Cable Beverages

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.45
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176 Route 304
Bardonia, New York, 10954-2028
United States
phone: (845) 623-7645

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Photo of Avryle
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

I noticed that they recently got a new sign on the outside of the building maiking it easier to see.

I like this place though it is tiny. They carry so much stock that you have to wind our way through stacks of cases piles nearly everywhere there's floor space.

The selection is pretty darn good with many global imports and lots of micro selection. There are about 5-6 taps in the back for growler fills that seem to rotate at a decent pace with both local stuff and imports. Prices are a bit steep on the fills though (i.e. $21 for a 1/2 gallon of Six Point)

The staff is extroidinarily helpful and will help you hunt what you're looking for. You can even call in ahead if you know what you want & they'll have it ready & waiting.

Prices certainly aren't bad. Southern Tier goes for about $1-1.50 less per bomber there than up here in sunny Albany.

More User Reviews:
Photo of reds2harleys
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This place is quite the experience. My GPS tells me I'm there but I still almost passed it because its set back and the sign isn't easily seen. Pull into a tiny parking lot with cars just parked wherever they could find room. Walk around front and see no entrance, walk around back and its chaos, beers piled up everywhere. Looks like they are unloading so I think I missed something n walk back around front. Nada - walk around back again and finally see the tiny little entrance in the middle of stacks of beer. A few guys are playing a board game - I think dominos but I'm not sure. Then u walk in and your almost afraid to walk around because the isles are 2 feet wide and the beer is stacked to the ceiling. However, once u get past the weird vibe the people were friendly and helpful and they have an amazing selection of craft beers. Best to ask if you are looking for something in particular as its really tight and not very organized or if you have time just look around - but look closely as beers are jammed in everywhere. Great growler fill selection as well. Worth the ride up from NJ. I'm in the Wayne area of north jersey n it took me 40 minutes door to door. If u like craft beers and aren't skeered by a little bit of a sketchy look at first its well worth a visit. Unique spot.

Photo of DrRambis
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Well if this ain't the best darnt place there is ain't ever no darn't place I ain't ever seen. They gots everything you coulda asked fer. Top to bottom all bottles, n' bottles of beer on the wall. Bottles and Bottles of beer. From all over half the world I seent it with my own eyes. They got all the craftie craft your mammies could buy, and if ur a 30 rack man er ladie wells I tell ya they got you too. I popped one of them crafties n it tasted like straight vinegar I tells you it did. Whoo boy that set my hairs afire, me nostrils flarin', I said, I have me some of that again, oh yeah. Place is just like my garage, filled with beer and nothing else. Who needs proper shelving or a car, I mean I only shower twice a week and thats another matter. They got them growler fillies up there. And boy you lemme tell ya grab yourself a 12oz a beer while your shopping for yer beer and thats beer on beer, Tell you ain't that america. Can't tell me nothin' more american than buying while drinking a beer. But if you more about that sodie-pop they got all your asking for and them some. Probably have more pop there than anywhere else this side of the alleghany! So stop in for some beer!!

Photo of malfunxion
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I have been going to this place for years but I went yesterday and figured I would leave a little review since me and my bud always find this place quite the conversation topic,

Location: I feel like I drive past the place at least once or twice every time I try to go there because its located in the basement/back half of a gun store on a decent highway which also has stretch limos and escalades parked next to it so you really don't know what you're getting into when you pull in. Parking lot is very small and unorganized just cars scattered all about like they already came from the bar to re-up their stash.

Selection/Presentation: When you walk into this place it feels like someone stole 5 or six aisles/shelves from an old grocery store and jammed them into their old basement full of boxes of their old crap. Feels extremely ghetto and sketchy and uncomfortable, especially if you have been doing the beer thing for some time and your gut sticks out a bit it makes it a bit difficult to navigate the maybe 2 foot wide aisles between the "fleamarket" assortment of beers, (ladies don't bring in a big purse or a big bust). I don't want to say that they don't stock good beer because they do this place gets great stuff, the good stuff can just be hard to find at times because of the lack of organization in the clusterfuck shelving system. The last time I went I discovered a bud light golden wheat that probably had been sitting there for ten years, which I guess is kind of cool in a way that they do not rotate or clean out the old stuff If you want to find some old gems lying around, In my case I love to find old southern tier blackwater stuff like choklat and mokah lying around from past years they taste great now. The selection is just scattered randomly all across the aisles and boxes and dust are stacked anywhere and everywhere full of beer as if they were to challenge you to find the beer you really want so you really feel proud and great success if you can find what you came in for. Really just an awkward experience every time time I go in I feel like I am in some weird b-movie looking to get mugged.

