R & L Liquors

R & L LiquorsR & L Liquors
R & L LiquorsR & L Liquors

207 2nd St
Lewes, Delaware, 19958-1325
United States

(302) 645-9183 | map

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of smbcdgam
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Go there! It's worth it even if it's just to meet Tom. The guy is great, his passion is contagious. He got me some of the special beers he kept in his basement and then proceeded to tell me about all the nice places I should visit around there. Almost an hour had passed when i got out of the store, it seemed like it was a minute. Wow!

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Another good beer store near the beach. I was not overly impressed with their selection, but they were giving out samples and the staff was very knowledgeable about all the beers in stock.

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Photo of BillK98
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

if you're not from the area, you could do far worse than making this your first stop. You'll probably encounter Tom... he'll probably describe himself as a pest. He's a character in the best sense of the word. If you tell him what you're after he can let you know what you might like. If you tell him where you're from he can tell you what you can't get there. As for the store, it's smaller than others, to be sure, but they've got a very good selection of belgians and other craft beers. With it being my first visit to the rehoboth/lewes area, i stopped in some of the larger stores and found the prices to be on par, sometimes less, sometimes more, but never more than maybe a buck per 4/6 pack. I'll gladly pay an extra buck for decent and knowledgeable service. Another reviewer suggested bringing him some unique stuff from where you live... i will totally do that next time i head to the beach.

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Photo of skinzzfan25
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Laid back store with a great selection. Tom's a great guy and will for sure point you in the right direction. Competitive prices and better selection than the bigger places on route 1.

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Photo of patfranklin
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I stopped by R&L on the way to the ferry today. I was not disappointed. They have a great selection of Mikkeler and other imports. I met Tom, he knows his beer and is passionate about it.

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Photo of ryanwoody
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visit Lewes fairly frequently for work and I love going into this place. Tom is super knowledgeable and never hesitates to strike up a conversation. They have a wide variety of craft beer, wine and spirits and you can always find something new on the shelf!

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Photo of Valavicius
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing place with a huge variety!
Tom the owner is a beer geek and that already tells you something, a lot of barrel aged sours, belgium beers and american hops from all over, best of all worlds.
If you visit from far make sure to bring this guy some cans, he will take good care of you!

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Photo of gerrard21
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My wife and I just got back from a several day Delaware/MD brewery trip, all around the state. We were staying for a couple nights in Rehoboth, and thanks to BeerAdv I found this gem of a liquor store! I stopped in to snag some great local craft brews that we cant get back home, and it turned into a great full on experience as soon as we entered the doors and were greeted by Tom. Toms a beer geek fanatic and he instantly was showing and telling us everything we came for and then some. From local recommendations, to pictures on his phone, to all the trades hes done, Tom is a great guy! Long story short, this is the place to come if your a beer lover in the Lewes area. Stop on by and meet Tom and your bound to leave with something unexpected (in a good way!). Great local store and vibe, some good beers hard to find, and a lot of great stories. Bring some beer to trade from where your from, Tom will love it! Certainly plan to keep in touch with Tom and will most certainly visit again the next time were back to the area!

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Photo of J455K
4.7/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This the spot to hit up if you are ever in the area. Great selection of brews especially for a beach area. The owner Tom was awesome to deal with, very outgoing and knowledgeable. He asked a lot of questions and pointed me in the right direction for everything i was searching for and more through helpful suggestions. Vibe is laid back. He is also very knowledgeable of the area and places to visit while there not only for beer and food but for recreational activities. Do yourself a favor and hit this shop up!

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Photo of DovGibor
4.79/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Great little spot to pickup a wide variety of beers. An impressively wide selection of craft, imports and macro are crammed into their shelves. The owner is an awesome and funny character. He'll talk your ear off if you let him, and let him you should. He knows what's good and will give you solid recommendations along with brand history and assorted trivia. Wine & beer samples are sometimes shared, and he has a decent cellar of vintage stuff he digs into on occasion.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of Choppr
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

There are two reasons one would want to visit R&L. One of them is to meet Tom and the other is to access what is very likely the best selection of crafts around. Either of these two reasons is enough to warrant the visit on its own, but together, they make a great experience.

