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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
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
4.7/5 rDev +4%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Fantastic store. They get the best beers, period. Hair of the Dog, Nogne, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Rochefort top the list of brews I was shocked to find on little ol' Long Island. They might not have the biggest breadth of selection at any given time compare to other stores with the brews I listed, but when you have so many top beers, who needs random, mediocre beers cluttering the shelves? Store is also kept at a nice, cool temperature for the beers, a nice touch. I don't generally get involved with the service in stores, but they seemed knowledgeable enough to me. Prices might be 50 cents higher than stores elsewhere, but, ya know. Top of the line shoppe.
01-10-2008 20:10:22 | More by fredandboboflo
3.8/5 rDev -15.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.7/5 rDev +4%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Took me a little while to write this, since I was last there a couple of weeks ago, but it's worth the trip. (I live just outside of Queens and work JUST in Suffolk, so it's a 10 mile trip north to go to Shoreline)
I've always enjoyed trying new/different beers - and sometimes, I'll head in there to give the guy a challenge. (Don't know his name, unfortunately.) He has yet to fail - I'll throw him a style and he'll show me a couple of examples of that style I may have overlooked. Best selection of imports on the island, never know what I'll find up there. Also, very impressive selection of domestics - found Avery Samael up there, and I don't know of anywhere else that has it.
For a lot of the beers I hear about nowadays (like Brooklyn/Schneider), the first thing I think is "I wonder if Shoreline would have that..."
Long story short - go. Even if they don't have what you want, guaranteed you'll find something else interesting.
(also, really small note on the review below mine - Stone's Vertical Epic for this year was released on 7/7/7, and the below post was on 7/5/7.) :-)
09-01-2007 05:03:39 | More by belsonc
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
The largest selection on Long Island is right; this place has a huge array of beers from more countries than you probably realized brewer beer. Getting to it is not ideal; even from the Expressway it's a good 10-15 minutes north, usually through traffic. But it's worth the voyage, since there's such a variety.
The inside of the place looks like a small market, with three aisles of beer, beer, beer and some soda. Half an isle dedicated to cold brews. Overall the staff seemed knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately they didn't have Stone's new Vertical Epic yet, but other than that the selection is top notch. One aisle is purely imports, and the next straight microbrews, all the best from the usual suspects. Prices are fairly competitive, too.
Overall, I'd recommend stopping in if you're in the area, or if you're looking for something a little on the obscure side.
07-05-2007 19:04:40 | More by BBM
5/5 rDev +10.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
These guys know a lot about beer and are very helpful without being "pushy" while you shop around and select your beer. All the beer is fresh, and the American and European sections are set up nicely.
Mix a Six?... No problem, the guy with the beard got me 2 empty 6 pack cartons and a basket to carry them in. The pretty young lady behind the counter told me that if I had any questions or needed help to let her know and she would get someone for me.
Great selection of American craft beer from all the big names in small breweries. European selection is also well stocked and organized by country. 5 beers on tap that change monthly, I like that they have 'mini-growlers' (12oz) so you don't have to commit to drinking 64oz of the same beer in a day or two. I didn't care for anything they had on tap, this trip, but I have bought a few 'minis' in the past.
I mixed my 2 sixers (12 ipa's from 12 brewers) and got 3 different Middle Ages bombers for just under $30, nice!
It's a 30 - 40 min trip from my house, but they have some beers that my local guy doesn't, so occasionally I make a 'run' here and I'm always glad I did.
05-06-2007 04:42:02 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5 rDev -19.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
when driving past, didnt seem like much to look at. once i got inside it got a little better. i didnt get the service i had expected. being new to the beer world, i dont know too much about what i was looking for but i went for the blue point. they didnt really help me find much else. their selection was pretty good, there was alot to choose from. maybe if i would have went in there with more knowlege about beer than i had went in there with, i would have been more pleased, but i was looking more for service and help with what i was buying. i went in there wanting to try something new but couldnt decide what to try so i went for what i knew i liked.
04-22-2007 02:08:17 | More by Beerchic101
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Knowing I was spending the weekend in Long Island, I looked up package stores in New York and found this one. Fairly easy to hop on and off of the LIE but directions from Yahoo were confusing. Should've gone with directions from the website. Very unassuming beer store on a main drag in Huntington. Entered the open chain link fence and thought, what's up with the security? After seeing what they've got, I think they should put barbed wire on the fence.
Excellent and wide ranging selection of brews from across the country and world with equal space devoted to six-packs and bombers. Mixed sixes are allowed. They even have tap beer for sale if you purchase the growler although I thought it was a bit pricey at almost $30, $27 for a refill. Space is limited but enough to get a shopping cart through, you just can't turn it around in the aisle. The biggest drawback I could see besides the cramped space was if you were looking for cold beer. Due to the limited space, most beers are on the shelves and not in the cooler. I did find some cold Blue Point, though.
Friendly service with a couple of pint glasses thrown in for free and a heads-up on a $20 Imperial Stout before charging me make this place worthy of a trip from several hours away.
04-07-2007 20:48:56 | More by klee44
4.65/5 rDev +2.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is awesome. When I saw it from the outside, I was skeptical. When I first stepped in the door and saw 12 packs and 30 racks of BMC, I was still skeptical. When I went down the second and third aisles, my skepticism was squashed. The second aisle is all foreign beer and the third is all US microbrews. The selection is amazing and the service is even better. The guy there helped me find all the beers I was looking for and took 10% off my price and threw in a nice goblet for free. This place rocks.
03-30-2007 22:33:26 | More by drseamus
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.