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A & R Discount Beverage

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12 Ratings

Type: Store

3600 Merrick Rd
Seaford, New York, 11783-2807
United States

(516) 785-2920

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

WOW....the only way to sum up this gem of a place. I apoligize for not getting a review of this place done all summer..I visited in early July and now here it is late August...

Selection is HUGE...basically if its available in the general area, they have it. Multiple cooler units and row upon row of packed shelving areas. Locals, regionals, nationals, imports etc etc, super amounts of the good stuff that not everybody has the space or will to stock.

20+ lines for growler fills including the sometimes hard to find locals (Fire Island, Great South Bay, Long Ireland, etc. all available when I visited earlier in the summer)

Some glassware, super friendly and knowledgable guy behind the counter and filling growlers...add it up and this is a very well worth checking out spot....I would be here all the time if I lived closer.

Beer is very well respected here....so everybody go and show em some support...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bsm80x
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ant880
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I have lived in LI for 4 years now and A&R has, hands down, the best selection in my area. The place was very much disorganized until doing a little interior renovation a year or so ago, which brought some rhyme and reason to the set up. Staff is always helpful and the owner has always been friendly and helpful, while going out of his way to set aside new releases that he knows I will be interested in (he does that for many regulars). There are also frequent tastings and the occasional spring/summer BBQ in the parking lot. Pricing can be a little hit or miss, but that seems to be par for the course on LI.

As others have mentioned, and the main reason for my lower quality score, there is a problem with old stock here. I have learned, the hard way, to never purchase a time-sensitive style of beer here unless I know for a fact it just came in. Have also walked into the place in March and found a pumpkin beer on tap (not one of those increasingly early release pumpkin beers either...one that was on from September).

Bottom line, this place is worth a visit if you are in South Nassau. You will find a selection that is unmatched by other distros in the area...just make sure to do your best Sherlock Holmes impression on any IPA you consider buying.

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Photo of h2opunk182
2.13/5  rDev -48.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

I dont live to far from this place, so obviously you would think it would be my "go to" place. Unfortunately this is not the case. Even after "revamping" the place, its the same bottles that had more dust on them then a casket in the haunted mansion. This place probally has what you are looking for. (even if it hasn't been brewed in years).. I find myself driving elsewhere to get a selection where i know the shelves actually rotate.

I do have to say, when the beers are new.. its a decent place. But i personally wouldn't go out of my way to go here.

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Photo of cestlavie
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Let's start at the heart of this place... 26 growler lines. You heard right--TWENTY SIX. It always takes me a few minutes to realize how much draft beer that they have to offer, and lines turnover very quickly, so every time I visit there is at least 10-15 new products to try, whether from sampling or a vintage of Bourbon County or something that is new to NY that has never seen a bottling line.

This is my favorite bottle shop on Long Island. Despite what the last reviewer may believe, A&R has a larger, more diverse collection of imports and crafts than other stores on Long Island, including some big boys like Big Z, Shoreline, and Bellport. From rare Italian craft brews, to one off's from my favorite West Coast craft breweries as well as older local staples, A&R has everything you could possibly ask for that can be had in NY as soon as it gets into a distributors warehouse.

Every time I walk in, the owner is quick to tell me what he's gotten that's new since my last visit; also, it seems like every time a new, rare or one-off beer comes in, a bottle is on the counter, so you can see just by walking in what is new and worth checking out. Most times, however, he has already put together a box full of stuff that has come in marked with my name on it, so I don't even have to walk the store (even though I inevitably do anyway). The knowledgeable staff is also on top of when something I have read on Beernews or BeerAdvocate is coming in. The organization is easy to find what you are looking for, since beers are grouped by brewery, making it easier to locate your favorite breweries new offering. (I have to add that I LOATHE stores that group according to style, it is a pain in the ass and often I end up missing out on something new from a brewery I love because the product is mixed into a "category" that it doesn't even really fit into.)

One thing that I really appreciate is that it seems like every single Friday/Saturday there is a tasting, and often the owner Mark's wife even makes food that pairs well with the beers being sampled. It just shows that the extra mile that the owner goes to make sure that his game is a few steps above his competitors. A+ for A&R!!