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Photo of captaincups
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

After a 30 hour solo road trip to find great beer and visit amazing breweries and coming up with very few finds, I found this place by happenstance while staying at Dogfish Inn. Tom the owner was just as an eager and enthusiastic beer nerd as myself. He led me to East Coast beers I had only seen on reddit and in my nerdy beer dreams. Also had a great recommendation for a nearby brewery Burley Oak. Great small place, great service and such a surprising selection. A definite stop if you are in the Rehoboth Beach area.

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Photo of buckeye1275
4.84/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been in to see Tom a few times since this summer when I first found his store. This is not your big highway store and that's what I like about it. Tom will show you beers that fit your style and introduce you to new beers. If you spend a little bit of money and want something from the cellar, you just might get lucky. If you don't see what you want, ask about it and he might just have it downstairs.

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Photo of srgehl
3.71/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Stopped in on my way home from a stay at the Dewey Beach. Tom the owner is a really nice guy. Very high enegery. Don't expect to just casually walk in and browse the store. You're going to get a tour and "shopping partner" out of Tom. If you're more of an introvert it might be a little off putting, but I'm not and I wasn't bothered by it.
The store is a small shop which is typical of a beach town liquor store. The quality of beers for such a small place was good. Nice mix of imports and domestics. I found a couple of good bottles I hadn't seen before by me. Wasn't like the sheleves were lined with limited edition bottles and whales, but who would really expect that to be the case. It was the only liquor store I stopped at in Delaware so I can only compare the selection to other places I have been. I would say if you're going to Dogfish Head or staying at one of the local beaches definitely worth the stop. But if it was going to be 30 minutes or more out of my way maybe I'd pass.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.97/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My wife and I stopped in and I can say we were pleased with our visit. Tom gave us the tour, as others have pointed out. We quickly filled a cart with beers we cannot find in Ohio. After seeing what we had amassed, Tom got us a beer out of his cellar, which we definitely appreciated. I wish I had taken some beers to trade. Next years visit, we will bring some Ohio beers up to trade. Thanks again.

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Photo of KRubes
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Like many, I enjoy seeking out craft beer establishments when I travel. I did some research on BA prior to last week's family vacation to Dewey Beach and it was recommended to check out R&L in Lewes. I couldn't be happier that I did. Tom engaged me soon after I walked into the store and began checking out one of his bomber shelves. He also asked if I had something to trade (which I decided last minute to bring with me). What I thought would be a 20 minute store visit quickly turned into an hour. He walked me through all his beers, the ratings, his empty "whales," his beer apps on his iPhone, his photos, and even the storage in his basement. I got my hands on quite a few beers that aren't available in NC. We even managed to trade a few brews. Tom's passion for craft beer is second to none and it was great to just talk all things beer. It was an extremely enjoyable experience. If you're vacationing in the area, be sure to check them out. A true diamond in the rough and something all BAs would appreciate. Looking forward to another trip next year.

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Photo of MikeBush_AZ
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Just had a 3 day dogfish oriented trip for my fiance's birthday in Lewes. We visited this shop 3 times to stock up for the evenings. My great experience with Tom and as well as the other main staff guy added a lot of fun to our vacation and prompted me to create a beer advocate account just to let others know about this place. Dogfish peeps sent me here, and I walked in wearing a RR t shirt and no timeline. Before i took 1 step this launched me into a 30 minute high-energy conversation that included craft beer, rare beers, displaying some rare bottles/cans, and where to go and what to eat in Lewes to have the best experience. The conversation and pure passion and enthusiasm for craft beer put a smile on both our faces, and the food tips added even more fun to our amazing vacation. My only recommendation is to go in here when you are not in a hurry and if you get Tom and let him know somehow you are a craft beer person, just enjoy the ride!

