Shoreline Beverage

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Shoreline BeverageShoreline Beverage
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59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
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645 New York Ave
Huntington, New York, 11743-4266
United States
phone: (631) 427-8488

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Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

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. .

Photo of palma
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

This is simply THE BEST beer store in ALL of NY (if you exclude Half Time in Poughkeepsie). This place is chock full of EVERYTHING. I dont really have to describe the selection here since many BA's already have, and as I already said the place carries everything so that should be enough of a description. You want to know if they have something in particular? If its not westvleteren you're looking for then I can tell you they probably have it.

Best part is that they dont rape you here either. You'd think they would, knowing that they carry some stuff that is pretty much impossible to get in NY. All the prices are very reasonable.

Only complaint are those RB ratings posted on the shelves. Get rid of those things. This isnt Europe and we consumers look for quality over quantity. Lets get some quality ratings up in this piece - like Beer Advocate Shelf Talkers!

Photo of BiltmoreShores
5/5  rDev +10.6%

After reading several reviews regarding this little gem of a store, a friend and I took a 20 minute ride to Shoreline. It doesn't look like much on the outside. In fact, when we pulled up, I got the impression that there wasn't much there but Bud and Coors Light. Having read the reviews though, I was expecting an unbelievable selection.

So, walking in and seeing the Octoberfests staring me in the face, I started to get excited. A couple of quick glances and we found the spot the import aisle. Holy Crap! I couldn't believe the selection. All the popular brands were represented (Chimay, Paulaner, Erdinger) along with most that I've heard about but have never actually seen at any distributor (Augusteiner, Grimbergen). My friend went nuts and we started piling up an order. The domestic side of the aisle had an extremely impressive selection also. The whole time I was in this place I kept thinking "I definitely need to learn more about beer!" I thought I was well rounded in this aspect until I went to Shoreline. However, the gentleman at the counter made it simple.

We chatted a little bit and was asked if we had been there before..Mentioning BA was something I didn't feel necessary because we were treated like regulars from the beginning...But, I did mention it was greeted with a couple of pint glasses. Nice touch but definitely not needed. I'll be returning here more frequently as it is only a 20 minute drive and I'll be reading plenty more of these reviews to pick out some beers to buy there.

If you are ever in this area, it is definitely worth your time to drop in and pick something up. You will not be disappointed and I look forward to going back with a little more knowledge about beer next time.

Photo of meathookjones
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

Being out on Long Island for a family event I figured I had to make rounds at the good beer locations. This store was definitely at the top of the list after reading reviews and checking out the web site. Upon walking in to the left was a long aisle of imports with a huge variety to choose from. A good amount of rarities were here as well and I knew I was going to spend way more than I intended to before I even looked at the American micros aisle. The other side of the long aisle was filled with some of the finest American micros that make it out to the area. A nice variety of Southampton’s was at the top of my list though. 04 Stone Imperial Stouts were also a nice find. Unfortunately I couldn’t get everything I wanted because it would have been a 500 plus purchase and this was only my first stop of the day. The growler fill station was a nice touch and I ended up leaving with a growler of Southampton’s Scottish Ale. Definitely on of the best selections I have ever come across in a beer store as far as size and quality. After talking with the guy at the register for a bit and mentioning BA he threw in some nice glassware and a cooler and ice for the growlers long ride back. Highly recommended if you are in the area ever.

Photo of maltedmilk
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

This was my 2nd visit to shoreline. On my first visit, I was personally guided through by Malto and treated very nicely by Stu ( the owner). After making some extremely hard decision on what to choose from the unbelievable selection of beers, I proceeded to check out. When Malto informed Stu, that I was a member of B.A. and should therefore be treated with respect, Stu gave me some glassware ( including the elusive tulip glass) , a tee-shirt and a $5.00 off coupon even though I didn’t even have it in my possession.

This weekend I returned. No Malto ,no Stu and I was still treated very well by staff member, Jim, a young man who was enthusiastic about beer and very helpful. It was evident that Jim loved his job.

I will continue to frequent Shoreline whenever I make the trip up to visit my family. Great service , a great selection and knowledgeable staff, what else could you ask for?

Photo of Litterbean
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Taking the advice of fellow BAs Malto, Jetsbeer, and Warrorsoul, I made the 20+ minute trip out to Shoreline, and boy, was it all that I wanted and more.

I was met with a huge 3 quart Double Bastard for $65. I was tempted to just plunk down everything I had for it, but I decided to browse more. Their selection is impeccable. American craft brews are very well represented. Stone, Rogue, North Coast, Weyerbacher, Allagash, Shipyard, and pretty much every New York Brewery. There isn't much missing at all. On the other side of the shelves are the imports, and they are also very well stocked. A fine selection of Belgians, Germans, Scottish, Irish, English, and Russian beers. Cantillon, St. Bernardus, Rochefort, all the good beers that BAs pine for are here. Great beer, and a great place. I will return.

