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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.15
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167 Market St
Rockland, Massachusetts, 02370-2633
United States
phone: (781) 878-0226

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Photo of jayhunter357
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Truly an overwhelming liquor store from the minute you walk in. The place is huge and they have pretty much everything you could be looking for when it comes to beer, wine, and liquor. The beer section takes up the majority of the left hand side of the store and you will more than likely find something that you haven't tried before. The service leaves a little to be desired and I've never actually seen someone in the beer section to ask a question so that's not good. All in all I'm there to browse the newest selections and grab my beer and go home so it's fine with me. Prices are what you'd expect and if you're in the area I would recommend going in and checking out their selection.

Photo of micmillon18
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

Luke's Liquors very well may be comparable to Mecca in terms of liquor stores. I can honestly say that I have made numerous "pilgrimages," if you will, to this supermarket of liquor stores to fulfill my never ending quest of becoming a true beer advocate. And I'm not lying when I call them pilgrimages, considering I live about 35 minutes away. However these drives are quite well justified, as Luke's vast selection of wine, liquor, and of course...BEER keeps you coming back time and time again.

To those who have never been, one must literally think of Luke's as a supermarket of booze to both fully comprehend its size and also to prepare themselves for the glory that awaits. As you enter the store, you are introduced to their large wine selection. Moving further left brings you past aisle after aisle of wine, which is then followed by various liquors, all of which are arranged by country of origin, style, etc. Venturing to the far left side of the store acquaints the shopper with their massive beer section. The domestic and exports are divided into their own respective sections, which combined, take up about a fifth of the store (which is still a massive section). Organization is certainly key when you stock such a selection and Luke's does it quite well. Also helps when you label quite a few beers with their beer advocate ratings as well.

You could easily spend two hours in the store just skimming each aisle. They seemingly have beers from every state and every semi to well known American brewery. I've been introduced to quite a few breweries, both close and far away, that have become regulars in my refrigerator. Their import selection is superb as well. They have many products from the main beer countries like England, Germany and Belgium, but you'll find beer from more minor beer countries like Poland, Japan, and Brazil as well. I think its nearly safe to assume that you could randomly pick a country that produces beer and find it's product at Luke's. I'm a huge hefeweizen fan and I've been able to try so many incredible German hefes I just simply wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. Luke's selection is clearly where they dominate other liquor stores, as I find myself finding a new beer or brewery every time I go.

The staff is knowledgeable and pretty helpful if you have a question pertaining to a certain beer. Never really had anyone ask me if I need help but they seem happy to assist you when needed.

Despite all the praise I have given Luke's above, I do have to mention one fault I have encountered. On a few occasions I have bought expired beer. And I'm not talking about a few weeks or months, more like a year. The beer was obviously past its prime and the flavor and quality had been affected as such. One time, after consulting two of the staff members in regards to a possible expired 12 pack, they assured me the beer was all good to drink. I got it home and sure enough it was skunked. Seems like its something they might need to key a closer eye on.

Luke's dominant (yes, dominant) selection is clearly where it shines. A great place to grab your favorite brews, find a sought-after one, or just browse for something new.

Photo of Jayli
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Hit this place up with tigg924 before grabbing a few pints.

This store is HUGE. I mean, massive. Beer section is on the opposite side when you walk in. There are a good 4 to 5 decent sized aisles that run along the wall with the entire back wall to these aisles also filled with beer. There are another set of about 3 aisles that run perpendicular and one last, span the length of the store 4 or 5 shelve aisle that houses all of the imports (belgian, english, russian, mexican, etc). The spread is really quite impressive. There are a LOT of offerings from the breweries that they carry with a good deal of obscure to SCORE on them. Some breweries of note - Offshore, Gritty's, Ipswich, Appalachian, Mendocino, Troegs, Rogue (scored a morimoto ale), Weyerbacher, Founders, Lost Abbey, Mayflower, Left Hand, amongst many many others.
I did find that some of the beers had been expired - which as long as you know what beers retain well, isn't a problem. Service was nil. Other than checking out, we weren't even approached.
This is by and far the best beer store on the south shore that I have run across.

