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Holiday Beverage Center
$$ - reasonable
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4569 Amboy Rd
phone: (718) 356-0100
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Outstanding selection, I was able to score many hard to find gems like Sucaba, KBS, and Founders Backstage Series #6: Doom. Service is second to none. The staff is super knowledgeable and is up on all the important releases. If you're looking for craft beer on Staten Island, Holiday must be your first stop!
04-26-2013 22:08:48 |
More by JohnG190
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Holiday is easily the best place to pick up craft brews on the Island. The selection is great and, outside of a few high-end, hard to find brews reasonably priced. For a few of the more obscure brews out there Holiday has prices that are quite a bit higher than shops further up the Hudson or just over the bridge in Jersey, but standard year-rounds and seasonals from breweries like Founders, Great Divide and Allagash (among plenty of others) are pretty much par for the course.
The rotating selection of taps for growlers is great and often features impressive or hard to find brews. In particular the shop routinely scores great stuff from Allagash that isn't always readily available such as the Bourbon Black and Old HLT.
The service is impeccable. The staff knows its stuff and, if they know you well enough, are always ready to suggest something new if you're feeling a bit lost (Out of the Founders KBS? Why not try the Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged BORIS?).
The only bad thing about Holiday is that it's kind of out of the way, buried all the way on the south shore of Staten Island.
10-28-2012 18:45:13 |
More by TerrenceOBrien
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
While visiting family for the holidays, my husband and I were searching for a good craft beer source on Staten Island. They had a huge selection of beers and ciders. Seasonal beers had a separate section. Breweries from across the US and the world were represented. There were two employees who were both very knowledgeable. They listened to our preferences and helped us find beers we had not tried before. All of our choices ended up being very enjoyable.
We came away with: Dogfish Head Namaste, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, Aventinus Weizen Eisbock, Warsteiner Dunkel, Rodenbach Classic, River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout, and Angry Orchard Ginger Apple Cider.
Additionally they sell growlers, which I've never seen in a package store. When I was there a few days after Christmas, the selection was: Ridgeway Reindeer Droppings, Ridgeway Picked Santa, Rogue John John Hazelnut, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, Sixpoint Mad Scientist #7, and Troegs Mad Elf. Prices ranged from $12-18, plus a $6 deposit-- about the same price as brewpubs in my hometown.
EDIT: I noticed some reviews from a few years ago mentioned they did not take credit cards. As of December 2011, they did accept credit cards, so that's another plus.
01-03-2012 02:56:02 |
More by dananabanana
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Upon entry you know you're in for something good when greeted with neons from Brooklyn, Sierra, Firestone, and Southern Tier.
A gem in the craft wasteland that is Staten Island. Greeted with craft upon entry, the beer is organized somewhat by region/country. One rack containing Stone, Oskar Blues, and Alesmith, and another with assorted big bottles from Blue Point, Great Divide, Mikkeller, and more.
A very knowledgeable staff can make suggestions or describe most beers there. They'll order beers upon request and are generally just all around friendly.
Growler Station usually has 6 beers on at a time. Their goal is typically to pour beers that aren't packaged, with a few exceptions made for Life & Limb, Tenfidy, Double Jack and maybe a few others. Other offerings have included Blue Point No Apologies, Wurzburger Oktoberfest, and beers from Wachusett and Greenport Harbor.
Excellent place for craft beer, a destination, even.
10-31-2011 17:10:42 |
More by wcintula
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Well there are not many places on SI to to get good beer (except for the recent surge in good bars, i.e. Wild Goose) to go but Holiday does the trick. More centered around well known micros but has a good selection of imports and some other stuff you don't find often. I am there a few times a month as there isn't really any other places to go on SI (and I am on the north shore!)
Prices are fair, selection is just right. If you are looking for something new and different, Holiday is your place to go on SI!
04-08-2010 18:10:07 |
More by CaptKirkles
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
It's good to see that there's finally a beer distributer on Staten Island with a good selection of imports and a decent selection of American micros. Belgian, German, UK, Irish and Baltic imports were well represented, as were many of the more mainstream micros (Anchor, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head and the like). I left with a six of Brooklyn's Monster Ale (07), a four pack of Goose Island's Matilda and 750ml of Affligem's Noel.
I'm not sure exactly what I paid since they didn't take credit cards, didn't give me a receipt and I stuffed my change in my pocket without really counting it. I got a good price on the Affligem which was on sale at $4.99, but the balance somehow wound up costing me more than $2/beer. It would have helped if they bothered to put prices on the beers, but few items were clearly marked.
Holiday Beverage is small and cramped but the selection is good, and there was someone there to answer questions. If you're on the south shore of the island, and in need of good beer, this is probably one of your better options.
02-03-2008 02:52:44 |
More by 86sportster883
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
This place is about 2 miles from my house but this is the first time I have visited the place (I am a newbie). Seeing that it has been more than a year since it was reviewed, I decided to take a chance and see what the place has to offer. What a surprise! Local micros are well represented. I found Abita, Harpoon, Victory, Saranac, Flying Dog, Magic Hat, North Coast, Ommegang, DH, Smutty, SN and more! (I brought my 9 year old daughter and she wrote these down for me;) Plenty of imports also like Unibroue, Paulaner, Samichlaus, San Miguel, Hitachino, Baltika, Sam Smith, St. Paul, Moretti, etc. The reason I am writing this down is for the benefit of other newbies who are on the prowl for a good selection like me.
Within 5 minutes of arriving, I was asked by 3 different people if I needed help. I met Wayne the proprietor of the establishment and he did remind me that I can mix my own six pack and that he was expecting a shipment of Rogue next week. This is not one of those fancy liquor stores, more like a bodega which might explain why previous reviewers found plenty of dust (I found the dust tolerable). Where I did find the dust was on the floor under the shelves where he kept old beer for returns and there among the badies I found a lone 2001 Brooklyn Monster Ale. I took that and a 2003 for comparison.
03-14-2004 03:55:41 |
More by pourmeone
quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Stopped in here on a business trip to Staten Island, hoping to take home some local brews. They had a decent selection of imports: some good Belgians included. However, their selection of local beers left something to be desired. Did not find any Victory beers, or Dogfish Head as I might have expected. They had a few Brooklyn Brewing Co Beers, and some stuff from Ommengang, but that's about it. Lots of dusty bottles, with some stuff 4 months out of date. Guy behind the counter didn't seem to know much about the beer.
02-10-2003 17:48:33 |
More by mzwolinski
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
One of the better beer stores in Staten Island, but that does not mean it is great. I have not gotten a bad bottle, but that is because I stay away from the dust, and there is alot of it accumulated on some bottles. I usually stick with the new stuff, seasonals and high alcohol brews to be on the safe side. Pretty good selection of micros and imports, and some specialty magnum bottles and gift packs. Service is not bad, fairly knolegeable and pretty helpful. Best part of this place is that you can mix and make your own 6-packs. Fairly good selection of Belgians and local brews.
01-21-2003 12:38:22 |
More by Lupe
Holiday Beverage Center in Staten Island, NY