Route 59 Beverage

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383 Route 59
West Nyack, New York, 10994-2014
United States

(845) 358-8115 | map

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Reviews by Avryle:
Photo of Avryle
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

I know this place as the "Shady Bevy." I've speculated on more than a couple occasions that its a front for some other business- like Gino's in the back room running numbers or something. I also don't like having to rank the quality, service, selection and value because its been hit-and-miss with me.

Fist off: NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. Who the hell in this day and age doesn't accept credit cards?? Do they not realize how much business they're losing because of this? This is a big part of where the speculation that its a front, comes from.

Selection: This location caters to the Bud/Coors/Miller crowd. These are usually the only stacks of cases not covered in dust or look the least beat up. However, to the left are the stacks/shelves of imports & micros. If you look, you can find hidden gems. Just there for the first time in a while yesterday and noticed Stoudts, Heavyweight & some Dogfish that's no longer made. Also limited editions from 2001, 2006... WTF? Also found 2 bottles of 2007 Utopia and was informed that she had just recently "finally" sold all the old Utopias that had been "sitting around for years." Again, WTF?? (as a side note, they were hanging out with a banged up Sam Adams Historical 4-pack that came out like three years ago.)

Value: Prices were a bit higher than I remembered. I think someone has clued the owner in to the fact that she has aged stock and is now looking to profit from it rather than be happy that someone's finally buying it as she used to be. Picked up a few bottles and glassware from a now-defunct brewery and where did those $$'s come from?!

Quality: As some of the stock has been sitting around for so long, who knows what condition its in. We've picked up some stuff there that's been good and have gotten stuff with funk growing on the cork. However, the owner will happily refund you for any not-so-good stock you may happen to get.

Its definitely worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood. Its just a weird place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tikk
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5

Ah, the rt 59 bevie, my first intro to beer in Rockland County. If I had stopped here before I moved to town, I would have run and never looked back. I will have to say that the selection here is pretty good, avoid ipas from here like the plague, they are at least a year old. Make sure to bring cash, as they take nothing else. Hope you don't mind dogs, as one wanders around, friendly one at that. No heat or ac, but it stays near 55 all the time. The owner knows what to buy. She gets things that are great with some age, and the dust will show you it all has some. Be prepared too look and dig, I've found some diamonds in there. I use the place as my personal cellar, but I love to share. Stop in and bring cash, you will be amazed.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Wow, this is kind of a crazy place but definitely worth a stop if you're nearby. Yes they only take cash. Yes there are absurd things here, like 6 year old IPAs covered in an inch of dust. Yes there are multiple animals walking around and the place is dingy and filthy. The lady who works here or owns the place is rather gruff on the phone but turns out to be a very friendly chatty sort in least to me, but I'm exceedingly polite.

Do yourself a favor and stop in. The prices are at minimum competitive and often as low as you're gonna find. And there's some crazy stuff in here, as the previous poster noted. Got some Vertical Epic 09.09.09, Weyerbacher Prophecy, and some Thomas Hardy's from 2004 (5 bucks a pop). Random boxes are sitting everywhere; found some Bruery stuff (nothing too rare) stashed under a shelf; tons of English beer, some of which is retired. Courage RIS was a bargain (6 bucks maybe?)..

Long story short, stop in, hunt around, see what you may be pleasantly surprised. And don't be afraid to ask the proprietess...she knew where things were that I hadn't come close to spotting.

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Photo of benz08
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First off...BRING CASH. This place is still cash only and I don't think that will change any time soon. Second...It's dusty and dark so just deal with it. Third...Don't go if you're allergic to dogs, there's 3 now(really big golden retrievers) but they're very friendly. Fourth...Just walk in the door and turn left. There's nothing to the right but BMC but hey I'm sure thats what keeps the place in business. Fifth...Check dates on bottles if possible and I'd really just advice to not drink anything that should be consumed fresh unless its a first time beer. Stuff sits on the shelves at this place undisturbed for years. And finally...Be ready to dig like its 1848 in California. You may not find anything right away but if you keep looking you'll find the golden nugget the size of a baby's head looking right back at you.

