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Martin's Liquors

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Martin's LiquorsMartin's Liquors
BA SCORE
85
very good

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
[ Store ]

3601 Route 38
Mount Laurel, New Jersey, 08054-9734
United States
phone: (856) 235-2273

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

I only really saw a cooler case of beer. The shelf opposite the case was devoted to beer. Relative to the space given, the selection was pretty good. Smuttynose, some good Belgians, Rogue, Ommegang with their new Witte. I also saw the standard fair, but it didn't seem to be macro-oriented which is nice. Service was neither bad nor good. I was left alone til I bought, which is fine. I wouldn't go out of my way to get here, but I was in the area for work. A good place to stop if you live or work nearby. Guy at the register was very friendly.

Photo of Foxman
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

A short hop from my workplace, it's where I go more than most other establishments because I can fit the trip into a lunch break.
Once you make it through a rather nice selection of generic glassware, you come to the cold boxes on the left, and warm and singles to the right. All the macros are there, but so are Celebtrator, Optimator, and Salvator. Young's and Fuller's and the Irish contingent are present, with a nice spread of each in stock as a rule.
The Belgians aren't overly broad, but there's Chimay, Duvel, Orval, Corsendonk, and Kwak, as well as the requisite Lindeman's. Allagash always has some shelf space, bothers sixers and 750's, along with a few Rogue bombers. Most of the locals sit in the cold boxes, with what you'd expect from among Flying Fish, Stoudt's, Victory, River Horse, Dogfish Head, and others. There's also Sierra Nevada, Anchor, and Smuttynose, and more unnamed.
Imports are decent, as mentioned, with Ayinger tops among the warm Germans.
One nice element is that this is one of the few places near me that carries Deus. It's good to know it can be gotten easily.

Service can be tough to find, and when you do find a person, they're going to be thinking about wine the whole time you're asking about beer. They do have some basic knowledge, but no more than most us will bring into the place ourselves. They're friendly, just not real beer-oriented.

Overall, it's a solid stop. While a touch limited compared to some other more local places, it's an easy one to get to and back out of.

Photo of rdrummer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

This is my first trip back to Martin's in a while. I was pleasantly surprised. The selection was wider than in my last visit. A few of my favorites were missing (only Chimay and Orval trappists when before they had a couple Westie's and Rocheforts) but there were some new lambics, including Boon Geuze; some excellent German brews, including Celebrator and Optimator; and nice selection of micros. Most of the micros were in the cold case, including several bocks that I hadn't seen before.

The main thrust of the store is still wine and the one fault is that its hard to find someone who knows beer. I had a simple question about whether they had the Trappists and the employee just kept showing me the Chimay. I like Chimay but I was really looking for something different.

All in all, I saw enough variety that I will make this one of my regular stops.

Note: I stopped back at Martin's this week, and the selection and the quality of the beer had been upgraded dramatically. In addition to the good selection of Germans, there was a major upgrade to the micro section. I found four Avery bombers, a 3P from Ommegang, at least six Rogue (including two Morimoto), and Heavyweight Stickenjab. There were a number of new Belgians, and a number of Maibocks, including Stoudt's. I tweaked the rating up a little. I hope this is the start of a trend upwards. They certainly have the room to add more.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Although the new store is much nicer looking and better organized, it focuses more now on wine than beer (their selection is now about half of what it once was). Still, they offer a pretty decent variety of beers at fair prices. There are 21 cooler door that hold beer, although much of it's mainstream cases and malternatives. But there's also 16 feet of shelving opposite the fridge that holds single bottles of imports (and a few domestics). Unfortunately, a lot of the odd, hard to find stuff is gone; leaving the more basic beers that are easily found (Chimay, Kwak, Corsendonk, etc.). The selection doesn't seem to vary as much as it used to, and they don't seem to be putting as much emphasis on seasonal beers. The sales people are fairly well informed, but more useful to the general public than the cognicenti when dealing with beer over wine. Still, it's a good location to visit as most of the beers are fresh.

Photo of nomad
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Huge store, brand new, sparkling and attractive. Unbelievably well-lit, which may be a problem for some of the lonelier beers. Beer is on the way left (north) side of the store, near the freezer cases. The wine selection is extensive to say the least, and I overheard an employee giving quality advice to a customer in search of subtle wine pairings.

Nice selection of locals kept cold (Victory, Flying Fish, Stoudt’s) with the rest of their micro selection being quite random, geographically speaking, ranging from Brooklyn to Abita to Rogue, and a bit slim. The imports that are kept cold are separate from the micros, at the far left end of the freezer cases, on the other side of the macros. By the way, if you want anything from Bud to Redhook, this place has an extensive selection of macro and almost-macro breweries. Unlike Joe Canal's and Monster Beverage, this place puts the majority of its beers in the freezers, and most of those out on the shelves are higher ABV (but always check for dusty bottles!)

Warm shelved bottles included a long line of Rogues, Belgians like Lucifer, Brugse, Corsendonk, and a dozen or so in between. British selection was nothing to note, not much more than O’Hanlon’s and Samuel Smith’s, and the German line was not much beyond Ayinger and Castle Eggenberg. They also have some random things like a magnum of Anchor OSA 2002 or all of the Moretti line. I picked up a Westvleteren 8 ($6, not bad) and a Smuttynose BIG A IPA (last one left, under $3), as nothing else was appealing or something I haven’t found before, or was covered in a little too much suspect dust. Prices are competitive, better than Total Wine in terms of singles, similar to Total Wine in terms of sixers. Also, have a nice selection of plain glasses (no company logos) near the front, with some pretty snifters and tulips under $3 or 4 dollars a piece.

A nice store to drop by if you’re coming down Route 38 toward Philly.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Nice find in South Jersey, an easy drive for me from outside Philly. I normally would go to the Foodery, but being that I was informed of 9 bottles of Westy 12 here, I headed here. I did not leave disappointed. Got two Westy's among about 8 or 9 other bottles of stuff I am yet to try.

Nice selection of Belgian singles. As far as singles go, they are not outstanding but do have some good and hard to find beers. Rogue was well represented as well. Decent selection of lambics too. Lots of great beers in 6 packs...big selection there, though they will not break them up for you.

Service was OK, nothing spectacular. They are quick to help you find anything you need. If you are looking for a crazy selection of wine and especially liquors, go to Martin's. They have just about everything, with an interesting glass case of rare aged cognacs.

All in all, a big place that surprisingly has some great beers within. Worth checking out, especially as long as the Westy 12 and 8's are there.

Photo of pezoids
4.05/5  rDev +11%

Man, what a great store! I had trouble getting the hell out of this place. Their selection was very good. A lot of Belgium single choices and a good six pack selection (most refrigerated). The beer was very fresh. Decent prices, but dangerous! (I very easily spent 50 bucks)

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Martin's Liquors in Mount Laurel, NJ
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.