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Shoreline Beverage

Not Rated.
Shoreline BeverageShoreline Beverage
BA SCORE
99
world-class

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.73%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

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

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cosmicevan

New York

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

01-02-2010 20:29:02 | More by cosmicevan
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

07-19-2005 13:39:00 | More by meathookjones
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bonbright7

Florida

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
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r0nyn

New York

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $

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!

10-26-2010 18:35:00 | More by r0nyn
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WhiteSoxFan

Colorado

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 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.

08-03-2006 22:18:17 | More by WhiteSoxFan
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maltedmilk

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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?

06-27-2005 01:04:21 | More by maltedmilk
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ItMakesMeHappy

New York

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

07-23-2008 04:13:41 | More by ItMakesMeHappy
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Stingray5

New York

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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!

05-29-2003 19:23:29 | More by Stingray5
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palma

New York

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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Capman62

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

06-25-2014 01:44:59 | More by Capman62
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.