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TriBoro Beverage

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13 Ratings

Type: Store

41-08 Astoria Blvd
Queens, New York, 11103-3240
United States

(718) 278-0620 | map

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Added by littlec1026 on 08-04-2009

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Strange and differant kinda place, just a few blocks from the Triboro bridge on the Queens side.

They offer about a half a dozen options for growler fills.

They also offer a moderate amount of the usual suspects in bottles.

I drove over here to check this place out, sorta disapointing not to find what I would consider a "normal" sort of store, but the growler fill options would make this place attractive if I lived local.

So, if yer local, this place is worth at least a visit, if you are not local, no real reason to visit...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SkiBum22
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of timotao
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ibeerbarron
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rodemey2
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of AndreLaPlume
4/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One of the first places my wife and I visited in our quest to amass and enjoy Belgians. All the choices were together, easy to find. Good selection and prices. Friendly staff. We bought ten or so 750ml bottles and were given two Stella glasses as a thank you. It's little things like that we'll remember next time we are in Queens. Sure it's a warehouse. I don't expect tile flooring and ambience. Large guard dogs on premises made me cautious, but as with most animals leave them be and they'll do the same. Check it out for yourself.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
1.69/5  rDev -53.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

Let me preface this by stating that I had a bad experience with this place. However, even if I hadn't this would still merit a poor review.
The place is a true warehouse, a dingy, oversized garage. All the crafts are crowded into 3 racks and 1 fridge. This is all well within the reach of the sun's destructive rays, giving those pretty, green Belgians a nice sunbath.
Employees are literally nowhere to be found. Seriously, I could have emptied half the store before someone found me. Finally, the air is dank and there is an obnoxiously loud movie playing.
Selection is purely average; nothing rare or valuble here. Also, they tend to split up 4 packs and just charge overall higher prices. C-town down the street was cheaper.
The real problem with this place, however, is the staff. I called at 10AM looking for a bottle of GI King Henry. The guy sounded bothered that I had called and claimed that they had it. Wary, I asked him to check the price. He growled and stated that the store wasn't open yet, so he couldn't check, but he was certain there was more left. Sure... I called back when I got off work, at 3:30. The guy answering said they had it and it was $16.99. Seems a little high, but I didn't complain. I get on the train and make the 1 hour trip to Astoria.
Sure enough, when I get there, there's nothing to be found. I ask and am told that it hasn't arrived. I ask him to double-check. He dissapears. I find another guy and ask him. 15 minutes later he confirms that they haven't recieved any. Wow! That's it; no apology, no purchase discount, his excuse is, "Some people here don't know what we have in stock". Yeah, no shit. I leave the shop without another word and write this review. I've lost 5 bucks and 2 hours because the employees at Triboro thought it was OK to lie to me, not once, but twice!
I wish all beer stores were run by passionate, informed, beer geeks like myself, but I know that isn't possible. I don't, however, think its too much to ask not to be lied to. Shitty place, shitty service; thank you, Triboro, for narrowing my list of good beer stores in Queens.

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Photo of jk3
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

For a shop in metro NY, not far from Manhattan, the prices are very good. Young owner who is passionate about the business and tries to cater to craft beer fans. As he put it - 'not going to make alot with the craft beers'. Built the extension to organize the crafts and offer more growlers. Store is neatly organized, while the selection may not overwelm there is representation of most regions and styles. Staff is friendly and will offer recommedations based on some of your selections - appreciate that.
Good prices and kind service in NYC? I'll take it.

Plus the crazy people returning cans is a bonus that is hard to beat.

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Photo of PGHeppJr
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The first two reviewers really surmised this place well, so I will keep this short.

Growlers selection though small seems to always to have solid offerings. Twenty-First Amendment Black IPA and Monk's Blood, Harpoon Leviathan Barleywine, Ommegang Rare Vos are what I remember seeing last. I go weekly and outside of the Leviathan, haven't ever seen the same tap handle up.

