Hokus Pokus Liquors

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1915 Country Club Rd
Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70605-5203
United States

(337) 474-0447 | map

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Added by benebenevidez on 10-11-2009

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 11
Photo of JamesStreet
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Nelson Road location was a welcome sight while spending a month or two here in Lake Charles for work. This id definitely a wine-focused store but there is a smaller craft beer section.
There is a large shelf for imports with some of the Beer Geek beers making it in as well as some of the normal Lindemann's and your typical Belgian abbey beers. They did get a shipment of 3F Oude Geuze whiche was nice to see. The cooler has regional offerings as well as some local brews along the likes of Terrapin, NOLA, Parish, Tin Roof as well as the national crafts like Stone and Sierra Nevada.
The service is decent although I don't think their knowledge is beer-focused. One down-side is that a lot of their hoppier beers are WAY out of date. Only a few were within standard drink by dates. All in all, it's probably the best stop in LC to look for some good beer to drink.

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Photo of Crack2000
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Had an enjoyable (albeit expensive!) experience while visiting from TX over the weekend. My focus was on domestic beers that don't receive distribution-lots of Terrepin, NOLA, Southern Prohibition, and Crooked Letter came home with me. Had a nice selection of imports-many sours I hadn't heard of which ran up my tab pretty quickly. When an employee noticed my basket, he asked if I would like to come look at the shipment he just received, which wound up in picking up a few more items. He indicated that he had been workign hard to improve the beer selection and it showed. I will be bringing a growler next time as the 10 or so tap selection was impressive.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Been wanting to make my way out here for a while, stopped by before a soon to be long(but good) night at the poker room. When I first walked in the few employees just kind of stared at me. I went my way to the beer are and immediately saw a few Mikkeller beers we don't get in Texas, along with Black Albert, Rochefort 6,8, 10 and some Thomas Hardy Ale's. The selection was overall pretty good and alot of the 6/4 packs they will sell in singles which I like. I ended up getting a Black Albert and a few singles. When I checked out the cashier told me about their monthly tasting and I signed up for a Hokus Pokus card, which I'm not sure wht exactly it's for. When in Lake Charles I'll probably swing by everytime.

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Photo of almundane
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Hokus Pokus' Country Club location is a definite welcome to the rather limited selections we've got in Lake Charles, but I think their stronger suit might be in the wine department than the beers. While they do have an alright selection of what's locally available, the emphasis is more on a few brands of expensive imports than on a good variety of styles.

They're the only place in Lake Charles with a limited build-your-own sixpack option, but even counting what's not on the shelf, there are some curious omissions. Other than the imports, there's easily as good of a selection at Albertson's (in fact, there are a couple of North Coast Brewing Company beers I was looking for at Hokus Pokus with no luck that I find regularly at Albertson's in Lake Charles). The store is clean and new, though I question the intense fluorescent lighting and the UV damage it's doing to the contents of anything other than the most opaque bottles. The staff is friendly and helpful, though it's hit and miss on finding someone who can speak beer (emphasis on hit, though--one guy really knew his stuff).

Overall, the selection is better at Homsi's, but I got the feeling that I was much less likely at Hokus Pokus to run into a far-too-old-to-enjoy IPA on the shelf at the clean and well-maintained new store. I wish they would devote a little more of the effort that they put into their impressive wine collection into their beer collection. The prices on American craft beers are on par with everywhere else in the area, and the imports run to the expensive side.

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