Riley’s Wines of the World

402 W Gorham St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53703
bottle shop  3.9/5.0 56 reviews
Monday - Saturday: 10am-9pm; Sunday: 11am-9pm

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Beers At Riley’s Wines of the World

NameABVEntered
Next Door Livacious5%8/24/2016
Next Door Luminous IPA 7%8/22/2016
Next Door Kaleidospoke Pale Ale6%8/22/2016
Next Door Plumptuous Scotch Ale9.5%5/22/2016
Lake Louie Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale5%5/14/2016
3rd Sign Jungle IPA6%5/7/2016
Door County Sideshow IPA6.3%4/28/2016
Three Floyds Hopped In Half5.3%4/26/2016
3rd Sign Forest IPA6.5%4/20/2016
3rd Sign Sumatra Mild Ale4.5%4/18/2016
3rd Sign Castor Dry Hopped Wheat Ale4.5%4/17/2016
Three Floyds Amber Smashed Face7%4/17/2016
Oliphant Mothra Vs. Mothra5.4%4/16/2016
Lagunitas The Waldos’ Special Ale11.5%4/15/2016
3rd Sign Madagascar Vanilla Mild Ale4.5%4/15/2016
O’so Infectious Groove4.5%4/2/2016
Bent Kettle Insolence IPA7.4%3/30/2016
Bent Kettle Thwack! IPA6%3/30/2016
Bent Kettle Go Fasters American Amber Ale5%3/30/2016
New Glarus Thumbprint Series Milk Stout0%1/1/2016
O’so Liquid Soul Imperial Stout9.2%12/31/2015
MobCraft Most Mobbed Imperial IPA10.5%12/29/2015
Door County L’Hiver8%12/2/2015
Door County L’Automne 7%10/28/2015
The Hop Garden Nuggetopia7.1%10/26/2015
Lake Louie Hop-A-Louie Series # 4: Blue Peter Export Beer5.8%10/20/2015
House of Brews Pagoda Indian Pale Ale7.5%10/18/2015
Wisconsin #002 Yankee Buzzard IPA7.1%10/6/2015
Great Dane German Pilsner5%10/6/2015
Three Floyds Alpha Kong13%8/14/2015


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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
jde123  (85) Washington, Washington DC | December 3, 2005
This place has a great selection of singles, something that is sorely needed in more establishments. The only place I have ever been able to find beer by Viking brewery, which is a definate plus! Oh, and the service was horrible!
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 11/20
TheEnemy  (44) Chicago, | October 2, 2005| Updated May 13, 2006
A big part of me really hates going to Riley’s because they have the rudest service ever, and it pains me to give business to people who behave like their customers are an annoyance. The college help is occasionally tolerable and sometimes even helpful when not busy, but that Asian broad (who I presume is the owner) is so insufferable that I frequently just want to smack her. I don’t often contemplate violence against women but she manages to piss me off almost every goddamn time I walk into this place.

What keeps me coming back is the selection. It’s not huge and their import selection is a bit thin. But the fact that they can even move this stuff in a campus area 90% inhabited by students is impressive. (You gotta hand it to those UW kids -- it seems a lot of them have good taste in beer if they can keep the Great Dane humming and Riley’s stock moving.) Riley’s big strength is in providing a one-stop shop for Wisconsin-brewed beers, particularly in singles. Seems like every little mom-and-pop brewery in the state gets shelf space here --Capital, New Glarus, Tyrenena, Slab City, Central Waters, Viking, South Shore, Harbor City, Lake Louie, Sprecher, Lakefront, you name it. If you’re a big fan of Wisconsin beers like I am, this is the one and only stop you need to make, IF you can put up with the a-holes who work there.

