notalush (407) Lakewood, Colorado | July 7, 2007| Updated July 8, 2007
We happened upon this place because my girlfriend and I belong to a CSA in the area, and one of the other members told us about it - this is a rather small store, that seems very dedicated to american craft beer - the macros, unlike most beer distributors, are crammed in a tiny corner of the store, and the microbrews are given center stage (they’re the first thing you see when you walk in the store) - they carry pretty much everything distributed on Long Island (from Stone, the Thomas Hooker, to Lagunitas - their website lists some, but not all of what’s in stock), along with a couple other things I haven’t seen in other places in the area (Stone RIS, Sly Fox 750s, Southern Tier Jah-va and Hoppe, etc.), but you won’t find anything rare - a board in front of the store highlights the newest things in stock, and they have a lot of beeradvocate ranking posted to guide those that aren’t that versed in beer - their imports leave much to be desired, but, like I said, they seem more dedicated to american micros - the staff is friendly and attentive (within two minutes at least 3 staff members asked us if they could find us anything) - this isn’t a place to travel a great distance for, but it’s about a 10-15 minute drive from the Blue Point Brewery, so it’s worth a stop if you’re down there - a really nice beer store, with the service to make you want to keep going back.
Upon first glance, this place doesn’t seem too interesting. It has a pretty good selection that makes it one of the best places on LI (although they don’t really have any beers you can’t get other places on LI). They have 4 growler fills of pretty decent stuff. The owners are really nice and very helpful. Prices are very respectable. A good place if you’re in the area.
Updated Review 3/6/2008. This place has become one of the two bottle shops that I frequent on a regular basis, the other being Big Z. Dave is super enthusiastic about beer and loves talking about it. He constantly rotates his growler station and is more than willing to take suggestions and bring in new things whenever he can, both at the growler station and bottles. He actively writes in his beer blog that he sends out and updates his customers about upcoming beers events on LI and tastings that he hosts at his place. Dave does a very nice job with the selection of beers for a small shop.
Original Review 7/18/2007. I sometimes run over to this place during my lunch hour to do some beer shopping. As notalush said, their main focus is American micros. When you walk in the store, there is a set of display shelves in the middle of the room with a host of six packs from various microbreweries. The larger bottles are near the wall by the register. The import selection is weak, but I thought they did have a decent selection of lambics on hand. I have always found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. They have in fact inquired about beers from distributors for me a couple of times. Its less than five minutes south of Sunrise Highway and is probably one of the better beverage centers on the South Shore in central Suffolk. 3-10-10-N/A-15
Went out to this place for a Captain Lawrence event where Scott was serving his Barrel Select #1. Small, intimate place with a decent selection. Lots of American micro six packs on shelves when you first walk in, then there’s a shelf with bombers of micros. There’s a back room with a cooler and some other shelves of import stuff. Standard selection- not too extensive, but very fairly priced and Dave is one hell of a guy- so make sure you get to chat with him during your visit!
tgncc (96) Bellmore, New York | September 11, 2009
A clean, well lit store. The service is excellent. The owner, Dave, is a great guy, and very helpful. He is also very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about craft beer. The selection is well above average; I found a lot beers here i couldn’t find anywhere else. Plus, Dave has a cheap growler of the week, where a 64 oz growler is only $6.99. (Usually it’s a great beer). The prices are reasonable. If I lived closer, I’d be here every week.
this place is a nice find. Dave, the owner, will do a back flip to get you what ever he can. Amazing selection for such a small place. You can always find something new to try.
Chapel (40) Levittown, New York | December 20, 2007| Updated August 13, 2012
Went for the sixpoint tasting. Very fun atmosphere with lots of good people hanging around. Only disadvantage is that the store is rather small. That being said, they manage to pack a lot of variety. Best of all, if there is anything relatively common that you don’t see, odds are they have it in the back. (For example, they had the 6ers of Oaked Double Bastard on display, but no bombers of such. Dave personally went into the back to get a bomber for a customer.) Growler fills are a reasonable price also. This is an excellent place, but I wish it was closer to me.
I went there yesterday to see the growler selection of Sixpoint ales, which I found remarkable for the area. I found a great selection of beer leaning on the American side. The workers were friendly and helpful when I asked for something different. I found I had to examine every corner to ferret out the little surprises from DFH, Ommegang, and Left hand.
I’ve been here numerous times. Kind of small, but packed with beer. This is not the best store on L.I. but it is the best place to find great beer east of the Huntington giants. It is also my favorite to shop at. The service is outstanding! Fun atmosphere. Dave & Rich are true beer guys. Even the kid that works there seems to know a lot about beer. You couldn’t ask for better service and advice. Sometimes when I spend a bunch of money they throw in a freebie or two. They have a blog that lets all of the regulars know what’s new, what’s on tap & what limited stuff is in. (They don’t put the rare stuff out on the shelves, they save it for the blog readers) The growler station (8 taps)occasionally has a stinker, but you can usually get something great. Awesome domestic craft beer selection. Imports are a little weak, but they do have most of the best ones. Macro’s are obviously not the focus here. The tastings are the best. Food & beer. Awesome. I’ll keep going back.
Huevos (8) Middle Island, New York | September 25, 2012
Rich really knows his beer!! Dave is a cool guy!! Love talking to these guys! Real pros.