Growlers: THIS PLACE IS GREAT FOR GROWLERS! these guys always seem to have something I am looking for on tap for growlers and the prices can't be beat locally, yesterdays list consist of: Alltechs Kentucky Bourbon Ale, Almanac Imperial Chocolate Stout, Barrier Atypical IPA, Carton 077XX DIPA, DFH burton baton, Evil Twin Freudian Slip, Finchs Hardcore Chimera IIPA, Oskar Blues GKNIGHT, Rushing Duck Divided by Zero IPA, Third Rail Innate IPA, and Thirsty Dog BBA siberian Night. Like I said great tap lineups with great pricing that's what always brings me into this place, don't let the outside scare you or the freaky redneck backwoodsy workers get in there and fill your glassware!

Conversation: While checking out yesterday (Bought 85$ worth of brew) the weirdo cashier wearing a bud light hoodie and chimay hat asked me if there was anything else I needed , I said to make sure you accept credit cards? to which he responded of course if it will make you spend more money why not , had a good laugh and grabbed two or three more bottles off the front display... also asked if they had any KBS laying around from its recent release last week... was told I could have only gotten it if I was in the raffle and lucky enough to win one , and that all of them had already been sold only to the lucky winners... fair enough, I love a good ole game of chance, even though I just walked into other local stores and bought several bottles without playing plinko! or lotto or dice or backgammon/roulette/rockpapescissor to get it out the door, its your store do what you like.. right?... Then while waiting for the 1982 credit card receipt printer to produce my paperwork he proceeded to ask me "do you even know what KBS stands for?", to which I replied immediately "Kentucky Breakfast Stout I believe sir" not really thinking much about it, he then continued to laugh in my face saying " NO NO NO how are you going to go out and try to get the rare beer if you do not even know what the name stands for it's Kosmickis Breakfast Stout. Read up and inform yourself if you're going to go around asking about it..." This guy was dead serious . I was blown away like I came to another planet , never seen a species quite like this before , belittling his customers with weirdo trivia like I was a circus attraction, Good day.

Overall:
Positives: Growlers/Humiliation Factor/ Ego-Boost
Negatives: Pretty much everything but hey he might sell you some 6 month old IPA from Defiant down the road and say he got it delivered yesterday, IF YOU'RE LUCKY.

check it out if you are in the area ! it's like a freak show one night stand, it'll give you something to talk about, and hopefully something to drink!

Photo of Zekenyce
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Love this place. Has the best selection and prices in the area.

Photo of tappangordo
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Easily the best beer store in Rockland County. Great selection, knowledgeable staff. Eleven taps regularly offering awesome beers. Growler fills in 3 sizes, 16 oz. 32 oz. and 64 oz. Prices are very reasonable.

Photo of JC333
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Great staff and what a selection and BEST prices around. Never disappoints

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.14/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This "cave" is one of the finest bottle shops I've ever seen. They have so much stuff you can't find anywhere else around northern nj. It's always an adventure scouring the tight aisles but I always leave with a bunch of great shit. Highly recommended

Photo of RobDB
4.54/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This place has a great selection of craft beers with many that are not distributed in NJ or no longer available due to being sold out, i.e. BCBS. Also, Cable has a nice rotating variety of growler fill beers in 4 sizes of vessels. As others have said, this place is not about wooing you with its visual appeal but rather with its great selection and fair pricing. Staff was knowledge, receptive to our questions, and appreciative of our business. I will definitely be going back to this great little gem.

