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Cork's Fine Wine & Liquors

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14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: n/a
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390 West St.
Mansfield, Massachusetts, 02048
United States
phone: (508) 337-9463

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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by Freshie:
Photo of Freshie
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

This store was my savior. I went there to get some Stone Imperial Russian Stout. In the process, I discovered a very good beer store.

Not as big selection as other stores, but what they did have was very good quality, and from what I hear the selection is growing. A lot of Stone (including the Imperial), DFH (including the 120 Minute), Chimay, Westmalle, Sierra Nevada, etc etc.

A lot of floor space for expansion, and very kind staff. They put sperators in my box so the bottles wouldn't crash into each other. Very thoughful.

I shall return

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Photo of BobZ
2.6/5  rDev -34%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 1

Just stopped in to Cork's again today. Looks like the store has chosen to "waive the white flag" with regard to maintaining a large craft beer selection. I guess the emergence of a large competitor down the road has hit them pretty hard.

As the reviews below stated, this store once had a nice (and growing) selection. Now the floor space allocated to craft has been steadily shrinking (since the early spring of this year), as has the number of bottles on the remaining shelves.

I'm guessing that soon all that will remain is BMC with a few select craft choices.

Photo of Daktyls
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

I've been frequenting Cork's for about two years now. The staff is very helpful, knowledgeable and overall pretty awesome. Cork's has quite a few tastings over the course of a year, each of them being very well done. While the beer selection isn't what you would call huge, there is still a healthy selection of local and imported brews. There are a lot of microbrews as well as macrobrews. Overall, most of the beers that I have reviewed on BA have been purchased at Cork's. Prices are pretty reasonable compared to the other stores in the area, and the staff is what keeps me coming back. I requested they stock a beer from Wachusett Brewery and they did! Now, it may not have been my doing, but when I came back and bought some, the staff remembered that I had asked for it!

Photo of jlindros
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Well, I def have to re-review this place as it has changed exponentially since they opened. They used to be great for craft beers and staff, but in the past few years they have spiraled downwards. I haven't even gone in about 2 years now. I watched as they eliminated row after row of craft beer, and left it with... absolutely nothing, just empty space. They also did the same with the wine, so I honestly don't know how they are still even in business. They also got rid of anyone that actually knew anything about beer (or wine) and left with just business people or stock people, so it's like going to that lame liquor store next to the super market that's only in business since they are next to the super market. In Cork's case I really don't know since the rent is probably high, they have a big empty area, and Wines & more is just down the street. I can't stress more that there is no reason to go to this place at all.

Photo of racer2k
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

This is a great store for craft beers that seems to be getting better by the day. Every time I walk in they have new selections available. Corks has increased its inventory selection and overall quantity of craft beers over the past 6-9 months. They have a new beer manager who is very knowledgeable of craft beers and always willing to lend a hand. Check out the Belgian beer selection in aisle number one which has many of the popular Belgian beer offerings but also quite a few different and new selections. They even have a Twitter account for updates and information on beer tastings.

Great job Corks!

Photo of victrola42
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

I have been shopping corks for over a year now, perhaps more. I feel the selection has improved tremendously since I started shopping there. They have a new "beer guy", as of a few months ago anyways. He has brought on more of a selection of beers. He is knowledgeable and helpful. I do not have to go out of my way to Yankee or Julios for a good 6 pack or bomber. They have weekly tastings on Thursdays, not quite every for things come up, like the wine tasting! As of recent they have brought on growlers, Berkshire! They do sell liquor as well now.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%

Happened to stumble upon this place while going to LL Bean down the road. Large store with plenty of parking, shares a lot with a major grocer. Store is very clean and has a very nice wine tasting area. Large bottle selection is very good with many choices of stone, southern tier, smuttynose, berkshire and dfh. What I found strange was the very limited 12oz selection, the only SN choice was the pale ale. Prices were definetly above average a 4 pack on 90 minute and a bomber of Big A Ipa was almost $17.

Photo of bbeerman
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

Since my first visit to Cork's, I've been impressed. Prices can run a bit higher than other stores in the immediate area (e.g. Dubs's), but their selection of micro-brews and craft beers is the best in the vicinity. Their regular beer tastings, sometimes with 20+ companies/suppliers, are fun, educational, and most importantly, tasty.

Quality is usually very good. I did, on one occasion, purchase a 6-pack of Magic Hat Jinx that was well past its prime (to be fair, it was on sale in November for $5, so I took a chance in retrospect), but other than that, I've always been happy.

