Lake Ronkonkoma Beverages

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11 Reviews
Reviews: 11
Visits: 17
Avg: 3.77
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316 Smithtown Blvd
Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, 11779-2663
United States
phone: (631) 588-3320

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Reviews: 11 | Visits: 17
Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

been going to this place for a while now and just decided to review it. at one point, one of the better kept secrets on LI, but not so much anymore. they recently installed a 21 tap growler station!!! they feature only local breweries thus far and are the home for spider bite - so keep an eye out for cool things like oaked boris and the like. my main gripe is that it isn't as big of a secret as it once was. this was a great place to find limited stuff days after hitting LI, but alas no more. now they are just as shopped as many of the other spots (maybe not as much as some of the nassau places that are really well known) and for limited releases, they seem to do raffles (although i've signed up for at least 5 or 6 and never got an email about them...but i'm pretty sure they are a facebook store - and i'm not a facebook guy).

this is definitely a good place to find stuff, but they don't get it all. they get most of the good stuff that comes to LI and the store is pretty big with a decent section devoted to craft. i can't really speak to the freshness of the stock as there are definitely some cases of things that probably haven't budged in a while, but the turnover on popular brews seems pretty good. as with all shops on LI, ya never know how long something has been sitting around in the store (or even in the distributor warehouse before hitting the store). anyway, figured i'd share my experiences with this place as it is a store i like to shop at. prices are in line with the rest of the island...perhaps a little less gouging going on here when it comes to limited stuff...but nowhere on LI was King Henry the $13 that people claim it should've been.

if nothing else, this place is a worthwhile stop to get a growler fill. with a rotating lineup of all LI breweries (most that don't bottle) this is probably your best spot for variety in the locals...and some of the locals are crushing it out of the park (lookin at you spider bite!)

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

go here for some good price pick ups, just be sure to check dates if possible. dust on a number of the more exotic selections but the seem to move a great deal of volume. it definitely should be one of your stops, never know what you'll find. though there is not much of a vibe.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Craft beer is everywhere - it's just random-seeming - stacks and shelves and little sections all over this rather large store. Really nice selection with lots to choose from, an array of beers on tap to your left upon entry; dig the whole vibe in a big way. Some beers are past their prime and some are fresh. Make sure to check dates. Had some stuff I don't always see, and most of what I'd expect to see. A couple of goodies, depending on what you're looking for, but nothing that screamed "rare." Shelves and beers are labeled clearly with pricing, but you cannot buy singles or mix and match sixers. Typical service for a new customer in the store: guy on the floor asked if I needed help; guy at the counter was polite and professional. I wouldn't go crazy out of my way for a visit, but if you live on LI, it's worth a trip.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Great guys and awesome selection!!

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Photo of Notninja
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Hijump24
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Comparison_Ford
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of DannyWils
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of pugman
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Their prices are the lowest around. Very large craft bottle selection. The tall guy with the big mouth, forget his name, will always try to get in the rare beers or any others you might be looking for. If that stuff isn't enough for you to make the trip out there then how about a brand new 21 tap growler system. Then to make it even better it is all local breweries. They have Greenport Brewing, Spider Bite Beer Company, Port Jefferson Brewing, Long Ireland Beer Co. and more. With each brewery represented by a few different beers. Now that is a selection.

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Photo of blackscorp
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I received a tip from my buddies to check out this store for craft beer. I was very impressed with the variety and selection. However long island stores are terrible about keeping craft beers in stock. Which frustrates me to no end.

It also, like most stores on long island is expensive. It seems someone has the market of craft beer cornered and is making a killing on the island.

I picked up some beers I wasn't able to find at my local place which made me extremely happy. I have to admit though it took me about an hour to locate all the different varieties. They seem to be scattered all over the place and it seems they fill as many spots as they can.

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Photo of cyberbmcd
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

This store is literally around the corner from my home. John, the owner is a fine businessman and cares about his product and his customers, his employees are there to collect a paycheck. Still, He supplies local bars with their product so he knows what his clientel want. On any given day a local bar owner will come and ask him for items, if he doesn't have it he will soon begin to carry it.

