of the other places I hit the same day so the 5% discount didn't really amount to much. However, when I had questions about a certain beer, another emplyee offered to do some quick research for me online and came back within a couple of minutes with the answers I was looking for.

I'll go back the next time I'm in town

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

When I first walked into this place I thought I had gotton the wrong liquor store. All that I could see was wine bottles. Then I saw the beer in the cooler off to my right. They are a little strange in keeping all of their beer at a constant cool temperature, but I don't know if that's a big deal to anyone else. Walk into this cooler and you will find your imports. A very good selection that is comparable to HyVee Wine and Spirits. I tried to get some video of all the beer for my records, but as it turns out there is some kind of business rivalry or something going on there because I was practically yelled at. I was asked who I worked for, I replied the name of the local restaurant, but I don't think he knew what that was. If I hadn't come 300 miles for a great selection I would've left. Instead of being informed of the situation I was treated as a theif, however it wouldn't be too difficult to write down the selection as well. I think that information should be shared and not boguarded like it's a secret, but he didn't know I don't own a store, nor do I give a crap whether someone steals his beer that the rest of the world knows about already.

Re: review

Went back a few more times and found that the service is outstanding if you know Jan the beer Baroness. She knows her stuff.

Photo of badbeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

This place is a nice place to visit with a decent wine and beer selection, however I was searching the beer only. Beer is kept in a walk-in cooler with a decent selection of singles. I thought some prices were fair, but it is overall a little pricey. Service was good, I liked that I was pretty much left alone to look and they only asked once if I needed help. The thing I didn't like so much is that there didn't always seem to be an order, some things seemed to be almost hidden because other bottles were pushed in front and I actually didn't find a few beers until I went inside the cooler behind the racks. Decent place worthy of a visit, but if you are looking for something look hard.

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev 0%

This place gets by far the best publicity of a beer store on this site...honestly im not positive why

the service is pretty solid...these guys know beer. When i bring some off the wall stuff up to the counter, they compliment my tastes. The beer is well rotated and plentifull

but honestly, what does this place have i cant get downtown? The singles selection doesnt really rival Riley's or Woodman's...Theres a few belgians that you cant get anywhere else but everything else seems to be found downtown....I like going out there, but its really only a once in a month trip due to the location way out on the west side

prices are fair, but not really any different than anywhere else

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Steve's on Mineral Point has the best beer selection in Madison. They have a very large selection, much of which I haven't seen elsewhere in the city. Most of the sales people know about beer and like to talk about it. All beer is stored in coolers. In the cooler's on the right, there are six packs and single bottles of imports and non-local American beer. In the coolers on the left are mostly six packs of regional and Wisconsin beer. This includes most beers from New Glarus (including Unplugged), Capital, Bell's, Great Lakes, Founders, and much more. The best part of this store is the walk-in cooler. Be sure to check this out, as it is easy to miss. Lot's of single bottles of American, British, German, and Belgian beers. Bombers of Great Divide, Rogue, Bear Republic, and Avery. Bottles of Roquefort, St. Bernardus, Hanssens, Abbaye de Rocs. Prices are a bit expensive, but nothing unreasonable. Steve's, along with the Great Dane, are the two must visit places in Madison.

Photo of OldSock
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -7%

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!

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of beerinator
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.3/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Photo of daledeee
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

Steve's Liquor in Madison, WI
95 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.