Steve's Liquor

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Steve's LiquorSteve's Liquor
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68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
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122 Junction Rd
Madison, Wisconsin, 53717-2687
United States
phone: (608) 833-5995

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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 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 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 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 TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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 crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -14%

Steve's is in I believe Middleton, I hit it on the way to an event downtown.

All the beer is in coolers on the wall adjacent to the doors. Everything is clean and it appears everything but the Hopslam is of optimal freshness (but this is August I totally know what I was getting with the Hopslam). It's a bit pricey in some regards, standard and reasonable in others. The have 2 coolers of 375, 500, and 750 ml bottles with a few rarer Belgians, some Germans, and a few other things. Had quite a few of the Wisconsin brews and also a few import 6 packs.

Overall a pretty standard above average beer store.

Photo of Deuane
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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…

Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Steve's is a truly great beer store in Madison. They carry tons of great Wisconsin beers, New Glarus, Capital, Furthermore, Ale Asylum, and more. Plenty of Stone, Founders and Dogfish Head. The vast majority of the beer is in the wall of coolers. Most of the breweries are available for singles with a few notable exceptions (like Tyranena, Founders and Central Waters). The service was great. I was searching for Old Ales and Barleywines for a tasting and they answered my questions very thoroughly. Plus, the care that they took to pack up all my beer was exceptional. I haven't consumed much of what I purchased so far but the quality seems great.

Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Passing through Madison onto Darkness and we had to stop at one of the highest rated beer stores along the way. Its a decent place, worth stopping by if you are close but not a destination place at all. The quality of the beers is average, not a ton of super high quality beers or internationals but most of the better local brands. The selection is heavily biased toward local offerings Central Waters, NG, etc. They have several of each which is great for someone driving though to get locals you can't get out of state. As an added bonus they offer tons of single's of most of the local beers, so for the ticker like me its decent. The prices are super cheap as well so that's welcome as well.

Stop by for cheap locals but don't go out of your way.

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Well, there hasn't been a review of Steve's for almost a year now, so I'm happy to give it some fresh props.

Emily and I made our way out to Steve's in hopes for some off the wall stuff (actually, I was thinking they may have some Blushing Monk left, but no luck). They had a really nice selection of singles both in 12 oz. and larger format bottles. The cooler is stocked with all sorts of beer, with a great selection of all these fine Wisconsin beers that aren't available anywhere else.

I ended up scoring a couple bottles of Pannepot 2010, and some Lagunitas Sumpin Wild, which I was surprised to see still on the shelves, I thought this went quickly. A great lil store, well worth the effort to make it out from downtown.

Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev 0%

A large group of us recently stopped in here for a bit of shopping before the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Quality- Good atmosphere here. Bright, clean, and well organized, despite there being numerous displays out on the floor. High quality selection and great service. All around excellent experience here.

Service- Service here was fantastic, courteous, and knowledgeable. Considering that I think our group literally bought half of their stock of WI beers off the floor, they literally fell over themselves here to help us out. There were several times that we needed them to check in the back for extra cases and such, and it was no problem whatsoever. My wife used one of their custom reusable bottle bags to bring some of beers up to the register, and they threw it in for free. Now that's the kind of service I'm looking for!

Selection- Tons of selections from all the Wisconsin breweries that I was looking for. New Glarus, Tyranena, Ale Asylum, Lake Louie, Central Waters, Furthermore, and Capital. I literally almost cried when I saw cases and cases of Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart out on the floor. Everything is kept in coolers and a lot of the selection was available as singles. Not all (there were some Tyranena and Central Water selections were only available in six-packs) were available as singles but there were definitely enough to mix & match a few quality sixers.

Totally worthwhile stop if you're in Madison. This completely met our WI beer purchasing expectations.

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 botham
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

Steve's Liquor is small compared to other liquor stores, but the beer selection is quite nice.

atmosphere is standard for a liquor store, with the beer all in coolers on the back wall. the majority is in six-packs, with a focus on wisconsin breweries, along with most available in single bottles. mixed six-packs are 10% off, which is a plus.

quality and service were good; no complaints. clean conditions and minimal dusty bottles, with friendly service that seems to be interested in beer.

selection is good. full lines of Tyranena, Capitol, Lake Louie, Ale Asylum, New Glarus, and other Wisconsin breweries. for imports, there are some, but nowhere near a comprehensive selection of any one type or brewery.

overall, this is a solid stop for beer in Madison, with fresh bottles and a stock that seems to turn over on at least a moderately constant basis.

Photo of Chaz
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Stopped in for a visit while in town to take the Capital tour.

The first thing I noticed was how thoughtfully laid-out and easily navigable the store is, as well as how spacious it seemed.

It hardly took a moment to find the beer, as there were floor stackers of Capital cans placed near the entry and a little further in at the checkstand (alongside a stacker of the new Horny Goat bottles). I almost became distracted by a cheese and deli section in the northwest corner of the store before seeing a the first cooler door in the cold box which was loaded with mainly import singles (Drie Fonteinen and Samuel Smiths among others). A little further along I came across two doors with Wisconsin micro and Midwest craft singles, unsurprisingly featuring a good deal of New Glarus (aside: when I checked out I quizzed the folks at the counter as to whether Iced Barleywine might be around, and they were able to suggest a retailer that might still have it. Further conversation revolved around the Berliner Weiss, convincing me that these folks were serious if not downright passionate about their beer!)

As I was sorting through the singles I missed the empty six-pack cartons (folded in a clear lexan file holder mounted about 5' high along the cold box), but as I would be buying more than 1 or 2 sixes I simply walked into the cold box/"beer cave" and picked out an empty case with which to haul my beer - and keep it from rattling around in the trunk.

I saw a few imports as well as the Usual Suspects (Stone, DFH, Dale's) that we don't get in the Twin Cities market, but I was mainly here for Lake Louie and O'so.

Prices were as good if not better than I'd expected, and overall this was an excellent shopping experience.

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -7%

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 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 leftmindedrighty
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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 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!

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