Now that the ground rules have been laid, let's talk about the actual beer. This place is pretty interesting when it comes to beer available. You'll find some nice older vintages of beers dating back up to 5 years or even more. My last 2 trips to RT 59 netted me an Avery 13th Anny, Stone VE 09(a case and a half of 08 was sold a week earlier to 3 different people and I know all 3, 1 friend was nice enough to split a bottle with me), an Oak aged Yeti that is at newest from late 2008 because its the old label, and singles 12ozers of Anchor Christmas 06-10. So yeah there's some nice hidden stuff here but nothing that was never available. It just happens to still be available here. And the best thing, it's the same price it was new. The Anchor's would have been $12.49 if I had a 6-pack so she prorated it out to just about $2 a bottle for up to 5 year old vintage beer. The prices are in a rolodex on the counter that itself is probably 20 years old and the prices never change.

This place is totally worth the trip, especially with Cable Beverages just a few miles away and DeCicco's about 15 minutes away across the Tappan Zee. So all in all not the best store but if you want something old, look here first.

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Photo of infi
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

Decided to finally garner enough courage and check this place out. Adjacent to Dunkin Donuts and across the Palisades Mall on Rt. 59.

Once you enter, there's stacks of new and old cases everywhere, littered amongst numerous bottles. The shelves are somewhat organized: domestic, Belgian, and German/English. There's a substantial amount of dusty bottles and cases everywhere, but it's made up by their incredible selection. Some notable gems I found were: Bruery 2 Turtle Doves, Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus, Stone VE 09, Stone 07 Old Guardian, Stone DB, Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock, Weyerbacher Thirteen, Rogue Monk's Madness (though I doubt they would be any good now), and Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel. There were also double magnums of Stone DB and Chimay Blue. I was hoping their Belgian shelf would've had more unexpected bottles, like Drie Fonteinen, DeStruise and/or Boon, but oh well. The one irritating thing about this store is that there are no price labels on the bottles, so you have to gauge what you're buying or keep going up to the register to ask. A big WTF.

There's so many unexpected bottles tucked away in corners, in dusty cases and in random areas. It took me like 30 minutes just to look around because of what I was finding. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a hidden, dusty, old case of Westy 12 and 8, somewhere in that place. Seriously a treasure cove if you fine tune your eyes and are willing to go through those cases without making a scene. I left with a bomber of 07 Rogue Chocolate Stout, Westmalle Tripel and a Unibroue Trois Pistoles. I'll definitely be back though; this place has stuff that my local doesn't. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by Rt. 59 Bevy.

Definitely check this place out, no matter how bad it's rated.

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Photo of drseamus
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%

All my friends call it shady bevy and I can see why. This place is sketch city. There are no prices on anything; all the prices are in a Rolodex next to the cashier. Of note, I use the term cashier in the most generous of ways, really it is just a person who yells at the two dogs that are there while you shop. 

The selection is varied in the most extreme way possible. There is mo way to predict what you will find on the shelves under a quarter inch of dust. Some are jewels, some are 10 year old budweisers. 

You will need a shower when you leave and it is cash only. 

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Photo of r0nyn
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

Located just off Rt 59 across from the Palisades Mall, the 'Shady Bevy' lives up to its name, both inside and out. Looks pretty ramshackle from the outside and musty and worn on the inside. This place won't win any interior decorating awards, that's for sure. The nicest part of the decor were the two dogs that run around inside, being friendly to everyone who walks in.

The store is split roughly in two, with the right side containing the standard BMC fare while the left side has all the craft stuff. Naturally, I migrated to the left and was mildly surprised at the selection they had. There's a decent number of breweries represented including Weihenstephaner, Rogue, Stone, Great Divide and Southern Tier. Nothing super rare from what I could see though. As so many other reviewers have stated, LOOK AT THE DATES. A lot of the stuff there is really, really old, just judging from how much dust is built up on the surface of the bottle. I found some Weihenstephaner Kristalweizen that was bottled in 2006, so it's definitely not something you'd want to buy now. Might be okay for some of the imperial stouts lying around, but certainly not for the stuff that needs to be fresh like weizens and IPAs. That's not to say that everything is ancient as the store does have some recent stuff, but you'd do well to check everything just in case.

Prices were pretty decent overall, nothing too extravagant. Rogue and Stone bombers went for $6-7 dollars, some of the 750mls like Chimay and Unibroue went for a little more. Not going to break your bank.

The lady who runs the store smokes CONSTANTLY, so you're going to be fighting the smell as you browse. She seemed nice enough, though. And her dogs are pretty adorable, so it's not all bad.

