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BA SCORE
87
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
$$ - reasonable


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2280 Jericho Turnpike
Garden City Park, New York, 11040
United States
phone: (516) 742-0114

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(Place added by: palma on 07-18-2005)
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by Billolick:
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Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

7 growler lines and good, friendly service save this place from mediocrity.

Typical Long island sort of beverage joint...cinder block box of a place, kinda ratty and beat up...the worthy beer is mostly located in the long aisle towards the left as you enter. My first impression was that they need to spend some time to restock, organize and show some more love to the respectable variety of quality brews they stock...didnt see much if any dust, but got the impression some of this stuff has been sittin for a while (why? cuz they had bottles of a few things that I havent seen on shelves for a few moons..IE Captain Larry 5 years later, and Stone 080808) just in general too many open spaces, out of place bottles etc. Also some quality brews in the cooler units but mostly BMC and other assorted non BA worthy type stuff.

Grolwer lines...yes - that why I came for a visit..quality options from Six point, Capt l. Greenpoint Harbor etc..they can be followed for updates on options at Beermenus.com

They also stock a large selection of glassware...if you are into that sort of stuff...worth a visit to fill your growler if you are in the area.

08-27-2011 14:53:10 | More by Billolick
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

This store is fairly close to a home of a friend in Long Island. We stop in every so often to pick up a little beer. They carry locals like Kingston, Captain Lawrence, others in bottles. For growlers they also give respect to looks like Greenport, Kelso, etc. Aside from Metro NY beers, you can find Founders, Stone, Samuel Smith, belgians, etc.
Beverage Barn also carries soda, including ginger beer, so it is a good place to stock up on mixers for your home bar. Staff usually is not overly helpful, but attentive if you come to them with any questions that you may have. Prices are a little higher than other suburbs of NYC, but I suppose that it is a convenient location. A pretty good shop that is very close to Queens.

09-21-2012 03:04:02 | More by mltobin
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JoolyGoodFellow


4.2/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

This has been my go-to store since 2007. At first it was all about convenience, but in the past 2 years (especially last year), the store has seen a significant improvement in terms of its craft selection, the installation of growler taps (recently upped to 10 taps I believer) and the on-shelf turnover increasing (meaning less old dusties sitting around). Two brothers appear to own the store, Larry and Greg. The latter does not drink, so he may not have the best recommendations, but Larry, who is chummier, knows a good bit. Part-timer Joe is always up for a chat about beer, and is very helpful.

Recent brand additions include: Anderson Valley, Widmer Bros, Lakefront, Clown Shoes

Other American brands include: Anchor, Tommyknocker, Abita, Ballast Point, Southern Tier, Mendocino, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, DFH, Troegs, Stone, Goose Island, Saranac, Victory, Sam Adams, Green Flash, Lagunitas, Kona, Ithaca, Captain Lawrence, Bear Republic, Weyerbacher, Slyfox

03-14-2012 18:23:43 | More by JoolyGoodFellow
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keithmurray

New York

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I have visited this place on numerous occasions, figured I might as well give it a review. Big beer/soda distributor off the Jericho Turnpike in Garden City. They have 3 aisles of beer (domestic & international) as well as an aisle dedicated to soft drinks. One wall is a cooler filled with mostly macros as well as some local craft offerings. They have a decent selection of craft, ranging from Brooklyn, Saranac, Founders, Keegans, Smuttynose and Sixpoint. The international set isnt as interesting, but they do have some decent offerings like Achel, Hofbrau, Unibroue, Chimay and Koenigshoven. The prices are fair for the area, with most six packs coming in at about $9.99. The only thing you need to watch out for is some of their product is slow moving and is past its freshness date, also evidenced by thick layers of dust on the bottles. They have a growler station with about 5 or 6 taps and also have a decent selection of glassware. The thing I like best about this place is they often have good sales on product. I have seen Yuengling bock for 3.99 a sixer and also 12 packs of Spaten Optimator for $13.99 as well as Smuttynose 12 packs at 14.99. There is also an option here to purchase singles from 6/4 packs, they usually divide the price by 6 or 4 and add a 20% markup, which I think is fair. As for the service, they have some younger college age students walking the aisles asking if you need any help. The woman working behind the register is of no help, most times when I come here, she is in a miserable mood. Overall, worth checking out if you are in the area and need to get your craft beer fix.

03-05-2012 14:57:23 | More by keithmurray
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Stoped by today while on the Island.
You can see the bomber selection from the door, and its grand for sure! They have a really nice variety...from Germans, to Belgians, and tons of locals. Not living in Long Island, I have never seen such a selection of Blue Point before.
Walking around is like being in a canyon of beer...macros are literally piled 10'high all around you.

They have, I think, 7 or 8 taps for growler fills. They also keep a nice stock of glassware, in case you dont have enough for some reason. They also have a huge bottle return in the back..along with a bunch of juice and sodas...speaking of soda; you can even fill a growler of Saranac Rootbeer there for $5.99! Pretty cool :)

Service was great. Everyone was really nice, helpful, and just went out of their way to make sure you had what you are looking for.

Overall, a really cool place to stop if you find yourself in the area.