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Visited Lukes on 03/20/2010 while visiting my sister in Rockland (had to make the 1.5 hour drive worth it). Luke's presents as a former grocery or department-type store converted into a liquor store. As you enter the store, the beer area is located on the opposite wall adjacent to the entrance - just keep walking. As you proceed to the beer area, to the left are a series of aisles which seems to more or less be broken out by region for the most part - all Americans. To the right is a long aisle - perhaps 30-40 ft. of Belgians, Germans, English beers, etc. As well as some beers from other regions (i.e. Russia). Adjacent to the imports shelf are a few other aisles with some other crafts, most notably Founders (alas no KBS). The cooler located at the back of the store is pretty small considering the size of the store and doesn't offer much of a cold craft selection, and bombers are almost non-existent although they did have several Berkshire beers and growlers in the end cooler. I was also fortunate to find colder sixers of Nugget Nectar.

In terms of craft bottles, I didn't take detailed notes, but they had Lost Abbey, Port, Troegs, Founders, Smutty, Southern Tier, Blue Hills, Manchester Brewing, Off-Shore, Cisco, Mayflower, Rogue, Tuckerman's, Victory, DFH, Ballast Point, Stone, Bear Republic - the list goes on and on. A very extensive collection indeed. One of the pluses and minuses of the store is that bottles seem to sit (particularly bombers), unfortunately, many are also still in their original cases, so you can't really tell what is in them. Prices were a dollar or two more than I am used to paying.

I can't really comment of the service, as I didn't ask for any assistance, and no one approached me, although the cashier was pleasant enough.

Luke's is definitely one of the better beer stores I've visited in the MA/RI area and they carry a pretty respectable stock of NE regionals - some companies I'd never even heard off or don't traditionally see in any volume. That being said, I'd prefer to hit Julio's given the quality, price and closer proximity to where I live; however, if you are in the area, it's definitely worth stopping in. Also, you might luck out if you are looking for some cellarable beers that might already have some age on them.

Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

This place was quite impressive. I was really surprised to find such a bit store in such a small town but I am going to be keeping this place in mind in the future. There is a really large craft beer section and I was lost for a bit trying to come to grip as too how big it really was. It was large and then there was the large imported section that was really impressive as well. I was not here to do a large haul but to pick a few things but I am keeping this on my short list of places that have some goodies that were hard to find other places. Some good Lost Abbey and Port brews. I was happy to find tons of Stone and other California brews as well as American craft breweries that were new to me. I didn't stay long to get a real feel for the help but it was the selection and the prices that will get me to come back.

Photo of SrMonkey
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%

Hit it up every time I visit the folks, most recently for the holidays. I always come out $50 or more lighter and 6+ bottles heavier.

Massive selection of crafts, both local and distal, with a full range of offering by most breweries, including many harder to find releases. Import section is likewise huge, with full sections of Belgian, German, English and others. On my most recent trip the inventory seemed relatively fresh, but I have been burned in the past with old, oxidized beer.

Service is non-existent. I have never seen staff available in the beer section, nor been asked if I need assistance. When I have asked for help they were uninformative. There must be a beer person who works at this store but I have yet to meet them. The cashiers gave me the stink-eye when they saw my total.

Prices are consistent with other packies in Taxachusetts.