Not one of the better stores I've been to, on the whole. Cable Beverages in Bardonia is a better bet and just a few more minutes away. Might go back just to pick up some imperial stouts that have been pre-aged for me!

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

When I lived in Rockland this was known as the shady bevy. Several reasons for this. First they do not accept any credit cards which chaps my ass off the bat. Second their hours are very strange. You can go the same time on back to back days and they will only be open one day. The woman who runs the place is nice and so are her dogs. What is not nice is the fact that she askes for ID with a tone assuming you are underage (I am closer to 30 than 20). The selection is great but as stated you need to be aware of old product. One great example is I picked up a bottle of St. Paul double in 2006. The importer went under in 2001 so I know that it was at least a 5 year old bottle. Stoneware so no light got in+no harm. Better off going to Cable beverage which is just up 59 then hang a right and up 304 for a little bit. You might find a gem here though.

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Photo of drugsbunny
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

Every time I have driven by this dump it was always closed. I thought it was defunct, but after reading these reviews I thought I'd call to find out when they are open. And I was surprisingly pleased to find all of my favorite beers inside... some that I haven't been able to find anywhere else in Rockland. I bought two sixes of pale ale and they were both in good condition. The microbrew selection was pretty good; Anderson Valley, Smuttynose, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Victory, as well as Sierra Nevada's IPA and Ramapo Valley's Gluten Free Beer. They also have a nice selection of imports as well. Convenient and reasonably priced, this place is a must stop for all BAs driving down the NYS Thruway. Remember to bring cash and find out when they are open.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

Heed the warning, watch what you are buying. There was a great selection of beers, but you really have to take a good look at everything. I know some of the stronger beers will probably be good for years, but some of their items are definitely past their prime. My one great find was a bottle of Westvleteren 8, which wsas the last they had. I also picked up a gift pack of Belgians that was fairly priced. Again the same problem, most itmes with no prices. Its a pain to keep asking the prices of everything. Two things to remember, they close early (6PM on a Friday night) abd they do not take credit cards.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

An unusual place manned by a lady and her two dogs. Yes, she or her daughter? always answers the phone. Boxes and boxes of beer piled up everywhere. If you know it's a new beer, fine, otherwise you may be bringing up a five-year old bottle. No exageration, I found a Sierra Nevada Celebration 2000. Figured I will take a chance at $1.35. ALso good on unusual collectible ceramic mugs. Difficult to walk around so you have to rely on staff. Bottles with amazing amount of dust, like a 100-year old museum. But there was a selection of the usual craft beer lines sold in New York, ina ddition to some hard-to-gets, like La Chouffe's Biere de Mars.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

As stated below this place is a dump, but it also houses a ton of brews that you wont find easily anyware else, in a store this size. Tons of Belgians, germans, Brit imports and a fine selection of domestic micros. Picked up a LARGE '01 OSA from Anchor. should be a treat around the holidays. Watch out for the obvious old dusty bottles and you should be fine.Friendly service with a smile from Paula. she gave me a growler of brew, that looked like it may have been past its time (we'll see). Also have a nice selection of glassware. Very worth a stop in youre anywhare near the Palis. Mall by the T.Z. Bridge

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Photo of cbl2
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

From the outside, this place isn't much to look at. Located directly across from the Palisades Mall, the building looks set to collapse. Inside, the first time I went wasn't much different. Things weren't organized, and there was a layer of dust on everything. They have made a concerted effort of late to clean things up however. A semblance of organization has taken over now with all the Belgians in one section, germans in another, and the Americans somewhat scattered. There are still some unusual old old old finds with a thick layer of dust on them, though that is declining.
Service is excellent. Paula is always there, and is very knowledgable.
As far as selection goes it is unrivaled. Things that don't exist any more can be found here (Anchor Christmas 1997-present, Brooklyn Chocolate Stout 1998-present). I saw a 1992 George Gale Conquest Ale there today! Some of the contents are hit or miss (I had a skunked Cantillon the other day which almost broke my heart), but more times than not, everything is excellent. If you ever find yourself at the Palisades Mall, you owe it to yourself to cross the street and check out Rte. 59 Beverage Center.

