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St. James Beverage

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

12 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

530 Route 25A
Saint James, New York, 11780-1442
United States

(631) 862-7212 | map

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Added by daliandragon on 01-11-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
15
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
5.53%
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 15
Reviews by vfgccp:
Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

They used to have a great selection of craft beers, but they've been cutting back on the craft section due to it not selling. You can still find the regulars though, Dogfish Head, Southern Tier, Stone, Ballast Point, etc. There is a growler station that had a Kuhnhenn on tap when I was in last. There is also a 50% off rack in the front that you can sometimes find a gem on. The owner is an awesome guy, I always chat with him while I'm there. Sometimes I'll even grab a beer, walk over, and just talk to him and enjoy a brew. He teases you though with some rare beers behind the counter that he won't sell, they're for his enjoyment. He also has a drum set in the back and sometimes you can catch him jamming. Overall it's a decent BD with great service, the problem is Bullseye is nearby and much bigger.

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Photo of Steveclay2007
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Comparison_Ford
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of nopucophop
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This is a small little place in St. James. It is easy to miss as its tucked in to a little lot. The have a decent selection of beer with a great growler fill station. While I was there they had Nugget Nectar and 4 or 5 others on tap. A great selection of Captain Lawrence, Cigar City, DFH, and many more. The real gem here is the owner. He is a very cool guy. I found myself just bs'ing with him for quite a while. I had my son with me and he was even helpful entertaining my son. I will gladly make it a point to stop in every time I am down.

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Photo of billyshears
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

A small shop not many seem to know about. Prices can sometimes be a bit high, but this is the case with most stores in the Suffolk County area; so in comparison, they're reasonable. Selection isn't that big, but you can certainly find some rarer stuff here. The store recently had BCBRS, STFO Gift Set and FW14 long after it disappeared from other beer stores around the area. In fact, the owner (Martin) seemed a bit discouraged that no one was buying the good stuff (I was the first to even buy a BCBRS). Martin is a cool guy and certainly knows his beer, so I certainly recommend this place. It would be a shame if he stopped carrying the gems.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

I just started going here on a semi-regular basis and its awesome.

First and foremost, the selection is absolutely superb. Saint James has much more selection than other local places. It also has more harder to find beers than most other places around here that I've been able to find.

The place seems to be run by two guys. One of whom is a serious beer guy. He had a bottle of Abyss sitting behind the counter to give you an idea. We chatted for about ten minutes about various beers when I was buying a four pack of Founder's Breakfast Stout, a World Wide Stout, Oaked BORIS, and Southern Tier's Jahva. He really knows his stuff and is good conversation.

One other big positive is how dark the place is so you know the beer is going to stay good for a long time.

There's also a growler bar that you can sample. I didn't get anything there so I can't attest to it, but the next time I'm in I'll ask if I can bring in a growler from somewhere else to get it filled.

Price wise, its fairly reasonable. Its what you expect to pay for craft beer around here.

Overall, its definitely a place worth checking out. I definitely recommend swinging by.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -3.8%

St. James Beverage is located in a small, easy to miss shopping center.

Quality of beer here is very good as a good amount of their stock is kept in coolers and they rotate beers rather often.

Martin is the main beer guy here and he owns the place along with his brother... who honestly, is a great guy but doesn't know the difference between BMC and craft. Again, he's real nice and helpful though. If you want a recommendation or to ask about a selection, ask Martin as he'll be your guy.

Selection is good but not overwhelming. They used to have a lot of hard to finds like Black Ops and a number of the rarer HoTDs but since a reorganization, some of their selection seems to have dropped out. There are about 5-6 taps for growler fills though along with free samples.

St. James beverage is a bit pricey but at times you'll find things that you can't find at other places so its worth a look once in a while just don't get your hopes up if you're looking for really unique and hard to finds.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Punched "Big Z" into the GPS and ended up at this place, seems it used to be owned by the Big Z folks "a bunch of years ago" Anyway, this is kind of a small place, fairly well hidden in the middle of a strange shaped little shopping are. Its kind of a mess, and wierdly organized, they do have 6 growler fill taps, plenty of quality selections in the cooler units and large shelving unit to the left as you enter. You will find a host of the usual and widely available good stuff (The NY state beer gods have been good in general the past several years, and getting better) I was able to pick up 2 bombers of Left Coast Torry Pines IPA, that I heve never seen before. Staff willing /able to help, and offered us the name of a place to get lunch locally. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

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Photo of zblackntan
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

