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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 14.22%
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167 Market St
Rockland, Massachusetts, 02370-2633
United States
phone: (781) 878-0226

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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
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.

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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 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.

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Lukes Liquors in Rockland, MA
93 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.