Say Cheers to 8 Long Island Breweries

Aug. 4 marks International Beer Day. Though a celebratory flight across the globe for a tasting may not be in the cards, it’s entirely possible to order a flight closer to home. Long Island breweries are crafting cold ones inspired by local and international ingredients. Consider this the tour de beer itinerary. 

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Barrage Brewing Company, East Farmingdale

Feel like family while sipping on fun flavors. This small brewery is regarded for its friendly staff and the tasty chocolate and caramel beers. Keep in mind, the tasting room is open Thursday–Sunday to sample the unique and unfiltered flights, pints and growlers. Address: 32 Allen Blvd | Phone: 516-986-8066 Click to go

Black Forest Brew Haus, Farmingdale

It’s Oktoberfest all year long at this German brewery and restaurant. Enjoy your craft beer with authentic German cuisine like the kase panini with a soft and sweet hefeweizen or the sauerbraten and soft pretzels. Don’t leave without trying the Summer Ale, a special Americanized version of a Kölsch beer that diners cannot find anywhere else on Long Island. Address: 2015 New Hwy | Phone: 631-391-9500 Click to go

Blue Point Brewing Co., Patchogue

Blue Point Brewing Co.’s beer is not only good, but unique. The brewmasters like to play around with flavors and ingredients such as seaweed, local oysters and beach plums. The flagship brew, Toasted Lager, is a two-time World Beer Cup medal-winning American Amber Lager. Address: 161 River Ave | Phone: 844-BPB-BREW Click to go

Brickhouse Brewery & Restaurant, Patchogue

This brewery is housed in the oldest commercial building in Patchogue and its history is just as rich as its beers. (During the Civil War, the building was a stop on the Underground Railroad!) Right now the seasonal tap selection has a special beer to celebrate Brickhouse’s 21st birthday. Aptly named “Birthday Suit,” the beer is brewed with 21 pounds of brown sugar. Address: 67 W Main St | Phone: 631-447-2337 Click to go

Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore

Try a flight of 4 or sample all 14 of the Great South Bay Brewery’s award-winning beers. The tasting room is open Wednesday–Sunday. Through familiar names, such as the Robert Moses Pale Ale, each sip will feel like home. Address: 25 Drexel Dr | Phone: 631-392-8472 Click to go

Moustache Brewing Co., Riverhead

Moustache Brewing Co. is a village gem. Visit the tasting room Thursday–Sunday or catch Moustache Brewing Co. at Alive on 25, Riverhead’s street festival. Address: 400 Hallett Ave | Phone: 631-591-3250 Click to go

Port Jefferson Brewing Co., Port Jefferson

Happy hour is hard to miss at this microbrewery; the tasting room is open every day of the year except Christmas. The brewery features 11 taps with craft beer and one cask beer engine, and hosts brewery tours every Saturday. Best part is, your furry friends are welcome too (just no beer in the doggy bowls!). Address: 22 Mill Creek Rd | Phone: 877-475-2739 Click to go

Rockaway Brewing Company, Long Island City

In this hip microbrewery, the ambiance isn’t the only thing that’s fresh and fun. Sip on a Rockaway ESB, the flagship beer, while listening to reggae tunes. Or get a party-sized growler of one of the special brews (such as the juicy Tidal Variations IPA V.2, which is only available for a limited time). Address: 46-01 5th St | Phone: 718-482-6528 Click to go

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