Riley's Wines of the World
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4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
01-13-2011 19:04:19 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-10-2010 00:01:47 | More by Birchgrove77
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
09-24-2010 02:32:50 | More by Florida9
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
Stopped in here on a recommendation from the guy over at Fromagination (a local cheese place and a must if you are a cheese person visiting Madison). The place looked tiny on the outside, utterly TINY, but upon going in you realize it isn't just the storefront you see on the outside, but the multi-story building it is attached too. The beer selection is nice, not amazing but nice and well taken care of. It is in the back of the store away from light, about half refrigerated and includes all the locals you want including New Glarus and Lake Louie.
I didn't talk much to the beer guy (aka the guy loading cases of BMC) but he did have the exact answer to the question I had, so that's good. I spoke at length to someone about Liquor though, and the selection was impressive. Upstairs is a select area of wine and liquor, which is amazing. Lots of small batch and interesting things.
07-07-2010 14:32:22 | More by mdwalsh
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Really nice store, well laid out and labeled. Even better now that it's got Brickhouse BBQ right next door. The store is well lit and organized sensibly.
The staff are friendly and helpful, but only if you go looking for help. I don't really expect anyone to come up and ask me if I need help, so I don't really mind it.
Actually, come to think of it, a guy told me there was a seperate fridge for Belgians...I need to go back for that.
Selection is very solid. Tons of WI local brews (Tyranena, New Glarus, Ale Asylum are all great, among others), and plenty of other top-notch domestics. Foreign beer section isn't too bad, and I haven't even gotten to look at the Belgian aisle yet. Damn, that's making my mouth water.
Prices are all very reasonable, pretty much as good as or better than you'll find anywhere in Madison. Pair that with their wide selection, and we have a winner.
04-11-2010 23:56:55 | More by AmberMan22
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
This is, thankfully, my local liquor store (this unfortunately means I live pretty close to State Street). Excellent selection of bombers and individual bottles, not enough space to provide the six-pack selection I would like. Staff is friendly, though not overly attentive, but in the end I tend to enjoy shopping without too much intervention. Everyone there is generally good at answering any questions I might have. Pricing is typical for Madison, certainly cheaper than my corner store. There are occasional deals, but generally on middling beer, I have yet to find a real steal in their clearance section.
Additionally, as the name implies, they have an excellent wine selection, especially from more obscure appellations, and they have some great top shelf liquor. Considering that its only a six block walk to this place, I can't think of a much better place to go beer shopping.
12-24-2009 21:56:21 | More by johnkale
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
Anytime I am near State Street or the Capitol I stop at Riley's. I'd recommend walking there, as parking in their lot is usually a major pain in the ass.
I don't think I've ever talked to any employees beyond checking out with my selections, but that's fine. I usually know what I want. Although, talking beer can sometimes be enjoyable.
They have a nice selection of beer. Breweries ranging from all over Wisconsin, the Midwest (Three Floyds, Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island, etc) and the rest of the country (Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Southern Tier, etc). They also have a fair amount of Belgium bottles too.
Riley's is a great beer store. I wish they had another location on the West side so I could make it my primary stop.
11-03-2009 00:03:04 | More by Ek0nomik
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
This is one of the best liquor stores I have ever shopped. WI is a great state for liquor stores (far better selection than many other states I've shopped), and this is one of the top couple in the state, if not #1. There are a lot of beers in WI that don't make it out of state, and Riley's has all those plus many others I've not seen elsewhere. A giant selection, big coolers, lots of singles for mixed 6-ers, a knowledgeable staff - this place pretty much has it all. Throw in a downtown location convenient to other places in Madison you'd like to visit and you've pretty much got anything you could want in a liquor store.
08-16-2009 20:13:35 | More by BeerBelcher
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
Stopped in after the Great Taste to see what was kicking around the Madison bottle market. Was not disappointed.
Small corner store, about 4 parking spots in the lot (with street parking surrounding). Sixers line the fridges on the back wall, very much with regional craft, but a solid selection of other US brews, (ie- stuff I can get at home). Lots of Tyranena, Capital, New Glarus, Ale Asylum and whatnot.
There is another section of beer, mostly belgians and bombers of Us beers, along the right wall. Adjacent to this are a couple shelves of warm beer, which included a Dark Horizon v2 and Old Rasputin XII, quite a surprise to me. ($22 for each)
While there, a couple was asking about Dreadnaught, and when the worker found the beer, he offered to go find them a better bottle, as the last one in the cooler had the old label. Plus 5 for being in the know, and for caring enough to make the effort to look for a better bottle. Nice to see.
Quick easy stop to grab some quality brews. I didn't think the prices were too out of line with what I see at home. I would gladly patronize again.
Also, they had a solid Southern Tier line, and their Stone bombers were all a dollar less than we pay at home.
08-10-2009 18:32:07 | More by ShareANevada
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
Believe it or not, this is the cheapest place to buy good beer near campus (downtown Madison is really pricey).
The place is laid out nicely and clean, no issues in the quality of the store.
The service isn't great, I've never really gotten any help for buying beer there so if you want to get something new I'd suggest surfing BeerAdvocates first.
The selection is pretty good, probably the best near campus, but it's still a little disappointing for being near University of Wisconsin. They have a good selection of Wisco micros, Dogfish Head, Old Rasputin, etc. They also have some Belgium beers and bombers of various different beers.
Overall if I'm going to buy beer (seeing as I live on campus and have no car) I go to Rileys.
03-22-2009 00:31:23 | More by DarbyOGill
Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.