Yorktown Beer & Soda

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3.78 w/ 9 ratings

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1893 Commerce St
Yorktown Heights, New York, 10598-4454
United States

(914) 962-4659

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Billolick:
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

typical medium sized NY state Beverage joint. Alot of macros ready for the taking by the suitcase. This place then adds a back wall of micros, selection is better then average, but not amazing. Really nothing that out of the ordinary. But they do carry everything that is typicaly available in the area. I think they have pretty decent turn around on most of their stock, but watch out for the more esoteric stuff which can be kind of dusty. some micros in the cooler, but certaintly not all. They also have the typical sodas, ice etc that you would expect. Turcos gourmet, Italian market is just down the street, its worth a stop for their fish, meats, vegatables etc. Also FDR state park is just a mile or two down the road, it boasts a great disc golf course. (shamless self promotion, sorry, I couldnt help myself.)

BE CAREFUL, on my last few visits I've noticed some brews well beyond (I'm talkin' YEARS here) their stated freshness dates.

Re Review...5-20-07..unfortunatly this place has gone WAY downhill...minimal and dusty micros now offered...macro almost all the way...c'mon WTF get some decent brews in and I'll be back, till then the A & P in town has Stone and Omme bombers...

11-10 update...very good news..they have 8 taps for growler fills! 3 Captain Larry, Brooklyn, DFH and a few less interesting options..major improvement....bottles obviously upgraded as well...closest place to my house just got quite a bit better...staff nice enough, but still seemingly just a bit better then clueless

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Photo of Hollywood84
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I was actually looking for a place to get my propane tank refilled when I stumbled upon this place. I used to go to the gas station to swap out my tank but this place is actually about $5 cheaper and you get to keep your tank.
Anyway, I gotta say I was pretty impressed with the beer selection. They had a pretty solid selection ranging from IPAs to a lot of good dark beers. I picked up a couple of bottles of Maine Mo and a Dragon's Milk bourbon barrel stout.
They also have 14 beers on tap. I was tempted to get a growler, but I already have a bunch at home. Finch's Hardcore Chimera, Two Roads Road 2 Ruin and Bells 2hearted were a few beers that caught my eye on tap. They also give you samples which was pretty sweet and the staff seemed real cool and knowledgeable about their beer.
Overall I'm glad I found this place and I will definitely be back.

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Photo of Bubcuts
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Glevitan
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.29/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

I was waiting for the wife working at the Pepsi headquarters nearby and found this listing on BA. The place is nothing fancy, just a warehouse-style beer distributor. Beer is at room-temp here, which sucks on a super-hot summer day.

Some brands I spotted: Great Divide, Avery, Central Waters, Port City, Weyerbacher, Bell’s, Goose, Founders, Thirsty Dog… very few bombers, from Stone, Sam Adams and Dogfish. Some Belgians and imports.

The big attraction here is the growler station, full of good stuff and updated more often than not on beermenus: Ballast Point Sculpin, Dogfish 90, Captain Lawrence (three handles), Great Divide Hercules, Kelso Industrial, Lagunitas Undercover, Uinta Hop Nosh… 15 bucks for 64 ounces of Dogish 90 and Hercules? Not bad.

Good for growlers, not so good for packaged beer. Alright if you’re a local.

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Photo of micromaster
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Wow, what a job they are doing inside Yorktown Beer. I just stopped by, and saw that they cleaned up around the front counter, and just installed a new Growler system. They have three Captain Lawrence brews on tap, along with 5 or so others. I took home a Dogfish 90min and a Magic Hat Howl. Their Winter brew section is stocked well, and they said more would be in next week. I picked up a bottle of Blue Point Toxic Sludge, I hear procedes are supposed to go to the gulf clean up.

