Big Z Beverage

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Big Z BeverageBig Z Beverage
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42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.47
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1675 E Jericho Tpke
Huntington, New York, 11743-5711
United States
phone: (631) 499-3479

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Reviews by r0nyn:
Photo of r0nyn
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%

Nestled right in the middle of Huntington, New York, Big Z is an easy-to-miss pulloff on Jericho Parkway, but be prepared to be impressed once you get inside.

Doesn't look like much on the outside, but once you step in, there's tons of floorspace and room for most kinds of beverage imaginable. Craft brews are on the left side, with a long row of racks extending about halfway down the length of the building. There are a few coolers dedicated to craft adjacent to the long racks, and there are also a few shelves off to the right as you step in full of 12 oz bottles for a make-your-own sixer experience. Some glassware is also available for purchase. A very-new looking growler station with at least 4-5 taps is off to the right as well, with mostly local offerings, but a few gems like Southern Tier and Victory.

Quality is top notch. All the beers that should be fresh, like IPAs and other lower ABV brews are well within their expiration dates and beers that do well with some age have at least a few months on them. I was quite impressed with the selection they had. Lots of reputable breweries represented across a wide variety of styles. The usual suspects like Rogue and Stone, but they also had a few harder-to-find brews from Goose Island and Founders.

Prices are a bit more costly than I'm used to, especially with the bombers. I'm used to paying about $6-7 for my Stone IRS, not $9-10. The 12 oz bottles are a bit more reasonably priced, and there's even a standard discount offered based on how many bottles you buy.

The staff was friendly, asking if I needed any help. Pretty knowledgeable as well, answering my questions when I asked about some Founders and Goose Island brews, and letting me know about when they expected to get things in as well as some specials they were running.

All in all, this is an extremely high-quality beer store. I just wish it wasn't so far away from where I live, because I'd definitely be back.

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3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

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3/5  rDev -32.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Greywulfken
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

Photo of sevenarts
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.

Photo of Pete27lax
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.

Photo of joefuzz
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.

Photo of MikeyMikee
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Really great place...Good selection and send out emails whenever they get some awesome beers (if your on their email list). Have beers from all over the US and a huge imported section. Most of the guys that work their are very knowledgeable.. I often have lenghty conversations with the staff about current beers, their suggestions and how we both feel about different styles. Overall its just a fun place to go...they have weekend tastings which are also awesome. The growler section is awesome as well. I visit Big Z's at least once a week..definitely worth checking out if your in the area.

Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I love this place. Beyond the well documented selection, Z's goes above and beyond to foster a sense of community with their customers.

Personally, Shoreline and Big Z's are my two favorite BD's on the island. Here's a quick rundown of how they stack up imho.

+ Z's has more knowledgeable staff
+ Z's growler selection of tap brew is unbeatable
+ Z's is more much customer friendly, with weekend tastings and a weekly email blast for regulars to let them know what's new in stock.
- Shoreline's entire craft beer selection is sold by the bottle
- While both have awesome selections, Shoreline tends to have more beers per brewery than Z's (typically 1.5x to 2x), which gives you a chance to explore off-the-beaten-path brews from some of your favorite breweries.
- For some reason I feel like Shoreline has a slightly better turnover than Z's, although I'm not sure why because Z's always seems to have more traffic.

---Big Z Review---
A: Medium sized with an open warehouse feel to it. When you walk in there's a shelf line of craft on the left, a by-the-bottle selection of craft on the right, and a bar with a dozen or so great beers ready to be poured into growlers.

Q: Above average job of managing their inventory to keep the selection varied and the turnover high.

Ser: Fantastic service. Everyone is more than willing to help you out and most are very knowledgeable about their beer selection. There're a few staff members that are better on the register than the floor, but they're loveable none the less.

Sel: Nice bottle selection with an outstanding growler portfolio. They don't have the largest bottle selection on the island, but what's there was definitely chosen with care. Big Z's has gone to some lengths to build relationships with breweries, and more often than not you'll find cool brews that are almost impossible to find anywhere else. Their keg of Stone Vanilla Smoked Porter that they shared with their customers at a free tasting one weekend, and offered growlers for sale while it lasted, comes immediately to mind.