In summary: great selection, check the dates, and don't expect help.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -12%

Luke's to me a like Julio's east. Not as good but you are assured of finding thousands of beers, many of which are not at my other local beer stores. They also tend to carry full lines of beers, as opposed to a couple of selections per brand. Several harder to find beers are there including Riverhorse and Appalachian. They do allow you to mix sixes, albeit without the discount at Julios. The prices are reasonable. I did check dates on beers there per other BA warnings and everything appeared to be fresh. If this place has a downfall, it is that the staff while courteous seemed more aloof and not as knowledgeable as some other stores in the area. Still if I am searching for a hard to get beer and do not feel like driving all the way to Julio's, it's nice to know that this place is around.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.2/5  rDev -47%

Years ago Luke's used to be the best place to buy beer due to their huge selection but it seems the majority of that selection is still on the shelves. I was there yesterday and trying to find a beer that hadn't expired was nerve wracking (especially in their international section--I saw low abv lager from India that had a date of 2004). I got so paranoid after seeing so many expired beers that I put back anything that didn't have a date on it for fear of buying something horribly old. I ended up with a mixed pack of Otter Creek, some Unibrou, and Long Trail--things I could have got anywhere.

One of the best things about Luke's however, is that you can split 6-packs. This somewhat offsets the potential hazard of skunky beer.

Service is fair. I know what's up beerwise but if I'm looking for a gift bottle of Scotch or wine there's usually some one to help me out.

An aside: since I've been going there (3 years now, off and on?) I've seen the same to two 6-packs of Celis White (Texas version) and Celis Raspberry on the top shelf of the front wall in the beer section. They're still there. Didn't that brewery close down years ago?

Photo of tikk
4/5  rDev -3.6%

I do love the selection at Luke's. They have the BIGGEST assortment of beers that I have ever seen in my life. Too many to list here. Every time I go there I walk out of there very happy. They even allow you to break up six packs and buy the beers as singles. That leads me to my first complaint, there are tons of broken up 4/6 packs all over the place, but none of the singles are priced. I am not a fan of having to go to the register every few minutes to check prices on what I want to purchase. Another complaint is over the fact that they break up the beers by region but a lot of the regions are incorrect, I may know where a beer is from but not everyone does. My last complaint is that they have a bunch of out of date beers, IE Victory, and some of the beers they carry haven't moved or changed in over 6 months, IE Rock Art. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the place, but check dates on your beers.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Good place, they have almost everything. Great supplies from all the Boston area Breweries. Have a whole section for New England Breweries as well. Then another wall with Everything else. I learned a lot about beer by getting products from here over the years. They also have a great selection of Imports from all over the world. Canada, England, Germany, Asia, Scotland and pretty much anywhere else you can think of. They also have a really good wine selection and their hard liquor is pretty cheap if you're into that kind of thing. Also they have a pretty good bottle return place.

Photo of BobZ
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

In reading the reviews here I went in looking to make sure that the beer wasn't old. The selection is incredible for this area; I have seen nothing else that even comes close on the south shore. The logical players for craft, Stone, Southern Tier, Rogues, Founders, and some nice surprises like Alesmith & Lost Abbey. Great international selection, you name it.

Try as I might I didn't find any significantly "old" beers. With one noticeable exception: they had some Trappistes Rochefort 8 that had been there over a month so it was marked down to $3.29 a bottle. Needless to say I bought it all, for an incredible beer that cellars very well, hell, the older the better, especially on a cool dark shelf.

Now as far as service goes, this place is a huge supermarket of Beer, Wine, & Liquor so if you expect the person at the checkout to know about your favorite beer your going to be disappointed. Ask if you can speak to Jimmy the beer buyer, he was friendly and helpful, been there for 12 years, and the beer buyer for the last 2. If he doesn't have it he will try his best to get it for you. Knew every beer I mentioned.

There are great values to be found here and excellent price breaks on cases. A place I will frequent for all future beer hauls.

Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.65/5  rDev -12%

Selection was great. Easily the biggest selection I have ever seen since I really got into better beer, and certainly a better selection than anywhere in my area. Beers from around the world and around the country, as well as a great selection of beers from Massachusetts and New England, many of which are surprisingly hard to come by given that the beer is local. Everything is organized and easy to find if you know what you are looking for, or easy to see if you're just browsing until something catches your eye.

