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R & L Liquors

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R & L LiquorsR & L Liquors
BA SCORE
100
world-class

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.82
pDev: n/a
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207 2nd St
Lewes, Delaware, 19958-1325
United States
phone: (302) 645-9183

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I've been to Lewes many times but never to R&L so this time was it- no more Route 1 beer outlets with average selections.

R&L is a small store in beautiful downtown Lewes (Sam Calagione lives around here). What they lack in physical space they more than make up for with quality brews. This is the place for those obscure, rare brews we nerdy BA'ers like.

Struise Black Damnation, Mikkeller (lots), Prairie, barrel-aged stuff like 1776 ale... plus lots of Stone and Dogfish bombers and a bunch of six-packs (refrigerated) that you can also shop for by the single bottle.

Prices are a little high but worth if you want some rare beers. I too, got cornered by "Tom" the quirky beer and ended up buying more beer than I thought I would. He is nice and funny, but if you like to just browse and be left alone, then this might not be the place for you.

I liked it here because it felt like going to somebody's beer cave and chatting and having fun while looking around.

A note on the store's reviews here on BA: a lot of them strike me as fake.

Photo of jcarroll88192
5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went in yesterday after hearing wonderful things about this place from both BA and the people at Dogfish Inn. Outstanding service, prices, selection, and above all else, the help there was phenomenal. Such a great place filled with so many gems!

After buying a few things, I mistakenly ventured off to one of the larger distributors on the way to Dogfish Eatery, I was met with a rude staff and a poor selection. I'll be taking my money and spending the rest of my time back at R and L. No matter what your style is, they have something for you and are intensely eager to help. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Photo of JonathannRobert
5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

No one in the area knows beer like Tom at R&L. Excellent selection of great local finds and rare beers that you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else in DE.

Today was a snowy day here in DE and I had plenty of time on my hands, and I'm glad I spent it at R&L. Ended up with quite a few personal favorites that I never thought I would find on shelves anywhere. After moving to DE from NYC, I'm glad I have a new 'home' beer shop. If you're passing through coastal DE, definitely drop in and chat up Tom and grab a few beers from R&L

Photo of Kemical
5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

On a whim my wife and I stopped by this shop and we had the pleasure of meeting Tom. He was beyond helpful, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about beer. He listened to our tastes and suggested a ton of amazing beers. The prices and selection are fantastic and we will definitely be back.

Photo of LHerbert
4.97/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Holey moley this place is a diamond in the rough. I went in hoping there would be one or two good things and instead tried to fit what I could in my budget since I could only find 1 or 2 not so great things! Tom was a fantastic "tour guide" and was more than knowledgeable about what they had, especially things I wasn't familiar with or hadn't seen before. I will be going back several many times.

Photo of tldjr1981
4.72/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Very helpful very knowledgeable staff. Everything from local standard beer offerings to your occasional rarities from world class breweries! Will 110% revsist.

Photo of Mortimermcmire
5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Truly one of the best (if not the best) stores I've ever been to. With bigger stores it's often a hunt for the good beer in a pile of bad ones. With R&L the only problem is having to decide on which dozen you like best out of the hundreds available. Bring a love of beer and some trades!

Photo of RyanSchwam
4.9/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

What a great little spot in downtown Lewes. They have an amazing selection of bottles packed in a medium size shop. I've never been in a bottle shop where the staff is so willing to help you find what you're looking for. I was there yesterday and got a walk-through tour of what was new in the shop. Just very passionate and knowledge staff. Not to mention one of the best array of bottles in DE. A must if you're in town. Quick walk from the DFH Inn.

Photo of Titan123
5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing place! I went in for a quick minute to find some sour beers, and not only did I leave with some incredibly rare sours, I also left with a great experience to remember. Tom is one hell of a beer salesmen. He's not only extremely fun to talk to, but also has an amazing amount of knowledge of beer. He's also friends with local, Sam Calagione! The place is amazing, and Tom is amazing, do yourself a favor when your in Lewes or even Rehobeth and make the trip to R&L and enjoy yourself!

