Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
4.19/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Because it's so far from my home, I rarely make it up to Shawan. That's unfortunate, as the beer selection here is just outstanding and their prices are some of the best in town. Most of the craft beer selection is in the back on the left (as you enter from the parking lot), but the selection is sizeable and of the highest qualify. Like other top stores in Maryland (State Line, Fishpaws, PP and the Wine Store), if the beer comes into the State, you can be pretty sure that Shawan will carry it. On this particular day, they had the best selection of Boulevard beer I've seen anywhere in Maryland, as well as hard to find, unusual items like the Brux, Weyerbacher Riserva and Tiny, DuClaw Souljacker, etc. Also, one of the nice things they do here, is that they have a separate area of singles that are individually priced. I was just stopping off after a trip to the UPS customer center, and so just wanted a glass of IRS when I got home after the drive. Much to my surprise, there were a good number of options, and I ended up grabbing a bottle of Dark Truth (exactly what I wanted). Prices are pretty reasonable I thought. My bottle of Brux was $13.99, the GI Juliet was $16.99 (I paid $20 at my local), and doublejack was $7.49 (the cheapest price I've seen in Maryland).
Atmosphere and service are not really this places strong point (the place looks like your typical liquor store, with a number of displays and pyramids in the back - they do have a sizeable cold box, which is a plus). Service was pretty much nonexistent on the evening I went... it consisted of an employee running the cash register when I got up to the front to pay for my beer.
The atmosphere and service aside, the selection here is flat out great, so who really cares if they don't have some designated employee who will come up and ask if you need anything. The only real difference between this place and state line (which is why I give it a 4.5 instead of 5), is that their import selection doesn't remotely compare (though it's still pretty good). From a domemstic craft standpoint, this place is clearly outstanding, and is a place I can't recommend highly enough. This is a great store.
07-20-2012 16:23:15 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.86/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My first stop in Maryland looking for local beer to try and to see what their selection was like.
In a modern shopping plaza not far off I-83. Posters all over the windows scream that this is the place to come for good stuff.
About 75 to 100 feet of cooler space for sixpacks of all sorts; a nice wall of singles, although to make a mixed six you had to scrounge for an empty carton. But then I'm used to doing that by now, most places don't have empty cartons out to use. Fortunately I saw a fourpack of SN Hoptimum on the floor missing two, which was one brew I was anxious to try since I had missed my chance at the Greenfield Mass. brewfest (the Sierra Nevada table was in an interior angle with Founders, so you can imagine the crowds!). So I added a Flying Dog Barley Wine and a Sam Adams I had not tried (obviously my judgement cells were snoozing, I could probably have found that one at home!) and was good to go.
Loved their big displays of stacked sixpacks. Another shelf of bombers and 750s rounded out the attractive and spacious display area.
I did not shop as carefully as I might have, since when I got here I had already driven for over seven hours, and I knew the next day I'd be hitting at least two other highly recommended stores. But next visit (probably November) I'll come prepared to spend more time and money.
06-24-2013 04:26:05 | More by scotorum
4.49/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$
This one is quite out of the way for me but I only went there because I helped someone out on a beer run when I was in the area for a get together, but I wasn't into beer at the time. They have either the second or third best cider selection (close with Wine Source).
The service here is decent, but you have to usually ask for it; however, I don't mind this and don't usually ask for or need help.
They have 2 cooler sections, but most of the good stuff is out and about. They layout is warm, open and well lit. I quite like their aesthetics.
There is a wall of singles that are priced very nicely, but I don't think it is a mix six deal (can't remember). They also have a weird piece of glass furniture that they use to display their "vintage" beers. So, they cellar some beers and then put them out unceremoniously on this gaudy piece of furniture. However, the selection was small when I was there but they don't increase the price for the vintaged stuff. If anything, it costs even less. Well, I got a 10/10/10 out of that, which was a big want of mine.
05-18-2013 00:23:53 | More by gillagorilla
4.79/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$
This has been my go-to shop for awhile now. The selection is one of the best in the area, the prices are great on some things and good on most others. The beer section is not the biggest, but they have craft imports, a mix-a-six shelf, cold six-packs and singles and even a vintage shelf. The organization is not always the best, but the staff does a great job of offering assistance and is very friendly and knowledgable. I don't find many outdated beers, which is impressive for the area.
05-07-2013 14:25:23 | More by stephenjmoore
4.31/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I am accustomed to going to Montgomery Liquors in Catonsville so this was an eye-opening experience for me.
The back left corner of the store (about 1/5 the total area) is dedicated to beer and this was a spectacular selection. Reasonably priced individual bottles which is great for someone like me who just wants to try them all but doesn't want to invest in a 4 or 6-pack.
One large refrigerated case and a second smaller refrigerated case as well. An entire shelf dedicated to individual bottles of Belgians, and another shelf for Germans. Great Dogfish Head selection including about 6-7 different limited release bombers. The person working there was extraordinarily helpful and a sales rep from Flying Dog was there and we chatted long enough that he gave me his card and offered to get me into the brewery.
