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Community Beverage

Not Rated.
Community BeverageCommunity Beverage
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.82%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

8004 Grand Avenue
Elmhurst (Queens), New York, 11373
United States
phone: (718) 458-5254

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Reviews by DannyS:
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DannyS

New York

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

I live in the beer wasteland known as Queens, NY, so this will likely become my go-to place for good brews from now on. I only found out about this place last week, but I'm already sold on it's greatness. First of all, it's the only place I know in the area that does growler fills. Second, it has a lot of beers I thought I'd never find in the NYC area. Third, the prices are great for the selection. Fourth, the clerks I talked to are just as enthusiastic about beer as I am.

seriously, I can't wait to swing by there again. Hope they still have Duvel Draft left tomorrow.

04-13-2009 03:25:07 | More by DannyS
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NotoriousRR


4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-14-2014 19:27:44 | More by NotoriousRR
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-11-2014 19:27:03 | More by paulish
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timotao

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-31-2014 13:42:23 | More by timotao
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beerguyqueens

New York

4.94/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

called there last week looking for 7 beers that i could not find anywhere else they had 5 of them in stock the person i spoke with on the phone advised that they would have the other 2 in by tuesday. when i went in tuesday everything was there the place is clean and the manager on duty was very helpfull. i also liked the fact that hey have a speciality room dedicated just for specialty beers that is air conditioned to avoid heat issues they took all the empties that i purchased at other stores with no problem most places give me a hard time with the odd beers i return they did not even blink just took them all. wheb i got to the register my total was over 200 then the manager came over and gave me 10% off my bill without even asking i thanked him and he said no thank you for shopping with us good place good people. my heaven lol

06-15-2011 14:41:35 | More by beerguyqueens
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beenitty

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I probably should have read the reviews before I made a trek out to this place.

I was tracking down some Kuhnhenn so I made the the journey out to Queens. Not that bad b/c I work in the Bronx.

Looks like one of those large beer wherehouses that you may find a hidden gym. NOT SO FAST. Once inside I realize that this is a place whos trying to cash in on the craft beer revolution but really has no clue whats going on. Growler fills and crafts are all in the front, probably so ppl who tend to buy crap beer will be tempted to move up to the big leagues.

Ok selection. Goose Island, Founders, Allagash, nothing surprising. Same Prices as most places in metro NYC area.

I called the day before to ask if they had the Kuhnhenn, and the guy I spoke to confirmed that they did. So I walk in and ask where the Kuhnhenn's is and 2 different guys are adamant that they dont have it. They're both skeptical that I called the right place the day before. So I take a 5 second walk over the the craft section and I see it. They're both indifferent. I was very close to leaving because they were acting like they definitely didn't have it.

I also noticed that the prices are off, confirming some of the other reviews.

Double Trouble 4pk 20.99. "Hey sir Im very certain that this has the wrong price tag". He replies "No thats how our boss wants us to sell those." I reply "No dude, Old Curmugeon (15.99) cant be less expensive than Double Trouble, because a Barleywine...etc. He gets it, " oh wait, yes you're right. Sorry.

So overall I thought this place sucked. They workers there are clueless, seriously, they dont know anything. Its that bad. If I wasn't chasing down rares I never would have gone here. I've always seen that occasionally they have stuff that I want at the Growler Station or on the shelves, but the bad reviews here were confirmed 5 fold on my first visit. If they have more Kuhnhenn's I'll probably be back, but if you go there, prepare to probably be dissapointed.

05-16-2011 20:34:02 | More by beenitty
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Takeanotherswing

New York

3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$

Was excited to stop by this place...excited to see a whole section devoted to craft beer including the usuals and some rares. Friendly staff but don't have any knowledge of much at all so you're on your own as you might prefer anyways. Came here for some Cigar City , Founders and Goose Island rares

Disappointment came when I was ready to taste some of the beers for Growler fills. Guy tried helping me but said that the Cpt Lawrence was out and tap was broken anyways. Out of DFH Red and White...out of Goose Island Pepe...said they had Old Fezziwig(who wants that now?), Long Ireland and Duvel left. No thanks. Quite a disappointment when I checked back almost two weeks later and they told me on the phone the same beers they apparently ran out of when I was there. Either the kid is too lazy and just looked at the board that hasnt changed or didn't realize there was more. Doesn't seem like they change the lines much, so instead of a growler filled with beer I came home with some bombers and singles that were great.