Photo of Chriscrlawson
4.93/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The second I walked in I was greeted by Tom "the nuisance". I showed up for dogfish head beer and left with a $70 variety of different beers. Tom greeted me at the door with much enthusiasm about craft beer and had a thing or two to show me about useful apps on my cell phone that I could use to learn about different brews. This place has a very wide variety of beers and a very knowledgeable and friendly staff of people that want nothing more than to open your mind to different brands. I have never experienced anything like this at any other liquor store and will definitely stop by every time that I drive past to take the ferry home.

Photo of Madmartigan78
4.9/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I stopped in here this past October and was thoroughly impressed. They had a great selection of seasonal beers plus several rarities that are hard to come by. Plus they had almost the entire Dogfish Head lineup available.

Photo of joetouchton
5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great slice of craft beer heaven

Photo of Mel9677
5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The staff know beer!! They are extremely helpful and the selection can't be beat!

Photo of Jhoussock
5/5  rDev +3.7%

This is not just a grab and go beer stop. It has an amazing selection of craft beers accompanied by a wealth of knowledge. If your the kind of beer geek that likes a good story to accompany your drink this is the place. I went in to buy a locally brewed dogfish rarity and left with a mixed box of great beers along with a bunch of online article suggestions that I should read. ( thank god I was alone and my wife wasn't waiting in the car) Oh and last but not least very competitive prices!

Photo of rdewitt20
5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dclanter
5/5  rDev +3.7%

My girlfriend and I drove all the way down from Dover to check this place out... We were not disappointed! Tom was so friendly and insightful, we spent over and hour in the store talking and shopping. He was a cool guy that knows his beer, and apps, for all beer lovers. We look forward to returning and possibly making some trades!

Photo of dsshuck
5/5  rDev +3.7%

The store is not large like those on the coastal highway before you come into Lewes but the craft beer selection there is high quality and the service was exceptional. Tom was very helpful in pointing out some of the beers I was looking for and some of the foreign beers that were unfamiliar. This is a gem of a craft beer store and I plan to stop by again next time I am in Lewes.

Photo of 2baguy
5/5  rDev +3.7%

This is a must stop if you are in Lewes or Rehoboth. Tom is very knowledgeable and helpful. The beer selection is great and you can buy single bottles and cans some cold. I will be here again next time I visit the area.

Photo of VictorLustig
4.75/5  rDev -1.5%

A nice little place on main street Lewes. With all of the large liquor outlets around, this is not the place to go if you are looking for a case of Bud or Miller, but if you would like to try something a little different, or get some help picking out the right beer for you to try, give Tom a visit at R&L, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of Kargeo99
5/5  rDev +3.7%

Wow! We are on vacation and found this gem by looking on Beer Advocate. What a find! First, the selection. It is thoughtfully amassed and you are sure to find something different and interesting. Seasonality is carefully considered but you won't find the usual suspects. Instead you will be treated to wonderful standouts, chosen because they really deliver. Second, Tom is a gem. Want to learn a thing or two? Make some time to chat with him and you'll be surprised at what you may learn. Oh, and don't be surprised if you run into a local chef or bartender, it's where they go to do their shopping so you know you're in good hands. Cheers!

Photo of awesomea
5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Esu1986
5/5  rDev +3.7%

Tom was a great help picking some pumpkin beers.....can't wait to try them

Photo of NRaia
5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Davelucas88
5/5  rDev +3.7%

Awesome little secret spot for awesome beers. Great selection!!

Photo of jcboylen
5/5  rDev +3.7%

WONDERFUL store to go to! Excellent craft beer selection. The gentleman that works there is incredibly knowledgable on his beers. Very happy we wandered upon this place! Cheers!

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R & L Liquors in Lewes, DE
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