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.
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.
Amazing selection, incredible service, helpful, warm & knowledgeable staff. Not a condescending attitude to be found. Great place for beginner beer lovers and the most experienced beer geeks....(and I mean that in the best way possible everybody!!)
Went for the Cigar City tasting. Whoa. They changed the place a LOT! The growler-filling station has an actual bar front and is set towards the back of the store to allow for better traffic. The taps shine and the decorations are neat and make you feel like youíre at an actual pub. Itís Rick at the helm now and heís done a kick-ass job with the place! The macros have been stacked in the back of the store but still easily visible for the folks who, uh... drink that sort of thing. ;) Heís got a terrific selection of imports as well as a (somewhat) heavier selection of US craft. These are located in a series of big shelves immediately to your left. There were a few selections I donít recall seeing at the places more local to me. The lighting is good, the bottles seem clean (no dust form sitting too long), the store itself is very clean. The single bottle / sale bottle shelves are in too much direct sunlight but Rick says theyíre going to build a wall to address that shortly. Rick is a really friendly dude thatís into beer. The place regularly hosts tastings which are worth checking out if you can plan for it. I only wish it wasnít such a pain in the ass for me to get to. Cheers, guys! Keep up the good work!
goldfish19 (1) Long Island, New York | October 10, 2009| Updated October 11, 2009
~ What can I say about this place? When I first walked through its doors some time ago, I was greeted by the owner, Mark. You could tell in his eyes that beer was not only his hobby, but his passion. Mark has transformed this place from a run-of-the-mill beer distributor into a beer loverís paradise! Big Z carries a huge selection, with hard to find beers that other stores simply do not carry. If you donít see what youíre looking for (and thatís a rarity here), just ask one of the experienced staff, and theyíll do their best to try and order it for you.
Currently there are eleven (yes thatís 11) beers on tap at the growler station. Local favorites are mixed in with hard to find gems. Besides tasting great, the beers on tap are always fresh! The prices are competitive and the customer service is top notch.
I could go on and on for pages on how great this place is, but youíre just going to have to see it to believe it. If youíre ever in the area, stop in, you will not be disappointed. ~
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.
Great store! Best on Long Island...Big Z has a great selection of American Micros and some very hard to find stuff. Iím not big into the Euros so I couldnít comment on his selection there. No dusty bottles everything is really fresh due to the volume of business he does. Mark, the owner, is very attentive and knowledgeable; he always recommends beers that he knows will suit my tastes but doesnít have an ego if you decide to go with something else. There are usually in-store beer tasting events a couple times a month (usually Saturdays) and the growler station is great. Good work Big Z!
This is a great store! I have been here numerous times. Itís a toss up as to who has the best selection around this area, Big Z or Shoreline, I really canít say. Itís usually pretty well organized, and easy to navigate. I would give this place a higher rating for service if it was more consistent. When the owner Mark is there, service is excellent, but he does come off as a bit too phony sometimes. I feel like he is too much of a salesman. When he is not there, itís hit or miss. Overall it is a great store, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone that is disappointed by this place. He getís stuff that I have not seen anywhere else in Suffolk County. I donít know where he gets it, but other beer distributors have told me that some of these beers are not even distributed in Suffolk. Kudoís to Mark! Even though it is not my favorite store on the island, I make it a point to come here anytime I am in the area. I always find something different. His Growler beers are also a reason to stop in.
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!)
Visited this store on sept. 4th 08.
One of the best selections i have ever seen.they may have less than some other big stores but they seem to order only the good stuff. Mark was very helpfull and knowledgeable.
A must if you are in the area.
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.