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Reviews by vfgccp:
4.16/5 rDev -8%
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.
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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5/5 rDev +10.6%
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
4.13/5 rDev -8.6%
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: the guys on the floor are basically nice, reasonable-enough fellows who'll talk beer with you; the cashier for at least the few years I've gone there (sporadically) is either the owner or his daughter. The owner is a gruff, disinterested type - unfriendly but not rude. His daughter, on the other hand, seemingly hates her job, as she is unfriendly and unpleasant.
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
4.11/5 rDev -9.1%
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
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.