Shoreline Beverage

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59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.52
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645 New York Ave
Huntington, New York, 11743-4266
United States
phone: (631) 427-8488

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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!!!

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Very happy to be able to make a stop at this fine establishment. Great selection, friendly service, only problem for me is its not local. They have four kegs going for growler fills. I tried a very tasty 420 IPA, which was fresh and in great shape. One other important factor about this place are the prices. VERY reasonable all the way from the Belgians to the load of domestic micros to the growlers. I think I paid, $2.50 for the empty growler, should have brought my own and then only $6 for the fill up! Outstanding!

Photo of Bierman9
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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 | $$

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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.

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

Probably the largest selection of micros and imports on Long Island. They stock many West Coast brews that you cannot find anywhere else. There is an extensive list of East Coast selections and German, Belgian, British and Eastern European beers as well.

There is a newly added breweriana area in the rear, featuring hats, shirts and glasses. The staff seemed to be very helpful and knowledgable about their stock.

They do rotate a few fresh beers on tap to fill your growler or 10 oz bottle. They also stock a few different 1/6 barrel kegs, which is good for the kegerator.

Photo of vfgccp
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.

---Shoreline Review---
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.

Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

Photo of daliandragon
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. .

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!

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.

Photo of ark57
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

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.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of timotao
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
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.

Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Gmann
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.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon...only 3 other people shopping and one older man working behind the counter. Pretty easy to find...just off 110, in between 25A and 25 (Jericho Turnpike).

Amazing selection, by far the best on Long Island (at least what I've seen). Two main aisles - one contained American sixpacks, bombers, some singles, and other different sizes (Rogue growler-sized bottles, 3L bottles, etc.). The other aisle was for imports...I spent all my time on the American side, as I had some specific wants.

Victory, Stone, Rogue, Weyerbacher, Ommegang, HOTD, Harpoon, DFH, Southampton....plus a lot more. I picked up a Stone Double Bastard, sixers of Hop Wallop and some Heavyweights, and a Sly Fox bomber. Most sixpacks were between 5.99-8.99 and bombers between 3.99-5.99; can't complain, especially for it being on Long Island.

My only real grudge was with the guy working there. He seemed nice enough (I asked him about NY beer laws, to see how they differed from PA...his answer was "you have to be 21 to buy beer". That was it. I asked him about case laws, splitting sixpacks, and a few other pretty basic questions and he wasn't planning on elaborating very much. Then I heard a customer ask about a particular beer (I think it was actually a Brooklyn) and his response was "I don't like beer - it's too bitter for me." I dunno...he was nice, but then he overcharged me - I bought one bottle of Heavyweight Sticken Jab and he charged me for a sixpack - but he did fix the problem after I came back into the store and explained it...


But that aside....if you're visiting LI (or live there and never noticed it), definitely pay it a visit. It'll be worth your time and they are priced very well.

Photo of PVMT
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.