Although the majority of the tweets that come my way are expressions of adoration and admiration from the 278 people and spambots who have made the right choice and chose to follow The Sconz on Twitter, occasionally, derision comes my way. Mr. Adam Powell, a leading Madison foodie for The Onion, responded to my claim that Riley's is the best liquor store downtown.
WTF: Jack Craver calls Riley's the "best liquor store downtown." Was it the tax evasion, high prices, or surly service that won you over?
Leftist nationalist Lukas Diaz chimed in with this in response: "You know, @thesconz is a good blogger, but his taste in beer/alcohol is highly dubious."
That one hurts fellows. But let's put aside my wounded alcohol connoisseurship and address the charges made against Riley's.
First count: Tax evasion. Probably guilty, but what's it to the average consumer of spirits and malted beverages? Who's to say the offenses weren't committed to the benefit of the customer?
Second count: High prices. Really? What are we buying here? What are our priorities? I've already made mine clear:
Delivering the best drink specials in town to the people. The real people. Those of you who wouldn't drink a Belgian beer in Belgium, and who like a brew that is cold, union-made and tastes like the spare change you used to buy it.
Third count: Surly service. In my experience, the chaps at Riley's have been very hospitable.
But seriously, I'd like to have some dialogue about where to get the best-priced beer, wine and liquor downtown. Downtown does not include Sun Prairie -- sorry Blaska. What say you?