Jokas' Discount Beverages

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3.8 w/ 12 ratings

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52 Front St
Waterville, Maine, 04901-6632
United States

(207) 873-6228 | map

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Added by villainchiwwin on 07-20-2005

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of kfoss99
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Waterville isn't a large city, but it is an urban area. Therefore, Joka's is an urban liquor store. It's dark, sometimes dusty, and you have your share of drunks, townies, and college kids. Because of this, the staff can sometimes be gruff or sometimes nice. You never really know.

But, they recently added an extra cooler for beer, so even more of their abundant selection of craft beer is chilled. Most imports, 12 packs, and 22 ounce bottles are stored on the shelves, but most local and craft six-packs and micro beers are cooled.

It has a great selection of beer and you'll be unlikely to come away empty handed. Joka's also sells wine and liquor. Prices are fair and you can find a selection out-of-season brews at steep discounts, but caveat emptor on that front.

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Photo of MJSawyer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Hawoh
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Opinion is relative. Coming from New Brunswick, Canada, this was a gem to find in small town Maine. I was only here for one night and had a horrible time deciding which few beers I was able to try for the night. Compared to my government run selection, this was a gold mine, although someone coming from any other major centre probably wouldn't be too impressed. There was a good selection of Maine and nearby micros (Harpoon, Bar Harbour, etc..). The usual craft brew suspects of Sierra Nevada and Rogue. There was also a good selection of Beglians and specialty brews.

Also, I found it was very easy to find. I've never been in Waterville before, and with Google map, I was there with no hiccups and only minutes from the highway/motels.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

First off, Mapquest doesn't really get you to this place. I found it by pure dumb luck. And now I understand what other people meant about the neighborhood. It really does look like your average liquor store in a seedy part of town.

However, they had a good supplu of local brews, including Oak Pond from Skowhegan, a place I was visiting for work and had never heard of before. I got all six of their brews, plus the new Widmer Brothers seasonal barleywine. Prices were good.

Regarding selection, there was Stone, Dogfish Head, and a fair number of other well-known craft breweries. Prices all over for these were good, as well.

Not the greatest looking place, but definitely worth stopping in if you are in the area. You never know what you may get.

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Photo of pburland23
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

I visit Joka's whenever my wife makes me visit the in-laws in Waterville.

Located on somewhat seedy stretch of Front Street, Joka's, from the outside, looks like a run of-the-mill middle-of-nowhere liquor store.

But, looks are often deceiving. Joka's has Waterville's best selection of craft beers, by far. Sure, they have BMC, but I've stocked up on Gearys, Shipyard, Dogfish Head, Stone, Sebago, Allagash, and Smuttynose at Joka's in the past. It's a must stop when I'm spending a week at my in-law's camp in Unity. Good beer and the lake go hand in hand.

The service is mediocre. I doubt that the staff there knows much about craft beers, but they're friendly (like most Mainers) and that's good enough.

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Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev +5.3%

I was holed up visiting in-laws and asked if I could find SOME place nearby where we could get craft beer and some good brews. I figured I was out in a very rural unpopulated area and as far removed and would have no luck, until I was told to go to Jokas.

Situated in Waterville, it's an unassuming store but it has a simple solid local craft brew selection. There is OPB, Frye's, Allagash, SeaDog, Shipyard, Bar Harbor and so forth, but there is actually a real good selection of Belgian and other foreign (I found Ayinger's Dopplebock here), and even some other breweries (Dogfish even found their Saison Du BUFF).

The great thing is your also able to split the 6 packs and buy singles which is just GREAT for tasting several things. I love states where you can do this.

But better yet, the prices here are REALLY cheap and it doesn't seem like there is even a lot of demand for these beers. This seems real particularly true for the Belgians which were at a real great price point compared to where I live.

This is a place worth exploring and big saver on the pocketbook to boot!

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Photo of beyah
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

On Front Street in Waterville, lots of different Beers and Wine along with a bottle redemption center. Selection is excellent for Central Maine. They have a decent selection of Belgian, Canadian, German and American craft beers. There is an Extensive selection of Alagash , Unibroue, Samuel Smiths, Atlantic Brewing, and much more. It's the only store in Waterville I can get an Arrogant Bastard. Prices are typical, without going to Bangor or Portland, this is the place to stop and pick up a great craft beer.

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Photo of prestoneb
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Joka's is a pretty decent place to buy brews. There's a pretty excellent selection. I've seen some Rogue, Arrogant Bastard, Dogfish Head, Magic Hat. Some imports too: Young's, Franziskaner, Warsteiner, Chimay, Samuel Smith's and Ayinger.

Prices aren't too bad either, average I assume.

My only gripe is that that the place looks pretty sketchy and is pretty darn grubby ta boot. It is connected to a redemption center, so that might have something to do with it.
If you're into wine, they've got that too.

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Photo of marcapitman
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

I too frequent Joka's. It is a great boon for us Waterville residents.

The selection, as noted in previous reviews. In addition to the mass produced brews, there is a quite extensive regular stock including local brewers like Oak Pond Brewing, many British and European options, and even obscure Dogfish Head brews. As I learn about more beer styles, or look for examples of what I'm going to brew myself, I'm always able to find the style here.
The owner is a supporter of local community events including the first ever Central Maine Brew Fest.

For those of us with spouses that prefer wine, Joka's offers a great selection of wine from around the world. (I am less knowledgeable about these.)

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Photo of Marty
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

I have frequented Joka's mostly during summers as a camp counselor on nearby Great Pond. Joka's is frequented by Colby College students during the rest of the year. They have a pretty good selection of beers, ranging from PBR and High Life to Unibrou, and the price is generally right. The service isn't great, but the store is well maintained and the turnover seems to be pretty good.

Don't forget to check out the rusty suspension bridge across the street, which spans the river and offers views of graffiti and the old mills.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

I am a frequent visitor of Joka's. It is probably the best place to buy good quality beer from Waterville to Portland.
Everytime I walk in I notice something new or different in the store. Joka's keeps a good lock on what is good and fresh. Recently adding Rogue (which is usually hard to find in Maine) to the line of beer in the store. You can find good cold beer from Casco Bay Brewing to Magic Hat to 32 Oz. Gritty's. On the shelf you can find Sierra Nevada Porter and Stout (which I can't find anywhere else in Central Maine), Unibroue, Bar Harbor Brewing and Atlantic Brewing, also Lambic's in a good variety of sizes and styles. Joka's also runs great specials, being able to find a case of Pete's Wicked Ale for $12.00 this week.
Not to mention the variety of local and imported wines and liquors.
In all Joka's is a great place to stop and pick up a 12-pack of your favorite brew.

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Jokas' Discount Beverages in Waterville, ME
Place rating: 50% out of 100 with 12 ratings
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