Shoreline Beverage

BA SCORE
98
world-class

64 Ratings
Shoreline BeverageShoreline Beverage
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Type: Store

645 New York Ave
Huntington, New York, 11743-4266
United States

(631) 427-8488 | map
shorelinebeverage.com

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Score:
98
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
9.05%
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Photo of r0nyn
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Yet another easy-to-miss beer store in the Long Island town of Huntington, Shoreline Beverage is well worth the trip.

Not very many beer stores look impressive outwardly, and Shoreline is no exception. Once inside, it's got a low ceiling and a slightly cramped feel, but there's more than enough quality beer packed in there to make up for it. A long row of shelves off the to left hold a wide selection of craft, with the international stuff on the right side and the American stuff to the left. A small growler station is nestled behind the shelves next to the cooler.

There were a few dusty bottles, but they were beers that did well with aging anyway. Brews that are best fresh were indeed fresh, safely within expiration dates. Selection is beyond impressive. Lots of Goose Island, lots of Cigar City (unfortunately, still no Hunahpu's), lots of Founders, with each brewery having at least a half dozen styles represented each. Helpful shelf tags let me know what's what and how much it costs.

The staff is friendly and helpful, offering me a six-pack holder and encouraging me to pick and choose what I want. Asked about the Founders and Goose Island seasonal releases and was impressed by how knowledgeable they were. Pricing is really where this place shines. Both bombers and 12 oz bottles are at least a dollar or two cheaper than at my local. It took me all of my willpower not to blow my entire wallet on some of the gems there.

I envy beer aficionados that are able to call this quality store their local, because they are very, very lucky. It is absolutely one of the best beer stores I've had the pleasure of visiting. Will have to come up with some more excuses to visit Long Island now!

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Definitely one of the better beer distributors on Long Island. They post new arrivals on Facebook (though I wish they used BeerMenus) and actually get some highly-regarded stuff, which really, only a few beer distributors on Long Island do (HBS, Syosset, and Universal are the only one's that come to mind. Beverage Plus on edge of NYC/Nassau does too.), including Pipeworks, limited-release Westbrook stuff, and Grimm. They also typically have a solid growler station line-up. They also have coupons pretty frequently, which you don't see much at the other craft-oriented distributors. They were one of very few store's who got in the most recent shipment of Marshal Zhukov's. I even bought Rosso e Marrone here, so this place definitely has someone who likes good beer placing their orders, which is much appreciated and needed in the area. They also have a really solid import selection, though a lot of their beers, import or otherwise are severely dated. Check dates when you can. I only wish they were a little closer, my two nearest distributors are not very good, to put it lightly.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Vibe: inside is packed with beer, and you have two full aisles to browse the good stuff in comfort - one side has the domestics, the other has the imports. The back wall section and endcaps are full of more craft selections. Only catch to the place: located in a terrible area driving-wise: windy narrow roads with lots of traffic, terrible signage (you would never know its there if you weren't looking for it) - so unless you're a local or on foot, an inconvenient location.

Quality: they seem to do an average job of maintaining fresh beers, meaning you'll find some bottles past their prime, but usually the less popular beers. You can mix and match six-packs freely. Don't recall if they have prices shown. They do get in cool stuff that comes around, and every time I go there, maybe 2-3/year, I find some really cool shit.

Service: the guys on the floor are alright - reasonable-enough fellows but I've never talked beer with them really.

Selection: real good - on par with the best - lots to look at, found some real gems on those shelves - pumped up my score in this area recently, as they have stuff I don't see at other stores.

Prices: perhaps slightly more expensive on some beers, but nothing outrageous.

