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Riley's Wines of the World

Not Rated.
Riley's Wines of the WorldRiley's Wines of the World
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
[ Store ]

402 W Gorham St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-2004
United States
phone: (608) 257-0400

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Reviews by Erdinger2003:
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.7/5  rDev -34.3%

I walked in and I saw the most liquor I have ever seen in one place. Then I saw the three coolers reserved for beer. The selection had a few I was looking for, but mostly not a lot for the local people. A bomber was 7.99+tax and that's pretty pricey for Wisconson it turns out, if I had known that I would'nt have bought very much from here and got the better price in Milwaukee. Service was pretty ok, they were ready to help me out and I saw and met skids (a fellow BA). The selection could've been better and bigger, but it was ok. I wouldn't go again for a few years to see how it's going.


After my second trip I have to re-review this one. Initially I thought the beer coolers in the back were for BMC (Bud Miller Coors) only, however as it turns out the back coolers are full of local and other microbrews that look really great. Cheers to Riley's

Re:
After pricing Riley's with other stores around the Madison area I have noticed that these guys are marking up their beer a lot because they keep lot of it in the back and slowly put it out. And because it is rare when they put it out (2 months after it's release) thy can mark up their prices. No one I have met yet there even knows about good beer. The lady who owns the place is just taking advantage of the local beer drinkers by hiking up prices for more money while at the same time she gets lots of money from the local college kids who go there because it's within walkin distance from the college.

We found a couple of 2004 Sammichlaus's there a month ago and I were asked if I wanted to buy the rest that were in the back (at $5/bottle), I said ok and bought half a case of '04 Sammichlaus. Today a month later I went back and saw two more '04 Sammichlaus's for almost $6/bottle. These people are rude and don't care about their costumers, no baskets, no carts, I guess you just keep having to carry your beer up to the counter.

Erdinger2003, Jul 03, 2006
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This is a great shop in Madison, right net to Brickhouse BBQ.

The craft is split up into singles which is great, too bad I was broke when I went in and just got 1 can of 8 Bit Pale ale.

A lot of shelton beers are represented including 14.99 bottles of Mikkeller weasel and those expensive as all fuck Italian beers.

Most of the beer was in the coolers except the big high abv brews and some seasonals. I didn't even get to the 6 pack area. This place probably has everything distributed to Madison giving it a pretty wide selection.

The service is pretty good too. A great store.

crossovert, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of jegross2
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%

Riley's is great for three reasons:

1) Selection. They have almost every beer you could want to drink that is sold in the state of Wisconsin.

2) Quality. Rileys not only has a lot of beer, they have a lot of GREAT beer. Impossible not to find something new and interesting to try there.

3) Holding beer for me. I've bought a lot of beer from Rileys over the past 18 months, and a lot of it has to do with not only the helpfulness of their beer guys, but also their willingness to hold beers for me. I'd never been able to try CBS if not for the help of Rileys, and I am very excited for the Oak Aged Old Rasputin they're going to hold for me!

Riley's is the priciest of the quality beer selection places in Madison (the other two being Woodman's and Steve's), but they are not any more pricey than your average corner-liquor store. Making the trip to Riley's is certainly worth browsing their selection, getting their beer help, and most importantly, reserving those rare releases!

jegross2, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%

Stopped by this store today to pick up a bottle of Founders CBS!

Looks like a fairly small store front, especially for the city of Madison. I was really surprised with how big this store was when i got into the store!

Atmosphere: Reminds me of a grocery store. Fully stocked shelves that are neat, clean and organized.

Quality: We are in Wisconsin...the quality beers are everywhere, but nothing was expecially exciting thatwas on the shelf.(except for the bottle of CBS of course!)

Service: Very friendly and laid back staff.

Selection: Wide variety of beer here. Tons of craft beer from all over the USA. Lots of popular sours and huge belgian selection to compliment the USA craft. Also lots of overseas beers. nice variety, but it definately caters to the popular beers that beer geeks love.

Value: Little pricer than I like, but we are in a big city so its to be expected.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Top notch beer store. Everything they can get their hands on from the state, plus great stuff from other states. They do not concentrate on Stone and the like, just their top picks. This put me in the unique position of picking up almost everything in stock, ex the Shelton brothers stuff. Single bottles of everything. I was here well over an hour fulfilling my customs import limit from cooler after cooler. Only the very high abv are available non-cooler, and given the shelf life of most regular beers, and the heat in the state over the summer, cooling makes good sense. Service OK, mostly younger guys, and it was buzy.

