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Shoreline Beverage

Shoreline BeverageShoreline Beverage
BA SCORE
99
world-class

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.96%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

645 New York Ave
Huntington, New York, 11743-4266
United States
phone: (631) 427-8488

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NYTrappistMonk

New York

5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

He consistently gets Belgian beers nobody on Long Island has. There are maybe 900 of them, so obviously most aren't that great, but he consistently gets winners. I waited over 3 years hoping to try Gouden Carolus Tripel and last time I was there, he had it and it was one of the best I've ever had. I can't say that I know much about non-Belgian beers as they really hold no appeal for me. He's a fair guy too, took back something I bought that was dark and let me exchange it, not everyone will.

11-13-2012 23:18:29 | More by NYTrappistMonk
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Greywulfken

New York

4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Vibe: inside is crowded, but you have two full aisles to browse the good stuff in comfort - one side has the domestics, the other has the imports. Only catch to the place: located in a terrible area driving-wise: windy narrow roads with lots of traffic, terrible signage (you would never know its there if you weren't looking for it) - so unless you're a local or on foot, an inconvenient location.

Service: hit or miss - I've gotten the disinterested type and also the really cool knowledgeable-type, so it might depend on who's working. this is probably (other than location) their only detriment.

Selection: real good - on par with Superstar in Huntington - lots to look at, found some real gems on those shelves - pumped up my score in this area recently, as they have stuff I don't see at other stores.

Prices: same as the rest of the places

05-02-2012 18:38:49 | More by Greywulfken
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sevenarts

New York

4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Definitely a good spot to check out on Long Island - this is a bit of a trek for me but still worth going to. They have a good selection of craft beers from many different brewers, and the nicest thing is that they tend to have many different varieties per brewer, including some that I don't see in other LI bottle shops. Everyone there seems very helpful, and the shelves are neatly arranged. The only caveat is that the bottles almost all seem very dusty, which makes me a little nervous sometimes. Because of that, I'll sometimes try other shops first but if I can't find something elsewhere I know there's a good shot that they'll have it.

12-08-2011 17:00:27 | More by sevenarts
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MikeyMikee

New York

4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Shoreline is a really good place to go. It's very similar to Big Z's except a bit smaller but the selection is pretty much the same. They have everything from Founders to allagash to alesmith. They also have a growler station which has about 6-10 beers on tap usually featuring local breweries. Overall there is usually at least one memebr on staff that is knowledgable and the prices are fair for long island. I frequently visit this place for most people that visit usually are purchasing BMC so the "harder to find" craft beers usually stay on the shelf for a long period of time (which can be good or bad) than at other craft beer distributors.

06-03-2011 04:48:39 | More by MikeyMikee
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vfgccp

New York

4.16/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$

A hidden gem for snagging a huge swath of the craft brews that make it to long island... and by hidden I mean literally hidden, as in 'out of view, down a hill, on the side of an otherwise unmarked building' hidden.

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.

+ 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.
- 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 Review---
A: Well lit, average size with 4 isles (i.e. 8 rows of shelves including the walls) about 50 ft deep each. Just under 1/2 the store is dedicated to good craft beer.

Q: This is a fairly well know spot for craftheads on long island, so the turn over on their craft beer is above average. The flipside of this is that if you really want to catch a brew with rare distribution on long island, you have to get to Shoreline within a few days of the shipment coming in.

Ser: Friendly staff, but most are just register-jockies. There are a few extremely notable exceptions who are extraordinarily knowledgeable, but they only work part time so you can't bank on them being there. On the whole, Shoreline doesn't seek out employees with beer knowledge, but every now and then their reputation just happens to draw in someone who knows what they're talking about.

Sel: Fantastic. In terms of # of beers, their selection isn't the largest on long island (although it's well above average), but the beers that they stock are the beers you're looking to drink. Their turnover is great as well (maybe the best on the island), and they're constantly bringing in new selections. One thing I love about their selection is that when they stock a brewery, they try to maximize the number of styles they stock. Last I was there they had 26 different beers from Rogue, 14 from Mikkeller's, 12 from Nonge, 8 from BrewDog, 5 from Cantillion, etc, etc. It really gives you a chance to explore beers beyond the brewer's flag ships.

04-16-2011 12:57:32 | More by vfgccp
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washburnkid

New York

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

It takes forever to get to this place, but it's worth the trip. Most people are in there buying BMC, so it gives you some space to peruse in peace.

Tight aisles filled with bottles and bottles of beer from around the country and around the world. Frequently rotating taps also available for growler fills. Some beers are available in refrigerators, but most of them are lining the shelves. Goose Island, Ithaca, Bear Republic, Two Brothers, Rogue, Stone...and most everything in between. I've even picked up a bottle of Cantillon here. I always recommend checking the shelf life of anything you buy, if the numbers are available. This place sometimes has really old bottles sitting around.

