Frank's Beverage

very good

12 Ratings

Type: Store

59 Cedar Swamp Rd
Glen Cove, New York, 11542
United States

(516) 676-1913 | map

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Added by TongoRad on 03-19-2006

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by bonbright7:
Photo of bonbright7
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

I made a point of visiting here after my trip to Philadelphia for New Year's Eve and I found it to be like most other beverage places on Long Island. It's stock of imports and craft beers was average to good, but it did have some interesting items from countries I didn't know made beer, like Croatia, and it seemed to have decent service. There were 2 neat little rooms filled with beer in six packs of names I recognized and then there was the wide open space for the macros, stacked by the case.

I would visit this place in the future if I had need of the basics for a party in the area.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.94/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of JoeMans
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of HugeBulge
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of PVMT
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Capman62
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Calimouth
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Don't be fueled by some of the other posters on these reviews. This is a solid beer store. If your idea of "basic" stuff for a party is Southampton Grand Cru or a good selection of Belgians, then you are a snob and should be importing your own (or buying in Manhattan for double price if that makes you sleep better). If you're looking for good prices, solid brews, and no nonsense buying (this really is warehouse style - don't expect frills like "tasting stations.") then Frank's will suit you nicely.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

I have been purchasing beer at Franks since I moved from the city to LI. Having been very down on finding good quality beer stores in LI, I Frank's is the overall best store in the area. The problem with beer stores that carry so much, is that beer is perishable. Therefore, most beer is meant to be consumed within six to nine months after bottling. The Belgians are better suited, because they can last for quite sometime. That being said, I am careful about what I purchase anywhere, taking it on myself not to buy a beer that is old, or looks like it will not be fresh. Even with being careful, I sitll come up with a bottle that is not fresh. At Franks, they will always give you credit for a bad beer, and never give me a hard time for returning something. This allows me the peace of mind to buy anything. This a an excellent beer store, espcially if you want to find new and seasonal brews.

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Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Typical beer distributor look from the outside. As you walk in there is a cooler to the right that features cold beer and soda. The cans are kept separately so you can geab a six of Dale's or Butternuts without searching through the stock. A good portion of the cold beer is dedicated to Latin American brands to accommodate the locals and the landscapers.

The remainder of the building was a cavernous former barn like structure with fifty foot ceilings. There are dedicated alcoves to certain specialty, craft and foreign beers. Their stock included the usual fare with perhaps an above average Belgian and English ale collection.

Small selection of discounted, but out of date beers as well.

The clerk manning the desk was on the phone cursing at someone when I was checking out, so I was a bit put off by that.

Perhaps the best selection in the that remote area, but nothing all that impressive in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerHonky
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

My local beer store is sort of a funny place. Its also where I get propane and occassionally soda for parties. Looking at the place you wouldn't think that they'd have a great beer selection, but they do. Lots of American micros and European imports. Occassionally they'll have something a little different for you to try out. Service here can be a little weird. Often the guy working isn't too knowledgeable about beer and there's been a few times that I've gone in there and, who seems to be, Frank is sometimes yelling or complaining about something. But thats part of the fun for me, I get a good laugh usually. Oh, and don't be afraid to ask Frank to order something from a brewery that he already carris stuff from. He once told me that he had a bunch of World Wide Stout from Dog Fish Head but he got angry when a few bottles of it fell off the shelf (he had taken them out of the case to sell individually since they're expensive) but he said if I ever wanted a case, that he would order it for me. I've never took him up on anything like that yet but its certainly nice of him to even mention it.

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Photo of TongoRad
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This is a very solid place to look for beer. If you are in the Glen Cove/Oyster Bay area it is THE place to go, and it may even be worth the trek every now and then if you aren't in the area.

My folks still live in the area, so I'm up there a couple of times a year- and they remember me every damn time. The service has always been friendly and attentive towards me as though I am a regular- that kind of service goes a long way with me. I would prefer if they were more knowledgable about the beer that they sell, but lately I have even noticed improvement in that area.

It's a large warehouse type space, but the layout for craft beers is fairly compact. There are three distinct alcoves of beers grouped accordingly- Domestic, Import(German/English mostly), and Belgians across the aisle. Beyond the craft beer section you can find bulk displays of Sam Adama, Saranac and the like.

Selection is somewhere between good and very good, and imports (particularly Belgians) seem to fare better than domestics in terms of variety. All of the bases are covered and then some- especially in regards to the Rogue products. There is an entire shelving unit dedicated to Rogue bombers that makes a nice display. Most of the beer is displayed at room temperature, though there is a small craft beer cooler by the register, as opposed to the large cooler for the other stuff. In the cooler you can find Bluepoint growlers, and selected sixpacks and singles.

I must warn that there may be some freshness issues on the shelves- some of the things that don't really move have been out of date. I'm not sure where the fault lies, though. The last time I was there (end of February) I pointed out a sixer of Victory Hop Wallop from last fall. I was assured that they had just gotten that in from their distributor earlier that week, and that they would credit me the $$$ if I didn't like it. I took them up on it and enjoyed the beer but I think this highlights what I said earlier in the review- good customer relations but they could be more on top of the 'beer related' issues.

If you're in the area definitely check it out- you'll find something.

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Frank's Beverage in Glen Cove, NY
3.79 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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