Big Z Beverage
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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 :-)
03-05-2010 00:52:40 | More by tag0519
5/5 rDev +11.9%
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
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.
01-14-2010 00:54:05 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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
12-24-2009 02:15:55 | More by lbkornlb14
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. ~
10-11-2009 00:52:24 | More by Goldfish19
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.
01-23-2010 20:12:34 | More by cosmicevan
4.86/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
06-03-2011 04:19:20 | More by MikeyMikee
4.85/5 rDev +8.5%
After two updates it is time for a new review
Big Z is the best beer store I have been to in NY and one of the best I have been to ever (though I am limited to only a few states)
The building is a large warehouse. when you walk in the growler station (currently with 5 taps, but rumored to be expanding into 10 taps. or at least the capacity to have 10) is on the right. The beers on tap are a good mix of locals and hard to get beers. The only problem is that sometimes all the beers are big and crazy and something I can not drink a growler of very easily.
On the left is the cooler. The windows closest to the register are full of crafy 6-packs and bombers (in case you know you are going to drink some southern tier when you go home). If you go in the cooler you will find some other things that do not get window space in the cooler, but are typically on the floor. I think it is nice to be able to get craft beer ready to drink when I get home.
The store (non-cold beer) is broken up with domestic shelves on the left, 12-packs/cases in the middle and imports on the right.
The selection is varied and quite impressive. If you are a frequent visitor you can expect to find something new each time
Domestic selection (DFH, Stone, Bear Republic, Victory, Stoudt's, Southampton, Captain Lawrence, Brooklyn, He'Brew...it really goes on and on)
The things that stuck out the last time I was there: Hair of the Dog, Captain Lawrence Nor'Easter, Stout Trooper, The Bruery
I have been staying away from imports the past few months so I don't know the full selection. They have the typical and easy to recall like St Bernadus, Rochefort, Gouden Carolous, Unibroue, Sam Smith, Fuller's. They recently have expanded their belgian selection to a series of small stubby bottles with barely pronouncable and hard to recall names (sorry I told you I haven't been buying them)
With such a wide selection you may worry about old beer, but they usually have a sale on beer to either make room or get rid of before they go "bad" (a lot of it would age fine)
The best thing about this place is the staff. The owner Mark is great. Friendly and passionate. Always willing to go the extra mile for his store or customers. The atmosphere Mark and his crew provide is really great even if they are not currently having one of the many tastings that they have been hosting.
Overall this is a must stop for anyone on LI or passing through. The selection is great, the growlers are interesting, tastings are frequent, and the staff is friendly
I am leaving the selection at 4.5 because I am always going to want more beer to choose from.
03-13-2009 14:11:06 | More by shaebs99
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.
01-12-2011 19:38:47 | More by billyshears
4.85/5 rDev +8.5%
As the best beer distributors are consistently improving, I think it's necessary to provide an update for Mark and Big Z on this site.
Big Z has been transformed, in a very short time, from a conventional beer store to one of Long Island's (and New York's) best places to get beer. There is a growler-fill station with five taps, and that will be increased to ten sometime this year. Mark keeps the selection varied by style, season and region, although the choices are usually American (no problem there).
The bottle selection is really quite good - Big Z has at least as much store space as its biggest competitors, and there is a huge selection of American and especially Belgian beers. Typically there are at least ten interesting choices, and there are always good discoveries. The mixed-six pack selection is also very good, and sometimes an exceptional value.
But the best part of Big Z is, to me, Mark's dedication to beer and his customers. Further to that end, Mark has a strong ability to organize great events. A couple of weeks ago Big Z hosted a great Captain Lawrence event, which went down as well as anyone expected. Scott Vaccaro brought down some great stuff and it flew off the table. Big Z also has an email list that provides updates on store happenings and selection.
Basically as other reviewers have said, if you live in Northport/Commack/Greenlawn/Huntington, this is your best choice. If you don't, it's still a great choice. Quit figuring out how much it costs for the train/taxi ride and come to the events, and definitely take a ride over to check out what's on the shelves and growler-fill. Big Z has a lot of dedicated customers for a reason.
01-20-2009 16:51:43 | More by rasta16ry
Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY
97 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.