Whether the perfect companion for a specific meal—or just a nonjudgmental friend to comfort you during a tough time—Long Island’s pubs and taverns offer thirsty patrons a variety of stouts, ales and lagers to choose from. Just how vast that variety is, however, can mean the difference between being crowned Best Beer Selection on Long Island and merely remaining a neighborhood haunt selling cans of Pabst from a warm cooler. Yes, some are stocked much more than others. Here are this year’s winners of Best Beer Selection on Long Island.
Long Islanders Voted Croxley’s Ale House Best Beer on Long Island!
Multiple locations. www.croxley.com
Croxley’s Ale House serves 60 ales and lagers on draught. This extensive selection includes dark and pale ales and lagers, fruit beers, wheat and rye beers and even cider. This place is perfect for any beer connoisseur looking for a good drink, and even has a craft beer club.
2. Brick House Brewery and Restaurant
West Main Street, Patchogue. 631-447-2337. www.brickhousebrewery.com
This is the second year in a row that the Brick House Brewery and Restaurant has made it onto the Best Beer Selection on Long Island list. Housed in the oldest commercial building in Patchogue, the establishment serves brewed in-house beer, along with an array of foreign and domestic choices.
3. T.J. Finley’s
42 E. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-647-4856. www.tjfinleys.com
No crap on tap. That’s T.J. Finley’s motto. It’s a bar that every serious beer drinker needs to visit, and has all of the great Ales and Lagers from the U.S. and around the world. “Beer geeks” should also check out the beer club, where members drink 100 brews from around the world and eventually get their names carved into the hall of fame.
NATIONAL. Miller’s Ale House
Multiple locations. www.millersalehouse.com