Revisited and update this review a few times, most recently 7/28/16

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.35/5  rDev -4%

THIS place, I would go out of my way to visit again.
The selection at Shoreline is among the best I've encountered. At least 6 varieties each of Rogue and Victory, some of the Rogue I'd never seen before. Brews from Middle Ages Brewing Co, Anderson Valley, Jolly Pumpkin, Great Divide, Weyerbacher and a bunch of others I can't begin to recall. Probably a better place for singles than six packs but with a respectable selection of six packs.
Loads of Belgian, German and English offerings, again, many of which I'd never seen before. Prices were pretty good; well within expected price ranges of similar brew in the region. Brews from other parts of the world as well. Plenty of clearly marked prices.
An especially nice feature is the selection of brews available to take home in growlers. 5 or 6 taps with rotated offerings (this time around it was Southampton, Bluepoint and Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru of all things).
When my friends and I got to the register and saw what we had the guy at the register automatically asked if we knew about the Long Island Beer Festival, as well as offering comments and info on other beer related stuff.
There are plenty of other places for me to get brew that are far more convenient to get to, most of which serve my needs plenty well, but Shoreline is a place I'd make special trips to from time to time.

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Photo of twilight
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

The measure of a good beer store is how many gasps I will make while perusing through the aisles. All the standards that I can get in NYC, Rouge, DFH, Stone, &c. In addition, glorious Southampton and tons of belgians that I can't get anywhere else. The big scores were a bottle of Cantillon Fou Foune and a Freeminer's Deep Shaft Stout. Oh, and the Rochefort 8. And the Southampton Biere De Garde. Oh geez. Seriously they have a quality selection of really good stuff. Prices are fair for New York.

The funny thing is that this is just two long aisles jam packed with beer and a smattering of the space in the coolers. Oh, and five growler taps. Glorious. Grabbed a growler of Crop Circle Amber Ale, but was later forced to trade it for a DFH120min. Alas.

I kept gasping. Yeah. It was that sweet.

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Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Gmann
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

I discovered this place through the Shelton Brothers website. I visited Shoreline's very nice website to see what this place was about. They list every beer that they have, what is on sale, and what is on tap. The also have a great page about gift baskets, which I forwarded to my wife and then got a nice "surprise" on my birthday. They have about 15 gift baskets to choose from. The place is right off of 110 but you need to keep your eyes peeled to find it, not much of a sign and a narrow entrance into their parking lot. They list the parking lot as ample but that is not quite accurate. It is a slanted lot with about 10 spaces. The good news is, that is the worst thing about this place. Once inside, they have 2 long rows, one of imports (heavy on the Belgian, with a good selection of Germans/English) and one American crafts. Great selection, best by far that I have seen, everything clearly priced. What a noble concept!! They have a growler station with about 4 beers on tap. The service is ok if you don't ask questions, which I haven't as of yet, I'm still in awe. But that is ok, because I like to take my time and look around. A few free beer publications to choose from, I even found the BA mag there today. This is a great place that I don't mind driving 30 minutes out of my way.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon...only 3 other people shopping and one older man working behind the counter. Pretty easy to find...just off 110, in between 25A and 25 (Jericho Turnpike).

Amazing selection, by far the best on Long Island (at least what I've seen). Two main aisles - one contained American sixpacks, bombers, some singles, and other different sizes (Rogue growler-sized bottles, 3L bottles, etc.). The other aisle was for imports...I spent all my time on the American side, as I had some specific wants.

Victory, Stone, Rogue, Weyerbacher, Ommegang, HOTD, Harpoon, DFH, Southampton....plus a lot more. I picked up a Stone Double Bastard, sixers of Hop Wallop and some Heavyweights, and a Sly Fox bomber. Most sixpacks were between 5.99-8.99 and bombers between 3.99-5.99; can't complain, especially for it being on Long Island.

My only real grudge was with the guy working there. He seemed nice enough (I asked him about NY beer laws, to see how they differed from PA...his answer was "you have to be 21 to buy beer". That was it. I asked him about case laws, splitting sixpacks, and a few other pretty basic questions and he wasn't planning on elaborating very much. Then I heard a customer ask about a particular beer (I think it was actually a Brooklyn) and his response was "I don't like beer - it's too bitter for me." I dunno...he was nice, but then he overcharged me - I bought one bottle of Heavyweight Sticken Jab and he charged me for a sixpack - but he did fix the problem after I came back into the store and explained it...


But that aside....if you're visiting LI (or live there and never noticed it), definitely pay it a visit. It'll be worth your time and they are priced very well.