Service is excellent. The staff seems to know beer, at least those gentlemen who own the store and run the floor. They also enjoy discussing beer, which is always a plus.

Selection is somewhat small, but again, the craft beer selection is varied and full of good, B+ to A+ beers. That coupled with good quality makes for a positive shopping experience at Cork's.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

Stopped in while travleing for work. I live in NC, and was especially looking for some beer to take back home that I can't get in NC.

This store did not have a huge selection, as the primary focus of the store was on wine, but what they did have was of good quality and appeared to be well rotated and fresh. Most of the beer on the floor was also available in coolers.

The salesperson was quite helpful and appeared to be knowledgeable of the beer in stock as well. He even called one of his distributors when I told him I was from out of town and was looking from some Alesmith Speedway stout. Unfortunately, there was none to be found, but I did appreciate the effort.

I did find some Stone RIS 2008, (which is what I was really after!!) along with beer from Alesmith, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Thomas Hooker, Lost Abbey and a few other. Some Belgians and German beer were also available.

Overall, a decent store, and definitely a place to stop in if you are in the area.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

I visited this place for the first time on 2/3/07 for their 2nd annual Superbrew Beer Tasting event. The only stores that I’ve seen that devote more space to craft brews are stores that are significantly larger. I like the fact that they force people to walk by the craft brew section before they can get to the macros. My only dealing with the employee’s of the store itself was with the individual that was greeting people as they came in and with the two people working the register. They all seemed very friendly.

The selection was excellent. Stone, AleSmith, Southern Tier, DFH, Thomas Hooker, Unibroue, to list few, plenty of regional brews and top-notch Belgians. I was shocked to see that they had Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown, which I had never seen in this area. The prices seems slightly higher than most places in the area, but not high enough to make them unreasonable.

Photo of nase
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

Great store that I hit up frequently while on a client there.

A few selections from Alesmith incl. Speedway Stout highlight the selection here which is definitely above average. Also featured several from Stone incl. the latest Vertical Epic, Hooker Liberator swingtops, Peche Mortel (delicious!!!), and some of the popular belgians incl De ranke XX bitter.. Too much to name. The good stuff is kept out on the shelf. Perhaps, most importantly, had a SLEW of Massachusetts craft beers including nearly everything from the Cisco line to complement the selection of the BA Greats.

Service is acceptable. Yes, they do the cardboard thing which is friendly and did give me a Unibroue tulip glass when I inquired about them behind the counter after they had recognized me coming in a few times. The owner interrogated me when I was jotting down notes about their brews but then went to talk to his wine friend. I asked him about the Speedway Stout and he said he had never had it. The service aspect is just notched down for me a little because whenever I find that kind of selection, I like to talk to the storekeeper about the beer a little bit but that's not a feature for this store, unfortunately.

But anyway, who wants to chat when you can drink!!!

(Prices are between reasonable and pricey)

edit: had to update this not because I have been back but because I have seen many other stores in the area since my visit. I remember not seeing any dust on the bottles, and don't remember seeing a better selection outside of Boston. And the selection was comparable if not better than Bauer on Newbury St. After talking to the fellas at Wine Cellar of Silene tonight, I realized that the owner interrogated me that time because he probably thought I was "shopping" his store checking his prices and whatnot. And to date, it's the only place besides Charles Liquors that I have seen carry Alesmith.

Photo of ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

I checked out two liquor stores last night and both of the had one thing in common. Which could be described in one word "Potential".
Corks has a medium sized store. Bright, clean and well lit. Because they do not have an acctual liquor licence they have no disstilled spirits. Which makes for a lot of open floor space. This floor space is not being used for beer. The beer shelf is only represented by two small shelves. On it are all top quality beers, DFH, Hooker, Alesmith, Stone etc. The sign outside boasts "the largest and coldest cooler in the area". Which made me feel a little quezey just entering the building. I mean I understand that people like their Bud light cold. But I dont like my Midas Touch ice cold. Unforunatly that is where a majority of the beer is located. The staff the night I was there knew very little about beer and repeated the mantra "Matt knows the beer, Matt knows the beer".
I am affraid that when hard liquor is added to this establishment that the beer will become the redheaded stepchild here.
But this is a new store and great improvements could be just around the corner. But with the Large Yankee Spirits around the corner a seriour dedication to craftbeer needs to florish here.

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Cork's Fine Wine & Liquors in Mansfield, MA
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.