Long Island is a mecca of microbreweries and beaches. Combine the two and you’ve got a pretty hopping day trip. When the sun reaches its peak, trade your barstool for a beach chair and cool off with a home-brewed cold one at a nearby taproom.
Oyster Bay Brewing Company
Business is booming for Oyster Bay Brewing Company, and for good reason. Their new taproom on the Gold Coast features brewing tanks on full display and a long bar. The options are both plentiful and flavorful, so opt for the tasting flight. Delicious standouts include the rich and full Oatmeal Stout and smooth and warm Honey Ale.
There are multiple nicely-sized HD screens for live sports, making the brewery a perfect spot to see local boy Steven Matz mow down opponents. Bring your crew–there’s a selection of table and card games for group fun. Go.
Located in Oceanside, Barrier brings together local food, art, music and most importantly, beer. If you decide to visit, make sure to grab a few tacos from Poseidon’s Kitchen Food Truck parked directly in front and free popcorn inside.
Paintings from local artists adorn the taproom walls, topping off the DIY vibes with homespun décor. Barrier features occasional live music from talented local musicians. As for the beer, get the Fantastical Extra Pale Ale, a strong, well-balanced brew. Go.
Crooked Ladder Brewing Company
Step inside this cozy brick brewery located in Riverhead for a pleasant afternoon or evening. Because of its size, the focus here is on the beer, not the party, but the beer delivers. Try Crooked Ladder’s flagship, the Gypsy Red—a decidedly sweet, medium bodied American Red Ale—and the West Coast IPA, a very colorful choice. ‘Tis the season for Summeritis, a crisp Summer Ale with citrus flavor.
Crooked Ladder is centrally located with many surrounding dining options, so plan to have lunch or dinner nearby and check out patron favorite Live Music Wednesdays. Go.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Greenport’s giant new taproom features a spacious outdoor lawn area to boot—perfect for summer sipping. Bring your dog along to roll around in the grass and enjoy live music here on weekends. When you get hungry, the North Fork Test Kitchen food truck offers poutine waffle fries and Crescent Duck on steamed buns, both of which pair perfectly with the brew. Favorites include the Black Duck Porter, a roast-coffee brew and the Leaf Pile Ale, a nutty-cinnamon-vanilla treat. But since it’s summertime you can opt for the Summer Ale, a refreshing Golden Ale with orange zest (yum). Go.