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Best beer pubs

Jessica Vasey, a bartender at Left Coast Kitchen

(Credit: Becky Holladay)

The days of just "going out for a beer" are long gone. These days, many Long Islanders pride themselves on a gourmet approach toward their intake of the venerable and sudsy fermented grain beverage that only a few years ago was more often sought only as "regular" and "light." Today, a number of establishments across Nassau and Suffolk counties bring in several "craft" (beer brewed for the connoisseur's palate first) selections, and while some product is imported, many pubs and tap rooms pride themselves on supporting and serving locally-produced varieties-- while others actually brew right on the premises. Here's a breakdown on where to find the ale houses that are going the extra mile. -- Compiled by Ian Stark

  • Black Forest Brew Haus of Farmingdale, an informal

    Black Forest Brew Haus $$ | Brewery, Beer, German-Austrian 2015 New Hwy. Farmingdale Specialties: Black Forest Pilsner, Black Forest Amber, HefeWeizen, Oktoberfest Beer and check website for seasonal ...

  • Brews Brothers in Franklin Square. (Aug. 14, 2015)

    Brews Brothers Grille Pub, American 183 Franklin Avenue Franklin Square Pub serving American food. ...

  • Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue. (Dec. 28, 2013)

    Brickhouse Brewery & Restaurant Pub, American, Sports bar, Music, Brewery 67 W. Main St. Patchogue Microbrewery and restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining. Specialties: Brick House Red, Nitro Boom Stout, ...

  • This restaurant and bar offers twenty beers on

    Corry's Ale House Sports bar, American 3274 Railroad Ave. Wantagh Sitting right across from the Wantagh LIRR station, this cozy pub has been drawing a ...

  • Samantha Studley, 24, and Chris Balcerak, 24, of

    The Cortland Sweets, Rock and more, Pub, Beer, Wine bar, Sports bar 27 W. Main St. Bay Shore Featuring an ever-changing menu of beers, and a smart "snack" selection, which includes a plate ...

  • Dark Horse Tavern in Farmingdale made its debut

    Dark Horse Tavern Pub 273 Main St., Farmingdale Pub featuring grill food and a beer garden. ...

  • The Dark Horse Tavern in Rockville Centre. (Jan.

    Dark Horse Tavern $$ | Pub, Sports bar 12 S Park Ave. Rockville Centre Among the many options available to bar-crawlers and sports fans, this pub provides TVs, a ...

  • The exterior of John Harvard's Brew House in

    John Harvard's Brew House $$ | Brewery, American, Gastro-pub 2093 Smithaven Plaza Lake Grove Frequently busy, the American gastropub serves salads, sliders, sandwiches, burgers, pot pie, and more exotic ...

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    The Leaky Lifeboat Inn Music, Rock and more, Rock music, Pub 3603 Merrick Rd. Seaford This average-sized bar set on Merrick Road has more than just a local establishment that ...

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    Chef/Owner of Left Coast Kitchen in Merrick, Christian

    Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails $$$ | Beer, Breakfast, American, Wine bar, New American, Gastro-pub 1810 Merrick Rd. Merrick Merrick gastropub where the kitchen puts great detail into its menu of both classic and ...

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