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Craft brew dining winners

Bartender James Walsh with customers at Sapsuckers Hops

Bartender James Walsh with customers at Sapsuckers Hops & Grub in Huntington. (Nov. 13, 2010) Credit: Danny Ghitis

The second annual Long Island Craft Beer Week starts Friday, and pours through May 20. Events are slated in Nassau and Suffolk to celebrate local breweries and distinctive beers and ales. Superstar Beverage in Huntington Station is among the participants.

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Here are three eateries that have first-class brews.

Sapsuckers in Huntington is devoted to "hops & grub." The sharp spot offers superior brews on tap and in the bottle, from Brooklyn to Belgium. Highlights also include pulled pork on brioche, grilled cheese, fish-and-chips made with Chatham cod, fried chicken and gumbo.

287 Main St., Huntington, 631-683-4945,

The Phoenix in Seaford rises with a broad selection of American and imported ales and beers, plus mead. Sample the cured meats, fine cheeses, roasted pork with broccoli rabe and provolone, savory bread pudding, chickpea fries, creamed corn with bacon, beef short rib sandwich, spicy peanut soup.

3915 Merrick Rd., Seaford, 516-809-9693,

T.J. Finley's Public House in Bay Shore is a casual, beer-centric establishment with satisfying bar food. The brew choices are exceptional. To go with them: baked cheese-stuffed pretzel, "stout" chili, "bottle caps" or mini-cheeseburgers, smoky pulled pork, burgers, wraps, poutine -- fries with cheese and gravy.

42 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-647-4856,


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