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R & L Liquors

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R & L LiquorsR & L Liquors

43 Reviews
Reviews: 43
Visits: 60
Avg: 4.6
pDev: n/a
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207 2nd St
Lewes, Delaware, 19958-1325
United States
phone: (302) 645-9183

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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 60
Photo of Choppr
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

There are two reasons one would want to visit R&L. One of them is to meet Tom and the other is to access what is very likely the best selection of crafts around. Either of these two reasons is enough to warrant the visit on its own, but together, they make a great experience.

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Photo of captaincups
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

After a 30 hour solo road trip to find great beer and visit amazing breweries and coming up with very few finds, I found this place by happenstance while staying at Dogfish Inn. Tom the owner was just as an eager and enthusiastic beer nerd as myself. He led me to East Coast beers I had only seen on reddit and in my nerdy beer dreams. Also had a great recommendation for a nearby brewery Burley Oak. Great small place, great service and such a surprising selection. A definite stop if you are in the Rehoboth Beach area.

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Photo of buckeye1275
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been in to see Tom a few times since this summer when I first found his store. This is not your big highway store and that's what I like about it. Tom will show you beers that fit your style and introduce you to new beers. If you spend a little bit of money and want something from the cellar, you just might get lucky. If you don't see what you want, ask about it and he might just have it downstairs.

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Photo of srgehl
3.71/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Stopped in on my way home from a stay at the Dewey Beach. Tom the owner is a really nice guy. Very high enegery. Don't expect to just casually walk in and browse the store. You're going to get a tour and "shopping partner" out of Tom. If you're more of an introvert it might be a little off putting, but I'm not and I wasn't bothered by it.
The store is a small shop which is typical of a beach town liquor store. The quality of beers for such a small place was good. Nice mix of imports and domestics. I found a couple of good bottles I hadn't seen before by me. Wasn't like the sheleves were lined with limited edition bottles and whales, but who would really expect that to be the case. It was the only liquor store I stopped at in Delaware so I can only compare the selection to other places I have been. I would say if you're going to Dogfish Head or staying at one of the local beaches definitely worth the stop. But if it was going to be 30 minutes or more out of my way maybe I'd pass.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.97/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My wife and I stopped in and I can say we were pleased with our visit. Tom gave us the tour, as others have pointed out. We quickly filled a cart with beers we cannot find in Ohio. After seeing what we had amassed, Tom got us a beer out of his cellar, which we definitely appreciated. I wish I had taken some beers to trade. Next years visit, we will bring some Ohio beers up to trade. Thanks again.

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Photo of KRubes
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Like many, I enjoy seeking out craft beer establishments when I travel. I did some research on BA prior to last week's family vacation to Dewey Beach and it was recommended to check out R&L in Lewes. I couldn't be happier that I did. Tom engaged me soon after I walked into the store and began checking out one of his bomber shelves. He also asked if I had something to trade (which I decided last minute to bring with me). What I thought would be a 20 minute store visit quickly turned into an hour. He walked me through all his beers, the ratings, his empty "whales," his beer apps on his iPhone, his photos, and even the storage in his basement. I got my hands on quite a few beers that aren't available in NC. We even managed to trade a few brews. Tom's passion for craft beer is second to none and it was great to just talk all things beer. It was an extremely enjoyable experience. If you're vacationing in the area, be sure to check them out. A true diamond in the rough and something all BAs would appreciate. Looking forward to another trip next year.

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Photo of MikeBush_AZ
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Just had a 3 day dogfish oriented trip for my fiance's birthday in Lewes. We visited this shop 3 times to stock up for the evenings. My great experience with Tom and as well as the other main staff guy added a lot of fun to our vacation and prompted me to create a beer advocate account just to let others know about this place. Dogfish peeps sent me here, and I walked in wearing a RR t shirt and no timeline. Before i took 1 step this launched me into a 30 minute high-energy conversation that included craft beer, rare beers, displaying some rare bottles/cans, and where to go and what to eat in Lewes to have the best experience. The conversation and pure passion and enthusiasm for craft beer put a smile on both our faces, and the food tips added even more fun to our amazing vacation. My only recommendation is to go in here when you are not in a hurry and if you get Tom and let him know somehow you are a craft beer person, just enjoy the ride!

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Photo of All_Hopped_Up1
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

On a business trip from Florida, I traveled through Delaware and had to make a stop at Dogfish Head. We asked the bartenders where to find rare bottles of Dogfish Head and they sent me right to R&L Liquors in Lewes, DE. I had the pleasure of meeting the infamous Tom. He proceeded to show me his rare collection of fine craft brews and show off his rare beer porn on his phone. His beer knowledge was unreal, not to mention he was very customer friendly. I received one of the last 120 minute IPA from 2014 and was very delighted by the low price compared to other stores. I highly recommend R&L to anyone stopping through the Milton/Lewes areas.

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Photo of rjsonner
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

During my recent trip to the Dogfish Inn, I had the pleasure of stopping at R & L Liquors in Lewes. My girlfriend's and my first indication that this liquor store was unlike any other was the welcome we received from Tom. His warm and charismatic personality had us both laughing throughout the entire time we browsed the immense variety of liquid heaven. His sense of humor and knowledge was second to none as he steered us in the right direction to fantastic local and sought after beers (the Mikkeller selection had me blown away). I will most certainly be returning to this gem of a liquor store!

