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2.8/5 rDev -38.1%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was here a few times in the last year or two and was impressed by the selection and appearance of the place. Yesterday, I stopped in to show a friend and it seems the selection of craft brews has shrunk considerably. Now most selections higher in ABV are marked as such..WOW 10%!
I'll cut to the chase here..A sixer marked at $8.49 rung up at $13.49..I told the clerk and then proceeded to show him the tag. He said he could take something off but not sell it for $8.49 since he doesn't sell that many of that particular beer..This place left a worse taste in my mouth than Corona! Thumbs down!
Lastly regarding freshness..How well does any beer keep on a shelf in 85° heat?
06-06-2010 18:46:47 | More by BrewMaven
3.1/5 rDev -31.4%
quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
As the other reviews state, the selection here is very impressive.
The problem is that the proprietor is not a stand up businessman. I usually get my co2 tanks filled at a fire extinguisher place in Northport (Ken-Mar) but seeing that Shoreline now has co2 I thought I would pay a little extra and pick it up closer to home. I go to get it filled and find out it is a tank exchange, not a fill. I somewhat reluctantly hand over my tank and receive another in its place. A month later the tank is empty. It normally takes me over a year before I need a refill. I bring it in to see what gives, thinking that maybe they accidentally gave me an almost empty tank. Stew thinks for a moment and tells me to bring it to Ken-Mar and tell them the story, stating that they won't know that they didn't fill it for me.
What kind of businessman pawns their problem off on another company? Keep in mind that this is the same guy who "accidentally" oversold a beer fest a few years ago by something like 3 times that amount of tickets than the venue could hold.
In the end I went to Ken-mar and paid the normal price but told them what Stew said to do. Turns out that the tank I got in the swap needs a washer where mine had one built into it and that is why it ran out so quickly.
Not being a fan of shady people I will not be back there unless I need something I can't get elsewhere.
11-07-2009 20:14:40 | More by Belpaire
3.65/5 rDev -19.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
when driving past, didnt seem like much to look at. once i got inside it got a little better. i didnt get the service i had expected. being new to the beer world, i dont know too much about what i was looking for but i went for the blue point. they didnt really help me find much else. their selection was pretty good, there was alot to choose from. maybe if i would have went in there with more knowlege about beer than i had went in there with, i would have been more pleased, but i was looking more for service and help with what i was buying. i went in there wanting to try something new but couldnt decide what to try so i went for what i knew i liked.
04-22-2007 02:08:17 | More by Beerchic101
3.8/5 rDev -15.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place still has one of the best selections on the Island, but my review has been edited due to quality and service. The last few times I have been in there the service has been non-existent (seemingly no one in the store knows anything about beer) and a bunch of products seem to be on the shelves for too long (and the growler offerings have taken a bad turn). I will still recommend this place because it does have the largest selection of imports, but I must warn those to be certain on the age of the products you buy and don't look here for recommendations
The service seems to be hit or miss here. I come here mostly for the growler station. They have 5 beers on tap at a time (the first time I came it was in the winter. they had Celebration Ale, Goose Island's, Sly Fox', Southampton's, and Blue Point's Winter beers). The selection at the growler station is some local big breweries (Southampton, Blue Point) as well as some smaller local breweries (Kelso of Brookyln, Climax). Most of the beers tend to be from the East Coast, but I do remember they did have Houblon Chouffe in the past few months.
The store is larger than other stores in the area and therefore have a better selection. One aisle is for imports and the other is for domestics. Nice line up of breweries like Stone, Victory, Allagash, Southampton, Weyerbacher, Stoudt's, Avery, etc. Two bottles that are harder to find that I found there recently were Captain Lawrence's St. Vincent dubbel and Sixpoint's Bolshoi. The import section is also very well stocked. The speed of which these bottles leave the shelves may be questionable. Whenever I am in there I am either the only person down the domestic craft aisle or the other person.
For service there are probably only two people that can help you. One is a middle-aged man named Stu who is usually on the phone dealing with distributors or customers. He will know the beer he has in store and what is coming in, but might not be helpful in selecting a beer. The other is a younger guy. He seems to be knowledgeable and should be able to help you in your selection
09-04-2007 02:02:38 | More by shaebs99
3.85/5 rDev -14.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Awesome selection- one row of imports and one of American beers. Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen (only place I've seen Schaerbeekse), Nogne, Mikkeller, Olfabrikken, Jolly Pumpkin, Southampton, Captain Lawrence, Goose Island, Bear Republic, Hair of the Dog among many many others. Small tap station (4 taps I think) that's been slowly improving. Also offers the option of a 10 oz. growler fill, which is pretty unique. Prices are ok, can be slightly more expensive than other stores in the area (Big Z's). One negative is that the service (including the manager) doesn't really seem to know much about craft beer. (For example, one time I was waiting at the register, there was a phone call and the person wanted to know if Shoreline carried Elysian Pumpkin. The worker had no idea and asked if that "was the one with the fish on the bottle." Then he bumbled around trying to look for it, but didn't even have an idea of where it might be. Meanwhile, I knew exactly where it would be because I have frequented the store a lot). Another downside to the massive selection of Shoreline is that (certain) beer tends to sit for awhile. Anyway, you still should check this place out, because it does have an incredible selection.
