B & B Beverage Distributors

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Type: Store

21202 41st Ave
Flushing (Queens), New York, 11361
United States

(718) 281-1222 | map

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Photo of PVMT
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Selection is decent. Problem: Guy charges $50 for a four-pack of 2014 BCBS. When I asked him why he was charging double what it should retail for, he said that he was looking to stick it to the people buy it and resell it for $80 on MBC. Oh.

Then, after saying that the folks who hunt for Grimm cans are even worse, he asked me if I wanted any. I said sure, then he asked for $15 for a can of Dreamweapon and a can of Forcefield. Oh.

So I walked out.

And won't be back.

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Photo of CervezaNY
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Jlabs
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of VictorWisc
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I want to like this place. I really do. And in the craft Siberia that is Queens, this is as good as it gets. Fortunately, I don't live in Queens and this is only an important option when I'm visiting. At other times, I don't have to worry about it.

Initial impression was somewhat spoiled by a sample table at the front of the store. No, not a beer tasting. It was a AB promotion setup for X-Ritas in four hideously popular flavors--lime, strawberry, raspberry and mango. That alone could kill the buzz. But I looked past it. The place has a solid selection, including many things that I've been looking for in NYC area (I wish I could afford them all). A full lineup of Brooklyn Brewery beers is important for a local store (most don't have it). But there were some disappointments as well. The supplies are inconsistent. Some breweries are represented by only one or two labels and even among those many are well out of date. Bell Twohearted was dated full 16 weeks earlier. CCB Hopped on the High Seas was 11 weeks old. (I picked Bell and CCB because they are not distributed in MA, so are of primary interest to me.)

Service makes up for a lot of supply flaws. The guy at the counter (presumably, the owner) is knowledgeable and friendly. He knows his stock and generally knows beer. More importantly, he knows what he doesn't have (and was apologetic about the age of some of the stock that he did have). Prices are apparently not set in stone. He looks up each individual items away from the prying eyes and seems to price some of them instantly. Still, prices are mostly in line with what's available in the general vicinity and better than local supermarkets that stock a far more limited range of beers. Some of the rare finds might surprise you, but you also may not be able to find some of the old stand-bys that might be readily accessible in other parts of the country.

So, I don't know what to think. If I lived here, this likely would have been my go-to store. Don't know if items with limited availability normally show up at this store or not. Judging from what's on the shelf, at least some do.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I've been to this place a few times. Its a solid little beer store with a decent selection. You'll find all the locals: Southampton, Brooklyn, Blue Point, Ithaca, Sixpoint, etc. along with a good selection from around the country. Decent selection of Belgians and some English brews. As far as rarities, I've seen most of Captain Lawrence barrel-aged stuff along with random semi-rare bottles from other breweries.

No prices on anything, but when you check out, you shouldn't be surprised. Pretty standard NYC markup, y'know?

The owner is a pretty kick-ass guy. He's an older, loud, burly, classic Queens-born guy who just so happens to be a big beer geek. Shoot the shit with him about this or that and he's got some cool beer stories/info. Also, he WILL throw in free glassware for first-timers, so don't forget to let him know if you're new.

The last time I was there he told me he'd be getting a growler system soon. I haven't been back in about a month, but if the system is set up when I return, I'll make sure to update it.

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Photo of rodney45
4.28/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Note: My favorite sign in the window is for a commuter 24oz special.

Ive been a big fan of this distributor and the really intense beer geek owner since they were over on northern blvd, but i like the new location... and by new, its been 5 years already.

They have a good selection, a lot of the local and craft favorites. They have everything from brooklyn brewery, DFH, stone, Sam and ussually have pretty good deals on macro and craft brew cases.

The owner loves giving promotional glassware, so if youre around, defintely run in, grab a couple of 6ers and he'll always throw in a glass or two, esspecially if you say its your first time in the store.

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Photo of DannyS
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Thus far, this is the closest to my house in terms of sources of craft beer.

Quality/selection - Not a huge selection of craft beers, but a respectable one nonetheless. Saw Orval, Great Divide, Harpoon Leviathans, and a few rare selections amongst the standard (yet still awesome) fare of Brooklyn, DFH, Ommegang, etc. They also have a good compliment of standard session brews in the fridge; it's the first time I had ever seen a 40 ouncer of Blue moon. Boy did I do a double take on THAT one. They also had BeerAdvocate reviews printed out and posted next to some of their better selections.

Service - Not much to really say. Didn't exactly need help picking out my beers and bringing them to the counter, but the guy there was cool enough, and he even gave me a free beer glass with my purchase, and that's always worth a few extra points in my book.

overall - It's not a paragon of craft brew Nirvana like the foodery, but for what it's worth, it's in a convenient location for my needs, and the selection is satisfactory for my tastes. Yeah, they probably thrive off of bulk sales of junk macrobrews, but they're definitely showing their respects to the craft beer market.

On a side note, considering the store's proximity to the Bayside LIRR station, they get quite a few commuters who drop in to grab a beer to drink on the train, which is actually kinda cool.

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Photo of Billolick
3.15/5  rDev -19%

This little place is tucked away in a mini strip mall, a rack or two of BA worthy products on the left as you enter. Standard fare to be had here, Bklyn, Omme, DFH, Shtmptn,Rogue...no prices on anything, annoying, they do however have respectable amounts of dust on several items...so watch out...looks like they pay lip service to quality beer, and survive on 30 packs of coors lite...This is the type of place that makes me wonder how they stay in business...nothing out of the ordinary or interesting going on here...OK, at best, if you are in a pinch for something decent to enjoy...

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Located on the north side of Northern Boulevard, about three or four blocks east of Bell Boulevard. Front parking lot.

Very good selection of craft beer for the area. The stock included: SA, SN, Southampton, Blue Point, Victory, Otter Creek, Magic Hat, Brooklyn, Stoudt's, Anchor, Hooker, Lagunitas, etc. There was a decent Belgian selection as well. Usual macro selection. Soads and mixers available as well.

Friendly service. Prices were a bit high- $9.99 each for a six pack of Blue Point and Victory!

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Photo of scooter231
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

B & B. A store on the small side. In fact, it's quite small, but it packs a lot in a minimal amount of space. Pretty good beer selection, a wide variety of types and sizes, from all over the globe. And, the prices are quite reasonable.

What really makes this place great though are the beer guys behind the counter. To be simple, they rock. They chat with you and get to know you, they make you laugh, and they're cool people. If you want to order a case of something, they'll do their best to hunt it down. They have no problem giving you their opinions on any beer, or advice when hunting.

In short, this is a lovely little beer place, full of good beer, and great people.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

This isn't the biggest distributor I've ever been to... in fact, it's rather small in comparison to others, but the selection is outstanding for the amount of space. They have a few shelves of individual, larger bottles (17-25 ounce) with offerings from Stone, Rogue, Ommegang, Bear Republic, Unibroue, Allagash, varying Belgians (Deleriums, Corsendonk and Saxo to name a few), English and German brews.
They carry pretty good selection of four and six packs; most of the ones I've noticed have been from New York breweries (Brooklyn, Bluepoint, Southampton, Saranac and the like), plenty of US microbrews (Victory, Sam Adams, Pete's Wicked and various ciders come to mind) as well as a rotating selection of imports. Prices have always been pretty good.
The best part of this place are the guys that work there. They're friendly and easy to talk to, and though I haven't taken advantage of the fact, they'll try to order stuff on request. If business is quieter they're happy to hang out and bullshit with you. I've shared some good laughs with these fellows.
A great, dependable little place.

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B & B Beverage Distributors in Flushing (Queens), NY
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