Big Z Beverage
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Reviews by 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.
04-16-2011 13:21:49 | More by vfgccp
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.