Photo of tikk
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

What can I say about this place that hasn't been said before? Best selection in Rockland county, tough to navigate with tightly packed aisles. It feels like walking into a cave, they are not about the presentation, just about the beer. Fantastic selection of beer, six tap lines for growler fills. Great pricing too, the staff knows their beer and is always willing to talk about it. Be sure to take your time and look around there are a lot of hidden treasures. Just an amazing place to buy beer

Photo of Iamstryker
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I started coming to Cable Beverages over from North Jersey about 6 months ago after reffing some soccer games down the street and of all things having Aprihop before Jersey got theirs. Pulling up, I needed to check and make sure I was at the right place, completely non-discreet from the road.

Walking in I was greeted and instantly noticed cases upon cases everywhere, warehouse shelving holding mostly bombers and the occasional 4/6 pack in the middle, refrigerated 8 (estimated) door cooler in the back. At first organization really looks like a mishmash, but it’s cider/mead, foreign, Belgians, US for the remaining 3.

They really have an amazing selection, and get much more "rares" then where I normally shop in NJ, (at least 8 cases of Double Trouble, more BCBS than I could count).

Service is pretty good, if you are looking for specific styles/what’s new they instantly know and the more they see your face, the quicker the answers will come (instantly got told the newest Saisons were on a spring visit, walking in the door).

Anytime I'm in the area I stop by, North Jersey does not have growler fills at stores, another plus for Cable, as they usually have 7 very good quality brews on at a time.

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I finally got to this place today and sorry I hadn't gotten there sooner. I found Thomas Hardy Ales in ample supply and will go back tomorrow to buy out most of this. Great selection and if you're looking for barleywines or beers with high ABV's, you're in luck as the joint's temperature is perfect for aging beer. The workers are very knowledgeable about beer as well as their inventory. They have beers on draft as well so bring your growlers or anything that you want filled.

Had heard of this place originally from someone who worked at a beer store in Clifton, NJ. Unfortunately, it took me a number of months to get there but I'm glad I finally did. It's not the best organized place but believe me, very well worth the trip. If you're looking for something that may be a couple of years out of production this is the place. Good chance you'll find it here...but don't take my barleywine before I buy out his stock. :)

Photo of beercat11
4.94/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been buying beer from these guys for some 20 years. I come here mostly because of the huge selection of craft beer. They have gradually improved over the years by adding more to their line up including fresh beer on tap for growlers of any size. There are usually 6 beers on tap. Prices are very good here as well. Many times you can a get a craft beer growler for much less than a bottle version. The guys at Cable are freindly, knowledgable and helpful. They have no problem just talking about beer to pass the time. They will gladly try and get something for you if you don't see it there. I have attended several beer tastings from some great brewers and have been quite educated talking to the brewers rep. I'm lucky enough to live close by but I would have no problem driving a good distance for what Cable offers in the way of craft beer and great service. Thank you Cable guys. Cheers

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great guys in a crazy cramped store with all kinds of nice stuff, and odd stuff, stashed around the place. Left them my number and now they call me whenever they get stuff like BCBCS, Better Half, and the like. Thanks Steve!

You don't get much in the way of atmosphere here..like I said, it's cramped and a bit dingy. The first time I came in there were a bunch of beer geeks geeking out in the back who, with their predictable girth, blocked the aisles considerably. Plus I was with the missus so I couldn't nerd out with them too hard. They have an excellent selection, with much of what comes to NY state, lots of locals, like Keegan (super kitty!), Defiant, Cap'n Lawrence, Ithaca, etc. Plenty of German, English, Scottish, and Belgians. Prices are very low, only bested by the completely unpredictable Route 59 Beverage a few miles away. Unpredictable because they might have what you're looking for, something you didn't know you wanted, or nothing at all.

Last visit here yielded a BCBCS for 12.99 and an oddball retired Hannsen's, Mead the Gueuze, for 5 bucks. Make an afternoon and visit these guys, Route 59, and Defiant for some beer and BBQ.

Photo of Naugros
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I had come up from New Jersey to pick up some Goose Island since I knew Sofie was out and you can't get GI in NJ.

You drive around the back of the building. The parking lot is a mess from both the cracked asphalt and the crates of discarded bottles and other beer-related trash. It's also not very clear where to park, so be creative. So first impression was low which just heightened the expectation of what I'd find inside.

