St. James Beverage
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by vfgccp:
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
They used to have a great selection of craft beers, but they've been cutting back on the craft section due to it not selling. You can still find the regulars though, Dogfish Head, Southern Tier, Stone, Ballast Point, etc. There is a growler station that had a Kuhnhenn on tap when I was in last. There is also a 50% off rack in the front that you can sometimes find a gem on. The owner is an awesome guy, I always chat with him while I'm there. Sometimes I'll even grab a beer, walk over, and just talk to him and enjoy a brew. He teases you though with some rare beers behind the counter that he won't sell, they're for his enjoyment. He also has a drum set in the back and sometimes you can catch him jamming. Overall it's a decent BD with great service, the problem is Bullseye is nearby and much bigger.
07-29-2012 17:49:41 | More by vfgccp
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3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
This is a small little place in St. James. It is easy to miss as its tucked in to a little lot. The have a decent selection of beer with a great growler fill station. While I was there they had Nugget Nectar and 4 or 5 others on tap. A great selection of Captain Lawrence, Cigar City, DFH, and many more. The real gem here is the owner. He is a very cool guy. I found myself just bs'ing with him for quite a while. I had my son with me and he was even helpful entertaining my son. I will gladly make it a point to stop in every time I am down.
04-07-2011 00:50:14 | More by nopucophop
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
A small shop not many seem to know about. Prices can sometimes be a bit high, but this is the case with most stores in the Suffolk County area; so in comparison, they're reasonable. Selection isn't that big, but you can certainly find some rarer stuff here. The store recently had BCBRS, STFO Gift Set and FW14 long after it disappeared from other beer stores around the area. In fact, the owner (Martin) seemed a bit discouraged that no one was buying the good stuff (I was the first to even buy a BCBRS). Martin is a cool guy and certainly knows his beer, so I certainly recommend this place. It would be a shame if he stopped carrying the gems.
01-12-2011 19:23:47 | More by billyshears
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
I just started going here on a semi-regular basis and its awesome.
First and foremost, the selection is absolutely superb. Saint James has much more selection than other local places. It also has more harder to find beers than most other places around here that I've been able to find.
The place seems to be run by two guys. One of whom is a serious beer guy. He had a bottle of Abyss sitting behind the counter to give you an idea. We chatted for about ten minutes about various beers when I was buying a four pack of Founder's Breakfast Stout, a World Wide Stout, Oaked BORIS, and Southern Tier's Jahva. He really knows his stuff and is good conversation.
One other big positive is how dark the place is so you know the beer is going to stay good for a long time.
There's also a growler bar that you can sample. I didn't get anything there so I can't attest to it, but the next time I'm in I'll ask if I can bring in a growler from somewhere else to get it filled.
Price wise, its fairly reasonable. Its what you expect to pay for craft beer around here.
Overall, its definitely a place worth checking out. I definitely recommend swinging by.
10-11-2010 19:58:26 | More by SkunkWorks
4/5 rDev -5.7%
St. James Beverage is located in a small, easy to miss shopping center.
Quality of beer here is very good as a good amount of their stock is kept in coolers and they rotate beers rather often.
Martin is the main beer guy here and he owns the place along with his brother... who honestly, is a great guy but doesn't know the difference between BMC and craft. Again, he's real nice and helpful though. If you want a recommendation or to ask about a selection, ask Martin as he'll be your guy.
Selection is good but not overwhelming. They used to have a lot of hard to finds like Black Ops and a number of the rarer HoTDs but since a reorganization, some of their selection seems to have dropped out. There are about 5-6 taps for growler fills though along with free samples.
St. James beverage is a bit pricey but at times you'll find things that you can't find at other places so its worth a look once in a while just don't get your hopes up if you're looking for really unique and hard to finds.
10-12-2009 16:49:45 | More by SpeedwayJim
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Punched "Big Z" into the GPS and ended up at this place, seems it used to be owned by the Big Z folks "a bunch of years ago" Anyway, this is kind of a small place, fairly well hidden in the middle of a strange shaped little shopping are. Its kind of a mess, and wierdly organized, they do have 6 growler fill taps, plenty of quality selections in the cooler units and large shelving unit to the left as you enter. You will find a host of the usual and widely available good stuff (The NY state beer gods have been good in general the past several years, and getting better) I was able to pick up 2 bombers of Left Coast Torry Pines IPA, that I heve never seen before. Staff willing /able to help, and offered us the name of a place to get lunch locally. Worth a stop if you are in the area.
08-24-2009 14:55:44 | More by Billolick
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
One of the 3 closest beer stores for me, but has quickly become my go-to place. I've shopped at Shoreline and been to Halftime where my relatives live, but both places have larger square footage, hence a bigger selection than St. James. Martin, the St. James owner, has recently added more taps, so there is a selection of 7 brews for growlers. I've picked up fills of SlyFox Instigator, Unibroue Maudite, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and Stone Arrogant Bastard. During the 2+ years I've been going here, his selection has greatly improved. This place always had a good Belgian selection, but now they carry a bigger variety of foreign and domestic brews. Martin's also pretty knowledgable about beer, and has been helping to organize beer dinners with the likes of Stone, Unibroue and Capt. Lawrence. I think he's a good judge of what to recommend, based on your tastes and puts lots of BA shelf-talkers around. Lastly, they try hard to get special requests (worked well for getting cases for my Bachelor's party). Definitely worth stopping in!
03-12-2009 20:18:23 | More by zblackntan
St. James Beverage in Saint James, NY
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.