Steve's Liquor

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94
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84 Ratings
Steve's LiquorSteve's Liquor
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

122 Junction Rd
Madison, Wisconsin, 53717-2687
United States

(608) 833-5995 | map
stevesliquorstores.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
55
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
8.49%
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of Hrodebert
1.89/5  rDev -55.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1

Stopped in on our last day in Wisconsin to put together a couple of mixed 6's of Wisconsin only beers for friends at home.
Left with nothing more than a sampler 12 of New Glarus.
Staff didn't seem to have time to be bothered, even though the store was nearly empty.
There where numerous empty spaces in the single bottle section which was quite small. Actually saw a much better selection in a BP gas station earlier in the day, but held out for Steve's because of the reviews here.
Oh well, live and learn.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -41%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

RE - reviewed as Jan has left and now the selection is just fair. It still has what it had before it just hasn't grown with the times.
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OLD REVIEW
This place rocks! Jan was off the day I was there, but it did not matter. Karen and Mike were incredibly helpful. The selection was awesome. So many beers that are not available in IL and certainly not Georgia. Lots of super small Wisconsin breweries. New Glarus, Tyranena, Capital, Central Waters, Furthermore, Sprecher, Cross Plains, Lake Louie, Lakefront, among others. Mix a six was also very nice!

Location on Madison's Westside, conveniently located off Highway 14 and just a 2 hour drive from Chicago's Northern Suburbs.

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Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%

Steve's is in I believe Middleton, I hit it on the way to an event downtown.

All the beer is in coolers on the wall adjacent to the doors. Everything is clean and it appears everything but the Hopslam is of optimal freshness (but this is August I totally know what I was getting with the Hopslam). It's a bit pricey in some regards, standard and reasonable in others. The have 2 coolers of 375, 500, and 750 ml bottles with a few rarer Belgians, some Germans, and a few other things. Had quite a few of the Wisconsin brews and also a few import 6 packs.

Overall a pretty standard above average beer store.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

Passing through Madison onto Darkness and we had to stop at one of the highest rated beer stores along the way. Its a decent place, worth stopping by if you are close but not a destination place at all. The quality of the beers is average, not a ton of super high quality beers or internationals but most of the better local brands. The selection is heavily biased toward local offerings Central Waters, NG, etc. They have several of each which is great for someone driving though to get locals you can't get out of state. As an added bonus they offer tons of single's of most of the local beers, so for the ticker like me its decent. The prices are super cheap as well so that's welcome as well.

Stop by for cheap locals but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

Steve's Liquor is small compared to other liquor stores, but the beer selection is quite nice.

atmosphere is standard for a liquor store, with the beer all in coolers on the back wall. the majority is in six-packs, with a focus on wisconsin breweries, along with most available in single bottles. mixed six-packs are 10% off, which is a plus.

quality and service were good; no complaints. clean conditions and minimal dusty bottles, with friendly service that seems to be interested in beer.

selection is good. full lines of Tyranena, Capitol, Lake Louie, Ale Asylum, New Glarus, and other Wisconsin breweries. for imports, there are some, but nowhere near a comprehensive selection of any one type or brewery.

overall, this is a solid stop for beer in Madison, with fresh bottles and a stock that seems to turn over on at least a moderately constant basis.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

I actually think the other location of Steve's has a better selection than this one -- more imports esp Belgians, and you could buy singles of some of the American craft brews.

I could imagine the service might be better at this location as the counter folks here seemed more professional while the other store was staffed by college students who were more interested in each other.

However, we did ask, when we saw the limited beer selection in the coolers along the back wall, whether they had some warm beer somewhere. They said no and did not bother to mention that there was more beer back inside the cooler!

So it seems based on the other reviews we did not see all that this store had to offer. One thing they did have in their favor was a decent selection of Lake Louie and Central Waters, which weren't available at Woodmans. But our other stops, Riley's, the other Steves and Woodman's East, all had their strengths as well, so I did not perceive that any one destination would be far and away the best stop.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

Steve’s Liquors is in a newer brick building situated on a hill overlooking a busy intersection. The parking lot is large enough to handle any number of customers.
The interior is clean, well lit and well organized. The selection of wine and liquors is pretty good, but where this place excels in is its selection of quality craft beers. I was surprised to see beers by Three Floyds here. Craft beers from across the country line the coolers.
I found a good selection of beers from all of the larger Wisconsin breweries. What really impressed me was the selection of beers from smaller Wisconsin brewers. I ended up leaving with sixes from the small brewers, these were beers I did not see anywhere else in Madison.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mkfuzzles
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nflmvp
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Another of many stops on my most recent trip to Madison. On my way in the door, I asked about a quantity discount (because I had been OFFERED one at Star Liquors earlier in the day). Because of the response I got, it seems to me that it is not policy, however, they DID offer me 5% if I put together at least a case of craft beers...and that was EASY.