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Photo of ark57
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%

This place is easy to find near the Palisades Mall.
They have a great selection of imports and a decent selection of micros. The catch is that you need to be careful with the beers you pick out. I picked up quite a few beers that I was looking for (and did not think was available in my area) and all were bad. They were skunked, but worse. Taste sort of like puke. Or was that my own coming up? Some were domestic, some were imported, all were bad. I would assume that it would be okay for beers that have a quick turnover, though

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Photo of Starchild
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

Well this is quite an interesting beer shack. They sure have a lot of beer and a lot of dust. They have a good selection of Belgium’s, some craft brews, and solid English imports. The beauty of this store lies under the dust and in the eye of the beholder. This is the place I go for old ales. I picked up the Anchor OSA ’97, Fuller’s Vintage Ale ’97, and some Brooklyn Choc. Stout ’97-’98. Good purchases? Not sure, I think I was digging just a little too deep. I tasted the Brooklyn and it was past its peak by at least 2 years…it turned to malt garbage. Anyway, I consider beer shelves in stores like this stagnant and not always optimal storage conditions. I like this store and the staff in knowledgeable, but at the same time the dust worries me and some beers on the shelves are rank. All and all, always an interesting place to stop…. some perfect diamonds and flawed diamonds.

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Photo of Ninjaworm
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Have to agree with everyone else, the outside of this building does not do justice for what is inside. The interior of the store is quite dusty and cluttered, though it makes it more fun. Finding quality beer here is an adventure of treasure hunting. Searching through stacks or randomly assorted boxes, one must be weary though there are some certian pickles.
I was quite impressed with the Anchor OSA vintages they carry.
I was very satisfied with my prizes! This place is worth the visit if you have some time to explore.

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Photo of jrancan
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%

Right across the street from the massive Palisades Mall sits a condemned building about to be torn down.....Oh wait.....that's not a building collapse waiting to happen, that's Route 59 Beverage!
What it may lack in beauty, it makes up for in selection of not only beer but beer glasses as well. The left side of the store is what you'll want to focus on, with singles and mixed sixers scattered all about in what seems like no order whatsoever. Make sure you look closely, I went down the same aisle 4 or 5 times and found something new each time.
I do have one question though, what is the difference between old and 'vintage'? I mean, hey a nice big Tripel aged for 5 years is one thing, but what about 2 year old pale ales? You'll find both examples in this store. Nothing is marked as vintage but I did get a Maredsous with a label I've never seen before and a one inch layer of dust on it. Selection seemed to focus on NY and Belgium.
Great selection of glasses on the front wall and very friendly service.
When in North Jersey, I'll be hitting this spot, for sure.

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Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%

I've been here a number of times playing in the American micros section, but just the other day, for the first time, I really took in the whole store. They've got a back wall of madness.... Brasserie Dupont, McChouffe, Maredsous, Fantome Saison, Harvey's Elizabethan Ale, the '97 JW Lee's Harvest Ale, and a whole hell of a lot of things I've never seen and never heard of. A good collection of Bateman's and Fuller's (the 1845 and the 1997 Vintage Ale). Oh my. And Lambics, sure, yeah, Lambics. Cantillon, Hannsens, Liefman's, Lindeman's, Timmerman's, and more.
Lots of Belgians, Germans, English, Scottish, things in other languages, and a good selection of Unibroues.
So I pluck a 1999 Harvey's A. Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout, turn around and run smack dab into the Anchor Our Special Ales that had snuck up behind me. So I grabbed the last 2 '95's that were sitting on the shelf and then made a mixed six pack of 97's, 99's and 2000's (who's better than me?) Got deeper into the micros... A pair of 2002 Dogfish Head World Wide Stouts and their last 1995 Sam Adams Triple Bock... "Madness", I say!! I need one more beer to round out this mixed six pack and it'll be.... the 1996 7 ounce XS-McRogue Scotch Ale. They've got a good selection of regional micros,... Victory, Magic Hat, Brooklyn, Wolaver's, etc. Oh yeah, I almost forgot,... Anchor OSA magnums '97, '01 & '02. Sick!!
"Paula" has been behind the counter everytime I've been there. She knows the beer and is very, very helpful. They've got a display case with some real interesting glassware, and they've got macros and soda if you need them. Good selection and good prices.
Conveniently located behind the Palisades Mall just off the NY Thruway in West Nyack.

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Route 59 Beverage in West Nyack, NY
Place rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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