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Steve's Wine Beer Spirits - University
$$ - reasonable
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3618 University Ave
phone: (608) 233-6193
(Place added by: cokes)
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| Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Steves Wine is a very nice upscale wine shop. The wine selection is impressive with bottles from across the globe, but this supposed to be about the beer.
The reach-in cooler has a pretty good selection of import singles and sixes. There is also a very good selection of quality micro and craft brews in sixes. I also found a respectable number of craft and micro singles for sale. The 12 packs and cases can be found in a large walk-in cooler.
It is nice to see that the wine world has noticed the craft brew movement and is becoming increasingly accommodating to our needs.
This place was staffed by two young college girls on this visit. I did not have any questions, so I cant comment of their level of beer knowledge.
I was pleasantly surprised by this establishment.
10-16-2006 14:10:00 |
More by EvilKeith
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Steve's is a mix of specialty food shop and wine store, but there is a nice selection of foreign brews and micros. They frequently have samples out from their cheese shop that are always worth a try, and I often get my dry chorizo and cornichons here. The wine selection is respectable, and there are several varieties hard to find elsewhere, and the beer selection is also decent, although this is not the shop's primary focus. The prices vary widely, and it's good to go in with an idea of what they price competitively, and what to look for elsewhere. I found some liquors I buy there for much cheaper elsewhere, but the last few times I bought ale and beer it was priced competitively. The service is okay. I have never asked for help, and none has ever been offered. I'm sure they're knowledgeable, seeing all they offer, but I've yet to exchange any words with the employees except about their latest cheese sample.
03-30-2008 14:23:24 |
More by BoitSansSoif
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
The other Steve's. I usually shop at Steve's on Mineral Pt., but this place is definitely worth a stop. Overall, the selection at this store is not quite as good as the other Steve's. However, there are many beers here that are not found at the other location. There is a pretty good selection of Belgian beers here. At least 4 De Dolle Brouwers, Poperings Hommel Bier, and St. Bernardus 6 come to mind. Another good thing about this store is that many of the six packs are available as single bottles. Most beer is chilled, though some of the singles aren't. Service is fine. The employees don't know their beer like the employees at the other Steve's, but I've never had a problem here. Prices are a little high, but nothing too bad. This is not the first stop to make in Madison, but definitely high on the list.
10-25-2005 23:22:46 |
More by beveragecaptain
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
i stop here as often as any other liquor store. the staff here is very nice. they aren't always the most informed (they're not beer geeks like the folks over at Steve's Liquor on Mineral Point), but they definitely will go out of their way to order you something rare if you ask them to. i give them a lot of credit for that.
also, the cheese. hot damn if they don't have a cheese selection. seriously, you could get broke and fat eating cheese here. i'd recommend the Pleasant Ridge Reserve.
onto the beer. they have a good selection of local, all the Lake Louie, Central Waters, Tyranena, New Glarus, Viking, South Shore, Capital, Sprecher you need. All of it at a fair price. they have a pretty decent selection of non-local American beers, not as extensive as Riley's but they are definitely better when it comes to freshness. Imports are a lot like non-local American beers, decent selection that focuses on quality. all nationalities of beer are adequately represented, so if you're looking for a particular style you should be able to find an offering or two, but maybe not the exact one you had in mind.
10-11-2007 02:05:15 |
More by nchrist13
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped here when I first moved back to Madison after school. I was near Hilldale getting lunch, and I saw Steve's across the road so I decided to walk over.
The service wasn't anything out of the ordinary. The employees sat behind the counter while everyone picked out what they wanted. The selection was decent, but nothing spectacular. They had a variety of Wisconsin beer, DFH, Bear Republic and more. There are other places in Madison that have a better selection though.
Not a terrible beer store, but it didn't stand out in my mind so I don't plan on revisiting.
11-02-2009 05:58:21 |
More by Ek0nomik
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I stopped here after an interview today. I was a little reluctant to go to this location based on the reviews. I didn't think they would have a great selection. Boy was I suprised. I was like Chunk from the Goonies in an ice cream shop when I walked in the door. Coming from Minnesota we have some great beers available. Wisconsin blows us the hell out of the water. At this location they had Dogfish head, new glarus, stone, capital, lakefront, viking, bear republic, great lakes, bells, founders, sprecher, sierra nevada, 3 floyds, and even smuttynose. There were many other standard craft brews that I can't even remember. For all the brewing companies listed above, they had the flagship brews and usually a few rare/once brewed beers and seasonals. To give you an idea of what was there, here was what I got:
--6-pack Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA
--4 pack DFH 90 min IPA
--Stone Arrogant bastard bomber
--Stone Oaked arrogant bastard bottle
--Stone smoked porter
--New glarus mixed pack (organic revolution, fat squirrel, IPA, and spotted cow)
--New glarus raspberry tart
--New glarus belgian red
--Stone Vertical Epic 08/08/08-last bottle
I was astounded by the selection. In addition to the great american crafts, they had a ton of Belgians. They had all the chimays, rocheforts, and many others. If this liquor store was down the street from me, I would be broke. That was the only downside by the way. It was a tad bit pricey. But it was so worth it. Definitely check out one of the "Steve's" locations if you are in Madison. I will be going back there again soon.
03-07-2009 05:44:33 |
More by brewdoc75
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Steves, along with Riley's and Woodman's, has a deep selection of quality beer. Steve's also has some of the best prices, and their beer lady is always incredibly helpful in suggestions. Generally speaking, they do not hold beer reservations, but they will special order the beers that they can that are not in stock. Between Steves and Rileys, you can find almost any beer that hits madison that you would want to try (assuming you get there before it sells out for the limited release stuff).
Oh, and they have GREAT cheeses and a large wine selection too!
I love living a mile away from this place.
11-12-2011 21:07:46 |
More by jegross2
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Good selection for a wine store. I bought singles of Dogfish, Young's, Rogue, Paulaner, Ommegang, and lots of regionals here. The service was okay, but I'm sure it would be better if the store hadn't been in a holiday frenzy. Oh, and 10% off 6 mixed singles. I noticed prices a little higher than Woodmans on a few items.
I think I'll make this place a regular stop when I don't want to go all the way to the West side of Madison.
12-22-2002 09:34:36 |
More by ethosx19
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Candyland. I'm from Milwaukee, and even the beer stores there don't compete with the vast selection of Steve's micro brew selection. I like how they categorize their beers geographically!
They also post beers that are "new" and beers that are "sale" by putting stickers near the prices. I find this helpful, although they put a "new" sticker by Lakefront Eastside Dark, which is definitely not new. Perhaps someone got stuck in a beer time warp?
Staff is always friendly :D
07-31-2009 03:27:35 |
More by MaltyHoppyGood
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