One of the 3 closest beer stores for me, but has quickly become my go-to place. I've shopped at Shoreline and been to Halftime where my relatives live, but both places have larger square footage, hence a bigger selection than St. James. Martin, the St. James owner, has recently added more taps, so there is a selection of 7 brews for growlers. I've picked up fills of SlyFox Instigator, Unibroue Maudite, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and Stone Arrogant Bastard. During the 2+ years I've been going here, his selection has greatly improved. This place always had a good Belgian selection, but now they carry a bigger variety of foreign and domestic brews. Martin's also pretty knowledgable about beer, and has been helping to organize beer dinners with the likes of Stone, Unibroue and Capt. Lawrence. I think he's a good judge of what to recommend, based on your tastes and puts lots of BA shelf-talkers around. Lastly, they try hard to get special requests (worked well for getting cases for my Bachelor's party). Definitely worth stopping in!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -3.8%

This is a small place, but only deceivingly small because they still carry a lot of beer and a lot of top-notch, quality beer. Lots of good semi-locals (Hebrew, Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Six Point, Blue Point) and a good import section, especially Belgians (Aventinus, De Ranke, Rochefort, Bernardus, Cantillon, Achel, De Glazen Toren). When you walk into this little place, you will be surprised by what they carry. Sure, not as good as the Huntington giants, but better or equal to other local beer stores (Port Jeff, Stony Brook, Bellport). The taps are decent but nothing extraordinary. Definitely check it out if you live in the area (I don't know why, but look for a sign that says Big Z beverages off 25A).

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Photo of steelerguy
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

There simply are not a lot of great places to go to get good beer in the area. This is one of the few located in a small, nondescript shop in St. James. They make up for their lack of size by cramming in about as much selection as you can given the space. I was very impressed with the selection of beers they offer given the space, but as you can imagine there is not a lot of quantity. No matter, you will find a beer or two you must try if you go there, even if it was not what you originally intended.

I talked with some of the employees for a bit and they were very knowledgeable and seemed appreciate of another good beer lover. I enjoyed checking out what they had and didn't mind paying a small premium to get good beer and service.

This is definitely a place to check out if you are in the area.

Edit: Upping my quality and selection scores from 4.0 to 4.5. I could not find Rochefort 10 for awhile and stopped by here and they had 6, 8, and 10. Excellent! They don't carry everything, but they carry what you want. I would guess if they didn't have something you wanted...they would do their best to get it.

Edit #2: Dropping my service score down to 4.0 from 4.5. The last couple of times I have dropped by the owner has not been in and it has been another guy. He is not very helpful and just seems to be a warm body to ring you up. In addition I wanted to get a couple half growlers and they were out...either that or he didn't want to wash any. So they had some stuff on tap that I wanted but could not get, got a couple bottles so it was not a wasted trip.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Located at the junction of 25A and Lake Avenue. The interior was rather small, cramped and unkept. The beer was to the right of the store. Three taps right as you walk in - Arrogant Bastard, Secret Ale and Allagash. The botle stock included the regular stuff - SA, SNPA, SNIPA, Blue Point, Brooklyn and Magic Hat. Pretty extensive selection of Belgians and American Belgian-style beers as well. Usual selection of macros as well.

Many BA shelf talkers help with the selections - especially the Belgians.

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Photo of BBM
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Wow, this is a nice little place, to be sure. Not only did they have everything I could think of, they had several things that looked fantastic that I had no idea existed. This would prompt me to bring in a pen and pad maybe, write down these names and look them up on BA. But, they even have BA rating signs next to many beers for easy access! How cool is that? If you're looking for craft or Belgian brews, this really is the best place around. They even have four taps that you can purchase growlers from (Southampton, Brooklyn, and another Winter ale, can't remember). This is the place to go in mid-Suffolk.

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Photo of daliandragon
4/5  rDev -3.8%

This shop, located on Rt. 25A in St James, just past the intersection with Lake Ave, across the fire station, has been around forever but is under new ownership this year. The outside sign designates the store as an outpost of Big Z in Huntington but the business cards and interior make no mention of Big Z.
It's a fairly small place, with the right side for soda and water and the left for brew, with one refrigerated wall of macro and one of good stuff. I've talked to the owner and he's pretty hip to the craft beer movement, and has installed BA shelf talkers in his store and has built up the best selection of Belgians on LI east of Shoreline.
There's all the usuals (Duvel, Chimay, Ommegang), plus Allagash, Gouden Carolus, St. Bernardus, Orval, and several others I'm not familiar with. He also has a decent selection of American micros but space is fairly limited. Prices can be hefty but I give him points for trying to convert such a pagan area as greater Smithtown.

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St. James Beverage in Saint James, NY
4.16 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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