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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 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 Billolick
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%

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!

Billolick, Aug 29, 2004
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 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 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.

plaid75, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev -8%

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.

vfgccp, Apr 16, 2011
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 sirsteve42
4/5  rDev -11.5%

sirsteve42, Jan 29, 2014
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. .

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