Photo of billyshears
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%

This is pretty much my go to place. Rick and Eric are both cool guys and know their beers. If you have any queries about if/when they're getting a certain beer in, they will look into it and get back to you. Their selection is pretty much the best on the island, and carry the best beers a NY store could legally obtain. They always have great stuff on tap for growler fills and occasionally get in some very rare stuff you won't find anywhere else in Suffolk! If I had one complaint, it would have to be that it's EVERYONE'S go to place, so the rarer stuff goes quick! Make sure you keep up with the newsletters.

Great Selection, great growler fills, great guys. Not really much more to say.

Photo of BEEarl
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%

One of the shining stars in craft beer stores here on Long Island. Rick and the gang at Big Z really know their craft beer. I've learned more about good beer from visiting this store than I ever learned from going to craft beer bars.

Located in Huntington on Rte 25 (on the way to Dix Hills and Eat Northport), it's ultra-convenient for just about anyone living in the Huntington area and beyond. There are a few beverage stores closer to my home, but going to Big Z feels like a trip to the candy store for this big kid.

The huge growler station is impressively packed with a nice mix of local and non-local brews. On a recent visit they were even offering a craft beer from a little nano-brewery in my neighborhood called Blind Bat Brewey. Great stuff!

And the knowledgeable staff aren't the only folks in the store who know about great beer. I've found myself losing a half-hour just talking about beer with some of the other customers.

Great beer store, great staff, great customers. Check it out!

Photo of BiltmoreShores
4.65/5  rDev +4%

I was in the area and decided to stop off at Big Z. I've been to so many other distributors on Long Island, but I've never stopped here. The best thing about this place is the service. The beer selection is pretty good and the growler station is impressive, but the service stood out to me. They have everything you would expect a great distributor to have and the guy that helped me knew a lot about beer. They made me feel right at home and that's all you could ask for from a place you hadn't been before. I definitely recommend stopping by here whenever you're in the area. As for pricing, some things were on par, but others were a couple of bucks more than I've seen elsewhere. It's definitely worth a stop.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.65/5  rDev +4%

Stopped by while on the Island. From the outside it does not look like much. Much better on the inside. Basically looks like a warehouse complete with concrete floors. Really nice looking long bar and growler fill station. Glasses laid out on top. The only down side was not everything was listed on the chaulkboard that they actually had on tap. Some sixpoint southern tier and Rodenbach grand cru. The craft beer selection was quite diverse and we grabbed 2 bottles of Cigar city stuff we cannot get in upstate NY. The prices were high but the two bottles we grabbed I had never before seen in a store so we grabbed them. Some prices seemed great others high. Good prices on growlers. Great customer service. Asked for a nice looking goose island glass but they could not give any out as they were having a tasting the next day. Good stop if in the area but not a destination on to itself.

Photo of tag0519
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Went over to Big Z this afternoon. This was the first trip for me to Big Z and I wish I had come down here previously. Even though I live in Nassau I will be making more stops over to Big Z. The service was great (as opposed to my regular place I get my beer). Everyone was nice and knew their stuff. The selection was fantastic as well and everything I checked was fresh. I cant wait for the tastings (Goose Island, Sam Adams and Long Trail are featured this month) and getting more beer of course :-)

Photo of CHickman
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%

I've been going to Big Z again over the past year and the place has been great. The selection of beers is great and the guys working there are always friendly and helpful. They just finished an upgrade of the place and created a bar which expanded their growler station which is a very cool feature to host craft brewer's. Rick and his staff are all knowledgeable, and give solid recommendations as well as advising on good deals. The tasting events and trips are a huge bonus as Rick and Crew seem to be in with good breweries. It is a great environment and I have a 32 oz and 64 oz growler bottle from Big Z that I am proud to tout around since they are a great place to deal with.

Photo of cosmicevan
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
5/5  rDev +11.9%

I've been a customer at Big Z for quite a while now so I'm re-reviewing the store. IMO this is probably the best beer store on Long Island. The selection of craft beer is great and always fresh. They also carry a nice selection of imports and of course BMC for those who don't know better beer. They expanded their growler station from 4 taps when I first began going to 11 and they're renovating as of January 2010. The staff is knowledgable and the guy that runs the place, Rick, really knows his shit. Rick is a great guy and has 'connections' in the industry to get some special beer for his customers. The prices are on par with most other local beer stores and they run sales on bottled craft beers as well as growler fills from time to time. They host several tastings with good breweries throughout the year and even host party bus tours for special releases. As far as beer stores go, it don't get much better than Big Z.

