Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, email@example.com Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:00
Black Forest Brew Haus
2015 New Highway, Farmingdale
With roots dating back more than 200 years thanks to mother company Privatbrauerei Hoepfner’s 1798 founding in Karlsrue, Germany, all Black Forest beer is freshly-brewed on the premises using only the finest imported yeast, hops, malt and the purest filtered water.
The beer list includes the Black Forest Hefe-Weizen (wheat malt), Black Forest Pilsner (light body and color with a pronounced hop bitterness and flavor), Black Forest Amber (medium-bodied amber with light caramel and toasted notes), Black Forest OBB (complex ale featuring a combination of blueberries, flaked oats and American hops) and Black Forest Helles (German blonde lager). Food is also served here and features an extensive menu of American and German specialties.
The Good Life
1039 Park Blvd, Massapequa Park
This English-style pub restaurant features 99 craft beers from around the world.
The Good Life boasts 24 beers on tap including Dogfish Head Namaste, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Sly Fox Maibock and The Good Life Pilsner. The pub also sells 61 types of bottled beer from the standard (Budweiser/Coors Light/Stella Artois/Corona) to the fruity (Sea Dog Wild Blueberry/Van Diest Fruli Strawberry Beer/Wells Banana Bread Beer) and unique (Monty Python’s Holy Grail). There is even a trio of canned beer available for consumption (Avery Ellies Brown Ale/Boddingtons Pub Ale/Oskar Blues Old Chub). The house specialty beer is Vanberg DeWulf Lambrucha (blending of two living yeast beverages to create a third, different beverage) and comes in a 25-ounce bottle that costs just a tick under $20.
The food menu offers plenty and includes fried mac & pepper jack, chicken cordon blue balls, mashed potato wontons and sweet potato tater tots.
Great South Bay Brewery
25 Drexel Drive, Bay Shore
Brewmaster/owner Rick Sobotka is not only a board-certified anesthesiologist, but a fourth-generation brewer whose roots go to great-grandfather Stanislaus Sobotka, who distilled his own whiskey back in Poland.
The Great South Bay Brewery (GSBB) has roughly 15 beers including Blonde Ambition Pale Ale (year-round), Snaggletooth Stout (limited availability-winter), Hoppocratic Oath Imperial IPA (seasonal: January/February) and Massive India Pale Ale, a year-round brew that was also the bronze medal winner for “Best Craft Beer in New York 2012.”
Last year, the GSBB moved to a brand-new 39,000 square foot brewing facility with a tasting room that reopened June 20. Hours are Thursday and Friday (3-8 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday (noon-5 p.m.).
Croxley’s Ale House & Eatery
190 Main St., Farmingdale
129 New Hyde Park Rd.,
7-9 S. Park Ave., Rockville Centre
28 Avenue B, Manhattan
With five locations and one soon to open in Brooklyn, Croxley’s Ale House & Eatery offers the largest selection of craft beers and imports in the tri-state area. Each Croxley’s offers a wide range of brews on tap with one of the newest being Croxley’s 20th Anniversary Red Ale. Food offerings include appetizers, sandwiches, sides mussel pots, Sunday brunch and an all-new special wings menu.
Blue Point Brewing Company
161 River Ave., Patchogue
The granddaddy of Long Island microbreweries, The Blue Point Brewing Company (BPBC) is going into its 14th year after being founded in 1999 by President Peter Cotter and Brewmaster Mark Burford in what was formally a 1970s Penguin Ice Factory. Onsite, there’s a tasting room with hours on Thursday, Friday (3-7 p.m.) and Saturday (noon-7 p.m.; not-so-formal tours at 1 and 4 p.m.)
BPBC creates roughly 22 microbrews (including 5 seasonal and 12 fresh on tap) ranging from the familiar (Pale Ale, White IPA, Oatmeal Stout) to the exotic (Blueberry Ale, Sour Cherry Imperial Stout, Pumpkin Ale) and downright quirky (Toxic Sludge, RastafaRye Ale, Old Howling Bastard).