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Beverage Barn

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BA SCORE
87
very good

18 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
87
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
26
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
10.13%
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

2280 Jericho Tpke
Garden City Park, New York, 11040-4725
United States

(516) 742-0114 | map
www.bigbeverage.net

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Added by palma on 07-18-2005

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 26
Photo of whitehouse50
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

As a former Hofstra University student on Long Island, stopped in here for a beer-run with a buddy of mine... good quality stuff with no expired products as far as I could see... equally good service with a friendly cashier who asked if we were able to find everything we were looking for... decent selection with your typical macros and some micros and craft brews... this place was relatively close to the campus, so it was pretty convenient... a decent place to cop some brews, clean, orderly, and friendly service... worth a try with reasonable prices...

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

I ended up driving right by, but it's pretty easy to find...on the Jericho Turnpike in Garden City Park almost right across the street from Waldbaums (which is located in a shopping center).

The shelves you'll more than likely want are on the left. The front of the aisle contained some bombers of Stone, Rogue, and Ommegang. Aisle had a good amount of sixers...some NY beer(Brooklyn, Ommegang, Middle Ages, but no Blue Point - brewery is only about 20 minutes away), but a very good Rogue selection.

I picked up a Hop Wallop sixpack, a Flying Dog Horn Dog fourpack, and a Ruination bomber....total came to $29, so a little pricey. Stone bombers were $6.99 apiece, but the Rogue fell between 4-7, for the most part.

Service was alright...woman didn't want to sell me the Oaked Arrogant Bastard sixpack because of the price...didn't recommend spending so much on some beer, so she probably figured I looked young and was stupid about my selection.

If you're in the Mineola area and need something, stop by, but don't make a special trip from afar.

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Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

This place is close to my office so it is very convenient.

A good selection of Belgians and English ales. Several nice west coast micros available as well as the standard local and national micro brands.

They do not frown upon mixing and matching bottles, which a lot of Long Island beer distributors do not allow. Also, bottles are labeled for individual sale, which enables you to sample without breaking the bank.

The prices are reasonable, and they run nice weekly specials on 12 packs.

A nice selection of gourmet sodas and glassware as well.

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Photo of ntorch
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

I visited this location based on the prior two reviews and its proximity to my home and job. I was not expecting very much but was pleasantly surprised.

When visiting a store which bills itself the "Beverage Barn" one would expect that it would have most of the widely commerical available beers and a few unique brews. This was hardly the case.

The variety in the store was incredible. There were large quantities of beers from overseas along with many from microbreweries inclding quite a few that I had never heard of. They even had gluten free beer from a small brewery in Ramapo New York.

The store itself is immaculate and the bottles and shelves were not dusty in the slightest. I was approached by the owner himself who asked me questions about my preferences before recommending "off the beaten path" brews which would satisfy my taste.

The prices were quite reasonable - not as rockbottom as supermakrets when they have loss leaders, but nothing appeared to be out of whack with the average price in this area.

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Photo of palma
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I found this place on my way to a cousin’s house. Saw a big sign "Beverage Barn", figured I'd pull over and check it out. Good thing I did. I was very impressed with the selection. They have a full aisle (about 25-30 feet long) of craft and imported beer.
Before I knew it, I was in the store for 20 mins. My gf finally comes storming into the store yelling at me "it's just beer! what's taking so long!". haha, what was taking so long was the damn selection in this place!
The stock of craft beer is better than good. A couple of hard-to-gets that stood out were DFH 120 and WWS. But what really impressed me was the imported beer and the Belgians. Dude, this place is loaded. Let's start out by saying they had like 10 different Uniboues and about 5 different Ommegangs. Not to mention all the REAL Belgians: 3 Abbaye des Rocs, 2 La Chouffe (pale and dark), Delirium Nocturnum and Tremens, De Koninck, Westmalle, Piraat, and a lot more, but I just can't remember them all. Besides all these great beers, they also carried my fav, Fuller's Vintage Ale (2000 vintage). To say the least, I really like their selection.

Regarding the service, I had the same exact experience mdavis31481 had. The cashier asked for ID, and when he saw it was CT, he called the owner over. The owner then asked if I had Connecticut plates on my car. I said yes and he gave the OK for the cashier to continue with the transaction. I decided to chat with the owner a bit after this. I asked him what was with the unconventional license plate test, and he told me he got burned by undercover cops in the past. You can't blame him for checking ID's like that - he's only trying to protect his business. Anyway, he told me that he always carried such a wide selection and that if I wanted anything he didn't have, he'd surely get it for me.

Overall, this is a good beer store with an almost stellar selection, especially for a place that's so close to Queens.

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Photo of mdavis31481
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%

Having recently returned to Long Island after a twelve year absence, I've been in search of a decent beer store nearby. I came across a listing for the Beverage Barn and seeing as it hadn't been reviewed I decided to take a gander.

The Beverage Barn is located next to Walgreen's near the intersection of Nassau Blvd. and Jericho Turnpike. They have a few parking spots in a lot next to the store. The building itself is little more than a nondescript warehouse. As you enter coolers are toward the right and the only beer isle worth perusing is to the left. Once in the isle, micros are to the right and English, Belgian, and German beers are to the left. I was agast to find many Ommegang brews stored on their sides. It was also quite perturbing to be lured by a sixpack of Victory HopWallop only to find it contained none of the advertised brew. Dust was noticeable on many of the beers.

The Beverage Barn stocks Southampton Secret Ale, but none of their other brews. When I asked about this they did offer to order some for me though. Victory, Ommegang, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, Acme, Duvel, Ayinger, Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru, Westmalle, and others can be found. The import selection is much more impressive than the American craft beer selection.

As I walked to the counter to purchase a bottle of DFH 120 minute IPA I was asked for ID. As I presented my Maine ID I was shot a suspicious glance and the cashier soon left her station to seek assistance. The manager returned and looked me over. He eyebalded the ID once more, and then asked me if I had Maine plates on my car. When I responded in the affirmative he allowed the sale to continue. Overall, not a pleasant buying experience. I did give the Beverage Barn a 3.0 for service simply because they did offer to order additional Southampton brews.

In the future I will drive the extra 25-35 minutes to patronize Shoreline.

One more note. I rated the value as reasonable, but I am still adjusting to the price structure in NY. But for those of you familiar with the costs, Ommegang was $5.49 a 750 for the Abbey Ale. DFH 120 was $8.49 a 12oz. Most six packs were in the $8-12 range. It seems reasonable to me, but may be inexpensive or a bit pricey for others.

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Beverage Barn in Garden City Park, NY
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.