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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 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
Photo of pjkelley82
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

pjkelley82, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of timotao
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
Photo of wschumac
4.7/5  rDev +4%

A friend of mine who lives in the Huntington area brought me to shoreline. They have an awesome selection of microbrews and imports. The staff is also very friendly. The growler station has 4 rotating beers. I will probably check out next time but not sure if I can get them home so may need to bring a cooler. Bought a bunch of beers that I will be reviewing shortly... Worth the trip great selection and pricing... BTW pricing was reasonable but some are on the expensive side but haven't seen them anywhere else...

wschumac, Aug 15, 2008
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.

Eyedrinkale, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of sstarbrat
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

sstarbrat, May 31, 2008
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!!!

slander, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of drseamus
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

drseamus, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

blitheringidiot, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%

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 | $$

55

Bierman9, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of dkoehler42
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

dkoehler42, Feb 20, 2008
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!

ybnorml, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Latarnik, Jun 28, 2014
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.