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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
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
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
4.85/5 rDev +7.3%
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
2.8/5 rDev -38.1%
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
5/5 rDev +10.6%
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
4.85/5 rDev +7.3%
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
3.1/5 rDev -31.4%
As the other reviews state, the selection here is very impressive.
The problem is that the proprietor is not a stand up businessman. I usually get my co2 tanks filled at a fire extinguisher place in Northport (Ken-Mar) but seeing that Shoreline now has co2 I thought I would pay a little extra and pick it up closer to home. I go to get it filled and find out it is a tank exchange, not a fill. I somewhat reluctantly hand over my tank and receive another in its place. A month later the tank is empty. It normally takes me over a year before I need a refill. I bring it in to see what gives, thinking that maybe they accidentally gave me an almost empty tank. Stew thinks for a moment and tells me to bring it to Ken-Mar and tell them the story, stating that they won't know that they didn't fill it for me.
What kind of businessman pawns their problem off on another company? Keep in mind that this is the same guy who "accidentally" oversold a beer fest a few years ago by something like 3 times that amount of tickets than the venue could hold.
In the end I went to Ken-mar and paid the normal price but told them what Stew said to do. Turns out that the tank I got in the swap needs a washer where mine had one built into it and that is why it ran out so quickly.
Not being a fan of shady people I will not be back there unless I need something I can't get elsewhere.
11-07-2009 20:14:40 | More by Belpaire
4.7/5 rDev +4%
Shoreline Beverage has the best large bottle selection that I have seen so far on Long Island. I frequent most distributors in the Huntington and Smithtown area, and this has the best selection of micro-brews around. The prices are average compared to the other stores in the area, but the selection is tremendous and dare I say worth the premium to keep this place stocked with the massive variety. The Growler Station is also a very cool aspect of this place as most other places don't have 5 brews on tap for sale and carry out. Great niche place for any beer lover in the area.
08-19-2009 02:53:54 | More by CHickman
3.85/5 rDev -14.8%
Awesome selection- one row of imports and one of American beers. Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen (only place I've seen Schaerbeekse), Nogne, Mikkeller, Olfabrikken, Jolly Pumpkin, Southampton, Captain Lawrence, Goose Island, Bear Republic, Hair of the Dog among many many others. Small tap station (4 taps I think) that's been slowly improving. Also offers the option of a 10 oz. growler fill, which is pretty unique. Prices are ok, can be slightly more expensive than other stores in the area (Big Z's). One negative is that the service (including the manager) doesn't really seem to know much about craft beer. (For example, one time I was waiting at the register, there was a phone call and the person wanted to know if Shoreline carried Elysian Pumpkin. The worker had no idea and asked if that "was the one with the fish on the bottle." Then he bumbled around trying to look for it, but didn't even have an idea of where it might be. Meanwhile, I knew exactly where it would be because I have frequented the store a lot). Another downside to the massive selection of Shoreline is that (certain) beer tends to sit for awhile. Anyway, you still should check this place out, because it does have an incredible selection.
01-01-2009 18:07:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.7/5 rDev +4%
A friend of mine who lives in the Huntington area brought me to shoreline. They have an awesome selection of microbrews and imports. The staff is also very friendly. The growler station has 4 rotating beers. I will probably check out next time but not sure if I can get them home so may need to bring a cooler. Bought a bunch of beers that I will be reviewing shortly... Worth the trip great selection and pricing... BTW pricing was reasonable but some are on the expensive side but haven't seen them anywhere else...
08-15-2008 01:34:19 | More by wschumac
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.