Sunday, May 27, 2012

New Beer: Sunday May 27, 2012

Late, but complete.

750ml Single  8.50%  Wheat Beer With Chardonay Grape Juice
RateBeer: 45  BeerAdvocate: [requires more ratings]

16oz Four-Pack Aluminum Bottles  4.40%  Wheat Ale

Boulevard - Zon (Seasonal)
12oz Six-Pack  4.40%  Belgian-Style White

12oz Six-Pack  5.00%  Pilsener

Chakra - Premium Lager (New/Year-Round)
12oz Six-Pack/22oz Single  4.70%  European Lager
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22oz Single  8.50%  Black India Pale Ale

750ml Single  10.70%  Belgian-Style Quadrupel
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22oz Single  7.20%  Imperial Stout

Full Sail - Old Boardhead '11 (Seasonal/Limited)
22oz Single  9.00%  Barleywine

750ml Single  7.50%  Berliner Weisse
RateBeer: 43  BeerAdvocate: [requires more ratings]

12oz Six-Pack  5.40%  Wheat Ale with Passion Fruit

22oz Single  6.70%  Wet Hopped India Pale Ale

[Widmer] Omission - Lager (New/Year-Round)
12oz Six-Pack  4.60%  Gluten Free Lager
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12oz Six-Pack  5.80%  Gluten Free Pale Ale
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Oh and we may still have some Pliny and Supplication as well.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Beer: Thursday May 17, 2012 - Part No. 1

Two Parts make a whole. Too much to put in one. To be full of imports again.

Abita - Purple Haze (New Package)
12oz Twelve-Pack Cans  4.75%  Fruit Beer

750ml Single  5.50%  Belgian Flanders Oud Bruin/Sour-Wild

12oz Six-Pack  5.40%  American Saison
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Dupont - Foret Blanche (New/Year-Round)
750ml Single  5.50%  Organic Belgian White

12oz Six-Pack  4.80%  Wheat Ale
RateBeer: [requires more ratings]  BeerAdvocate: 82

Just Beer - Moby D (New/Year-Round)
22oz Single  ???%  American Pale Ale

375ml Single  5.50%  Lambic - Gueuze

375ml Single  3.50%  Lambic - Peach

Special Releases: Saturday, May 19 @ 2:00 p.m.

12oz Single  11.60%  Blended American Strong Ale
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750ml Single  5.70%  Cherry Sour/Wild
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New Beer: Thursday May 17, 2012 - Part No. 2

Part No. 2 - The B-United pre-order
[beers will become available as shelf space is found, please ask if you cannot find product]

16.9oz Single  5.10%  Rauchbier

16.9oz Single  8.00%  Rauchbier/Doppelbock

750ml Single  8.00%  Biere de Garde
RateBeer: 54  BeerAdvocate: [not listed]

750ml Single  11.00%  Belgian Sour/Wild

750ml Single  8.50%  Belgian Strong Ale

375ml Single  6.00%  Lambic - Cassis

375ml Single  6.00%  Lambic - Raspberry

375ml/750ml Single  6.00%  Lambic - Gueuze

375ml Single  6.00%  Lambic - Cherry

9.3oz Single  11.50%  English Barleywine

9.3oz Single  11.50%  English Barleywine Cask Aged

9.3oz Single  11.50%  English Barleywine Cask Aged

9.3oz Single  11.50%  English Barleywine Cask Aged

9.3oz Single  11.50%  English Barleywine Cask Aged

Porterhouse - BraonBlasta (New/Year-Round)
11.2oz Single  7.00%  English Strong Ale

Rulles - La Grande 10 (New/Year-Round)
750ml Single  10.00%  Belgian Strong Ale

Rulles - Triple (New/Year-Round)
750ml Single  8.40%  Belgian Triple

Uerige - Doppelsticke (It's Back!/ Year-Round)
330ml Single  8.50%  Altbier

Uerige - Sticke (New/Year-Round)
330ml Single  6.50%  Altbier

750ml Single  8.00%  Saison

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Beer: Thursday May 10, 2012

Starting Fresh and New. Enjoy.

12oz Six-pack  4.50%  Bright Ale

12oz Single  10.00%  Imperial Stout

11.5oz Single  9.50%  Scotch Ale

11.5oz Single  10.50%  Belgian-Style Quad

11.5oz Single  5.90%  Spiced/fruit Ale

Grimbergen - Double (Year-Round)
11.2oz Six-pack  6.50%  Belgian Dubbel?

14.9oz Four-pack  3.80%  English Bitter

Mikkeller - Black (It's back)
375ml Single  17.50%  Imperial Stout

12oz Single  6.80%  Saison

Special Releases: Saturday May 12 @ 2:00pm

16.9oz Single  9.00%  Barrel Aged Imperial Wheat Stout
RateBeer: 89  BeerAdvocate: [not listed]

HaandBryggeriet - Haandbakk (New/Limited - 2160 bottles produced)
16.9oz Single  8.00%  Sour/Wild Ale

16.9oz Single  7.50%  Sour/Wild Ale
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Firestone Walker - Parabola (Seasonal/Limited)
22oz Single  12.50%  Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

22oz Single  9.80%  Barrel Aged Blended American Strong Ale

22oz Single  7.50%  Sour/Wild Ale

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Share the Love: Not a rant, just a retailer.

