Where to Drink Long Island Beer?

Above Black Forest Brew Haus brewmaster Joe Hayes works up some froth to sate the local enthusiasm. Photograph by Randee Daddona

Brooklyn Uncorked, our homage to Long Island wine at the spectacular Brooklyn Academy of Music, might be soldout, but there’s still time to snag your ticket to Good Beer, our homage to excellent suds that we also hold at BAM. Good Beer is where local and regional brewers come to show off their stuff, in concert with a partner restaurant that creates a perfect beer-friendly, mouth-watering pairing.

As such, Good Beer is one of the few places where you can sip from a half dozen or so Long Island breweries under one roof. Of course, there is Blue Point Brewery’s annual Cask Ale Fest, whose 8th annual just happened (and is chronicled in all its overwhelming goodness by Long Island beer follower Niko Krommydas), and this year also brings the first ever Long Island Craft Beer week, from May 14-22, with events at beer bars, restaurants and breweries up and down the LIE.

But if you’re looking for more of a self-guided tour, you might look to one of our stories that has made the rounds of the beer-drinking set from Montauk to Manhattan in the last year: Ben Keene’s suggested itinerary along the theoretical Long Island beer trail. The piece captured an exciting moment–now–when the old guard (relatively speaking) of Southampton Publick House and Bluepoint Brewery are now joined by brewers from Bay Shore to Greenport and everywhere in between. In fact, we have heard word of no fewer than 3 additional breweries set to launch in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in the near future. Look out for an update in our Low Summer issue that’s out in June.