Quality was a bit of another story. I guess the store has a reputation of carry past-date beer, and with the large, diverse selection I guess it isn't surprising that everything doesn't move off the shelf quickly. That said, I was a little disappointed on my last trip when I found the Victory Lager I was looking for, only to see that all the sixers of it were over 6 months past their date. More popular brands seemed to be fresh, and most seasonal offers seemed to be offered during the right season.

At checkout, I mentioned to the clerk that my beer was over six months past date and wondered if there was any sort of a discount, but she told me that the store's policy is not to give discounts because "beer doesn't go bad," although she admitted that she wasn't really an expert on this since she "doesn't drink beer." There were no employees to help me navigate through the massive selection, which was fine since I was happy just taking it all in, but it would have been nice to have been asked. I guess about the service you'd expect from a big store, but certainly nobody went the extra my to show me that they appreciate my business.

Prices were about what I would have expected for my purchases. No great deals, but not overly pricey.

Photo of bilyboy65
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Nothing short of heaven for beer. Walking into the beer section it was all I could do to keep my head looking straight. The store has what seems like everything.

Q: Huge store. Very nicely organized by country or continent of origin of the beer. Making it very easy to find the beer. Much bigger selection warm. Also for some of the more popular beers they had the BeerAdvocates or RateBeer rating for it. Which is very helpful when thinking about a new beer.

S: Staff was friendly, but didn't go out of their way to help.

SE: Found some 1997 - 1999 Harvests still around. Need I say more. I will anyway. If they had a brewery there then it seemed to me they had all the yearly selection plus the current seasonal. Beers from all over the world. Great selection of microbrews.

V: Even with how much they carried the prices were still very reasonable.

It took me awhile after entering the stor to get adjusted to how much alcohol was in the building. I left feeling it would take me a year to try all the beers they had.

Photo of Rainintheface
4.15/5  rDev 0%

I paid a visit to Lukes today and must say that it is much improved. The shelves are well stocked with a wider variety than it has had for some time. Pesonally, I picked up Meantime IPA, St Bernardus 12 (they had 4 packs and bombers), Rogue, Aecht Weizen and marzen rauchbier.

It's neater than the recent visits. The country of origin has good signage above and again, the variety is huge.

Service: I was looking for Ommegang Indulgence Chocolate Stout and they are ordering some. (although with no guarantee)

Lukes is back in my good beer graces again. I had been only visiting for booze and wine needs but I'll start making beer trips again

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%

This store just isn't what it used to be. Two years ago this place was a beer destination with great service, selection, and beer related events. The store is huge, probably the size of your average supermarket with beer taking up less than a 1/4 of the store which still leaves a huge beer section. Beer is broken down into countries with american micro taking up the front corner of the store. Today I spied DFH, Stone, Alesmith, Thomas Hooker , and Victory all of which are probably the same bottles that where there about year ago when I was last there with very little of the selection being bombers. One of the few highlights was Brother Adam's Bragget Ale but not many other bombers of american micro that broke the $10 mark. They do allow you to break down 6 packs which leaves the store somewhat a mess. In the south shore I'd rather go to Curtis in Weymouth which has a much smaller but higher quality selection.

Photo of Freshie
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Situated off a major route (rt. 123) through Rockland, it is very easy to find. You know it is going to be a great place when you walk in and notice the rows of shopping carts. The place is huge and is famous not just for their beer selection. They have many fine wines and hard liquor.

The beer is seperated into two main sections, Beers from the U.S., and Beers from Around the World. The Beer from around the worlds are divided into locales. Beers from Belgium, Germany, the U.K., Hispanic, etc. The United States brews are divided into local Masachusetts beers, and then the rest of the country. Between the U.S. beers and the world ones, the aisle is filled with domestic macros in twelve and thirty racks.

