Lukes Liquors

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167 Market St
Rockland, Massachusetts, 02370-2633
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(781) 878-0226 | map

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Reviews by Freshie:
Photo of Freshie
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Situated off a major route (rt. 123) through Rockland, it is very easy to find. You know it is going to be a great place when you walk in and notice the rows of shopping carts. The place is huge and is famous not just for their beer selection. They have many fine wines and hard liquor.

The beer is seperated into two main sections, Beers from the U.S., and Beers from Around the World. The Beer from around the worlds are divided into locales. Beers from Belgium, Germany, the U.K., Hispanic, etc. The United States brews are divided into local Masachusetts beers, and then the rest of the country. Between the U.S. beers and the world ones, the aisle is filled with domestic macros in twelve and thirty racks.

The selction is too much to comment on here. Just go there yourself and see. I have sampled only a small portion and have been going there for over a year now. They have Rogue, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam, Long Trail, Harpoon, Magic Hat, Archer's Ale, Paper City Brewery, Buzzard's Bay, Allagash, Many of the Sam Adam's brews. In terms of world brews, they have a good selction from Belgium and Germany. Some brews are mislabled as German but in actuallity are Polish, like Zywiec and Okocim.

The service is good. The people I have asked for help have been very knowledgeble and courteous. The lines can be long sometimes, especially around a holiday. Many people come from all around the South Shore and take advantage of the this great store.

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Photo of brewme
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Warehouse-style packy, not too close to the highway. I work nearby, so make weekly, lunch-time pilgrimages. It is kind of a sterile environment, & I have never been asked by a staff member if I needed help while in the brew section. Their brew selection is unmatched in area, & is well-organized, by geography. They also have a good HVAC system, so the beer does not cook in the summer.

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4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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Photo of jayhunter357
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Truly an overwhelming liquor store from the minute you walk in. The place is huge and they have pretty much everything you could be looking for when it comes to beer, wine, and liquor. The beer section takes up the majority of the left hand side of the store and you will more than likely find something that you haven't tried before. The service leaves a little to be desired and I've never actually seen someone in the beer section to ask a question so that's not good. All in all I'm there to browse the newest selections and grab my beer and go home so it's fine with me. Prices are what you'd expect and if you're in the area I would recommend going in and checking out their selection.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

Luke's Liquors very well may be comparable to Mecca in terms of liquor stores. I can honestly say that I have made numerous "pilgrimages," if you will, to this supermarket of liquor stores to fulfill my never ending quest of becoming a true beer advocate. And I'm not lying when I call them pilgrimages, considering I live about 35 minutes away. However these drives are quite well justified, as Luke's vast selection of wine, liquor, and of course...BEER keeps you coming back time and time again.

To those who have never been, one must literally think of Luke's as a supermarket of booze to both fully comprehend its size and also to prepare themselves for the glory that awaits. As you enter the store, you are introduced to their large wine selection. Moving further left brings you past aisle after aisle of wine, which is then followed by various liquors, all of which are arranged by country of origin, style, etc. Venturing to the far left side of the store acquaints the shopper with their massive beer section. The domestic and exports are divided into their own respective sections, which combined, take up about a fifth of the store (which is still a massive section). Organization is certainly key when you stock such a selection and Luke's does it quite well. Also helps when you label quite a few beers with their beer advocate ratings as well.

You could easily spend two hours in the store just skimming each aisle. They seemingly have beers from every state and every semi to well known American brewery. I've been introduced to quite a few breweries, both close and far away, that have become regulars in my refrigerator. Their import selection is superb as well. They have many products from the main beer countries like England, Germany and Belgium, but you'll find beer from more minor beer countries like Poland, Japan, and Brazil as well. I think its nearly safe to assume that you could randomly pick a country that produces beer and find it's product at Luke's. I'm a huge hefeweizen fan and I've been able to try so many incredible German hefes I just simply wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. Luke's selection is clearly where they dominate other liquor stores, as I find myself finding a new beer or brewery every time I go.

The staff is knowledgeable and pretty helpful if you have a question pertaining to a certain beer. Never really had anyone ask me if I need help but they seem happy to assist you when needed.

Despite all the praise I have given Luke's above, I do have to mention one fault I have encountered. On a few occasions I have bought expired beer. And I'm not talking about a few weeks or months, more like a year. The beer was obviously past its prime and the flavor and quality had been affected as such. One time, after consulting two of the staff members in regards to a possible expired 12 pack, they assured me the beer was all good to drink. I got it home and sure enough it was skunked. Seems like its something they might need to key a closer eye on.

Luke's dominant (yes, dominant) selection is clearly where it shines. A great place to grab your favorite brews, find a sought-after one, or just browse for something new.

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Photo of Jayli
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Hit this place up with tigg924 before grabbing a few pints.