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Photo of craftbeerbabe
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place. Every time my husband and I visit Lewes we have to make a visit here. We are craft beer fanatics and it's always fun to talk to the owner about what's new and what he has available, as he tends to carry some really diverse beer.

And seriously ABV Freak, there is no such thing as an "Allagash shelf turd". If you know beer, you know that's not real. Like unicorns and good Miller light. Also, it's okay to not like every beer you buy. Am not a huge fan of Schwartzbiers, but I never blame the establishment or the beer.

Awesome place, always a great visit. Keep up the amazing work.
-Love from Philly.

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Photo of WyeOakBrewingCo
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Take great care of their customers...idiot below from Virginia probably missed out on a bottle and decided to post a bad review...too bad buddy...if you're going to the Delaware beaches make sure you check this place out.

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Photo of ABVfreak
1.67/5  rDev -63.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.25

One of the most obnoxious bottles shops I've ever visited. This place is the by product of shops that put too much emphasis on reviews and input on websites like BA and Ratebeer and less on service and consumer respect. As you walk in the dude taunts you with whales he may have or actually has and won't sell to you. Then he attempts to muscle you into purchasing Allagash shelf turds (which I sadly fell for). All the while, continually bragging about his 100% score on B.A. and begs for you on go on B.A. and Ratebeer and rate him at 100%. His shelves are stocked with beers you can pick up at the local grocery store or gas station. Do yourself a favor and avoid this joint if you find yourself in the area and go to one of the liquor stores on the main highway. Better stock and much less pretension and ego.

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Photo of shannonlharris76
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

What a gem! Walked in to just browse and had the fortune to have Tom help me out. So knowledgeable and such a warm personality. Fantastic selection and some great stuff I can't find in ATL. Just spent the first of many $ here as I'll be back everyday this weekend looking to smuggle a lot of goodies home

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Photo of Jemes21
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Huge selection for a small store. Tom was friendly and let me try a delicious aged Allagash. He helped pick out some beers that I hadn't tried yet. Recommend stopping in.

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Photo of emloose409
4.83/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

R & L is hands-down one of the best craft beer stores I've had the pleasure of frequenting. While distribution in Delaware is somewhat limited, Tom more than compensates for this by making sure that the selection is up-to-date, interesting, and that his customers are well-informed.

If you find yourself in DE looking for the usual Dogfish Head, you'll be pleased by the prices and selection; however, if you're looking for more uncommon offerings from both Europe and all over the East Coast, you're likely to be pleasantly surprised.

Moreover, the customer service is unparalleled. The owner loves talking beer, and is more than happy to share his thoughts on the store's rarer fare. R & L is a beer-lover's store put together by a beer-lover.

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Photo of lexaus
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ok, last time I had such a great experience was in Keene, NH - placed was called Brewtopia - check it out!

Tom is a fantastic host. His knowledge of beer is exceptional. Plus, he is a force! Witty, knowledgable fella.
I really enjoyed his shop and left with two boxes of beer.
This place is a gem and everyone going to the coast should stop by there. Skip big outlet-liquor-shops and go there. You won't be disappointed!


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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a gem of a beer store(they sell liquor also) right by the beach. The space isn't massive but the selection is second to none. When I was there they had over a dozen Mikkeller hard to find ales and more hard to find ale than I ever expected. Of course they have a ton of local and regional stuff as well. The staff is very up to date on the beer scene and if you have some time they will tell you all about everything. The best part is they have great pricing on everything I saw. From single bottles to 4 packs, six packs and even 12 packs the prices were right in line with what I expect. If you are in the area or just passing through I highly recommend stopping by and checking out the selection.
If you are lucky enough to run into Tom he will tell you more about beer than you ever imagined.

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Photo of shangwang
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great spot. Super friendly and helpful staff. Great selection, much more interesting choices than a lot of the outlet stores. Been going to Rehoboth for many years and stopped in downtown Lewes during my last trip for the first time to check out R&L. I'll be returning many more times.

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Photo of BeermanEspo
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is awesome for anyone who Is a beer lover. If you are in town to visit Dogfish Head, this place is a must visit. Tom is crazy and hilarious, to say that he is enthusiastic about beer is an understatement. Meeting him is an experience in and of itself. The selection of beer here is really incredible. They have singles and 6 packs that you won't find anywhere else. They also have a lot of cool Dogfish merchandise for sale. Do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself, you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of BierCH
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

As a regular visitor to Lewes, I have been to R&L many times over the years. Tom is a knowledgable and highly enthusiastic presence. I usually focus on the comprehensive array of Dogfish Head craft ales, but the overall selection is quite outstanding. When I was last there, I mentioned what I thought was a fairly obscure Swiss brewery; moments later, Tom pulled two varieties off the shelf! If you are in the area and want to find a beer that's a bit different, this place is worth a visit.

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Photo of Hopfensaft
4.37/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Wonderful beer store tucked away in Lewes, DE. The store is one of the smallest around, but boasts one of the best beer selections in the state of Delaware.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
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 guy 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.

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Photo of jcarroll88192
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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!!

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Photo of JonathannRobert
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of Kemical
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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R & L Liquors in Lewes, DE
99 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.