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5/5 rDev +16.8%
Another location has opened up at 6227 McKee Rd off Highway 151 (small strip mall downhill from the Super Target). Regardless of which location, Steve's is a must stop if you're visiting Madison and would like to pick up some good Wisconsin beer. I always stop on my way out of town to look over their great selection of Lake Louie, Central Waters, Ale Asylum, Lakefront, New Glarus...well, you know the roll call. They also have some micros from farther afield, like Stone and Lagunitas, another pair I can't get back home in Iowa City.
11-26-2008 16:28:22 | More by LittleTimmy
4.85/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
03-08-2004 18:46:37 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.85/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
06-15-2003 15:26:55 | More by daledeee
4.7/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
04-21-2003 18:35:30 | More by brakspear
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
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
4.65/5 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
4.65/5 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
4.55/5 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
Steve's Liquor in Madison, WI
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