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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. .
11-11-2005 00:10:00 | More by daliandragon
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!
10-28-2005 20:59:11 | More by palma
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.
09-11-2005 02:47:16 | More by BiltmoreShores
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 Southamptons was at the top of my list though. 04 Stone Imperial Stouts were also a nice find. Unfortunately I couldnt 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 Southamptons 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.
07-19-2005 13:39:00 | More by meathookjones
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 didnt 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?
06-27-2005 01:04:21 | More by maltedmilk
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.
06-05-2005 20:08:34 | More by Litterbean
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!
04-25-2005 16:40:10 | More by ybnorml
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.
09-23-2004 03:12:29 | More by twilight
4.27/5 rDev -5.5%
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!
08-29-2004 12:49:55 | More by Billolick
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.
06-20-2004 22:20:40 | More by Eyedrinkale
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.