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Photo of All_Hopped_Up1
4.94/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

On a business trip from Florida, I traveled through Delaware and had to make a stop at Dogfish Head. We asked the bartenders where to find rare bottles of Dogfish Head and they sent me right to R&L Liquors in Lewes, DE. I had the pleasure of meeting the infamous Tom. He proceeded to show me his rare collection of fine craft brews and show off his rare beer porn on his phone. His beer knowledge was unreal, not to mention he was very customer friendly. I received one of the last 120 minute IPA from 2014 and was very delighted by the low price compared to other stores. I highly recommend R&L to anyone stopping through the Milton/Lewes areas.

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Photo of rjsonner
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

During my recent trip to the Dogfish Inn, I had the pleasure of stopping at R & L Liquors in Lewes. My girlfriend's and my first indication that this liquor store was unlike any other was the welcome we received from Tom. His warm and charismatic personality had us both laughing throughout the entire time we browsed the immense variety of liquid heaven. His sense of humor and knowledge was second to none as he steered us in the right direction to fantastic local and sought after beers (the Mikkeller selection had me blown away). I will most certainly be returning to this gem of a liquor store!

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Photo of craftbeerbabe
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place. Every time my husband and I visit Lewes we have to make a visit here. We are craft beer fanatics and it's always fun to talk to the owner about what's new and what he has available, as he tends to carry some really diverse beer.

And seriously ABV Freak, there is no such thing as an "Allagash shelf turd". If you know beer, you know that's not real. Like unicorns and good Miller light. Also, it's okay to not like every beer you buy. Am not a huge fan of Schwartzbiers, but I never blame the establishment or the beer.

Awesome place, always a great visit. Keep up the amazing work.
-Love from Philly.

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Photo of WyeOakBrewingCo
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Take great care of their customers...idiot below from Virginia probably missed out on a bottle and decided to post a bad review...too bad buddy...if you're going to the Delaware beaches make sure you check this place out.

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Photo of ABVfreak
1.67/5  rDev -65.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.25

One of the most obnoxious bottles shops I've ever visited. This place is the by product of shops that put too much emphasis on reviews and input on websites like BA and Ratebeer and less on service and consumer respect. As you walk in the dude taunts you with whales he may have or actually has and won't sell to you. Then he attempts to muscle you into purchasing Allagash shelf turds (which I sadly fell for). All the while, continually bragging about his 100% score on B.A. and begs for you on go on B.A. and Ratebeer and rate him at 100%. His shelves are stocked with beers you can pick up at the local grocery store or gas station. Do yourself a favor and avoid this joint if you find yourself in the area and go to one of the liquor stores on the main highway. Better stock and much less pretension and ego.

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Photo of shannonlharris76
4.63/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

What a gem! Walked in to just browse and had the fortune to have Tom help me out. So knowledgeable and such a warm personality. Fantastic selection and some great stuff I can't find in ATL. Just spent the first of many $ here as I'll be back everyday this weekend looking to smuggle a lot of goodies home

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Photo of Jemes21
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Huge selection for a small store. Tom was friendly and let me try a delicious aged Allagash. He helped pick out some beers that I hadn't tried yet. Recommend stopping in.

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Photo of emloose409
4.83/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

R & L is hands-down one of the best craft beer stores I've had the pleasure of frequenting. While distribution in Delaware is somewhat limited, Tom more than compensates for this by making sure that the selection is up-to-date, interesting, and that his customers are well-informed.

If you find yourself in DE looking for the usual Dogfish Head, you'll be pleased by the prices and selection; however, if you're looking for more uncommon offerings from both Europe and all over the East Coast, you're likely to be pleasantly surprised.

Moreover, the customer service is unparalleled. The owner loves talking beer, and is more than happy to share his thoughts on the store's rarer fare. R & L is a beer-lover's store put together by a beer-lover.

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R & L Liquors in Lewes, DE
Place rating: 4.78 out of 5 with 74 ratings