3 picks for Long Island restaurants serving great beer

Jessica Vasey, a bartender at Left Coast Kitchen Jessica Vasey, a bartender at Left Coast Kitchen in Merrick, serves a microbrew to a customer. (March 19, 2011) Photo Credit: Becky Holladay

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The eve of September means: Oktoberfest is coming. You can get a head start on some very good brews with your food at these three establishments.

LEFT COAST KITCHEN AND COCKTAILS , Merrick

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This spirited spot offers fine brews from Germany, Belgium and the United States to accompany savory stuff morning, noon and night. Lobster roll, crab mini-burgers, shrimp-and-grits, root beer-glazed pork chop, "more long than short rib."

SOUTHAMPTON PUBLICK HOUSE

, Southampton

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Plenty of good beer has been flowing at the Southampton Publick House since 1996. The seasonal brews and farmhouse ales are especially good. Sip away between bites of the bacon-wrapped shrimp, ale-battered cod burger, lager-dipped fish and chips, Cuban sandwich, shrimp po'boy.

WATERZOOI

, Garden City

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You'll revel in brews at Waterzooi, especially Trappist and abbey ales. The "Belgian bistro" takes in mussel pots, oysters, steaks, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and, yes, a Brussels waffle that, capped with strawberries, briefly brings back a memory of the 1964-65 World's Fair.

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