Photo of ybnorml
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Don't let the appearance of the building fool you (an old cement block building that looks like an abandoned car repair garage). Four growler filling taps. Fabulous selection of micros, including an extensive local (ie: NY state) representation. Marvelous Imports, mostly English and Belgian. Staff is only too glad to answer any questions or be of any kind of help to you. It was about an hour drive from where I was staying on the Island but it was worth every minute. Pickup up a growler of Bear Republic Brown, a bottle of Southampton Imperial Porter and a bottle of the Grand Cru. Also found some belgians that I recently accquired glasses for (but could not locate the beers locally). The web page is slick and shiney but the place is not. Great selection, great service and resonable prices make up for all physical flaws. Anytime I'm in this area I'll be checking this place again!

Photo of twilight
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

The measure of a good beer store is how many gasps I will make while perusing through the aisles. All the standards that I can get in NYC, Rouge, DFH, Stone, &c. In addition, glorious Southampton and tons of belgians that I can't get anywhere else. The big scores were a bottle of Cantillon Fou Foune and a Freeminer's Deep Shaft Stout. Oh, and the Rochefort 8. And the Southampton Biere De Garde. Oh geez. Seriously they have a quality selection of really good stuff. Prices are fair for New York.

The funny thing is that this is just two long aisles jam packed with beer and a smattering of the space in the coolers. Oh, and five growler taps. Glorious. Grabbed a growler of Crop Circle Amber Ale, but was later forced to trade it for a DFH120min. Alas.

I kept gasping. Yeah. It was that sweet.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Very happy to be able to make a stop at this fine establishment. Great selection, friendly service, only problem for me is its not local. They have four kegs going for growler fills. I tried a very tasty 420 IPA, which was fresh and in great shape. One other important factor about this place are the prices. VERY reasonable all the way from the Belgians to the load of domestic micros to the growlers. I think I paid, $2.50 for the empty growler, should have brought my own and then only $6 for the fill up! Outstanding!

Photo of Eyedrinkale
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

If you are looking for Belgiun beers in NY, I doubt there is anywhere that has a better selection than Shoreline. They also have a nice selection of micros. Everything is laid out according to country. Prices are clearly marked on the shelf and the place is clean. Mike or Stuart are very knowledgeable, so ask if you don't see something.

Five or six rotating handles that usually have DFH, Blue Point or something worth drinking, so bring a growler or buy one there.

The place is also great for soda and they have a nice selection of glassware behind the counter.

I've never had a bad beer out of here and I consider myself lucky to have found this place.

Photo of cbl2
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

A friend of a friend who lives on Long Island mentioned this place to me a couple of years ago, but I didn't get around to going until they had a meet the brewer for Dogfish Head. I live about an hour away, but with traffic (damn L.I.E), it's more like 2 hours. I figured though for DFH, it was worth the trip. And was it ever. The beers were excellent, the talk was even better, and when the seminar ended, the real fun began. Shoreline has the best selection of beer in New York State without a doubt (and their website is nice to boot). Everything is nicely arranged, with prices clearly marked (a little expensive, comparatively speaking, but selection more than makes up for it). I found beers there that I've only dreamed about (picked up 2 vintages of J.W. Lees, Thomas Hardy is available as well, and they were the first to stock Stone in New York State!). Superb selection, and now they have a rotating keg system, so you can fill your own growler! It doesn't get any better.

Photo of ark57
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Shoreline is nothing what I thought it would look like. As a matter of fact I almost drove by it while I was looking for it. It looked like any old distributor that I could find back home. It sure isn't like any of them, though. They have 2 aisles of singles that are very good. One side has all their micros, which understandably is concentrated in New York beers. Very cool stuff that I have never seen. The other side has their imports. For the most part nothing that you couldn't find at Halftime, but 2 unusual pickups for me were Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2001 and Young's Special London Ale. You may ask what is unusual with the Young's. It was an older style label that I have not seen in sometime. It was the last one and I was curious to see if it is still good.

Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Have stopped in before but never reviewed. A tight space but a wonderful selection. Plenty of fresh qucikly rotating merchandise, you won't find a lot that has been sitting on the shelf here. Plenty from DFH at reasonable prices, Rogue, Stone including 3liter Double Bastards, Victory, Middle Ages, Sam Adams including Millenium and Chocolate Bock, imports, the list goes on and on. My only disappointment is that the web site mentioned 3 Floyds but there was none to be had. having the tap lines is excellent and got a growler of Smuttynose Barleywine. Stu is a helpful guy and appreciates the beer folk.

