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4.4/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
I discovered this place through the Shelton Brothers website. I visited Shoreline's very nice website to see what this place was about. They list every beer that they have, what is on sale, and what is on tap. The also have a great page about gift baskets, which I forwarded to my wife and then got a nice "surprise" on my birthday. They have about 15 gift baskets to choose from. The place is right off of 110 but you need to keep your eyes peeled to find it, not much of a sign and a narrow entrance into their parking lot. They list the parking lot as ample but that is not quite accurate. It is a slanted lot with about 10 spaces. The good news is, that is the worst thing about this place. Once inside, they have 2 long rows, one of imports (heavy on the Belgian, with a good selection of Germans/English) and one American crafts. Great selection, best by far that I have seen, everything clearly priced. What a noble concept!! They have a growler station with about 4 beers on tap. The service is ok if you don't ask questions, which I haven't as of yet, I'm still in awe. But that is ok, because I like to take my time and look around. A few free beer publications to choose from, I even found the BA mag there today. This is a great place that I don't mind driving 30 minutes out of my way.
03-04-2007 06:05:48 | More by Gmann
5/5 rDev +10.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
In search of the best beer store w/ the best selection, I found this place through BA and after a quick look at the directions off their website, I set off with high hopes and a thirst for the goods...this was back in August and it's long overdue that they get the write-up they deserve...
Right off the bat - I was lost in a sea of DogfishHead, Avery, Smuttynose, Stone, Lagunitas, Rouge, South Hampton, Goose Island, Acme, Flying Dog, Magic Hat, Victory...six-packs...double-ducers...fill yr' own growlers from a selection of 5 that get changed monthly...mix yr' own six-packs...all the IPA's an IPA lover could shake a stick at...and by now, I've tried...
...honestly, every time I walk-in and start wondering down the American Craft Brew aisle, I feel like twirling in circles, arms outstretched, as angels from up on high start singing some holy hymn of beer greatness...it's gotten to the point where I only spend about 10 mins TOPS while I'm there for fear I'd really just go nuts...their pricing is quite reasonable given the fact that many of their selections were the same ones I was previously forced to buy over the 'net through dealers out of CA and WA, paying a premium price AND shipping just to taste the bounty of West Coast IPAs...
...the folks that run the store are totally friendly and very helpful and upon learning of my mildly out-of-the-way trip to get there, they have set me up with at least 4 or 5 free beer glasses for supporting their place since I started frequenting the establishment a few months back...
...ANNND - to top it all off, I popped-in last week and discovered they had just recently started to bring in beers from Great Divide and Bear Republic breweries...makers of my favorite Imperial IPA (GD's Hercules DIPA) and my favorite regular IPA (BR's Racer 5) respectively...
...plus, Magic Hat's H.IPA is back in season and the owner is going to special order two extra cases of it just for me and put 'em aside 'till my next visit...
...you really can't ask for much more in a beer store...if yr' lookin' for the best place for craft brews on Long Island, Shoreline is the place hands down...
01-12-2007 01:36:52 | More by mikepthe11
4.25/5 rDev -6%
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon...only 3 other people shopping and one older man working behind the counter. Pretty easy to find...just off 110, in between 25A and 25 (Jericho Turnpike).
Amazing selection, by far the best on Long Island (at least what I've seen). Two main aisles - one contained American sixpacks, bombers, some singles, and other different sizes (Rogue growler-sized bottles, 3L bottles, etc.). The other aisle was for imports...I spent all my time on the American side, as I had some specific wants.
Victory, Stone, Rogue, Weyerbacher, Ommegang, HOTD, Harpoon, DFH, Southampton....plus a lot more. I picked up a Stone Double Bastard, sixers of Hop Wallop and some Heavyweights, and a Sly Fox bomber. Most sixpacks were between 5.99-8.99 and bombers between 3.99-5.99; can't complain, especially for it being on Long Island.