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Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Have stopped in before but never reviewed. A tight space but a wonderful selection. Plenty of fresh qucikly rotating merchandise, you won't find a lot that has been sitting on the shelf here. Plenty from DFH at reasonable prices, Rogue, Stone including 3liter Double Bastards, Victory, Middle Ages, Sam Adams including Millenium and Chocolate Bock, imports, the list goes on and on. My only disappointment is that the web site mentioned 3 Floyds but there was none to be had. having the tap lines is excellent and got a growler of Smuttynose Barleywine. Stu is a helpful guy and appreciates the beer folk.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.35/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

It takes forever to get to this place, but it's worth the trip. Most people are in there buying BMC, so it gives you some space to peruse in peace.

Tight aisles filled with bottles and bottles of beer from around the country and around the world. Frequently rotating taps also available for growler fills. Some beers are available in refrigerators, but most of them are lining the shelves. Goose Island, Ithaca, Bear Republic, Two Brothers, Rogue, Stone...and most everything in between. I've even picked up a bottle of Cantillon here. I always recommend checking the shelf life of anything you buy, if the numbers are available. This place sometimes has really old bottles sitting around.

Good customer service. I picked up a bottle of Saison de Pipaix, and it was completely flat. I e-mailed the owner to let him know (not expecting anything out of it; if I owned a beer store, I'd want people letting me know about the quality of the brew I'm putting on my shelves), and he responded the next day with an apology and offered to credit me the bottle next time I'm in the store. That's the kind of thing that will keep me coming back to any business.

Shoreline Beverage has a facebook page and a tap app to keep you updated on what's available for growler fills. This is very helpful, especially if it's a little out of the way for you and you'd like to see what's available before you make the trek through Huntington.

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Photo of Denali
5/5  rDev +10.4%

This place has the best selection of beers I have ever seen! They have a great variety of both domestic micors and imports, including seasonals. The staff is extermely friendly and helpful. They said they can get anything on the top 50 list at BA (it looked like they already had most everything already). The beer club is great because it encourages customers to try new beers - imagine getting free items just for drinking and enjoying beer! I also got a $5.00 gift certificate by joining their mailing list from their website. I spoke with Stuart who was very kind to recommend that I purchase some seasonals (I got a bottle of Affligem Noel and some bottles of World Wide Stout) and he also gave me a free Abbaye du Val-Dieu chalice (it was my first time there too)! He visits this web site frequently and is very intersted in catering to the people on this website. I highly recommend that anyone on Long Island (or the tri-state area for that matter) come to this place. You will not be dissappointed.

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Photo of shaebs99
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%

Update:
This place still has one of the best selections on the Island, but my review has been edited due to quality and service. The last few times I have been in there the service has been non-existent (seemingly no one in the store knows anything about beer) and a bunch of products seem to be on the shelves for too long (and the growler offerings have taken a bad turn). I will still recommend this place because it does have the largest selection of imports, but I must warn those to be certain on the age of the products you buy and don't look here for recommendations

The service seems to be hit or miss here. I come here mostly for the growler station. They have 5 beers on tap at a time (the first time I came it was in the winter. they had Celebration Ale, Goose Island's, Sly Fox', Southampton's, and Blue Point's Winter beers). The selection at the growler station is some local big breweries (Southampton, Blue Point) as well as some smaller local breweries (Kelso of Brookyln, Climax). Most of the beers tend to be from the East Coast, but I do remember they did have Houblon Chouffe in the past few months.

The store is larger than other stores in the area and therefore have a better selection. One aisle is for imports and the other is for domestics. Nice line up of breweries like Stone, Victory, Allagash, Southampton, Weyerbacher, Stoudt's, Avery, etc. Two bottles that are harder to find that I found there recently were Captain Lawrence's St. Vincent dubbel and Sixpoint's Bolshoi. The import section is also very well stocked. The speed of which these bottles leave the shelves may be questionable. Whenever I am in there I am either the only person down the domestic craft aisle or the other person.

