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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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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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

timotao, May 31, 2014
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Latarnik, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

PVMT, Aug 14, 2014
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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.

Litterbean, Jun 05, 2005
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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.

beernbbq, Jan 15, 2004
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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.

ark57, Feb 12, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

The largest selection on Long Island is right; this place has a huge array of beers from more countries than you probably realized brewer beer. Getting to it is not ideal; even from the Expressway it's a good 10-15 minutes north, usually through traffic. But it's worth the voyage, since there's such a variety.

The inside of the place looks like a small market, with three aisles of beer, beer, beer and some soda. Half an isle dedicated to cold brews. Overall the staff seemed knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately they didn't have Stone's new Vertical Epic yet, but other than that the selection is top notch. One aisle is purely imports, and the next straight microbrews, all the best from the usual suspects. Prices are fairly competitive, too.

Overall, I'd recommend stopping in if you're in the area, or if you're looking for something a little on the obscure side.

BBM, Jul 05, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%

Knowing I was spending the weekend in Long Island, I looked up package stores in New York and found this one. Fairly easy to hop on and off of the LIE but directions from Yahoo were confusing. Should've gone with directions from the website. Very unassuming beer store on a main drag in Huntington. Entered the open chain link fence and thought, what's up with the security? After seeing what they've got, I think they should put barbed wire on the fence.

Excellent and wide ranging selection of brews from across the country and world with equal space devoted to six-packs and bombers. Mixed sixes are allowed. They even have tap beer for sale if you purchase the growler although I thought it was a bit pricey at almost $30, $27 for a refill. Space is limited but enough to get a shopping cart through, you just can't turn it around in the aisle. The biggest drawback I could see besides the cramped space was if you were looking for cold beer. Due to the limited space, most beers are on the shelves and not in the cooler. I did find some cold Blue Point, though.

Friendly service with a couple of pint glasses thrown in for free and a heads-up on a $20 Imperial Stout before charging me make this place worthy of a trip from several hours away.

klee44, Apr 07, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

I discovered this place through the Shelton Brothers website. I visited Shoreline's very nice website to see what this place was about. They list every beer that they have, what is on sale, and what is on tap. The also have a great page about gift baskets, which I forwarded to my wife and then got a nice "surprise" on my birthday. They have about 15 gift baskets to choose from. The place is right off of 110 but you need to keep your eyes peeled to find it, not much of a sign and a narrow entrance into their parking lot. They list the parking lot as ample but that is not quite accurate. It is a slanted lot with about 10 spaces. The good news is, that is the worst thing about this place. Once inside, they have 2 long rows, one of imports (heavy on the Belgian, with a good selection of Germans/English) and one American crafts. Great selection, best by far that I have seen, everything clearly priced. What a noble concept!! They have a growler station with about 4 beers on tap. The service is ok if you don't ask questions, which I haven't as of yet, I'm still in awe. But that is ok, because I like to take my time and look around. A few free beer publications to choose from, I even found the BA mag there today. This is a great place that I don't mind driving 30 minutes out of my way.

Gmann, Mar 04, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

THIS place, I would go out of my way to visit again.
The selection at Shoreline is among the best I've encountered. At least 6 varieties each of Rogue and Victory, some of the Rogue I'd never seen before. Brews from Middle Ages Brewing Co, Anderson Valley, Jolly Pumpkin, Great Divide, Weyerbacher and a bunch of others I can't begin to recall. Probably a better place for singles than six packs but with a respectable selection of six packs.
Loads of Belgian, German and English offerings, again, many of which I'd never seen before. Prices were pretty good; well within expected price ranges of similar brew in the region. Brews from other parts of the world as well. Plenty of clearly marked prices.
An especially nice feature is the selection of brews available to take home in growlers. 5 or 6 taps with rotated offerings (this time around it was Southampton, Bluepoint and Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru of all things).
When my friends and I got to the register and saw what we had the guy at the register automatically asked if we knew about the Long Island Beer Festival, as well as offering comments and info on other beer related stuff.
There are plenty of other places for me to get brew that are far more convenient to get to, most of which serve my needs plenty well, but Shoreline is a place I'd make special trips to from time to time.

ommegangpbr, Mar 27, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

Wow, a great find! This place was awesome. The selection was amazing- tons of Rogue, Stone, Weyerbacher, Belgians, Germans, and Great Divide- which is so hard to find in NYC! Tons of bombers, a decent selection of 6packs. Lots of things I've never seen berofe. And a growler filling station with a pretty good selection of brews to choose from, and it seems they rotate them fairly often. Oh oh, and prices everywhere, clearly marked- I soooo appreciate that.

Service wasn't the greatest I'd ever had- no one really stopped to ask if we needed help or anything, but the guy at the register was pretty cool. Things were pretty fairly marked, and not too shabby. And oh! This place has Sam Adams Utopias for sale! I thought that was nifty, too. This is just a great place, I'd love to visit again.

scooter231, Apr 03, 2006
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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. .

daliandragon, Nov 11, 2005
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.