Big Z Beverage
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3.65/5 rDev -18.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Well.... It was in route to John Harvard's and like I said, I was sniffing out Southampton Double Whites... Sadly, none to be found here. Warehouseish in appearance, upon entry you'll find the racks with the kind micros off to the right. They got some pretty good stuff but not a Southampton to be had. Listen, you're in Suffolk, so is Southampton. It should be unlawful for you not to carry Southampton beers. Some of the micros were looking kind of old. They had a few sixes of the New England Light Lager, do I need say more? They did have some of the more popular big bottles (Delirium, Ommegang, etc) and they are filling growlers of the Blue Point Pale Ale, (Brooklyn's) Post Road Pumpkin Ale and the Sam Adams Octo. Not too shabby but they need to relieve themselves of the outdated inventory.
12-06-2003 20:00:29 | More by slander
4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In sort of a middle of nowhere type location, near Huntington and Dix Hills on good ole L.I. This place looks like nothing special from the outside. Inside the theme continues, its dark and dingy, but open and roomy. One large room, rundown, warehouse in feel and atmosphere. They came highly rated and just a few minutes of browsing tells the story of why. They have the goods....domestics to the left, imports to the right, cold stuff to the far left, macro/crap in the rear. Also about 10 growler fill stations to the right near the entrance. The beers they carry are all listed on their website, including up to date listings of the growler options. Some glassware for sale, friendly, knowledgeable guy behind the counter. Add it up and this becomes a very worthy destination on the Island.
06-16-2009 05:01:08 | More by Billolick
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place used to boast the largest selection of microbrews on Long Island. However, they have seemed to streamline their stock considering the overall lack of interest in microbrews on Long Island. I think that this was a smart move though when you consider many surrounding distributors are selling old stock. In fact, a few local places are peddling beer from breweries that have been defunct for at least a year.
Overall, a good place to pick up some Stoudt's, Sierra Nevada, Otter Creek, Rogue and Victory. It also has a decent selection of imports.
Update August 26, 2008:
Under new ownership for a few months now. The stock has improved dramatically. Many hard to get 22s in stock. Mark has put in a 5 or 6 tap growler station which is really a centerpiece of the Huntington beer scene.
Mark is very customer friendly and hosts regular beer tastings.
Update December 3, 2008:
The draft system is out of this world. Mark has a constant rotation of six awesome beers on tap - many hard if not impossible to find.
I originally rated Big Z a 3.75 in April 2006.
04-18-2006 03:19:56 | More by plaid75
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
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!!
11-24-2009 21:35:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
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
3.8/5 rDev -15%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in today since it was such a beautiful day, I didn't mind the drive.
Okay, first the bad news. Although there was a time when this place had the best, if worst organized and dustiest, selection in the county. Those days are gone. As you enter, it's really only the right side wall that you'll be focusing on. Some decent stuff: Victory, North Coast, Chimay, and lots of other big names but little you can't get at Shoreline or otherwise locally and most of the prices seemed pretty inflated.
There is good news. I picked out a few singles ( a few semi bargains) and talked to the friendly owner and he confided that he'd be breaking up a lot more sixers and expanding his more reasonably priced individual bottles, especially with the summer coming. I got a 12 oz. bottle of Sam Smith's India Ale for $1.75, which seemed fair. I'll check in again in a month or so and report on how things last. What Long Island really needs in a reasonable place to pick up single bottles, like all those delis on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. Maybe this can be it..
Update as of August 2006. Stopped in several times this summer after work and the single bottle display had indeed increased. Some overpriced but the majority reasonable.
04-03-2006 02:21:57 | More by daliandragon
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In my opinion, this is the best beer store on LI. It is pretty awesome. The owner, Mark, is constantly bringing in new beers, including crazy rare beers that no one else on LI can get. For that alone, it is worth coming here! Apart from rare stuff, the selection is pretty typical for the area. Not as huge a selection (especially in the Belgian section) as Shoreline, but turnover is better. Recently, they just got in a bunch of Norrebro/Nogne/Mikkeller beers, some of which cannot be purchased anywhere else on LI. There is a growler station that has 4-5 taps on (Captain Lawrence Captain's Reserve IIPA is pretty much a mainstay; it seems to always be on). Mark is always looking for suggestions for taps and will try to get what he can. Prices are comparable with others in the area, maybe slightly cheaper but it's variable. Mark has done great things for the store in the last year that I've been coming here and I am consistently amazed by what he is able to bring in. This place keeps getting better and better and it is definitely worth a visit.
12-29-2008 21:32:45 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Found this while at the US Open last week (thanks to fellow BA's). Warehouse-like on the inside with metal racks holding beer running away from the door on both sides. Selection was very good in craft beer, and the gentlemam working (owner?) was incredibly knowledgable, and friendly. He gave me a personal tour of what was special and what was new.
Bought many intersting items not available in Mass., and would definitely return if and when I ever travel to that area again. I highly recommend it.
06-23-2009 17:28:52 | More by BeTheBall
4.65/5 rDev +4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
03-10-2010 23:30:36 | More by aerozeppl
Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY
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