As you enter, the register is immediately on your right with the bulk of the store extending to the left. But I didn't notice the rest of the store at first since the endcap directly opposite the front door held the Goose Island I was looking for. It also had Cigar City which made very excited. I grabbed a bottle of Sofie and a bottle of Hopping Frog's Black and Tan and Dan (the guy behind the counter), said I could put them on the counter if I wanted to continue to shop. The counter was really small so I joked that he was going to need a bigger counter.

They had many breweries that I've never seen before but that's just as much a function of the distribution of these breweries as it is their excellent selection. They're very well stocked with beers from the British Isles, Germany and Belgium as well as most of the rest of Europe. Their domestic craft brews were really good and they had many of the 100 Barrel Series from Harpoon.

I found a bottle from Unibroue that I was not familiar with and it turned out that this beer is discontinued, so that's the reason for a minor knock on quality, but still my bad for not knowing this. It makes me worried a little about the freshness of the 100 Barrel Series beers I bought.

They have some taps in back that they use to fill growlers. They had a few DFHs a couple of Founders and a Bear Republic. More importantly, they sell singles. You'll see a lot fo six-packs with bottles missing due to this.

The place is cramped, very cramped, and the stacks of cases to be restocked sitting in the aisles didn't make it any easier to get around or explore what was on the lower shelves. I didn't really mark all that low on atmosphere because who really goes to a beer store for atmosphere? Why is that even a category here? I left it at a 3.5 to be fair even though it could be lower for the tightness of the aisles and the exterior. It's possible that they haven't cleaned up from the snow storms.

Anyway, this place is worth the half hour ride and I will be returning for some Cigar City (especially when Hunahpu comes out again) and some beers from Pretty Things.

Photo of cosmo4u
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Your first impression is going into an underground hole in the wall, until your met by rows and rows of beers all organized by country and style. Then you can make your way back to the growler section where now they have brooklyn chocolate and 90 minute ipa among the 6 choices ready to pour. IF you need any info before you head out, they have a facebook page that is current and always answers your questions. Dan and wayne are two of the coolest beer geeks youll ever get to meet. They dont try to push/oversell beers that youre not sure about, but give you honest answers. Lots of selections and an always updated rare rotating selection. Since I moved to the area its been my only stop

Photo of drseamus
4.05/5  rDev -9%

Pretty small store; maybe 6 aisles that are about 6 feet long. In the back corner there is a growler fill station with about 6 options. The prices on the growlers are completely reasonable and some are suprisingly cheap. 

Prices on the bottled beers are also pretty reasonable except a bottle of 2007 Utopias for $299. The variety is pretty good. They have a good spread of Belgian beers and American craft beers. The people who work there seem to be pretty nice but at no point came over to provide any assistance.. Despite that, not a bad little bevy.  

Photo of r0nyn
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Cable Beverages may not look like much on the outside, but that's why they say you shouldn't judge a book on its cover. Beneath its meager exterior is an even leaner floorspace, but nearly every inch of that is packed with all different kinds of beers, with a wide and varied selection. And that's what counts!

The shelves, while tightly packed, are well-stocked with beers from all over the world and are conveniently separated by nationality. There is also a row of freezers with a varied assortment of chilled craft brews as well as the typical BMC dross that all beer stores seem to be required to have. The selection is excellent for the area the store is in, carrying far more unique names than you can find in a typical Rockland supermarket. Of course they didn't have everything I was looking for, but seeing as I want to try almost everything, I'm not going to hold that against them.

The prices are quite fair and I definitely don't mind them at all. About $20-$30 can get you a decent selection of beers to take home and try. The staff there are friendly and personable and always ready to help, making the shopping experience a pleasing one.

All in all, Cable Beverages is a winner. Yes, it's tiny. Yes, it's cramped. But it's got one of the better beer selections in the entire county, and that more than makes up for its shortcomings.

Photo of infi
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

First time coming to Cable Beverages and was immediately in awe. Heard from this place by a couple of friends and was told to check it out. This place definitely doesn't disappoint. There is an incredible amount of variety around.

Each aisle is separated and organized by country. As far as I can remember, there's an aisle for Germany, Belgium, England and US breweries. There's a lot on the shelves, on the ground, in the fridges. There store is actually pretty small and cramped, but the selection of craft is incredible. Of course, there's the amount of the BMC cases stacked one after another on the sides.