I walked away with:
DFH - Immort - 12 oz. bottle
DFH - Chicory Stout - 12 oz. bottle
Oskar Blues - G'Knight - 16 oz. pounder
Schneider Weisse - Tap 7 - 500 ml bottle
Lagunitas - Sucks - 12 oz. bottle
Stone - Levitation - 12 oz. bottle
Stone - Ruination IPA - 12 oz. bottle
New Belgium - LOF: Tart Lychee - bomber
DFH - 75 minute - bomber
Overall second best experience in a liquor store in Maryland for both the selection and the reasonable prices next to Pine Orchard Liquors.
03-15-2013 20:56:46 | More by BaltimoreBeerLover
4.73/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow. Lived in the Towson area for 28 years and never went here before. I always went to Wells since it was right by my gym. However, I think this place is better than Wells for a couple reasons. It is cheaper (even more so since you don't have the additional baltimore city tax that you do at wells). Also, you can buy single small bottles here, which wells does not offer. This is great since I usually want to try a beer before committing to an expensive 6 pack. The set up and display is great and they provide empty 6 and 4 packs to load up with singles. I think the selection is as good as wells and definitely displayed more appealingly.
06-26-2012 16:54:57 | More by mendvicdog
4.94/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
If you saw it from the outside, it would not lead you to believe its anything special...but don't judge a book by its cover. Inside is a great selection of wine, liquor, and beer. All drinkers can find something here. Im a beer guy myself and they get some very nice beers for very reasonable prices. I've been there a few times and I've seen St Bernardus 12, Rochefort 10, Great Divide Yeti, Barrell-Aged Old Rasputin, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, and Green Flash Palate Wrecker to name just a few. They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff that is always willing to help you find what you are looking for and make suggestions. Its easy to find, right off the 20-A exit on I-83 South. When I have time and want a nice drive on a sunny day while looking for some good beer...Shawn Liquors it is. I would recommend this place to any craft beer enthusiast.
05-14-2012 23:05:27 | More by BeerFiend2002
4.3/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After shopping at Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD for quite a bit I was pretty in awe of the prices here. Way cheaper although the selection is much, much smaller. This is a great place to come in and grab a couple gems since the pricing is very good and local Baltimore beers like Duclaw, Stillwater, or Heavy Seas. It is mostly a liquor store with a beer section but they offer both cold and unrefridgerated beers as singles, bombers, 4/6-packs so all in all no complaints. I have found that they tend to have a nice selection of De Dolle and Dieu Du Ciel beers if you are looking for any of their offerings.
06-16-2011 19:01:42 | More by wdeck9
4.28/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A - A middle-to-upper class liquor store with much of the footprint dedicated to wines and spirits, but about a fifth of the store is dedicated to brews included two sections of coolers and a larger nicely laid out section for room temperature offerings... The product placement and overall display was quite appealing...
Q - A good visit... Easy to find... Nice layout... Good selection... Good pricing... Solid people... Will definitely be making return trips in the future...
Ser - Very nice staff... Quite knowledgeable... Not pushy in any way shape or form... Good stuff...
Sel - Small wall of singles... Large selection of bombers... Some higher end offerings... Lots of locals... Lots of offerings not offered in bordering states...
V - No complaints in terms of pricing... Everything seemed reasonable and commensurate with what I'm used to paying else where...
05-28-2011 02:01:07 | More by philbe311
4.74/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Guess it was my lucky day, to have stumbled across this place.
My wife and I are in the Baltimore area cause we're visiting our parents-in-law this weekend. Our next beer club meeting is this coming Tuesday, and I need to get something for it today (blame Maryland for not selling alcohol on Sunday).
My wife found this store on BA site, and so figure we'd go check it out.
When we went there, I was asking the staff there for recommendations, and the gentleman I spoke to suggested me to check with Matt, their in-house beer-guy.
Matt then spent the next 20 minutes suggesting a good number and variety of aged beers (like a sierra big foot from '06 and some out of production beers). He even proactively went above and beyond to tell me that he'll try to help me find, get, and ship any special beer I can't get in Maryland if I can get him the name (I mentioned that a good friend of mine is moving out of DC soon and we're all trying to find some special sh-itz for that last beer meeting with him in June...).
Seriously, all I can say is, WOW. For someone to not only be so passionate about beer, be knowledgeable about it, and be really cool about recommending the good and right stuff, and not trying to go salesman on me but instead he was suggesting things that are not only good but also not over-priced. This was really cool.
This, is customer service at its best. I just came back from the store like 15 min ago and I can't help but leave a review that I feel they'd deserve for what they have in store and more importantly for who they have working in the store.
Next time you go, ask for Matt (other guys are very nice and helpful; but Matt is just beyond awesome). Oh, and definitely ask them what they have in the back.
Thanks. Now, I have just found myself a new go-to beer store.
05-15-2011 01:00:45 | More by alexku66
Shawan Liquors in Cockeysville, MD
97 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.