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34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.59
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417 Station Rd
Bellport, New York, 11713-2118
United States
phone: (631) 286-0760

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Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
4.14/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

In my quest to check out all the spots on LI, I decided to take a lunch break drive out there and was glad I did. The shop isn't the biggest, but it is littered with an array of craft. I was a bit bummed to learn that they don't sell singles from 4 and 6 packs, but they do have a small section devoted to some singles. Plenty to choose from and from the looks of it, the real nice thing about this shop is that they aren't picked clean. I found plenty of great stuff here that was long gone in other spots on LI and ended up returning a few times since my first visit almost a month ago. I was fairly impressed with the growler station turn-over as I returned a week after my first visit hoping to get a growler fill and was surprised to see almost the entire lineup had changed in about a week's time. If you are in the area this is a must stop place as the further east you get on LI, the more of a beer wasteland it gets...but if you aren't in the area, I don't know if it would be worth it for the drive. You might find something that sold out months ago on western LI, but you might not be interested in what is there. Best to call ahead if you are making a sizeable road trip out there. Prices were very competitive and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Not the best spot on LI, but certainly in the top 10.

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A really great store for any craft beer lover. Tons of invitory and just a fantastic selection. They always seem to have the most limited releases and many selections not only before any other store around but many that the other stores just don't get. They also feature one of the more extensive tap systems for growlers that I have seen.

Staff are friendly and very quick to help you find whatever you are looking for. They also do a nice job of updating their new invitory on their facebook page.

A few downsides are that it's locatation is not the greatest area and the store itself is a bit run down. They are also a bit stingy with shelf turd bottle limits.

Photo of klav
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

I had no idea this place was so awesome. I passed it weekly for almost a year after I moved to Bellport. I'm so bummed I never went in earlier. Staff is extremely knowledgeable AND friendly. Easy place to lose time in. Highly recommended if you are this far out on the island.

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The worker's here were very friendly and knowledgeable about beer. I was out in Patchogue and after seeing this place on Beer Menus, I figured I'd stop in to pick up a few brews. I think I wound up spending about $70 here. They had a lot of choices I haven't seen anywhere else on Long Island, and even looking at their Beer Menus now, they have some names I don't recognize. They also have a massive variety of bottles as well (according to BM at this time, 870, plus 58 cans and 10 taps!). It appears they've built quite a rapport with many breweries because brands like AleSmith and Allagash for example, are relatively common, but you'll typically see 2-4 varities. Here it appears they have a good portion of each's entire lineup. This is probably one of the best distributors on Long Island. If you live out east you're lucky to have this place.

Photo of h2opunk182
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Where to begin. Dave is the biggest help out there. I find my self driving an hour out there, just hanging out there for a few hours just talking to the staff about everything. This place is almost long island's "best kept secret" for craft beer. The beers are always rotating, and you literally never know what goodies dave will pull out for you to try.. This is by far the #1 beer distributor on long island and not many places come close to the quality and quantity that Dave has to offer!

Photo of SanDiegoCraftFan
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A fellow BA turned me on to this place when I had asked about LI shops in a forum. WOW, am I ever glad that I found out about it!

I walked in at 8:30p on a Friday, about half an hour before closing. The owner, Dave, was there, and once he found out I was from out of town and a geek, he started showing me around. This place is like no other I have seen!

They have a little of everything there. The most impressive part, that I have not seen in other places is the amount of vintage stuff! It is really remarkable how much amazing stuff he has accumulated. I am sure that part of it is how far out on Long Island the shop is, the other part could be that he doesnt always put it right out on the shelf. Whatever it is, it led me to one of the neatest trips inside a store I have ever seen!

I will most definitely stop by again next time I am out here.

Photo of joefuzz
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the few long island bottle shop gems I have found. This place has a huge selection of craft beer domestic (founders dfh captain lawrence) and imports (mikkiller 3f cantillon) and lots of hard to find stuff. I think they had 8 taps for growler fills mostly locals. Tons of beer in this place the owner dave said they have something like 800+ bottles. Also they have certin rare items that have to be asked for and can be tracked through the stores blog. Prices are very reasonable for the area. Will deffinately be coming back here.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%

Bellport Beer and Soda. I was lured here by the promise of some old batch Ithaca Brute by a fellow BA.

