Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and the official start of the East End’s busy summer season is around the corner, so now’s the time to take advantage of all the special things that will be nonexistent or difficult to enjoy in the Hamptons once the crowds arrive from points west.
We continue our countdown of 20 things to do before Memorial Day in the Hamptons with:
#15: Try a Flight at a Local Brewery
The North Fork is known for some great wine, but there are also several great local breweries that offer flights of their beer. A flight is a curated selection of beer (wineries also have flights) presented in small glasses for tasting and sampling. Most breweries offer tasting flights. During Memorial Day weekend, many breweries will be doing special events and have packed bars and crowds, so now’s your chance to take the trek to the North Fork, get ahead of the game and show off beer knowledge like a pro to your friends!
Moustache Brewing Company
400 Hallett Avenue, Riverhead
Moustache Brewing Company offers pints and flights of their locally sourced beer, and offers tours of their facilities. Beers include Everyman’s Porter, Milk + Honey Brown Ale, Sailor Mouth IPA and many more. Moustache Brewing Company is open on weekends.
817 Pulaski Street, Riverhead
Long Ireland, which only distributes beer within New York State, is known for their famous malty Celtic Ale. Other beers you can try include Breakfast Stout, Raspberry Wheat and season ales. Long Ireland is open seven days a week and offers tours.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Two locations: 234 Carpenter Street, Greenport/42155 Main Road, Peconic
A Greenport staple, this brewing company has expanded to two locations. Their Peconic location is also a bottling plant. Their interesting selection should make for a unique flight. Try their Pith N’ Peel IPA, Harbor Ale, Black Duck Porter, along with season ales.
Basic Beer Terms You Should Know
Ale: Beer that uses yeast that ferments at a high temperature
Hops: Green, cone-shaped flowers that add flavor and bitter to beer
IPA: India Pale Ale, light in color and usually bitter/hoppy
Malt: Barley that is steeped, germinated and dried