For service there are probably only two people that can help you. One is a middle-aged man named Stu who is usually on the phone dealing with distributors or customers. He will know the beer he has in store and what is coming in, but might not be helpful in selecting a beer. The other is a younger guy. He seems to be knowledgeable and should be able to help you in your selection

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Just got back from my first trip to Shoreline and paint me impressed. I was on a little tour of some of the beverage places in the area with a small list of brews to search for based on recommendations, general curiosity, and some things to grab for trade.

As soon as I walked in the shop I was asked if I needed help looking for something (and I hadn't even pulled out my list). I figured I'd start and ask for a few of the Ommegang seasonals that I'd been looking for and having some trouble finding and was working on setting up trades for...BOOM, they had them all. As I strolled the aisles a few times, each time I noticed something else on my list that I had been looking for in other local spots but hadn't seen yet. Far and away the best selection of the spots in the area (and there are quite a few good spots within 5 to 10 miles IMO). Prices seemed right in-line with what I'd seen in all the other local beverage centers if not a buck or two up or down depending on what you were looking for. I'll definitely be back often so that I can sample more from my list.

The kicker that really blew me away about this place is that as I was putting my final selections on the counter to check out, I asked if they carried any glassware for sale. They said they did not, and then the guy behind the counter, who seemed to be the boss, said he'd check in the back if he had one that he would give me. I had picked up only 4 seasonal Ommegangs and a Unibroue giftset that came with 2 glasses (I occassionally buy a gift set to help build up my collection of glasses while scoring a few great brews taboot). I imagine that plenty of people make the drive on LI to this place and drop way more cash, so I thought it was a real stand up thing for him to do. I've spent much more in a beer shop (heck single kegs cost more than what I spent) and never got tossed a glass so I was very impressed.

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Photo of palma
4.8/5  rDev +6%

This is simply THE BEST beer store in ALL of NY (if you exclude Half Time in Poughkeepsie). This place is chock full of EVERYTHING. I dont really have to describe the selection here since many BA's already have, and as I already said the place carries everything so that should be enough of a description. You want to know if they have something in particular? If its not westvleteren you're looking for then I can tell you they probably have it.

Best part is that they dont rape you here either. You'd think they would, knowing that they carry some stuff that is pretty much impossible to get in NY. All the prices are very reasonable.

Only complaint are those RB ratings posted on the shelves. Get rid of those things. This isnt Europe and we consumers look for quality over quantity. Lets get some quality ratings up in this piece - like Beer Advocate Shelf Talkers!

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Photo of bcmac983
4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BBM
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

The largest selection on Long Island is right; this place has a huge array of beers from more countries than you probably realized brewer beer. Getting to it is not ideal; even from the Expressway it's a good 10-15 minutes north, usually through traffic. But it's worth the voyage, since there's such a variety.

The inside of the place looks like a small market, with three aisles of beer, beer, beer and some soda. Half an isle dedicated to cold brews. Overall the staff seemed knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately they didn't have Stone's new Vertical Epic yet, but other than that the selection is top notch. One aisle is purely imports, and the next straight microbrews, all the best from the usual suspects. Prices are fairly competitive, too.

Overall, I'd recommend stopping in if you're in the area, or if you're looking for something a little on the obscure side.

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Photo of stegmakk
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Wow...I've driven past this place many times not realizing the selection they have. I have been reading about many beers on this site, and wondered how to get them...until now. Shoreline has many of the beers I keep reading about. The service is great. I mentioned that I heard of shoreline through BA and he gave me a chalice and informed me they were planning an event with some local brewers soon. Overall good service, good selection, and good price. Looks like I have found my hard to find beer supplier.

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Photo of scooter231
4.35/5  rDev -4%

Wow, a great find! This place was awesome. The selection was amazing- tons of Rogue, Stone, Weyerbacher, Belgians, Germans, and Great Divide- which is so hard to find in NYC! Tons of bombers, a decent selection of 6packs. Lots of things I've never seen berofe. And a growler filling station with a pretty good selection of brews to choose from, and it seems they rotate them fairly often. Oh oh, and prices everywhere, clearly marked- I soooo appreciate that.

