Riley’s Wines of the World | Madison, Wisconsin
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Riley’s Wines of the World
Exceptional based on 53 ratings
Type: Beer Store

402 W Gorham St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53703 [ print map ]
608 257 0400

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Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am-9pm; Sunday: 11am-9pm


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Beer Available At Riley’s Wines of the World (arranged by most recent)
Central Waters Octoberfest Lager 49, Deschutes Black Butte Porter 97, Against the Grain 35K 95, Founders Backstage Series #10: Dissenter Imperial IPL 98, Perennial Saison de Lis 95, Abita Seersucker Summer Pils 43, Central Waters Ouisconsing Red Ale 47, Evil Twin Even More Jesus 100, New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat 99, Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 99, Nebraska India Pale Ale (2011- ) 95, New Glarus Thumbprint Series Scream IIPA 99, New Glarus Thumbprint Series Berliner Weiss 99, Capital Dark Voyage Black IPA 48, New Glarus Back 40 Bock 85, Milwaukee Brewing Booyah Farmhouse Ale 51, Sprecher Beyond 2014 Braggot 36, 3 Sheeps Ewephoria 66, Berghoff Oak-Aged Stock Ale 26, Door County Biere De Seigle Rye Farmhouse Ale 68
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53 reviews for Riley’s Wines of the World
 Ambiance  60%
 Service  59%
 Selection  79%
 Food N/A 
 Value  70%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  77%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
sunnyridge  (28) | April 4, 2010
This was my all time favorite beer spot in Madison. Huge selection always up to date and carrying hard to finders. Best part is that its located in the middle of the UW-Madison campus so the real great beer is never snatched up too quickly. The crown jewel in my Madison holy trinity.
86
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao  (222) Iowa City, Iowa | March 5, 2007| Updated May 22, 2007
Shangri La. Huge selection including a large number of singles. They’re expensive, but if you like to try a lot of different beers, this is the place in Madison. Best beer store I’ve been to in the Midwest.
86
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm  (68) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | January 1, 2007
Ahhh yes, Riley’s. Love this place. I have called them from Minneapolis and asked them to put beer aside for a month one time,and they did. The lady who owns the place saw my purchase once and went down to the basement and got me a bottle of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Reserve Stout. Cool huh?? I sometimes make the drive on a sat. from the twin Cities.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield  (108) Roseville, Minnesota | September 23, 2012
I don’t understand why this isn’t rated higher. From the perspective of someone out of state, this is a great place to find a good selection of Wisconsin singles, along with some outstanding international beers--things I don’t see in Minnesota. Best store near the University. Perhaps if I spent more time in WI, it wouldn’t look so good, but whenever I’m at UW, this is where I go to stock up on beers to bring home with me.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh  (446) Tampere, Finland | October 2, 2013
Great place. Single bottle selection of Wisconsin beers was very good. Lots of local beers. Also New Glarus Raspberry Tart available (which wasn’t available at the brewery in New Glarus). Nice service. Easy to find.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh  (85) Greenfield, Indiana | August 14, 2007
I went here first thing when I got into Madison. It was exactly what I wanted. A few cooler full of WI singles and other regional selections. Yeah, kind of warehouse like, but what ever. I’ll be back.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher  (134) Columbus, Ohio | August 16, 2009
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.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate  (160) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | September 23, 2013
This place was excellent. I was in downtown Madison, without a car, and I needed a place to stock-up on Wisconsin beer. Since I couldn’t drive, and I was within walking distance, I figured I would give it a try. Believe me when I say, you won’t be let down. The selection was extensive; albeit, the single bottle selection was a bit "leaner" than I would’ve liked it to have been, but still, there was enough to keep me satiated. It didn’t have the biggest selection, in terms of total bottles, but they seemed to take a, somewhat, calculated approach, which made the selection better than it actually is, when compared to other places. I would definitely give this place some attention, and see what they have in stock, as you’ll definitely be leaving with something. Again, not as great as other places, if you can get around, but it sure as shit is up there. Pretty nice place, with some decent service.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN  (49) , | August 25, 2009| Updated August 19, 2013
These days Rileys may have a better selection than both Steve’s...they usually have some Cantillons (Lou Pepe...had 50N too), seasonal JPs, full 3F bomber line up, and most of the seasonal/one off local brews for singles purchases. Staff may not be super friendly or knowledgeable, but I’ve had luck. Prices are steep.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 28, 2013
Visited August 10, 2013 on the way to the shuttle for Great Taste. Had to stop in for the place tick.

Interesting liquor store conveniently located next door to the Brickhouse BBQ. I found all kinds of things from plastic Kvass bottles to lambic bottles to locals. Pretty nice selection over all. The prices were a bit high and I didn’t particularly feel like spending $25 on a Golden Blend but the option was there. That and we were about to get on a school bus to go to a big beer festival. The service was friendly and asked if we needed any help. Still kicking myself for not grabbing a bottle of kvass, or at least taking a picture of one.

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