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Photo of sevenarts
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is a decent Long Island bottle shop. The selection isn't quite as big or diverse as my favorite LI spots (Big Z and Shoreline) but it's still pretty good. They have an especially large number of beers kept in the refrigerator, which is nice when you want something to drink right away. The selection is all organized pretty haphazardly and the aisles are cramped, so finding what you want isn't always too easy. Plus, bottles are often dusty and have been sitting around for a while, which isn't too great for many of the beers they carry. It's no more convenient for me than other stores I like better, so I don't make it a priority to go there personally, but it's still a decent shop and worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of jrnyc
2.99/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place has a very big selection. This is a double-edged sword though as the beer doesn't turn over fast enough. I have gone to this place 4 or 5 times and almost every time the IPAs I have bought have been old, sometimes very old. You may be thinking, well if you knew they were old, you shouldn't have bought them, but there are explanations for that I will not get into here.

A plus is they have pretty big refrigerators, so the beer is kept cool. But like many other places, they need to make an effort to get old beer off the shelves. If they can't sell it fast enough before it goes past code, then order less of it.

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Photo of Pete27lax
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A & R is a good distributor on Long Island. The atmosphere is ok, not very organized. The quality isnt bad either, every beer I get from them is usually pretty good. Kind of a mess of good craft beer all placed together randomly. Great selection though, always have good stuff when I go there plus some surprises. Employees are very friendly and pretty knowledgeable about craft beer. Good selection of domestic and imported good craft brews. Really like the place but my only criticism is the disorganization.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Without a doubt one of the best selections I've seen on Long Island. Over 10 growler lines, and a neatly organized array of bottles. So many good beers, and the guy working at the counter was more than willing to engage. Beer is just a little more expensive than I'm used to out here in NY, and it's not something that I want to get used to. But this place didn't seem any more expensive than others. Clean and organized. Dust on a few bottles, and they don't sell singles (which, as a business decision, seems totally ok), but I'll definitely come back here if there's a 6er I know I can commit to or if there's a bigger bottle I'm dying to try.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A&R is always a convenient stop for me on my way home from work. The staff at this location are very helpful. Nice growler selection and always having decent tastings. Their selection is outstanding. definately the best selection of craft brews in the area of Nassau south Shore region. However, if it has a downside it would be that they are a bit pricey comparative to other area locations. But if you're looking for that gotta have brew and price is not an option then this is your go to place. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of discord257
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Upon moving to massapequa (one town away) a few months back I was in search of a new distro to fill my beer-geek needs. Knowing nothing of what was in the area, I happened to stumble upon a distro with simple "discount beverages" signage right off merrick road in seaford. Much to my surprise, this place had all that I ever wanted and MORE! They stock an amazing variety of craft beer styles, shelving pretty much everything that is available through distribution to NY. On the off-chance that they don't have something, the owner is always more that happy to get it in for you within a matter of days. They also stock a great selection of the belgian variety including all the trappists (with the excepttion of westv, of course). They also have (at least) 16 tap line's for growler fills including a great selection from founders, troegs, goose island, cigar city, long ireland and many more! A & R also host tastings, typically every other week on a friday or a saturday that you can be informed about on their facebook. Prices are fair. Since discovering this distro (i think it was fate), I have yet to venture to another (no need!).

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Photo of Brianjames16
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

WOW! Why did I not know about this place? Pretty much anything you can get on long island and more is here. They have a bunch of growler taps, a enormous amount of bottles and a great selection of nice glassware. After seeing this place once I have decided I will look no further for a good beer shop near me. The guy behind the counter was nice, knowledgeable and even threw in a free maredsous goblet with my purchase. The store was so clean and organized. The beeradvocate labels were present and not in a haphazard order like other beverage stores around here. Great place. Great beer. Do yourself a favor and stop by here if your in the area. Its on Merrick road in Seaford. The sign says discount beverages.

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A & R Discount Beverage in Seaford, NY
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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