The selction is too much to comment on here. Just go there yourself and see. I have sampled only a small portion and have been going there for over a year now. They have Rogue, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam, Long Trail, Harpoon, Magic Hat, Archer's Ale, Paper City Brewery, Buzzard's Bay, Allagash, Many of the Sam Adam's brews. In terms of world brews, they have a good selction from Belgium and Germany. Some brews are mislabled as German but in actuallity are Polish, like Zywiec and Okocim.

The service is good. The people I have asked for help have been very knowledgeble and courteous. The lines can be long sometimes, especially around a holiday. Many people come from all around the South Shore and take advantage of the this great store.

Photo of OldSock
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Quality: Every thing seemed fresh that should be, definitely quality stuff.

Service: Pretty much standard big store service, with the addition of the cashier talking to me for a few minutes about their upcoming Oktoberfest event.

Selection: Probably the best I have seen in Massachusetts. Huge place, the store is divided by country. They had a good selection of English, Belgian and German with the additions India, China, Japan, and some other random places and of course a huge American selection. Some highlights, 01-04 Newport Storm, Sprecher, 3L Oaked Arrogant Bastard, De Proef, La Moneuse, Wolnzacher and La Bavaisienne. Some things that I had never seen in the area, but mostly they had just about everything I have seen around here put together in one place. They seemed to have rather complete lines of many brands, lots of variety.

Prices: Seemed fair, some were a bit higher than I have seen, some a bit lower most were right around what I expected.

Conclusion: A quality liquor store that is worth a drive if you want to stock up. Located very close to rt 3, so a convenient stop if you are on your way down to the cape.

Photo of fdrich29
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Went down for the Offshore Brewing tasting last friday. Great to see Konobrewer, Warriorsoul and Evening Hawk while I was there.

This store is huge. Aisle after aisle of wines and spirits. Just enormous.

Upon learning that this was my first trip to Luke's Konobrewer had only this to say to me: "I hope you didn't bring a lot of money."

Unfortunately I had.

After having a few samples of the Offshore Amber and IPA I wandered into the beer section of the building. Palates on the floor stacked high with cases of beer. Products from breweries all across the United States, many hard to find rarities and staples alike. They don't get points for neatness, but they sure do for selection.

After spending some time in that section I went back to the Offshore table a happy camper with a ton of great beer in my cart. Soon thereafter I noticed they had an entire aisle of beer from across the world. This was utterly amazing, the selection and prices almost had me in tears.

The only drawbacks I heard about were related to freshness and rotating the beer on the shelves.

Will definitely be back here for more purchases in the future. A great piece of the craft beer community in Massachusetts.

Photo of bceaglejoe
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

I took my first trip over here today to pick up some fresh brews, and I'm sure glad that I did.

The size of the place surprised me, particularly when I reached the beer section. Sure, you can find the massive cubes of macros there, as you can any place else, but the long, multi-shelved row of Belgian / German / Asian / Latin American beer will greet you on your right. To your left, you will find domestic craft brewed beer, as well as an impressive selection of Massachusetts microbreweries' concoctions. The back refrigerator row has some colder ones if that's what you're looking for.

The pricing is what surprised me. St. Bernardus Prior 8 for only $3.99? Chimay products are slightly more expensive, and there's even a massive jug of Chimay Blue. My mother was impressed by the large amount of lesser-known beers that are available here for very reasonable prices.

If you can make the trip over here, definitely do it. I was thoroughly impressed, and I know that I will be back again.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

If you are not from the area, this can be a fun place to try and locate. If you circumvent your way there from Rte. 3, be careful...
you will pass a few other beer/liquor stores on the way...stay strong and concentrate on the task at hand...it will be well worth it.
You will find yourself facing the beer world that is Lukes Liquors...quite the sight.
This place is huge and offers so much to the wine, liquor, and most importantly beer professional. The prices are great and you can find tons of west coast beers offered in cases, not just singles or 6 packs.
My last trip this past weekend, I was able to locate a 6 pack of SNCA, Magic Hat's HiPA in 22oz. bombs and N. Coast's Old Ale 2003.
Service is decent...they are more than willing to get you a quick price check if you don't see pricing, but most things are clearly marked.
This place is not the most organized..it's kind of the beer flea market at times...a ton of stock below the shelves to dig through.
Be careful with IPA's and IIPA's...as they tend to hold onto stock a bit too long.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