Over all, the place looked great. You just have to walk around a bit or ask one of the guys to show you the new stuff that has come in. But I strongly recomend getting a growler.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

i live 2 minutes from this place and have seen it's quality in selection fluctuate wildly over the years - their wall of micro/craft is just ok - they only have minimal orders of craft seasonal stuff that get stacked up against a 6ft section of bare wall - they don't get anchor xmas ale anymore (even by request)- they don't carry southern tier - they keep a good selection of what they do carry chilled - a couple of guys on staff seem craft-knowledgeable but the ordering is up to someone that doesn't seem to care about making shelf space for anything new or different - they seem to be patronized mainly by the macro 30-pack crowd - good place to get a propane tank re-filled - and good for the brooklyn brewery line and the sam adams seasonals by the case - the guys will help you out to your car - the bathroom is ok. -the selection is actually on equal par with the food emporium in town - the small beer section in turco's supermarket down the block has more interesting stuff.

**edit 8/25/10
so... food emporium became the 2nd A&P in town and has closed - Turco's initial impressive selection of craft beer has dwindled to the lowest common denominators - but in the last 2 weeks Yorktown beer has installed a growler fill station with 8 taps - they're only priced for 64 oz growlers but they were cool enough to fill my 32oz swingtops for just half price - they now carry some southern tier product in their bottle lineup - i did notice that their branded 64oz growlers are clear glass, not brown - i hope things get better for the craft beer scene here.

**edit 8/27/11
being a homer, I feel I should keep up to date on this place - 14 taps are now in place for growler fills - 4 of the taps are usually Capt. lawrence selections - good beer has come through here - growler fills of Sculpin, BBCS, 90 min, Victory, Southern Tier, Andersen Valley and other quality beers and breweries have
been featured - pricing is reasonable - staff is cool - craft bottle selection has expanded - a few cases of KBS came thru earlier this year - I've (lately) often been pleasantly surprised here .

**edit 12/13/11
it just keeps getting better here - the growler taps are constantly running and rotating - in the last 2 weeks they've been running Founders Breakfast Stout, Ithaca Flower Power ipa, Sierra Nevada Celebration ale, Troeg's Mad Elf, BBCS, Victory Storm King stout - bottles include 120 min ipa, black ops, Infinium, the Founders line-up, with various belgian brews showing up.

*** 6/18/15
CLOSED !! sad......

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Photo of slander
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

Day 45.
Hard to believe that a month and a half into this, a driver could still get out of the yard not having everything he needs. Yeah, he had to change trucks first thing, but he had to wait nearly an hour on his co-pilot to show up, more than enough time to make sure he's got all his gear; like, oh I don't know, his route keys. They're already up in White Plains, heading up to the Northern half, they won't need the keys for a while yet, so I can finish up here and wait 'til daybreak before heading out of meet them, I'll call on approach to see where they are...
Dropped the keys on them at the Yorktown Schools and headed into town. We used to hit Yorktown Beer during the now infamous late 80's/early 90's "Scotty parties", before his mom told him, "You haven't lived here in 3 years, you're not having Summer parties at my house anymore". It was the early days of micros and everything was new. These days, they still hold their wall of micros and imports against the rows of case macros out on the floor. Locals and regionals (Brooklyn, Riverhorse, Southampton, Cooperstown, Victory, Weyerbacher, Magic Hat, Long Trail, Otter Creek), and beyond (North Coast, Avery, Mendocino, Anderson Valley, Butte Creek). A handful of bombers (Stone, Weyerbacher, Long Trail). A small bunch of Belgians (Chouffe, Val Dieu, Caracole, Delirium, Chimay, St B, Gulden Draak, Lindemans) and the standard English & Germans.
Nothing crazy, but respectable in micros available here. Otherwise, juices, teas, sodas, snacks and cigars.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

When you first walk in you will be overwhelmed by a mountain of Macros. But if you walk past there is a wide wall stalked with wonderful microbrews and imports. A broad selection of micros and imports: Victory, Dogfish Head (e.g., WWS), Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Ommengang. The prices are a bit higher than the other stores I frequent in northwestern Westchester. But the selection makes the trip worth while. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the vicinity. The guy working there wasn't busy so he took the time to help me out with a few questions.

As of 3/25/06
This place seems to be going downhill in terms of selection. Also way to many of the dwindeling selection of descent craft beers are well past their enjoy by dates.

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Yorktown Beer & Soda in Yorktown Heights, NY
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