Brightwaters Beverage

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Type: Store

242 Orinoco Dr.
Brightwaters, New York, 11718
United States

(631) 665-2871 | map

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Added by Litterbean on 04-29-2005

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of BubbleBobble
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of beerismylife
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Great selection! I'm always here filling up my growler and picking up something local

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Photo of sunofneurot
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A big, friendly beer distributuor, with a very friendly and helpfull staff.
Even more important; they are knowledegeable about, and they stock, a wide selection of craft and import brews! Of course, they also have the usual supply of Macro-brew swill for the unenlightend!
Best is, they are accomodating of the buyer who would like to try something first, before spending a lot on a sixer or case! The average price of a single is $2.50.
This is the first place I've found that stocks Faro, and other more exotic Belgians regularly.

And all of this is in the quaint little village that also has two great bars within walking distance!

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Photo of dough
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

This used to be my local Beer Store when I lived down in West Islip a few years back. I happened to stop in there a few weeks back and I noticed a few change that I figured I would note here.

Around 2003-2005 Brightwaters had decent selection of beer and a pretty nice staff. They had a good number of Belgiums and British Imports. It was a bit pricey but you have to get them some place. I always hated that they had their beers refigerated. It is never a good idea to buy an Orval that has been sitting in a cooler for who knows how long. Overall a decent place.

Latest: They seem to have a nice selection of American Craft Beers. Staff seemed a bit more informed than I remember. They seem to be getting better although they were decent before.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

A small hole in the wall located between West Islip and Bay Shore, know as the affluent Brightwaters. This place has evolved since I've known it. The place serves all of your macro needs as well as recycleables, soda, and propane. It has started to develop a nice selection of micros/craft beers. The compact floor plan hides most of the macros to their respective fridge space. There is a aisle of soda and macros. There is also an aisle of the more popular micros/Euros in 12 packs. There is a nice 3' by 3' shelving of American crafts and distinct Euro beers. The fridges have a decent sample of German, Belgian, UK, and US craft brews. I have noticed that some of their 6 packs are old and dusty and on more than one occasion I have bought a four/six pack to find that the pack has mixed beers in it. The staff, though young, is friendly and willing to talk about their selection. The staff always ask if you need help. Over the past year they have been ordering more of the craft beers.

The store doesn't seem to get new beers and some of their English beers are really old. They really need to take these off the shelf.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%


Time for a re-review. Seems there's someone new ordering their beers, as the selection has gone up nicely. New additions to the selection include: Smuttnose, a full line of Rogue bombers, Stone bombers, Lagunitas sixers and bombers, Sunday River Brewing, Stoudt's, Allagash 750s, DFH special releases, Southampton bombers and sixers, Flying Dog, and many more. I'm glad they decided to upgrade a bit.


This is my local beer distributor at home on Long Island. It's right down the block and therefore very convenient.

Lots of macros up front. Piles of Corona, Bud, and the like. Moving into the back is where you really get the goods.

Along the back wall there are all sorts of beers you rarely find on Long Island (at least in my experiences.) Nice selection of English, Scottish, and Irish ales. Young's, Fuller's, Belhaven, and other imports. They carry Rogue Chocolate Stout but unfortunately it's their only Rogue product. No Stone products, but a good selection of fresh growlers from Blue Point.

They also carry some Belgians like Corsendonk, and Belgian-style ales like Ommegang. A lot of good imports, but not a lot of good domestic craft beers. They have more than enough Magic Hat, but their Victory selection is lacking. They only had Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey, and they all were at least a year past their expiration date (the Prima tasted fine though, surprisingly.) There is a decent selection of domestic stuff, but the lack of Stone is really surprising.

Prices are a bit steep. I don't know if it's normal to pay $13 for a six of Bigfoot after tax and deposit? St. Andrew's ale came to about $11 as well. Maybe I'm spoiled by good prices up here in Binghamton, but I guess I'll have to get used to these prices when I graduate. Blah

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

This is a fairly out of the way/hole in the wall little place, that stocks a respectable array of worthy suds in the vast long Island sprawl. Pleanty of the expected marco cases stacked high, the good stuff seems to be kept mostly refrigerated in the coolers along the rear of the establishment. Clean place and didnt see any dust on the bottles. A moderate array of the usual good stuff, some Belgians, Brits and Germans, the highlights were the growlers of Blue Point, the line up of Victory products, The Big Foot (nothing like a 9.6% Barley wine to smooth out your state of mind!) The young fellow behing the counter seemed pretty clueless, beerwise, but he was friendly and he assured me they could get Stone beer if enough popeople asked for it...decent little place...would do in a pinch....

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Brightwaters Beverage in Brightwaters, NY
3.74 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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