Good customer service. I picked up a bottle of Saison de Pipaix, and it was completely flat. I e-mailed the owner to let him know (not expecting anything out of it; if I owned a beer store, I'd want people letting me know about the quality of the brew I'm putting on my shelves), and he responded the next day with an apology and offered to credit me the bottle next time I'm in the store. That's the kind of thing that will keep me coming back to any business.

Shoreline Beverage has a facebook page and a tap app to keep you updated on what's available for growler fills. This is very helpful, especially if it's a little out of the way for you and you'd like to see what's available before you make the trek through Huntington.

03-19-2011 16:38:38 | More by washburnkid
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r0nyn

New York

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $

Yet another easy-to-miss beer store in the Long Island town of Huntington, Shoreline Beverage is well worth the trip.

Not very many beer stores look impressive outwardly, and Shoreline is no exception. Once inside, it's got a low ceiling and a slightly cramped feel, but there's more than enough quality beer packed in there to make up for it. A long row of shelves off the to left hold a wide selection of craft, with the international stuff on the right side and the American stuff to the left. A small growler station is nestled behind the shelves next to the cooler.

There were a few dusty bottles, but they were beers that did well with aging anyway. Brews that are best fresh were indeed fresh, safely within expiration dates. Selection is beyond impressive. Lots of Goose Island, lots of Cigar City (unfortunately, still no Hunahpu's), lots of Founders, with each brewery having at least a half dozen styles represented each. Helpful shelf tags let me know what's what and how much it costs.

The staff is friendly and helpful, offering me a six-pack holder and encouraging me to pick and choose what I want. Asked about the Founders and Goose Island seasonal releases and was impressed by how knowledgeable they were. Pricing is really where this place shines. Both bombers and 12 oz bottles are at least a dollar or two cheaper than at my local. It took me all of my willpower not to blow my entire wallet on some of the gems there.

I envy beer aficionados that are able to call this quality store their local, because they are very, very lucky. It is absolutely one of the best beer stores I've had the pleasure of visiting. Will have to come up with some more excuses to visit Long Island now!

10-26-2010 18:35:00 | More by r0nyn
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BrewMaven

New York

2.8/5  rDev -38.1%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$

I was here a few times in the last year or two and was impressed by the selection and appearance of the place. Yesterday, I stopped in to show a friend and it seems the selection of craft brews has shrunk considerably. Now most selections higher in ABV are marked as such..WOW 10%!

I'll cut to the chase here..A sixer marked at $8.49 rung up at $13.49..I told the clerk and then proceeded to show him the tag. He said he could take something off but not sell it for $8.49 since he doesn't sell that many of that particular beer..This place left a worse taste in my mouth than Corona! Thumbs down!

Lastly regarding freshness..How well does any beer keep on a shelf in 85° heat?

06-06-2010 18:46:47 | More by BrewMaven
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cagasort

New York

5/5  rDev +10.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Stu from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington station on Long Island is one of the best beer and soda centers. SL has a great craft beer section with almost supermarket long isles of all our favorite craft beer. For the more commercially inclined, Stu has a complete selection to satisfy any palate.
Also, he was the store to carry and showcase Germany's newest and finest beer, BLACK ART BEER GOLD & DARK. He held a hugely successfully out-door tasting that sold out his stock. Stu went out of his way to personal pick up this fine product from Brooklyn before distribution to the Island has commenced.

A big high five to Stu and the folks at Shoreline Beverage for being true to the cause of Fine Brew...

04-29-2010 18:29:49 | More by cagasort
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cosmicevan

New York

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Just got back from my first trip to Shoreline and paint me impressed. I was on a little tour of some of the beverage places in the area with a small list of brews to search for based on recommendations, general curiosity, and some things to grab for trade.

As soon as I walked in the shop I was asked if I needed help looking for something (and I hadn't even pulled out my list). I figured I'd start and ask for a few of the Ommegang seasonals that I'd been looking for and having some trouble finding and was working on setting up trades for...BOOM, they had them all. As I strolled the aisles a few times, each time I noticed something else on my list that I had been looking for in other local spots but hadn't seen yet. Far and away the best selection of the spots in the area (and there are quite a few good spots within 5 to 10 miles IMO). Prices seemed right in-line with what I'd seen in all the other local beverage centers if not a buck or two up or down depending on what you were looking for. I'll definitely be back often so that I can sample more from my list.

The kicker that really blew me away about this place is that as I was putting my final selections on the counter to check out, I asked if they carried any glassware for sale. They said they did not, and then the guy behind the counter, who seemed to be the boss, said he'd check in the back if he had one that he would give me. I had picked up only 4 seasonal Ommegangs and a Unibroue giftset that came with 2 glasses (I occassionally buy a gift set to help build up my collection of glasses while scoring a few great brews taboot). I imagine that plenty of people make the drive on LI to this place and drop way more cash, so I thought it was a real stand up thing for him to do. I've spent much more in a beer shop (heck single kegs cost more than what I spent) and never got tossed a glass so I was very impressed.

01-02-2010 20:29:02 | More by cosmicevan
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Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.