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4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
Went back a few more times and found that the service is outstanding if you know Jan the beer Baroness. She knows her stuff.
12-27-2005 10:21:57 | More by Erdinger2003
4.15/5 rDev -3%
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.
12-22-2005 06:29:22 | More by badbeer
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
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
10-25-2005 03:09:43 | More by dirtylou
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
10-19-2005 01:35:34 | More by beveragecaptain
District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-08-2005 02:42:06 | More by OldSock
4.15/5 rDev -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.
08-28-2005 16:09:55 | More by kmpitz2
4/5 rDev -6.5%
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!
08-20-2005 01:01:29 | More by orbitalr0x
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
08-07-2005 19:19:50 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-11-2005 03:58:31 | More by slander
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-07-2005 12:04:18 | More by CRJMellor
Steve's Liquor in Madison, WI
95 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.