My only real grudge was with the guy working there. He seemed nice enough (I asked him about NY beer laws, to see how they differed from PA...his answer was "you have to be 21 to buy beer". That was it. I asked him about case laws, splitting sixpacks, and a few other pretty basic questions and he wasn't planning on elaborating very much. Then I heard a customer ask about a particular beer (I think it was actually a Brooklyn) and his response was "I don't like beer - it's too bitter for me." I dunno...he was nice, but then he overcharged me - I bought one bottle of Heavyweight Sticken Jab and he charged me for a sixpack - but he did fix the problem after I came back into the store and explained it...
But that aside....if you're visiting LI (or live there and never noticed it), definitely pay it a visit. It'll be worth your time and they are priced very well.
12-12-2006 00:06:02 | More by JohnnyM2002
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is awesome. I went to Long Island for a wedding and wanted to bring back a bunch of east coast brews I cant get out here. After researching here and on that other beer site it sounded like Shoreline was the place to go. And it was. A little tough to find, not much of a sign from the road, but once you are inside you are in heaven. A huge row of American craft beer, another of all imports, plus a cooler and a 5 tap growler fill station. I was immediately greeted by the owner (Stu?) and Jim the beer guy. I told them I was from CO and read about them on the internet and they treated me like a king. Made plenty of suggestions based on what I said I was looking for, what I liked, etc. I barely even looked at the import isle, but it was very impressive. Over on the micro side I picked up Wachusset, Blue Point, Victory, Southampton, Allagash, Hair of the Dog, Stoudts, Lakefront, Southern Tier, Smuttynose, and on and on. Totally unsoliscited, the owner hooked me up with a Duvel snifter, a Schneider Weiss weizen glass, and a Magic Hat hat. One of the best beer stores Ive ever been to - the only reason I didnt give it perfect scores is that they probably didnt have something, although I dont know what that would be. If I ever find myself in LI again I will be making another trip to Shoreline.
08-03-2006 22:18:17 | More by WhiteSoxFan
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Probably the largest selection of micros and imports on Long Island. They stock many West Coast brews that you cannot find anywhere else. There is an extensive list of East Coast selections and German, Belgian, British and Eastern European beers as well.
There is a newly added breweriana area in the rear, featuring hats, shirts and glasses. The staff seemed to be very helpful and knowledgable about their stock.
They do rotate a few fresh beers on tap to fill your growler or 10 oz bottle. They also stock a few different 1/6 barrel kegs, which is good for the kegerator.
04-18-2006 03:25:48 | More by plaid75
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wow, a great find! This place was awesome. The selection was amazing- tons of Rogue, Stone, Weyerbacher, Belgians, Germans, and Great Divide- which is so hard to find in NYC! Tons of bombers, a decent selection of 6packs. Lots of things I've never seen berofe. And a growler filling station with a pretty good selection of brews to choose from, and it seems they rotate them fairly often. Oh oh, and prices everywhere, clearly marked- I soooo appreciate that.
Service wasn't the greatest I'd ever had- no one really stopped to ask if we needed help or anything, but the guy at the register was pretty cool. Things were pretty fairly marked, and not too shabby. And oh! This place has Sam Adams Utopias for sale! I thought that was nifty, too. This is just a great place, I'd love to visit again.
04-03-2006 04:44:20 | More by scooter231
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
THIS place, I would go out of my way to visit again.
The selection at Shoreline is among the best I've encountered. At least 6 varieties each of Rogue and Victory, some of the Rogue I'd never seen before. Brews from Middle Ages Brewing Co, Anderson Valley, Jolly Pumpkin, Great Divide, Weyerbacher and a bunch of others I can't begin to recall. Probably a better place for singles than six packs but with a respectable selection of six packs.
Loads of Belgian, German and English offerings, again, many of which I'd never seen before. Prices were pretty good; well within expected price ranges of similar brew in the region. Brews from other parts of the world as well. Plenty of clearly marked prices.
An especially nice feature is the selection of brews available to take home in growlers. 5 or 6 taps with rotated offerings (this time around it was Southampton, Bluepoint and Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru of all things).
When my friends and I got to the register and saw what we had the guy at the register automatically asked if we knew about the Long Island Beer Festival, as well as offering comments and info on other beer related stuff.
There are plenty of other places for me to get brew that are far more convenient to get to, most of which serve my needs plenty well, but Shoreline is a place I'd make special trips to from time to time.