I especially like the procucts from the Mendocino Brewing Co. but he carries Samuel Smith's and also Southhampton Brews. My most recent acquisition was a fine Belgian Ale from Corsendonk. With all the great products he carries I can't see why so many people are enamored with the Blue point line of mediocre brews, but, to each his own.

I recommend a stop at this establishment if you are anywhere near Ronkonkoma in your travels and you want a fine brew.

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Photo of BBM
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

This place literally came out of nowhere. I used to drive past it all the time, thinking it was merely a Citgo station. And then when you walk in, it's actually a beer distributor. And actually a pretty decent one. Compared to most beer stores in the area, this one is a gold mine. The wall facing the entrance has a large selection of Rogue bombers and Chimay, which should tip you off right away. The aisles have an array of Belgian, English, and German beers, along with several microbrews (a lot of Brooklyn beers).

But the selection is dusty (I saw a case of Fullers ESB that was best served by the 8th of LAST month) and the service isn't always helpful. Still, I grabbed a pack of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, something I have not been able to find anywhere else in this area. The prices seem a bit arbitrary though. Overall better than most places around here.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

This quiet corner beverage center and gas station has been under the same management for a while and has improved its specialty beer selection in the last few years. It's only a five minute drive from my home and I spend a fair amount of time here.
It's a pretty big place and although most of it is walls of macrobrew, soda, and the like there is a wall of refrigerated quality in the back near the cold room in the back and another warm selection at the front. The front has several small shelves of decent Belgian, English, and Scottish ales and another set of shelves of eastern European beers and a bunch of other interesting odds and ends.
Prices are generally pretty standard although they'll occassionally have a decent special on something random like a Bohemian pilsner or a Costa Rican beer. Around the holidays they also usually have good deals on genuine glassware in little gift sets.
Although the main man is friendly and knowledgeable, some of his employees seem to be paying very little attention, which is a bit annoying at times. This is a pretty good store, not awesome but certainly the best thing in the area.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Corner location, mid-sized store. Warm brew laid out all over the place in a hard to organize fashion, Nice variety of Rogues, typical Brooklyn, Ommegang, Chimay, victory, etc,large selection of Brit imports. The highlight ,for me, when on long Island is the sight of Blue Point Growlers. Pale Ale and Oatmeal stout were available. (7.99), guy behind the counter was friendly, which is allways a plus. I left with some fresh local beer, so this qualifies as a worthwhile stop for local and travelling beer hunters.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3/5  rDev -20.4%

this place is really all over the map. sometimes it's decent, most times it kinda sucks, though it's still better than most any other beer store on long island. lately i've seen more variety in their rogue bombers and lots of fresh blue point growlers but that's about it for the good. they do carry magic hat, saranac, cooperstown, unibroue, sam smith, just to name a few, but their products (for the most part) always seem to be wicked old and dusty, just neglected in general, and they never have anything that i can't find at any other decent store. you do have to look around a few times to find everything too, as they tuck beer into every corner they can find and the place is pretty large. prices aren't great and can (at times) be made up on the spot by one of the employees that generally doesn't seem to give a shit. again, if you dropped this place in the middle of boston or the like, you'd be very disappointed, but for where it's located it ain't half bad.

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Photo of Stingray5
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

I used to frequent this establishment in my younger days, when some Sam Adams was a big score. Then, a few years later, it became my source for fresh Ipswich growlers. Since those days have passed, I didn't have much reason to go here.

Things have changed recently, and for the better. There is a good selection of Belgians to be had, and a steadily growing number of American micros. There's the full line of Brooklyn brews, with my own personal arsenal of Black chocolate Stout (I was still buying the 02-03's here until just this past September!), they now have Rogue bombers, Magic Hat, DFH WWS made an appearance a few months ago, Fresh growlers of Bluepoint, and there are currently cases and cases of SN Celebration Ale. Ah joy.

All in all the selection here has improved drastically. Just watch the prices at the register, as things sometimes don't always seem to add up in your favor. The owner is very nice and seems willing to try to get something for you if you ask. The rest of the staff, however, seem more interested in loafing around and getting the hell out of there than helping you with your purchase.

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Lake Ronkonkoma Beverages in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
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