This store is HUGE. I mean, massive. Beer section is on the opposite side when you walk in. There are a good 4 to 5 decent sized aisles that run along the wall with the entire back wall to these aisles also filled with beer. There are another set of about 3 aisles that run perpendicular and one last, span the length of the store 4 or 5 shelve aisle that houses all of the imports (belgian, english, russian, mexican, etc). The spread is really quite impressive. There are a LOT of offerings from the breweries that they carry with a good deal of obscure to SCORE on them. Some breweries of note - Offshore, Gritty's, Ipswich, Appalachian, Mendocino, Troegs, Rogue (scored a morimoto ale), Weyerbacher, Founders, Lost Abbey, Mayflower, Left Hand, amongst many many others.
I did find that some of the beers had been expired - which as long as you know what beers retain well, isn't a problem. Service was nil. Other than checking out, we weren't even approached.
This is by and far the best beer store on the south shore that I have run across.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Visited Lukes on 03/20/2010 while visiting my sister in Rockland (had to make the 1.5 hour drive worth it). Luke's presents as a former grocery or department-type store converted into a liquor store. As you enter the store, the beer area is located on the opposite wall adjacent to the entrance - just keep walking. As you proceed to the beer area, to the left are a series of aisles which seems to more or less be broken out by region for the most part - all Americans. To the right is a long aisle - perhaps 30-40 ft. of Belgians, Germans, English beers, etc. As well as some beers from other regions (i.e. Russia). Adjacent to the imports shelf are a few other aisles with some other crafts, most notably Founders (alas no KBS). The cooler located at the back of the store is pretty small considering the size of the store and doesn't offer much of a cold craft selection, and bombers are almost non-existent although they did have several Berkshire beers and growlers in the end cooler. I was also fortunate to find colder sixers of Nugget Nectar.

In terms of craft bottles, I didn't take detailed notes, but they had Lost Abbey, Port, Troegs, Founders, Smutty, Southern Tier, Blue Hills, Manchester Brewing, Off-Shore, Cisco, Mayflower, Rogue, Tuckerman's, Victory, DFH, Ballast Point, Stone, Bear Republic - the list goes on and on. A very extensive collection indeed. One of the pluses and minuses of the store is that bottles seem to sit (particularly bombers), unfortunately, many are also still in their original cases, so you can't really tell what is in them. Prices were a dollar or two more than I am used to paying.

I can't really comment of the service, as I didn't ask for any assistance, and no one approached me, although the cashier was pleasant enough.

Luke's is definitely one of the better beer stores I've visited in the MA/RI area and they carry a pretty respectable stock of NE regionals - some companies I'd never even heard off or don't traditionally see in any volume. That being said, I'd prefer to hit Julio's given the quality, price and closer proximity to where I live; however, if you are in the area, it's definitely worth stopping in. Also, you might luck out if you are looking for some cellarable beers that might already have some age on them.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

This place was quite impressive. I was really surprised to find such a bit store in such a small town but I am going to be keeping this place in mind in the future. There is a really large craft beer section and I was lost for a bit trying to come to grip as too how big it really was. It was large and then there was the large imported section that was really impressive as well. I was not here to do a large haul but to pick a few things but I am keeping this on my short list of places that have some goodies that were hard to find other places. Some good Lost Abbey and Port brews. I was happy to find tons of Stone and other California brews as well as American craft breweries that were new to me. I didn't stay long to get a real feel for the help but it was the selection and the prices that will get me to come back.

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Photo of SrMonkey
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%

Hit it up every time I visit the folks, most recently for the holidays. I always come out $50 or more lighter and 6+ bottles heavier.

Massive selection of crafts, both local and distal, with a full range of offering by most breweries, including many harder to find releases. Import section is likewise huge, with full sections of Belgian, German, English and others. On my most recent trip the inventory seemed relatively fresh, but I have been burned in the past with old, oxidized beer.

Service is non-existent. I have never seen staff available in the beer section, nor been asked if I need assistance. When I have asked for help they were uninformative. There must be a beer person who works at this store but I have yet to meet them. The cashiers gave me the stink-eye when they saw my total.

Prices are consistent with other packies in Taxachusetts.

In summary: great selection, check the dates, and don't expect help.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -12%

Luke's to me a like Julio's east. Not as good but you are assured of finding thousands of beers, many of which are not at my other local beer stores. They also tend to carry full lines of beers, as opposed to a couple of selections per brand. Several harder to find beers are there including Riverhorse and Appalachian. They do allow you to mix sixes, albeit without the discount at Julios. The prices are reasonable. I did check dates on beers there per other BA warnings and everything appeared to be fresh. If this place has a downfall, it is that the staff while courteous seemed more aloof and not as knowledgeable as some other stores in the area. Still if I am searching for a hard to get beer and do not feel like driving all the way to Julio's, it's nice to know that this place is around.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.2/5  rDev -47%

Years ago Luke's used to be the best place to buy beer due to their huge selection but it seems the majority of that selection is still on the shelves. I was there yesterday and trying to find a beer that hadn't expired was nerve wracking (especially in their international section--I saw low abv lager from India that had a date of 2004). I got so paranoid after seeing so many expired beers that I put back anything that didn't have a date on it for fear of buying something horribly old. I ended up with a mixed pack of Otter Creek, some Unibrou, and Long Trail--things I could have got anywhere.

One of the best things about Luke's however, is that you can split 6-packs. This somewhat offsets the potential hazard of skunky beer.

Service is fair. I know what's up beerwise but if I'm looking for a gift bottle of Scotch or wine there's usually some one to help me out.

An aside: since I've been going there (3 years now, off and on?) I've seen the same to two 6-packs of Celis White (Texas version) and Celis Raspberry on the top shelf of the front wall in the beer section. They're still there. Didn't that brewery close down years ago?

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Photo of tikk
4/5  rDev -3.6%

I do love the selection at Luke's. They have the BIGGEST assortment of beers that I have ever seen in my life. Too many to list here. Every time I go there I walk out of there very happy. They even allow you to break up six packs and buy the beers as singles. That leads me to my first complaint, there are tons of broken up 4/6 packs all over the place, but none of the singles are priced. I am not a fan of having to go to the register every few minutes to check prices on what I want to purchase. Another complaint is over the fact that they break up the beers by region but a lot of the regions are incorrect, I may know where a beer is from but not everyone does. My last complaint is that they have a bunch of out of date beers, IE Victory, and some of the beers they carry haven't moved or changed in over 6 months, IE Rock Art. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the place, but check dates on your beers.

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