I also did see some past due beers that don't seem to be conditioned right in that area of the store, so be sure to check your dates before you buy some bad mistreated beer.

I'd still like to come by for bottles and be impressed with their next line of beers for filling. It's the only place on queens close by I know of.

02-23-2011 16:24:03 | More by Takeanotherswing
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bigwineguy420

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

I went here for the first time this week. I agree with much that was said by prior reviewers. Good Goose Island selection, lots of 22oz beers, good Belgian selection, some good microbrews and Belgians. However, for the size of the store overall selection is just above average. They have 7 beers on tap, but it's haphazard; 4 in the cooler, 2 going through a cold plate in the cooler, and one in a kegerator on the floor. The Capt. Lawrence Gold I had did not taste very fresh. There were also the randomly scattered mounds of old dusty product and random singles. I also wonder if they have temperature control during the summer, if they keep the door open to this place I wouldn't trust anything at all in here.
Staff was friendly, but as described 3 younger guys none of whom I would trust for anything other than pointing me to something on the shelf.
Worth an occasional trip because it is not far from where I live, but overall just a solid 'B' from me.

02-17-2011 01:07:22 | More by bigwineguy420
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pgaveau

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

First and foremost, this is certainly one the best beer selections in Queens. Belgian, European, American favorites are all well represented. The fact that they have growler taps is a plus when they are fresh. It's conveniently 5 mins from the LIE and Queens Blvd.

All pleasantries out of the way I have to say that the service although willing isn't always able. Some of the staff members are competent, and some of the younger guys are clueless. If you know your beer, this shouldn't be much of a problem. The pricing is all over the place $23.99 for Bourbon County Vanilla or $21.99 for a 4 pack of Founders Breakfast (not KBS). Yet I saw the Cpt. Lawrence Smoke from the Oak gift pack for $10 dollars cheaper than anywhere else. Most beers are priced reasonably.

Despite the price discrepancies and occasional clueless cast member, I am happy that such a good selection is available in Queens. I go once a week with few exceptions.

02-13-2011 07:57:02 | More by pgaveau
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.98/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$

Community Beverage is a big, somewhat messy beer-and-booze store in what could easily be described as a "nowhere" area of Queens. In a residential area, surrounded by homes instead of business, about a mile from the nearest subway... kind of an odd location, reminds me of those faraway beer stores I visited in Buffalo.

The store really is disorganized, but most of the craft beer is in a dedicated section to the right as you enter. Two or three big shelves with all the names you expect (Stone, Dogfish, Victory, Weyerbacher, Avery, Stoudts, Troegs, Lagunitas) plus great offerings from breweries you may not expect (Founders, Firestone Walker, Cigar City, Oskar Blues, tons of Goose Island including Rare Bourbon, Vanilla Bourbon, Night Stalker, Lolita, Juliet).

All of these come in six-packs and also bombers. They've got a TON of bombers.

The Belgian section is outstanding. I've never seen so many 4-packs of Belgian brews! Lots of Ommegang, also St Bernardus, Duvel, Rochefort and some other quality European beers like Samichlaus.

Past the craft section you will find huge amounts of BMC stuff in cases, plus a cooler with more craft offerings and the growler refill station.

Service was good, at least to my standards. I was greeted upon entering the store, I asked for Goose Vanilla, the guy knew exactly where it was, he brought it to the register, then he left me alone to peruse the shelves.... that's just how I like it.

I'm rating quality with "only" a "3.5" because I saw a TON of old and dusty bottles. There are also clusters of single beers haphazardly distributed and/or on sale, like they're trying to get rid of old stuff, and sections of the store look just like a total mess. Some dusting and organization would do wonders here.

But other than that, this is a gem of a store, on par with the best shops in Manhattan.

Alas, it is also as pricey as Manhattan! And those Goose Island Bourbon things... overpriced and overkill. But I bought one. That's why I came here! Only store in all of NYC that had Goose Vanilla. Cheers!

02-11-2011 04:05:48 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Community Beverage in Elmhurst (Queens), NY
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.