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Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
This brewery offers the best of both worlds: small batch brewing with a chill tasting room at its original Greenport location, and larger scale brewing and tastings at its second location in nearby Peconic. The newer location also offers live music on weekends, a food truck in the warmer months, and hosted their seventh anniversary in July. An onsite brewpub is due to open in October, featuring ultra-local ingredients.
42155 Main Road, Peconic; 234 Carpenter St, Greenport, greenportharborbrewing.com

Legends Restaurant
Located on the Peconic Bay, Legends Restaurant features 21 taps, 15 of which are dedicated to craft beers, including several local brews. Legends also has a large selection of rotating specialty bottles. Its full menu of beers and pub grub are available in both the boisterous bar area or in the quieter dining room.
835 First Street, New Suffolk, legends-restaurant.com

Shelter Island Craft Brewery
Located on a small island between the North and South Fork, this newer brewery uses five varieties of island-grown hops, honey from local bees, locally grown beach plums and other homegrown ingredients. Pints, flights and growlers are available from the brewery’s eight taps, and a small selection of tapas is available, as are seasonal beer cocktails.
55 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, shelterislandcraftbrewery.com


This two-year-old brewpub has 24 craft beers on tap, many local, and a small list of bottles including hard root beer and gluten-free beer. The restaurant serves dinner and weekend brunch, and offers a weekday happy hour with five-dollar drafts. Brewology recently collaborated with Captain Lawrence on its Aristotle IPA. Growlers are available for some brews. There’s a second location in Port Jefferson
295 Montauk Highway, Speonk, brewology295.com

Montauk Brewing Co.
Montauk Brewing has the honor of being New York State’s easternmost brewery; it’s about six miles west of the Montauk Lighthouse at the tip of Long Island. Look for unusual brews such as the seasonal Bay Scallop Stout or an IPA from the single hop series. Flights, pints, growlers and crowlers (32-ounce cans) are available for all six beers on tap. In the summer months, the brewery hosts live music on weekends.
62 South Erie Avenue, Montauk, montaukbrewingco.com

Rowdy Hall
Found at the end of Parish Mews off Main Street in East Hampton, Rowdy Hall offers eight taps at its striking copper bar. Of the six, one is dedicated to the nearby Montauk Brewery and two others—the Rowdy tap and Extra Special Rowdy (ESR) tap—showcase rotating selections of American craft beer. Bottles and cans are also available as is a full menu of pub grub.
10 Main Street, East Hampton, rowdyhall.com

Southampton Publick House
Southampton, the oldest active brewery on Long Island, finds itself in a bit of a transition for its 20th anniversary. While it continues to brew at its current location, the restaurant and pub moved to a new location. Six beers are available on tap including seasonal and specialty brews; bottles are available for some.
62 Jobs Lane, Southampton, publick.com



Crooked Ladder Brewing Company
Crooked Ladder offers eight beers in its tasting room, which overlooks the small brewing facility. You’ll find them on tap in nearby bars with brews such as the 70 West IPA, which refers to both its IBU and the brewery’s address. Flights, pints and growlers are available for all beers except for the Nitro tap.
70 West Main Street, Riverhead, crookedladderbrewing.com

Dark Horse Restaurant
While Dark Horse has a craft beer sensibility, its menu is, ironically, about 99 percent gluten-free. Of its six taps, one is dedicated to cider (for gluten-free patrons), while the rest feature local brews from Greenport, Great South Bay and Oyster Bay. The Dark Horse also has a large space in the back for private parties.
1 East Main Street, Riverhead, darkhorserestaurant.com

Long Ireland Beer Company
Its flagship beer may be the Celtic Ale, but Long Ireland’s brewery is located right in the middle of the neighborhood known as Polishtown. The brewery began in one of the co-founders’ kitchens, and now brews about 25 styles each year, with a dozen available at any given time. Pints and tastings are available in the tasting room; brewery tours are available on Saturdays or by appointment.
817 Pulaski Street, Riverhead, longirelandbrewing.com

Moustache Brewing Co.
Named for co-founder Matt Spitz’s signature handlebar mustache, this brewery opened about two years ago following a successful Kickstarter campaign. Moustache now has 15 beers on tap. The brewery is open year-round, and when the weather warms up, the front-facing garage door opens for open-air tastings. Flights, pints, and growlers are available.
400 Hallett Ave., Riverhead, moustachebrewing.com

Vines & Hops
Patrons of this lounge-like locale can sip beer, wine and spirits perched around wine barrels reimagined as tables or while relaxing on comfy couches. The bar features a dozen taps of mostly craft beer as well as several specialty bottles. Weekly events include local DJs, open-mike night and live music.
127 E Main St., Riverhead, Vines & Hops



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