01-01-2009 18:07:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.11/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Definitely a good spot to check out on Long Island - this is a bit of a trek for me but still worth going to. They have a good selection of craft beers from many different brewers, and the nicest thing is that they tend to have many different varieties per brewer, including some that I don't see in other LI bottle shops. Everyone there seems very helpful, and the shelves are neatly arranged. The only caveat is that the bottles almost all seem very dusty, which makes me a little nervous sometimes. Because of that, I'll sometimes try other shops first but if I can't find something elsewhere I know there's a good shot that they'll have it.
12-08-2011 17:00:27 | More by sevenarts
4.13/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Vibe: inside is crowded, but you have two full aisles to browse the good stuff in comfort - one side has the domestics, the other has the imports. Only catch to the place: located in a terrible area driving-wise: windy narrow roads with lots of traffic, terrible signage (you would never know its there if you weren't looking for it) - so unless you're a local or on foot, an inconvenient location.
Service: the guys on the floor are basically nice, reasonable-enough fellows who'll talk beer with you; the cashier for at least the few years I've gone there (sporadically) is either the owner or his daughter. The owner is a gruff, disinterested type - unfriendly but not rude. His daughter, on the other hand, seemingly hates her job, as she is unfriendly and unpleasant.
Selection: real good - on par with Superstar in Huntington - lots to look at, found some real gems on those shelves - pumped up my score in this area recently, as they have stuff I don't see at other stores.
Prices: same as the rest of the places
05-02-2012 18:38:49 | More by Greywulfken
4.14/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Shoreline is a really good place to go. It's very similar to Big Z's except a bit smaller but the selection is pretty much the same. They have everything from Founders to allagash to alesmith. They also have a growler station which has about 6-10 beers on tap usually featuring local breweries. Overall there is usually at least one memebr on staff that is knowledgable and the prices are fair for long island. I frequently visit this place for most people that visit usually are purchasing BMC so the "harder to find" craft beers usually stay on the shelf for a long period of time (which can be good or bad) than at other craft beer distributors.
06-03-2011 04:48:39 | More by MikeyMikee
4.16/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
A hidden gem for snagging a huge swath of the craft brews that make it to long island... and by hidden I mean literally hidden, as in 'out of view, down a hill, on the side of an otherwise unmarked building' hidden.
Personally, Shoreline and Big Z's are my two favorite BD's on the island. Here's a quick rundown of how they stack up imho.
+ Shoreline's entire craft beer selection is sold by the bottle
+ While both have awesome selections, Shoreline tends to have more beers per brewery than Z's (typically 1.5x to 2x), which gives you a chance to explore off-the-beaten-path brews from some of your favorite breweries.
+ For some reason I feel like Shoreline has a slightly better turnover than Z's, although I'm not sure why because Z's always seems to have more traffic.
- Z's has more knowledgeable staff
- Z's growler selection of tap brew is unbeatable
- Z's is more much customer friendly, with weekend tastings and a weekly email blast for regulars to let them know what's new in stock.
A: Well lit, average size with 4 isles (i.e. 8 rows of shelves including the walls) about 50 ft deep each. Just under 1/2 the store is dedicated to good craft beer.
Q: This is a fairly well know spot for craftheads on long island, so the turn over on their craft beer is above average. The flipside of this is that if you really want to catch a brew with rare distribution on long island, you have to get to Shoreline within a few days of the shipment coming in.
Ser: Friendly staff, but most are just register-jockies. There are a few extremely notable exceptions who are extraordinarily knowledgeable, but they only work part time so you can't bank on them being there. On the whole, Shoreline doesn't seek out employees with beer knowledge, but every now and then their reputation just happens to draw in someone who knows what they're talking about.
Sel: Fantastic. In terms of # of beers, their selection isn't the largest on long island (although it's well above average), but the beers that they stock are the beers you're looking to drink. Their turnover is great as well (maybe the best on the island), and they're constantly bringing in new selections. One thing I love about their selection is that when they stock a brewery, they try to maximize the number of styles they stock. Last I was there they had 26 different beers from Rogue, 14 from Mikkeller's, 12 from Nonge, 8 from BrewDog, 5 from Cantillion, etc, etc. It really gives you a chance to explore beers beyond the brewer's flag ships.
04-16-2011 12:57:32 | More by vfgccp
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.