Big Z Beverage
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3/5 rDev -34.1%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
The quality and selection was not as big as I expected. I could get all of what they had and more at another place just minutes away. Heck, even the cheesey chain of Beverage Barns had a few this doesn't. Still, they did have more than most. Overall it is OK if you are in the area...but if you just go down the road 5-10 min...
When I was there...the service was more interested in the game they were into than the customers' questions.
06-20-2003 22:35:23 | More by stegmakk
3.65/5 rDev -19.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Well.... It was in route to John Harvard's and like I said, I was sniffing out Southampton Double Whites... Sadly, none to be found here. Warehouseish in appearance, upon entry you'll find the racks with the kind micros off to the right. They got some pretty good stuff but not a Southampton to be had. Listen, you're in Suffolk, so is Southampton. It should be unlawful for you not to carry Southampton beers. Some of the micros were looking kind of old. They had a few sixes of the New England Light Lager, do I need say more? They did have some of the more popular big bottles (Delirium, Ommegang, etc) and they are filling growlers of the Blue Point Pale Ale, (Brooklyn's) Post Road Pumpkin Ale and the Sam Adams Octo. Not too shabby but they need to relieve themselves of the outdated inventory.
12-06-2003 20:00:29 | More by slander
3.8/5 rDev -16.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in today since it was such a beautiful day, I didn't mind the drive.
Okay, first the bad news. Although there was a time when this place had the best, if worst organized and dustiest, selection in the county. Those days are gone. As you enter, it's really only the right side wall that you'll be focusing on. Some decent stuff: Victory, North Coast, Chimay, and lots of other big names but little you can't get at Shoreline or otherwise locally and most of the prices seemed pretty inflated.
There is good news. I picked out a few singles ( a few semi bargains) and talked to the friendly owner and he confided that he'd be breaking up a lot more sixers and expanding his more reasonably priced individual bottles, especially with the summer coming. I got a 12 oz. bottle of Sam Smith's India Ale for $1.75, which seemed fair. I'll check in again in a month or so and report on how things last. What Long Island really needs in a reasonable place to pick up single bottles, like all those delis on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. Maybe this can be it..
Update as of August 2006. Stopped in several times this summer after work and the single bottle display had indeed increased. Some overpriced but the majority reasonable.
04-03-2006 02:21:57 | More by daliandragon
4/5 rDev -12.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Big Z has a new owner who bought the place in April and seems to have turned the place around with attention being paid to both the quality and the space efficiency. As I walked through the store, I kept noticing nuances and things I had not seen before. Someone had done their homework on providing a good array of imports and micros for the new store. Of course there were a few macro products, but they were blended into the mix over all.
One of the cool things about the new Big Z is the owner himself who is totally hands on and very open to suggestion for improvements to the store.
It doesn't have the depth of Shoreline's selection nor does it have the interesting nuances of Superstar (the local competition), but the Big Z is making a good start on becoming a very good beer store.
06-17-2007 12:40:08 | More by bonbright7
4.15/5 rDev -8.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I found this place recently on Long Island Beer Guide's website and decided to check it out when I headed out to Karp's Home Brew since they are pretty close to one another. My first impression is that it blew my mind how awesome the selection was compared to the other places around here I've been to. It seemed to have everything I could've wanted that distributes to New York. My favorite part is the "Build Your Own Six Pack" thing they have going on. I built three six packs this way and have been able to expand my horizons greatly because of it. Its also poorly lit so the beer isn't in danger of getting skunky. The guy running the register (maybe the owner) seemed very passionate about craft beer, which is something I like in my store owners. They also seem to have a very large growler station though I didn't check that out too much (I prefer to get 12 oz bottles). Overall, a great place and I would definitely check it out.
11-07-2009 04:23:31 | More by SkunkWorks
4.24/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great Long Island distributor with a good-sized selection of craft brews, Belgians and just good beer in general. All the usual suspects are here and there's a good chance of finding some rarer finds as well. My other go-to Long Island stop, Shoreline, has a comparable selection and there are always some things I can find in Shoreline but not Big Z, and vice versa, so they're both must visits. The shelves are well laid out and one advantage over Shoreline is that the bottles at Big Z generally aren't dusty, so there may be better turnover here. Prices are reasonable and comparable to other places on Long Island.
12-08-2011 17:06:03 | More by sevenarts
4.3/5 rDev -5.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited Big Z on the strength of some recommendations on this site as well as local blogs. I was very impressed with the selection and the competence of the staff. The store was well organized and clean.
An additional half point was added to selection for having Coopers of Australia which I can't seem to find anywhere in NY. I also added an additional half point for the staff being to direct me to the Coopers without question.
The prices were reasonable, certainly not bargain basement, but not exorbitant. They also indicate that they will search to get what you want and have sent me two emails letting me know about new styles they received.
Some bottles in the singles area were a little long in the tooth so only a four for quality.
02-12-2008 22:57:09 | More by ntorch
4.45/5 rDev -2.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Big Z Beverages
Easy to find ,nice selection they had every thing i was looking for plus beers I didn't even know I wanted. Nice people not to pushy.
Nice wall of micro. and import. they had sixes of everything not just a lose few. I plan to go back but ist a hike from my house its worth it!
11-18-2002 10:33:05 | More by Kwak
4.45/5 rDev -2.2%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In sort of a middle of nowhere type location, near Huntington and Dix Hills on good ole L.I. This place looks like nothing special from the outside. Inside the theme continues, its dark and dingy, but open and roomy. One large room, rundown, warehouse in feel and atmosphere. They came highly rated and just a few minutes of browsing tells the story of why. They have the goods....domestics to the left, imports to the right, cold stuff to the far left, macro/crap in the rear. Also about 10 growler fill stations to the right near the entrance. The beers they carry are all listed on their website, including up to date listings of the growler options. Some glassware for sale, friendly, knowledgeable guy behind the counter. Add it up and this becomes a very worthy destination on the Island.
06-16-2009 05:01:08 | More by Billolick
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place used to boast the largest selection of microbrews on Long Island. However, they have seemed to streamline their stock considering the overall lack of interest in microbrews on Long Island. I think that this was a smart move though when you consider many surrounding distributors are selling old stock. In fact, a few local places are peddling beer from breweries that have been defunct for at least a year.
Overall, a good place to pick up some Stoudt's, Sierra Nevada, Otter Creek, Rogue and Victory. It also has a decent selection of imports.
Update August 26, 2008:
Under new ownership for a few months now. The stock has improved dramatically. Many hard to get 22s in stock. Mark has put in a 5 or 6 tap growler station which is really a centerpiece of the Huntington beer scene.
Mark is very customer friendly and hosts regular beer tastings.
Update December 3, 2008:
The draft system is out of this world. Mark has a constant rotation of six awesome beers on tap - many hard if not impossible to find.
I originally rated Big Z a 3.75 in April 2006.
04-18-2006 03:19:56 | More by plaid75
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Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY
99 out of 100 based on 39 user ratings.