A few high quality foreign beers here, but its mostly about local stuff. Lots of singles available and the prices are decent. Customer service vascillated between grudgingly helpful and downright unpleasant. Parking was fine.
Came here for GTMW ticket release. A nice store with a good amount of the beers in coolers. A nice set up making it easy to find beers. Service was good despite the GTMW crowds. Selection was solid compared to other area stores. Prices were inline as well. A nice Madison area store.
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.
I made a special trip to come to this place when I was in town, as it is well-rated, and I have to say that I was not all that impressed - the cooler section dedicated to craft beer was small, even compared to lesser wisconsin stores (see - Timers in Racine) - sure, they have most WI brewers represented, but so does every other store in the state, and their selection of out of state micros was actually quite small, as was the import selection (one small cooler for ALL imports, including Canadian ones) - this place gets an extra point or two for being the only store I went to in the state that had a few Lake Louie products, but aside from that there is nothing here that you can’t get in a decent liquor store in any medium-sized town/city in the state (ie. Appleton, etc.).
Stopped by on a Friday morning while the store was not too busy. Service was decent. As the other reviews have said, they stock a lot of local beers. Import section is somewhat lacking. Very clean nice store. Found more unusual things at their competition.
August 2016 update: the store has been heavily remodeled since the last time I visited, which was probably in 2008-9 or so. It’s not a large place and they try to cram in an awful lot of quality wine and liquor as well, so those looking for the largest selection will be disappointed - but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality, with lots of unusual and uncommon stuff, from the Midwest and elsewhere. All the bombers and 750s are in a walk-in cooler, and there are quite a few to browse, so bring a jacket or sweater! Larger sake selection than I’ve seen elsewhere also; pretty helpful service - the two people working weren’t super knowledgeable about beer, but knew what to do to try to answer my questions between their database and calls to the University Ave Steve’s location.
(January 2004) Best selection I’ve seen in the Madison area, though I have to admit I haven’t hit that Woodmans yet. Most WI micros well respresented, including as PJones mentions some of the rarities; also carries New Glarus limited edition stuff (like the Imperial and Triple) which can be hard to find. Small but well-chosen collection of Belgians, British, etc. Good service, parking lot, right off the Beltline, beer-friendly lighting. A must-stop in the mad city.
Brigadier (321) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | January 15, 2006| Updated August 23, 2006
This is my primary home for beer buying locally. Selection here is incredible - almost every Wisconsin micro is represented here (Viking, Central Waters, New Glarus) along with plenty of other micros. The best part of the store is in the coolers in back. Last time I was there, they had a great selection of the more accessible Top 50 beers (Rocheforts, Abbey de Rocs) and plenty of bombers in almost every style.
The service people are exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful. If you go, ask for Jan - she’ll know everything that is stock and it’s a great way to pass 15 minutes if you have the time. Definitely worth a stop while in Madison - you can swing by Woodman’s west side location too while in the area.
A decent selection of sixers, but really lacking in the singles. One rack of singles. However, I was glad to be able to grab a single of GI Bourbon County Stout. Relatively, pretty good. I think my standards are getting out of control (Stuffed Sandwich, Julios, Bello Vino, etc.)