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Riley's Wines of the World

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Riley's Wines of the WorldRiley's Wines of the World
BA SCORE
92
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67 Ratings
Ratings: 67
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 alexgash:
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4.15/5  rDev +1%

Stopped here on the way home to the Twin Cities just to try and find some Central Waters and Lake Louie. Luckily, I found both and much more. Modestly-sized store that was a little messy and cluttered but in a good way. Coolers along the walls housed an impressive selection of WI micros, and other good micros from around the country. Was really glad to see lots of singles! Also happy to find 3 Floyds and lots of New Glarus. The service was good with nice suggestions and decent beer geek knowledge. Was in a bit of a hurry, but easily could spend more time here and will be back.

alexgash, Mar 14, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Appears like a small little dump from the outside, but Riley's is a lot bigger than it looks. Kind of a poor layout with beer in the back and then again along the sides with sixers and cases stacked everywhere there is an empty spot to put them.

The selection is good with lots of Wisconsin brewers being represented. However, there are a lot of Midwest brewers missing, but, as someone who was shopping here for beer I can't get in Chicago, what they were missing wasn't what I was looking for, so it didn't really matter much.

Service was non-existent until I checked out. But once I did and I happened to ask a certain question it was as if the flood gates had opened and I quickly realized that not all of the beer they have is necessarily on display. If you're looking for a limited release, I suggest asking someone - it worked very well for me - with them advising me of limited releases they had that I wasn't even looking for in the first place.

I'll definitely hit Riley's up the next time I am in town.

Florida9, Sep 24, 2010
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Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.