Looking for Long Island breweries? Now is the best time in U.S. history to be a craft beer lover. Brewery start-ups are exploding across America, so I’d love to talk about Long Island breweries in a little bit.
According to CraftBeer.com, the U.S. now has more beer styles and brands to choose from than any other market in the world. As of 2020, more than 8,000 breweries are responsible for the beer brands available in the U.S.
Long Island Breweries
Long Island beer is growing like it never has in it’s history. Over the past decade, the number of Long Island breweries has grown almost exponentially. From just a handful to over 40 and counting, the term craft beer Long Island has really began to mean something.
As of last year, New York State has second most craft breweries nationwide after California. Suffolk County has the most breweries of any county in the state with more than 40.
Nine breweries on Long Island opened new taprooms in 2019 alone with more to come in 2020 and beyond!
While there are more and more Long Island breweries serving great Long Island beer, which are the best ones for you to visit. The really depends on a lot of factors, but most importantly what you like the most.
Long Island Beer
For quite a while, like the rest of America, Long Island beer was defined by mass-market, family standard light lager beers. You know the names…Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite.
While these beers are fine and server their purpose, I love the fact that regions in this country are going local. Just like the locavore food movement of the different terroirs in the wine world, areas like Long Island are developing their own sense of place and culture.
Breweries are popping up all over the island, from Nassau County all the way to “The End” of Montauk. Even though breweries are opening up all over, there are some clusters like Bay Shore, Riverhead, Holbrook, and Oceanside that have 3 or more breweries that you can visit!
Take a Tour
One great way to really get a feel for a brewery would be to take a tour. Check ahead to see when each brewery is open. From the massive new 54,000 square foot Blue Point Brewery to much smaller, simpler breweries, there’s something for everyone.
When you visit, you will get a chance to see how each beer is brewed, bottled, and more. It’s a fascinating look into how those delicious suds get into your pint glass, can, or bottle.
Taste the Beer
When you visit a brewery you are mainly there for one thing…to drink beer. And that’s just what you will do! Visiting a tasting room affords you the opportunity to try a wide range of beers, many only available for limited times and only at the tasting room.
I prefer to order a flight of small glasses (usually four ounces each) so I see what I like and don’t like. Then, get a pint to two (or more). If you really love something, you can also probably take home a crowler, growler or cans and bottles of your favorite.
Food and Music
While it’s all about Long Island craft beer, visiting a brewery is also about having a good time. To me (and to many) that means eating some good food and hearing some good tunes. Even playing some fun games (corn hole anyone).
Many LI breweries have kitchens but more seem to partner with food trucks to provide visitors with food that pairs well with beer. Many LI breweries also regularly feature live music in their tasting rooms. Check out there sites or social media to get all the details, event calendars, and more.
The Long Island Brewery List
Here’s you current and ever growing (at least 6 more Long Island breweries are in the works as of today, 2020!) Long Island craft beer and brewery guide. This list is ever growing and changing…and that’s a fantastic thing!
- Garvies Point Craft Brewery (Glen Cove)
- Noble Savage Brewing Company (Glen Cove)
- Oyster Bay Brewing Company (Oyster Bay)
- Barnshed Brewing (Hickville)
- Black Forest Brew Haus (Farmingdale)
- Lithology Brewing Company (Farmingdale)
- Barrier Brewing Co. (Oceanside)
- Bellmore Brewing Company (Bellmore)
- BrewSA (Freeport)
- Bright Eye Beer Company (Long Beach)
- Flying Belgian Brewery (Oceanside)
- Long Beach Brewing Company (Long Beach)
- Motion Craft Brewed (Massapequa Park)
- South Shore Craft Brewery (Oceanside)
- Blind Bat Brewery (Centerport)
- Harbor Head Brewing Company (Northport)
- Kings Park Brewing Company (Kings Park)
- Lloyd Harbor Brewing Company (Lloyd Harbor)
- Old Tappan Brew Company (Sayville)
- Po’ Boy Brewery (Port Jefferson)
- Port Jefferson Brewing Company (Port Jefferson)
- Sand City Brewing Company (Northport)
- Six Harbors Brewing Company (Huntington)
- 1940’s Brewing Company (Holbrook)
- Saint James Brewery (Holbrook)
- Spider Bite Beer Company (Holbrook)
- SquareHead Brewing (Holbrook)
- Sunrise Ales and Lagers formerly Bellport Brewing (Bohemia)
Bay Shore and Islip
- The Brewer’s Collective (Bay Shore)
- Destination Unknown (DUBCO) Beer Company (Bay Shore)
- Ghost Brewing Company (Bay Shore)
- Great South Bay Brewery (Bay Shore)
- Hopwin’s Brewery (Bay Shore)
- Secatogue Brewing Company (Islip)
- Take Two Brewery (Bay Shore)
Riverhead and North Fork
- Tradewinds Brewing Company formerly Crooked Ladder Brewing Company (Riverhead)
- Eastern Front Brewing Company (Mattituck)
- Garden of Eve Farm Brewery (Riverhead)
- Greenport Harbor Brewing Company (Greenport and Peconic)
- Jamesport Farm Brewery (Jamesport)
- Long Ireland Beer Company (Riverhead)
- Moustache Brewing Company (Riverhead)
- North Fork Brewing Company (Riverhead)
- Twin Fork Brewery (Riverhead)
- übergeek Brewing Company (Riverhead)
Patchogue and South Shore
- 27A Brewing Company (Lindenhurst)
- AeroBrew Beer Company (Ronkonkoma)
- Amity Ales Brewpub (Amityville)
- Blue Point Brewing Company (Patchogue)
- BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue)
- Patchogue Beer Project (Patchogue)
- Root+Branch Brewing (Copiague)
- Sand City Brewing Company (Lindenhurst)
- Small Craft Brewing Company (Amityville)
- WA Meadwerks (Lindenhurst) * mead, not beer
South Fork and Shelter Island
- Long Island Farm Brewery (Manorville)
- Montauk Brewing Company (Montauk)
- Moriches Field Brewing Company (Center Moriches)
- Shelter Island Craft Brewery (Shelter Island)
- Southampton Publick House (Southampton)
- Westhampton Beach Brewing Company (Westhampton)
Long Island Brewery Tours
If you’re like me, part of the fun is seeing all the different spaces and experiencing all that craft beer Long Island has to offer. Perhaps one of the easiest and best ways to do this is to take a brewery tour!
Check out my list of the Absolute Best Long Island Brewery Tours!
I love going to breweries, it’s something I do a fair amount with my friends. While I haven’t been to nearly all of these, I do know that whether the beer is the best or the place is the nicest…or vice versa, it always ends up being a great time. Plus, you get to support some passionate people putting their hearts and souls into their craft. And it’s local. That’s alway something to celebrate.
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