(516) 932-8460, Plainview
Opened: 2013 | Beers: 35
Atmosphere: Woody, barn-ish gastropub with mason jars
What To Know:Morrison’s, the beeriest newcomer of 2013, was previously Red Fish. The owners, including Shelby Poole, have swapped swill for stupendous—or brewpendous—with gems from Evil Twin Brewing, The Bruery and Goose Island Beer Co. Poole often drives to Brooklyn and Queens to get kegs that don’t normally find their way to Long Island. A visit is mandatory.
What To Drink: Against the Grain Bo & Luke, a stout brewed with cherrywood-smoked malts and aged in Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve bourbon barrels. Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Doughnut Break, a fudgy, sweet-glazed porter brewed with donuts. Morrison’s was also the first Long Island establishment to pour Stratford, CT, Two Roads Brewing. The brewery is co-owned by Phil Markowski, former brewmaster of Southampton Publick House.
Also Try: Ayinger Celebrator, Crooked Stave Surette and Westbrook Brewing IPA. The latter is hoppy, complex and will stifle mutterings of canned-beer-equals-bland-beer.
(631) 292-2740, Kings Park
Opened: 2010 | Beers: 10
Atmosphere: Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks… with beer
What To Know: Stephen Cardello describes Relish as a “comfort-style diner that takes things to the next level.” How? After three years of BYOB, an eight-draft lineup was introduced in 2013. Cardello, co-owner and chef, also sources ingredients from purveyors in Kings Park. An omelet with Raleigh’s Poultry Farm-sourced eggs and house-made chorizo paired with Blue Point Brewing RastafaRye Ale? Yes.
What To Drink: Spider Bite Beer Co. Boris The Spider is a solid stout, but Special Brown, a malty English-style brown ale, was brewed exclusively for Relish. To consume both simultaneously, ask for Boris The Spider-covered ice cream to accompany the pour.
Also Try: Whatever you bring! Relish still allows BYOB. “You can’t alienate customers when you change things, so I didn’t want them to stop coming if they have a beer or wine we don’t carry,” said Cardello.
Brew News & New Brews
Centerport’s Blind Bat Brewery, owned by Paul Dlugokencky, created a batch of Hell Gate Golden Ale for GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Regional Grains Project. The beer, a spicy, Belgian-style ale, is always brewed with coriander grown by Dlugokencky’s wife, Regina. This batch, which debuted during New York City Beer Week (February 21-March 2), also features barley from O’Mara Farms in Canastota, New York.
“This is a fun project that allows New York brewers to play with more local ingredients, while also hopefully proving to New York farmers that there is indeed a healthy brewery market for their barley and wheat,” said Dlugokencky. “If they grow it, and someone malts it, we will happily brew with it.” blindbatbrewery.com
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