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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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Belpaire

New York

3.1/5  rDev -31.4%
quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 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
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CHickman

New York

4.7/5  rDev +4%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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
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wschumac

New York

4.7/5  rDev +4%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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ItMakesMeHappy

New York

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

This is a great store. I take a hike here when I feel like getting something special I know I wont find anywhere else on the Island. After finding this place on beerfly I took the 20 min trip and I really wasnt dissappointed at all. I have only been there a couple of times but they have brands I didnt even think they sold on the east coast such as bear republic and great divide. I'm sure there are tons of others but those were just a few I noticed. If I had to make a criticism it would be that alot of the bottles are dusty as hell and thats alittle unnerving. With that being said, if your on the island and you like micro brews take a trip here, you wont be dissappointed.

07-23-2008 04:13:41 | More by ItMakesMeHappy
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sstarbrat

New York

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

This place has the best selection of beer on Long Island, hands down. I make the drive to Huntington, which is about a half hour drive for me each way, specifically to go here (which is saying something, with gas prices the way they are). I especially appreciate the fact that I can often find things I didn't even know were available in NY, because I always like to try something new, from as many breweries possible. Check out their website for the list, but call to see if it's actually in stock.

Last weekend I went and picked up the following noteworthies: St. Somewhere's Lectio Divina Amber Ale, Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale, Fort Collin's Major Tom Pomegranate Wheat and Double Chocolate Stout, and Domaine DuPage's French Style Country Ale.
(Just to give an example, and these were all just recently in).

I subscribe to their email list so I can find out what new in the store,with some help from Stu, who works there, who's very knowledgable, and has given me good suggestions. I highly recommend joining their list if you're in the area, so when something comes in you can be the first to know (unfortunately, I have found if you don't go pretty soon after you get the email, it's already sold out, which is pretty frustrating).

On another sour note, I also like to know what's new here because with so much selection, there's bound to be stragglers and as we all know, not all beer is dated, but beer does not have the longest shelf life. I have bought some expired beer here, which of course I only realized after I went to drink it (but I've found this problem pretty much everywhere I go, but that's another story altogether). I've learner to forgive them because of the rarer finds I can get here. So when in doubt, I stick to the high ABV beers...

Also notable is there growler filling station, where you can get a fresh filled growler from a selection of 5 always changing beers. I like that they list on the website what's on tap so I can decide what I want before I get there.

05-31-2008 14:50:44 | More by sstarbrat
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dkoehler42

New York

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$

This place carries beer I haven't even heard of. I'd just come back from Indiana/Illinois and just tried a beer from Goose Island. I liked it so much I looked around online for a company that would ship beer to NY. Imagine my surprise when I saw the ad for Shoreline again, and that they'll ship to your house or boat. These guys(gals too) carry quality beer at a very reasonable price that is difficult to find most places. The only negative to it, is it's so far up on New York Ave that it's a bit out of the way.

02-20-2008 04:14:09 | More by dkoehler42
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fredandboboflo

New York

4.7/5  rDev +4%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Fantastic store. They get the best beers, period. Hair of the Dog, Nogne, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Rochefort top the list of brews I was shocked to find on little ol' Long Island. They might not have the biggest breadth of selection at any given time compare to other stores with the brews I listed, but when you have so many top beers, who needs random, mediocre beers cluttering the shelves? Store is also kept at a nice, cool temperature for the beers, a nice touch. I don't generally get involved with the service in stores, but they seemed knowledgeable enough to me. Prices might be 50 cents higher than stores elsewhere, but, ya know. Top of the line shoppe.

01-10-2008 20:10:22 | More by fredandboboflo
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shaebs99

New York

3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Update:
This place still has one of the best selections on the Island, but my review has been edited due to quality and service. The last few times I have been in there the service has been non-existent (seemingly no one in the store knows anything about beer) and a bunch of products seem to be on the shelves for too long (and the growler offerings have taken a bad turn). I will still recommend this place because it does have the largest selection of imports, but I must warn those to be certain on the age of the products you buy and don't look here for recommendations

The service seems to be hit or miss here. I come here mostly for the growler station. They have 5 beers on tap at a time (the first time I came it was in the winter. they had Celebration Ale, Goose Island's, Sly Fox', Southampton's, and Blue Point's Winter beers). The selection at the growler station is some local big breweries (Southampton, Blue Point) as well as some smaller local breweries (Kelso of Brookyln, Climax). Most of the beers tend to be from the East Coast, but I do remember they did have Houblon Chouffe in the past few months.

The store is larger than other stores in the area and therefore have a better selection. One aisle is for imports and the other is for domestics. Nice line up of breweries like Stone, Victory, Allagash, Southampton, Weyerbacher, Stoudt's, Avery, etc. Two bottles that are harder to find that I found there recently were Captain Lawrence's St. Vincent dubbel and Sixpoint's Bolshoi. The import section is also very well stocked. The speed of which these bottles leave the shelves may be questionable. Whenever I am in there I am either the only person down the domestic craft aisle or the other person.

For service there are probably only two people that can help you. One is a middle-aged man named Stu who is usually on the phone dealing with distributors or customers. He will know the beer he has in store and what is coming in, but might not be helpful in selecting a beer. The other is a younger guy. He seems to be knowledgeable and should be able to help you in your selection

09-04-2007 02:02:38 | More by shaebs99
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belsonc

New York

4.7/5  rDev +4%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Took me a little while to write this, since I was last there a couple of weeks ago, but it's worth the trip. (I live just outside of Queens and work JUST in Suffolk, so it's a 10 mile trip north to go to Shoreline)

I've always enjoyed trying new/different beers - and sometimes, I'll head in there to give the guy a challenge. (Don't know his name, unfortunately.) He has yet to fail - I'll throw him a style and he'll show me a couple of examples of that style I may have overlooked. Best selection of imports on the island, never know what I'll find up there. Also, very impressive selection of domestics - found Avery Samael up there, and I don't know of anywhere else that has it.

For a lot of the beers I hear about nowadays (like Brooklyn/Schneider), the first thing I think is "I wonder if Shoreline would have that..."

Long story short - go. Even if they don't have what you want, guaranteed you'll find something else interesting.

(also, really small note on the review below mine - Stone's Vertical Epic for this year was released on 7/7/7, and the below post was on 7/5/7.) :-)

09-01-2007 05:03:39 | More by belsonc
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.