Big Z Beverage
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
5/5 rDev +11.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Wow...what a first experience at Big Z!!! Truth be told, I'd been there many times a long time ago when it was under different management (and I was into beer in a different way).
In any event, had a really great first experience. As I walked in, was immediately approached by the staff. Really friendly and really cool to talk with about beer. I got some great recommendations and had a really nice conversation about craft beer.
The store was neat and organized and had a fantastic selection. There are a bunch of other good spots in the area, but I felt like the layout was the best here and the bottles all seemed pretty fresh...seemed like they really care. They are also in the process of building out their growler station to be a tasting bar and I was told about upcoming events and specials they were having (30% of growlers and 10% all new york brewers in honor of the Jets still being in it). They are really into supporting the local guys and it showed.
I picked up 2 1/2 growlers for this weekend (Captian Lawrence Double & Southern Tier Jahva!!!)...and managed to grab a few bombers as well since I noticed that their prices were far lower than anywhere I had seen on a few of my favs (Ommegang - Chocolate Indulgence for less than $10 AND WITH A 10% NY brewer discount!!!!).
I plan to head back next weekend for a local brewer tasting and pick up a bunch more. (Re-)Finding this place was amazing and I had a great first experience.
Oh and I forgot to mention, the owner tossed me a really rare and hard to find (in NY) west coast beer from his private stash. SUPER DUPER COOL!!!!
Worth the drive for anyone on LI.
01-23-2010 20:12:34 | More by cosmicevan
More User Reviews:
4.71/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
My third favorite beer place on LI!
Vibe: huge warehouse; their tap area is like a small bar in an airport hangar
Service: the guys there are all awesome - they are knowledgeable, friendly, and cool.
Selection: a bigger selection than Beer City, probably on par with Superstar in Huntington. My only gripe: they seem to get overlooked by some of the elite beers that come around, or at least they're gone so fast (maybe they get a small stock?) that they're often out of what I'm looking for when I get there, whereas Beer City and Superstar in Huntington still have them. My favorite thing is that they have an area dedicated to a few racks of loose singles, allowing you to easily customize a 4-pack or 6-pack, and (ready? Best part:) they cut you a discount based on how many singles you buy.
Prices: same as everywhere else - but note what I said about their singles section above
04-29-2012 19:19:35 | More by Greywulfken
4.24/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great Long Island distributor with a good-sized selection of craft brews, Belgians and just good beer in general. All the usual suspects are here and there's a good chance of finding some rarer finds as well. My other go-to Long Island stop, Shoreline, has a comparable selection and there are always some things I can find in Shoreline but not Big Z, and vice versa, so they're both must visits. The shelves are well laid out and one advantage over Shoreline is that the bottles at Big Z generally aren't dusty, so there may be better turnover here. Prices are reasonable and comparable to other places on Long Island.
12-08-2011 17:06:03 | More by sevenarts
5/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Awesome distributor! Definitely my first choice of places to go whenever I feel like going on a good beer run. Great selection of from all over the US and imports that I can't find anywhere else on Long Island. The staff there is extremely knowledgeable about all different styles and breweries. They are very nice and helpful as well. They have an e-mailing list for when they bring in rare releases. Great growler station that is generally pretty cheap. Always a fun trip when I go there. If you're anywhere in the area Big Z's is definitely a place to check out.
07-30-2011 19:17:53 | More by Pete27lax
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Absolutly amazing bottle shop. They hd such a huge selection that I spent well over an hour looking at all they had to offer. And the staff had no problem with any of this, they actually seemed to enjoy the look of wonder as I aimlessly wandered around the store. They were very happy to answer any of my questions as they arose as well.I joined the email list so I can be kept up to date on what's in stock so there is no need to make the 30 minute drive from my house if they don't have what I want. I will be returning to this place very soon.
06-25-2011 02:26:42 | More by joefuzz
Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY
97 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.