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Theres a change brewing at Vine Wine Bar in Merrick: The wine bar is greatly expanding its craft beer offerings with 10 local beers, ranging in price from $8 to $12 (for a 12-ounce bottle). Among the new brews are Long Ireland Beer Company Celtic Ale (Riverhead), Fire Island Beer Company Red Wagon IPA (Ocean Beach), Ommegang Rare Vos (Cooperstown) and Spider Bite Beer Company Boris the Spider Russian Imperial Stout (Holbrook). There will also always be a seasonal offering from Blue Point Brewing Company in Patchogue.
And thats not all. Starting Oct. 9, Vine will host craft beer Wednesdays, when local producers will explain their brewing processes, offer guided tastings and answer questions.
Oct. 9: Brewery Ommegang
Oct. 23: Southampton Publick House
Oct. 30: Spider Bite Beer Co.
These events are free and no reservations are required.
The Vine Wine Bar is at 2259 Merrick Rd., Merrick, 516-812-7883, thevinewinebar.com.