There's some stuff on the shelf at Bellport that is definitely past its best by date. However, for the most part, Dave keeps his stuff up to snuff and its all well organized and updated.

The service here is really the reason to come. Dave is a huge craft beer enthusiast and it shows as he's always willing to help a customer out with whatever they need. Be it a special order, or something soon to be released, or if they're just looking for some odds and ends. Dave knows it all and if he doesn't, he's more than willing to find out.

The selection is quite good for the space. Bellport Beer is one of the only beer distributors on Long Island that I've seen that actually seems to dedicate more space to craft than to BMC products. Impressive. They also almost always have the latest hard to find CCB and Founders offerings along with the run-of-the-mill widely distributed products such as Stone and Goose Island.

Certainly one of the cheaper places on Long Island. And even if you're paying higher prices on certain things such as Founders KBS and CCB Marshal Zhukov's, its still cheaper than other places offering those rare finds. Worth a visit!!

Photo of jlandis
5/5  rDev +8.9%

On a recent trip to Long Island it was recommended to me to stop in at Bellport Beer & Soda, and I'm glad I took the time to stop in.

Fantastic selection and reasonable prices. For around $100 I was able to pick up this:
Two Brothers - Hop Juice
Trappistes Rochefort 6
Trappistes Rochefort 8
Trappistes Rochefort 10
Avery - The Beast
Nøgne Ø - #100
Captain Lawrence - Captain's Reserve IIPA
Westmalle - Tripel
Westmalle - Dubbel
Hair of the Dog - Adam
Goose Island - Bourbon County
Goose Island - Sofie
Brew Dog - Hardcore IPA

It was great to pick up some beers that aren't distributed to Pennsylvania (Captain Lawrence and Goose Island), and some beers that I have been hoping to try for awhile.

I'm going to be sure to stop in every time I'm on Long Island.

Photo of daliandragon
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

Ok, this will probably come out like a biased review but this is a sweet little store. My buddy and I went today during the Barrier launch event and had a terrific time. When we got down there, the owner Dave was grilling kielbasa out front (supposedly shark was next)and a few dozen people were inside sampling Evan's excellent beer and milling around.

In between samples I perused the store and was thoroughly impressed. A strong selection of English ales and a nice variety of micros were the highlight for me. Eight kegs on tap for growler fills and more on the way. Busy, but friendly service. Plus, the website is regularly updated. Not at all near my regular haunts but worth heading out of your way for. These guys are trying hard for your business. Strong performance.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

I was told to go here by a fellow BA because "it's the coolest beer store ever!" It just might be.

The owner, Dave, makes this place. I introduced myself as a masshole and he promptly put together a box of beers that I couldn't leave NY without (Captain Lawrence, Blue Point seasonals, Ithaca Brute, etc), taking me around the store, pointing out rarities and oozing beer enthusiasm. I left with a t-shirt and a few gifts in exchange for some homebrew I happened to have in my trunk.

The store itself has an excellent selection with a focus on craft and micros. I didn't find a single bottle past expiration date. The growler system in NY is pretty cool to a MA resident and Dave adds 6 more taps during the winter--all of which are updated on the website.

Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev -12.9%

A stopped by this place last week while I was vacationing down on the island. I was looking for Captain Lawrence and Keegan's since I can't get them in Rochester; they had a decent selection from each brewery. I ended up getting some Mother's Milk, Nor' Easter, and Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA. I also grabbed a bottle of Stone Sublimely Self Righteous.

The store is a little small, but packs a decent selection into the space it has. Macro brews are banished to just a few coolers in the back of the store and there are about 10 growler taps towards the front. I didn't see too many rare items, but all the typical imports were available. They did have a decent shelf of single bottles by the register - I almost grabbed a bottle of GI BCS '08, but it was $8.99 (not a bad price I suppose, but I still don't want to pay that much for a single 12 oz bottle). The single guy working while I was there was pretty helpful and made some recommendations when I told him I was looking for stuff that I couldn't get upstate. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the place and I'll probably check it out again the next time I'm on Long Island.

Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%

Though not close, the store is very easy to get to from Babylon. The store is fairly small but they try to utilize their space as best as they can. I didn't recognize any organization to their layout, except that their imports seemed to be against the wall. They have a good selection of Beglian and German brews and the standard selection of US craft beers that we get around Long Island. I didn't see anything that I couldn't get from the various other stores that I frequent and they didn't seem to have some of the rarer brews that I can find in the Huntington stores. The growler station is a plus and they seem to carry a nice selection which is kept up to date on their website, which is a big plus. This was my first visit to the store and the service was ok. They asked if I needed any help or if I was looking for anything in particular. I didn't find them all that engaging but it was my first time. Overall, a nice little beer store and I am sure I will put them into my rotation. I would probably pay a visit if I am in the area or if the have something intriguing in the growler station.

Photo of aleloverli
5/5  rDev +8.9%

To find a better selection on the south shore of Long Island is not going to be easy.

A beer store run by true beer enthusiasts, stop by on a weekend and ask for Rich, the man is an encyclopedia of beer styles. Dave, the owner, has put a lot of time and effort into making this store what it is and he is not happy until you are.

Selection is outstanding, if you don't see it, ask for it, it's probably in the back. Check out Bellport Beer and be prepared to hang out for awhile, a great place to view and talk beer with fellow geeks.

Photo of aibkstaff
5/5  rDev +8.9%

This is a great little beer store. They have a great selection of craft brews. The dude who I guess owns/runs the place is wicked cool. He's friendly, knowledgeable, and loves beer. There seems to be a lot of grilling and beer tastings hosted here which are all updated on this dudes blog. He's also created the "out of towner" which is a six pack that consists of a variety of really good beers you cant find in NY. Either him or his buddies will pick beer when there out of town and bring them back for us to try. The beer is average price. Even though this place is a little far from Brooklyn it's definitely worth going back again and again. I highly recommend this place.

Photo of critterbeer
5/5  rDev +8.9%

The best selection! Dave is a great person he knows everyone that comes through the door be it a beer enthusiast or regular bud drinking drone. Its a real personal touch which you rarely find these days. Everyone there is really cool the selction is terrific and the tastings are terrific dave whales out on the BBQ with some tasty beer recipes envolving sausages or dogs or even the occasional fillet. All and all an excellent store. Whoever thinks the trip isn't worth it is a real ASS!! Dave practically gives you the shirt of his back.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -20.5%

I have been to this place a few times. The selection is good for the area, but I can generally get the same stuff and more from Big Zs, Shoreline, or Port Jefferson, which are closer to me. They sometimes have a good growler station, but it does vary a bit.

Quality/Selection: Bellport carries a large variety of beers that is fairly typical for the area (Stone, Captain Lawrence, Allagash, Unibroue, Cantillon, Schlenkerla, Coney Island, Brooklyn, etc). I don't think they carry the rarest beers in the area (ie limited releases) so I wouldn't seek them out in addition to the other top stores because they aren't going to have anything different.

They have 4 growler taps, usually including a local beer such as Captain Lawrence or Southampton.

Service: The owners are really nice and helpful. I got a few discounts a couple of times. Very friendly people.

Value: Pricing is similar compared to other stores in the area.

Overall: A good beer store to have as your local store. If you live close, definitely check it out. If you don't, it's probably not worth the trip, assuming that you live near Huntington. Be sure to check out their website before heading out because they update their growler list fairly consistently (probably once a week). If this was my local store, I'd probably rate it higher.

Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%

Located just south of Sunrise Highway in Bellport.

Upon entering there are shelf displays of craft beer. This is noteworthy, as most places will locate their macro displays at the entrance area. The long rows of shelves featured the usual suspects, as well as a few distributed, but hard to find labels. There is a good selection of bombers as well.

As you make your way toward the cash register, you will find some imports, a six and match section and a eventually the macro stock.

The four tap growler station was a nice suprise, as was the 750ml growler fill.

Dave also regularly holds tastings, which is enhanced by way of the growler system.

