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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
7 growler lines and good, friendly service save this place from mediocrity.
Typical Long island sort of beverage joint...cinder block box of a place, kinda ratty and beat up...the worthy beer is mostly located in the long aisle towards the left as you enter. My first impression was that they need to spend some time to restock, organize and show some more love to the respectable variety of quality brews they stock...didnt see much if any dust, but got the impression some of this stuff has been sittin for a while (why? cuz they had bottles of a few things that I havent seen on shelves for a few moons..IE Captain Larry 5 years later, and Stone 080808) just in general too many open spaces, out of place bottles etc. Also some quality brews in the cooler units but mostly BMC and other assorted non BA worthy type stuff.
Grolwer lines...yes - that why I came for a visit..quality options from Six point, Capt l. Greenpoint Harbor etc..they can be followed for updates on options at Beermenus.com
They also stock a large selection of glassware...if you are into that sort of stuff...worth a visit to fill your growler if you are in the area.
08-27-2011 14:53:10 | More by Billolick
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-21-2006 04:31:24 | More by plaid75
3.64/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This store is fairly close to a home of a friend in Long Island. We stop in every so often to pick up a little beer. They carry locals like Kingston, Captain Lawrence, others in bottles. For growlers they also give respect to looks like Greenport, Kelso, etc. Aside from Metro NY beers, you can find Founders, Stone, Samuel Smith, belgians, etc.
Beverage Barn also carries soda, including ginger beer, so it is a good place to stock up on mixers for your home bar. Staff usually is not overly helpful, but attentive if you come to them with any questions that you may have. Prices are a little higher than other suburbs of NYC, but I suppose that it is a convenient location. A pretty good shop that is very close to Queens.
09-21-2012 03:04:02 | More by mltobin
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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...
01-06-2008 00:32:55 | More by dsa7783
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stoped by today while on the Island.
You can see the bomber selection from the door, and its grand for sure! They have a really nice variety...from Germans, to Belgians, and tons of locals. Not living in Long Island, I have never seen such a selection of Blue Point before.
Walking around is like being in a canyon of beer...macros are literally piled 10'high all around you.
They have, I think, 7 or 8 taps for growler fills. They also keep a nice stock of glassware, in case you dont have enough for some reason. They also have a huge bottle return in the back..along with a bunch of juice and sodas...speaking of soda; you can even fill a growler of Saranac Rootbeer there for $5.99! Pretty cool :)
Service was great. Everyone was really nice, helpful, and just went out of their way to make sure you had what you are looking for.
Overall, a really cool place to stop if you find yourself in the area.
01-06-2012 21:52:25 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.35/5 rDev -10.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
12-12-2006 00:37:48 | More by JohnnyM2002
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located on a real busy part of Jericho turnpike in Garden City Park. The Beverage Barn as a dedicated row of what I will call craft beers. It ranges from American crafts and all of the usually Belgian and German brews. I do notice that they have some Belgian or German brews that I haven't seen in any other store. The American craft selection is ok, nothing fantastic, pretty much the highly distributed (at least in NY) crafts like Rogue, Long Trail, Sierra Nevada, Victory, and all of the NYS brews. They do sell some glassware which is a nice plus, they have a couple of nice ones. The rest of the store is dedicated to macros, malternatives, and soda. I've been there a little over 6 times and not once have I been asked for help or remotely approached. It is a notch or two above average, it has served me well in the past finding some brews that I hadn't been able to find anywhere else. It is a bit out of the way for me and there are better shops in the Huntington area for me to hit.
05-16-2009 01:43:33 | More by Gmann
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
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 cousins 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.
10-05-2005 07:20:38 | More by palma
Beverage Barn in Garden City Park, NY
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.