Brookings Liquor Store

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302 6th St W
Brookings, South Dakota, 57006-1124
United States

(605) 692-5613 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2005

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Photo of jpuetz
3.66/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of schimschim
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BankBrewer
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The Brookings Liquor Store is municipally owned and is a monopoly in this town. That being said, it is improving almost weekly on its beer selection and I'm finding the prices to be more and more competitive with Sioux Falls.

There are all the usual selections for this part of the country: Boulevard, Odell, Deschutes, Dark Horse, Goose Island, Green Flash, etc. including many of the limited releases from each of those breweries. I would like to see more of the Sierra Nevada special releases. Recent additions include Central Waters and Lucid Brewing. There is also a decent representation of nearby and regional brewers including Schell's, Crow Peak and Brau Bros. The import selection features the usual Belgian and German beers with the recent addition of many of the Weinstephaner beers.

There is an area set aside for bombers, gift packs, and beer glasses and there is usually something of interest. There is also a cooler full of other bombers and individual imports. A cooler of various bottles and cans is available to make mixed sixers. Not a great selection, but OK.

The beer guy is helpful and knowledgeable and the staff always seems courteous.

They are clearly making an effort on the beer front and it's appreciated. You're obviously not going to have the selection of the Sioux Falls beer stores but there are often gems waiting to be found.

There is also a large wine section and all the usual spirits. I enjoy my regular visits to the store.
(Added 7-20-15) The store continues to up its game, recently adding an 8-line growler fill station.

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Photo of BigBadBeerSnob
2.41/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.25

This liquor store is ofter home to some fairly good finds. The beer at this store often comes already "aged". Last year (2012) they somehow had a bunch of 2010 La Folie. Last christmas, they had a large amount of 2009 Christmas Ale by goose island. Because they are a college town, the beer price tends to be a bit high but also whoever is doing their prices sometimes doesnt realize whst they are selling and prices things a few dollars less then larger stores in Sioux Falls, SD

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Photo of colonelpants
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Being without competition and nestled in a College Town- I suppose I should have seen this coming. Brookings Liquor Store is priced at top dollar with little to no deals on beer. No "Beer of the Month", no surprise special on that 12 pack of Blue Moon. Just generic top dollar because, "hey- we can."

That said, the selection is decent, though average. They have a nice little selection of "make your own 6 pack" priced at 8.50- after taxes you're looking at 10 dollars.

Coming from Brainerd, MN (A tourist town with lots of liquor competition) where stores will match prices and regularly take quality 12 packs down to 11 dollars, maybe I got a little too spoiled. But if you're looking for a good deal, and a surprising, if not inspiring selection? Head to Sioux Falls and bring your cooler.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Brookings SD is a small college town with not much competition. There is only one liquor store in the whole town and how original they named their facility Brookings Liquor Store. Easily found, because there aren’t many places to hind in a small town. Take the main drag, or 6th Street (also known as highway 14) and travel past downtown until you see the “Liquor” sign on the right hand side (north) of the road across from Pioneer Park.

Brookings Liquor Store has a decent variety of beers from the Midwest. Mostly from Montana including Big Sky and Lewis & Clark to Minnesota, August Schell, James Page and Summit, Wisconsin, Leinenkuguels, Goose Island (Illinois) and Boulevard (Kansas). A variety of foreign beers, mostly big names such as Guinness, Bass, Heineken and Duvel. One of the treasures I did find was Sierra Nevada and specifically Big Foot Barelywine 05. Nice to know someone else likes the good beer here too.

There are a large variety of wines and other liquor available in the only liquor store for those into to other experiments beyond beer. The local grocery stores don’t really have any selection as all so you’re stuck to go here. Brookings Liquor Store does have a good selection but could improve. Only 20 miles west of MN and 3+ hours from NE, it would be nice to have more of a selection coming from either location. Also no 750 or 22’s here, they stick to 6 packs alone. The price however is pretty decent. That is relative to other locations. Plus you have the small town friendly atmosphere to welcome you in. What’s not to like?

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Brookings Liquor Store in Brookings, SD
Place rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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