Star Liquor

Not Rated.
Star LiquorStar Liquor
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

16 Reviews
Reviews: 16
Visits: 34
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

1209 Williamson St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-3754
United States
phone: (608) 255-8041

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Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.15/5  rDev +3%

I really dig this joint. It's a necessary stop whenever I'm in the Willy St. area, and it's a stone's throw from the co-op. The employees are cordial, engaging, and knowledgeable. The place is small, but variety and unique selection abound both in beers and wines. They are quick to help you find whatever you may be looking for, and they have succeeded in recommending a few good food-drink pairings when I was stuck. If you also do wine, Star offers a 10% discount on any wines that the Willy's St. Co-op's monthly newsletter recommends as a pairing for its recipes. (568 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Hendrick24
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of RobinLee
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JeffinPHL
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of OnWisconsin
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Gotti311
2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place had some blushing monk, so I thought I would stop by after my trip to great dane yesterday. Its only a mile away from great dane, so this will be a great stop!

Atmosphere: Was not really sure what to think. Nothing bad, but I just seemed a bit out of place as i walked into the store...for what ever reason.

Quality: Nothing to much to remark about in this category.

Service: seemed friendly, but very get in and get out kind of situation.

Selection: All beer was found in coolers. Really great selection of Wisconsin craft beer represented here. Small store, but alot of tough to find beers are noted in the coolers! Got the beer I was looking for and a few amazing surprises. They had breweries from Nebraska, Indiana, and Colorado well represented too!

Value: Just a bit on the expensive side, but not outrageous prices. (842 characters)

Photo of anell213
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Such a tiny, sorta dumpy store, but oh so much charm. The first time I went in there, it gave me the feel of a small, rural liquor store where the hottest commodity is Old Milwaukee. Not the case at all.
Quality/Selection: Not a massive store, but they are built around and for craft breweries. If it's a craft brewery in Wisconsin or the midwest, it'll be at Star. They also always get limited/rare releases and also have a good amount of imports as well.
Service: Very helpful and fairly friendly. Know their stuff.
Value: Aside from Woodman's, maybe the best priced place in Madison. Example: 4-pk of KBS for $19.99. (632 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

2011 re-review:
Star had a few gems that we didn't see elsewhere around town, namely Nebraska Brewing Melange A Trois, Goose Island Night Stalker & Big John, Sprecher Black IPA & Kriek, O'so Dank & Dominator, fresh Dancing Man (released May 1). They had a list of daily beer tastings taped to the cooler doors for Madison Craft Beer Week, which was also cool. Yes it's a little small and dingy, but the selection makes up for that. Check it out after a stop at the Weary just a few doors down.

08-11-2008:
Stopped in here after the Great Taste.

Majority of beer is in the coolers, a couple displays were on the floor. A good selection of WI microbrew. Very low on the limited offerings such as Tyranena BGW, Central Waters barrel-aged, etc. There was one NG Unplugged, not sure if that's due to the Great Taste weekend or not. Ale Asylum, plenty of Lake Louie (current seasonal), New Glarus, Capital, Central Waters, Bells, etc. One rare-ish offering I saw was '06 CW Kosmyk Charlie, asking price was $6. Limited selection of craft singles, it would be nice to see more of those. Good import selection, limited to Unibroue, a few customary European selections. Cashier was a friendly fellow. (1,196 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -0.7%

This place is one of the smaller places I've visited, which means turnover probably is not a problem. The definitely get some high end beers in here, but not too many single bottles and variation suffers at a place like this in regards to lesser popular beers. Without a doubt though, if you want some of the heavy hitters of the brewing industry and don't really feel like searching around for them, this is your destination. The good service there will also help and if I lived nearby I would be a regular for high end releases. (530 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +3%

looks like i've never reviewed lovely old Star...

this joint is conveniently located 2 doors down from the weary traveller and right before the co-op (heading from downtown)

its not the biggest beer-store in town but it ALWAYS has something to offer.

the quality has never been anything but on-par with no old bottles to note. its a neighborhood willy street joint and the service shows - everyone is friendly

the selection will please anyone offering 6packs from all the local heavy hitters with a focus on the special releases. there are a few coolers of 22oz/750ml and various other singles that frequently contains limited releases from central waters, southern tier (choklat, jahva, gemini, and all else), nogne, ommegang, and lots of others.

this store is convenient to me as its right on the way to my girlfriends and it always has something that i dont see in my other mainstays (rileys, steve's university)

prices are always fair

this also earns points for being the premier spot to wait in line for great taste tickets (1,035 characters)

Photo of JeffKrenner
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

I went in here on my rush through a few liquor stores stocking up before coming back to MN. Decent selection of local offerings, including many Central Waters, Lake Louie, Tyranena, Furthermore, etc along with DFH, Bell's, and other fine crafts. However, not much of the limited versions of the local brews. In other words there was no Central Waters BBS, no Lake Louie Reserves, etc. No one offered any help, but that was fine since I knew what I was looking for. They were very friendly at checkout. Prices seemed pretty much in line for what I saw at most other Madison beer stops. (584 characters)

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Star Liquor in Madison, WI
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.