Blue Point Brewery, one of Long Island’s better known and most popular microbrewers is set to tap the world’s largest cask as it hosts the 7th Annual Blue Point Cask Ale Festival on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 from 2pm – 6pm at their headquarters in Patchogue. For those unfamiliar with Cask Ale, it’s a reference to unfiltered and unpasteurized beer that is conditioned and served directly from a cask.
Where do you go when you want to sit down with a bunch of friends, order a slew of appetizers and drinks, zone out and watch the game? There might be a lot of restaurants and bars that could fit this description, but what if you wanted to watch almost every game that was on tv? To seek your answer, we headed to Kodiak’s Restaurant and Bar in Farmingdale to not only check out their new digs, but to find out if all of your needs could be met.
Variety is the spice of life and if you’re looking for your variety in the way of a different brew for every night of the year, effin gruven is your next go-to spot on a Saturday night (or any night, for that matter). You’ve got college kids, post-college grads and the random mid-40’s guy (and girl) all represented in the crowd, ensuring that everyone will feel at home.
The highlight of the bar is their huge selection of beers, with specialty and hard to find beers available on a limited run (or until they run out). On some nights you may be able to find Great South Bay Hoppocratic Oath, Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale, Rogue Brewery Chocolate Stout, Southampton, Dogfish and more. Their location on Sunrise Highway is perfect if you want to leave the car at home, hop on the LIRR and enjoy a safe night away from the worries of who’s going to be the designated driver.
One more thing; if you want order a Budweiser, head on down to Mulcahy’s, they don’t serve that here. Now, move along.
Long Island and the immediate areas are proving to be worthy competitors in the micro-brew and nano-brew areas of the artform. It can get convoluted and there’s a lot out there to learn about, so why not be lead by one of the area’s knowledgable experts and top beer enthusiasts, Donavan Hall.
By Sam Jacobs, Brooklyn Correspondent
If you find yourself in Southampton on a weekend, or any other day and you’re looking for a place to eat and have a beer that doesn’t have any of the pretentiousness of the restaurants that cater to the city folk then check out the Southampton Publick House.
The outside is unassuming save for the two signs leading the way, but inside you get everything you would hope for in a microbrewery/restaurant. Entrees include steaks, pork chops, and chicken, Sully’s Famous Baby Back Ribs, pasta, and seafood. There is also a prix fixe menu that includes an appetizer and dessert.
I visited last Friday night, and had a cup of creamy New England clam chowder followed by a barbecue chicken and ribs combo, and topped it off with a hunk of apple crisp ala mode. The table also shared a basket of crispy fried calamari. Delicious! But don’t be fooled, Southampton Publick House is still best known for their selection of beers brewed on site. The selection seems to change with the seasons. I sampled the Montauk Light, Southampton Gold, and Russian Imperial Stout. All were superb. I may make a trip back in the fall to sample their Pumpkin Ale.
Southampton Publick House
40 Bowden Square
Southampton, NY 11968