Photo of zornbeast
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%

Here on the island i can think of few better. I met the owner, Dave, at Blue Point Cask Ales fest and not only is he knowledgeable but very helpful. Prices are pretty reasonable, but the selection kicks ass. Fantastic Growler stations, always something new, great, hard to find. Just dropped in a few weeks ago and they had a Brooklyn tasting, very nice. They have several others coming up in the spring season too!, Sixpoint, SlyFox maybe, i'm not sure. This place is must if you're heading out to the hamptons for a weekend...Cheers to Dave and his great store!

Photo of bonbright7
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%

I was at Bellport Cold Beer yesterday for a Sixpoint Ales tasting, which went very well and it was my second time there. Though I live 10 minutes from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, Dave's Bellport Cold Beer is a cool place to stop when I am out on the Eastern end of Long Island. I never think of going there as being a chore as I have been welcomed there as if I was a neighbor. The store has a good selection leaning more on American craft and micro brewers than imports and the service is always very good. I couldn't imagine any beer geek/lover being disappointed with the place as the store has a good reach and will call other stores just to look for something for a customer (as I observed yesterday).

Photo of BBM
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%

I stopped in here just before New Years after a few reccomendations. I was amazed at the amount of micro and imported beer they have! The entire place is basically dedicated to these types of beer. Macros take a back seat in the far corner of the store.

I talked briefly with the owner, Dave, and he seems to really know his beer and be passionate about it. That's always a plus. If you don't see what you're looking for, ask him about it, as he may have it elsewhere. Overall I was pretty impressed with the store. I will certainly be going back there.

Photo of Hibernator
3.64/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place was pretty easy to find with the huge Beer & Soda sign decorating the front of the store. The enterance displays a ton of domestic craft beers from all over.

Selections included Dogfish Head, Stone, Stoudt's, Flying Dog, North Coast, Brooklyn, Blue Point and many more. I was happy to see bottles of Brother Thelonious & 2006 Brooklyn Monster Ale. The front has mainly warm six packs and offers some quality choices.

As you make your way to the back of the store, you'll pass the cash register. Across the register is a "make your own six pack" shelf that has a variety of singles for purchase. I think there was a sign that encourages people to "try a new beer". This kind of promotion is always nice to see and gives the customer a diverse choice.

The back of the store has more of the imported English, German and Belgian gems. I noticed an awesome magnum sized Anchor 2006 Our Special Ale. There is also a respectable line up of the Rogue 22 oz beers including Shakespeare Stout, Hazlenut Brown, Sharktooth Ale, Kells Irish Lager, Chiptole Ale, St. Rogue Red, Santa's Private Reserve (6 packs) and some others. Local favorite Southampton beers were there with the Imperial Porter & Double White Ale.

Atmosphere is rather straightforward with a slight warehouse feel. Service was decent. There were a couple of younger guys working there and they seemed disinterested and weren't particularly helpful. After reading the previous BA review I was hoping that the owner would be there, but I don't think he was during my visit.

All in all I thought this place was really good and worth a stop to stock up. Worth checking out if you're in the area.

Photo of lehows
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%

This place is on Station Rd. just south of the Montauk Hwy in Bellport. Can't miss the huge sign out front. "Over 200 varieties of beer". Ok, so when you walk in you'll think, "Whoa, this place looks waaay smaller inside than it does from the outside". Stuff is neat but crammed tight everywhere and you gotta ask for beer you don't see because it may be behind other similar-styled brews. The guys here are funny and very helpful/knowledgeable and the selection is good (the website lists beers). Once I was talking to the owner and he ran into the back and grabbed some six packs of vintage Anchor Christmas which he sold to me. He's got a lot of gems stashed for people who ask or know what they want. The first room is entirely craft and imported beers, as well as a ton of good current seasonals to be found here. A lot of focus on the locals, Blue Point, Southampton, and Brooklyn. The farther room has the fridges, where they do have a lot of cold stuff, again you must ask as I didn't see what I was looking for at first. Some macros in this room are in small pyrimids on the floor. It's refreshing to see a beer store that isnt stocking an absurd amount of macros. A shelf of "singles" where you can try various beers for cheap. I liked that. To the left of register is a decent array of Belgian and Belgian-style 750's as well as other oversized bottles like Young's, Sam Smith, etc. All around its definitely a good place if you're in the area.

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Bellport Cold Beer & Soda in Bellport, NY
99 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.