They have a wide selection and I was able to walk away with some Three Floyds, Great Divide, New Holland (Dragon's Milk-YUM) and a couple of nice Imports.

The prices were reasonable but I felt that they were a little higher than some of the other places I hit the same day so the 5% discount didn't really amount to much. However, when I had questions about a certain beer, another emplyee offered to do some quick research for me online and came back within a couple of minutes with the answers I was looking for.

I'll go back the next time I'm in town

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -5.7%

This was another stop on my trip to Madison on the Great Taste of the Midwest 2009 weekend, on a long journey to purchase local beers.
Easy parking right in front of the store, good service, it has a relatively small, but carefully chosen selection, with decent pricing.
There are a few wines, but I did not check those.
It has all the expected locals, spanning mostly Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, with a few hidden gems from California. I actually found a few limited editions from Three Floyds and others breweries.
A decent selection of imports round it up, and some of the employees do know their beer, to some extent. Worth a stop, good if not great prices.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -5.7%

I stopped in here with fellow BA kmpitz2 on our way to the Great Taste last weekend. Upon entering you are greeted by clean, open, well lit store that has rows and rows of wines and liquor. We headed to the coolers on the back wall of the store, which is where all the beer is kept. There are only a few random beers scattered across the floor, otherwise everything is located in the coolers.

They had a wide selection of stuff including New Glarus, Lake Louie (yay!), Flying Fish, Gray's, Tyranena, Sprecher and much more. Make sure you walk through the middle cooler to the shelf of singles in the back. Yes...it's freezing in there and unfortunately the floor is quite sticky and disgusting. My shoes kept sticking to the floor even after I walked out. However...there are some gems of singles in there that included Fish Tale 10th Anniversary and some random Two Brothers and Three Floyds stuff. Prices seemed pretty comparable to what I pay in Chicago. I was especially happy to have the chance to pick up some Lake Louie in the new six packs.

The girl at the register was very nice and excited to hear we were going to the fest. Overall, this is a nice store that should defintely be on your list of places to stop if you are going to be in Madison. Fairly easy to locate on the corner....they just need to clean up that floor by the singles rack!

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Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

I'd heard a lot of good things about this place, so I finally got the opportunity to stop here a few weeks ago. Its a rather unassuming building sitting off on its own from a large shopping complex across the street. It took me a minute to find the wall of beer, but I was not let down when I got there. Good representation of local beer...Lake Louie, Capital, Tyranena, and a decent selection of imports. Most of the beers at the store were housed in coolers, which was less than optimal for me as I was taking them back to Kentucky from there. Service was very good. When I had a question, the woman working took me back into the cooler to show me where the beers I wanted were hiding. Prices were right where I expected them. Overall a very good beer experience for me.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

I live in Anchorage, Alaska, but grew up in Iowa. On a current visit home I explored Steve's with my dad and brother. In a general comparison, this store blows away anything in the Quad-City area [Daventport & Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island, Moline, & East Moline, IL (yes that's 5)]. But we have better in Anchorage. It's a good shop. The Belgian selections was solid in quality but not particularly extensive. The same is true for English and Germans. There was a very extensive selection of Wisconsin and other midwest beers, and a respectable selection of micro's from western states, most but not all of which I was already familiar with. Surely you can find something agreeable here with which to wet you whistle. Single selection wasn't huge, but Jan willingly broke up 6 packs to let us increase our selection, as I will describe later.