Service wasn't the greatest I'd ever had- no one really stopped to ask if we needed help or anything, but the guy at the register was pretty cool. Things were pretty fairly marked, and not too shabby. And oh! This place has Sam Adams Utopias for sale! I thought that was nifty, too. This is just a great place, I'd love to visit again.

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Photo of fredandboboflo
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

Fantastic store. They get the best beers, period. Hair of the Dog, Nogne, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Rochefort top the list of brews I was shocked to find on little ol' Long Island. They might not have the biggest breadth of selection at any given time compare to other stores with the brews I listed, but when you have so many top beers, who needs random, mediocre beers cluttering the shelves? Store is also kept at a nice, cool temperature for the beers, a nice touch. I don't generally get involved with the service in stores, but they seemed knowledgeable enough to me. Prices might be 50 cents higher than stores elsewhere, but, ya know. Top of the line shoppe.

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Photo of cbl2
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

A friend of a friend who lives on Long Island mentioned this place to me a couple of years ago, but I didn't get around to going until they had a meet the brewer for Dogfish Head. I live about an hour away, but with traffic (damn L.I.E), it's more like 2 hours. I figured though for DFH, it was worth the trip. And was it ever. The beers were excellent, the talk was even better, and when the seminar ended, the real fun began. Shoreline has the best selection of beer in New York State without a doubt (and their website is nice to boot). Everything is nicely arranged, with prices clearly marked (a little expensive, comparatively speaking, but selection more than makes up for it). I found beers there that I've only dreamed about (picked up 2 vintages of J.W. Lees, Thomas Hardy is available as well, and they were the first to stock Stone in New York State!). Superb selection, and now they have a rotating keg system, so you can fill your own growler! It doesn't get any better.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Taking the advice of fellow BAs Malto, Jetsbeer, and Warrorsoul, I made the 20+ minute trip out to Shoreline, and boy, was it all that I wanted and more.

I was met with a huge 3 quart Double Bastard for $65. I was tempted to just plunk down everything I had for it, but I decided to browse more. Their selection is impeccable. American craft brews are very well represented. Stone, Rogue, North Coast, Weyerbacher, Allagash, Shipyard, and pretty much every New York Brewery. There isn't much missing at all. On the other side of the shelves are the imports, and they are also very well stocked. A fine selection of Belgians, Germans, Scottish, Irish, English, and Russian beers. Cantillon, St. Bernardus, Rochefort, all the good beers that BAs pine for are here. Great beer, and a great place. I will return.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
5/5  rDev +10.4%

These guys know a lot about beer and are very helpful without being "pushy" while you shop around and select your beer. All the beer is fresh, and the American and European sections are set up nicely.

Mix a Six?... No problem, the guy with the beard got me 2 empty 6 pack cartons and a basket to carry them in. The pretty young lady behind the counter told me that if I had any questions or needed help to let her know and she would get someone for me.

Great selection of American craft beer from all the big names in small breweries. European selection is also well stocked and organized by country. 5 beers on tap that change monthly, I like that they have 'mini-growlers' (12oz) so you don't have to commit to drinking 64oz of the same beer in a day or two. I didn't care for anything they had on tap, this trip, but I have bought a few 'minis' in the past.

I mixed my 2 sixers (12 ipa's from 12 brewers) and got 3 different Middle Ages bombers for just under $30, nice!

It's a 30 - 40 min trip from my house, but they have some beers that my local guy doesn't, so occasionally I make a 'run' here and I'm always glad I did.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.8/5  rDev +6%

This is a great store. I take a hike here when I feel like getting something special I know I wont find anywhere else on the Island. After finding this place on beerfly I took the 20 min trip and I really wasnt dissappointed at all. I have only been there a couple of times but they have brands I didnt even think they sold on the east coast such as bear republic and great divide. I'm sure there are tons of others but those were just a few I noticed. If I had to make a criticism it would be that alot of the bottles are dusty as hell and thats alittle unnerving. With that being said, if your on the island and you like micro brews take a trip here, you wont be dissappointed.

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