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Star Liquor

Star LiquorStar Liquor
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 5.96%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

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

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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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.

07-14-2011 05:47:49 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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EvilKeith

Alabama

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

This was my first stop on a planned day and a half trip to Madison.

Star Liquor has a small and unassuming storefront. The place has a very co-ed ready feel to it. Posters for bands playing local venues line the window next to entrance.
The interior is small with a limited selection of wines and liquor, the emphasis appears to be more on the wine.
A short stroll to the rear of the store brings you to the beer coolers. There are a couple of Belgians, English Ales, and a couple of other imports.
The selection is fairly limited, but on this trip I did find the Wisconsin beers I was looking for. The truth be told I could have purchased all of the beers on my list here. Had it not been for the other ten places I planned to visit, I would have.
The staff was friendly, helpful and knew what was stocked in the back coolers. This place is not huge, hell it’s not even medium-sized. I did find the Wisconsin beers I was looking for. I have to give them that.

As a side note; I did visit their website. The cartoon-like drawings of the stores exterior and interior layout are pretty accurate.

10-15-2006 11:59:18 | More by EvilKeith
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$

Stopped in while randomly cruising down Willy Street, never seen this little place before. Seems geared mostly towards wine but a decent wall and a half of cold beer cases. Good selection of Wisconsin Micros including Lake Louie, some regionals and a few imports. A small amount of singles, mostly imports, some Bear Republics too though. The jewel in my visit was one of the last three bottles of Dogfish Head's Liquor de Malt. Apparently this is the only place in the state to pick it up so I felt lucky stumbling in when I did. Not an outstanding selection but worth a look. All of Madison's shops have a little different selection and little gems to look for.

08-07-2005 19:26:17 | More by Golden2wenty1
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JeffKrenner

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

06-30-2007 14:02:52 | More by JeffKrenner
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cokes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

A very nice little liquor store in Madison's eccentric Willy St. neighborhood. Out of the way (depending where you're at in Madison). But worth checking.
Staff is very friendly and knowledgeble. Willing to listen (and act) on suggestions.
It is a small store, so the selection is somewhat limited. But quality brews provail over swill. All the top WI micro make an appearance, as well as some other top breweries (Kzoo, Allagash, Dogfish). Some good vintages of singles as well.
Plus, it is one of the few places in town(1 of 2) that sell Lake Louie.
Quality all around.

11-04-2002 20:47:39 | More by cokes
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

This is a nice little shop and its high point is definitely the service. If you ask them to find a beer or you, they usually will try and if they can't get it, they will somehow remember you the next time that you are in and tell you why they couldn't get it without you even having to ask. A good alternative is then recommended.

The selection is great for the size of the store but size is a limiting factor. On the flip side, the price is really very good for the size. This place can't be buying in bulk so I truly respect that they keep their prices down compared to similarly sized places.

This is a great place to buy Lake Louie beers. Their international selection is above average and their selection of Midwest brews is very good.

Star sells singles of many good brews including some from Great Divide, Bear Republic, Viking, Three Floyds, and BluCreek. From time to time they get in new top end international beers. Keep an eye out for them when you go to Star.

08-29-2005 17:28:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

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.

01-13-2011 20:18:24 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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DavidEddie

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

This is a great place. It looks like they sell mainly wine, but they have a good selection of local brews as well. They had all the beer I was looking for to bring back to IL with me; Big Sky, Bells, Tyranena, Old Chub, and New Glarus. I received excellent service there.
The guy that was working was a beer geek like myself. He recommended I should try, Lake Louie's - Kiss The Lips IPA, Warped Speed Scottish Ale & Central Water's - IPA. He also mentioned if I had time, I should stop in at the Ale Asylum brewery for some outstanding beers.
If you are ever planning on stopping by Madison, I highly recommend this store. It's definitely worth checking out.

10-28-2006 23:01:25 | More by DavidEddie
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BoitSansSoif

France

4.15/5  rDev +3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

01-26-2008 02:10:46 | More by BoitSansSoif
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dirtylou

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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

04-20-2008 02:40:46 | More by dirtylou
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Star Liquor in Madison, WI
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.