Cork & Barrel
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
4.44/5 rDev +8.6%
One of the best stores for beer in Lawrence. They make a point of getting pretty much anything available in the area. The thing that sets this store apart is the singles selection. Any craft beer on the shelf can be purchased as a single and they are refrigerated. You pay a bit of a premium, but well worth it in my opinion.
They are active on social media giving updates on new arrivals. They have frequent tastings as well. Also a great selection of wine, if that's your thing.
06-16-2013 15:10:53 | More by homebrewhawk
5/5 rDev +22.2%
In my opinion, it doesn't get any better in Kansas than this. Since the liquor laws have changed recently in Kansas, distribution is improving, if you can get it in Kansas, you can find it here. Obviously Boulevard is big here and Cork and Barrel gets a nice amount of all of Boulevard's special releases. Stores are also allowed to offer free tastings now. Cork and Barrel takes full advantage of this with their beautiful tasting station right in the middle of the store by offering weekly tastings and seeking customer feedback via social media on what to offer. The beer manager really knows his stuff and the knowledge of the staff has improved considerably over the last year. The beer loft as others have mentioned is amazing, I love the ten cooler doors of singles and the racks of bombers. And as the previous review mentioned there is a new glassware area attached to the store where you can find some of my favorite glasses, the Boulevard tulip glass and Speigelau tulip and IPA glasses. Follow them on twitter @CorkBarrel or on Facebook and you'll always know when new releases are coming in, if you have a question, post it there, they are great about responding.
06-14-2013 17:18:38 | More by DrLaFollette
4.64/5 rDev +13.4%
They get everything distributed to Lawrence, plus they have an extensive mix a six/singles section THAT'S ALL REFRIGERATED. If they have it and it's not in there, they'll break up a 4 or 6 for ya. Big ole bomber wall too. Probably the best spot for hard liquor in Lawrence too, can fill all your alchy needs!
Service is fantastic, the vast majority of the staff are very into beer. When asked, know what new hotness is in and what will be coming soon. All their recommendations have been spot on too. There's usually a free tasting on Fridays, plus brewery reps regularly visit with their wares.
Will usually have decent discounts of some high volume selling items (Free State/ New Belgium) and will discount some that have been sitting a while.
Is my go to booze store in Kansas and KC area.
06-12-2013 21:01:01 | More by Jips
4.57/5 rDev +11.7%
Cork & Barrel has become my main place to shop (though I still prefer giving my business to Jensen Liquor) as they've really ramped up their efforts on craft beer. They now have a giant wall of refrigerated singles to choose from, as well as a giant wall of six-packs to choose from. They also now have a whole room dedicated to bombers and other specialties. Recently they opened another room to sell specialty glasses and other barware. And one of the best things they do---and for some reason they're the only store in town doing this---is use Twitter to announce what new beers come in. And for some reason they seem to get the new stuff first. Plus the staff now has a number of beer geeks who are friendly and eager to chat beer. Definitely recommend swinging by.
01-18-2013 14:05:01 | More by JEdmund
4.8/5 rDev +17.4%
If you are ever driving through Kansas or near Lawrence you need to stop here. Their new beer loft is amazing. They have ten cooler doors worth of singles organized by type. If they distribute it to Kansas, these guys have it. You can build your own six or four, heck if you even just want to grab one you can only take one (but why would you only want one!). Also a very nice selection of bombers accompanied by rating. Another nice thing about Cork and Barrel is that they use their social media well on Twitter and Facebook to update followers when they get something new in stock. Only complaint is that sometimes when I call the store whoever answers doesn't always know about the beer I'm trying to reserve or find out about. But whoever manages the social media definitely knows what's up and so now I just post my questions there.
06-20-2012 18:50:54 | More by shebby
Cork & Barrel in Lawrence, KS
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.