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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 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.

ommegangpbr, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Latarnik, Jun 28, 2014
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.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 12, 2006
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.

Gmann, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of beernbbq
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
Photo of washburnkid
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

It takes forever to get to this place, but it's worth the trip. Most people are in there buying BMC, so it gives you some space to peruse in peace.

Tight aisles filled with bottles and bottles of beer from around the country and around the world. Frequently rotating taps also available for growler fills. Some beers are available in refrigerators, but most of them are lining the shelves. Goose Island, Ithaca, Bear Republic, Two Brothers, Rogue, Stone...and most everything in between. I've even picked up a bottle of Cantillon here. I always recommend checking the shelf life of anything you buy, if the numbers are available. This place sometimes has really old bottles sitting around.

Good customer service. I picked up a bottle of Saison de Pipaix, and it was completely flat. I e-mailed the owner to let him know (not expecting anything out of it; if I owned a beer store, I'd want people letting me know about the quality of the brew I'm putting on my shelves), and he responded the next day with an apology and offered to credit me the bottle next time I'm in the store. That's the kind of thing that will keep me coming back to any business.

Shoreline Beverage has a facebook page and a tap app to keep you updated on what's available for growler fills. This is very helpful, especially if it's a little out of the way for you and you'd like to see what's available before you make the trek through Huntington.

washburnkid, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Denali
5/5  rDev +10.6%

This place has the best selection of beers I have ever seen! They have a great variety of both domestic micors and imports, including seasonals. The staff is extermely friendly and helpful. They said they can get anything on the top 50 list at BA (it looked like they already had most everything already). The beer club is great because it encourages customers to try new beers - imagine getting free items just for drinking and enjoying beer! I also got a $5.00 gift certificate by joining their mailing list from their website. I spoke with Stuart who was very kind to recommend that I purchase some seasonals (I got a bottle of Affligem Noel and some bottles of World Wide Stout) and he also gave me a free Abbaye du Val-Dieu chalice (it was my first time there too)! He visits this web site frequently and is very intersted in catering to the people on this website. I highly recommend that anyone on Long Island (or the tri-state area for that matter) come to this place. You will not be dissappointed.

Denali, Dec 31, 2002
Photo of shaebs99
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%

Update:
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

shaebs99, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of cosmicevan
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

cosmicevan, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of palma
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

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!

palma, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of BBM
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
Photo of PVMT
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

PVMT, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of stegmakk
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Wow...I've driven past this place many times not realizing the selection they have. I have been reading about many beers on this site, and wondered how to get them...until now. Shoreline has many of the beers I keep reading about. The service is great. I mentioned that I heard of shoreline through BA and he gave me a chalice and informed me they were planning an event with some local brewers soon. Overall good service, good selection, and good price. Looks like I have found my hard to find beer supplier.

stegmakk, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of scooter231
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
Photo of fredandboboflo
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
Photo of cbl2
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

A friend of a friend who lives on Long Island mentioned this place to me a couple of years ago, but I didn't get around to going until they had a meet the brewer for Dogfish Head. I live about an hour away, but with traffic (damn L.I.E), it's more like 2 hours. I figured though for DFH, it was worth the trip. And was it ever. The beers were excellent, the talk was even better, and when the seminar ended, the real fun began. Shoreline has the best selection of beer in New York State without a doubt (and their website is nice to boot). Everything is nicely arranged, with prices clearly marked (a little expensive, comparatively speaking, but selection more than makes up for it). I found beers there that I've only dreamed about (picked up 2 vintages of J.W. Lees, Thomas Hardy is available as well, and they were the first to stock Stone in New York State!). Superb selection, and now they have a rotating keg system, so you can fill your own growler! It doesn't get any better.

cbl2, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of Litterbean
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
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
5/5  rDev +10.6%

These guys know a lot about beer and are very helpful without being "pushy" while you shop around and select your beer. All the beer is fresh, and the American and European sections are set up nicely.

Mix a Six?... No problem, the guy with the beard got me 2 empty 6 pack cartons and a basket to carry them in. The pretty young lady behind the counter told me that if I had any questions or needed help to let her know and she would get someone for me.

Great selection of American craft beer from all the big names in small breweries. European selection is also well stocked and organized by country. 5 beers on tap that change monthly, I like that they have 'mini-growlers' (12oz) so you don't have to commit to drinking 64oz of the same beer in a day or two. I didn't care for anything they had on tap, this trip, but I have bought a few 'minis' in the past.

I mixed my 2 sixers (12 ipa's from 12 brewers) and got 3 different Middle Ages bombers for just under $30, nice!

It's a 30 - 40 min trip from my house, but they have some beers that my local guy doesn't, so occasionally I make a 'run' here and I'm always glad I did.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 06, 2007
Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Greywulfken, May 02, 2012
Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

ItMakesMeHappy, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Stingray5
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

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!

Stingray5, May 29, 2003
Photo of sevenarts
4.11/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

sevenarts, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of BiltmoreShores
5/5  rDev +10.6%

After reading several reviews regarding this little gem of a store, a friend and I took a 20 minute ride to Shoreline. It doesn't look like much on the outside. In fact, when we pulled up, I got the impression that there wasn't much there but Bud and Coors Light. Having read the reviews though, I was expecting an unbelievable selection.

So, walking in and seeing the Octoberfests staring me in the face, I started to get excited. A couple of quick glances and we found the spot the import aisle. Holy Crap! I couldn't believe the selection. All the popular brands were represented (Chimay, Paulaner, Erdinger) along with most that I've heard about but have never actually seen at any distributor (Augusteiner, Grimbergen). My friend went nuts and we started piling up an order. The domestic side of the aisle had an extremely impressive selection also. The whole time I was in this place I kept thinking "I definitely need to learn more about beer!" I thought I was well rounded in this aspect until I went to Shoreline. However, the gentleman at the counter made it simple.

We chatted a little bit and was asked if we had been there before..Mentioning BA was something I didn't feel necessary because we were treated like regulars from the beginning...But, I did mention it was greeted with a couple of pint glasses. Nice touch but definitely not needed. I'll be returning here more frequently as it is only a 20 minute drive and I'll be reading plenty more of these reviews to pick out some beers to buy there.

If you are ever in this area, it is definitely worth your time to drop in and pick something up. You will not be disappointed and I look forward to going back with a little more knowledge about beer next time.

BiltmoreShores, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of dkoehler42
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
Photo of MikeyMikee
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

MikeyMikee, Jun 03, 2011
Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.