Photo of brewerRob
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%

There have been changes over the years at Big Z and every change has made it better. The best thing going on right now is the Growler station. The selection is great. Big Z is really supporting the local brewers with the growler selection, you can pour a growler to go of about ten different beers including Capt Lawrence Imperial IPA and other great (mostly)local beers. I never leave the place without spending more money than I planned, and glad I did. The bottled beer selection is very good and the beer is fresher than the other beer stores around. The store has new owners since Mark sold out a few months back and it looks like the change isn't affecting the excitment level for new acquisitions. For example, Stone's Oak aged Arrogant Bastard is on the growler station.
I don't think there is another beer store this good in the central Long Island market area.
The people behind the counter know beer and make good recomendations.

Photo of lbkornlb14
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Big z beverage is the quintessential beer store in nassau/suffolk county for craft beers. I first visited a year or 2 ago, and since then have given any and all of my business to them, I go every week just about and talk with Rick or one of the other guys, they will walk you around the entire store and show you whats new. NO OLD STUFF, you will rarely if ever find a skunky beer on these shelves, they move it that fast. they have 12 growler fills and always stuff you never see. If you live in long island and want the best craft beers from coast to coast, go to big z

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Heard about this place from a fellow BA and thought I'd give it a shot... boy was I impressed!!

Quality of there brews were very high. Everything was clean and well stocked and there weren't any dusty bottles unless they were meant to be aged dusty bottles. 6-packs were arranged in a coherent manner and everything just seemed very well kept.

Service was excellent as well. The guys working there were always eager to help without being pushy and they really knew their beer also. It was pleasure talking to them about the different beers and they were all willing to go out of their way to help.

Selection is really the reason why I decided to check this place out. The fellow BA told me there might be some Sculpin lying around, and even though by the time I got there, they were all sold out, their selection really impressed me. Athough not too heavy on the Belgian selection, they had a good stock of American micros that are hard to get in NYC (i.e. Ballast Point, Bruery 2 Turtle Doves). And I also found a case of Mackeson XXX stout, something I thought I'd never see again!!

Big Zs is also one of the cheapest places that I've been to on the island. With their six-pack mixer deals, and Belgian deals, and seasonal deals, there's always a great buy.

I definitely recommend this place and even though its about 30 minutes out of the way, there are absolutely no regrets visiting here. Great prices, great selection, great service, really hard to beat!!

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%

I found this place recently on Long Island Beer Guide's website and decided to check it out when I headed out to Karp's Home Brew since they are pretty close to one another. My first impression is that it blew my mind how awesome the selection was compared to the other places around here I've been to. It seemed to have everything I could've wanted that distributes to New York. My favorite part is the "Build Your Own Six Pack" thing they have going on. I built three six packs this way and have been able to expand my horizons greatly because of it. Its also poorly lit so the beer isn't in danger of getting skunky. The guy running the register (maybe the owner) seemed very passionate about craft beer, which is something I like in my store owners. They also seem to have a very large growler station though I didn't check that out too much (I prefer to get 12 oz bottles). Overall, a great place and I would definitely check it out.

Photo of Goldfish19
5/5  rDev +11.9%

~ What can I say about this place? When I first walked through its doors some time ago, I was greeted by the owner, Mark. You could tell in his eyes that beer was not only his hobby, but his passion. Mark has transformed this place from a run-of-the-mill beer distributor into a beer lover's paradise! Big Z carries a huge selection with hard to find beers that other stores simply do not carry. If you don't see what you're looking for (and that's a rarity here), just ask one of the experienced staff and they'll do their best to try and order it for you.

Currently there are eleven (yes that's 11) beers on tap at the growler station. Local favorites are mixed in with hard to find gems. Besides tasting great, the beers on tap are always fresh! The prices are competitive and the customer service is top notch.

I could go on and on for pages on how great this place is, but you're just going to have to see it to believe it. If you're ever in the area, stop in, you will not be disappointed. ~

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Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY
97 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.