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Shoreline Beverage

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Shoreline BeverageShoreline Beverage
BA SCORE
99
world-class

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
[ Store ]

645 New York Ave
Huntington, New York, 11743-4266
United States
phone: (631) 427-8488

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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.

Denali, Dec 31, 2002
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.

BiltmoreShores, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of mikepthe11
5/5  rDev +10.6%

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...

mikepthe11, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 06, 2007
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.

stegmakk, Jan 26, 2003
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.

SixpointJMH, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of NYTrappistMonk
5/5  rDev +10.6%

He consistently gets Belgian beers nobody on Long Island has. There are maybe 900 of them, so obviously most aren't that great, but he consistently gets winners. I waited over 3 years hoping to try Gouden Carolus Tripel and last time I was there, he had it and it was one of the best I've ever had. I can't say that I know much about non-Belgian beers as they really hold no appeal for me. He's a fair guy too, took back something I bought that was dark and let me exchange it, not everyone will.

NYTrappistMonk, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of cagasort
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Stu from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington station on Long Island is one of the best beer and soda centers. SL has a great craft beer section with almost supermarket long isles of all our favorite craft beer. For the more commercially inclined, Stu has a complete selection to satisfy any palate.
Also, he was the store to carry and showcase Germany's newest and finest beer, BLACK ART BEER GOLD & DARK. He held a hugely successfully out-door tasting that sold out his stock. Stu went out of his way to personal pick up this fine product from Brooklyn before distribution to the Island has commenced.

A big high five to Stu and the folks at Shoreline Beverage for being true to the cause of Fine Brew...

cagasort, Apr 29, 2010
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.

cbl2, Jun 18, 2004
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.

twilight, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of cosmicevan
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

Just got back from my first trip to Shoreline and paint me impressed. I was on a little tour of some of the beverage places in the area with a small list of brews to search for based on recommendations, general curiosity, and some things to grab for trade.

As soon as I walked in the shop I was asked if I needed help looking for something (and I hadn't even pulled out my list). I figured I'd start and ask for a few of the Ommegang seasonals that I'd been looking for and having some trouble finding and was working on setting up trades for...BOOM, they had them all. As I strolled the aisles a few times, each time I noticed something else on my list that I had been looking for in other local spots but hadn't seen yet. Far and away the best selection of the spots in the area (and there are quite a few good spots within 5 to 10 miles IMO). Prices seemed right in-line with what I'd seen in all the other local beverage centers if not a buck or two up or down depending on what you were looking for. I'll definitely be back often so that I can sample more from my list.

The kicker that really blew me away about this place is that as I was putting my final selections on the counter to check out, I asked if they carried any glassware for sale. They said they did not, and then the guy behind the counter, who seemed to be the boss, said he'd check in the back if he had one that he would give me. I had picked up only 4 seasonal Ommegangs and a Unibroue giftset that came with 2 glasses (I occassionally buy a gift set to help build up my collection of glasses while scoring a few great brews taboot). I imagine that plenty of people make the drive on LI to this place and drop way more cash, so I thought it was a real stand up thing for him to do. I've spent much more in a beer shop (heck single kegs cost more than what I spent) and never got tossed a glass so I was very impressed.

cosmicevan, Jan 02, 2010
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.

meathookjones, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of bonbright7
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

bonbright7, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of r0nyn
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

Yet another easy-to-miss beer store in the Long Island town of Huntington, Shoreline Beverage is well worth the trip.

Not very many beer stores look impressive outwardly, and Shoreline is no exception. Once inside, it's got a low ceiling and a slightly cramped feel, but there's more than enough quality beer packed in there to make up for it. A long row of shelves off the to left hold a wide selection of craft, with the international stuff on the right side and the American stuff to the left. A small growler station is nestled behind the shelves next to the cooler.

There were a few dusty bottles, but they were beers that did well with aging anyway. Brews that are best fresh were indeed fresh, safely within expiration dates. Selection is beyond impressive. Lots of Goose Island, lots of Cigar City (unfortunately, still no Hunahpu's), lots of Founders, with each brewery having at least a half dozen styles represented each. Helpful shelf tags let me know what's what and how much it costs.

The staff is friendly and helpful, offering me a six-pack holder and encouraging me to pick and choose what I want. Asked about the Founders and Goose Island seasonal releases and was impressed by how knowledgeable they were. Pricing is really where this place shines. Both bombers and 12 oz bottles are at least a dollar or two cheaper than at my local. It took me all of my willpower not to blow my entire wallet on some of the gems there.

I envy beer aficionados that are able to call this quality store their local, because they are very, very lucky. It is absolutely one of the best beer stores I've had the pleasure of visiting. Will have to come up with some more excuses to visit Long Island now!

r0nyn, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of WhiteSoxFan
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

This place is awesome. I went to Long Island for a wedding and wanted to bring back a bunch of east coast brews I can’t 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, Stoudt’s, 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 I’ve ever been to - the only reason I didn’t give it perfect scores is that they probably didn’t have something, although I don’t know what that would be. If I ever find myself in LI again I will be making another trip to Shoreline.

WhiteSoxFan, Aug 03, 2006
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?

maltedmilk, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

ItMakesMeHappy, Jul 23, 2008
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!

Stingray5, May 29, 2003
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!

palma, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of Capman62
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Capman62, Jun 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

pjkelley82, Mar 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

timotao, May 31, 2014
Photo of belsonc
4.7/5  rDev +4%

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.) :-)

belsonc, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of CHickman
4.7/5  rDev +4%

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.

CHickman, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of fredandboboflo
4.7/5  rDev +4%

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.

fredandboboflo, Jan 10, 2008
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Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.