We stopped in this store on the "South of Boston BA bus tour", and we were warmly welcomed by the staff. It is a large store, almost grocery store size, with most of the aisles devoted to wine and spirits, but with a very good beer selection. Many nice Belgian beers as well as many other imports from various parts of the world (including decent selections from Eastern Europe and Latin America). There is also a good selection of American micros with a good number from the West Coast. Many beers are available by the case, and in the back of the store there are quite a few glass doored refrigerators with cold beer.

They allow you to break up six packs to buy singles, too. And while we were there, there was a beer tasting going on with reps from 2 distributors and one brewery offering free samples. A nice touch. I am not sure if it was something special offered to our tour, but we also got a 10% discount on beers purchased.

A very good beer store. Too bad I don't live closer.

Photo of amboston
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

Lukes has got to have the largest selection of beer in N.E. This is the reason behind me giving them a five on selection and a five on quality. I could not give them a five on service, because everyone can work on giving the best service and still it would not the perfect. We all need something to work at.

As for the store, very impressive, the shear size is overwhelming! However, one thing that needs a bit of work is the "decor" in the beer section. From what I understand the "looks" are in the process of being spruced up! Once that happens Im sure there will be wifes dragging the husbands out kicking and screaming, simular to a child in a toy store. Please dont get me wrong, the place looks good, just a a bit of shine and polish never hurt anyone.

Strongly suggest any and everyone to head south and experience this store. Oh and bring the cash/plastic...because you will not go home empty handed.

Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Hmm, I haven't been in a beer store in a bit, so this was another interesting stop on our SOB tour. A nice, brightly lit, large store, (with no fumes from the bottle return, very nice!) we were welcomed by the manager, and also a few brewery reps offering samples of beer. I got to try Mich Ultra...along with other brews as well, Offshore had some brews, and there were some Belgians to try as well. I was really impressed with their European import section...I'm not sure how long the row was, but I would say twice as longas the one at Downtown Wine and Spirits. It was full of nicely presented beer, clean, etc, I picked up a few bottles of some beers I had had before, plus a few bottles of Burgerbrau helles. Prices were very easy on the wallet, and we were offered a discount that day (thank you!). I actually was too busy oohing and aahing over the Euro beers to spend much time looking at the American ones, sorry. Nice store, clean and well maintained, with a great selection of beer.

Photo of ybnorml
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

This store has a staggering selection of imports. There are brews represented here that I had not previously thought of being available in So. New England.And lest I forget the craft brew selection matches the Import admiralbly. Brian is a beer manager seriously driven to have the top selection in the area and anything less is not accepable. I was able to pick up two of the Newport Storm gift packs for 30$ ea. Other selections included Offshores new Amber in six packs, Oberdorfer Wiess, EKU 28, Anchor Old Fog Horn, Berkshire Holidale. I would have given this store a 5 across the board, but as I keep finding out as I travel hill and dale throughout So. N.E. you never know what you might find around the next bend. Its a good thing there was a time limit on my stay here otherwise I would be facing serious credit card debit right now.

Photo of genaro
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

This is a truly great store. The beer selection is incredible and is always changing and growing. Luke's has a large selection of American beers that range from the Pacific Northwest to Maine. The European section is extensive and has many beers that are advertised in All About Beer magazine. There is also a very good stock of German and Belgian beers. Its tough to shop here without leaving with a full basket.
In addition to the beer section, Luke's has a large array of wines and liquors.
The staff is very friendly and knowlegeable and they are always ready to assist you and answer any questions.
If you're into great beers this is the place to go.

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Lukes Liquors in Rockland, MA
92 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.