Photo of SixpointJMH
5/5  rDev +10.6%

quite simply, a gem of a store. i'm shocked at it's location too, as long island is, in general, a beer wasteland. i drove right by it the first time i visited, so pay attention on your way. once inside you may be wondering why the hell everyone raves about this place, but make a quick left and then a quick right and you'll see why. the import section is loaded with goodies from all over the world. too many choices to name. check out their website for the list. they have pretty much everything that's listed there. lots of singles too, which is always nice, and i'd say 90+ percent of the stock is warm, also nice. round the corner to the micro section which is just as impressive. some highlights were the big beer series from smuttynose, lots of stone, dfh 120 min ipa and 02 and 03 world wide stout, virtually every available rogue brew, etc. the list could go on and on. the turnover is quite nice on the micro side as well. there are always new and interesting choices. as an added bonus, there's now a tap section at the end of the micro aisle. there were 5 brew on tap on my visit: dfh oyster, brooklyn saison, southampton special and 2 others that i cannot recall. growlers are reasonably priced, or you can pick up a 10 oz sample bottle for b/t $2 and $3 or so, depending on the brew. stu is always pleasant and helpful. a great, great store.

Photo of slander
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

Boasts the largest beer selection in New York State (I think HalfTime still has 'em beat to be honest with you). Still, absolutely fantastic. Doesn't look like much from the outside. Doesn't look like much on the inside either upon entry but when you hook the corner, you can see what's goin' on here. An aisle of American micros and crafts, and an aisle of imports, far and wide.
Americans first: Long Island local breweries represented here. Bluepoint and Southampton. Yep, Southampton. Southampton in big bottles and the Old Herb in 12 ounce bottles. Scapped me a Belgian Double White. The full lines of locals (Southampton, Blue Point, Brooklyn), regionals (Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Victory, Heavyweight, Davidson Brothers, Atlantic Brewing Co.), and not so regional (Grant's, Hair of the Dog, Stone, 3 Floyds, North Coast, Rogue, Smuttynose) and on and on. I haven't seen the New York Harbor beers in I don't know how long.
Meanwhile, in an import aisle not far away,... a huge selection of Belgians, English, German, Klingon, and all sorts of stuff that I can't pronounce. Hmmmn, a Chouffe gift box. Very nice.
Service was good. They're doing promos of sorts (Dogfish Head is due out there on Thursday night) and they've now got the growler thing going on, at least 5 taps. I saw the Southampton Belgian Amber on when I was there last week and the Double White should be on by now. I always get a new Ale Street News handed to me too. Good damn beer store!!!

Photo of Stingray5
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

Went in today after finding it here on BA.com. Selection is outstanding - best on LI. I picked up Stone's Arrogand Bastard Ale and IPA, and a Dogfish Head 90 min IPA. Service was great - the nice young woman at the counter gave me a copy of the latest Ale Street News. Needless to say I am in heaven, and will be back at Shoreline shortly!

Photo of Bierman9
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Don't judge this place by the outside look of it. You'd think it was a hot-car chop-shop or something. And ignore the cases and cases of macros assaulting your good sense near the entrance. Just go left to the aisles with the "good" stuff! Loads and loads of obscure Belgians and Germans, as well as loads and loads of top-shelf domestic micros! Great selection, even a lot of odd-ball Eastern European stuff. I picked up some nice, new goodies here. Could have scored a lot more, but my budget said no. And Stu, the owner, threw in a nice Oberdorfer Weissbier glass to boot! Prosit!!

And thnx to VENOM for schlepping me here!!

overall: 4.58
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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Photo of stegmakk
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Wow...I've driven past this place many times not realizing the selection they have. I have been reading about many beers on this site, and wondered how to get them...until now. Shoreline has many of the beers I keep reading about. The service is great. I mentioned that I heard of shoreline through BA and he gave me a chalice and informed me they were planning an event with some local brewers soon. Overall good service, good selection, and good price. Looks like I have found my hard to find beer supplier.

Photo of Denali
5/5  rDev +10.6%

This place has the best selection of beers I have ever seen! They have a great variety of both domestic micors and imports, including seasonals. The staff is extermely friendly and helpful. They said they can get anything on the top 50 list at BA (it looked like they already had most everything already). The beer club is great because it encourages customers to try new beers - imagine getting free items just for drinking and enjoying beer! I also got a $5.00 gift certificate by joining their mailing list from their website. I spoke with Stuart who was very kind to recommend that I purchase some seasonals (I got a bottle of Affligem Noel and some bottles of World Wide Stout) and he also gave me a free Abbaye du Val-Dieu chalice (it was my first time there too)! He visits this web site frequently and is very intersted in catering to the people on this website. I highly recommend that anyone on Long Island (or the tri-state area for that matter) come to this place. You will not be dissappointed.

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