The guys there give you time to look around by yourselves, but are very knowledgeable and helpful if you're ever in need. They do accept credit cards if you don't feel like using cash to pay - so that's always a plus. If you're ever near the area, this is definitely a hot spot to check out.

Photo of Only23
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

Like its been said it is small but has everything you need. It near the New City Diner and it can be hard to find if you have never been there since your probably flying down Rte. 304. The new sign does help though. Its the only place to get beer in the Rock and you see license plates from Jersey so you know its good.

The selection is great with a huge selection of micros and little known beers. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. You can pre-order if you wish or make your way through the tight isles and find something new.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

I grew up in New City and this was the best local place to get beer in Rockland County. Still is. As other people have stated the place in tiny but I prefer to see it as charming. The aisles are really tight and boxes are constantly in the way. That being said they do move things out fairly quickly while at the same time you can get some aged and rare beers as well. They do have a small shelf near the register that showcases new arrivals which is something I always apprechiate when I go to a bevie. In the back they do have 5 rotating taps for growler fills which is great. Sometimes the prices can be crazy though. Last time I was there they had Ithaca Ten but at $47 for a growler. They also had Sixpoint begali tiger for $12. Went home with some Sixpoint. While not a destination stop if you are in the area or live in the area this is the place to go. When I lived in Westchester I would make a trip over the bridge once or twice a month as Westchester has no good beer stores.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4/5  rDev -10.1%

This place is pretty tiny, and practically invisible from the road. Despite their small size though they had an impressive selection, I was able to pick up a half case of Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold that was laying around (recently. Yeah, there's a few left.) Good selection of Belgian and Xmas beers, some curious stuff tucked in corners, and the pricing wasn't too bad (and most of the stuff I looked at was marked - I noticed some people mentioned this in their reviews, it looks like they're doing something about this, or trying). And, they have growler pours, though I don't know how often they rotate that stuff.

Service was good, there really isn't room for anyone to follow you around, it's pretty much self-serve (which is fine by me, to be honest.) It's also a bit haphazard, kind of like a library basement, but that gives it a bit of character, and you never know what you're going to find lurking around on the bottom shelves...though beware, there could be some stuff on those shelves you don't want to age (there was dust on some suspect boxes.)

Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev -18%

Same problem with many of the beer stores I have been visiting recently, prices not marked on many of the items. Its gets to be a pain to keep carrying 6-packs up to the register and waiting behind people buying cases of Coors Light to get a price on something, Selection was good, and most of the products looked fresh. Had a large selection of New York beers, especially items not easily found in Pennsylvania. Another OK beer store, but nothing great. Glad I stopped in but probably will not return.

Photo of yelterdow
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%

Tucked away behind another building and noted only by a handwritten sign on the side of the road, you will be pleased to have discovered Cable Beverage.

The first time I visited, it reminded me of the time my friends and I went into Chinatown to buy fireworks in the basement of some guy's place... it's a bustling, hyperactive store with a knowledgable, helpful crew (Wayne and Dan). Beergeeks and enthusiasts mingle among the Bud/Coors customers and the experience is fun as hell.

On the endcaps this summer we found Southampton Bier-de-Mars, Imperial Porter, and the Saison... all very elusive for me until now. Plenty of local NY craft brews from Middle Ages and Keegan's, for example. Huge Anderson Valley selection, and Stone is represented better than anyplace nearby; the 8th and 9th Anniversary Ales and Vertical Epic 05.05.05 were nestled amongst Ruination and their Imperial Stout.

And now for the icing...

Growlers. Last month I chose AV's Boont Amber, last week it was Harpoon's Octoberfest... fresher than anything you could imagine. Five or six choices on any given day. It's good to be here.

Photo of TongoRad
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a kickin' little shop! It is not large but there are nooks and crannies just jammed with interesting beers, and a fairly large bulk section as well. Talk about maximizing space...This is just a short trip from Northern NJ and it has been worth it every time I've been there. The staff is friendly and knowledgable, and there are usually events taking place every few weeks. The draft selection is constantly changing and always interesting, and they even sell containers if you left your growler at home.

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Cable Beverages in Bardonia, NY
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