The Red Zone June/July 2011

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Salumi Tapas Bar
(516) 620-0057, Massapequa.
salumibarli.com

Italy and Spain small plates, antique timber interior, handclaps (ask Anthony Jacobs) and grapes. And sea-salted marcona almonds. Pre-opening eats included roasted chorizo, marrow bone, chilled mussels and three cultured cheese-and-cured-meat boards (Italian, Spanish, French). D’Affinois! Stuffed.

Croxley’s Ale House
(516) 764-0470, Rockville Centre
croxley.com

Let’s defeat the “Angry Ales” (Anderson Valley Brother David’s Triple Abbey, Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu, etc.) together.

Speakeasy
(516) 889-3279, Long Beach
speakeasylb.com

Speakeasy serves Speakeasy White Lightning American Wheat. Whodathunkit?

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Tap and Barrel
(631) 780-5474, Smithtown
facebook.com/tapandbarrelbar

Home of TITUS BEERTOWERUS: A 52-line, flamed copper and brass craft draft tower, hand-made in Slovenia by metal specialists and constructed using authentic 1910-30s steamfitting castings. They also have a Terminator 2: Judgment Day arcade with the plastic guns.

Sapsuckers Hops & Grub
(631) 683-4945, Huntington
sapsuckersli.com

Pretty Things beer and ale project Jack D’Or from “Field Guide to Beers” (Cigar City Improvisacion, Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir, oh, and mirror-scribbled rarities, too!) inspired this crappy poem: “Jack D’Or be Nimble, Jack D’Or be Quick, This craft beer nursery rhyme is nonsensical and just so sillysilly, I now gonna shut up and finish this Jack D’Or drink.” Next visit: Alabama Sloppy Hammer (shredded short ribs with melted fontina).

BrickHouse Brewery
(631) 447-2337, Patchogue
brickhousebrewery.com

Welcome new head brewer Charles Noll, responsible for Anarchy Ale and Mother Chugger (the latter = slightly-bitter, 5.5% ABV English amber).

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