Shawan Liquors

Shawan LiquorsShawan Liquors
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Shawan LiquorsShawan Liquors
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Type: Store

11337 York Rd
Cockeysville, Maryland, 21030-1909
United States

(410) 528-9463 | map
shawanliquors.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
65
Liked:
63
Avg:
4.43/5
pDev:
7.22%
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Photo of therealJAYZ
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great place only a few minutes off I-83. Alway try to stop by on my way home from BWI. Excellent selection and since I reside in PA, I usually go right for the hard to get stuff (Firestone Walker). Staff is really helpful and prices are decent too.

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Photo of bl00
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Super nice staff, most are knowledgeable. Really good selection of bombers, sixes, and singles. Growler line up is nice too. One of the best shops in the state.

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

Photo of kffoster40
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Being from Boston, I stop here whenever I head home to the Baltimore/MD area... have a great selection of things I can't get in New England and have even scored some rare release bottles a few times. The staff is always helpful, beer is fresh. Top 10 beer stores in Maryland based on my experience.

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Photo of Budlum
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of GpompsMadomps
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome, best prices on growlers.

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Photo of TimberSwanson
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

About 5 minutes off I-83. About half the space is dedicated to beer; the remainder is wine (looked like a good selection, but what do I know...) and booze. Singles, six-packs, or cases. Really reasonable prices (most singles are in the $2.50-4.00 range). Excellent selection, too! I quickly filled a six-pack with OB G'Knight, Union Craft Duckpin, Elysian Immortal, Great Divide Claymore, Breckenridge Small Batch ESB, and Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, plus picked up a 4-pack of DFH 90-Minute. Dates were all reasonably current. Staff is friendly and knows their beer. Definitely worth a stop if you happen to be in the Hunt Valley area!

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Definitely one of the better liquor stores in Maryland. It's a little bit of a cluttered mess and it's a little strange how you can only create a six pack off of one shelf, even tho there are opened cases laying all over the place. Even so, still a top 5-10 store in MD.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tsfertitta
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dearing
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

It's the perfect location being a comfortable 400 m walk from the Holiday Inn Express! Selection is solid and above average for most bottle shops and I've always found more than enough very good beer to mule to my hotel for the evening. What's really cool is they just added a growler fill station and will fill 32 or 64 oz growlers but because of the local laws, they can only fill their own glassware, being I don't live in the area and have about two dozen growlers at home, this is a downer but it is what it is. What impressed me most about the fill station is they had Palate Wrecker and HI-RES which is pretty cool, almost went for a half fill of each but don't need any more growlers in my growing collection, if I lived local, different story. The other great thing about this store is nice open floor space, lots of room to move, nicely laid out, and reasonable prices.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of tylerbrowe
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of needMIbeer
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of beerjamieson
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of scotorum
3.86/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

My first stop in Maryland looking for local beer to try and to check out their selection.

In a modern shopping plaza not far off I-83. Posters all over the windows scream that this is the place to come for good stuff.

About 75 to 100 feet of cooler space for sixpacks of all sorts; a nice wall of singles, although to make a mixed six you had to scrounge for an empty carton.

Big displays of stacked sixpacks and another shelf of bombers and 750s rounded out the attractive display area.

Above average selection at average prices for a liquor store, but given the beer-centric posters over the windows I had been hoping for even more. However the relatively spacious beer display area made for an enjoyable shopping experience, and the convenient location off I-83 means I will surely return on my next trip to Baltimore.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

This one is quite out of the way for me but I only went there because I helped someone out on a beer run when I was in the area for a get together, but I wasn't into beer at the time. They have either the second or third best cider selection (close with Wine Source).

The service here is decent, but you have to usually ask for it; however, I don't mind this and don't usually ask for or need help.

They have 2 cooler sections, but most of the good stuff is out and about. They layout is warm, open and well lit. I quite like their aesthetics.