Bottle selection is not out of this world, but is priced more fairly than anywhere else I have found. Great place to take recent craft converts, as the staples are always fresh; Cigar City's Jai Alai and Maduro, Dogfish Head's Indian Brown and Palo San Marron for example. Handful of Trappist ales, Sam Smith offerings and decent ciders from Crispin hide around the corner of the side warehouse. With more expensive bottles hanging out by the growler station.

As for the lay out, I love taking people here so they can fully appreciate, hell understand, it. You have forklifts whizzing around getting pallets moved in one directions, a bottle and can collecting crazy person arguing with one of the staff in another and THEN, saving best for last, there is Guiness. My favorite part of the entire operation, other growler stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn may have larger offerings, but they damn sure ain't got Guiness, the mountainous great dane on the loading dock.

All in all, great spot to take a friend, get your growler filled for the evening and not get your pocket twisted.

Oh and the lot next door has some solid classic import cars to eye over.

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Photo of fastnbulbous
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Being a growler man living in Astoria, this place is my saving grace. My whole summer was spent riding my bike over there with a jug in my backpack.

The selection is nice and the price is pretty good too. I'll agree that the layout is a little strange, but that's why I dig it. It's one of those old relics of Astoria. I mean, it's literally a loading dock in which you hand your growler up to staff (who tower a good 3 or 4 feet above you) and they fill you up with your libation of choice. Back in the day, they were in the ice business. They're still selling ice...along with some great craft beer to boot.

You're handed a beat up old binder featuring the handful of current options on draft and you tell them what you want. The menu even tells you what Beer Advocate thinks of each offering!

Bottle options are decent, but I only get my growler filled there. The bottles, though good, are typical to what you can find around the neighborhood these days. To be honest, if they didn't fill growlers, I probably wouldn't make the trek as much as I do.

I take that back...if they didn't fill growlers AND their humongous Great Dane named Guinness wasn't there to greet me every time, I probably wouldn't make the trek as much as I do.

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Photo of shaebs99
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

This place is right near my neighborhood and have stopped twice now, both on weekends

They have a growler setup with 4 taps of good beer. Last time I went they had pretty things jack d'or, firestone union jack, he'brew lenny RIPA, and i forget the 4th.

The setup is kind of strange. In front (outside) there are cabinets/shelves that house a 6 pack selection. The prices are clearly marked on all of them with stickers, which is a huge plus for me. I was there on 4/10 and bought a 6'er of Troegs Sunshine bottled on 3/30/10 (for 8.99), so thats good. They had old things like Brooklyn Oktoberfest, but I didn't see any winter beers lingering, so freshness on the craft stuff seems good

The beer selection of 6-packs is pretty good. Several varieties of Stoudt's, Stone, Troegs, DFH, Sam, Brooklyn, Blue Point, Ithaca. These included recent release seasonals like Ithaca Groundbreak, sunshine pils, BP spring fling. So they do get new beer

The issue with the place is the strange layout and not a wide variety of large bottles. The store has a large opening about 5 feet above the ground (like a loading/receiving area for trucks). To the left are steps and a door to reach this level.

At this level are the growlers and some of the large bottles [I noticed some belgians (ones not likely to spoil), a utopia, Sierra Nevadas first anniversary (which I haven't found elsewhere yet), 3 philosohpers, lindemans, some other things.] The inside is small and probably contributes to the smaller selection.

The 6-packs are located outside on ground level. This time I stayed at this level, passed my growler up and browsed the 6'ers (and mixed 12's) while it was being filled.

So overall I would come back here. 6'ers are cheaper then elsewhere and there are a good selection for the four growler taps. If you live in the neighborhood and need a 6'er or growler, definitely stop by. if you are looking for a one stop shop for hard to find stuff or wide selection of bombers, then make the trek to manhattan or brooklyn.

If you are on the fence then check their website. I went this weekend and the website had an up to date growler list

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TriBoro Beverage in Queens, NY
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