Take a trip east of Manhattan for a pleasant beer surprise.
The drive to and from Long Island may be your last idea of fun, and normally, I’d be inclined to agree, but trust me, it’s well worth it. Little do people know, the good folks of Long Island, New York have a thriving beer scene that’s well worth checking out for a day’s getaway or a more leisurely weekend. First, and perhaps most obvious to mention, is the Southampton Publick House in Southampton, which features a restaurant with fine food and of course, many taps filled with Southampton’s brews. This stop is a must so that you can sit in the dining room, overlooking the brewing equipment where Brewmaster Phil Markowski, creates many of his recipes for production. Additionally, Southampton offers bombers of rare one-offs that seldom make it to the Philadelphia market.Close by is Blue Point Brewing Company, featuring a small tasting room that serves up fresh samples of their various beers, along with growlers and cases for sale. Be sure to take a tour so that you can check out the “World’s Largest Cask,” which currently features the BP Toxic Sludge, a limited edition, hoppy Black IPA, with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, as a result of the 2010 BP oil spill.
Just a little further down the street is the up-and-coming Great South Bay Brewery, which currently is only available throughout beer bars in Long Island, but is definitely offering some exceptional brews and it wouldn’t be surprising if we see them out our way soon enough. In meeting several of the guys that work there, you can see and understand their passion as a new brewery just getting off the ground. Their tasting room should be open shortly but if you Tweet them for a meet up, I’m sure they’d oblige (especially if you come with cheesesteak in hand).
In addition to these breweries, there is also a handful of great brewpubs throughout the area including, John Harvard’s Brew House in Lake Grove, Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue, or the Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale. If you’re looking for a great opportunity to try many of these beers, keep an eye out for the various events that take place throughout Long Island, like the Long Island Craft Beer Week (May) or the upcoming North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ, and Wine Festival in Jamesport, NY on August 13th.