Big Z Beverage

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
theisti  (767) Kansas | March 15, 2013
Visited right before closing on a Wednesday night. Service was friendly and helpful right away. Wholesale warehouse feel, beer in a cooler along one wall, area of singles up front, 6 or so taps at a growler fill station. There is also a long rack of beers warm in the middle (though the place was like 55 degrees, so warm is relative). Good spot, though seemed a touch light on local NY/NJ beers.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (391) Denver, Colorado | June 10, 2013
[Re-rate - when I lived on Long Island, I used to shop here all the time - itís been about three years since I last came to visit, and this place has really gone downhill - itís just a shadow of its former self - very limited local selection, much fewer imports than it used to have - much less shelf space than it used to have - a lot of other area stores are now much better - the superstar stores in Huntington and bay port, for example, are now far superior - a damn shame] Iíve got to echo the other raters here this place is great - the 50% off table and mix-a-six (which is pretty much the size of most normal storeís entire beer selection) alone are worth a stop - the owner wasnít in on my visit, but the guy working was super helpful, and energetic none-the-less - the import selection has a way to go to compare to Shoreline, but as far as American micros, they have pretty much everything they can possibly get - he seems to have more shelving than he has beer, so I hope heís looking to fill that shelving - their e-mail list with weekly updates sounds promising - I was impressed, and will probably keep coming back here - hell, once their growler station is running Iíll probably come here over any other store on the Island.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
LilBeerDoctor  (349) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | July 2, 2008| Updated October 3, 2008
Best beer store in Huntington (closely tailed by Shoreline). Great prices compared to other stores in the area, very good American micro section (Green Flash, Alesmith, Captain Lawrence, Goose Island, Hair of the Dog, Southern Tier, and tons of others), growlers (5 taps: usually 1 Smuttynose, 1 Six Point, and occassionally Southampton, Captain Lawrence, Allagash, Sly Fox), and the mix-a-6 section has tons of beers to choose from. The owner, Mark, is very friendly and very open to suggestions. He is very pro-active in bringing new beers to LI. New beers are always coming in, so itís worth a visit every now and then. The tap station is definitely something to check out. For imports, itís better to go to Shoreline, but youíve gotta check this place out anyway.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
j12601  (340) Poughkeepsie, New York | July 10, 2010
After a trip out to Southampton we stopped in here en route to home. It was a hot and humid day and the large open warehouse style door hinted that it was not going to get much cooler inside. It didnít. The layout really looks like youíve walked into a wholesale warehouse that decided to change over and offer single bottles and growler fills. Great selection of stuff, including some tougher to find things. Picked up a bunch of harder to come by Mikkeller bottles (single barrel treatments of Black Hole, and some others). A good selection from the growing new importer 12%, and a whole lot more. The one employee who I saw was quite helpful and great to chat beer with. Left happily with a reasonably priced amount of beer that I canít get at home just a couple hours north.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k  (245) HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland | March 5, 2008
I too will exalt the ownerís service and friendliness. This place is much more spacious than almost any beverage place on LI. The selection is on par with the other good shops, maybe at the moment a step below Shoreline but cleaner and less old stock. Prices are usually about a dollar more than usual (still on par with the other LI stores). However, they have a constantly changing mix-a-6 for 10 bucks that often includes beers that are worth a lot more than that. Also, they seems to want to reduce old stock by having sales (50% off). Special brands include Captain Lawrence and Alesmith, gets stuff as fast if not faster than the other stores. I really see no reason why this wont soon become my only stop in LI for out of town beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely  (143) Sanborn, New York | December 19, 2011
Visited in November 2011. Unassuming looking place, actually not the most aesthetically pleasing inside, but itís a beer store so who cares. Very friendly and helpful staff that all seem to know their stuff. Great selection of bottles, Cascade Kriek, Cigar City, Founders, etc. and some nice growlers to be had. I found Spider Biteís First Bite there on tap which had to have been right after they opened because none of their beers had even been listed here at that point. Great store, worth going out of your way for
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
beerbill  (116) Laurel, New York | March 6, 2008
I used to visit this place 9 or 10 years ago when it was under different ownership and it was the best place to get beer on LI at that time. Over the years it deteriorated and I stopped going. The place is under new ownership now and Mark is super enthusiastic about beer. Iíve been there several times now and heís always bringing in new beers and seems genuinely interested in talking about beer. He recently installed new storage shelves and the place is spacious compared to most beverage stores. I especially like his pick-a-six section for $9.95. Often times I donít want a to buy a six pack just to try a beer, and this is a great alternative. This is now one of the two bottle shops I routinely visit, the other being Daveís in Bellport, who is another great guy to talk beer with.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter  (100) Flushing, New York | September 29, 2008
This place has one of the best selections on L.I., and easily has the best service! Mark is very emphatic, knowledgeable, and helpful. I had a long and informative conversation with him from both the craft beer loving, and business aspect of beer. He gets some cool stuff that I havenít seen anywhere else on the Island, and heís always very interested in finding what you want. Mark is a great guy and aspires to provide the best beerstore. Great place! (If I can give a 20-out-of-10 for service, I would!)
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
zdk  (96) New York, New York | January 13, 2011
Good store for Long Island. Have a bunch of hard to finds and rare stuff, and a great 12 taps (all barrier brews when I went), plus the regular craft lineups a bit weaker on imports. Itís got the warehouse feel and was full of craft beerians. Got some bottles of stuff Iíve been meaning to try and some things I wasnít. Store and products are obviously well maintained.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
tgncc  (93) Bellmore, New York | March 8, 2009
Great place. Lots of different and hard to find styles. The proprietor is awesome. He is very knowledgable and enthusiastic about beer. This place frequently hosts beer tastings, and there are growler stations. Wide selection of beers I donít often see. And, I get e-mails with upcomong events. I wish this place was a little closer to my house.

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