01-06-2012 21:52:25 | More by DrinkSlurm
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PangaeaBeerFood

New York

3.45/5  rDev -8%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I swung by this place yesterday for the first time, because I was looking for some offerings by Goose Island which, according to the brewery's site, they apparently sell.

The selection is pretty impressive. They have one huge aisle that is completely dedicated to craft beer, with a small selection of branded glassware at the end. Predominantly American craft, with a decent but smaller selection of Belgian, German and UK beers. Prices were pretty standard.

However, it is VERY obvious that this aisle of the store doesn't see much inventory turnover. Many of the bottles are coated in dust and it is obvious that they've been sitting for a while.

This is the best and worst aspect of the store. I saw many lagers, wits and seasonals that probably don't have a very long shelf life and looked like they have been there for a while. Not good. On the flip side, though, as I poked around a bit I found a couple of hidden gems. They had some fairly sought after brews that seems to be in good shape, sitting on the shelf at base price. Brooklyn Black Ops, Unibroue 15, Stone Vertical Epic dating back as far as 2006 (those go for good money online), and even a bottle of Fuller's Vintage from 2004.

I went with an Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from 2007 as the price was good, it was in a dark back corner of the shelves where I'm sure it wasn't in the sun, and it's fairly high alcohol so I'm sure it's aged well. Also grabbed a Schneider Hopfen-Weiss, but that was fresh.

So, if you poke around you could find some real gems here, but be sure you check the bottling dates on everything as some stuff might be older than you'd like.

12-29-2009 15:57:49 | More by PangaeaBeerFood
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.65/5  rDev +24%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

I found this place when picking up some meds for my mother this past weekend. I was astounded to see the full Rogue bottles for 6.99. I tried out the Big Red from their Imperial series. There are various older and more rare Dog Fish (Pangea) as well as the new Palo Santo. Lots of excellent belgians of dubble/tripl/quads. Lots of Lefthand Brewery but not as much Brooklyn for some reason and considering the closeness, that was odd. They have a good glass selection with one free after buying 3. I was very happy with the pint and half Innis & Gunn next to the cash register for 5.99. A great beer store that does not just have six packs but over 100 in singles. Oh all of the SN, have not seen the Porter or Wheat in my neck of the woods.

06-01-2009 01:46:22 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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Gmann

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Located on a real busy part of Jericho turnpike in Garden City Park. The Beverage Barn as a dedicated row of what I will call craft beers. It ranges from American crafts and all of the usually Belgian and German brews. I do notice that they have some Belgian or German brews that I haven't seen in any other store. The American craft selection is ok, nothing fantastic, pretty much the highly distributed (at least in NY) crafts like Rogue, Long Trail, Sierra Nevada, Victory, and all of the NYS brews. They do sell some glassware which is a nice plus, they have a couple of nice ones. The rest of the store is dedicated to macros, malternatives, and soda. I've been there a little over 6 times and not once have I been asked for help or remotely approached. It is a notch or two above average, it has served me well in the past finding some brews that I hadn't been able to find anywhere else. It is a bit out of the way for me and there are better shops in the Huntington area for me to hit.

05-16-2009 01:43:33 | More by Gmann
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whitehouse50

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I got to this place about once a month since my girlfriend lives in the town over. From the outside it has a ton of electronic neon beer signs that take up the front windows with a bright red barn like roof. When you walk in the beers you want are slightly to the left just past the shelves that hold glasses for sale, buy three get one free. Not a bad selection of glasses but a lot more than other places offer.

The selection here is really good. Basically they have a great variety of domestic craft, German, Belgian, and English and of course the standard macros. Majority of the bottles are singles with a descent amount of 750's, bombers and sixers. This store is certainly worth checking out. I don't know how it compares to Big Z or others on Long Island but you can always find something good here however you are going to pay for it cause this place seems a bit pricey than what I am used to in NJ. Some of the shelves are marked with the price so either you have to ask or wait until they ring it up to find out. I noticed they had a bottle of Utopias up high on a shelf to the left of cashier. I asked how much. They manager said $240. I almost laughed. I've seen that same beer for $100 less. However, the best run I made was when I found five bottles of 2003 WWS.

Here is the one problem when going to this store. Nobody at all knows what they are talking about. When I found the WWS I was naturally curious where it had been for the last five years. I asked the same manager and he did not have a clue. He did not believe me when I told him it was more than five years old until I showed him the date notched on the label. So that is frustrating about this place nobody know anything and if you ask they still don't know and do not care. Basically you're on your own. My favorite was when I found a bottle of SATB and I asked the cashier where it came from. He said it was a new beer from Sam Adams. I have been here at least six times and nobody has ever asked me if I needed help.

Overall the selection is solid and one of the best I have seen. You will not be disappointed at all with what they have to offer their customers. Just make sure you are educated in general about craft beers so that you will not have to ask for assistance.

04-21-2009 20:31:30 | More by whitehouse50
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I stopped in this place to look at their craft beer selection and was glad I did. They carry a lot of craft beer as well as a nice selection of imports. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable. The beers were fresh and the prices were the same or less than other beer stores I've been to on Long Island. They offer single bottles for sale, which is always a good thing when you're just looking to try a beer without commiting to 4, 6 or 12 of them. I'm going to visit this store more often, as it's close to my place of work.

05-02-2008 00:34:07 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Beverage Barn in Garden City Park, NY
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