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4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
We stopped in this store on the "South of Boston BA bus tour", and we were warmly welcomed by the staff. It is a large store, almost grocery store size, with most of the aisles devoted to wine and spirits, but with a very good beer selection. Many nice Belgian beers as well as many other imports from various parts of the world (including decent selections from Eastern Europe and Latin America). There is also a good selection of American micros with a good number from the West Coast. Many beers are available by the case, and in the back of the store there are quite a few glass doored refrigerators with cold beer.
They allow you to break up six packs to buy singles, too. And while we were there, there was a beer tasting going on with reps from 2 distributors and one brewery offering free samples. A nice touch. I am not sure if it was something special offered to our tour, but we also got a 10% discount on beers purchased.
A very good beer store. Too bad I don't live closer.
04-04-2004 18:50:43 | More by UncleJimbo
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Luke's to me a like Julio's east. Not as good but you are assured of finding thousands of beers, many of which are not at my other local beer stores. They also tend to carry full lines of beers, as opposed to a couple of selections per brand. Several harder to find beers are there including Riverhorse and Appalachian. They do allow you to mix sixes, albeit without the discount at Julios. The prices are reasonable. I did check dates on beers there per other BA warnings and everything appeared to be fresh. If this place has a downfall, it is that the staff while courteous seemed more aloof and not as knowledgeable as some other stores in the area. Still if I am searching for a hard to get beer and do not feel like driving all the way to Julio's, it's nice to know that this place is around.
01-06-2010 16:45:33 | More by tigg924
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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.
03-21-2010 15:43:22 | More by Jwale73
4.85/5 rDev +20%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
This store has a staggering selection of imports. There are brews represented here that I had not previously thought of being available in So. New England.And lest I forget the craft brew selection matches the Import admiralbly. Brian is a beer manager seriously driven to have the top selection in the area and anything less is not accepable. I was able to pick up two of the Newport Storm gift packs for 30$ ea. Other selections included Offshores new Amber in six packs, Oberdorfer Wiess, EKU 28, Anchor Old Fog Horn, Berkshire Holidale. I would have given this store a 5 across the board, but as I keep finding out as I travel hill and dale throughout So. N.E. you never know what you might find around the next bend. Its a good thing there was a time limit on my stay here otherwise I would be facing serious credit card debit right now.
03-07-2004 17:00:55 | More by ybnorml
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
04-01-2010 23:38:36 | More by Jayli
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Hmm, I haven't been in a beer store in a bit, so this was another interesting stop on our SOB tour. A nice, brightly lit, large store, (with no fumes from the bottle return, very nice!) we were welcomed by the manager, and also a few brewery reps offering samples of beer. I got to try Mich Ultra...along with other brews as well, Offshore had some brews, and there were some Belgians to try as well. I was really impressed with their European import section...I'm not sure how long the row was, but I would say twice as longas the one at Downtown Wine and Spirits. It was full of nicely presented beer, clean, etc, I picked up a few bottles of some beers I had had before, plus a few bottles of Burgerbrau helles. Prices were very easy on the wallet, and we were offered a discount that day (thank you!). I actually was too busy oohing and aahing over the Euro beers to spend much time looking at the American ones, sorry. Nice store, clean and well maintained, with a great selection of beer.
03-10-2004 14:18:05 | More by PatandDavid
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
If you are not from the area, this can be a fun place to try and locate. If you circumvent your way there from Rte. 3, be careful...
you will pass a few other beer/liquor stores on the way...stay strong and concentrate on the task at hand...it will be well worth it.
You will find yourself facing the beer world that is Lukes Liquors...quite the sight.
This place is huge and offers so much to the wine, liquor, and most importantly beer professional. The prices are great and you can find tons of west coast beers offered in cases, not just singles or 6 packs.
My last trip this past weekend, I was able to locate a 6 pack of SNCA, Magic Hat's HiPA in 22oz. bombs and N. Coast's Old Ale 2003.
Service is decent...they are more than willing to get you a quick price check if you don't see pricing, but most things are clearly marked.
This place is not the most organized..it's kind of the beer flea market at times...a ton of stock below the shelves to dig through.
Be careful with IPA's and IIPA's...as they tend to hold onto stock a bit too long.
02-23-2005 00:37:27 | More by warriorsoul
4/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I just visited today (2/4/04) and the selection was even larger than it was 2 weeks ago. Lukes is, IMHO, the best place to buy beer on the South Shore. Their wine selection is enormous! Now is the time to visit Luke's (formally Yankee Spirits). The manager (Brian) is constantly in the process of stocking the shelves, so everything is really fresh. The beer is arranged by country, which makes your research a terrific geography lesson. I visited many times w/ fellow BA, Genaro and we found an unbelievable selection. We each bought a bit to much to sample in a reasonable fashion, but finding new beers to try is an irresistible compulsion. Tip: Wheel an available shopping cart to the beer aisles instead of the hand basket, unless you're coupling your shopping with your workout. Note: The beer aisles are kept cool, temperature-wise, so everything stands the chance of remaining fresh longer. They have increased the capacity of their refrigerated beer section. This is a BA must visit, if you're in the area...no, Lukes is worth going out of your way for!
Edit 2/24/07: Lukes beer selection and display layout has been in constant flux for the past few months. Sadly, they've lost a little of their luster. Still, good for finding quality beer, but they need to stick to one layout or another and rotate some of their out of date stock to the discount bin.
03-24-2003 21:02:21 | More by BeerResearcher
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went down for the Offshore Brewing tasting last friday. Great to see Konobrewer, Warriorsoul and Evening Hawk while I was there.
This store is huge. Aisle after aisle of wines and spirits. Just enormous.
Upon learning that this was my first trip to Luke's Konobrewer had only this to say to me: "I hope you didn't bring a lot of money."
Unfortunately I had.
After having a few samples of the Offshore Amber and IPA I wandered into the beer section of the building. Palates on the floor stacked high with cases of beer. Products from breweries all across the United States, many hard to find rarities and staples alike. They don't get points for neatness, but they sure do for selection.
After spending some time in that section I went back to the Offshore table a happy camper with a ton of great beer in my cart. Soon thereafter I noticed they had an entire aisle of beer from across the world. This was utterly amazing, the selection and prices almost had me in tears.
The only drawbacks I heard about were related to freshness and rotating the beer on the shelves.
Will definitely be back here for more purchases in the future. A great piece of the craft beer community in Massachusetts.
07-06-2005 03:16:57 | More by fdrich29
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Quality: Every thing seemed fresh that should be, definitely quality stuff.
Service: Pretty much standard big store service, with the addition of the cashier talking to me for a few minutes about their upcoming Oktoberfest event.
Selection: Probably the best I have seen in Massachusetts. Huge place, the store is divided by country. They had a good selection of English, Belgian and German with the additions India, China, Japan, and some other random places and of course a huge American selection. Some highlights, 01-04 Newport Storm, Sprecher, 3L Oaked Arrogant Bastard, De Proef, La Moneuse, Wolnzacher and La Bavaisienne. Some things that I had never seen in the area, but mostly they had just about everything I have seen around here put together in one place. They seemed to have rather complete lines of many brands, lots of variety.
Prices: Seemed fair, some were a bit higher than I have seen, some a bit lower most were right around what I expected.
Conclusion: A quality liquor store that is worth a drive if you want to stock up. Located very close to rt 3, so a convenient stop if you are on your way down to the cape.
08-24-2005 19:10:10 | More by OldSock
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