The highlight of the visit, by a long shot, was getting service from Jan (manager? owner?). Would it be inappropriate to say "serviced by Jan?" She had a fun personality, maybe she'll chuckle? She was pretty stoked when she saw our first few selections, and lead us on the rest of our mission. She seemed to be excited to talk beer with aspiring beer geeks, and was more than forthcoming with her opinions and descriptions of the various brews we inquired about. She was more than willing to break up 6 packs, saying "it just takes a minutes for me to put it into the computer" as a single. She clearly wanted us to have a good experience, and we did. When I asked about brews to take back to Alaska for the beer geeks there, she first suggested some western beers that we have access to already, Lagunitas, Rogue, and Great Divide. I was looking for things we don't get. She suggested some that I was already on top of, New Glarus Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, and some from Lake Louie, Sprecher, and Bell's. She was very high on Bell's, especially their Cherry Stout. Ultimately, we didn't really like the Cherry Stout, but I don't mean to be dissing on Jan's suggestion. She had some good advice, strongly encouraging us to drink some of the better Belgian's at warmer temps, something we know to do but my brother resists sometimes. The Ommegang Chocolate Indulgance was almost disappointing at first, though very smooth and balanced and not particularly sweet. I liked it better as it warmed. The Sprecher wheat was not as much like a German wheat as I had hoped. In general, my bias toward big, bold, often hopped up western beers has been validated by sampling midwest beers. But I digress.

At one point I told Jan I had recently enjoyed St. Bernardus Grotten Brown for the first time, and it was from a tap in Anchorage. She wobbled and swooned like a teenage girl with a crush, gushed about how fabulous the beer, and held on to a cooler for balance. This is a woman who enjoys beer! She also gave us an impromptu intro to French Farmhouse beer, and stated that she is on a bit of a mission to educate folks about it and carve out a niche supplying it.

Though her prices were a touch higher, the 10% discount for buying 6 or more specialty beers largely mitigated that fact.

Cheers

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Photo of Homerbag
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

This is a place that reaaly respects beer and knows the product. I stopped in here on a day trip. All the beer is in coolers, that are walk in as well. I have never seem that in a place that sells taht much craft beer. A good amount of rare Europian beers. One thing that impressed me is that they cellar beers here as well, then sell then at some reasonable prices. I meet Jan who was extremely pleasant and knew what she was talking about, and knew what I was talking about.

A great place that treats people very good. Stop in if you are close or not so close and you will enjoy spending money on good beers.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Solid store with great service. Wide variety of American craft six backs and foreign, mainly Britist, Belgian, and German, singles. Expect to find all area beers along with plenty from New Holland, Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Smuttynose, Avery, Victory, Goose Island, etc… American craft singles selection is almost completely lacking compared to the other Steve’s, Riley’s, and Woodman’s west. Price is comparable to the other shops in town, save Woodman’s. 5% discounts are common for holidays, special occasions, or just because you asked. Staff is very good, especially the older lady (part owner?). The supply of Belgian singles changes enough to get me to make return visits every two or three months. Nice wine and booze selections as well. Getting in and out of the parking lot can be a pain at certain times of the day. Mostly, I use this store for Belgian singles that are not available anyplace else. Woodman’s is better for sixers and Riley’s is better for most singles.

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Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

I stopped in here before the Great Taste of the Midwest, this past summer, looking for beers I can't get at home. They have a great selection of national and local beers in a long wall of coolers.

When the person at the front found out I was there for beer and had questions, the beer guy was called to help me out. He quickly suggested a bunch of local beers (Ale Asylum, Lake Louie, Tyranena...) and Zoetzurr Flemish Ale which they had just got in.

Long story short, this is a place that is worth checking out if you are looking for some local brews. I will definitely stop in the next time I am in Madison.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Steve's is the store I stop in every time I pass through the Madison area. Everything is kept in great shape and within the freshness dates. The biggest wall is all beer coolers with a walk in you can search through for anything not on the cooler shelves.

The people at the desk are very friendly and helpful. I asked for some suggestions on places in the area and they were glad to give recommendations. They were also commenting on the beer I purchased and making suggestions about it.

The selection is very good. Full lines of the Wisconsin favorites including the special releases. Tyranena, Central Waters, New Glarus, Lake Louie, Ale Asylum and others. Good selection of American crafts and a solid selection of Belgians. Fair prices on everything I picked up to purchase.

Good store to pick up all the Wisconsin goodies.Make sure to stop by on your way through town.

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Photo of rugger
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

I walked in here after waiting for them to open. They probably thought I was an alkie waiting for them to open. The guy that was there was real friendly and was joking around with me about my car. Anyway, the place was nice, and smaller than I had expected. All of the beers were in the coolers along the wall in the back and in the walk in part. The walk in was full of boxes that made it hard to walk around in, but they did have a nice selection. It was hard to find some of the things that I was looking for, but seeing as how I had all day to look at beer stores I was able to find most of what I was looking for. A nice place to say the least. If I am ever up there again (11 hour drive) I will stop in.

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Steve's Liquor in Madison, WI
4.24 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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