Sammy, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

A gem in downtown Madison right off the UW campus. I heard about this place through other beer seller who suggested that I stop by this place for 3F bombers. This place sold all the New Glarus beers among the many microbreweries of Wisconsin. They also sold an arsenal of Mikkeller, 3F, Stillwater, and Dark Horse beers. This place is a little disorganized, but still you found the good stuff if you look long and hard enough. Friendly service but didn't come to you while looking at the beers. Just am glad I was able to buy a bunch of New Glarus and 3Fs here due to the extremely limited distribution!

CuriousMonk, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of cwcolby74
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%

I enjoy visiting this liquor store whenever I visit Madison. It keeps an outstanding selection of Wisconsin brews, with enough numbers that you can often find some of the seasonal releases a few months after they're over because the store stocked so many.

They also keep a separate cooler of singles that is a great mix of Wisconsin and out-of-state choices.

The staff is generally helpful and will look for whatever special requests you need.

The prices are a tad higher than at Woodman's, but given Riley's central location right down on State Street, and that it has its own parking, it's worth a visit.

cwcolby74, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%

Being so close to the Wisconsin campus, Riley's caters to a lot of students. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised at the vast selection of great beer they have. Lots of brews from throughout Wisconsin as well as the country. At least 10 doors of 6-packs as well as a walk in cooler. There were also 4-5 doors of singles and bombers available. This place had a ton of good stuff I wanted to try. I was able to slip out of there with 3 mixed 6-packs but I'll definitely be back for more very soon!

richkrull, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Another highly recommended stop on your way through Madison. We went to Woodman's first, and stocked up on some bombers of FFF, and some four packs of DFH Burton Baton, but saved some money in our wallets to head over to Riley's, and are glad we did.

The back wall is a large cooler, with a great selection of beers from Wisconsin and abound. The main reason for stopping at Riley's for the slim hope of scoring some Central Waters Peruvian Morning, and sure enough, they had it. I had never tried to beer, but read alot about it, and glad I picked up a few four packs. They had more of the limited releases from Tyranena, Central Waters, New Glarus, and Ale Asylum than Woodman's did, and a better selection of bombers and singles. They stocked quite a few (maybe 8-12) varieties of Jolly Pumpkin, which I was happily surprised with. Also some of the limited release DFH (Namaste, Theobroma, WWS, etc).

Woodman's is definitely cheaper, but Riley's will have some things that Woodman's does not. I would suggest stopping at both, and get the best of both worlds.

MarcatGSB, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

This is probably one of the better stops in Madison if you want to get high end micros. Their service is top notch and the place really uses their space well considering their size. Pretty much everything is there you can get, with the exclusion of maybe some lesser or lower demand stuff. If something comes out new, this is a place to go and get it. Staff is courteous and knows quite a bit about beer. Will be back again, and probably would be more often if parking wasn't a pain and all the wild college traffic in the area.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Birchgrove77
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Visited 11/06/2010 in search of some great Wisconsin locals after a visit to the Farmers Market.

Store appears quite small from the outside and is tucked right next door to the Brickhouse BBQ and only a few blocks from the parking around the Capitol.

Was nicely greeted when I walked in the store, and I knew exactly where to go from a previous visit. Beer is located straight back, with a ton of sixers in the cooler. Stocked with the locals (NG, Tyranena, Central Waters, Lake Louie, etc.), but had a decent selection of Midwest and other craft brewers. There was also cooler space on the right that had a very large mix your own six pack stocked with a ton of locals. Belgian selection appeared to be small, but very high quality.

Prices were just a touch higher than Woodmans, but still very reasonable for nearly all of the beers, and there is a 10% discount if you fill a mix six pack. Scored some CW Brewhouse Coffee Stout and then a bunch of random locals CW Y2K Barleywine, Tyranena BGW beers, some Lake Louie Scotch ales...didn't want to leave.

If you're in downtown Madison this is great place to score beer and will be my go to spot when in town.

Birchgrove77, Nov 10, 2010
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Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.