Long Island has developed into a craft beer powerhouse. There are more craft breweries than ever on Long Island.  This is excellent news if you are a craft beer lover or love beer in general. We have created this guide to help you find some of the best local craft beer. 

The experts at LongIsland.beer tell us that the craft beer market is booming on Long Island. There are a large number of breweries beer distributors and bottle shops. Some restaurants focus on craft beer.  There are more breweries currently in development hoping to open their doors soon. If you want a more comprehensive view of Long Island craft beer please visit Long Island.beer.

Source: The Brewers Collective

Long Island Breweries

There are currently over 60 breweries on Long Island. The granddaddy of them all is Blue Point brewing located in Patchogue. To me, Long Island beer means local craft beer.  There are clusters of breweries that are creating a unique beer culture. The most populous areas in regards to the number of breweries being in Holbrook and Riverhead. This is due to these areas being more accepting and making it easier for breweries to be established. Some breweries have taprooms and food offerings (NYS due to COVID requires a minimum food purchase). While others may not have a permanent home and are brewing nomadically with the help of other Long Island breweries.

Source: Blue Point Brewing

Long Island Beer Tours

Some companies will help your Long Island beer adventure.  The best part is you can enjoy the brews and not have to drive.  A win-win situation for all. It has become easier with the increase in breweries. You can now tour breweries and beer bars in a small geographic area.

Some of the options:

  • Long Island Brewery Tours
  • Tapped Enterprises
  • Brew Crew Cycles
Source: Tapped Enterprises

Long Island Beer

The Long Island beer market has changed along with the rest of America’s changing palette when it comes to beer. In years past the go-to beers were light lagers such as Budweiser and Miller Lite. But over time people have grown to have an affinity for more hardy craft beer. This normally means the beers that have a more intense flavor and a higher ABV. There are a vast array of beer styles that were not being brewed on a large scale. This left an opening for smaller breweries to hone their craft and be experimental. While these experimental beers and less appreciated styles caught on which led to the boom. Long Island has been caught up in this craft beer revolution for a long time now. This is another benefit to being a Long Islander.

Source: Brick House Brewery

Long Island beer tourism

The great part of having so many local breweries is that you can make a day of visiting the breweries. Some of the brewery clusters make it convenient where you could visit a few breweries in one day. The big clusters at this point are in Holbrook and Riverhead.  We will go over more of these areas below. Most of the breweries are accommodating (Some breweries might not have a tasting room or public facilities) and welcome craft lovers some even pet friendly.  

Source: Brew Crew Cycle

The Joy of Beer Tasting

There are many beer styles to choose from when you go to bury and get a flight for beer tasting. People are generally more familiar with light lager’s.  More people today want more hops and a higher ABV.  That’s why they call these people Hop Heads.  Some of the more adventurous beer drinkers prefer Belgian beers or strong Russian Imperial Stout’s. There are also popular sour beers that are created with the help of bacteria. There are over 100 different beer styles. You could visit a brewery and easily encounter a new beer style or variation each time you visit.  The easiest way to go beer tasting is to order a flight of their beers in order to get a sampling of each beer. You can speak to the brewtender and they will help you decide where to start. 

Source: Peconic Brewing

Bites, Beer, Bands

Be sure to look and see if your brewery of choice offers a wide food selection or musical entertainment.  Most of them have live music on certain nights. One Brewery is Eastern Front in  Mattituck. They usually have an open mic night on Tuesday.  Also, Greenport Brewing and Bluepoint Brewery have full kitchens with chefs.  You just have to decide how much beer vs food you want to help make your selection.  The music can be a bonus. We will link to each brewery with their social account to help you see what’s brewing.

Source: Greenport Brewing

Here’s a quick list of the breweries Alphabetically (you can also sort by town):

Brewery NameTownNotes
1940’s Brewing CompanyHolbrook
27A Brewing CompanyLindenhurst
AeroBrew Beer CompanyRonkonkomaIn development
Amity Ales BrewpubAmityville
Barnshed BrewingHicksville
Barrier Brewing Co.Oceanside
Bellmore Brewing CompanyBellmore
Bellport BrewingBellport
Black Forest Brew HausFarmingdale
Blind Bat BreweryCenterport
Blue Point Brewing CompanyPatchogue
BrewSAFreeport
BrickHouse BreweryPatchogue
Bright Eye Beer CompanyLong Beach
Darling BrewingPatchogueUsed to be Patchogue Beer Project
Destination Unknown Beer Company (DUBCO)Bay Shore
Eastern Front Brewing CompanyMattituck
Flying Belgian BreweryOceanside
Garden of Eve Farm BreweryRiverhead
Garvies Point Craft BreweryGlen Cove
Ghost Brewing CompanyBay Shore
Great South Bay BreweryBay Shore
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company - OGGreenport
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company - PeconicPeconic
Harbor Head Brewing CompanyNorthport
Hopwin’s BreweryBay Shore
Jamesport Farm BreweryJamesport
Kings Park Brewing CompanyKings Park
Lithology Brewing CompanyFarmingdale
Lloyd Harbor Brewing CompanyLloyd Harbor
Long Beach Brewing CompanyLong Beach
Long Ireland Beer CompanyRiverhead
Long Island Farm BreweryManorville
Montauk Brewing CompanyMontauk
Moriches Field Brewing CompanyCenter Moriches
Motion Craft BrewingMassapequa Park
Moustache Brewing CompanyRiverheadübergeek Brewing Company is taking over their location
Noble Savage Brewing CompanyGlen Cove
North Fork Brewing CompanyRiverhead
Old Tappan Brew CompanyBayville
Oyster Bay Brewing CompanyOyster Bay
Peconic County BrewingRiverhead
Po’ Boy BreweryPort Jefferson
Port Jefferson Brewing CompanyPort Jefferson
Root+Branch BrewingCopiagueIn development
Saint James BreweryHolbrook
Sand City Brewing CompanyNorthport
Sand City Brewing Company LindenhurstLindenhurstIn development
Sand City Brewing Company OGNorthport
Secatogue Brewing CompanyWest Islip
Shelter Island Craft BreweryShelter Island
Six Harbors Brewing CompanyHuntington
Small Craft Brewing CompanyAmityville
South Shore Craft BreweryOceanside
Southampton Publick HouseSouthampton
Spider Bite Beer CompanyHolbrook
SquareHead BrewingHolbrook
Take Two BreweryBay ShoreIn development
The Brewer’s CollectiveBay Shore
Tradewinds Brewing CompanyRiverheadUsed to Crooked Ladder
Twin Fork BreweryRiverhead
übergeek Brewing CompanyRiverhead
WA MeadwerksLindenhurstMakes Mead
Westhampton Beach Brewing CompanyWesthampton
Source: LongIsland.beer

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