There is a wall of singles that are priced very nicely, but I don't think it is a mix six deal (can't remember). They also have a weird piece of glass furniture that they use to display their "vintage" beers. So, they cellar some beers and then put them out unceremoniously on this gaudy piece of furniture. However, the selection was small when I was there but they don't increase the price for the vintaged stuff. If anything, it costs even less. Well, I got a 10/10/10 out of that, which was a big want of mine.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This has been my go-to shop for awhile now. The selection is one of the best in the area, the prices are great on some things and good on most others. The beer section is not the biggest, but they have craft imports, a mix-a-six shelf, cold six-packs and singles and even a vintage shelf. The organization is not always the best, but the staff does a great job of offering assistance and is very friendly and knowledgable. I don't find many outdated beers, which is impressive for the area.

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Photo of BaltimoreBeerLover
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I am accustomed to going to Montgomery Liquors in Catonsville so this was an eye-opening experience for me.

The back left corner of the store (about 1/5 the total area) is dedicated to beer and this was a spectacular selection. Reasonably priced individual bottles which is great for someone like me who just wants to try them all but doesn't want to invest in a 4 or 6-pack.

One large refrigerated case and a second smaller refrigerated case as well. An entire shelf dedicated to individual bottles of Belgians, and another shelf for Germans. Great Dogfish Head selection including about 6-7 different limited release bombers. The person working there was extraordinarily helpful and a sales rep from Flying Dog was there and we chatted long enough that he gave me his card and offered to get me into the brewery.

I walked away with:

DFH - Immort - 12 oz. bottle
DFH - Chicory Stout - 12 oz. bottle
Oskar Blues - G'Knight - 16 oz. pounder
Schneider Weisse - Tap 7 - 500 ml bottle
Lagunitas - Sucks - 12 oz. bottle
Stone - Levitation - 12 oz. bottle
Stone - Ruination IPA - 12 oz. bottle
New Belgium - LOF: Tart Lychee - bomber
DFH - 75 minute - bomber

for $48.

Overall second best experience in a liquor store in Maryland for both the selection and the reasonable prices next to Pine Orchard Liquors.

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Photo of John_M
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Because it's so far from my home, I rarely make it up to Shawan. That's unfortunate, as the beer selection here is just outstanding and their prices are some of the best in town. Most of the craft beer selection is in the back on the left (as you enter from the parking lot), but the selection is sizeable and of the highest qualify. Like other top stores in Maryland (State Line, Fishpaws, PP and the Wine Store), if the beer comes into the State, you can be pretty sure that Shawan will carry it. On this particular day, they had the best selection of Boulevard beer I've seen anywhere in Maryland, as well as hard to find, unusual items like the Brux, Weyerbacher Riserva and Tiny, DuClaw Souljacker, etc. Also, one of the nice things they do here, is that they have a separate area of singles that are individually priced. I was just stopping off after a trip to the UPS customer center, and so just wanted a glass of IRS when I got home after the drive. Much to my surprise, there were a good number of options, and I ended up grabbing a bottle of Dark Truth (exactly what I wanted). Prices are pretty reasonable I thought. My bottle of Brux was $13.99, the GI Juliet was $16.99 (I paid $20 at my local), and doublejack was $7.49 (the cheapest price I've seen in Maryland).

Atmosphere and service are not really this places strong point (the place looks like your typical liquor store, with a number of displays and pyramids in the back - they do have a sizeable cold box, which is a plus). Service was pretty much nonexistent on the evening I went... it consisted of an employee running the cash register when I got up to the front to pay for my beer.

The atmosphere and service aside, the selection here is flat out great, so who really cares if they don't have some designated employee who will come up and ask if you need anything. The only real difference between this place and state line (which is why I give it a 4.5 instead of 5), is that their import selection doesn't remotely compare (though it's still pretty good). From a domemstic craft standpoint, this place is clearly outstanding, and is a place I can't recommend highly enough. This is a great store.

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Shawan Liquors in Cockeysville, MD
Place rating: 96.9% out of 100 with 65 ratings
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