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Mouthwatering Microbreweries - Where to Try Some Great Locally Brewed Beers!

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Producing small batches of beer lets a microbrewery specialize in unique types of beers.

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Who said American beer was dull? It's anything but in the fantastic selection of free-spirited microbreweries and brewpubs across Long Island.

By official definition, a microbrewery produces less than 465,000 gallons of beer per year. Around here, we simply think of a microbrewery as one of our local breweries producing delicious beers. Even the largest local microbreweries, produce a minuscule amount of beer compared to the nationally recognized brands. The smallest microbreweries (often referred to as nanobreweries) operate out of studio-size spaces, selling beer one-half gallon at a time. Some microbreweries produce beer exclusively for their own pubs. While they come in all shapes and sizes, microbreweries make the good stuff.

Being able to walk into a bar and order a beer that no one has heard of makes people feel good about their alcohol drinking palate.  Some enthusiasts bring a notebook to every bar to  keep a record of all the beers they drank and their experience with them.  The ‘beer journal’ is a bible of microbreweries.

The Brewers Association provides craft brewers with great resources.  Some interesting statistics are 1 barrel of beer is equal to 31 gallons. 

Here are some of our favorite local Microbrewries: 

  • Black Forest Brew Haus 
    2015 New Highway, Farmingdale (631) 391-9500
    Black Forest Brew Haus provides an authentic taste of Germany with each mug of crafted beer.
  • Blue Point Brewing Company 
    161 River Avenue, Patchogue (631) 475-6944
    Founded in 1998, Blue Point continues its tradition of providing Long Island with delicious, local artisanal brews.
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing Company 
    234 Carpenter Street, Greenport  (631) 477-6681
    Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has been brewing beer since 2009 in an old firehouse.
  • John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House 
    2093 Smithhaven Plaza, Lake Grove (631) 979-2739
    The Lake Grove Mug Club is the John Harvard’s society of craft beer aficionados and receive the benefits and coveted hardware (mugs) that go along with it. 
  • Great South Bay Brewery 
    25 Drexel Drive, Bay Shore (631) 392-8472
    All of their beers are craft brewed from scratch with local water and no preservative or additives.
  • Port Jeff Brewing Company 
    22 Mill Creek Road, Port Jefferson (877) 4PJ-BREW
    The brewery features a 7 barrel system which is capable of producing 217 gallons (about 86 cases) per brew. 
  • Oyster Bay Brewing Company 
    76 South Street, Oyster Bay (516) 802-5546
    The Oyster Bay Brewing Company pays tribute to the history of Long Island, mainly the north shore. They are dedicated to producing the highest quality beer while staying true to their nautical history here on the gold coast. 
  • South Hampton Publick House 
    40 Bowden Square, Southampton (631) 283-2800
    The Southampton Publick House is a landmark for beer and has won many awards.
  • Long Ireland Beer Company 
    817 Pulaski Street, Riverhead (631) 403-4303 
    Their flagship Celtic Ale is a traditional Irish brew crafted local ingredients readily available on Long Island in much the same fashion as their Irish predecessors.
  • Blind Bat Brewery
    Centerport 
    This self-described "nanobrewery" is a one-man operation which currently only brews three barrels of wood-smoked ales and other artisanal beers at a time.
Let us know about your favorite microbrewery in the comments below.