03-27-2006 01:01:47 | More by ommegangpbr
4.65/5 rDev +2.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
If you do what I did, you'll probably drive N on 110 and after a while of strip malls, and diners, you will see the mighty ShoreLine with the giant 645 address light beckoning to your left going downhill.
Pull into the fenced hillside driveway and tae a peak. You'll wanna lurk around to to the left. Two long aisles of Belgian, German, Russian and most importantly DOMESTIC beers. Rogue, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Vic'ry, some odd ball locals, but the gems of the night were Southampton 750 mLs of Saison, Biere de Mars and Cuvees des Flueres (each $11) and Old Herb ($6). Picked up a retired bottle of Blue Point Old Howling Bastard, too. Their Christmas endcap was to die for with plenty of swoon inducing Alligem Noel among others.
Slightly more pricey than a shop in NYC called New Beer. I think that New Beer edges out Shoreline by a hair. But their presentation and order are to be admired. Employees are super friendly and helpful. I mean this as a total compliment when I say that a bottle of BluePoint Old Howling Bastard had no price tag so we looked at a bottle or Rogue Old Crusty for $14 and I said, that BluePoint is close by so they let me snaggletooth it for $12.
Selection is primo fo' sho, but I prefer more domestic bbers. Still a worthy shot to take. No matter your beer pedigree, this place will please all. Should got more Southampton bottles. I liked the way the guy behind the counter sorta noticed that I was "here for beer" and wrapped my bottles insisting on the quality service and explained how the owner/manager took years to perfect this beer selection.
12-13-2005 05:02:23 | More by blitheringidiot
4.85/5 rDev +7.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I have been visiting Shoreline Beverage for about 22 years and back to the days when it was owned by another older gentleman whose pictures with famous sports stars in the 60's (Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali) still grace the wall behind the counter. The store seems to have weathered all the storms and trends in beverage distribution and thus has grown into a much greater store.
One of the secrets of this fabled "mom and pop" is the basic no-nonsense approach to business and the honest, friendly, and realistic way in which every customer is served. While I have visited other beer stores on Long Island, NY, all pale by comparison to Shoreline in terms of selection and service.
While Shoreline has plenty of Coors Light, Bud, and Corona to assuage the thirst of the masses, their three rows of imports and micro brews present endless choices and an educational tour for me. Both Stu (owner) and my wife make light fun of me when I enter Shoreline for the "big decision" of what to buy for the weekend as I read all the labels and take my time. Does the store have everything? No, it just seems like it, but if it's available, Shoreline can get it to you.
One of great things I have been buying lately at Shoreline are the growlers to go. Near the cold section there are 5 or 6 taps going into a sink that always seem to have a variety of beers/ales. I recently had both the Baltic Porter and Octoberfest from Southampton Publick Ale House brewing in growlers from these taps.
12-04-2005 00:36:01 | More by bonbright7
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Was in Huntington today to visit my buddy at his cigar store and finally made it to this place today after hearing so much about it since its right down the street.
Fairly unassuming location and appearance but the quality and variety is extremely good. They have two long aisles of micros and imports, particularly specializing in American micros, especially a bunch from the west coast I hadn't seen before, and also with an exhaustive selection of British individually bottled ales. Unfortunately, I thought most of them were overpriced a bit, although to be fair I had never seen a lot of them before so maybe not. The Belgian and German sections are both very respectable and in the back are a few racks of beers from strange places, including Vietnam, Peru, Thailand (not Singha, something else), Honduras, and Argentina.
I picked up a sixer of Strike Out Stout, an old favorite from my college years, and a Harpoon Mixed 12 pack, which at 11.99 was maybe the best value in the store. I definitely was also intriqued by the self serve growler station but maybe next time.
Well, I'll be back, for sure although I do think a lot of their prices are exorbitant (e.g. $4.49 a bottle for pints of Sam smith's..a full dollar more than my local guy at the Ronkonkama Beverage) but for variety, this is the best in Suffolk that I've seen. .
11-11-2005 00:10:00 | More by daliandragon
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.