 After many edits and changes to the format and feel of this post I realized I and my staff (now just James) are extremely passionate about our store, our department, and our customers. You (Our loyal customers and in many cases friends) lead our Beer department more than we do. We follow your leads, we search out beers we have never heard of. We bring in beers that surprise us. We can not carry everything, but we try our hardest to carry what you want. After noticing some stock missing of some pretty limited beers that had been opened and half of it purchased, we were disappointed. Disappointed more in the fact that fewer of our customer will now have an honest chance to purchase and taste these Norwegian rarities. Disappointed in that we try hard to obtain these beers and search through 100's of pages of pre-order sheets and websites and emails to actually get them delivered and it took 30 seconds for half of them to go. When these types of beers do come in it is an unexpected joy and highly complicated due to the nature of our business.

 Because a store has boxes (cases of beer in this case) on its floor sealed or unsealed does not lend customers the right to search through them. These things are not on a shelf for a reason. The reasons could be endless. The fact that non-employees do not know the reason still does not grant a customer the right to search the boxes and feel free to purchase whatever is inside. Respect and patience is required in this industry on all sides. We did in fact receive a small amount of HaandBryggeriet Sweet & Sour, Haandbakk, and Dark Force Reserva. They were received with quite a few beers from the Shelton Bros. portfolio. As these orders are inconsistent, our store (as most) does not always have adequate room or shelf space for these items or in even space to hold these beers until we made space (which I am doing today so we can release them next weekend).

 Half of our stock of Sweet & Sour and Dark Force Reserva now lies in an individuals cellar somewhere waiting to be opened or traded. Because asking questions or the virtue of patience had a lapse, our customers chances to try these beers has been cut in half. These beers are highly limited and extremely hard to get a hold of for us, and understandably our customers. We always put our limited items on the shelf (unlike some of our competitors who wait until the week of GABF). Make no mistake, we do cellar products. We have never cellared any beer beer without giving you, the customers, a chance to purchase it first.

 I (as the buyer for Lukas) am happy to be able to carry such a wide variety of beers. I am extremely happy to be able to receive beer that people will search hard for. I am a believer in that like minded groups can police themselves. Being forced to buy beers one bottle at a time is not a business plan that works well for us or our customers. Lukas has rarely implemented bottle limits. To my joy there have been very few complications to this. I have seen customers take everything we have off a shelf but the majority of time it seems good beer drinkers like to "share the love". We will continue our Special Releases on Fridays and Saturdays because this method seems to work for us and most of our customers. You can be assured everything we receive goes the shelf within a week or two. At least you know when and where Limited and Rare beers will be released and at what time. It takes less effort to check this Blog than digging through back stocked cases on the floor of retail stores.

Thank you all for your continued business, support and input. Keep an eye on the blog for more info about our releases next week!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Beer: Thursday May 3, 2012

Oh do we have a list for you this week.

We also received a large chunk of Shelton Bros. Import beers that we are sorting through. That full list will be updated as soon as we can find room!

750ml Single  6.80%  Saison

750ml Single  5.90%  Pumpkin Beer

750ml Single  8.10%  Stout

22oz Single  7.00%  Belgian Style White
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22oz Single  5.50%  Chile Beer

750ml Single  9.50%  American Strong Ale

22oz Single  5.20%  Wheat Ale

750ml Single  6.50%  Smoked Ale w/ Bacon

Special Releases: FRIDAY May 4 at 4:00pm

22oz Single  8.23%  Belgian-Style Tripel
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Avery - Samael's ['12] (Seasonal)
12oz Single  15.47%  American Strong Ale

750ml Single  10.00%  Fruit Beer

750ml Single  8.00%  Belgian-Style Dubbel
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Cheers Goodbye, A Cheers Hello: We need to fill a void.

One of our long-time friends and resident beers hooligans is leaving us. He is moving up in the world and working closer to home. We raise our glasses to Matt for all he has done over the years here at Lukas Liquor. We applaud his devotion to us and you, the consumers. As friends we will keep in touch and continue clinking our glasses in Cheers. As co-workers, we need to fill the gap.

 As part of a store-wide team, our three-man beer department requires some special love and attention. We need someone who not only has a passion for beer but someone who is self motivated, pays attention to detail, and someone we can stand to work with. This is a full-time position requiring open availability, heavy lifting, stocking, cleaning, cash register experience, one-on-one communication, and variety of other duties.

If you feel you could be a fit, please email me (
with your resume or stop by the store and ask for Nic or James.