Kissena Beverage

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Type: Store

15617 73rd Ave
Flushing (Queens), New York, 11367
United States

(718) 969-0013 | map

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Added by Kaokung2 on 03-17-2009

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by rodney45:
Photo of rodney45
3/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I also go to this store as a matter of convenience. If you've been in any major beverage distributor, you've been in this store. Its a run of the mill establishment, with some craft variety (will discuss), but mostly big name macro.

Ive been going here on and off for years, and this is what ive seen there (in terms of craft beers), not at one time, but in total.

dogfish, sierra, random belgian triple and doubles, stone, sam adams (limited selection),harpoon, all macros, some long island breweries (goose island, blue point), brooklyn brewery, sixpoint, and some other craft, but nothing that has blown me away.

Owners are nice, but stingy... They once gave me a free glass, but that was like years ago, and i see them all the time behind the counter, and they have yet to offer me another, and i concider myself a first name basis, frequent customer.

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Photo of Jlabs
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of timotao
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of dudecandle
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

For a distributor in the middle of a no-beer-zone like Kew Garden Hills (let alone Queens in general), it's nice to have at least something. It's a general beverage distributor, and I believe a family business.
When I stopped in there one night, I went in assuming I wasn't going to be having any profound beer discussion, but knowing enough as I do, I managed quite well. The only aspect of service to really comment on, is that: when a beer wasn't labeled with the price, the woman working there graciously scanned it for me without giving me a hard time.
In terms of quality, you really have to watch out here. Not being a very strict "beer place," you can run into some past-its-date stuff. I was quite excited to see some DFH Shelter Pale Ale, for example, and then became quickly less excited when I read that it had been bottled more than eight months beforehand. Also, some of the Bear Republic live yeast beers, which require refrigeration, were out on a shelf.
In places like these I pretty much exclusively buy beers with very very recent bottled-on dates, like the Troegs Dead Reckoning Porters I found which were only a month old.
Speaking of which, their selection is excellent. They have pretty much all the top American craft breweries available in New York, including some rarer offerings, like the Stone Double Bastard, and the North Coast Old Rasputin. Their full selection of Unibroue was surprising, to give another random example of a rarer lineup.
All their prices were pretty much within a dollar or so per six pack and bomber of most other places in New York, but not terrible.
If you're in the area, stop by, but be careful. If you're not, no need to bother.

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Photo of ncapps
3/5  rDev -9.6%

I go to this distributor all of the time due to the convenience of how close it is. They have a pretty decent craft brew selection (Brooklyn, Blue Point, Rogue, Flying Dog, Clipper City, Bear Republic, Shmaltz, North Coast, Magic Hat, Allagash, Dogfish, Left Hand, Stone, Victory, Harpoon, Smuttynose, etc.), as well as your standard beer for cheap. However, a handful of bad experiences of buying past-its-shelf-life beer and the indecent amount of dust on the bottle makes me extremely skeptical of anything I purchase there anymore. Unless there is a date printed on the bottle, I generally wont take the risk anymore, which is a shame, because it cuts their selection down significantly. The store might be better than average, but be smart when buying here.

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Kissena Beverage in Flushing (Queens), NY
3.32 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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