60
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Philip  (64) Illinois | August 9, 2005
I’ve stopped here a few times on the way to my in-laws. Compared to the other Madison shops I’ve stopped by (Woodman’s, Whole Foods, Brennan’s, Star, Steve’s), I believe they have the best selection of Wisconsin microbrews. I picked up every New Glarus Unplugged (including the Eisbock) the last time I visited in June 05. Lake Louie, Viking, Central Waters, and other quality WI breweries are well-represented. Their selection of foreign bottles was decent. However, despite having spent over 150 bucks on my last visit, I was again reminded of how poor the service is at this place. Rather than being pleased, the staff expressed verbal annoyance. (I’ll happily share more details if anyone would like to know.) All in all, its a great place for WI beers, but don’t expect them to roll out the red carpet for you.
72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Gurst  (3) Ann Arbor, Michigan | June 24, 2005
Great selection of singles, bombers, growlers, six packs, and 1/4 & 1/2 barrels. A lot of Wisconsin and foreign brews, but lacking some other American essentials. Excellent stock for New Glarus, Tyranena, Lakefront, Lake Louie (growlers), Central Waters, Capital, South Shore, Sprecher, Bells, Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, and Three Floyds. Staff is ok in the helpfulness/knowledgable department, but when they lack there they make up for it by being pretty nice guys. When you get past the owner’s menacing glare, she’s actually pretty friendly. Occasionally they’ll have great deals on older cases and kegs, but if you don’t mind the age, the prices can be amazing (ex: case of Lakefront for $10, 1/2 bbl of Capital for $50).
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
hezron  (26) Viroqua, Wisconsin | June 13, 2005
Lots of Wisconsin micros, but the singles varies and moves faily quick. There are usually some Viking, Central Waters, New Glarus, Lake Louie growlers, etc... fairly wide selection of Bells and Dogfish. Pretty good place to go, but a pain to get to for me as I don’t go downtown often.
60
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor  (122) Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin | June 10, 2005
Recommended stop by hezron - thanks! Found a bunch of Viking beers (Whole Stein, Copperhead, Weathertop, Hot Chocolate and both meads, they were out of Big Swede.) Also had some growlers of Lake Louie and singles of Central Waters, Slab City, Bells (including TCOA), Lakefront and Capital. Some Avery bombers, including an Avery Eleven that I grabbed. A nice supplimental stop. The guys working there seemed like assholes though.
68
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi  (104) Glendale, Wisconsin | May 23, 2005
They have Capital Wild Rice. Also available are CW, Bells, Fantome, and Viking items. I also managed to find FFF Brian Boru there.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Terminus  (356) St. Louis, Missouri | December 22, 2004
I was here on 12/22/04. While walking through Downtown Madison on a fridged december day. This place has lots of good stuff-Bells singles inclidng some of the more rare ones (sparkling, doppelbock). They have all the central waters stuff in singles (minus the bourbon stout) and also all the Viking stuff in bombers (2.99 each!!) killer store. Also picked up a bottle of great lakes nosferatu!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
heemer77  (226) Urbandale, Iowa | September 9, 2004
Lots of singles in the coolers. The staff didn’t seem to know much about their beers. I got some Viking beers that can be hard to find. Otherwise, a nice place.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BBB63  (146) La Porte , Indiana | August 30, 2004| Updated August 13, 2009
Outstanding singles selection (lots of Central Waters and Viking)! The prices were fair and overall the best of the three I visited today.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
tomxcs  (10) California | June 30, 2004| Updated March 15, 2005
A favorite stop of mine as it is only three block from my place. Some of the staff know their stuff, some don’t -- just ask for Skidz or Adam Bents. My roommate works the registers and his brother is the asst. manager, and both have tried nearly every beer in the store and can give you advice if it’s needed (although if you’re an RBer, you probably just need help finding something, not advice). They have a nice selection of singles and 6ers of some unusual stuff. They also regularly stock bombers of Lake Louie and Viking and have many hard-to-find Midwest micros. Some nice Belgians too -- Westmalle, Beersel, Fantome, Chapeau, Ch’ti, others. A little pricey but not bad.

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